I didn’t choose the interior, it chose me: interior designer Ravi Vazirani – SUPPLEMENTS


Designing some of the best quiet, warm and sunny rooms with equal parts color and creativity, interior designer Ravi Vazirani shares his journey

Ravi Vazirani, known for designing beautiful homes around the world, strikes a pose (www.ravivazirani.com); Photo by Neville Sukhi; Photo (right) by: Pankaj Anand

“I didn’t choose the interior, it chose me,” he said in one of his interviews. You may know interior designer Ravi Vazirani as the creative genius behind the homes of celebrities such as Rhea Kapoor and Karan Johar, but what most don’t know is that he never studied. design, was associate style editor at Living Etc., UK, has an amazing line of furniture and his dog Yoda is a bigger celebrity than him. We believe her home is one of the most featured spaces on the internet. Why? He has that certain I do not know what, a little something called flair—whether you have it or not; and Vazirani has plenty. He started Ravi Vazirani Design Studio in 2010, an award-winning design firm based in Mumbai. We got him talking about design, drama, and everything in between.

“I didn’t choose the interior, it chose me,” he said in one of his interviews. You may know interior designer Ravi Vazirani as the creative genius behind the homes of celebrities such as Rhea Kapoor and Karan Johar, but what most don’t know is that he never studied. design, was associate style editor at Living Etc., UK, has an amazing line of furniture and his dog Yoda is a bigger celebrity than him. We believe her home is one of the most featured spaces on the internet. Why? He has that certain I do not know what, a little something called flair—whether you have it or not; and Vazirani has plenty. He started Ravi Vazirani Design Studio in 2010, an award-winning design firm based in Mumbai. We got him talking about design, drama, and everything in between.

Q You are a self-taught designer. What prompted you to pursue a career in design?

VR: I am a business student with a Masters in Marketing from Griffith University, Australia. I’ve always wanted to pursue design. However, I didn’t have the right advice so I took a detour before finding my way back.

Q How many projects do you enjoy working on at once?

VR: As a studio, we end up working on 12-15 projects at a time. Beyond 15 projects, we end up struggling.

Q If you weren’t a designer, you would have been…

VR: A baker. A floral designer. Maybe even a leadership coach.

Q Any projects you are currently working on?

VR: An apartment in London, apartments in Hyderabad and Mumbai, a tapas bar in Mumbai, a villa in Coimbatore and a soon-to-be-launched collaboration with Ikai Asai. We are also working on our next furniture collection.

Q A project close to your heart?

VR: All our projects are special. We take on very little work and the focus is on enjoying the work we undertake.

Q A celebrity’s house that you just loved designing and why?

VR: Undoubtedly the home of Rhea Kapoor and Karan Boolani. Rhea was simply a pleasure to work with. She understands design and listening, which is such an important element in a client-designer relationship; and she has impeccable taste.

Q During the pandemic, what were the nonsensical design requests you received?

VR: People don’t realize the project deadlines and challenges with deliverables. Insisting on completing projects with absurd deadlines. Certainly the most absurd.

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