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Ask a designer

January 25, 2017, 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya

By Malini Aikat

 

These days Facebook will tell you what kind of French fry you are by the movies you watch. Or what kind of movie you are by the French fry you eat. But nothing tells you more about a person than the space they inhabit. It's all about personality. We decided to interview some of our Nilaya designers about how they approach interiors. 

 

 
 ISHA, Lab Nilaya Textile Designer.
 
 
Q: Are there any rules you follow either instinctively or from some other guide line?
A: I think plants and all kinds of other flora instantly liven up any space and bring in so much warmth. So that would be one thing I've learned after I started living by myself and doing up my own house. Ambient diffused lighting is always a great addition.
 
Q: Armani apparently likes to work with cream and black. How do you approach the wide world of colours?
A: I personally prefer subtle dull tones, like greys and beiges and blues, with accents of brighter shades.
 
Q: Are there any mix and match no - nos?
A: Mix and match is great, as long as it doesn't start getting cluttered.
 
Q: What is one decor trend you loathe?
A: Over doing anything.
 
Q: Do you have a creative or any other type of hero or guru or personality who's creative approach you admire?

A: I don't think I will be able to name one, but I quite admire the Scandinavian creative approach and aesthetic.       

 

 
ANAMIKA, Lab Nilaya Graphic Designer.
 
Q: Are there any rules you follow either instinctively or from some other guide line? 
A : I love huge windows with bolts of sunshine streaming in and flora indoors. Setting a mood, comfort and personalised style sense are few things I have picked up having my own space. I love patterns and colours, so those come instinctively.
 
Q:  Armani apparently likes to work with cream and black. How do you approach the wide world of colours?
A: I just play around with colours I like which would be brights and pastels. 
 
Q: Are there any mix and match no - nos?
A: I don't mind mix and match as long as they don't look random. This could also define my personality in the space I live. I like to match colours, patterns, mood and textures.
 
Q: What is one decor trend you loathe?
A: Looks that are too flashy.
 
Q: Do you have a creative or any other type of hero or guru or personality who's creative approach you admire?
A: There's no guru as such but I do follow a lot of pages on Instagram and Pinterest for ideas. 
 
 
RAJVI, Lab Nilaya Textile Designer.
 
Q: Are there any rules you follow either instinctively or from some other guide line? 
A: I have a subconscious inclination towards all things earthy, and am always drawn towards any kind of hand done, slightly imperfect objects, that seem to have the love of labour. One rule, there always needs to be order in disorder. And of course, follow your instincts, do what makes your space comfortable for you, and not what a magazine says.
 
Q:  Armani apparently likes to work with cream and black. How do you approach the wide world of colours?
A:  Earthy tones, like madder, indigo, mustard, basically all the colours, that make up the natural dyes colour palette. Something about them seems to be just right!
 
Q:  Are there any mix and match no - nos?
A: There should always be one central colour or pattern, with everything else built around it. Multiple points of focus ruins the look.
 
Q: What is one decor trend you loathe?
A: Rich and bold, with over the top velvet, fur, crystal and metallic. It just feels very clinical, and showcase-y.
 
Q: Do you have a creative or any other type of hero or guru or personality who's creative approach you admire?
A: The kind of stuff curated by Bhavna Bhatnagar in her blog, An Indian Summer, and also, love love the Doshi Levein aesthetic.

 

 

 

 

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