Conversations that created a STIR in 2019

Our roundup of 10 conversations from 2019 that stirred perspectives and piqued curiosity to look beyond the obvious.

by STIRworld Dec 24, 2019

From discussing contrarian thoughts on design with revolutionary graphic designer David Carson to digging into architecture-inspired artworks of artist Martand Khosla and nostalgia-imbued practice of architects Lyndon Neri and Rosanna Hu, 2019 was all about powerful conversations that inspired, challenged and led the way for change.

1. BV DOSHI: on the idea of existence, home and ‘sustainability from within’

The Indian visionary architect features in a short film by PLANE-SITE  produced in the run-up to the opening of the Time Space Existence biennial to be held in Venice next year.

In the film, Doshi reflects on the notion of existence and the concept of ‘home’ existing at many scales. He talks about what connected him with his two great teachers, Le Corbusier and Louis I Kahn, on a deeper level, and answers why sustainability is detached from people today.

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BV Doshi - TIME SPACE EXISTENCE Video Credit: Courtesy of PLANE-SITE

2. CRISTIANO CECCATO (ZHA): on the experiential transience of contemporary airports

“An airport is like a microcosm of a particular city,” said Ceccato, who spearheads international airport projects such as the recently completed Daxing Airport in Beijing, the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport in India's financial capital Mumbai, as well as the recently announced Western Sydney International Airport.

In conversation with Amit Gupta (founder, curator, content director | STIR) and Mrinalini Ghadiok (editor | STIR) at the Hyderabad Design Week,  he delved into the nuances that make contemporary airports experiential entities that double as catalysts in driving global urbanisation.

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10 mins watch STIR in conversation with Cristiano Ceccato | STIRring conversations from 2019 | STIRworld
STIR in conversation with Cristiano Ceccato Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

3. DAVID CARSON: on the spirit of being anti-grid

Sit with the American graphic designer for a chat, and when you do, chances are that it would largely be filled with chuckles and free-wheeling laughter, a lot of ‘I don’t knows’ and ‘maybes’ sweetly dissolved in a sea of ‘why-nots’.

04 mins watch Conversations on the Contrary with David Carson | STIRring conversations from 2019 | STIRworld
Conversations on the Contrary with David Carson Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

STIR caught up with him during the Kyoorius Designyatra 2019 to know his views on what he thinks make the ‘box’ when someone brings the run-down-the-mill phrase, ‘think outside the box’ to him, and what mantra he applies when in reality a box (or a roadblock) is thrown his way.

Carson (64) who features in the series Conversations on the Contrary, is undefined by rules, pre-defined grids and static systems. Emotional, subjective and a little too abstract, he advises young designers to listen to their own uniqueness and not let computers make too many decisions for them.

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4. DINA AMIN: on being the generalist who tinkers with trash to tell unique stories

From popping open the head of her doll to undressing the miniature systems of a useless camera, a reeled-out cassette and a non-functioning table clock, dina Amin picks each part of these machine worlds and turns these into quirky characters in her ‘Tinker Friday’ video series. These half-material characters are weird as wacky, with interesting voices and acts such as trying to stick back parts of life with snot-glue – of course, with little success.

05 mins watch Conversations on the Contrary with dina Amin | STIRring conversations from 2019 | STIRworld
Conversations on the Contrary with dina Amin Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

Amin, featured in the series Conversations on the Contrary, believes that if we embrace where we come from in the work we do, and understand the fact that we live in an immensely connected world, then the boundaries or creative roadblocks are nothing but figments of our own imagination.

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5. JANET ECHELMAN, AMANDA SZABO & LINUS LOPEZ: on light and art

During the PLDC 2019, an engaging interaction between an artist and sculptor who defies classification, Janet Echelman, from the United States of America, and Amanda Szabo, an emerging light artist from Hungary, delved into light and its connections with various facets of our daily lives.

Part of a STIR exclusive series, Spread the Light, the conversation describes their personal journeys, the various innovations and challenges as well as heart-warming stories about the process of collaborative design.

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Light and Art – Janet Echelman and Amanda Szabo Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

6. LYNDON NERI & ROSSANA HU: on their obsession with the notion of nostalgia

Architects are increasingly flirting with history. Ruins have become as essential as utopia used to be. People respond well to materials that show their wear and beautiful patina. Yet, nostalgia is rarely talked about head on.  

The partners and co-founders of Shanghai-based studio Neri&Hu, in an interview with Vladimir Belogolovsky, offer a glimpse into their firm's vision, explaining their approach to adopt the concept of ‘reflective nostalgia’.

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Lyndon Neri & Rosanna Hu | STIRring conversations from 2019 | STIRworld
Lyndon Neri & Rosanna Hu Image Credit: Courtesy of Jiaxi Yang & Zhu Zhe

7. MARTAND KHOSLA & PETER NAGY: on scaling the city with art

“Authoring a building is always bound by constraints, while my artwork is liberating,” says artist Martand Khosla whose exhibition 1:2500 (One is to twenty-five hundred), hosted at the Gallery Nature Morte in August 2019, referenced his own architectural practice.

“The title references the play of the micro and macro, where a work could be seen as a model of a building or image of DNA at the same time,” explains Peter Nagy, director at gallery Nature Morte.

In an exclusive video walk-through with the artist and the gallerist to explore the intangible nuances of the tangible works.

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08 mins watch STIR in conversation with Martand Khosla and Peter Nagy at gallery Nature Morte | STIRring conversations from 2019 | STIRworld
STIR in conversation with Martand Khosla and Peter Nagy at gallery Nature Morte Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

8. PAOLA NAVONE & IRAM SULTAN:on disruptive design

Italian designer Paola Navone is one of the few designers who still has a love affair with plastics. 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of one of her most celebrated projects, Low Lita – a distinct chair in a melange of black of white. During the Milan Design Week 2019, Navone was joined by New Delhi-based interior designer Iram Sultan who specialises in giving modern twist to traditional designs.

Featured in a STIR exclusive series titled Cross Border Conversations, the two, for whom design is all about storytelling, curated with love and told with passion, slip into a discussion on art – another shared interest.

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03 mins watch Disruptive Design: Paola Navone X Iram Sultan | STIRring conversations from 2019 | STIRworld
Disruptive Design: Paola Navone X Iram Sultan Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

9. SABYASACHI MUKHERJEE & AMIT SYNGLE (Asian Paints): on creating old-world charm through collaborations

India’s favourite bridal designer and Amit Syngle, COO Asian Paints, have collaborated for chapter 2 of Nilaya: India Revival Project. STIR caught up with the two to pick their brains about this ode to India’s culture, architecture and natural beauty, and what it takes to strike a successful creative partnership.

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06 mins watch STIR in conversation with Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Amit Syngle, COO Asian Paints | STIRring conversations from 2019 | STIRworld
STIR in conversation with Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Amit Syngle, COO Asian Paints Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

10. TIM KOBE (eight inc.): on retail spaces that intersect with human touch

Often referred as ‘Apple’s best kept secret’, Kobe - the founder and CEO of the Singapore-based strategic and experience design firm, Eight Inc. - believes that successful retail design is about connecting with the emotions and interactions of people and in creating experiences that align with the brand values.

In a conversation with STIR during the Hyderabad Design Week, he digs deep into the nuances that create meaningful human experiences in the retail space.

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03 mins watch STIR in conversation with Tim Kobe | STIRring conversations from 2019 | STIRworld
STIR in conversation with Tim Kobe Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

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