Minimalism has been the centre of design conversation for almost a decade now. The Japanese philosophies of Zen and wabi-sabi are life-lessons on “less is more”. It’s influences are far reaching and beyond. What started as a movement in America after the second world war – undeniably influenced by the Japanese and their obsession with symmetry and cleanliness – was picked by the world very quickly. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all about keeping it down to the bare minimum. But when I’m out on the streets of Bangalore admiring the houses in pink, blue and orange, I get swept up by the madness that is colour. Minimalist though I may be, once in a rebellious while a devil urges – why not break the rules?
So here I am at Lab Nilaya, playing with patterns, colours, materials and so much more. Making a conscious effort to mix this, that and everything, I start with overkill. Maximalism is in our roots, it’s the Indian way and I love it. We’re a diverse bunch speaking a million languages, dressing in different ways, with our own artistic traditions, food habits, ways in which we meet and greet. In a nutshell, we’re a lot. And it didn’t have to take Chris Martin and Beyonce to do a music video in India for me to realise that.