How did you come up with the name of your studio?
Dot is the beginning and the end. Dot is also infinite. With a vision of establishing such a practice, and a common philosophy of creating functional spaces which eventually array into an aesthetical structure that would harness infinite design ideas and infinite ways of innovating them, Shubhit Khurana and Anmol Arora initiated their homonymous firm in December 2018.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
We both had this common vision and hunger towards the field but it was sometime during our first project when we realized this was it. The sudden joy of seeing the translation of our vision into a usable space did the job for us.
What kind of projects were you doing when you first started as a designer?
Lucky for us, we started our journey with a workspace in the heart of the city with a dream client. It was a marketing office for a US-based wealth management agency.
What field of design are you most interested in?
Most of our projects are a mix of architecture ad interior design. In the last two years, we have also started managing our projects to make sure the end result is aligned with our vision.
What is your favourite book/magazine on design? How about your favourite site?
Krishna Lodge – A picture book – Ashok B Lall
Thinking Architecture – Peter Zumthor
Both the books talk about space as an experience, as a living being. It’s more about what you feel while you’re in it rather than what you just see.
What is your Signature Style?
Our process somehow revolves around the functions and then form follows it, with no keywords to describe our style, I would say that we love experimenting with newer materials, and our hands-on approach makes the scale and touch relatable.
What inspires you to thrive in this industry? Which piece of architecture inspires you the most.
The sheer joy of seeing something designed on paper come to life. That moment is unforgettable, it takes away all the pain that a designer goes through during the process. The Development Alternative’s World HQ by Ashok B Lall architects inspires us the most. It is the most simple and yet the most complex buildings we have come across. The building is a machine, every element has a function, and still, it is all so silent like a poem.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
Design in its true sense is art. It is subjective but the process is nothing short of therapeutic. The little hurdles, heartaches, and then finally the moment when the dots align, sheer joy.
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
We would create a collaborative workspace for professionals to come together and explore. A space for people to create, fail, learn and earn.
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
There are no magic bullets, we are a fairly young studio to be giving out advice but yes, in this extremely harsh world, be kind to yourself, to your peers, and most definitely to your work.
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