Interior Design is one of the most trending and rapidly growing industries in India today. Living standards of the average Indian are all for an upward swing, directly translating into increased demand for beautiful, luxurious and meticulously designed living spaces. With the increasing expenditure on quality life by Indian urbanites and their rising exposure to exotic destinations in the global village, the need for interior designers is going all-time high at present times. On the other hand, due to rising population and joint to nuclear families, the per capita land consumption is decreasing day by day.
Therefore, effective and efficient use of the limited space is not just the choice, but the need of the hour. With all these developments, interior designing is emerging as a booming career option for people with a creative bent of mind.
The Indian interior design industry, over the years, has produced some of the greatest interior designers, who have been shaping India’s urban landscape and the interiors of the modern-day homes for the modern generation.
Here we list the top 10 Successful Interior Designers in India who are known for Luxury Interior Designing.
1. Twinkle Khanna
One of the most high-end interior designers in India, surprisingly, Twinkle never formally trained in interior design. She seems to be simply born as one! A knack for the right colours, textures and sketches got her going when she interned at the age of 16 with a, Mumbai based architect. With her friend Gurlein Manchanda, She first designed a Breach Candy house in 2000, independently; there was no looking back since then. Currently, she is the co-owner of The White Window, exclusive home decor store which operates in Mumbai. Twinkle Khanna is enjoying quite a success in this industry and, in recent years, has produced a wide range of spectacular design projects and done a lot many celebrity homes. Presently she is the chief Mentor to INIFD Academy of Interiors
2. Sunita Kohli
Sunita Kohli is a well known name in the world of interior design. Through her singularly unique vision and work that has been lauded by national and international political leaders, including the Prime Minister and President of India, Ms Kohli has helped preserve these national treasures that had significantly decayed and were on the brink of loss.
For her work, Ms Kohli was conferred one of the highest national awards, the “Padma Shri” by the President of India for contribution to excellence in national life in the field of “Architectural Restoration and Design”.
Her work profile includes the President’s House, (nee Viceroy’s House), Parliament Building, the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretariat as well as the official residence of the Prime Minister.
This specialization places her amongst the best interior designers in India when it comes to decorating the interiors with royal, traditional and heritage looks, in both heritage and modern buildings.
3. Gauri Khan
Gauri Khan wife of Bollywood super star Shahrukh Khan. Gauri is an ace interior designer, with her own firm – Gauri Khan Designs. She is one of the top celebrity interior designers in India, having worked on the personal projects of the National and International icons.
Gauri Khan has designed spaces for high-profile individuals such as Mukesh Ambani, Roberto Cavalli and Ralph Lauren, as well as Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar, Jacqueline FernandezRanbir Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotrato name a few.
4. Manit Rastogi
Manit Rastogi is another hugely popular name in the interior design industry. Manit’s designs are known to be outrageously creative and focus on sustainability. He has several National and International awards to his credit.
Manit is a Fellow of IIA (Indian Institute of Architects) and the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, UK) and has taught at the Architectural Association, London, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and the Hong Kong Polytechnic Institute. He has been a juror on several design and award juries and is a founder member of Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (ADaRSH).
Ar. Rastogi believes that design should be the combined result of multiple inspirations. His firm’s wide range of interests and inspirations have ensured the built-up of a highly-sensitive portfolio. The team at Morphogenesis views design as a mighty amalgamation of a multitude of external and internal influences, which includes climatic conditions and even local traditions. Giving his views on innovation in architecture, he says that it is a symbiotic balance between sustainability, affordability, imageabilty, and livability.
5. Shabnam Gupta
Shabnam Gupta has created, over some stellar years, spaces that are best described as iconic. Shabnam Gupta represents the new-age league of interior designers, with an extremely evolved design approach, which brings a great degree of uniqueness in her designs.
Shabnam Gupta mixes and matches an earthy palette with a contemporary soul that’s laced with a rustic edge. All of which is generously interspersed with bursts of refreshing colours to recreate a design aesthetic that has now come to be known as signature Shabnam Gupta.
Shabnam has scaled the peaks of success, almost literally, with her gorgeously eccentric interiors for Kangana Ranaut’s majestic mountain retreat, the remarkably edgy interiors of Bar Stock Exchange, Nonpareil farmhouses, Tanjore Tiffin Room, retail outlets for Pepperfry and more.
She addressed INIFD students in several ocassion and helped them understand the philosophy of Designing.
6. Ravish Vohra
Ravish Vohra has been in the bespoke lifestyle industry since 1992. He has had a life-long passion for architecture and interiors. His drive and passion for design are beautifully executed through his technical expertise in creating high-end quality pieces with attention being paid to the comfort of the furniture, lavish design and unparalleled quality.
The flagship store launched in October 2010 and Ravish Vohra Home was introduced in a space that showcases Ravish’s abundant offering of the best in luxury lifestyle. Creativity and technology, glamour and functionality, quality and innovation: an extraordinary combination of factors, along with a strategic vision has contributed to the lasting success of Ravish Vohra.
7. Wasim khan
Interior Designer Wasim Khan is a Spatial Design Graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and a Director at Lemon Design – an award winning Strategic Branding and Integrated Design Consultancy. He has been a core member of design teams for monumental projects like the Khalsa Heritage Museum & the Ahmedabad City Museum.
Interior Designer Wasim Khan believes in exploring new dimensions of design, new articulations of the philosophy and new parameters of practice across the world. His art direction was appreciated worldwide in the film ‘Dansh’, which was nominated for numerous international festivals.
Designer Wasim Khan is deep rooted connected to the Faculty up gradation programs for all INIFD Centres.
8. Aamir and Hameeda
Amir and Hameeda Interior Designers (AANDH) deliver chic, refined interiors with luxurious finishes and occasional bursts of daring colour or modern geometrics. AANDH is headed by the husband wife duo Aamir and Hameeda. Their extensive and versatile body of work ranges from interior design of residences, corporate offices, retail stores and hospitality spaces. Today, they are counted amongst the top interior designers in the country.
Their minimalistic, urban chic deigns make them stand apart in the residential and retail space design. They make use of a lot of salvaged recyclable material in their various projects and reinterpret them with a quirky and contemporary design sensibility, aka – modern traditionalism.
Their work has appeared and published on the cover pages of many publications like Architectural Digest, Inside Outside, Houzz, India Today, etc. and their projects have also been published in many coffee table books.
Some of the works of Aamir and Hameeda that put them at the helm of the interior design industry include Sunil Shetty’s boutique ‘More Mischief’ and Allu Arjun’s farmhouse. In all, the couple has conceptualized and put together the interior design of no less than 50 major restaurants and bars in cities such as Hyderabad, Bangalore.
9. Sussanne Khan
Sussanne Khan obtained an Associate Art Degree in Interior Design from Brooks College, Long Beach, California in the year 1995, and designed her first project in 1996. Further through the years she has practiced her unique style of interior design.
On Feb 26th, 2011 Sussanne founded and introduced The Charcoal Project, India’s first and most unique design concept store. The store changed the meaning of curated interior design in India.
She uses metal, wood, natural fiber’s, concrete, geometric patterns embellishments, all subtly woven together to create what she calls quiet luxe, her signature style; a seamless blend of industrial masculine with feminine edgy chic. Her belief is that luxury is about emotion and design is her tool.
At The Charcoal Project along with a team of Architects, Interior designers, product designers, Sussanne has delivered many conceptual projects in the world of residential private homes, destination villas, commercial offices and model show apartments for various leading real estate companies.
Sussanne resides in Mumbai with her two sons, Hrehaan & Hridaan and believes that through all journeys of life, stand tall and “dare to dream the impossible”.
10. Ambrish Arora
Ambrish Arora is a veteran in the interior design industry, with over 3 decade of work experience designing and conceptualizing a variety of spaces. In the year 2002, Ambrish co-founded Studio Lotus as his interior design firm with Sidhartha Talwar and Ankur Choksi. Presently, Ambrish plays the role of Chief Mentor to the team.The firm specializes in architecture and interior design and has built up an impressive portfolio of work.