KE-ZU has recently welcomed two new designs from the UK based duo Doshi Levien with Shanty for bd Barcelona and Rabari for Nanimarquina. Both of these products bear the Doshi Levien stamp,a visual appreciation of the talented design duo.
Appreciating Doshi Levien’s work can best be done by understanding their story. The pair met serendipitously while studying design at the Royal College of Arts in London. Nipa Doshi was awarded a scholarship to RCA after studying at the National Institute of Design in her native home of India, a place that surrounded the young creative with vernacular materials being used in traditional methods. In contrast, Jonathan Levien grew up in Scotland amidst his parents’ toy factory, developing a high understanding of industrial design material and production. Both upbringings were set to form their later design work.
Doshi Levien are armed with a full repertoire of skills and thought-processes: from traditional hand crafted arts to large scale manufacturing. The two set out some fourteen years ago to utilise these skills in practice and their products always invoke a sense of understanding of manufacturing techniques combined with interesting material composition.