I caught the latter part of a documentary on I.M. Pei on PBS earlier today that chronicled his work on the museum he designed for the Chinese city he hails from- Suzhou. Pei was 90 when he completed the project, and it was inspiring to watch his uncompromising vision and execution, interpretation of his Chinese heritage, and undying modernist approach to design/ architecture. And as this PBS write up reminds us, he was indeed the man who put the glass pyramid in the Louvre!
Also, as a designer who left ‘home’, I was interested in what relationship Pei’s work had with the China of his youth and how he interpreted it, and also countered its influences very strongly all his life, being a strong proponent of modernism. So, what really do we, as designers carry away with us when we leave home? The idiom of Indian design has been a fascinating subject for me, which I hope to return to again for more discussion.
Images courtesy: PBS website.