In­dia Mah­davi

THE COLOURIST

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best known as the colour vir­tu­oso and mas­ter­mind be­hind the dreamy Lon­don restau­rant-gallery, Sketch.

There is a sense of magic in the work of In­dia Mah­davi — a sin­cere un­der­stand­ing of colour that sets her apart from the throng. Sketch, which she re­fur­bished in 2014 along­side artist David Shrigley, has be­come one of the most In­sta­grammed restau­rants in the world — all sen­su­ous form, fleshy pinks, and crisp, brass touches. She marks the de­sign as piv­otal to her ca­reer — “where I chose to cel­e­brate pink in an un­seen way”. Mah­davi feels that women “can as­sume all the con­tra­dic­tions — they in­vent their own re­al­ity through power, tal­ent, in­tu­ition, sen­si­bil­ity”. And she’s ex­cited, if cau­tious, on the fu­ture of de­sign. “It will be a real chal­lenge to learn to live with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and global warm­ing,” she says. “I think de­sign­ers like my­self need to con­trib­ute to build this new fu­ture, where phys­i­cal and vis­ual com­fort will be needed more than ever.”

Play­time – Spaghetti Junc­tion ta­bles by Bethan Laura Wood

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