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