Cooper Hewit NYC - Portrait by Kate and Camilla

Doshi Levien

49 Columbia Road
London
E27RG
United Kingdom

phone: +44 (0)20 7739 3631

email: mail@doshilevien.com

Newsletter

Milan - Portrait by Jamie Morgan

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 sensuality 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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Spitalfields home - Portrait by Simon upton

Doshi Levien Columbia road studio - portrait by Peter Krejci

2014

Launches
‘Madina’ – Doshi Levien re-design the cosmetic and skincare brand ‘Madina’, including their corporate identity, packaging and store interiors. Doshi Levien’s bold concept regards the packaging as an architectural element integral to the retail space. The first store opened on Corso Venezia, Milano.

‘Uchiwa’ lounge chair is launched during Milan Design Week, marking the debut collaboration with Danish company Hay.

‘Maya’ is a constellation of wall mounted mirrors for Hay launched during Milan Design Week.

‘Shanty’ side cabinet, designed for BD Barcelona is launched during Milan Design Week.

‘Rabari’ collection of rugs is presented during Milan Design Week by Nani Marquina. This is the first collaboration between Doshi Levien and Nani Marquina.

‘Almora’ arm chair is presented by B&B Italia During Milan Design Week. This is their first collaboration with Doshi Levien.

Awards

Rabari rug collection wins a silver Delta award at the ADI-FAD in Barcelona. See the Rabari collection.

Rabari collection wins ICFF Editor’s Award 2014 for carpet and flooring. See the Rabari collection.

Rabari collection selected as a “Metropolis Likes” during ICFF.
See the Rabari collection.

Press
Desgin.Daily – Belle Magazine profile

 

2013

Installation
Doshi Levien make an installation for Camper in their Milan store to celebrate the Twins Collection of shoes also designed by Doshi Levien. Two of the pieces, ‘Riding High’ and ‘Chance Encounter’ consoles designed by Doshi Levien are added to the collection of Galerie Kreo.

‘The Wool Parade’ for Kvadrat made it’s debut at their Stockholm showroom during the Stockholm Design Week.

Exhibition
Living Objects: made for India.” As part of the Europalia Festival of India 2013 in Belgium, Doshi Levien are invited by Grand Hornu Images to curate and design the exhibition that features 300 contemporary everyday objects selected from shops and family from New Delhi to Trivandrum. See the Project

2012

Launches
‘Das Haus’: Doshi Levien invited as ‘Guest of Honour’ to create their vision of a perfect House for IMM Cologne.

Chandigarh’ sofa collection is launched by Moroso at Salone del Mobile.

‘Chandlo’ dressing table is launched by BD Barcelona at Salone del Mobile.

India: Art Now’ an installation in the reading room of ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. The installation coincides with ‘India: Art Now’ exhibition.

Ice Moon’ an ice cream cake launched by Haagen Dazs.

Twins’ a collection of men’s and women’s shoes launched by Camper at the London Design Festival.

Publications
Rites de Passage – Intramuros
Cultural Crossways – Damn no.31
Design Power House – Vogue India
Double Vision – Azure Magazine
Artful Blend – Metropolis Magazine

2011

Launches
‘Eternal Summer’ the first in a series of shoe stores for Camper opens at Campo dei Fiori in Rome, Italy.

‘Rocker’ is a children’s improvised ride designed for Richard Lampert,  launched during IMM Cologne.

‘Kali’ bathroom cabinet and product range is launched by Authentics at Maison et Objet.

‘Impossible Wood’ plastic chair designed for Moroso is launched at Salone del Mobile.

‘Capo’ armchair chair is launched by Cappellini at Salone del Mobile.

‘Loyly’ a personal sauna designed for Glass 1989 is launched at Cersaie in Italy.

Workshop
Boisbuchet Vitra Workshop – Nipa and Jonathan run a Vitra workshop at Boisbuchet. “Discover and frame a viewpoint of Boisbuchet.“

Awards
IMM Best of Best award: ‘Rocker’ for Richard Lampert.
Wallpaper – Best Steam Team: ‘Ananda’ for Glass 1989.

2010

Launches
‘Paper Planes’ Seating collection for Moroso Launched during Salone del Mobile. The project began with a new fabric designed incorporating Swarovski Crystal Elements.

“Ananda” personal spa designed for Glass Idromassagio is launched at Cersaie in Italy.

Workshops
RCA Workshop – Nipa sets a project for students to create a feast based on their experiences of three wholesale food markets, Billingsgate fish market, Smithfield meat market and New Spitalfields vegetable market.

Jonathan and Nipa are invited to lead a platform of students for Design Products department at the Royal College of Art, London.

Publication
Something new is coming – Dumbo Feather

2009

Exhibition
“Personal shopper” : Invited by Messe Frankfurt to select 80 products from the entire Ambiente show in February around which Doshi Levien designed an exhibition for Tendence. The installation and the objects selected reflected a view of design according to the personality of Bobo meaning “bourgeois boheme.”

Talks
Design Capital lecture series: State of Design Festival Australia – Keynote talk by Nipa DoshiDesign’s Global crossroads.”

Design Identities in a connected world: Lecture by Nipa Doshi for Messe Frankfurt Shanghai.

Interior lifestyle Shanghai – ‘On Design’ lecture series.

Competition Jury
Electrolux Design Lab 09: Nipa Doshi invited as Jury member. Design Lab is an annual global design competition open to undergraduate and graduate industrial design students who are invited to present innovative ideas for household appliances of the future.

Award
Wallpaper – Best Domestic design: ‘My Beautiful Backside’ sofa for Moroso.

2008

Launch
“My Beautiful Backside” sofa and “Principessa” day beds are launched by Moroso at Salone Del Mobile.

Exhibitions
Silvera and Moroso invite Doshi Levien to create an installation for Designer’s Days in Paris. Nipa and Jonathan create “Myth and Material”. With an irreverent and spontaneous use of colours and materials, Doshi Levien’s installation explored and described the influence that Indian culture has on their designs. ‘Myth and Material’ looked at the many aspects of India’s multilayered modern culture and emphasised, in a very natural way, how opposites coexist harmoniously: sensuousness with the spiritual and austere; functionality with creativity and imagination.

“Myth and Material” travels to Moroso’s New York showroom. The pieces on display included ‘Charpoy’, ‘Tools of inspiration’, ‘My Beautioful Backside’, ‘Sheesha mirrors’ and ‘Principessa’.

“My World” installation created in 2005 for the Lisbon Design Biennale is invited to Paris by Mouvements Modernes for the Fiac Art fair.

Talks
Design Indaba -Doshi Levien joined creative professionals from across the world to speak at the Design Indaba conference, attended by 2,000 people.

IIDA New York: Pioneering Design series – Doshi Levien give a lecture at Parson’s school of Design as part of IIDA’s design Pioneer series.

Publications
Vogue India – Redesigning India
Architecture Und Wohnen – Objekte mit zwei seelen

2007

Launch
Moroso present Charpoy daybeds at Salone del Mobile, their debut collaboration with Doshi Levien. The Charpoy range marries fine hand workmanship in Gujurat, India, with industrial production of Italy; A ‘union of opposites’ that becomes a defining character of Doshi Levien’s approach.

Exhibition
The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York inaugurate their “Quick Takes” exhibition series with the Moroso ‘Charpoy’ range.

Talks
Cooper Hewitt Museum – “Unity of opposites: showcasing Charpoy range of daybeds for Moroso.”

100% Design London – Best Of European Design. Conversation with Jaime Hayon, Louise Campbell Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi. Chaired by Caroline Roux, writer, curator and journalist.

Awards
Doshi Levien are awarded a generous grant from the Arts Council of England to develop four pairs of shoes with John Lobb, Her Majesty’s bootmaker on St James St in London.

Movado Future Legend award that celebrates exceptional talent in the creative arts.

Wallpaper – Best Breakthrough Designer.

Publications
Best of both worlds – Damn magazine
No rest for the worldly – ID magazine
A plural approach – Frame magazine
Glocal Style – Casamica

2006

Talks
Franz Meyer Museum, Mexico City -Design and identity in emerging economies.”

Doga Norsk Form, Norway – “The new subjectivity in Design.”

Publications
Their World – Frame issue 48
Made for India – Wallpaper

2005

Installation
Doshi Levien create new work for The British Council exhibition: My World. “The new subjectivity in design.” Elements of this work are later on developed for Moroso in 2007. This installation also visited: Vilnius, Oslo, the London Design Museum and New York.

Publications
Function and Fantasy – World of Interiors
The picture of health – Frame issue 43
London is another country – Icon Magazine

Award
Blueprint – Blueprint sessions product designer of the year.

2004

Installation
Wellcome Trust commission a series of three window installations each lasting 4 months. The installations communicated the history and current objectives of the Trust to the general public.

Talks
Government of India Design Summit, New Delhi – Nipa Doshi gave a presentation on “Cultural Capital as a resource for innovation in design.”

British Council exhibition “Global Local” Touring exhibition and seminar. Doshi Levien gave a talk on “cultural identity in industrial design”. Doshi Levien featured alongside a selection of designers whose work applies an international sensibility, developed through research and global travel, to the local context in which they work. This exhibition was hosted by the Victoria and Albert museum after completing a tour of India.

Publication
Bright young things – Independent magazine.

2003

Launch
‘Mosaic range’ of cookware for Tefal.

Award
FX design award – “best furnishing or accessory for residential interiors” for Tefal Mosaic cookware range.

Publication
Opposites attract – Blueprint magazine.

2001

Launch
A commission from Tom Dixon to design tableware for ‘Habitat’ kick starts the Doshi Levien studio.

Doshi Levien Columbia road studio - portrait by Peter Krejci

Doshi Levien

49 Columbia Road
London
E27RG
United Kingdom

phone: +44 (0)20 7739 3631

email: mail@doshilevien.com

Newsletter

Cooper Hewit NYC - Portrait by Kate and Camilla

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 sensuality 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

Milan - Portrait by Jamie Morgan

2014

Launches
‘Madina’ – Doshi Levien re-design the cosmetic and skincare brand ‘Madina’, including their corporate identity, packaging and store interiors. Doshi Levien’s bold concept regards the packaging as an architectural element integral to the retail space. The first store opened on Corso Venezia, Milano.

‘Uchiwa’ lounge chair is launched during Milan Design Week, marking the debut collaboration with Danish company Hay.

‘Maya’ is a constellation of wall mounted mirrors for Hay launched during Milan Design Week.

‘Shanty’ side cabinet, designed for BD Barcelona is launched during Milan Design Week.

‘Rabari’ collection of rugs is presented during Milan Design Week by Nani Marquina. This is the first collaboration between Doshi Levien and Nani Marquina.

‘Almora’ arm chair is presented by B&B Italia During Milan Design Week. This is their first collaboration with Doshi Levien.

Awards

Rabari rug collection wins a silver Delta award at the ADI-FAD in Barcelona. See the Rabari collection.

Rabari collection wins ICFF Editor’s Award 2014 for carpet and flooring. See the Rabari collection.

Rabari collection selected as a “Metropolis Likes” during ICFF.
See the Rabari collection.

Press
Desgin.Daily – Belle Magazine profile

 

2013

Installation
Doshi Levien make an installation for Camper in their Milan store to celebrate the Twins Collection of shoes also designed by Doshi Levien. Two of the pieces, ‘Riding High’ and ‘Chance Encounter’ consoles designed by Doshi Levien are added to the collection of Galerie Kreo.

‘The Wool Parade’ for Kvadrat made it’s debut at their Stockholm showroom during the Stockholm Design Week.

Exhibition
Living Objects: made for India.” As part of the Europalia Festival of India 2013 in Belgium, Doshi Levien are invited by Grand Hornu Images to curate and design the exhibition that features 300 contemporary everyday objects selected from shops and family from New Delhi to Trivandrum. See the Project

2012

Launches
‘Das Haus’: Doshi Levien invited as ‘Guest of Honour’ to create their vision of a perfect House for IMM Cologne.

Chandigarh’ sofa collection is launched by Moroso at Salone del Mobile.

‘Chandlo’ dressing table is launched by BD Barcelona at Salone del Mobile.

India: Art Now’ an installation in the reading room of ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen. The installation coincides with ‘India: Art Now’ exhibition.

Ice Moon’ an ice cream cake launched by Haagen Dazs.

Twins’ a collection of men’s and women’s shoes launched by Camper at the London Design Festival.

Publications
Rites de Passage – Intramuros
Cultural Crossways – Damn no.31
Design Power House – Vogue India
Double Vision – Azure Magazine
Artful Blend – Metropolis Magazine

2011

Launches
‘Eternal Summer’ the first in a series of shoe stores for Camper opens at Campo dei Fiori in Rome, Italy.

‘Rocker’ is a children’s improvised ride designed for Richard Lampert,  launched during IMM Cologne.

‘Kali’ bathroom cabinet and product range is launched by Authentics at Maison et Objet.

‘Impossible Wood’ plastic chair designed for Moroso is launched at Salone del Mobile.

‘Capo’ armchair chair is launched by Cappellini at Salone del Mobile.

‘Loyly’ a personal sauna designed for Glass 1989 is launched at Cersaie in Italy.

Workshop
Boisbuchet Vitra Workshop – Nipa and Jonathan run a Vitra workshop at Boisbuchet. “Discover and frame a viewpoint of Boisbuchet.“

Awards
IMM Best of Best award: ‘Rocker’ for Richard Lampert.
Wallpaper – Best Steam Team: ‘Ananda’ for Glass 1989.

2010

Launches
‘Paper Planes’ Seating collection for Moroso Launched during Salone del Mobile. The project began with a new fabric designed incorporating Swarovski Crystal Elements.

“Ananda” personal spa designed for Glass Idromassagio is launched at Cersaie in Italy.

Workshops
RCA Workshop – Nipa sets a project for students to create a feast based on their experiences of three wholesale food markets, Billingsgate fish market, Smithfield meat market and New Spitalfields vegetable market.

Jonathan and Nipa are invited to lead a platform of students for Design Products department at the Royal College of Art, London.

Publication
Something new is coming – Dumbo Feather

2009

Exhibition
“Personal shopper” : Invited by Messe Frankfurt to select 80 products from the entire Ambiente show in February around which Doshi Levien designed an exhibition for Tendence. The installation and the objects selected reflected a view of design according to the personality of Bobo meaning “bourgeois boheme.”

Talks
Design Capital lecture series: State of Design Festival Australia – Keynote talk by Nipa DoshiDesign’s Global crossroads.”

Design Identities in a connected world: Lecture by Nipa Doshi for Messe Frankfurt Shanghai.

Interior lifestyle Shanghai – ‘On Design’ lecture series.

Competition Jury
Electrolux Design Lab 09: Nipa Doshi invited as Jury member. Design Lab is an annual global design competition open to undergraduate and graduate industrial design students who are invited to present innovative ideas for household appliances of the future.

Award
Wallpaper – Best Domestic design: ‘My Beautiful Backside’ sofa for Moroso.

2008

Launch
“My Beautiful Backside” sofa and “Principessa” day beds are launched by Moroso at Salone Del Mobile.

Exhibitions
Silvera and Moroso invite Doshi Levien to create an installation for Designer’s Days in Paris. Nipa and Jonathan create “Myth and Material”. With an irreverent and spontaneous use of colours and materials, Doshi Levien’s installation explored and described the influence that Indian culture has on their designs. ‘Myth and Material’ looked at the many aspects of India’s multilayered modern culture and emphasised, in a very natural way, how opposites coexist harmoniously: sensuousness with the spiritual and austere; functionality with creativity and imagination.

“Myth and Material” travels to Moroso’s New York showroom. The pieces on display included ‘Charpoy’, ‘Tools of inspiration’, ‘My Beautioful Backside’, ‘Sheesha mirrors’ and ‘Principessa’.

“My World” installation created in 2005 for the Lisbon Design Biennale is invited to Paris by Mouvements Modernes for the Fiac Art fair.

Talks
Design Indaba -Doshi Levien joined creative professionals from across the world to speak at the Design Indaba conference, attended by 2,000 people.

IIDA New York: Pioneering Design series – Doshi Levien give a lecture at Parson’s school of Design as part of IIDA’s design Pioneer series.

Publications
Vogue India – Redesigning India
Architecture Und Wohnen – Objekte mit zwei seelen

2007

Launch
Moroso present Charpoy daybeds at Salone del Mobile, their debut collaboration with Doshi Levien. The Charpoy range marries fine hand workmanship in Gujurat, India, with industrial production of Italy; A ‘union of opposites’ that becomes a defining character of Doshi Levien’s approach.

Exhibition
The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York inaugurate their “Quick Takes” exhibition series with the Moroso ‘Charpoy’ range.

Talks
Cooper Hewitt Museum – “Unity of opposites: showcasing Charpoy range of daybeds for Moroso.”

100% Design London – Best Of European Design. Conversation with Jaime Hayon, Louise Campbell Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi. Chaired by Caroline Roux, writer, curator and journalist.

Awards
Doshi Levien are awarded a generous grant from the Arts Council of England to develop four pairs of shoes with John Lobb, Her Majesty’s bootmaker on St James St in London.

Movado Future Legend award that celebrates exceptional talent in the creative arts.

Wallpaper – Best Breakthrough Designer.

Publications
Best of both worlds – Damn magazine
No rest for the worldly – ID magazine
A plural approach – Frame magazine
Glocal Style – Casamica

2006

Talks
Franz Meyer Museum, Mexico City -Design and identity in emerging economies.”

Doga Norsk Form, Norway – “The new subjectivity in Design.”

Publications
Their World – Frame issue 48
Made for India – Wallpaper

2005

Installation
Doshi Levien create new work for The British Council exhibition: My World. “The new subjectivity in design.” Elements of this work are later on developed for Moroso in 2007. This installation also visited: Vilnius, Oslo, the London Design Museum and New York.

Publications
Function and Fantasy – World of Interiors
The picture of health – Frame issue 43
London is another country – Icon Magazine

Award
Blueprint – Blueprint sessions product designer of the year.

2004

Installation
Wellcome Trust commission a series of three window installations each lasting 4 months. The installations communicated the history and current objectives of the Trust to the general public.

Talks
Government of India Design Summit, New Delhi – Nipa Doshi gave a presentation on “Cultural Capital as a resource for innovation in design.”

British Council exhibition “Global Local” Touring exhibition and seminar. Doshi Levien gave a talk on “cultural identity in industrial design”. Doshi Levien featured alongside a selection of designers whose work applies an international sensibility, developed through research and global travel, to the local context in which they work. This exhibition was hosted by the Victoria and Albert museum after completing a tour of India.

Publication
Bright young things – Independent magazine.

2003

Launch
‘Mosaic range’ of cookware for Tefal.

Award
FX design award – “best furnishing or accessory for residential interiors” for Tefal Mosaic cookware range.

Publication
Opposites attract – Blueprint magazine.

2001

Launch
A commission from Tom Dixon to design tableware for ‘Habitat’ kick starts the Doshi Levien studio.

Spitalfields home - Portrait by Simon upton

Doshi Levien Columbia road studio - portrait by Peter Krejci