“Look at me!/
Look at me!/
Look at me NOW!/
It is fun to have fun/
But you have to know how.”
Yep, we would all like to know how…
This misleadingly childish aphorism from the pen of Dr. Seuss sums up a certain person that we all dane to be. Light, creative and quick, this fleshy embodiment of effortless creativity is a source of inspiration to those rising the ranks in the interior design world. It’s all very well to be able to hand pick items for a client from an already tailored selection, but it takes real vision to assemble them uniquely. One person who is essentially basking in the artistic bigger picture is India Mahdavi, the Iranian interior designer. India Mahdavi is the reigning queen of colour. “It’s the best way to bring sunshine into a space,” says the Paris-based interior designer. She is very much the person Dr Seuss (probably) would have had in mind when outlining the whimsical, original characters and shapes of his books. Like Seuss, the pieces she includes are almost zoomorphic, transcending basic functionality and taking on a character of its own. One stunning example of this are pink, velvet cushioned chairs she chose for London’s Sketch gallery and restaurant. Plush, tongue-like and sumptuously puffy, these chairs alongside their matching benches make one feel as if they are simultaneously being gobbled up or luxuriously pampered.
That is the charm of India Mahdavi. There are perennial flickers of childhood that appear all over her work and give the impression that this artist is having fun. From her colour schemes to the metamorphosis of static items reminiscent of childhood novels of fiction, her work reflects an imagination that has been realised. As I mentioned before, it takes a real craftsperson to be able to actualise a bigger, artistic picture. This requires great attention to detail and vision that extends beyond theme, motif and external inspiration. Mahdavi’s work is both original and tasteful. In her artistic diligence and skill, she has left an indelible mark on the world of interior design that has fortunately, not gone unnoticed.