Abir Pothi presents Room For More Art — a series of features on interior designers across geographic boundaries, discussing with them the nuances of their profession, their methods of sourcing and projecting art into their work, the challenges they face, and a whole lot more perspective.
Vinita Kumari: ‘Art sparks possibilities, positivity and brings magic into architectural projects’
Having started Studio Atiniv in Bangalore around 1.5 years ago, Vinita Kumari has since wielded her expertise and enthusiasm in residential, commercial, and hospitality projects, with a deep understanding of the standards and regulations of local bodies. The focus of the architecture and interior design firm is defined by its innovation and exploration of design, with a special emphasis on environmentally driven projects. The artwork Vinita uses comes mainly from scraps, to ensure that nothing is discarded without realizing its full potential. Her projects house art that is sourced locally, made using recycled scrap material. Much of the art they use is sourced from different outskirts areas of Karnataka and Rajasthan, be it paintings or sculptures or more — the latter state has special significance for Vinita, who studied architecture at the Jagannath University in Jaipur and is familiar with the rich art heritage of the region. Vinita believes that art infuses joy and life into any space and can help tell stories of day-to-day interactions with it. Her belief in minimalism and simplicity lets any space breathe on its own. Focusing both on the needs of a space and keeping it user-oriented, the Atiniv team firmly believes that every project is different and employs varied art forms to make the space unique. Some of their work stands out thanks to its eye-catching use of dimensions, stone and wood work, with elegant touches like glass doors and the interplay of natural light — and stunning art installations. When designing, they consider the aura of the space and choose the artwork accordingly. For instance, when it is a business-oriented place, an influence from India history is suggested, to convey to the visitor the strength and sensitivity of that area or enterprise. Vinita also feels that Covid-19 has made us realize the importance of art and has forced people to reconsider the value of their home, its look and feel — so that they can escape their usual routine, as art brings in that mental peace.
Some samples of her work: