andblack design studio is run by Kanika and Jwalant Mahadevwala. They did their postgraduate degree from the Architectural Association, London. After which Jwalant worked with Zaha Hadid Architects and Kanika with Michael Hopkins in London for approximately 4 years before moving to Ahmedabad.
The philosophy of the black design studio lies in the design of the process leading to the "solution". We believe that the design process should be robust enough to inform all stages of design, from concept to detail. We are constantly challenging ourselves to rethink these processes depending on the project. andblack design studio aims to achieve energy efficiency that implements smart systems and uses natural materials wisely. Jwalant's experience in design research and generative processes combined with Kanika's knowledge of sustainable architecture gave the company its core ideology.
Everything that moves us inspires us emotionally. We are inspired by the complex interactions present in nature. The use of parametric tools and physical modeling are the main ways in which we evolve our designs. We tend to use materials such as metal, wood, bamboo, paper, etc. in a way that has generally not been explored in the broader context of design in India. We firmly believe in collaborative work and for each project we try to attract people with relevant experience in specific aspects of design and construction. We pride ourselves on designing and delivering projects that can be both iconic and meaningful.