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A dozen great ideas

This year, we are celebrating our anniversary with 12 amazing design studios that are new, novel and innovative. Each of them share clever tips and highlight interesting ways to give your home a complete makeover.

Mundane becomes magical

Vrinda Mathur, 27, Sahej Bhatia, 27 and Navya Aggarwal 27, Co-founders Studio Wood, Delhi, www.studiowood.co.in

Back in 2014, a group of college graduates and design enthusiasts came together to do something unique. Under the banner of Studio Wood, they created furniture that explored the limits of form and function; it became an instant hit. They then decided to take it up a notch by designing spaces for "the young at heart". Their USP, lies in their mixed bag of skill sets and design styles. Vrinda Mathur and Navya Aggarwal are design graduates from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, while Sahej Bhatia is an architect currently pursuing his masters in design at Harvard University. They have successfully completed over 40 projects in the last two-and-a-half years.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS: The trio was awarded India's Best Young Design Studio in 2016 by the IBDSA (India's Best Design Awards) and has won an award for furniture design in Decowood's Design Divas. Their latest achievement is their selection and participation at Salone Satellite, a pavilion for designers under 35 years at the Salone del Mobile, Milan.

WHAT'S NEXT? "We are launching a new range of flat-pack tables. This year will also see a range of projects from residential, offices to retail stores designed with a different aesthetic sense than what one usually sees," says Mathur.

By Ridhi Kale

Breathing new life

Anica Kochhar, 35, Architect and founder Phenotype Architectural Design Studio, Delhi, www.phenotype.in

Anica Kochhar was 11

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