Sardar Design's Picks
[caption id="attachment_7016" align="aligncenter" width="1401"] Sardar Design worked with local craftsmen for the restoration of this Marrakech home.[/caption] Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
I like to work with the context of the project. If it is an addition to an existing design, I try to find a very concise and updated expression of it for the new additions. If I work from scratch I'm usually inspired by a detail that strikes me as special, for example, a color, or the way light enters a room, the way a building relates to its surrounding. I think one needs to be alert and open. The project site will dictate the beginning chords, and one just runs with it.What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
I love antiques because they carry the memory of people and families with them. Even when one acquires antiques from elsewhere they bring to the project a layering and nuance that is otherwise lost.What inspires you?
Beauty, and kindness. Patience and humor. Respect and courage.[caption id="attachment_7010" align="aligncenter" width="616"] A townhouse restoration of a West Village, Manhattan home in collaboration with Nate Berkus.[/caption] What is one of your favorite pieces in your home?
I have a pair of etched Sterling Horse stirrups inlaid in gold that belonged to a magnificent Pasha in Fes. I use it to keep my mail organized....Sic transit gloria mundi.What are some details of your signature style?
The mixing of styles, of colors, and of materials.What can you never have enough of?
Whimsy and sense of humor are very important in life, and in design, it helps keep things light and sparkling. Perfection, on the other hand, is something to always strive towards, and never achieveIf you could design for a fictional character who would it be? Why?
Hmmm...so difficult to choose. I'd like it to be someone with a lot of hidden facets, surprising depths, not necessarily always pleasant, but intriguing. I want to say the evil one in Milton's Paradise Lost, but I don't think that will go down very well....how about the count of Monte Cristo, and on top of it he's a self-made man so he knows how to have fun with his money, or a great seducer like Don Juan, that uses physical space to seduce.[caption id="attachment_7013" align="aligncenter" width="3840"] A fast-growing Manhattan digital agency enlisted the firm's expertise in order to design their office space. [/caption]