Bookly Treasure

I happened to stumble upon this wonderful oddly titled book Eckart Muthesius 1930. Der Palast des Maharadschas in Indore. Architektur und Interieur / the Maharaja’s Palace in Indore. Architecture and Interior that recently made its way into the racks of RMIT University Library. The book is a fantastic collection of images and drawings by German architect Eckart Muthesius (1904-1989) for the royal commission of the Holkars’ Residence in Indore (Manik Baugh).

Exterior of Palace









The Palace is an outstanding early example of experimental International Style architecture and interior design in India. Commissioned by the keen Maharajah of Indaur (Indore), Yeshwant Rao Holkar II to German-English architect Eckart Muthesius, the building today stands as the office of the Chief Commissioner, Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax.

Eckart Muthesius’ designs drew inspiration from various influences, which included his father Hermann Muthesius, an architect, diplomat, writer and deep admirer of the “English house” as an architectural genre. Secondly, Muthesius’ godparent and one of the principal propagators of the English Arts and Crafts movement, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who also was an early stimulus for the young Muthesius.

Bird in Space sculpted by Brancusi (left) and Bar Stool by Eckart Muthesius

      Several series production pieces such as tabular steel chairs by Berlin-based designer Marcel Breuer and architect-brothers Wassili and Hans Luckhardt. Pieces of furnishings from Paris included the chaise longue by Le Corbusier/Charlotte Perrind and the ebony, chrome and leather-upholstered armchair Transat by Eileen Gray. London based furniture company PEL


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