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Best Interior Designers And Architects From Mumbai

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Updated: 2 April 2017
Mumbai, the entertainment and arts capital of the country, is also home to some of its best interior designers. Culture Trip has compiled a list of the top five Mumbai-based designers who have created revolutionary spaces in the city and elsewhere.

Serie Architects: Christopher Lee and Kapil Gupta

Mumbai’s Kapil Gupta is the co-founder of Serie Architects, which has offices in London, Mumbai, Singapore, and Beijing. With Christopher Lee, another co-founder of Serie, Gupta designed Mumbai’s favorite live-music venue, the Blue Frog. From the Bavarian History Museum in Ravensburg, Germany to the BMW Olympic Pavillion in London, Serie has designed stunning buildings around the world. Gupta was Director of the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI) from 2003 to 2008. He curated on behalf of the UDRI at India’s first ever entry to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2006. He graduated from Mumbai’s very own JJ School of Architecture in 1996.

#LastSet- After a triumphant journey that has spanned 9 glorious years at its flagship club at Mathuradas Mills, @blueFROG has great news for all its fans and music aficionados. The club has just announced that it will relocate and take the FROG experience to 2 new venues in the city. This relocation is in line with blueFROG’s expansion strategy of partaking in refreshingly curated pop-ups, festivals and events across the city. The month of August is a month of celebration for the club. blueFROG will kick-off the final countdown for leaving its premises with a nostalgic month-long celebration series titled ‘THE LAST SET’. This starts on 30th July with the final edition of their long-standing property ‘Retro Night with Other People.’ Following that, many artists, promoters, patrons and clients who have been long time partners of the brand will come together to put together multiple nights of great music, F&B deals and an experience that will linger in everyone’s hearts. The series culminates into the final weekend that will present FROGFEST at the venue. Multi-line up, multi-genre day-long celebration at the venue on the weekend of 26th to 28th August at the end of which, the venue closes its doors in the mill #LatenightMumbai #Lastset #Bluefrog

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 Shabnam Gupta

Known for the bursts of colors and textures and a unique contemporary design palette, this Mumbai-based designer has repeatedly won global and domestic recognition for her work. Gupta’s long list of accolades includes the International Property Award in the Residential and Hospitality categories in 2014, being featured as one of the top 10 designers to watch out for by Forbes India 2010 and by Elle Club 2012, as well as by Vogue. She founded her own firm, The Orange Lane in 2003. She was also featured in one of the country’s first home makeover shows. The hip and colorful Bombay Bronx in Cumbala Hill, or the vibrant Big Nasty in Khar, are two of her many projects.

Sameep Padora

This Mumbai-based designer is the mind behind one of Mumbai’s coziest, most luxurious dining spots – Indigo Deli, as well as the city’s hippest café/bar/working space – Khar Social. Testament to his versatility, Padora also designed a Shiv Temple in Pune as well as a Buddhist learning and skill development center in Sakharwadi, Maharashtra. His work has been featured in the The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, and has won numerous international awards including The Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture Award in London and the MARMOMACC International Award Architecture in Stone in Verona. He is an alumni of Mumbai’s Academy of Architecture.

Rajiv Saini

Saini set up his Mumbai studio in 1995. 20 years later, it still remains one of Mumbai’s top design firms. Along with his associates, he has designed high-end luxury homes and hospitality projects in India, the U.K., Thailand, Dubai, Nepal, the U.S., and Singapore. Some of his most recognized works include the Devigarh Hotel in Udaipur (Conde-Nast Best Design Hotel), the Marriott Hotel in Goa, Senso in New Delhi, Rain and Velvet in Mumbai, as well as Carma fashion store in New Delhi.

Ajay Shah

This Mumbai-based designer has a specialty in retail-based designing. His Colaba studio, the Ajay Shah Design Studio – simple yet edgy and uniquely creative – best exemplifies his style. Shah studied furniture design at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Gujarat but is largely self-made. From touch screen kiosks to colorful yet edgy furniture to grand architectural structures – his studio enthusiastically works on whatever projects come their way.