Satyendra Pakhalé: Culture of Creation
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.
Satyendra Pakhalé Culture of Creation is not a traditional monograph. Through 12 critical essays by leading design thinkers on a wide range of topics the monograph aims to initiate a new debate about design and its plurality and diversity in the contemporary cultural context. 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.
Over the years, intellectual curiosity has been a constant feature of Pakhalé’s design practice. Besides his own research, he has sustained dialogue with professionals from various fields including architects, writers, curators, academics, and prominent figures in the design industry, several of whom have contributed to this book such as architect and architectural-design thinker Juhani Pallasmaa, Helsinki; Paola Antonelli, Sr., curator MoMA, New York; René Spitz, scholar on HfG Ulm, Cologne; Aric Chen, curator at large of M+ Museum, Hong Kong; Jacques Barsac, director of the Fondation Charlotte Perriand, Paris; Tiziana Proietti, architect and professor, University of Oklahoma, Norman and Stefano Marzano, former CEO Philips Design, Eindhoven.
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.
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 12 essays serve to put Pakhalé’s body of work into a wider, deeper context, offering the kind of food for thought on which he himself thrives. 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.
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.
“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.
“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
“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 is a poet of form and materials. Experiencing his work is a joy.”
– Giulio Cappellini, Architect and Designer, Art Director, Cappellini, Milan, Italy.
“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.
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