June, 2017


The contemporary interior designer Saket Sethi (@saketsethi) has been acquiring projects from around the globe based on his previous designs. This design enthusiasts most recent venture is in the television industry. Saket tells us more of what design means to him and his exciting journey through the show.

 Q Tell us about your journey as a designer. What are some of your favourite works?

While setting up my firm in 2005, the difficulties of a start up seemed endless but so did its potential. It was a professional evolution matching the personal one.
My favourite works run across projects types, the Aditya Birla Science & Technology Center for Kumar Birla and the Being Human office for Salman Khan. Raveena Tandon’s home and some of the wonderful 3D print furniture pieces that Archilogics created for Godrej are amongst my favourite works.

 Q What are your favourite pieces of architecture and design?

Gaudi's Familia Sagrada is the first building I wept to. The idea that an architect would be entombed in his finest work and that several governments would spend billions over a centennial to complete it is truly astounding.
Herzog and deMeuron are amongst my favorites too, their work challenges posits theory and redirects our understanding of architecture - like the Hamburg City Concert Hall. Van Allen's Chrysler in New York makes my heart fly. Charles Correa too ignited an idea of a truly modern Indian Architecture coming of age with Kanchenjunga.
Some of my other inspirations include temple architects in India, Europeans like Brunelleschi and then modern and postmodern - Mies, Gropius and Corbusier. There are practices I respect like Sanaa, Asymptote, Van Berkel, BIG; singular designers like Urquiola and mega firms like SOM.

Q Where do you see the design space headed?

Design is becoming democratic - in one way going to the people who need design, at least in DIY bits and then simultaneously there is the Supra-architectural for particular specializations. I think robotics and new software advances will shake up practices, construction and the design industry itself so adaptation will be key.

Q What trends of 2017 do you love and follow?

The design needs to feel right and have an AHA! moment to it. I think one that is here to stay is mixing design periods and their styles to create spaces which respond more to personality and individuality. So it could be the idea of baroque French paneling mixed with the most avantgarden furniture from Roche Bobois; so on and so forth.

Q Any common mistake you see people making while designing their space?

Most people just don’t trust their instinct to take a risk. What's the worst that will happen? You'll land up with a space that may not look as refined, but then again it may be highly unique and personal. The only way to ensure the risk works is to do a particular amount of research, then stop and enjoy the process. Don't leave everything to your architect or designer but also learn to trust and collaborate with the designer.

Q At what point is a space truly complete?

You know when you read a space and add one more element to it - you suddenly find that the space loses its spirit, aesthetic or functionality or any combinations of the three? Feelings and sensory feedback matter as much as the usual rules of finish and functional resolution.

Q On a personal front,where are you headed?

On a project basis I want to continue to do work that challenges and nourishes us; departs and surprises further from established styles and rules, explore design psychofeedback and the use of technology in varying clients, project types and sizes.

Q Tell us about your journey with Luxe Interiors.

My journey with Luxe Interiors actually started very accidentally. I was discovered by this incredible lady, Aparna Gupt, who suggested I work with NDTV Good Times. At the time, NDTV Good Times was to launch the first season of their makeover show A Whole New World post which I was roped into doing another episode. Salman's fashion designer Ashley Rebello came on board and I think my foundation on TV came from these two.
Season 1 was done; Season 2 was a challenge and I didn't realise how truly complex it is to host a show. Season 2 was well appreciated leading to Season 3 being commissioned.

Q Give us a sneak peek into Season 3 and what it holds?

Season 3 focuses on what makes projects special and also jumps topics to cover an umbrella of design stories and issues - almost like a design tourist would explore Indian cities and India design. We want to show more places you wouldn't normally see in a 2D format, and diverse talent as the design scene moves simultaneously to accessible designers and aspirational work. The big focus to democratize and demystify what I call Ivory tower design - we want people to be familiar and not intimidated by design.

Q Your favourite part of hosting Luxe Interiors?

I’m surprised by the curiosity, intelligence and passion of the viewers. It really is a challenge not to over or under design and present very quickly in an easily absorbable format. I love the way the teams work together in animating and realising design vision, for the end viewer.

Q Over time how has Luxe Interiors inspired/challenged your design style and how has it become part of your design goals?

Luxe Interiors has definitely got me to think more about the common man; the viewer profile and his/her requirements and aspirations as opposed to singularly inflexible personality driven designing.