Designer Spotlight: Do You Know India Mahdavi?

Designer Spotlight: Do You Know India Mahdavi?

Bethany Seawright
Sep 30, 2011

To me, India Mahdavi's name is a reflection of the designer herself: exotic, feminine, dramatic. It's a name that evokes a chic, global sensibility and one that completely captures the essence of her designs...

India comes by her international world-view honestly. Born of Persian and Egyptian English parents, the designer was named after the country in which she was conceived, during her parent's honeymoon. As a child, she lived the first year and a half of her life in Iran, followed by a globe-trotting path that lead her from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Germany and New York before landing in Paris, where she resides today. Her education, just as varied, began in architecture at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, followed by a stint in New York, where she studied industrial design and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and, after that, furniture design at Parsons.

As an international interiors, furniture and objects designer, India's work is influenced by memories of her nomadic life. Each of her projects, be it a bar, restaurant, hotel, private residence or a piece of furniture, carries in it elements that are modern yet familiar. Her sty