Objects of Devotion
Collection for Galerie Kreo
Doshi Levien create a series of design objects in dialogue with iconic architecture of India by modernist master, Le Corbusier. Corbusier created some of his most ambitious works in the subcontinent where the Utopian vision of post colonial independent India found expression in her architecture. Corbusier was commissioned by the first Prime Minister of India – Pandit Nehru to create the master plan of the new capital city of Chandigarh where he subsequently also designed 6 public buildings.
These modern masterpieces are well recorded and documented by eminent photographers such as Lucien Herve and their image has been re-enforced over decades. In contrast to the images often in black and white, the physical experience of these buildings is multi layered and dynamic, temporal and emotional, chaotic and colourful; experiences that are absent in the images portrayed. Doshi and Levien engaged in a personal dialogue with the modernist architecture of India which to them seems to miss and desire gestures of human devotion. Doshi Levien are making a design offering through a series of objects that are in conversation with these temples of modernism.