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.
Jack Meijers delves into the process behind the creation of the Almora armchair designed by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia.
“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.”
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.”
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…
My Beautiful Backside sofa designed for Moroso wins an award! See more about this project
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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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..”