“I started 15 years ago, and it seems like just the other day. That is a function of no two days ever posing the same questions,” recalls designer Husna Rahaman about the day she established Fulcrum Studio. She had just returned from foreign shores: design studies at the Inchbald School of Design, London and Parsons School of Design, New York; a stint at Parsons, Paris, and an internship in Dubai. “The aspiration was to create in as true a manner as only creation allows. I was consumed by the belief that places needed to evolve into emotionally vibrant spaces.” She worked on projects that came her way, making an earnest difference to everything she touched. The response from clients and beholders — even the media — came in strong and fast. “Spatial volumes that create a deep intervention and interaction with the human spirit, has always been our signature,’’ says Rahaman. “Using materials, forms and juxtapositions that evoke and provoke is the response I enjoy eliciting from the built space.”
The design philosophy of the firm is to create three-dimensional sculptures with a function. It is to ensure that a brick has a voice, stone has a heartbeat, and fabric has the operatic rendition of your favourite soprano. Fulcrum Studio’s founder firmly believes in the statement, ‘What you shape, shapes you’. “It is the responsibility of design to affect mood, mind and behavioural pattern,” says Rahaman. “Unintellectualised beauty is shortsighted and the true power of creation comes from the elevation of self and surroundings, within and without, spiritual as well as physical.”
The designer is currently incredibly inspired to create with limited resources, as it is aligned to her belief of living with a conscience and living consciously. As for some learnings she would like to share with fellow designers: “Each one’s mistakes are the biggest learning device. Take your chances and burn when they fail. Just remember to rise from the ashes. Allow for the sun and stars to be residents in your spaces; the sensitivity will flow.”

Looking Back

Every project makes its contribution to her odyssey, and Rahaman’s own home was designed to be just that. However, it was the early days in her career and walking people through the space that elicited a visceral response. A surge was generated right there, she says, and every project thereafter has had a spin-off impact.

Looking forward

Upcoming projects are always like the arrival of a newborn, says the intrepid designer. “Each one is birthed from you, of you, but independently distinct,” she believes. An architectural residential project, which should be ready sometime this year, brings forth the “expected unexpectedness.”

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