Doshi Levien

London, United Kingdom

Doshi Levien is the London-based design firm of partners Nipa Doshi (born in 1971 in Bombay) and Jonathan Levien (born in 1972 in Elgin, Scotland).

Doshi studied furniture at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, graduating in 1994. Inspired by a meeting with Jasper Morrison, she applied to the Masters program in Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art, where she met Levien. In 1988, prior to launching Doshi Levien, Doshi also worked with craftspeople in India, and SCP and David Chipperfield in London.

At the age of 16, Levien attended cabinetmaking college, before going on to do his B.A. in design at Bucks College in High Wycombe. He entered the Royal College of Art in 1995, and the pair graduated in 1997. That same year, Levien designed cutlery for Dansk in New York and began a three-year stint at Ross Lovegrove’s London studio.

Established in 2000, the studio focuses on the hybrid, exploring the overlap of technology, storytelling, culture, craftsmanship, and industrial design. Its clients include Moroso, Cappellini, Herman Miller, Intel, Camper, and BD Barcelona, among others.