Nachiket Barve the Mumbai-based designer on de-stressing with his Labrador and prepping for the International Woolmark Prize regional prelims
Home, for me, is the perfect antidote to my work life. It’s where I collect my thoughts, spend time with my family, share meals that I conjure up since I love cooking, and playing with the baby of the house, our Labrador, Sir Theodore Goldenridge. Apart from fashion, I love wildlife and wildlife photography. There’s something eternal, continuous and unchanging about nature that I find almost meditative. Be it spending time with animals, gardening or walking on the beach, it’s nice to reflect upon something that is bigger than you. My favourite spot at home is my tiny garden where I grow basil, mint, lemongrass, bougainvillaea, etc.
My studio is a neutral oasis that I can mould according to my moods. All-white interiors with polished concrete floors, high ceilings and an Italian marble table-top are what constitute my work area. On the walls hang frames of people and things I look up to — Michelangelo’s David, model Kate Moss, old Hollywood graphic drawings and Van Gogh paintings. I’ve also been collecting books on fashion, photography, nature, design and art for the last 16 years. Currently, the studio is busy preparing for the International Woolmark Prize regional rounds in Dubai on July 22. I’ve turned to my collection of National Geographic magazines for inspiration.
As told to Kimi Dangor