Spenta Multimedia launched Domus, a monthly international architecture, interiors, art and design magazine from Italy, in India on Saturday, 12th November, 2011. The event was held on the lawns of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), Mumbai, one of the city’s architectural landmarks.
Maneck Davar, proprietor and publisher of Spenta Multimedia, said “Domus is not about puff pieces on socialite homes but is about the serious business of architecture and design. It was always our intention to start a good architecture and design magazine to educate and inform the Indian audience. We plan to make Domus a thought-provoking and leading publication which will give an impetus to creativity.”
Domus Editor-in-Chief, Joseph Grima, introduced Domus to India and talked about the history of Domus since its inception in 1928. The keynote address was delivered by noted Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Tetsuo Kondo from SANAA. Their Tokyo-based architectural practice was awarded architecture’s highest honour, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010 and is an important practice, both, in Japan and internationally.
Nestled under the stars, a distinguished panel of Indian and international design experts discussed the present and future possibilities. The panel consisted of Joseph Grima (Editor-in-Chief of Domus), renowned Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Tetsuo Kondo (SANAA), and eminent Indian architects—Bijoy Jain, Kapil Gupta and Soumitro Ghosh. The event was followed by cocktails and dinner at The Viewing Room, a downtown Mumbai art gallery.