Ravi Vazirani welcomes us to his Mumbai-based namesake studio, where we met his Yoda

NOV 29, 2020 | By Mrudul Pathak Kundu, Anchal Kaushal and Nishita Fiji
Essentials take up minimal space on Vazirani's teak desk; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant
Prototypes, cast aluminium samples and an artwork by local artist Manish Nai are placed on a clean shelf; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant
A traditional bell by the studio’s entrance; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant

A brass bell by the external wooden door serves as an apt prelude to self-taught interior designer Ravi Vazirani‘s charming Mumbai studio. Inside, metal seaters upholstered in different fabrics and a retro telephone creates a nostalgic atmosphere.

Vazirani can be found in the upstairs attic—his private room comprising a comfy sitting area on one end and a clutter-free work desk on the other.

A three-year search led him to this space, where he’d moved only some months before it was photographed for ELLE DECOR India. Although streets in central Bandra tend to be loud, the quaint building that houses the new 1,800 sq ft office is calm somehow.

Vazirani photographed with his French bulldog Yoda on a custom-designed couch. On the left is a Pierre Jeanneret chair from Mahendra Doshi Antiques; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant

Sitting on his plush couch with a cup of coffee, the young creative tells us more about his cosy atelier.

Vazirani’s cabin houses old-school Godrej chairs, a wooden desk from My Tailor Home and a vase from Good Earth. A private terrace is accessible via the double doors; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant

What did this place look like when you first moved in?
It was a rather unseemly house, like most apartments in the city tend to be, unfortunately. The floors were dirty and walls, bright red. But I liked that it was old fashioned and it didn’t require any structural changes. I didn’t force a mood while assembling the office. this is just an extension of who I am and how I live.

Drawings by Rehaan Engineer make a minimalist statement near the entrance; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant

How does the design of this space influence your working habits?
I hold most meetings in my cabin. On a good day, all my time is spent on the couch here with my dog Yoda. And, of course, I’m very fond of the attached terrace that’s full of potted plants and offers a view of the locality. It’s where we like to hold dinners and the occasional sundowner.

Scroll for more images of Ravi Vazirani’s studio…

In the meeting room, an image by Mumbai photographer Neville Sukhia complements the monochrome theme; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant


Artworks produced inhouse line the wooden stairway that leads to Vazirani’s private cabin; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant


On the right of the soft boards with inspiring imagery is a painting by local artist Aditi Singh from Gallery Chemould; Photographs by Suleiman Merchant