The Studio

Kunal Shah Designs is an interior design consultancy studio based in Mumbai. The studio was founded by Kunal in 2004. Since its inception, the studio’s primary focus has been spatial quality - harnessing natural light, drawing in breeze, sculpting out volumes in a controlled fashion and teasing out natural textures. The studio constantly seeks new ways to interpret “understated luxury” in the realm of interior design.

Over the years, the studio has evolved into a diverse group of architects, interior designers, artists and crafts-persons who work together on various projects. The studio has designed residences, offices, restaurants, film sets and boutiques as well as furniture. The portfolio comprises sites all over India, London and Dubai. The studio is now broadening its scope to art consultancy as well.

The studio works on a variety of interiors differing in scope and scale. Early commissions included homes for leading professionals, film-makers and industrialists. In later years, the Satvik floor of India’s first art hotel ‘Le Sutra’ in Mumbai and numerous restaurants for the Havmor group were designed by the studio.The unique ashram-like Worli office of the advertising agency BBDO was completed in 2012. The studio has designed the Mumbai flagship store for leading fashion and costume designer Manish Malhotra, followed by his Diffusion stores. In 2013, Kunal restored a 100-year old haveli in the Qutub precinct in Delhi for the same label. In early 2014, the studio completed execution of an art gallery project, TARQ in Dhanraj Mahal, Colaba, Mumbai.

The Person

In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Institute of Environmental Design, Kunal has a post graduate diploma in Indian Aesthetics from Mumbai University. On a recent sabbatical, Kunal studied Art History at SOAS, London. In 2004-2005, he taught at the Interior Design department of SNDT University, Mumbai. In 2006-2008, Kunal was visiting faculty member at Kamala Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai.

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