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Talking interiors, literally

February 6, 2013

Talking interiors, literally

Blog posts from Gautam Shah, architect and interior designer @ http://talking-interior-design.blogspot.in/search?updated-max=2010-02-21T05:46:00-08:00&max-results=7&start=7&by-date=false.

For me, the most striking thing about this blog was the complete and utter absence of any visual material. Without reading it all, one might say that the posts look like transcripts from someone’s lectures – when the projector was broken.

Somewhat longish, posts talk about space, how to label drawings, materials, specifications, measures, standards, building elements, about how a tactic of occupying a space becomes an intellectual strategy of inhabitation for human beings and how plan is a complete documentation of design intentions.

Isn’t a picture worth a thousand words? And in these lookist times, more and more images are around to grab our interest, to sustain it beyond the first two seconds, to enable recall. From a profession that has always and ever relied on drawings, for communication and as a way to document and imagine things beyond words, it is surprising to find a person who isn’t tempted to use the basic tool of his trade. May be this is better explained in his own words: “the usual rule is whatever you cannot detail-explain through drawing language mechanics, must be presented in writings”.

One might agree with that. But still, not a single drawing or image to show how the author would do all that is described? Not even in ‘Design Approaches’? I too am guilty of the same crime, I know. But I hope I’ll come to adding relevant images when I have to choose between a picture and a thousand words. Till then I hope his detailed posts are chapterised or parceled so that the reader may grasp the big scheme or idea easily.

His website also has a series of lectures @ http://www.gautamshah.in/

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