Sailakshmi, an Architect & Interior Designer, is the founder of SLA. The studio based in Chennai was established in September 2019. She has earned her wings with a Bachelors in Architecture and a Masters in the same field from Florida International University, USA. She has been passionate about Spaces and Design from an early age. The interaction of spaces with people and the vibes people get from different styles of interiors was quite intriguing to her.
Elementary design with clean lines and a touch of glam is her signature style. Sailakshmi conceptualizes a beautiful connection between people and spaces. Nature is her greatest inspiration for designing. And she feels that your space should bestow you with the same exhilarating experience that the natural environment would. On that account, she ensures the presence of natural light and ventilation in the spaces she creates. “By putting Biophilia into effect you invite a fine transition from outside to the inside and vice-versa”, expresses Sailakshmi. She believes in imparting a voice and identity to your space which would envelop your physical and mental health and will bring out the best in you.
What obstacles & challenges do you face while designing?
“There are multifarious challenges that you face and overcome during the design phase. In one of our projects where the challenge was minimal natural light we
looked at ways and materials to enhance and bring in more natural light.
Another common challenge that a designer faces is contrasting choices and ideas of inmates. In our recent apartment project, the man was a vintage lover and the woman wanted a contemporary aesthetic. While it was quite a challenge to accomplish a middle ground we were in awe of the outcome which was a perfect juxtaposition of old and new. I would admit that these challenges help in our growth and learning tremendously”.
Tell us about a project you cherish.
“It ought to be my parent’s home which happens to be my first project. I was lucky to have a space for practical experience, which was my own. Committing mistakes and coming up with great solutions taught me so much as a newcomer and lead the way to my existing firm”.
What are the latest trends in Interior Design and Architecture?
“I’m not a follower of trends and believe that a design is definitive to the individual space or context. And every creation is a blend of client requirements and the design sensibilities of the architect or interior designer. Designs should be evergreen and stand the test of time”, advises Sailakshmi of SLA.