Interview- Interior Designer Ankita Baid on Designing Ideas and the winning Moment at the furniture design competition U.S.A

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She is a young interior designer who moved to Singapore at the young age of 16 to pursue her dreams in designing. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent engaged the designer over a cup of coffee. Some excerpts from the conversation.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- How did you initially get interested in interior designing?

Ankita Baid- I was always interested in art. I had been taking art lessons from a very young age and I had decided to take up art as my career. Coming from a business family background I then decided to take up something which is probably more commercially viable also. Thus I took up interior designing after understanding the scope it had.

You moved to Singapore at the age of 16 to pursue Interior Architecture. How has this experience shaped you?

I was very young and I had a strong zeal to learn. I wanted to gain practical knowledge along with theoretical so I worked part time in design firms. The motive was to only learn design-and the psychological aspects behind making your design successful. Anybody can make a design but making others believe in your design was a task to learn. That phase shaped up my creative and business instincts and grilled me to persevere and give my best in everything.

Where do you get your inspirations in interior designing?

My inspiration comes from studying different human temperaments. I design as per an individual’s personality. I don’t have any distinctive design style, as it changes from client to client. Also a lot depends on what the budget, time constraints are. I travel a lot so I keep picking up design inspirations from a around the world.


With the festive season going on, what will be your tips for decking up the interiors at home?

I think your house interiors should make you and everybody comfortable and it should be very inviting. It should not intimidate others. Also the focus should be more on permanent design forms and elements over design decoration. Go in for colors and forms that suit your individuality. Basically do what you feel is right for you.

Since furniture and interior design is your forte, what is the kind of demand you get from clients in these fields in Kolkata? What do you think of the interior decorating scenario in Kolkata?

Kolkata is a developing market and people are getting more and more demanding in terms of design these days. The standard of living is going up and everybody wants the best for themselves and no matter what the circumstances are people always keep their houses in a good shape. I meet a lot of clients who are bored of the usual design sense and want something different. These are the people I like to work with as it is only through these projects that I am able to quench my design instincts.

How was the feeling when you were selected as the only Indian at the furniture design competition held in 2011 in USA? Has that opened up more opportunities?

It gives immense confidence and happiness. Also it was a learning ground for me I understood that perseverance gives way to everything one wants. That opportunity made me realize that everything is possible as long as you believe in making it possible.

What tips will you like to give to budding designers?

Young designers should always expose themselves to all types of crazy design inspirations. They should never lose the opportunity to understand what other designers from around the world are doing and thinking. Look at everybody and listen to everybody but do and design only what you think is right. Keep your individuality intact.


Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I am just following time and working as hard as I can. I will be where time takes me!

Team Sholoana Bangaliana wishes Ankita all the best for her future and hope she continues to do the good job in future.



Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.





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