The vibrant and sophisticated style of Bombay Art Deco

Some of Mumbai’s architectural treasures in The Art Deco style have just been inscribed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Navin Ramani grew up in one facing the Oval Maidan, but it wasn't until much later, when he was leading walking tours of The Art Deco heritage in Miami Beach, US, that he drew parallels with the rich heritage he had left behind. His fascination with the sophistication and craftsmanship of the Art Deco Style in Mumbai and its ‘light, playful feeling’ led to the making of his book: Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visual Journey 1930-53, published by Roli Books
Curated By: Madhu Kapparath
Published: Jul 13, 2018
The vibrant and sophisticated style of Bombay Art Deco

Image by : Roli Books from their book Bombay Art Deco Architecture: A Visua Journey,1930-53 by Navin Ramani

MANECKJI WADIA BUILDING (Fort 1939-45). A distinguished Art Deco office building, with its sober spandrels and pilasters exemplified large commercial enterprises that accommodated growing port commerce in the Fort district in the early 1940s. This expression of progressive design acknowledged the complete transformation of Mumbai from a “fortified trading outpost to the first city of India”