Although I have never been, India seems like a country that gives you sensory overload. The sheer amount of people, coupled with an aesthetic sensibility and culinary culture that believes “more is more”, is a recipe for an opulent and multilayered visual culture.
I came across this article on Architectural Digest‘s website that documents Vincent Leroux’s photographs of the colourful regional architecture of Tirunamavalai, in South India. These houses are said to be a labour of love for the families who live in them. Families plan, build, and paint these unique homes, that are noteworthy for their unusual combinations of asymmetrical geometry and colour.
These houses are posited as an inspiration to Italian architect and industrial designer Ettore Sottsass, who visited India numerous times in the 1960’s.
Sottsass founded The Memphis Group in 1980 in response to ambient minimalism and functionalism. Pinned as an significant group of the Postmodern architecture and design movement, the aesthetic of The Memphis Group is defined by their use of asymmetrical shapes, “bright colours, kitsch suburban motifs and cheap materials like plastic laminates”. Here are some examples of his work: