Homage to Le Corbusier with a feminine sensuality
In 1951 Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister, commissioned Le Corbusier to build a new state capital for the Punjab, in north west India. And so Chandigarh came into being, the modernist interpretation of the ideal city of Renaissance imaginings. Today, 60 years later, the design duo Doshi and Levien re-propose the design principles behind Le Corbusierâ€™s project. A sofa and chair produced using a few, simple, essential components: architectural proportions suspended on slender pillars to which the designers have added a feminine sensuality, playing with graphics and reducing the thickness of theÂ cushions.
Nipa Doshi was born in 1971 into a Gujarati family of Mumbai.
She graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1997 but she soon returned to India to work with local craftspeople. After a short stay she went back to London where she met Jonathan Levien, a Scot who had recently finished his master’s in furniture design at the Royal College. The synergy between Nipa and Jonathan clicked immediately; in fact they set up Doshi Levien in 2000 and got married. The combination of the two cultures and creativities generated a very special, innovative design concept. Nipa’s is heavily influenced by the visual culture and materials of India, Jonathan’s is rooted in industrial design. Together, their work celebrates cultural hybridism and explores a combination of technology, narration and industrial and craft design.