Gunjan Gupta is Changing the Face of Design in the Country

Reviving one Indian handicraft at a time.

What makes Gunjan Gupta stand out from the crop of interior designers in the country is her focused effort to promote and revive Indian crafts—and put them on the global design landscape. As insiders will attest, it's impossible for Gunjan's creations to go unnoticed—the Central St Martin's graduate's signature style is adopting commonplace Indian items, and transforming them into pieces of functional art. Just some examples: the Bicycle Throne, a seat created with various parts of the humble cycle, and the Dinner Stack thaali—a nine-piece, stacked dinnerware set, that's both traditional and makes for a totally cool fine-dining experience. 

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It's no wonder then that Gunjan's work has found a place at landmark design exhibits all over the world, from Basel and London to Miami and Milan. She also won the British Council Young Creative Finalist Award in 2007, and has international clients including Droog, Swarovski, and Rossana Orlandi.

Her studio in Mehrauli doubles as a residency for Indian and International students, to whom her best advice is, "there are no shortcuts to success, so you have to be really passionate about what you do. Above all, start with your own country—we have an amazing reservoir of design just waiting to be unravelled."

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