Swati Mehro­tra,

Shoe De­signer

Cosmopolitan (India) - - LIFESTYLIST -

Q. What was the con­cept be­hind your of­fice space?

A. The thought be­hind my work area is sim­ple, I be­lieve in the con­cept of ‘noth­ing is waste’, and I fol­low it to a T. I have used ma­te­ri­als that most peo­ple might con­sider a waste, but to me, I have cre­ated a space that gives me in­spi­ra­tion to de­sign won­ders. It’s a great re­minder that noth­ing in this world is use­less.

Q. What is your favourite thing about your work­sta­tion?

A. My hand-made, shoe-shaped cal­en­dar keeps me upto-date and I love it. I am also fond of my dad’s old of­fice chair which I now use. It keeps the in­spi­ra­tion flow­ing and I be­lieve it’s my good luck charm.

Q. Three tips on cre­at­ing an invit­ing workspace...

A. Let your work­sta­tion be a re­flec­tion of who you are. A place where you feel com­fort­able work­ing and if you are in the creative field, it’s im­por­tant for ideas to flow con­sis­tently. At the end of the day, it does not mat­ter whether it ap­peals to oth­ers or not, it has to help build a creative and re­lax­ing at­mos­phere and work for you.

Q. What per­sonal touches have you added that make it uniquely you?

A. Al­most ev­ery­thing in this of­fice has been cre­ated by me. I hand-crafted the shelves all over my of­fice and my desk with­out the help of a car­pen­ter, and I added a bit of a fem­i­nine, artsy touch with spray paint­ing on the walls. I call it ‘the Swati touch’.

Top, Man­ish Arora; pen­cil skirt, Marks & Spencer; blazer, For­ever 21; neck­lace, Ac­ces­sorize; ring, For­ever New

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