How did you come up with the name of your studio?
The K in the name stands for Karan and E stands for Esha, the two co-founders of the studio. We wanted to keep the studio name simple, intimate and personal, much the same as our Design ethos and our practice. Over the past many years of shared work experiences, we have realized that both bring different set of skills and different perspectives to the design board. While one works at the macro level, the other brings in a keen approach at the micro level, rendering a design that marries larger planning and designing with minute detailing seamlessly. Both of us strongly believe in working closely and intimately with all our clients, construction professionals and our team.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
From the get-go, we realized that we are constantly inspired by our ever-changing surroundings, travels and music. Both of us have always found the need to release this inspiration in an artistic expression. What started initially as doodles and sketches, poetry and photo documentation, would often lead to spirited debates on how to turn these inspirations into Design. These dialogues made us realize that while working in another firm was challenging and inspiring, we were more appealed and driven with the idea of having our own setup that allowed our own artistic freedom and personal expression.
What kind of projects were you doing when you first started as a designer?
When we first started as designers, we dealt with projects at different scales ranging from Architectural Projects to Interior and Furniture design. One could say that it was like simultaneously being in the shallow and the deeper end of the pool. But what we realized is that even a single piece of chair needed all the attention, designing, patience and time, and can be as challenging a task as dealing with a large scale Architecture Project. As a multidisciplinary firm, we have often worked on Graphic Design, Product Design, Interior and Architecture Design, and all the disciplines are equally enticing and exciting to us.
What field of design are you most interested in?
As Architecture graduates, what excites us the most is Architecture Design. While Karan is looking forward to bringing more large scale institutional and hospitality buildings to life, Esha wants to turn people’s dream holiday-homes to reality.
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
We love revisiting books which cover the works of our favourite Architects like Geoffrey Bawa, Peter Zumthor, Alvar Aalto, Carlo Scarpa, Frank Lyod Wright, Charles Correa who we consider as our all time mentors. We also love being abreast with the world with magazines like Detail and Domus.
What is your Signature Style?
We are hopeless romantics at heart when it comes to nature. What drives our design sensibilities lies a lot in our surroundings, and we want to always focus on making a built environment that invites nature to bleed into it physically and visually.
What inspires you to thrive in this industry? Which piece of artchitecture inspires you the most.
We have a vision of creating pieces of Architecture that deeply satisfy us while bringing immense joy and comfort to our clients. We want to capture the experiences from our travels and music, and convert it into built forms. The thirst to create is strong and we love what we do, and can’t imagine ourselves doing anything else.
Honestly, what inspires us the most is a blank canvas.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
A little bit of this and a little bit of that
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
Considering Mars is still a virgin planet offering us a blank canvas, why not start there?
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
The beginning is slow, the middle is tough and the end seems infinite, but if you love what you do then you keep at it.