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.
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.
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.
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.
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.