“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” On Valentine’s day 2021, we are here to feature the ten most power-couples sharing an enduring bond in a smitten way. Be it a professional or personal life; these couples have managed everything effortlessly, establishing prestigious architecture and interior design companies from scratch.
Glean inspiration from their Victorious journey that is inspiring and heart-touching!
Sameer Balvally & Shilpa Balvally
Sameer and Shilpa are a power couple and a true inspiration for interior or architectural designs. With almost two decades of architecture, interior designing, and planning experience gathered from working with clients across India and abroad, Shilpa and Sameer Balvally had started their own practice called Studio Osmosis in January of 2010. From integrating aesthetic details to extreme fluidity and dynamism, design philosophies at studio osmosis have always complemented the client’s needs, developing tailor-made solutions to projects.
Studio Osmosis has had a rewarding journey since its inception. Within a short period, the firm has received various national and international awards and has become a venerable name in the design and architecture space.
After completion graduation from Bombay, the duo went to the US and completed their master’s degree. They have known each other since 1996, got married in 2005. In 2010, they started their own business utilizing the years of experience and expertise. They both love exploring new things and solving real life problems together like a strong couple.
Meena Murthy Kakkar & Vishal Kakkar
A relationship built on friendship, loyalty, and trust becomes the immortal bond for life long, and that’s what this power couple reflects with their powerful bond and profound work. After Graduating from SPA in 2002 and working together in the same profession, they cemented the partnership further to form a foundation ‘Envisage.’
‘Envisage’ means to visualize, contemplate or conceive. The idea behind the name is to envision client’s needs and preferences that they cannot perceive. With each other’s support and understanding, Meena and Vishal established a strong base by successfully landing projects at Una, Himachal Pradesh, Holiday Inn express at Mahindra World City, and OMR. This timeless bond is a perfect example of the famous phrase “Made for each other”!
Akash Mehta and Poonam Mehta
Having a shared goal is one of the things that drive people to work together. It also bonds them. Likewise, Poonam, an alumnus of the prestigious University of Arts (London), and Akash, a well-known designer with an in-depth knowledge of lighting, established AMPM Designs in 2014. The idea behind the name AMPM designs depicts the importance of the right interior designs, lighting, and ambiance, be it day or night.
With the combined experience and expertise of 26+ years, this ageless duo has delivered a timeless and fresh aesthetic to several high-scale residential, commercial, and development builder projects across India. The duo has also won several international awards of repute, apart from glowing mentions in prestigious publications such as Times Luxury Interiors, Elle Decor, and Forbes.
Krupa Zubin and Zubin Zainuddin
With the years of expertise and experience in interior design and architecture, Krupa Zubin and Zubin Zainuddin had led a multidisciplinary and multi-award-winning design firm known as ZZ Architects.
Over the past few years, ZZ Architects has emerged as a leading full-service
Luxury Architecture, Interior Design, and Décor firm based in Mumbai. With the unique
Artistic approach and technical expertise, they led a remark among the top 10 Architectural and Interior Design Firms in India.
The duo has done numerous successful projects, including commercial, residential, health, clubs, spas, salons, hospitality, pharmaceutical, exhibition, institutional, mixed-use, and high-end residential interior projects. ZZA offers integrated design services for the built environment, encompassing master planning, architectural, landscape, interior, lighting, and furniture design.
Neilesh Kenkare and Bhavya Kenkare
With the dynamic and powerful approach, this beautiful couple established a foundation known as Arch-Aid. The idea behind the name signifies the importance of Architecture and interior in everyone’s life. Neilesh and Bhavya think that Architecture is nothing but passion and a lot of hard work, as Architects see the process of generation of the entire site with Its stages and involvement, giving clients value for their money and Trust.
This Multi-Service Design firm offers various Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Projects ranging from residential, commercial, hospitality, educational, and religious spaces. Arch-Aid also offers assistance other than Designing in Concept workings, Estimations, Specifications, Execution, and supervision till completion and final certification of the design.
After having conversation with Neilesh, we got to know about the secret of their bond as well as their successful business. He told that his wife handles residential projects in mumbai, while he handles commercial projects out of Mumbai requiring a lot traveling.
Apart from that, he also told us that they maintain a balance by dividing things. He handles budget and financial decisions while his wife handles purchasing decisions.
Manit and Sonali Rastogi
Inspired by Environment-friendly building construction techniques and designs, Sonali and Manit Rastogi established a firm “Morphogenesis” in 1996. The main motive is to provide the fundamentals of comfort, safety, liveability, and sustainability to respond to the local climate and ecology while remaining economically viable and globally pertinent.
Manit and Sonali believe that architectural designs must perceive the four main parameters: sustainability, uniqueness, optimization, and liveability. With this vibrant musing, they led a foundation built on four predominant parameters that reduce consumption of resources and energy, resulting in buildings consuming up to 50% less energy.
The duo has won over 110 national and international awards, including the WAF (World Architecture Festival) award and the Singapore Institute of Architects SIA Getz Award.
Sanjay Puri and Nina Puri
The bond becomes twice more potent when both partners share the same beliefs and principles. Sanjay Puri and Nina Puri is the best couple dictating this phrase right!
Sanjay and Nina had established Sanjay Puri Architects in 1992, applying years of expertise in interior and architecture designs. The duo believes that every project should be designed contextually evolving spaces that are perceived in new ways. Each design takes cognizes of the climate and integrates sustainability in a cohesive way.
With profound creativity and meticulous attention to detail, complementing the client’s needs and expectations, the couple had won innumerable national and international awards. They both are the true inspiration for all those new people entering this field to build something on their own!
Nilay Shah & Sara Shah
Greatly inspired by the original assortment of Indian-Italian design and culture, Nilay shah and Sara Shah had led their own studio, “Magic Houz”, proffering the user a soulful experience.
Magic Houz offers a full range of design services, including Architectural Design, Interior Design, Styling, and Sourcing of Italian Furniture for all Residential, Commercial & Hospitality projects, making it your sole destination for holistic design.
Nilay and Sara, after years of experience in designing and furniture, found a one-stop solution proffering meaningful spaces and the right balance depicting the true meaning of going sustainable. This bond defines the timeless foundation built on infinite love, respect, and splendid efforts!
They started their firm in 2009. Their firm mainly handles residential and commercial interior designing projects . The concept and interior design is handled by Sara Shah while the clients and execution is handled by Nilay Shah.
When it comes to their timeless bond, they handle their relationship very well by maintaining a clear understanding. With each other’s support they tackle every problem efficiently.
Anjali and Ashwin Lovekar
After acquiring years of experience working in different cities and companies for architectural and interior designing projects, Anjali and Ashwin embarked on a new journey establishing Lovekar Design Associates in 1993. The couple believes that every project must be masterminded carefully, considering the client’s brief, fidelity to site conditions, time & economic frame.
Anjali and Ashwin built this foundation with trust and teamwork. A keen sense of aesthetics & visual appeal and discipline in the design are the fundamental principles that everyone must adapt while formulating a creative design. They believe in creating spaces that the owner is comfortable with & relates to as his own.
After completing graduation, they started their own firm lovekar design associates. They have been working together for more than 30 years. With such a great years of experience and expertise, they handles every situation well maintaining a clear understanding.
Rajiv Khanna and Sabeena Khanna
“Together is a wonderful place to be”- Rajiv and Sabeena have proved this phrase correct with their immortal bond and dedication towards work. After graduating from the prestigious college of architecture, they led a strong base known as Studio KIA. Over the last 35 years of its existence, K.I.A. has designed projects of all types and magnitudes.
K.I.A. stands for kreate, inspire and achieve. They seek inspiration from nature, offering varied colors, shapes, forms, and textures, providing solutions for each project innovatively.
Rajiv and Sabeena are a great team together, handling each project with the utmost care and fine attention to the minutest detail. Be it Master planning architecture, residential architecture, Educational, Hospitality, or retail architectures and Interiors- Time & quality is the essence at K.I.A.
Derive inspiration from these iconic stars who have managed their personal and professional life victoriously!