July - Sept 2012

The concept of design in India is not an import;one simply has to take a look at the magnificent symmetry and geometric shapes of buildings, palaces, and forts in medieval India to discover how rich the design sensitivity was in that age.

The advent of kitsch was post independence an irreverent leap into modernity without the reference point of one’s own heritage. Thus was born the grotesque facade, the garnish interior in the uppity homes and the matchbox 'quarters’ of government employees and migrants from across the new borders.

The hurry to modernize, without conforming to any basic design plan at the government level resulted in junior engineers and civil contractors having a field day taking on the mantle of interior designers as well. In the rush to embrace the new, any attention to this particular detail was ignored as a fussy indulgence.

The growth of interior design school has been phenomenal, especially in the last two decades. With growing aspirations and an expanding middle class, interiors with designer inputs have become the norm.Associations like IIID and others who have worked towards this end have created the right and fertile grounds for well-trained professionals.

However, the most important impact has been the recognition by the consumers that it takes an expert to detail and define their needs, moods and aspirations as far as interiors are concerned. As washrooms now turn into the latest symbol of affluence and lifestyle statement, special emphasis in washroom design has finally taken centre stage.