Satyendra Pakhalé Culture of Creation
In the midst of the divisive Corona pandemic, a new design book Satyendra Pakhalé Culture of Creation explores design’s role in fostering the common good. It is the outcome of three years’ labour of love, with contributions from a number of prominent design thinkers such as Juhani Pallasmaa, Paola Antonelli, René Spitz, Aric Chen, Jacques Barsac, Tiziana Proietti and Stefano Marzano, who delve deeply into Pakhalé’s oeuvre, covering a wide range of topics, such as the culture of making, social modernity, social cohesion, poetic analogy, perception and atmosphere, in which his thinking and design practice are rooted. The book sheds a new light on ‘sensorial design’ resulting in social cohesion. It aims to initiate a new debate about design and its plurality and diversity in the contemporary cultural context.
“Pakhalé’s work exemplifies how crafts and industrial design can come together in the dimension of human nature.” – Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States of America.
nai010 publishers Rotterdam, the Netherlands published the first comprehensive monograph devoted to international renowned designer Satyendra Pakhalé. The notion of a ‘Culture of Creation’ refers to the ancient and innate impulse behind human making. It engages with the very roots of the human need to create, to design, to make, to build and bring something into reality.
“His designs suggest a haptic skin-relationship through their sensorial forms, poetic associations and tactile surfaces: they stimulate sensations of intimacy and nearness. – Juhani Pallasmaa, Architect and Architectural-Design thinker, Helsinki, Finland.
Satyendra Pakhalé Culture of Creation is not a traditional monograph. It brings new facts and facets of design history to attention for the first time challenging preconceived notions such as the legendary Ulm Model, the Aristotelian five senses and the common understanding of traditions and cultural background from India. In doing so, the book sheds a new light on ‘sensorial design’ deeply rooted in contemporary living experience as well as ancient cultures.
“Satyendra Pakhalé is a poet of form and materials. Experiencing his work is a joy.” – Giulio Cappellini, Architect and Designer, Art Director, Cappellini, Milan, Italy.
The monograph covers a wide range of topics, such as the culture of making, social modernity, poetic analogy, sensorial design, plurality of expression in design, secular humanism, craftsmanship and technology, perception and atmosphere of both objects and spaces. Over the years Pakhalé has built his personal research and cultivated his design thinking on these interconnected topics in which his work is rooted.
“To look within Satyendra Pakhalé’s body of work is to see an argument for design as a more pluralistic enterprise.” – Aric Chen, Curator at Large, M+ Museum, HK
It is a critical book which illustrates the designer’s world view and intellectual position, and the theoretical heritage underpinning the cultivation of a ‘culture of creation’. The objective of the book from the outset has been to encourage an intellectual debate and trigger cross-disciplinary conversations on these relevant topics of our time.
The monograph structure consists of three overlapping layers, namely a project layer, documentary (studio practice) layer and research (critical essays) layer. The essays are interwoven with the project layer and documentary layer that give an insight into Pakhalé’s studio practice, and with accounts from his industrial partners such as Alberto Alessi, Giulio Cappellini, Cristiano Crosetta, and Vittorio Livi. The project layer meanwhile zooms in on specific processes and approaches called ‘project clusters’ that are presented in the monograph with a dense graphical layout. Over the years there have been several topical design explorations carried out at Pakhalé’s studio. Some of the results went into industrial production; some became limited edition gallery pieces and others remained ideas. Theory, practice and production – concepts, words, photos, sketches, watercolours, models, prototypes and more – are linked throughout these pages. Concluding the book is Satyendra Pakhalé’s Chronology of Works, introduced by Ingeborg de Roode, curator of Industrial Design, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, which provides an overview of his body of work.
“He is a designer who has the power to make you develop things that were unthinkable at the beginning” – Cristiano Crosetta, CEO and Partner TUBES Radiatori, Italy.
Satyendra Pakhalé Culture of Creation illustrates the designer’s journey by placing his work in the cultural, artistic and intellectual context to which it belongs, and to which it always returns. At the same time, it anticipates what is yet to come. With the wide range of relevant topics this monograph creates a ground for a vital debate bringing in Satyendra Pakhalé’s design practice as a seminal example in the current conversations related to plurality, diversity and above all the very nature of design and its contribution to contemporary societies for years to come.
Satyendra Pakhalé Culture of Creation | ISBN 978-94-6208-514-5 | € 49,95
Contributing Authors: Alberto Alessi, Paola Antonelli, Juhani Pallasmaa, Jacques Barsac, Giulio Cappellini, Gabrielle Ammann, Aric Chen, Cristiano Crosetta, Marva Griffin Wilshire, Ingeborg de Roode, Rene Spitz, Tiziana Proietti, Wera Selenowa, Vittorio Livi and Stefano Marzano
Editor: Jane Szita | Design: Mainstudio Amsterdam, NL | English | hardcover | 22 x 28 cm | 448 pages | illustrated (390 color and b/w) | nai010 Publishers Rotterdam, NL |