'Kamini Ezralow defines the description of a global interior designer. Her roots are in India and South Africa, but she grew up in Hong Kong where she was educated at the German school, and travelled widely with her family as a child.'
Kamini Ezralow defines the description of a global interior designer. Her roots are in India and South Africa, but she grew up in Hong Kong where she was educated at the German school, and travelled widely with her family as a child. She spent a year in Paris and attended University and Design school in London, eventually setting up design practices both in Hong Kong and LA. For the past eight years she has been based once again in London, which offers perfect access to her clients in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. A true internationalist, she is fluent in English, French, German and Gujarati.
After completing her course at the Inchbald School of Design in London, she subsequently set up her first business in Hong Kong and then decided to move to Los Angeles where she founded Dao Designs, a studio that expressed much of what underpins Eastern philosophy in the context of interior space. As Kamini explains, “Design is not just about environment. It is about in-vironment – the way the flow and energy of a room can make you feel”.
Headhunted to return to London in 2005 as the Managing and Creative Director of Lifestyles Interiors [the interiors division of leading UK property developer, Northacre plc.], Kamini rebranded it and formed Intarya. There she directed and managed the creative design direction for six years, covering a full spectrum of projects from palaces, villas, townhouses and penthouses to yachts, hotels, spas and restaurants. She grew the company from being the small, development-based interiors arm of Northacre to a high profile, international design studio in its own right. Her signature blend of clean, contemporary lines with unashamedly old-fashioned glamour won her acclaim and saw her garner awards, most notably her first yacht interior, Celestial Hope, a 47m craft built by Heesen. The boat won six awards, including a coveted Superyacht plaudit and the Asia Boating Award for Most Innovative Interior Design. Kamini’s last projects at Intarya, designing the premiere showcase apartments of the Lancasters development and the private residences of the Sukhothai Hotel in Bangkok, both received much acclaim for their originality and were featured in the 2013 Andrew Martin Design Review as were several of her previous projects during her years while directing Intarya.
In September of 2012, she set up her own London-based studio, Ezralow Design. Recent projects include blue chip residences in London, Dubai and Hong Kong, the complete refurbishment of a client’s Superyacht, a palace in Saudi Arabia, continuing refurbishment and renewal of a boutique Hotel in Europe and a restaurant in Monaco. She also launched her first furniture collection, ‘Bronze’, a collaboration with Italian family firm Orsi, which won instant plaudits. The complete collection was successfully launched at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan Salone in April 2013 as well as in solo exhibitions in Belgravia, London and Monaco.
Aesthetics, craftsmanship, quality and understated elegance are all hallmarks of Kamini’s work. It is not uncommon for more than 95% of the items Kamini installs to be bespoke and custom manufactured. As a designer, Kamini considers one of her biggest compliments that her clients are not only happy with the design but that they feel at home the moment they move in. Her clients return to her, trusting both her unerring eye for design and the emphasis she puts on their very special relationship. She says, “The essence of what I do has never really changed from when I first started. I see my role as creating homes that have a positive influence on how people feel and how they live their lives. My aim with every project is not just to give the client what they want – but to give them more than they could ever have expected.”
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