A graduate in architecture from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris, in industrial design from the Cooper Union in New York, and in graphic design and furniture from the Parsons School of Design in New York, India Mahdavi began her career in 1990s at Christian Liaigre and became its artistic director. From her experience in this school of rigor and monochrome, she’s created something of her own, glamorous, sensual and colourful. In 1999, she founded her design studio on rue Las Cases in Paris, opened her first showroom next door four years later, and launched her first line of furniture. In 2012, she opened a second boutique of small objects, and at the same time furnished private residences and famous public places around the world, such as the APT lounge bar in New York, the Condesa df hotels in Mexico City and L’Apogée Courchevel, the Gallery du Sketch brasserie in London, the restaurants Germain in Paris and I love Paris, by Guy Martin, at Charles-de-Gaulle airport… She also designed a collection of cement tiles for Bisazza, carpets for La Manufacture Cogolin, Parrot tables for Petite Friture…, so many creations on which her Iranian-Egyptian origins hover, which she poetically mixes with Western decorative trends.
The encounter between India Mahdavi and Maison Drucker occurred when the Beaumarly group, led by Gilbert and Thierry Costes, creators of the most beautiful cafés and restaurants in Paris, entrusted her with the renovation of the Café Français, in place de la Bastille. “Maison Drucker is part of our identity,” she says. “It is thanks to their armchairs and chairs that we recognise the terrace of a French café.” The first Tuileries model that the architect-designer created for Drucker was the Candy Chair, whose colours recall those of sweets, she says, or even small sweet sandwiches. Her next creation, the Vichy Chair, is a variation of this. These two chairs also appear in the collection of “small objects” distributed by her Parisian boutique. “For these two models, I worked on the pattern as if it were a fabric. The chairs have been placed in many interior design projects. Our adventure with Drucker is far from over,” concludes India Mahdavi. “On residential and public projects, our collaboration continues”