The Design Buzz was inspired by Internationally renowned interior designer, architect and property developer, Shalini Misra. Shalini trained as an architect at the Delhi School of Architecture before specialising in Urban Planning at the University of Colombia in New York. Finally, her journey brought her to the UK where she studied Virtual Reality in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in London.
Since starting her design practice some twenty years ago, amongst numerous accolades, Shalini has been named one of House & Garden’s top 100 interior designers and her agency Shalini Misra Ltd has won many prestigious awards for projects across the globe from New York and Los Altos to Notting Hill and Belgravia.
Shalini and her team have taken on the responsibility for being the arbiters of space within beautiful homes – a creative and multi-faceted discipline involving design, interior architecture, choice of colour, lighting and often working with clients to choose wonderful art, furniture, fixtures and equipment to adorn their homes and compliment their lifestyles.
They feel proud to have developed an incredible network of artisans and craftspeople spanning the world. Shalini says: ‘Countless times, we have fallen in love with the mastery of the artisans that we have worked with, their dexterity and passion and the art involved in crafts like cabinet-making, glass etching, gilding and enamelling.’
Over the years Shalini’s network of friends and clients have appreciated her eye for design and asked for advice as to where to source home items and accessories. In 2020 Shalini felt it was time to share that rare insight and knowledge, bringing together a curation of often lesser known suppliers, from the UK and from overseas, who offer extraordinarily high quality items that continue to amaze and perform within homes and spaces.
‘The Design Buzz is a celebration of the characters and companies that we know that bring wonderful items of all kinds to our homes. It is a platform on which we can tell their stories and advocate their value, where many pieces are available to buy off the shelf and plenty more can be ordered on a bespoke basis to suit specific requirements and dimensions. We are also proud to be able to offer you our styling services to help you make choices and to re-design the spaces within your homes.’
"The Design Buzz is a celebration of the characters and companies that we know that bring wonderful items of all kinds to our homes"
Shalini is a committee member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and is also an Advisory Board Member of the KLC School of Design and part of the Steering Committee for The Calico Club. She resides on the South Asian Acquisition Committee (SAAC) at Tate, judges many international design awards and is also a mentor and trustee of UK charity Vahani Scholarship Trust, a non-profit organisation recognising the importance of creating opportunities for underprivileged children. Shalini is also a board member for Common Sense Media, an international charity focussed on improving well-being for children and families in the digital age.