Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien: 5 things you didn’t know
SEP 4, 2015 | By Aditi Gaitonde
Meet the London based creative couple who fuse technical tenacity, cultural identities and native craftsmanship to design hybrid, contemporary objects. All about combining worlds, Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien are known to marry industrial design and craft, which revels in their distinct but complementary backgrounds.
Over the years, the EDIDA Designers of the Year 2015 have created popular products for brands like Cappellini, BD Barcelona, Nanimarquina, B&B Italia, Moroso, Galerie Kreo, Hay and others. Here’s some interesting trivia about the duo.
1. Nipa has a soft corner for Indian handicrafts. While studying at NID in Ahmedabad, Nipa developed a deep love and understanding of them, often by spending hours exploring the city’s old markets.
2. Jonathan always knew he wanted to be an inventor. He grew up in his parents’ toy factory and was always around materials and machines.
3. Their dream project? It’d probably be something for the hospitality and transportation sectors. Since they’ve already made everything that goes into a hotel, they feel “designing the interiors of a hotel or the first class of an airline would be fabulous”.
4. Jonathan and Nipa think in different dimensions. While he is more technical and imagines in 3D, while Nipa visualises in 2D with the help of collages and doodles. 5. Nipa’s advice to Indian design students is simple. “I wish for them to have more courage and dream more.”