Getting here

Long story short

I received my graduate education in Industrial Design (Furniture and Interiors) from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. My semester long stint at the Royal Academy of Art, Den Haag added a new spin on how I understood and practiced design. Design became more than a problem-solving tool and research became what made design, rich. I concluded my furniture design education by challenging the fundamental concept of a ‘chair’ and suggesting alternative perspectives to sitting and seating in a seminal, research backed, Critical Design Project


I started my career as a researcher and currently I’m the Senior Lead of Research and Insights at Treemouse Pvt, Ltd. with two years of experience working on and leading research projects for a range of clients.

I'm currently on the lookout for organisations and collaborators to work with in the space of Climate Change and Environmentally Sustainable Development. 


Feb 2018- Current

Senior Lead, Research and Insights | Treemouse Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon

Planning and conducting short and long duration qualitative research, mining insights and building product/marketing/system strategies for clients including Hero Electric,

Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Clinton Health Access Initiative and Treemouse-initiated projects.

Sept 2017 - Dec 2017

Furniture Design Intern | Dovetail Furniture Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore

Designed and prototyped units for the company’s new line of office furniture.

Jan 2017 - July 2017

Independent Researcher 

Explored Critical and Speculative design through a technical and cultural critique on Sitting and Seating through my Graduation Project- A Sitting Renaissance. The project was a first of its kind at NID and has been showcased by the institute at multiple conferences.

May 2015 - June 2015

Interior Design Intern | Shilpa Architects Planners Designers, Chennai 

Worked on suite interiors for a chain of luxury hotels.

June 2014

Apprentice | Kenji Matsumoto Japanese Art Furniture, Auroville

Learnt basic Japanese woodworking principles through hands-on projects from Japanese Woodworker Kenji Matsumoto.


2013 -2017

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

B.Des, Industrial Design (Furniture and Interior Design) | CGPA 8.3

Jan 2016 - July 2016

Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

Student Exchange Program, Interior Architecture and Furniture Design Dept. 


Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Chennai 

AISSCE | 93%


Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Chennai 


Awards & Features

Jan 2018

Insite Magazine 

Graduation project- A Sitting Renaissance was featured in the Insite Spotlight segment

Aug 2016

Yanko Design Magazine

Alternative seating product featured in the Product Design Segment 


EDIDA by Elle Deco 

Runner-up, Student of the year for Otori, a blown-glass teapot. 


Sir Ratan Tata Foundation Scholarship

For finishing in the Top-5 out of 115 students in Year-1 at NID, Ahmedabad

Prospective direction

I'm intrigued by people, behaviours and cultures. Lately I've been interested in understanding these subjects in congruence with the Climate Emergency and resultant impacts. Climate change adaptation is a theme I'd like to pursue further. I'm keen on exploring a design approach to addressing climate problems in collaboration with experts from relevant fields. 

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Delhi NCR