Founded in October 2014 by Mitali Aharam and Supriya Lolayekar, Crafted Spaces is a design studio that undertakes Architectural and Interior Design Projects around the country. In a short span of five years, the firm has managed to design, execute and handover more than 40 projects in the hospitality, commercial and residential segments. With a number of varied project styles under their portfolio, Crafted Spaces has created a niche in the hospitality segment by designing and styling numerous restaurants of high repute. Moreover, the brand has managed to create a strong foothold in the residential and commercial gamut by designing massive villas as well as offices.
Sticking to budgets, maintaining timelines and delivering without compromising on the design perspective and aesthetics of the project are few of the reasons why a majority of the clients keep coming back to Crafted Spaces for most of their new projects. The duo makes is a point to know all of their clients and always remain flexible to their needs and budgets. Whether it be their homes, stores or restaurants they follow one simple rule - ‘Form Always Follows Function!’
MEET THE DESIGNERS
Partner - Architect and Interior Designer
After graduating in Bachelor of Architecture from C.S.I.I.T, Secunderabad, Mitali interned with Shilpa Sindoor Architects, Bengaluru, under the guidance of Architects Shankar Kanade and Navnath Kanade. Here she learnt about an indigenous construction technology called “Chhapadi”, which uses only local resources, people and materials to design. She later worked with Aparna Karve Design Consultants in Hyderabad until 2014 working on several residential and institutional projects and even got the opportunity to work on the prestigious Sound and Light Show at Ross island Andamans.
“I have always been fascinated and passionate about design and becoming an architect was always on the cards for me. My design foundation is based on the belief of 'Less is More'.
The joy of transforming a space from nothing to something sacred to someone is what drives me to keep designing. Simplicity and functionality blended with character, quirk and eclecticism is what I try to achieve. Design is all around us, we have to learn from it, try and improve upon it and know what needs to stand out and what needs to blend in.” – Mitali
Partner - Interior Designer
A dentist by profession, Supriya learnt her love for design and interiors as her own dental clinic received frequent features in magazines and praises from all over for its unique design. The process of doing up her clinic and her home taught her how to work with all kinds of craftsmen required to complete a project. Her interest flourished as she enjoyed the process right from sketching to choosing finishes and to setting up the space. She eventually gave up her thriving dental practice of 15 years to delve completely into design by starting Crafted Spaces alongside Mitali.
“My background as a dentist helps me listen to my clients and understand their needs, be empathetic and translate their personalities into their homes. Being married to a restaurateur also helps me understand the hospitality industry and what it entails to run a restaurant and how designs have to be backed up with cost effective and sturdy practical solutions. My love for travel in India and around the world always has me coming back with fresh design stories!” – Supriya