8 Guest of Honour
by Claes Kanold
From their studio in London Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien
enchant the world with their multitalented creativity and thoughtful
approach to the process of design. Doshi Levien is this year’s
Guests of Honour at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.
NIPA DOSHI AND JONATHAN LEVIEN are
currently involved in a number of different
projects: from a large regeneration project in
the Brittish city of Birmingham to developing
new pieces for Kvadrat, Hay, Kettal, B&B Italia
and Moroso. As a designduo Doshi Levien
is globally recognized for their marriage of
culture, technology, industrial design and fine
You often talk about manufacturing excellence,
can you explain what you mean?
– Fine craftmanship and appreciation of
materials really guided my interest and love for
design, says Levien. Having trained as a fine
cabinet maker in the early days, the process of
making and a quest for high quality is now part
of my design process.
– When it comes to developing qualities
as a designer, you really have to carefully
choose the people and companies you
work with, continues Doshi. We never had
to compromise our ideas or dilute them,
because our clients believe in the work we
create. We also had the patience to develop
the right relationships.
You have also said that your objects and
projects shall be imbued of inner beauty.
Doshi: ”For me, the process of design is as
important as the final result. In the exhibition
we make for Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
we will reveal the internal design process we
follow in our studio.
Beauty is often a bad word in design
because it’s not quantifiable – it’s subjective
and something that is considered superficial.
But beauty has a huge function, not least
because it makes you feel better about yourself.
When you see something beautifully made
you can sense the love and craftsmanship that
has gotten in to it. That is the concept of beauty
we present at the fair: an atelier of ideas, the
spirit of our studio”.