St+art India Foundation, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and Avid Learning invite you to be a part of a unique panel discussion, Motifs, Materials & Makers of Art Deco Architecture
The image above is from a beautiful Art Deco staircase, part of a building at the Sassoon Dock, ready to welcome you to the Mumbai Urban Art Festival. The discussion inspired by the staircase will be in continuation of our successful full-day workshop in November last year, looking at conservation efforts to help the Deco architecture survive and thrive.
Smooth lines, geometric shapes, streamlined forms, and bright colors. Unabashedly bold with an ever-glamorous decorating style, Art Deco architecture is easily distinguishable with its gilded details, rich textures, and geometric patterns. Today, we have around 200 Art Deco structures in Mumbai - from apartment buildings to theatres, schools, hotels, and clubs, second only to Miami.
With the Loksatta Building staircase as a muse, join us for a unique panel discussion with experts influencing, restoring, conserving, and bringing back conversations around Art Deco inspiring the makers of today and revitalizing the details of everyday life as well as high-design.
Akshay Mahajan is an artist and instigator working primarily with photography. His practice is grounded in research within historical documents, literature and visual material that inform and colour his process and inquiries as a photographer. His current project explores how the built environment of a city and how that architecture can function as “a sculptural representation of failed futures". He is also deeply interested in how individual lives are shaped by and shape the urban landscape. His long-term personal projects and essays are published in Financial Times Magazine London, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Aperture, and Le Monde among others. Akshay’s engagement with the visual arts also takes shape through writing, teaching and curation. In 2008, he co-founded Blindboys.org, an open collective aimed at reclaiming public spaces – both online and offline – to showcase photography built and educate a new audience by leveraging technology and engagement. Akshay is a member of the photo editorial team of PIX Quarterly, a contemporary photography publication looking at South Asian Practices. He is also the co-curator of GoaPhoto an international photography festival that produces location- specific installations connecting photographic displays and their architectural contexts.Read more
Nikhil Mahashur's strong passion for hospitality and commercial architecture is blended with a broad experience in PMC. He believes in creating a space not only for the person who commissions it but for the people who are going to use the space – each project is a celebration of that space and its intimacy. He describes his architectural style as Eclitecture - designing cotemporary buildings and layering them with traditional elements. He firmly believes that the first impression is the one that will make you fall in love with the building. Helmed by Nikhil Mahashur, Nikhil Mahashur & Associates (NMA) is accustomed to delivering exemplary projects across Architecture, Renovation, Interiors and PMC. NMA's design philosophy is therefore entrenched in creating the right first impression and a WOW factor through simplicity, where even a little chaos can be simple.Read more
Firdaus Variava is Vice Chairman at Bharat Floorings & Tiles (BFT) and holds an MBA in Marketing from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, USA. He took over the reins of the company in 2002 from his mother, Mrs. Dilnavaz Variava – Chairperson, Bharat Floorings & Tiles. In his role as Vice Chairman, Firdaus is not only responsible for developing and launching new products and designs at BFT, but also lead the Marketing and Sales efforts of the company. In doing so, he has helped transform handmade cement tiles into a viable and sought-after flooring option and introduced new products and ranges like BFT+, Made in India, International Range, Virtuoso, Terazzo Grandezza, among others. Firdaus’ vision for BFT is to grow the company to ₹100 Crores in the next 3 years. He is also looking at expanding the global footprint of BFT and plans to and have sales outlets in 6 countries over the course of the next 3 years. Firdaus lives in Bombay with his wife, Nidhi and their two kids, Kabir and Shai. In his free time, Firdaus enjoys hobbies such as cycling, hiking, Crossfit and reading, amongst others.Read more
Kaamna Patel (b. Mumbai, 1988) is a visual artist and book maker currently based in Mumbai, her home city. She launched her publishing imprint Editions JOJO with her book ‘In Today's News: Alpha Males Women Power’ in May 2019 in Mumbai which has since evolved into an artist-led platform for contemporary visual culture, at the centre of which is one of the largest, publicly accessible photobook libraries in the region. As a publishing imprint, Editions JOJO is dedicated to exploring new perspectives, process and playfulness through images and the book object.Read more
We believe that architecture is the living extension and physical representation of who we are as a culture and as a people. Mumbai is a treasure trove of architectural heritage, boasting the enigmatic Victorian Gothic ensemble including the CSMT and Art Deco edifices. They form an integral part of the city's cultural ecosystem and can be infinitely enriched with local dialogue and cross-pollination with other cultural contexts. In this respect, we regularly collaborate with architects, local historians, intellectuals, visiting international scholars, and institutions. Whether it's a full-day workshop decoding the motifs, materials, and makers of Deco or a lecture demonstration on radically sustainable plans from Bombay's unbuilt past, or discovering architectural gems and Naval enclaves within a city anchored by the Indian Ocean, our programs actively immerse the enthusiastic participants in celebrating the built heritage and legacy of Mumbai, India, and beyond.