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A Designer's Tale

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Pranika Sharma speaks with Esha Gupta, interior designer and founder of Design Pataki, about her recent trip to one of the biggest design events of the season, M&O Paris

A graduate of Interior Design from Parsons The New School for Design, New York, Esha Gupta transformed her love for designing into an online endeavour, Design Pataki, after spending five years in the industry. It started off as an exclusive consultancy and interior design service with a view to share honest opinions, beautiful interior spaces and independent art and design meant to inspire readers to live a creative life. We speak to her about her creative outlets, inspirations and her exciting trip to Maison&Objet (M&O), the international authority for home décor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends based in Paris.

What is your colour and design inspiration?

“Raw Contemporary” is what I think best describes it. Growing up, my mother’s sense of colour, design and form greatly influenced me. From there it continued to evolve, given the large global exposure. It makes one push their limits. Right now, my sensibilities are driven towards sustainable products that have an artisanal style. I like reinventing materials available locally. For a recent apartment we designed, six different types of Indian stones were modified to suit a luxe palette.

 What is the driving force behind Design Pataki?

When I started Design Pataki, the industry was dominated by men and followed a slightly archaic model. The idea was to be a young disruptive female voice. Hence, the play on the Hindi word ‘pataka’, which means firecracker. Pataki is the female embodiment of that.

What elements do you like to incorporate when working on a design?

Something that we are consciously trying to integrate and create is provenance and experience. It’s all about going back to one’s roots. That is the demand that we have noticed in the market.

You must have been thrilled to hear from M&O Paris. What was your first reaction? Tell us about the trip?

Absolutely! When you put Paris and design together, it is truly something else! It’s the French touch at M&O that sets it apart from the rest. It’s not contained to one or two buckets or dependent on the host country. Every designer there is so unique that it is incredibly stimulating.

You met Vincent Gregoire at M&O. What did you take from the meeting?

Vincent Gregoire is the man behind the Inspiration Room in Maison and the trend forecaster to know. He is a director with Trends Agency, NellyRodi. After an engaging conversation with him, I asked the million dollar question, “What trends do you see moving into the mainstream in 2018?” expecting a standard ‘colours, pattern or form’ answer. Instead he replies simply, “Preciousness!”

Any further interactions or collaborations with M&O that we should be looking forward to?

Yes, hopefully we will go back in September 2018 for the second part of the show... this time with double the excitement!

 What are your thoughts on their newly launched project MOM? Any products you would pick for yourself or a client?

MOM is an excellent initiative. Through it, all of M&O is accessible to professionals globally, 365 days a year. My shopping list from MOM would be pretty long, but Pols Potten’s glass and ceramic ware makes it to the very top.

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