Architect, designer, and scenographer India Mahdavi was born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran. Raised by a Persian father and Egyptian-English mother, Mahdavi lived in Iran for the first year and a half of her life, then spent the rest of her childhood traveling with her parents, living in the U.S., Germany, and France. Currently Mahdavi lives and works in Paris.
This culturally diverse lifestyle is reflected in her inspired, eclectic designs, which range from homes, hotels, and commercial spaces to airplane interiors and furniture.
Mahdavi studied architecture at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris between 1980 and 1986. Mahdavi’s company, imh interiors, was founded in 1999. Later the designer opened her own showroom in Paris in 2003. The following year, Salon Maison & Objet elected her Designer of the Year.
Mahdavi’s work is minimal yet playful, and characterized by a combination of humor, elegance, and sensuality. Notable projects include the Hotel du Cloitre in Arles, Coburg Bar at London’s Connaught Hotel, Monte Carlo Beach in Monaco, Rivington Hotel in Manhattan, and Townhouse Hotel in Miami. She has collaborated with names like Ralph Pucci, Jonathan Morr, Ian Schrager, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton.
Besides interior design India Mahdavi creates also her own line of furniture, among them her signature Bishop stool/low table, which resembles a chess piece. Her thoughts on living well you can find in her recent book, Home Chic.