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Biography

Doshi Levien is an internationally acclaimed design studio founded by designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. Nipa grew up in India and studied design at the National Institute of Design, founded on the manifesto by Charles and Ray Eames. Jonathan trained in fine cabinet making followed by industrial design. They met at the Royal College of Art and have been working together for over 10 years in their London studio.

Nipa and Jonathan bring together many worlds in their work. Nipa’s approach is rooted in her plural upbringing and astute eye for visual culture. Jonathan’s approach is rooted in industrial precision, combined with the sensibility of a makers hand and deep understanding of materials. Working across disciplines and industries, Doshi Levien’s work celebrates the hybrid and explores the coming together of cultures, technology, industrial design and fine craftsmanship. They have created work for industry leaders Moroso, Kvadrat, B&B italia, Cappellini, Camper, Swarovski, Galerie Kreo, museums and cultural institutions.

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Milan - Portrait by Jamie Morgan

Contact

49 Columbia Road
London
E2 7RG
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7739 3631

For all enquiries, please use the following email. If you are enquiring about an internship or employment, please address your email to Jonathan Levien and include examples of your latest work. We look forward to hearing from you.

mail@doshilevien.com

Spitalfields home - Portrait by Simon upton

Columbia Road - Portrait by Kristofer Johnsson

Awards and Press

2016

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Doshi Levien takes to the high street

Home & Design Editor Charlotte Luxford meets Jonathan Levien – one half of acclaimed design duo Dosh Levien – to discuss the London studio’s new ground-breaking furniture collection for John Lewis.

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Design Q/A by Debika Ray

“For me, the beauty of an object is in the way we use something….there is a lot of beauty in the actions around design.” Nipa Doshi.

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Introducing Doshi Levien

We work so much with big brands overseas and I thought it would be great to bring the same level of design to the British high street. This idea of Open Homecame to us….

 

AD-perspective-cover

The Milan Report by Sanhita Chowdhury

Four of the biggest names in Indian design give an insight into the places, products, people and food that made the week memorable for them.

Portraits by Ashish Sahi

Habitus-cover

When cultures collide by Claire Millet

“I think as a designer you’re always working within the context, including where you live,” says Nipa. “Design for me is very much about caring about our everyday environment and how I do things, whether it’s how I lay the table, how I make the bed, or even enjoying the simple gesture of cooking. Design seems to permeate everything we do.”

 

Projects-we-love

The nature of beauty

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien share how their pursuit of beauty guided them to provide the art direction for Bolon’s bespoke Bolon By You collection.

2015

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FT Perfect weekend Nipa Doshi by Jenny Dalton

Half of Indian-British studio Doshi Levien, the Mumbai-born designer is this autumn creating new furniture, textiles and lamps for B&B Italia and Galerie Kreo

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‘Le mix Doshi-Levien‘ by Guy-Claude Agboton

”Nipa est formelle : ” Les gens ne parlent pas assez de ce que la beautée représente pour eux.” Pour le couple de designers, le sentiment de la beautée règne en grand jusque dans l’infiniment petit. ”Plus vous voyez ces objets, plus vous les comprenez, et plus le temps passe, plus ils sont beaux.” C’est comme avec Doshi Levien. Plus on les voit, plus on les apprécie.”

Elle Decoration Cover

Elle Decoration Designers of the Year

Nipa Doshi “As a child I wasn’t aware that design existed, but I was fascinated by my environment.”

Words by Dominic Lutyens
Photography by Filippo Bambergh/ Fotofyer

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‘Design For Life’ by Juhi Pande

“Materiality is at the core of everything that Doshi and Levien embrace and that extends to their home: a well-lived space with a host of objects, each telling a unique story.”

 

 

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EDIDA Awards 2015

Doshi Levien wins Designer of the year on the 13th edition of the EDIDA Awards. ‘Rabari 1’ rug designed for Nanimarquina wins the Floor covering EDIDA Award

 

 

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‘Progetti con il sari’ by Elisabetta Colombo

“Il nostro lavoro è una sintesi di industrial design e altro artigianato. Due mondi diversi che parlano una lingua unica senza scadere nei cliché.”

Styling by Sissi Valassina
Photos by Filippo Bamberghi

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Wallpaper Design Awards 2015

‘Maya’ mirrors designed for HAY win Best for Men Only.
‘Almora’ arm chair designed for B&B Italia wins Best Executive Office.

 

 

2014

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Interview by Marcus Fairs

Doshi and Levien’s work combines influences from their respective Indian and European backgrounds. “Our approach is not a purely European design approach,” Doshi explains.

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Almora chair for B&B Italia

 

 

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‘Once upon a chair’ by Jack Meijers

Jack Meijers delves into the process behind the creation of the Almora armchair designed by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia.

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Portfolio Milan by Guy-Claude Agboton

 

 

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Milan 2014 by Jovier Chen

 

 

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‘Study’ by Amy Heffernan

2012

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‘Artful Blend’ by Jonathan Glancey

“Doshi Levien is proof that the perceived dangers of global design—ubiquity, the abandonment of local color, craft, and culture—are not an inevitable threat to variety and beauty in the modern world. Design can be at once local and global, employing age-old customs, patterns, and ways of working along with the latest in materials, technology, manufacturing, and marketing.”

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Vogue Living by Rachel Lopez

Nipa Doshi. “It’s natural for aspects of the material environment that I have grown up with to seep into my work. But also, I love Indian culture – not just for the visual side, but the values and attitude towards the material environment.”

 

 

Intramuros-cover

‘Rites de Passage’ by Yann Siliec

At the crossroads between technology, crafts, history and industrial design, Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien ignore the idea of boundaries. Combining their roots, their work celebrates the cultural hybrid…

2009

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Best Domestic design

My Beautiful Backside sofa designed for Moroso wins an award! See more about this project

2008

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‘Glocal Style’ by Sara Banti

 

 

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‘Objekte mit zwei Seelen’ by Jan van Rossem

The best of both worlds – Die Errungenschaften der asiatischen und europaischen kultur versucht das londoner paar Nipa doshi und Jonathan Levien in seinen objekten zu vereinen. Das Macht sie zu vielversprechenden newcomern der designszene und findet auch die wertschätzung von A&W designer des jahres 2008 Tom Dixon.

2007

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‘No rest for the worldly’ by Caroline Roux

“What attracted Moroso, as well as hard-nosed design critics and hard to please buyers in Milan, was Doshi Levien’s cultural cross-polination with a contemporary edge.” Words by Caroline Roux, portrait by Kate and Camilla inc.

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Best break through designers

This feature in Wallpaper happened a while ago but it’s a favorite. We spent an afternoon in the half built New York Times Building by Renzo Piano being photographed by Leigh Johnson as we did various balancing stunts.

2005

World-of-interior-cover-for-web

‘Function and Fantasy’ by Albert Hill

Strange and wonderful objects – a transparent medical bag, a mutant stethoscope – abound in the east London studio of Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. They’re all part of an idiosyncratic approach to design which marries rigorous utilitarianism with exuberant style of Doshi’s native India.

2003

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‘Opposites Attract’ by Henrietta Thompson

“I am inspired when an East London Bangladeshi girl dresses in her traditional salwar kameez and wears trainers, speaking a mix of Bengali and cockney. That to me is rich and that pushes me on..”

Columbia Road - Portrait by Kristofer Johnsson

Biography

Doshi Levien is an internationally acclaimed design studio founded by designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. Nipa grew up in India and studied design at the National Institute of Design, founded on the manifesto by Charles and Ray Eames. Jonathan trained in fine cabinet making followed by industrial design. They met at the Royal College of Art and have been working together for over 10 years in their London studio.

Nipa and Jonathan bring together many worlds in their work. Nipa’s approach is rooted in her plural upbringing and astute eye for visual culture. Jonathan’s approach is rooted in industrial precision, combined with the sensibility of a makers hand and deep understanding of materials. Working across disciplines and industries, Doshi Levien’s work celebrates the hybrid and explores the coming together of cultures, technology, industrial design and fine craftsmanship. They have created work for industry leaders Moroso, Kvadrat, B&B italia, Cappellini, Camper, Swarovski, Galerie Kreo, museums and cultural institutions.

signature-logos

Cooper Hewit NYC - Portrait by Kate and Camilla

Contact

49 Columbia Road
London
E2 7RG
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7739 3631

For all enquiries, please use the following email. If you are enquiring about an internship or employment, please address your email to Jonathan Levien and include examples of your latest work. We look forward to hearing from you.

mail@doshilevien.com

Milan - Portrait by Jamie Morgan

Awards and Press

2016

the-culture-trip-1

Doshi Levien takes to the high street

Home & Design Editor Charlotte Luxford meets Jonathan Levien – one half of acclaimed design duo Dosh Levien – to discuss the London studio’s new ground-breaking furniture collection for John Lewis.

icon-press-header-1

Design Q/A by Debika Ray

“For me, the beauty of an object is in the way we use something….there is a lot of beauty in the actions around design.” Nipa Doshi.

the-book-1

Introducing Doshi Levien

We work so much with big brands overseas and I thought it would be great to bring the same level of design to the British high street. This idea of Open Homecame to us….

 

AD-perspective-cover

The Milan Report by Sanhita Chowdhury

Four of the biggest names in Indian design give an insight into the places, products, people and food that made the week memorable for them.

Portraits by Ashish Sahi

Habitus-cover

When cultures collide by Claire Millet

“I think as a designer you’re always working within the context, including where you live,” says Nipa. “Design for me is very much about caring about our everyday environment and how I do things, whether it’s how I lay the table, how I make the bed, or even enjoying the simple gesture of cooking. Design seems to permeate everything we do.”

 

Projects-we-love

The nature of beauty

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien share how their pursuit of beauty guided them to provide the art direction for Bolon’s bespoke Bolon By You collection.

2015

Financial_Times_corporate_logo.svg

FT Perfect weekend Nipa Doshi by Jenny Dalton

Half of Indian-British studio Doshi Levien, the Mumbai-born designer is this autumn creating new furniture, textiles and lamps for B&B Italia and Galerie Kreo

Cover_IDEAT_sept_oct_2015

‘Le mix Doshi-Levien‘ by Guy-Claude Agboton

”Nipa est formelle : ” Les gens ne parlent pas assez de ce que la beautée représente pour eux.” Pour le couple de designers, le sentiment de la beautée règne en grand jusque dans l’infiniment petit. ”Plus vous voyez ces objets, plus vous les comprenez, et plus le temps passe, plus ils sont beaux.” C’est comme avec Doshi Levien. Plus on les voit, plus on les apprécie.”

Elle Decoration Cover

Elle Decoration Designers of the Year

Nipa Doshi “As a child I wasn’t aware that design existed, but I was fascinated by my environment.”

Words by Dominic Lutyens
Photography by Filippo Bambergh/ Fotofyer

AD-Cover-header

 

‘Design For Life’ by Juhi Pande

“Materiality is at the core of everything that Doshi and Levien embrace and that extends to their home: a well-lived space with a host of objects, each telling a unique story.”

 

 

marchio_ELLE DECO

EDIDA Awards 2015

Doshi Levien wins Designer of the year on the 13th edition of the EDIDA Awards. ‘Rabari 1’ rug designed for Nanimarquina wins the Floor covering EDIDA Award

 

 

Living-final-cover

‘Progetti con il sari’ by Elisabetta Colombo

“Il nostro lavoro è una sintesi di industrial design e altro artigianato. Due mondi diversi che parlano una lingua unica senza scadere nei cliché.”

Styling by Sissi Valassina
Photos by Filippo Bamberghi

Wallpaper-2015-cover-new

Wallpaper Design Awards 2015

‘Maya’ mirrors designed for HAY win Best for Men Only.
‘Almora’ arm chair designed for B&B Italia wins Best Executive Office.

 

 

2014

Dezeen-logo-2

 

Interview by Marcus Fairs

Doshi and Levien’s work combines influences from their respective Indian and European backgrounds. “Our approach is not a purely European design approach,” Doshi explains.

AD Collector cover

Almora chair for B&B Italia

 

 

Cover-for-web

‘Once upon a chair’ by Jack Meijers

Jack Meijers delves into the process behind the creation of the Almora armchair designed by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia.

IDEAT-cover-for-web

Portfolio Milan by Guy-Claude Agboton

 

 

AD-china-cover-for-web

 

Milan 2014 by Jovier Chen

 

 

Wallpaper-header-2

‘Study’ by Amy Heffernan

2012

metropolis

‘Artful Blend’ by Jonathan Glancey

“Doshi Levien is proof that the perceived dangers of global design—ubiquity, the abandonment of local color, craft, and culture—are not an inevitable threat to variety and beauty in the modern world. Design can be at once local and global, employing age-old customs, patterns, and ways of working along with the latest in materials, technology, manufacturing, and marketing.”

Vogue header

Vogue Living by Rachel Lopez

Nipa Doshi. “It’s natural for aspects of the material environment that I have grown up with to seep into my work. But also, I love Indian culture – not just for the visual side, but the values and attitude towards the material environment.”

 

 

Intramuros-cover

‘Rites de Passage’ by Yann Siliec

At the crossroads between technology, crafts, history and industrial design, Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien ignore the idea of boundaries. Combining their roots, their work celebrates the cultural hybrid…

2009

Best-domestic-cover-for-web 1

Best Domestic design

My Beautiful Backside sofa designed for Moroso wins an award! See more about this project

2008

Casamica-cover

‘Glocal Style’ by Sara Banti

 

 

AW-for-web

‘Objekte mit zwei Seelen’ by Jan van Rossem

The best of both worlds – Die Errungenschaften der asiatischen und europaischen kultur versucht das londoner paar Nipa doshi und Jonathan Levien in seinen objekten zu vereinen. Das Macht sie zu vielversprechenden newcomern der designszene und findet auch die wertschätzung von A&W designer des jahres 2008 Tom Dixon.

2007

ID-cover


‘No rest for the worldly’ by Caroline Roux

“What attracted Moroso, as well as hard-nosed design critics and hard to please buyers in Milan, was Doshi Levien’s cultural cross-polination with a contemporary edge.” Words by Caroline Roux, portrait by Kate and Camilla inc.

Best-Breakthrough-cover-1

Best break through designers

This feature in Wallpaper happened a while ago but it’s a favorite. We spent an afternoon in the half built New York Times Building by Renzo Piano being photographed by Leigh Johnson as we did various balancing stunts.

2005

World-of-interior-cover-for-web

‘Function and Fantasy’ by Albert Hill

Strange and wonderful objects – a transparent medical bag, a mutant stethoscope – abound in the east London studio of Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. They’re all part of an idiosyncratic approach to design which marries rigorous utilitarianism with exuberant style of Doshi’s native India.

2003

Blueprint-cover1

‘Opposites Attract’ by Henrietta Thompson

“I am inspired when an East London Bangladeshi girl dresses in her traditional salwar kameez and wears trainers, speaking a mix of Bengali and cockney. That to me is rich and that pushes me on..”

Spitalfields home - Portrait by Simon upton

Columbia Road - Portrait by Kristofer Johnsson