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India Mahdavi, The Parisian Home Object DesignerFriday 23 December 2016
Today we will be talking about the Parisian Home Object Designer named India Mahdavi. We will learn more about who is her and understand why is India Mahdavi a designer to know now. The truth is that international tastemakers can’t get enough of the Paris designer’s vibrant, vivacious, and varied work. And so can’t we!
India Mahdavi is the reigning queen of color. “It’s the best way to bring sunshine into a space,” says the Paris-based interior designer. “Sunshine is happiness, and my work is about happiness.” Her daring clients clamor for more. “They aren’t looking for mainstream,” Mahdavi explains. “They tend to be people who are looking ahead.” Indeed, the strong individuality of her rooms is not for the faint of heart.
Take, for example, restaurateur Mourad Mazouz’s Gallery at London’s Sketch complex. The main brief Mahdavi received for the space was to incorporate 239 black-and-white drawings by artist David Shrigley. She says the client initially balked when she announced that the room’s walls, as well as its curvaceous chairs and banquettes, were to be bathed in pink. “But in the end he trusted my vision,” she remembers, and the restaurant became an immediate hit—and Instagram sensation.
Mahdavi attributes her love of color to her Irano-Egyptian heritage and cosmopolitan childhood. Born in Tehran, she was raised in America, Germany, and France. During college her studies kept her moving, from Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts to New York’s School of Visual Arts and Parsons, before she settled in the French capital to work as artistic director for Christian Liaigre. “Location is the starting point for all my projects,” she says. “Each fits one location, one client. So they are all like couture pieces.”
After seven years with Liaigre, she set out on her own in 1999 and now oversees a studio, showroom, and shop—all within a few doors of one another on the rue Las Cases.
Awarded France’s Officier des Arts et des Lettres last year, Mahdavi is still slightly under the radar Stateside, though her spirited line of furnishings can be found at the New York-based Ralph Pucci International. But she predicts her bold aesthetic sense is where the zeitgeist is headed. “After decades of beige and white, Europeans are finally bringing color back into their living rooms,” Mahdavi says. “I think America is probably ready, too.”india-mahdavi.com
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