I think what I enjoy most about Lab Nilaya is our location: in a seemingly inaccessible lane fronted by a temple arch with neighbours that include a bell clanging temple, a catering service and a school where the learning is a series of loud disharmonious incantations. You could miss us as one side of the lane is just nondescript cream walls and garages. We‘re quiet. You’d have to look carefully. When you open our doors a large, modern design studio lies before you, full of the energy of a thriving workshop and the unmistakable atmosphere of creativity and I have to say I love the contrast.
It’s been a while since I’ve been a part of Lab Nilaya and I guess I now have some perspective on our process. We’re a quiet bunch. We like to discuss our ideas over and over again. It’s a test in itself – to see how solid our thoughts are. An organic approach runs parallelly where individual designers pursue personal interests – these have the potential to become full-fledged collections. I like to think of us as explorers navigating the world of design and art. There is so much to see, so much to discover. Inspirations are everywhere – as far away as another continent, sometimes right outside our door.
Whether it’s decals, packaging, graphic solutions, the wallcoverings themselves – to us it is art meant to stir, to fulfill. I think we strive for original expression. Everything is an opportunity to create fulfilling experiences – for ourselves, for the person at the other end of our work.
Even as a writer, my words are carefully considered – not just by me but by a team. Each word is weighed, each nuance of a particular term examined. This makes my job that much tougher but also that much rewarding as you know what’s out there has gone through many filters.
New concepts are always in the pipeline. It’s fascinating to follow their journey and see them come to life, imagining them defining people’s homes. It’s amazing to imagine that this particular space generates visual stories that resonate with total strangers. I love to think that what covers walls beyond our doors has our special touch