London based duo Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien have some amazing pieces in their portfolio. Nipa and Jonathan bring together two distinct and complementary approaches to their work. While Nipa’s work is strongly influenced by Indian visual and material culture, Jonathan’s approach is rooted in design for industrial production. Together, their work celebrates the cultural hybrid and explores the synthesis between technology, story telling, industrial design and craftsmanship.
This is my absolute favourite style of design, the merging of folklore with modern design to create something highly emotive.
This ‘My Beautiful Backside’ sofa is a seating collection designed for Moroso. The range draws upon a miniature painting of a Maharani sitting on the floor of her palace, surrounded and supported by multiples of pebble shaped cushions. It’s fascinating how much of a nod to mid-century design this is considering its exotic origins!
Also in their stunning collection is a day bed called ‘Principessa’ consisting of many thin mattress layers referencing the Hans Christian Anderson tale of Princess and the Pea. Beautiful!
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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