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Designer Highlight: India Mahdavi

If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ve probably noticed our affinity for Wes Anderson-esque interiors. A designer whose projects we love for exactly this reason is India Mahdavi. She began her career with Christian Liaigre where she became design director from 1990-1997. After leaving, she opened her own studio in Paris, and has since designed many recognizable spaces for companies with well-known names; here are some of our favorites.

Red Valentino Rome Babuino

This boutique is a luxe shopper’s dream. The metallic features fit into the soft color scheme with ease and provide an elevated sophistication. Statement pieces, like the rubiks cube-esque table, add dimension to the space, and the circle details on the floor keep the wash of pink in the hallway from being too overwhelming.


Ladurée quai des bergues

We are drawn to this venue because of its rich purple and green hues and the lush velvet furnishings. The wall of worn mirrors helps to enlarge the space and is the perfect foundation for the unshaded light fixtures. The attached curved room has a dreamy night sky look to it with the dark wall that’s speckled with polka dots. We love the wrap around booth that frames the statement black and white tiling, its vampy green hue adds whimsy and charm.

Sketch London’s The Gallery

Another favorite is Sketch London’s The Gallery. Mahdavi built a monochromatic pink space that can be seen all over the Instagrams of travelers. She has mentioned that when she first shared the idea to hang sketches across all the walls of the space, the client was initially resistant but in the end trusted her vision-and is surely glad he did.


Beyond the pink, in the space, we love the multi-stone tile and copper finishing. Between the lamps and chair legs, the metallic hues add a bit more glam to the space. The tiles add a natural element that helps to break up the heavy tone of the walls and seating that envelops the space. India’s keen eye and charming style have us waiting for more, we look forward to seeing what’s next from her.

401 N. Wood St. Chicago, IL