Infusing the industrial with the sensibility of the handmade has been the central philosophy of Doshi Levien since the establishment of the studio over 10 years ago. Today we dedicate our attention to the studio’s best seating designs.
Founded by designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, who met at the Royal College of Art, the London-based practice is internationally acclaimed for work that unites culture, technology, industrial design, and fine craftsmanship.
Nipa grew up in India and studied at the National Institute of Design, founded on the manifesto by Charles and Ray Eames; Jonathan trained in fine cabinet making followed by industrial design. Together they bring an approach to their work that is informed by their love of fine craftsmanship.
Nipa’s practice is rooted in her plural upbringing and astute eye for visual culture; and Jonathan’s in industrial precision, combined with the sensibility of a maker’s hand and deep understanding of materials. The layering of research, materiality, and the tactility of their design process – painting, sculpting, colour making – result in work that is distinguished by their clarity of ideas and seemingly effortless attention to detail.
What makes Doshi Levien’s work so distinctive is not just their confident relationship to colour, material and form, but their ability to translate meticulous design ideas to the context of production.
They have created work for industry leaders B&B Italia, Moroso, Kvadrat, Kettal, Cappellini, Sevres, Galerie Kreo, international museums and cultural institutions.