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Q1. Why did you choose design as a career ?
As a teenager, I used to always be in awe of the people who get to create things. I loved the idea of having a piece of work labelled as “my” creation. The authenticity of one’s design can be maintained, sustained and preserved for generations to come, by the people who love and understand your design. Design never dies, it may get out of fashion just to rise back again in a few years. And the liberty to relive “your” design and keep it immortal is no better offered in any other field than in designing. Design evolves every day and thus inspiring to make authentic pieces which is what intrigued me to choose design as a career. I love the idea of challenging my creativity and innovation each day I work in this field.
Q2. Where do you visualise yourself five years from now?
Honestly, this is a very difficult question for me to answer as of now, as I am still a student. I feel it’s certain for a student to be oblivious to the fact that the real world out there is not as easy as it seems while they’re still studying. Since I still am in that phase of oblivion, if I may say so, in a course of five years down the line, I picture myself to gain as much knowledge and work experience as I can through working with renowned design companies and thus eventually starting my own firm. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but then again does anyone know that? So, I’m working hard right now hoping for the best and wishing for my dreams to come true someday.
Q3. Whom do you consider your mentor/Guru and why?
For me right now, I consider my well abled faculty and my mother as my mentors. Most of all, I look up to Ar. Vaishali Jha and Ar. Swarna Junghare for guidance and support, who are both my faculty. I feel blessed to being taught and guided by them at every step in this period of my life as this is what’s going to lay foundation to the rest of my career. My mother, on the other hand, was the one who pushed me to pursue Interior Design as a career and I can never thank her enough that she did. My creative side comes from her and she never fails to impress me with her ideas. She adds clarity to my designs, and I consider her my consultant in almost everything I work on.
Apart from my faculty, I idolize the works of the world-renowned architects Zaha Hadid and Frank Lloyd Wright as they have made revolutionary advances in the field of architecture and interior design.
Q4. What is the basic theme of your designing and why?
As far as I’ve explored the designing field yet, I have discovered a special admiration for the concept of self-sustainability, endangered artforms and eco-friendly materials. Self-sustained structures are the need of the hour given the current climatic scenario and the use of eco-friendly materials can add to the preservation of the environment. So, I try to be innovative with my designs to incorporate these themes or concepts into interiors as well. Also, the subject about Indian arts and crafts opened a whole new perspective for me in terms of designing. The richness of India’s culture and art slowing dying is something we young designers can reverse. Thus, I look forward to incorporating at least one art form that is facing the threat of extinction or is already extinct into each of my design projects. I feel this will contribute greatly to the revitalization and preservation of our deep-rooted culture while creating new job opportunities.
Q5. Write your autobiography ?
I am Anushreya, a 3rd year student of Bachelor in Interior Design presently. I am a sophisticated yet jolly person. I love experimenting with culture, innovation and technology, and combining the three to create new concepts in interior design. I feel it is a key factor for every creator or designer to have immense passion towards their field of work because only passion boosts creativity. I understand that the career path I have chosen is not an easy one as I will be handed the task of making people’s dreams come true and I strive to do my best to make these dreams turn into reality. I am a perfectionist by nature and want every detail to be in order and exceptionally extraordinary, which also makes me consider almost all possible aspects of what I design and coming out with the best possible output. I also tend to find balance in everything I do which reflects in my work. Loving what I do and where I am and spreading joy and kindness to everyone and everything around is my motto.