How did you come up with the name of your studio?
The pomegranate is a brilliantly designed fruit, the shape of the seeds are in a Voronoi pattern that is the most efficient way to put a fluid together, each unit is unique, and goes along with the whole perfectly. We would like our projects to imbibe the same, however, the name is the result of some intoxicated debauchery.
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
I’m not sure I can point to a “moment” as I suppose design thinking builds up within us, as we observe, learn to read the world around us, revel in amazement, then do it ourselves. Design is the basis of humanity, as the only species to modify its environment (consciously).
Many little memories make up this passion for design- observing all the objects I had as a child, understanding why I used them, playing with LEGO to build my own environments, and now trying to change the larger environment around me, its a process, and will be constantly expanding its scope.
What kind of projects were you doing when you first started as a designer?
Our first projects were a low cost house for a farmer in Kamshet, public spaces for Mumbai, and some homes around the country.
What field of design are you most interested in?
Architecture. Though I think all architects think this includes all kinds of design.
What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
I love all of the books on Geoffrey Bawa’s work, as well as Carlo Scarpa.I don’t really look up the internet so much but I really like how Insperior is working.
What is your Signature Style?
What inspires you to thrive in this industry? Which piece of architecture inspires you the most.
The Kailasa Temple at Ellora is by far one of the most amazing buildings in the world. Every architect must spend a few days there. Studio pomegranate thrives on the positive impact it makes on the world; half our work is urban design, and making useful, inspiring, free space for a space starved city like Mumbai drives us.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
It is both, one cannot exist without the other. This is what magic is made of.
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
I would create an empowering environment that is equitable, and free.
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
Go forth and be fearless.