Paris-based designer India Mahdavi creates whimsical interiors that shock and awe with color, shape and a playfulness that is infectious. You may have seen some of her famous spaces including Paris’s Café Français, London’s The Gallery at Sketch and the Charles de Gaulle Airport’s I Love Paris by Guy Martin. Aside from restaurants and bars, she also designs hotels, furniture and exhibition spaces.
Born to a Persian father and an Egyptian-English mother, the Iranian artist was named after the country of India, where her parents conceived her on their honeymoon. With nomadic roots in her blood, she has lived in Iran, the US, Germany and now Paris. Mahdavi has a prestigious artistic pedigree having studied architecture at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York, furniture design at Parsons and industrial design at Cooper Union.
The distinguished designer utilizes materials like wood, ceramic, metal and lacquer to craft her beautiful pieces. To her, furniture becomes an accessory that one mixes and matches to enhance an interior. And her interiors are full of personality, which draw on modern, extraordinary design with a feminine quality and a penchant for pop art.
Visit her Paris showroom to see her iconic pieces. Or order her book Home Chic for tips on how to live well and style more fluidly with color, texture and pattern.
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