You could say we are sides to the same coin, one being a hard task-master and the other being more softer round the edges. We complement each other’s eccentricities to make one another’s crazy shine through and see double the beauty in the world.
Kriti is an Interior Design graduate from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and Nimisha is a Fine Arts major, a Fashion and Lifestyle Accessory Design graduate from NIFT, Delhi with a Masters in Interior Design from Florence. We were colleagues at Studio Lotus, post which, the Joint Studio was founded.
How did Joint Studio happen?
In accordance with our witty selves, we founded our studio on the 1st April, 2016.
We believe work can be fun; it is choice, not compulsion and collaboration is the force that makes design happen at all. ‘Joint’ in the name gave us all this and more. ;)
Nimisha: My favourite is our very first project – DownTown Lounge - a Restro-Bar in Gandhinagar, Jammu. The clients believed in us, we had complete design freedom and could deliver our very best. It was also the project where we could try our theory of remote designing, by working on it from Delhi.
Kriti: My favourite is the AIFW SS 2017 in October 2016 in Delhi. The rush of rapid designing, execution and play with temporary installations with a few different materials was truly satisfying for the enthu-cutlet designers that we are.
Tell us about your design process and working dynamics.
Our design process is organic on the whole and collaborative from the start, where we first mind-map all our ideas to begin streamlining them into practical designs. As the stages go, we usually see multiple possibilities, which get divide equally among us to be explored to their greater potentials.
What do you two for fun?
Nimisha: Many things - from doodling in the metro to chilling with friends, taking an impromptu trip somewhere to the recent occupation of learning Jiu-Jitsu, a Brazilian sport which also teaches one self defence.
Kriti: I'm a parkour athlete, a free runner and a yogi. Practicing these everyday brings me happiness, spontaneity, agility and freedom of thought and movement. Designing the teams upcoming Parkour jungle - which would be the first ever in India - is my latest design endeavour.
How would you design a space for a wedding?
Like any other event, a wedding is about experiencing spaces and volumes than just visual aesthetic. Every experience, from the entrance to the mandap, ought to evoke the right emotion as design translates into emotion when experienced.
We engineer the experiences for maximum impact to make your D-day memorable and carefully manage to strike a gentle balance so as to not over-do any aspect. Here lies the key to our wedding design expertise.
All photos by Tenzin Lhagyal.