Aces of Space Design Awards 2019: Meet our jury member Minnie Bhatt
Minnie Bhatt, founder and design director of Minnie Bhatt Design, shares her reasons for being on our jury and what she is looking forward to in the nominations
“I accepted the invitation to be on the jury of the Aces of Space Design Awards as ITP Media is a well-established group which emphasises on substance and creativity in all their events and the magazine Architect and Interiors India greatly encourages talented young designers and architects.
“I’m hoping to view some fresh and innovative ideas and unique approaches to design in the entries.
“My only advice to potential nominees is to be original and ensure cohesiveness in the spaces they work on.
”I’m looking forward to viewing works of young design professionals and being part of a jury that, in a small way, contributes towards encouraging designers and the design profession.”
ABOUT MINNIE BHATT
Even after 23 years of experience in the world of interior design, each day is just as exciting for Minnie Bhatt, who challenges herself to create and evolve with every new project. Bhatt has trained under some renowned interior designers before setting up Minnie Bhatt Designs eight years ago.
Having grown up in South Bombay, the exposure to heritage structures and the charm of vintage buildings and old-world neighbourhoods has been deeply embedded in her design sensibilities. In a subconscious way, these often find their way subtly into the spaces she creates.
Bhatt’s style of interior design is mainly eclectic and contemporary. The mantra of Minnie Bhatt Designs is not only to create exquisite spaces that are timeless and authentic, but also never to repeat these creations.
She has worked on residences of some renowned names from the entertainment industry and a whole lot of popular restaurants and bars – viz, House of Daaruwala, Radio Bar, Chin Chin Chu, Effingut Bandra, Burma Burma- Noida, Delhi & Bengaluru, Via Bombay, Bindass Begum Rocking Raja, Nau Se Barah, Mirchi & Mime, Ghaas Phoos, Firki, Nom Nom, Silver Beach Cafe, Aureole, myxx, Fable, Oh!Dough, Family Tree, True Tramm Trunk, Basanti & Co, Ishaara, Derby, and many more.
Today, with her creative genes, Bhatt has been re-defining restaurant interiors with new innovations. She understands that the success of a restaurant does not depend on food and drinks alone, but the ambience also plays a major role in retaining customers.
Another unique project that needs a special mention in Bhatt’s portfolio of projects is a 400-year-old temple in Vrindavan, Mathura. This particular project involved the reconditioning of the temple whilst retaining the old heritage interior. Besides studying the subject of Lord Krishna closely, she also travelled across the country in search of the best craftsmen to work on the temple.
Together, they created a beautiful backdrop for the idols in the form of peacock feathers with semi-precious stones such as lapis, malachite and amethyst inlaid in white Makrana marble. 'Tree of life' inspired jalis in marble or the windows of the prayer hall, a tree to shade the sandstone idols of Krishna and his consort Radha, in pure brass – she involved artisans from Rajasthan and Agra to carve the stone facade of the temple extension.
Minnie Bhatt Designs is currently working on several hospitality, residential and other commercial spaces.