le corbusier meets…

Le Corbusier creations meets a photo artist from Chandigarh

He was trained to be a graphic artist and painter instead he picked up camera. His is conceptual photography. Without delving into technicalities I call him one of the best Indian photo artists.

Diwan Manna freezes us with his black and white creations. He photographs kitchen workers who work endlessly inside hot dark four walls. 

He is from Chandigarh, a city designed by Le Corbusier. So one fine day he went to France to capture Le Corbusier creations. Here is the result:





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Above images are from Le Corbusier Firminy and Le corbusier-Master of light series.



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                         all images from Wheels of time series


                                        alienation series


                                  dhaba- kitchen workers


                             Rooh Punjab di (soul of Punjab)


                                       Varanasi series


                               Borobudur, Indonesia

Click to enlarge all -150x150s.

You can use his photo creations as greeting cards from his website.

design dic-tionary

design dictionary- defined humorously!

                                       or truthfully?


I-con A designer’s admission of guilt

Mass Appeal A case of sour grapes for most designers

Wire Frame Model A very skinny lady advertising a product

Exploded View A plaster model that fell down

Colour Scheme What remains in the paint glass after the previous guy has mixed his paints

Contrast The difference in payment between a new and an established designer

Balance Something all designers lose sometime or the other

Visual Impact Expression on the clients face when he sees the bill or the product

Similarity The strange commonality between your design and one that appeared in a design journal two weeks ago

See humorous design dictionary compiled by Punyashloke Mishra with a little help from his friends here.

$ 100 bill – rug

A focus on cause and effect, innate curiosity, and lightheartedness – are what Pons calls the universal elements of design.

“You don’t have a specialization, so you can do anything.” This is Luis Guillermo Pons Mendoza, Miami based Venezuelan architect, designer for you. And he does everything with his very active imagination.

He is most hyped for his inflatable designs.

But for me Luis Pons’ modern interiors have the kind of details and simple complexity that makes him one of my favourites. The way he uses new materials is inspiration and he creates colours with play of light. A glimpse of his voids, touches, art and mischief ….







And the story of his career is interesting too.

Continue reading $ 100 bill – rug

light mark on paper

Tell me what is so earthy about handmade paper! May be I am only person in the world who has covered few old books in handmade paper! My fascination with handmade paper has taken me to Finland’s paper artist Sirpa Kivilompolo. She has done very interesting experiments of capturing light on paper with watermark pattern technique.

On white handmade paper play of light and shadow creates an elegant and eye-catching illusion. Each of her cards series tells a story. Here are her kuulto– watermark paper cards sold under the name Paperivalo.

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                wheel of fortune series               dancing sea

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              singing sun & summer waltz      heaven’s gate         

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memorable day & blessedness      joy of life & sound of silence

How these cards are made you can see here but explanation is in Finnish.

edit:grafikerlik has sent me these great info links about watermark techniques: