There are certain design studios whose projects we pin constantly. Ghiora Aharoni‘s work is one of them. Simple, design forward, and a little bit of masculine mixed with an edge, we are obsessed with his spaces. We sat down with him to understand a little bit of the genius behind his work.
Tell us a bit about the core principles of Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio.
The studio, based in New York City, is an expression of our design sensibility: purity of form; the combination of natural and industrial materials, as well as craftsmanship and technology. Founded in 2004 as a multidisciplinary practice, the studio’s work encompasses interior design, art, product design and museum exhibitions.
When it comes to interiors there is a debate amongst designers about the prominence of functionality over aesthetics and visa versa. You have both an artistic and architectural background: what is your opinion on the subject? Does one have more importance than the other for you?
As for the relationship between function and aesthetics, I feel that aesthetic is function. Whether I’m designing a home or piece of furniture—both function and aesthetic are of equal importance, they’re inseparable.
What are the design principles that govern your studio?
Guided by the tenets of gesamtkunstwerk—engaging multiple disciplines to create a total work of art—the firm’s architectural projects are realized as aesthetically cohesive environments by integrating art, interior furnishings and the design of the space. Combinations of forms, materials and colors–geometric and organic; wood and steel; saturated and cool palettes–infuse the interior design projects with a calm expansiveness.
Tell us a bit about finding your current studio space. Is this the first workspace of Ghiora Aharoni Design? What were you looking for?
The studio has double-height ceilings and two large skylights, and the first time I saw the space I was amazed by the abundance of natural light. I chose a limited palette of materials and colors to create a quiet balance to that sense of space and the light.
Your office has a few pieces from USM… Why do you like their modular furniture? And how did you configure it to your space?
I chose USM because it marries functionality with a purity of materials and form, and feels both elegant and substantial. As the studio is open plan, the USM creates vertical delineations and accentuates the feeling of openness. The way it’s positioned in the studio helps establish flow and define the space without overwhelming it. It has the presence of a sculptural installation, which forms an engaging counterpoint to other site-specific elements and furniture that I designed or selected for the studio.
How does design affect your life beyond interiors? Do aesthetics matter to you in food, travel, cinema, etc?
Every year I take a month-long sabbatical, usually to India, a place where so much—everything from spiritual practices to architecture—co-exists in an extraordinary confluence. Those juxtapositions inspire me, as well as my art and design. In a single city, where an ancient Hindu shrine is tucked inside the marketplace of a bustling urban center, you travel in time simply by walking a few hundred yards.
Lightning round – please share with us your favorites under each category!
Coffee or tea: Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon
Evenings or mornings: Dawn and dusk
Meetings or individual work time:
The meditative state of individual work and the stimulation of collaboration both have enormous appeal
Place that most inspires creativity: Dreams
Favorite city for architecture: Varanasi, India
Favorite wall paint: The walls of the Chauvet Caves in the south of France
Favorite Iconic Chair: Claude Lalanne’s Sheep
Most important characteristic of a room: Natural light
To see more of Ghiora’s studio, check out our slideshow! There is sure to be a lot to be inspired by!