Mon­ica Chawla,

In­te­rior De­signer

Cosmopolitan (India) - - LIFESTYLIST -

Q. What was the con­cept be­hind your of­fice space?

A. My mantra has al­ways been ‘less is more’ and I fo­cus on keep­ing things min­i­mal; I can think bet­ter in a re­lax­ing and pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

Q. What is your favourite thing about your work­sta­tion?

A. It would have to be the glass bowl filled with over 50 iden­ti­cal and freshly sharp­ened pen­cils. I’m par­tic­u­lar about the tools of my trade.

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

A. First and most im­por­tantly, try to keep it clut­ter-free. Plan ahead to cre­ate enough stor­age space for things you will want to keep hid­den, but within reach. Next, try to keep all elec­tri­cal wires and switches con­cealed; this makes your of­fice desk look fu­tur­is­tic. Lastly, find space for plants and ar­ti­facts to add a per­sonal touch.

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

A. I draw a lot, so I usu­ally have colour pen­cils strewn around while I’m hard at work. I love sym­me­try, so ev­ery­thing in my of­fice, from the flower pots to files, are al­ways in pairs.

Dress, Star by Julien Mac­don­ald at Deben­hams; blazer, J by Jasper Con­ran at Deben­hams; ear­rings, Ac­ces­sorize

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