Eight Degree Design House
How did you come up with the name of your studio?
The number “eight” signifies new opportunities and new paradigms; hence, “Eight Degree Design House” is all about celebrating the client and their new beginnings through design.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
Growing up, I’ve always been that girl who sprinkled on colours of art as a medium of self-expression. When I visited “Disney World, Orlando” as a 14 year-old, what charmed me were not the magical rides but the magic behind making these rides with rich sensory taste and the soulful designs speaking a 1000 words architecturally. With a plethora of such gleeful experiences, I returned discovering my area of interest for creating experiential spaces. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and after a few years in this industry, it only keeps getting better.
What kind of projects were you doing when you first started as a designer?
The first project I had worked on was a “mid-sized residential project” that was gradually followed by other hospitality and retail spaces.
What field of design are you most interested in?
I believe as an Architect, I wouldn’t feel content if I focus on one field alone. Currently, I truly enjoy putting little things together and creating soulful cohesive interior spaces.
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
It’s a little too difficult to pick one but I’ve always loved reading magazines/ books/ sites that encourages artists/ designers to talk about their craft in-depth that gives you an insight into their design processes and perspectives.
What is your Signature Style?
Storytelling; I believe that each project is just as unique as the client and has its own narrative. Materiality, colours, craftsmanship and collaboration with our clients leads to an extremely customized, functional and layered space.
What inspires you to thrive in this industry? Which piece of artchitecture inspires you the most.
I’m truly inspired by everything – nature, art, ceramics, travel, photography and design. I can’t pick one piece of architecture but what I find most inspiring are spaces that articulate the idea of transporting visitors, both physically and narratively, into another world.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
Design is the art we live in but science is the force that makes it real.
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
My Thesis – The inner-self project: An Urban Meditation Centre.
Ever so often in a busy bustling city like Mumbai, even more in times like these, I feel the lack of a quiet open space surrounded by nature for contemplation. A space that permits you to disconnect from the outside and connect inwards without having to leave the city.
The Architecture of space is known to astound people, move them to tears and help them connect to oneself at a higher level. The aim is to create varied environments that facilitate different forms of meditation, stillness, movement and art.
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
If you find the thing that lights you up and you love it, then try to carve out a path of success around that. You need to listen to yourself and be committed to your story and drive. Also, staying true to your dreams and skills is so much more attainable and rewarding along the way.