Inner City Utopia: The Home and Studio of Renowned Designers, Doshi Levien

The Internationally acclaimed design duo, Doshi Levien, casually mix high-end designer furniture with a host of found objects, placing all with purpose and care to make their space feel inviting and lived-in.

A Sooni Taraporevala photograph dominates the staircase.

Set in London’s iconic 1960s-era Brutalist housing estate, the Barbican, the home is awe inspiring, and in stark contrast to the modern London skyline. We explored the distinguished Doshi Levien design studio as well as Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien’s home in our Elle Decoration Ideas issue. The studio and apartment share the same materiality of objects, revered for their aesthetic nature and functionality. The studio has a rawness that the designers love. It is filled with organised, creative clutter. Their admiration for objects is evident and it permeates their split-level apartment just as it does their studio.

‘I definitely need to have objects around me that inspire me and have a certain materiality or shape,’ – Nipa

Doshi Levien in their creative studio showcasing their love for objects

Their house is not about ostentation or wealth, but more about objects and their humility; this resonates with their design ethos. The apartment is borderless as a result of clever use of furniture and there are no bulky partitions dividing spaces. Materiality is at the core of everything Nipa and Jonathan embrace and that extends to their home: a well-lived space with a host of objects, each telling a story. 

‘The cultural aspect and the reason for existence of objects is what it’s about’

In the middle of the living room is the Marshmallow sofa by George Nelson – first created in 1956

Photographs: Filippo Bamberghi / Photofoyer Production and Styling: Silvia Valassina

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