Architecture + Design
Shruti Jaipuria is a name to reckon with in the Bengaluru restaurant design segment.
Having trained in New York under architect Tony Chi, this Parsons graduate is the force behind some of the best restaurants and luxury residences in Bengaluru. Her design lexicon is differentiated by the recurrence and inclusion of Indian handicrafts and craftsmanship. “I’ve been exposed to and fascinated by Indian craft from a very young age. My grandfather was an art collector and we were surrounded by many craft objects growing up. At MAIA we consciously try to integrate more craft in our spaces in whatever little way we can. It makes our work more meaningful. We also learn so much in the process because many of these skills are dying, and the techniques are incredibly unique and fascinating,” says Jaipuria. The prolific designer draws inspiration from everything around her — people, objects, nature, philosophy, mythology, and most importantly psychology. “It’s the most important factor. What’s interesting about our field is that you are curating on so many levels, it’s important to understand human behaviour and the mind,” she explains. Talking about her upcoming projects, Jaipuria says that the most exciting project is an adaptive reuse project where a century-old bungalow in Mysore will be transformed into a boutique hotel. “All projects are exciting, all projects come with their own set of challenges,” says the designer whose dream is to design a museum or work on a heritage site.
I FIND INSPIRATION IN EVERYTHING — PEOPLE, OBJECTS, NATURE, PHILOSOPHY, MYTHOLOGY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PSYCHOLOGY. WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT OUR FIELD IS THAT YOU ARE CURATING ON SO MANY LEVELS, IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND THE MIND.”