H & R Johnson (India), pioneer of ceramic tiles in India recently published a biannual professional journal on architecture and design in collaboration with Matter as a chronicle on contemporary design practices and thinking. The discipline of architecture and design in India has transitioned from preoccupations of styling and aesthetics to concerns of production, ambience, craft, human interaction, material science, and parametric design. This journal aims to investigate this changing landscape of design thinking and design making in the country.
Over the next three years, [IN]SIDE will explore architecture and design in India as a professional curatorial project to chronicle critical thoughts and methods that frame the multi-lateral viewpoints that have enriched our environment.
Each edition will look at work through three simple windows: Space, Surface and Object. ‘Space’ deals with three-dimensional aspects – architecture, interior design, exhibition design etc. ‘Surface’ explores the role of the two-dimensional components in the making of space – materials, applications, techniques. ‘Object’ documents design of things that inhabit the space – products, accessories, furniture and lighting. This inaugural issue also contains a unique visual archive of the important events and milestones form the inception of H & R Johnson (India) to the present-day company traversing 60 years of rich history through ‘Origins’ as an umbrella theme.
This first issue includes contributions from Joydeep Mukherjee, Samira Rathod, Chitra Vishwanath, Akshat Bhatt, Vikas Dilawari, Ayaz Basrai, Zameer Basrai, Ratan Batliboi, Ajay Shah, Abin Chaudhuri, Biju Kuriakose, Parvathi Nayar, Saira Biju, Nitin Barcha, Disney Davis, Pesi Elavia, Ramachandran Kurup, Anoop Sreekumar, Shivram Pednekar, Arun Rao and Farhan Akhtar. The 200-page book contains more than 350 full-colour images, drawings, essays, dialogues and editorial on projects of many scales and typologies.