The Indian Style

Raymond Head, Author University of Chicago Press $29.95 (210p) ISBN 978-0-226-32224-7
What do an 1847 villa on Staten Island, an exotic French red-and-yellow brick chateau and the Globe cinema in London have in common? All were consciously modeled on Indian architecture, as Head's meticulous, concise survey reveals. Mughal palaces and dwellings and Hindu monuments inspired lodges, pavilions, gateways and houses in England; the bungalow, a distinctly Indian building, spread from Australia to California. Indian handicrafts with their refinement and unity of design revitalized designers in the West, who, demoralized by mass production, sought new ideas. American artist Lockwood de Forest, partner of Louis Tiffany, toured India to gather glass, textiles and carvings, then returned to Greenwich Village, where he built a house embodying his belief that East and West could coexist. More than 100 black-and-white plates are interwoven with the text. (September 16)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1986
Release date: 08/01/1986
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