Space Design Awards is back with its ninth edition, honouring the best in interior design worldwide. The award-winning Indian interior designer Sumessh Menon is among the jury panel this year. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Mumbai on 22nd February 2019. Sumessh has been part of the jury for Space Design Awards since its inception and believes it is essential to recognize and celebrate excellence in interior design. “Design has always been an important part of my life – I’ve been designing furniture since college. So, when I was approached to be a part of the jury for the Space Design Awards, I didn’t hesitate for a second. The awards are an important platform that recognizes and celebrates excellence in interior design,” he says.
Space Design Awards, one of the most prestigious design awards in the world, has announced Sumessh Menon as the winner of the residential interior designer category. Sumessh is an award-winning interior designer who has worked in this field for over a decade. He started his firm, “Studio Sumessh”, in 2007 and has since been providing elegant and functional interior design solutions to his clients. His work has been featured in several magazines and won several awards, including Space Design Awards.
Sumessh Menon is an award-winning interior designer specializing in Indian architecture and design. He has won several awards for his work, including the prestigious Design Excellence Award from the India chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Menon’s work is highly influenced by Indian culture and tradition and is dedicated to preserving and promoting India’s unique architectural heritage. His projects have been featured in numerous publications, and he is widely recognized as one of India’s leading architects.
Sumessh Menon is an award-winning interior designer who has been featured in several design awards in India. He is the founder of Sumessh Menon & Associates, a space design firm that specializes in residential and commercial interiors. His work has been recognized for its innovative use of space and materials, and he has won several awards for his innovative designs.
Sumessh Menon, founder of Sumessh Menon Associates, shares his reasons for being on our jury and tells us what he is looking forward to in the nominations
Watching and learning from young designers is always a pleasure. From our end, we are also always learning about the latest design influences and technological advances in the design field, thanks to such events. For this reason, it is an enlightening experience for us designers.
“I believe that creativity and individuality are what matter the most and, ultimately, that should be the driving force for all design creation.
“It is always interesting to see the creativity that flows from enthusiastic young designers when they are not bound by practical or physical constraints and rigid rules. That is the platform from where we have all begun, and it is very much an eye-opener to go back to those roots and realise how much creative freedom can inspire you!”
Sumessh Menon is recognised as the Super Potato of India — a fitting title, considering the large number of experiential, impeccably-crafted restaurants he has created for several hospitality giants. (However, it would be correct to point out at this juncture that Menon is equally adept at residential design.) At the start of his professional journey, when he established his firm Sumessh Menon Associates (SMA) in 2009, restaurants, he recalls, were just places to eat. But that’s changed – and how!. “Now, it’s also about the experience,” he says. So that’s what he sets out to do when he designs one. If Talli Tumeric pays tribute to the richly-coloured and ubiquitous spice of Indian cuisine, 145 (Kamala Mills, Mumbai), which caters to 25-to 35-year-olds, incorporates a 60ft-long art wall and a high-energy bar that resonates with playfulness. The latter’s Andheri (W) sibling, launched recently, features a large kinetic sculpture of bicycles and human figures that can be seen through a 30ft show window. Inside, a life-sized human-body light fixture levitates above the pool table. The upcoming refurbishment of a resort on Swaraj Deep (earlier Havelock Island), Andaman Islands, fulfils Menon’s long-held dream of working in this genre. “Always aim for the cutting-edge” is his advice to himself and fellow designers.