How did you come up with the name of your studio?
The name of our studio ‘Taliesyn’ takes its inspiration from the Architectural School ‘Taliesin’, founded and established by the veteran Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Taliesin is a home, studio and school built on an 800-acre agricultural estate in Wisconsin River valley by Wright.
Inspired by the virtuoso’s esteemed design ethos, we found our roots grounded in the name of the firm — a place where our ideas and aspiration entwine, allowing us to associate with the nature of work that we resonate within the truest light!
What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
Design for us has always been an intrinsic part of who we are as individuals from the get-go. Be it the penchant for artistic forms of expression or an innate need to solve everyday challenges through design — what tethers us both deeply to our passion is design’s omnipresence in every facet of our lives. It is a hybrid of artistic nuances and the science of engineering, making it a discipline that weaves together a way of life for all the people who inhabit a space.
Co-founding Taliesyn was a step in the direction of creating a conduit of design expression that allowed us to create at our pace; ideating spaces that bore our signature of design and understanding of spaces and language. Taliesyn is the nucleus of our endeavours as we wanted to work towards creating the ingenious, driven by a desire to give back to the community by collaborating with fellow curious minds that are inspired by the same values.
What kind of projects were you doing when you first started as a designer?
We were fortunate enough to associate with clients and collaborators who had the utmost trust in our vision from day one. Taliesyn’s journey started out with projects in the realm of corporate interiors, high-end residences of larger scales, hospitality projects including a resort in 2010; owing to the scale of the projects these initial assignments spanned over 4-5 years in duration from conception to completion.
What field of design are you most interested in?
Kudos to the multidisciplinary nature of the sphere of design and architecture, we have found a sense of unique satisfaction, while engaging with a myriad of typologies of design. Each project regardless of its genre brings forth a set of challenges and opportunities to create something from scratch! We have also extended our study and application of design in the versatile domains of furniture design and material articulation over the last decade.
What is your favourite book/magazine on design? How about your favourite site?
‘Tadao Ando: Conversations with Students’ is a recent read that piqued our interest; it taps into the process that is unique to Ando’s approach towards the realm of design. He shares his candid insights on the discipline of architecture, his sources of inspiration and the core intention invested in design — a compilation of thoughts that retrace every high, low and facet of the sphere of designing with impact.
As an application and website, Pinterest is an effective tool that reinforces our design process. It is a user-friendly medium that allows one to weave a story visually, collate and ideate with ease.
What is your Signature Style?
For us at Taliesyn, our design impetus is grounded by the notion of crafting spaces that are sensorial and effective in the niche of user-experience. Our body of work has been an amalgamation of residential, commercial, hospitality, recreational and institutional projects, but what remains as the common denominator is the blending of contemporary nuances with traditional roots that are sacred to the spaces we engage with.
What inspires you to thrive in this industry? Which piece of architecture inspires you the most.
The inherent factor of gratification associated with our roles as designers and architects is something that never fails to fulfil us at an intrinsic level. While designing spaces, we are not merely creating a structure that is a sum total of varied building materials and decorative elements. We are creating experiential volumes that mould the end-user’s lifestyle and elevate the way they exist in a built space — this to us is the core responsibility that keeps us rooted in our vision.
One of the architectural sites in the country that we feel are doused in timelessness is the Temples of Hampi, Karnataka. We find ourselves drawn to these sites on multiple occasions and the sense of awe stems from the sheer scale, attention to detail, craftsmanship, materiality, a sense of transition and interplay of proportions that is demonstrated through these colossal structures. What we feel inspired by is the impeccable quality of workmanship that was carried out decades ago with no access to the means that we have, at our disposal today.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
Design is definitely a melange of Art and Science in equal measure. The layered process that entails the weaving together of the conceptual ethos of space is led by an artistic approach, whereas the practical aspect of the design is a culmination of manoeuvred calculations that add to the degree of detail in every aspect. When the numerical and technical aspect entwines with the artistic demeanour of spaces, the design is born.
If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?
An urban jungle in the heart of any city sounds just about right! A dense ecosystem inserted into the nucleus of a city, where the embrace of nature creates a cocoon of comfort. This biophilic environs could be imagined as an oasis of sorts that rejuvenates the urban landscape, enabling the city’s inhabitants to disconnect from the chaos and to find their way back to their roots!
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
The discipline of design and architecture is truly ruled by the essence of passion melded with patience. To thrive in this sector, one needs to be fuelled by the will to do what they resonate with the most. A true labour of love, the process of designing requires vision and the will to persist in the face of extensive timelines and many unprecedented challenges. One can experience the purest form of contentment when they surrender to the discipline with faith, diligence and untainted zeal.
The spokesperson’s Ar.Shalini Chandrashekar and Ar. G.S. Mahaboob Basha, Principal Designers and Co-founders, Taliesyn – Design & Architecture