The Visionaries Behind Space Theory: Taha Lotia & Swarali Shinkhedkar
Meet the creative minds behind Space Theory, a renowned interior design company based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Founded in 2016 by best friends Taha Lotia and Swarali Shinkhedkar, Space Theory emerged from a simple idea sparked during a casual chai session at their favorite tapri. Encouraged by a friend, they decided to take on a practice project, designing a relative’s house. Little did they know that this small endeavor would lay the foundation for their thriving interior design business.
Since its humble beginnings, Space Theory has grown exponentially, successfully completing an impressive 72 projects to date. Their expertise extends to both residential and commercial spaces, serving clients across India. The driving force behind their work lies in their firm belief that good interior design has the power to soothe the soul. They strive to create an environment of contentment and confidence for their clients, transforming their properties into spaces that bring immeasurable joy.
Embracing the motto “Your space, our creativity,” Space Theory’s team of talented designers works closely with clients to understand their unique vision and dreams, going above and beyond to deliver designs that exceed expectations. Taha and Swarali share a dream of taking Space Theory to a global level, envisioning branches in every state of India. Their ultimate goal is to make beautiful design accessible to all and bring a smile of satisfaction to every individual.
Overcoming challenges is an inherent part of the entrepreneurial journey, and Space Theory faced their fair share, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. With projects put on hold and the team confined to their homes, the situation was undeniably frustrating. However, they persevered, successfully managing their team’s salaries and expenses during the difficult period. The experience served as a reminder of the importance of client and team trust, ultimately strengthening their resolve.
Starting from Ahmedabad, Space Theory’s growth strategy relied heavily on word-of-mouth referrals, which proved to be a powerful catalyst for their business in Gujarat. The key to their success lies in their ability to deliver exactly what clients envision. This unwavering commitment to understanding and realizing their clients’ dreams has been the cornerstone of their strength.
Among their notable projects, Space Theory recently completed the impressive Makeba, a 6000 sqft restaurant in Ahmedabad. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this project presented a challenge to be completed within a specified timeline. However, the team rose to the occasion, delivering exceptional results that exceeded expectations.
Sustainability is a core value embraced by Space Theory, and they take pride in repurposing clients’ sentimental old furniture, breathing new life into cherished pieces. By combining sentimental value with innovative design, they create spaces that evoke joy and appreciation.
In a world moving towards development and urbanization, architects and designers play a crucial role. Taha and Swarali’s advice to aspiring architects and designers is to remain focused, give their best, and thrive amidst competition. They encourage the creation of simple yet elegant designs that bring the beauty of imagination to life, making the world a more stunning place.