It is Shalina Misra’s ability to incorporate her clients’ needs within characterful, functional and timeless interiors that has fostered a loyal clientele.
We go beyond the normal services provided by interior and architectural design studios, working with leading artists, galleries, craftspeople and antiques dealers from around the world to offer our clients an art sourcing and curatorial service and create the very best bespoke furniture.
Shalini Misra is an internationally recognised interior architectural designer and property developer. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of design, her work is constantly informed by her passion for art and travel.
Having studied in both Delhi and New York, Shalini went on to receive an MSc from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Since establishing her own interior design studio in 1996, she has produced projects across four continents. Her ability to source one-of-a-kind pieces, be it from established galleries, little known craftspeople, recent graduates or antique dealers from all over the world, has seen her projects receive multiple awards.
Shalini is a committee member of BIID and the South Asian Acquisition Committee at Tate Modern. She is on the board of KLC in London and Sushant School of Architecture & Design in India, where she teaches a lecture series entitled ‘Beyond the Skin’.
- Spatial Planning & Architectural Design
Our team provides an architectural design service to suit the client’s requirements. We work closely with a team of consultants including structural engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, planning consultants, quantity surveyors, and party wall surveyors to provide a complete architectural solution.
We are experienced in developing full, detailed schemes for planning applications and party wall awards, in full compliance with building regulations. Once the construction stage begins we manage and coordinate the contractors on-site and with regular site visits. Our in-house architectural team works closely with our interior designers to produce a holistic scheme which is subsequently presented via 3D models to communicate the design.
We feel our expertise is in spatial planning whereby we design the volume by removing all the internal walls and then placing them as required; we believe strongly in the concept of addition through subtraction.
- Mood and Material Boards
Mood boards enable the interior designer to illustrate visually the direction of style which they are pursuing. They serve as a visual tool to quickly inform the client of the overall ‘feel’ or ‘flow’ that the designer is aiming to achieve. The creation of mood boards in a digital form is immediate and we find communicating with the client in this way is very important in the early stages of a project.
We also like to present physical objects in order to offer a complete palette of sensations. We do this in the form of a physical mood board that helps the client get a tangible feel for the materials being proposed and may also include textiles and hard-finishes swatches. Concept designs enable us to communicate how the space is likely to look after the scheme has been completed and allow clients to sign-off the agreed approach prior to the detailed design stage. Additionally we produce visual mood boards to communicate concept designs for key areas and collage boards that focus on general finishes.
For each project we undertake a comprehensive analysis of all furniture, fixtures and equipment that will be needed in your space, influenced by the ways in which you live and use your home. This will range from major pieces of furniture and art, wall and floor finishes, to details such as light switches and door knobs in order to create a fluid scheme unique to your needs. The pieces and finishes will range from bespoke to readymade all within the scope of your project needs and time-frame.
We source not only from our extensive supplier base but thoroughly research all items for each project to ensure we create the optimal scheme. We maintain a schedule of orders and deliveries with all product details, from dimensions to finishes, and plan the delivery schedule to coordinate with the works and stages of the project. We handle all of the coordination and communication with the suppliers, architects, project manager and beyond to ensure a smooth process for the project installation.
- Bespoke Craftsmanship
The bespoke product is used to enhance the strong concept of the interiors with colour, texture and shape which are all specifically crafted. We are very proud to have spent many years discovering our own unique catalogue of artists and craftsmen with whom we have very strong working relationships. Each highly skilled tradesmen create bespoke furniture pieces, unique lighting and soft furnishings of the highest quality for timeless style.
One off pieces are designed and created using unique and specialised methods and by using a variety of materials. Glass, steel and wood can be used together in one coffee table, uniquely embroidered wallpapers or crafted bronze panels, and luxurious leather floorings. We feel we create a dialogue between the artist, designers, clients and the piece produced.
- Arts in Interiors
Curating, collecting and creating art is a skill and passion that Shalini holds dear to her heart and her practice’s method of deign. Never separating a space from the art within it or art from the spaces it could be in, there are no boundaries but a continuum.
Pieces often narrate the design language of the space influencing the colours, textures and even the sizes of the rooms when remodeling a home.
Further to curating clients’ collections, SML works closely with master artisans, craftsmen and designers to collaborate on bespoke pieces which are unique to our spaces.
- Interior Styling
In the initial concept stage of each project we take into account the era of the property, its geographical location and the personality of its occupants to ensure that is starts off in the right ‘style direction’. We then create and develop the conceptual ‘look and feel’ for the project.
Alongside the detailed design stage our talented team of designers will source all finishing accessories for your home. We will find individual items from all over the world to compliment and perfectly reflect the character of the client and home.
We also offer a styling service for show apartments. Our furnishing and interior design expertise can transform the vision for the development into a stunning and highly marketable reality. Styling items include furniture, lighting and window dressing, small accessories such as vases, glassware and table settings.
We can also update and refresh your existing home, simply by adding some new accessories and decorative elements.
4b Lonsdale Rd
London NW6 6RD
+44 (0)207 604 2340
4b Lonsdale Rd
London NW6 6RD