Antwork Furniture, Ahmedabad
Sauna in Helsinki, Finland
Living Room, Private Residence, Mumbai
Areas of Speciality:
Expertise - Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Design for Children
Service - Design and Build, Furniture Design, Product Design, Graphic Design
Sector - Institutional Furniture
Winner, Godrej Design Lab, Furniture Design Category, 2015
SPIRETEC Design Competition 2011, Honorable Mention
Berkeley Prize Travel Fellowship 2011
Designers I admire:
Alvar Aalto for his amazing ability to synthesize cultural elements and give them a contemporary form. His works are microcosms of his surroundings - of the social, cultural and material fabric. The Muuratsalo House, the Saynatsalo Town Hall and his experiments with bent wood furniture take the cake for me. Peter Zumthor for his skillful crafting of experiences that the human body connects with, through all its senses. The Therme Vals in Switzerland is one of his most significant works.
I have great respect for Charles & Ray Eames who had the vision to set up a multidisciplinary studio at a time when people were focusing on specialisations and expertise in their own disciplines. They also made a tremendous contribution to design in India.
What is Discern to me?
Discern has a holistic approach to design and living. And that's something I appreciate more than anything.
Designers who will make it big next year:
To be honest, I haven't the slightest clue. I know there are a lot of talented people out there putting a lot of effort into designing better products, experiences, and therefore better lives. We're all slowly but surely moving towards a more design-conscious and aware society, and that's commendable.
Best advice I got when I started working as an independent designer:
The list of things to be designed is endless and yet there is no one to pay for it. If good design is as little design as possible, and if good design is invisible, why would they pay?
Don Norman is the one author who can explain design to even a six-year-old. His writings on design leave you awash with such clarity in thought and an ability to critically evaluate your work. His book, The Design of Everyday Things, is a bible for lost designers. His other books, Living with Complexity and The Design of Future Things, are also essential reads. Another must-read is The Thinking Hand by Juhanni Pallasmaa.
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