Established in 2008 by multi-faceted Ashiesh Shah — he’s an architect, interior designer, art collector and writer, all rolled into one — Ashiesh Shah Architecture + Design is the go-to design studio for celebrities, industrialists and other personalities from the elite circle. Shah set up the studio because he was disappointed by the way design was perceived in India. “I wanted to bring forth an aesthetic immersed in simplicity, amalgamating symmetry and balance. I aspired to radiate change, positively translating opinions related to design, making it more widespread,” says the degree-holder in design from the Parsons School of Design, New York.
Early on, Shah predominantly worked on residential projects having a relatively personal reach, and every project came with its fair share of learnings, contributing to his growth as a designer. Today, the reach of his practice is further than what he had anticipated. “I have had the opportunity to work on a multitude of diverse projects,” he says. “Having designed custom furniture pieces, I always knew I wanted to foray into product design. Several friends and especially clients for whom I had custom-designed some pieces had been encouraging me to work in this space. They’ve been fantastic patrons, allowing me to push my boundaries and do something different. I think being open to change is the key to evolution, which I try to embrace with every new venture.”
Shah’s design philosophy, in conjunction with his aesthetic, is constantly evolving. Although he initially struggled to find his design language, he’s always gravitated towards clean lines, uncluttered spaces and tangible textures. “For the past several years, I have been exploring the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, an aesthetic describing beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete,” discloses the much-published, award-winning architect. Being open-minded, he says, is key to being a good designer — as that leads to evolution of aesthetic and adaptability. “Given that talent is a prerequisite, the only way to success is hard work. And a little secret that will make it easier is the art of managing your time,” he signs off.

Looking Back

It was through commercial projects like Le Mill and Nido that Shah’s work took on public recognition. Prior to this, he was focused on private residences. The transition from a private to a public platform was an important hurdle to cross, opening up opportunities in experimental design exploration in commercial projects.

Looking forward

Shah’s newest venture is Atelier, a project he is viewing with great interest. A corollary to his design practice, Atelier amalgamates experimentation, ideation and research; it is essentially a think-tank, replete with ideas, that will take shape in the form of tangible products.

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