Was Man­nat Gauri Khan’s launch­pad?

Her ca­reer as an in­te­rior de­signer re­ally took off af­ter friends ‘ab­so­lutely loved’ what she had done with her home

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Nam­rata Kohli

Gauri Khan has cre­ated a spe­cial niche for her­self in the world of de­sign. The film pro­ducer and fash­ion­ista got se­ri­ously into de­sign when she worked on her own home, Man­nat in Mum­bai.

The owner of Gauri Khan De­sign (GKD) Stu­dio spoke to this writer on the side­lines of the In­ter­na­tional Real Es­tate Expo (IREX) event in Delhi about her pas­sion for in­te­ri­ors. What made you take the leap into in­te­rior de­sign? It all started when I be­gan do­ing up the in­te­ri­ors of my home, Man­nat, along­side our ar­chi­tect. We had in­vited a few friends over for the house­warm­ing and they ab­so­lutely loved what I had done with my place!

This made me think more se­ri­ously about tak­ing on some of the of­fers I had; to start do­ing it pro­fes­sion­ally, since de­sign-based projects in­ter­est me. That led to the for­ma­tion of the Gauri Khan De­sign Stu­dio. It’s now evolved into two stores in Mum­bai and one in De­fence Colony, Delhi What does lux­ury mean to you? When you’re young, lux­ury of­ten means be­ing able to buy some­thing you re­ally want — a high end bag or a spe­cific car. To­day, lux­ury is about liv­ing life the way you dream. Time for cre­ative ideation and quiet re­flec­tion is as much a lux­ury as is the phys­i­cal beauty of the space you live in. When buy­ing for a lux­ury home, peo­ple should choose op­tions that are en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble In­di­ans are in­vest­ing in prop­er­ties over­seas like never be­fore, es­pe­cially Lon­don and Dubai. What could be the pos­si­ble driv­ers of over­seas in­vest­ment for In­di­ans? It could be per­sonal rea­sons like kids study­ing abroad, busi­ness or just in­vest­ment. In­vest­ment in sec­ond homes, and lux­ury homes is def­i­nitely on the rise When it comes to sec­ond homes, which is your favourite des­ti­na­tion for a hol­i­day home and why? These days Lon­don be­cause Aryan (her son) is study­ing there What ac­cord­ing to you is a wellde­signed home? A well-de­signed home is a place where you’re com­fort­able. De­sign should re­volve around what the main pur­pose of the space is. If you plan to live there, it should re­flect your per­son­al­ity How does fash­ion in­flu­ence decor? How can a fash­ion­ista let her style sen­si­bil­ity re­flect in her decor? I have al­ways had an in­cli­na­tion to­wards de­sign. Lux­ury and style have been key el­e­ments in all my projects. I have a pas­sion for de­sign — be it a line of clothes or tak­ing a gut decision with unique pieces of fur­ni­ture, one should al­ways be will­ing to ex­per­i­ment. Art or his­tory – what in­flu­ences you the most? I’ve stud­ied both, so there’s a big in­flu­ence of both in my de­sign. My re­cent col­lec­tion had side ta­bles with a print in­spired by the wheel from the mag­ni­fi­cient Konark tem­ple. That for in­stance, was a con­flu­ence of art and his­tory to cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive piece with very prac­ti­cal use How do you man­age to bal­ance your work with your kids and fam­ily? It’s al­ways a chal­lenge to bal­ance ev­ery­thing, but I’m ex­tremely dis­ci­plined and that helps Please tell us some­thing about your projects? We’ve col­lab­o­rated with Stein­way-Lyn­g­dorf who deal in state-of-the-art au­dio-video tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions for lux­ury homes. Re­cently, I showed my col­lec­tion Turned Wood On Brass at the life­style, dec­o­ra­tion and de­sign fair, Mai­son & Ob­jet in Paris. It was an honour to be in­vited to show at this very pres­ti­gious fo­rum, and one of my goals

was to bring

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