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.
Vyoma Patwa Motiramani: ‘Art starts for any project the moment you put pen to paper’
If you ask architect-designer Vyoma Patwa Motiramani to describe her nine-year long stint in her career, she calls it a rollercoaster ride. At present Principal Architect at her eponymous, Mumbai-based, multi-disciplinary architectural and interior designing firm —Design Lab Vyoma — she has previously worked on large-scale projects right from the micro to macro level in various sectors, such as a Symbiosis school building in Pune, CA institute in Nagpur, township projects, etc. For her, it all began learning architecture at Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai and then at the IN:CH with the University of Bern, Switzerland, in an exchange programme. She later joined the prestigious firm of I M Kadri, where she upgraded her experience and knowledge as an architect. Five years ago, she finally established her own practice (that is DLV). Vyoma says she believes in careful articulations of form and spaces, remaining true not just to context but also a true conceptual thought behind each creation. Today, she has independently designed and executed medium and high-end interior residential and corporate projects as well as worked on hospitality sector involving projects from restaurants and lounges to large-scale resorts. Vyoma holds forth that art is a very important part of all design, not an element to just be added later, or a default that comes in when you see a blank space or canvas that one just wants to sort out and get out of the way. In fact, she says art is one of the few integral elements they utilise when doing the core concept design — right from day one when you put pen to paper and start designing and sketching. Her tryst with skillful experimentation has led to designs that echo of a seamless integration of art with the rest of the décor, flowing into each other and yet standing out strong. These are effortlessly delicate, elegant, classic and meld modernity with elements of the traditional, ethnic with contemporary and more.
Some samples of her work: