Sneha Mehta talks with You & I
Even as a young girl, Sneha was well aware of her love for interiors. But it was only after pursuing a course in mathematics that she decided to take a step further and begin a career in the field. In a candid conversation, she tells us about what she enjoys most about her work and what she does in her free time. Read on.
What made you become an interior designer?
I have been attracted to interiors ever since I was young, and would often rearrange things in my house to make it more functional and aesthetic. Whenever I enter any space, the first thing that comes to my mind are the elements that make the space beautiful, be it the colour, texture or furnishings. I imagine how it would look if things were changed, so I think I’m naturally inclined to it. After pursuing a BSc in Mathematics, I moved on to do a course in Interior Designing, and there’s been no looking back since.
What does your work entail?
“In chaos, there is fertility,” wrote Anaïs Nin. My work entails replenishing the decor of a space using soft furnishings for drapery or upholstery; designing or curating furniture; and then pigmenting these with impeccable pieces of art, cultures, fine painting and light installations.
What is it about your work that you enjoy most?
Furniture refurbishment... I reclaim furniture and give it a new look by using a melange of fabrics, varying in texture, colour, motifs and patterns. Other than this, I think when you’ve visualised something and later see it coming to life, it’s the best feeling. It brings a sense of satisfaction, proving that all the time and effort that went into it was really worth it.
What’s your dream project?
At this point I’d love to work on any project with interior designer Kelly Wearstler. I’m a huge fan of her work. She defines maximalism and encapsulates intense colours, graphic patterning and contrasting textures in a fascinating way.
What would you have wanted to be if you were not an interior designer?
Mathematics being my favourite subject, I would have definitely become a mathematician or got into astronomy as both require a strong foundation in mathematics.
What do you do in your free time?
I love baking (and eating the stuff too!). I like watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. I always try to include some sort of physical activity in my free time, be it tennis, kickboxing or just a run in a park.
What’s your fashion mantra?
I like wearing a lot of monochromes, clean cuts, and well-fitted but comfortable clothes. I like to add a touch of femininity to my look, whether in the form of an accessory or print.
Do you enjoy travelling? What’s your favourite destination?
I do enjoy travelling but unfortunately have not travelled much of late. But one place I enjoy revisiting is my hometown of Udaipur.
What are your plans for the future?
In the near future I plan to pursue a course in customised window treatments and furniture design, either in the UK or the US.
How would you spend a million dollars?
I would do the usual – shopping, travelling, buying gifts, etc. Other than that I’d like to use it to start my own company that manufactures interior products. I’d also want to start an NGO for women empowerment, and make women more technologically savvy. That will really help them stay with the times.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Honestly, I want to take more risks in life. I believe it’s the mistakes I make that help me evolve into a better person. So I’m pretty happy all in all. --- as told to Niharika
Sneha Mehta talks with You & I