The moment a designer’s work becomes instantly recognizable with one quick look, it’s a particular sign they’ve conquered the trade. Aparna Chaddha cracked that deed years ago when establishing her studio Space Decor that has matured from store interior style to international style designs.
The color-charged lounges, elegant rooms, perky bathrooms, maybe a sample of what Aparna does with Space Décor.
With bold shapes and assured color schemes meeting art, vintage lighting, and a dose of the art movement, it’s easy to examine why her super-creative projects have earned accolades from her clients. She’s the queen of Minimalism, obsessed with drama, which means her work invariably packs a punch. I got an opportunity to interview Aparna. Below are the excerpts.
What got you into interior designing?
I wanted to do bespoke design for every client and that there should be one point of contact at the company that supports the client from design to execution. All of this while providing contemporary, classical, simple, and complicated designs and not being out of reach for most. My survey of the market indicated that although there is a need for this, there aren’t very many companies doing it. I, therefore, decided to start Space Décor, primarily to fill this need.
How do you know when the interior design is ‘good’?
A good design reflects a client’s personality and works not just aesthetically but also functionally. For example, if you host a lot of house parties, it makes sense to have sufficient comfortable seating spaces, easy to manage and clean kitchen and bar, and aesthetically pleasing lighting.
What is your philosophy for design?
I prefer the minimalist design, with a more contemporary look and feel. However, I also like working with classical designs as they have a timeless feel to them.
As an interior designer, you must continuously be looking to the future. How do you stay put with all the new developments?
Some things don’t go out of fashion, like minimalist and classical designs. I try not to get caught up too much with the trends as they come and go. To look into the future, we look into the past a lot of times and see how to fit that in a modern home best. I do have to keep abreast with the latest developments and offerings from various manufacturers. I used to attend trade shows in India and get information on similar events outside of India to keep up with the latest developments. I also obtain information from our vendors, who receive updates every quarter on their latest products. This has become a little more difficult in the current times, but we are following some of the trade events to keep ourselves up-to-date.
Beauty and function are the two main aspects of design. How do you manage to bring both together?
Aesthetics and functionality are indeed the two main aspects that we need to balance. I don’t favor one over the other. To balance these, during the design phase, we try to have extensive conversations with our clients. These help us to understand not only our clients’ tastes but also functional requirements. For example, false ceilings serve the purpose of looking pleasing and providing enough light in the room that you can watch TV, have dinner, and host friends and family, each of which may require a different type and light effect for the best outcome. These days, the homes’ size is getting smaller, and this balance is becoming more critical than ever. We, therefore, end up having multifunctional furniture.
What do you see in the future of design?
Designs are, in general timeless. Often, we see some trends from the past come back generally with some modern touches. We also see some materials and finishes change as material costs come down or newer materials develop.
What is the strangest request you have gotten while working on a project?
One of the most common requests that I find rather strange is the excessive use of colors. I received a request from a client who wanted to use six different colors in a room, wallpapers, and other textures. I am all for colors and accentuating some parts with the playful use of colors, but less can often be more in design.
What fields of design are you most interested in?
I have been most keen on residential and commercial interior design. It allows me to work with families and businesses looking for a space to work for them.
Is design Art or Science? How do you look at it?
Design is primarily art but requires science to make it work. The outcomes are best when you start with a piece of art and try to fit functionality. This doesn’t always work the first time around, and you must keep trying.
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