Updated: Jan 16
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ARCHITECTURE ?
Being born to a legendary family that has been in the world of design and construction, right from my childhood, I grew up seeing raw canvas spaces transform into opulent spaces. When anyone asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up, I was sure I wanted to do interior designing and styling. Creating a beautiful interior is something that comes instinctively to me and gives me great pleasure.
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
Fashion fades, style is eternal! Trends exist to make people feel bad about what they don’t have. However, design should be timeless. Taj wasn’t built in a day; it stands tall as an epitome of luxury through all eras of design. Creating timeless designs within miraculous deadline handovers without compromising on the quality is Ornate Projects' USP. I see myself as a story teller, clients hire me to write their biographies but instead of using words I use fabrics, textures, elements, items personal to them. Owing to my distinguished taste in style and creativity, every piece of art and furniture is commissioned and handmade in-house by explicit workmen trained in various fields of art.
WHAT IS THE MANTRA THAT YOU'VE RELIED ON IN BALANCING FUNCTION WITH AESTHETICS?
We believe that the marriage between aesthetics, functionality & branding is what creates a perfect design. We create aesthetic customised products for our design so that our design is never compromised and they add to the functionality of the space, enhancing both the beauty as well as functionality of any space we work on .
TALK ABOUT THE SKILLS THAT HAVE SERVED YOU BEST IN YOUR CAREER.
A designer’s eye for detail is an asset. Because it is the details that create a design.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS A BUDDING ARCHITECT SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHILE HANDLING PROJECTS? WHAT ACCORDING TO YOU ARE THE DO'S AND THE DONT'S IN THIS FIELD?
Timely handover while managing the multiple labour team. As budding architects, this is a challenge. One happy client is capable of so many reference projects. I remember a client was so happy with our work, he gave us eleven references post that project.
MENTION FEW OF YOUR NOTABLE PROJECTS AND WHY THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU.
We have an experience of three decades of trust in the industry of design. In a span of over three decades, Ornate Projects has completed handover of more than 400 versatile projects ranging from an entire spectrum of factories units, corporate offices, boutiques, commercial and retail design, bungalows, second homes and high-end residential apartments. We have completed over 2,00,000 sq. ft. of space pan India. We are one of India’s trusted names in the construction of pharma, jewellery, laundry manufacturing system factory units and more. Branching from that, Ornate has carved its niche in the retail Interior space. We did designing for TBZ for the store and the mall segment.
We are extremely proud how the Madhuban, one-of-its-kind bridal Boutique has turned out. It's an outcome of passionate hardwork and dedication .
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR INSPIRATION IN DESIGN?
My father, The Founder of Ornate Projects Ar. Pankaj J Popat, is my inspiration since childhood. I have grown up seeing him create blank spaces into fabulously designed spaces. He has been my guiding force, my biggest critique & my biggest cheerleader.
WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARCHITECTURAL/DESIGN PIECES AROUND THE GLOBE?
Well, we totally love the art-deco buildings in London. Great inspiration!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT DESIGNING?
Travelling. I love to travel extensively in Himalayas. I have trekked to the Kailash Manasarovar and here are some exquisite pictures of it.
SHARE SOME OF YOUR VALUABLE ADVICE FOR OUR READERS TO GET INSPIRED OF.
I strongly believe the quote that, “One should choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”