Doshi Levien. An Atelier of Ideas

The London duo allows a glance ‘behind the scenes’ of the creative process in Stockholm

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Doshi Levien. An Atelier of Ideas
05/02/2020 - Design studio Doshi Levien is the Guest of Honour at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2020. With their exhibition in the Entrance Hall, the Indian-British designers aim to give visitors an insight into their creative process, revealing for the very first time, their drawings and prototypes side by side with production pieces.
Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Levien and his partner Nipa Doshi have enthusiastically embraced the assignment. The wealth of drawings that have been sent to the fair’s workshop show a labyrinth of inter-connected vaulted spaces – long and narrow, short and wide – inspired by churches the couple visited on a recent trip to Palermo. Concentrated beams of light cut through the dense spaces, highlighting the sensual and organic designs from Doshi Levien’s rich portfolio.
Earth to sky

Earth to sky

“When we tackle an assignment, whether it’s designing a fabric or a lamp or an armchair, we like to pass the idea through an architectural filter,” explains Doshi. “We want to create interior components that architects can use to define space.”
Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

“The exhibition can be seen as a re-interpretation of the simple prototypes we’re experimenting with in our London studio,” explains Levien. “There, we work in wood and cardboard. Here, we’ve used a solid wood structure clad in thin plywood. A ‘skin and bone structure’ that reflects our way of making prototypes in the studio. The wood has been grown locally to minimize transport the materials are reused after the fair. We’re hanging our prototypes up on the plywood walls, alongside drawings and the finished product, to give visitors an insight into our working process.”
Uchiwa Family Hay

Uchiwa Family Hay

According to Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi, the best ideas happen when they interpret each other’s drawings, merging the couple’s sometimes conflicting talents. Levien, a trained cabinet-maker and industrial designer who grew up in a manufacturing family in Scotland – his parents made toys – has a gift for structural design. Doshi grew up in central Delhi and trained at the National Institute of Design, a school that crosses traditional Indian crafts with innovative and experimental designs. Nipa’s practice is rooted in her plural upbringing and astute eye for visual culture. 

The result is a tribute to beauty, love and craftsmanship: an atelier of ideas, the spirit of their studio.
Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Jonas Lindström

Doshi Levien_ph. Gustav Kaiser

Doshi Levien_ph. Gustav Kaiser

Doshi Levien_ph. Gustav Kaiser

Doshi Levien_ph. Gustav Kaiser


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