What to expect from Gauri Khan’s interior design masterclass

Among the many things the coronavirus pandemic has changed in Gauri Khan’s life is that it has turned the famed interior designer into a “voracious learner”.

“It really opened my curiosity,” she says The National. “While I sat at home, I took countless digital courses, books, and more, and loved every second of it.”

Khan, a self-taught designer who has been renovating the homes of Bollywood stars for years, hopes to share some of that knowledge, as well as her own journey in the industry, when she launches her online masterclass Thursday on the new digital platform. pedagogic The designer’s class.

Interior Design Fundamentals is aimed at designers of all skill levels and will guide students through the fundamentals of interiors, industry best practices, and tips on how to elevate spaces using design, guided every step of the way by Khan.

“Coming in, I never intended the course to be made up of abstract information and ideas. It prioritizes practical, topical information that will help any designer truly understand the interior design landscape” , she says. “Students can expect to learn about powerful lighting techniques, designing commercial and intimate spaces, the interplay of colors, textures and materials, and much more.”

Khan, 51, the wife of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, says The designer’s class‘s mission to make learning design accessible to everyone and perfectly aligned with its own philosophy.

“I’ve always been an advocate for lifelong learning, being self-taught myself, and so when that opportunity came up I had to take it. The fact that they have such a good pedigree of mentors to edge already illustrates how important this cause is to others as well,” she says.

Khan’s masterclass is part of a growing list of courses from the biggest names in the field, now available on The designer’s class. The platform already offers workshops led by top Indian fashion designers Masaba Gupta, Rhea Kapoor and duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, among others. Other courses set to launch in June include one on makeup by ace artist Mickey Contractor, a photography course by Rohan Shrestha and Joseph Radhik, wedding decorating by Devika Narain and a jewelry design course.

Individual lessons on the platform start at 2,499 rupees (D118), with bundled lessons from 15,000 rupees (Dh710).

Samarth Bajaj, founder of The designer’s classsays Khan didn’t need convincing to sign up as an instructor.

Samarth Bajaj, founder of the educational platform 'The Designer's Class'.  Photo: Designer Class

“She’s actually very passionate about learning herself. She’s constantly working to develop her own knowledge and thinks that’s the key to success,” he said. The National. “She was very enthusiastic about teaching and giving back to the design society.

“There is no more ambitious name in interior design than Gauri Khan among South Asians around the world. actually spans decades. We approached her with the idea of ​​teaching on our platform and I was thrilled when she showed the same enthusiasm as us.”

Bajaj refers to Khan as “our dream interior design faculty member”.

“I think this is an unprecedented opportunity for anyone interested in interior design to learn from her and hear from her,” he says. “I also think hearing about her and learning from her will give people the courage to take a leap of faith in themselves and their dreams.”

Khan, who launched Gauri Khan Designs, a “one-stop destination for everything in interiors” in Mumbai in 2017, is also a film producer and distributor, having founded Red Chillies Entertainment with her superstar husband in 2002.

She says her approach to design is constantly evolving, but world events, like the pandemic, have drastically changed her perception.

Tori restaurant in Mumbai, designed by Gauri Khan.  Photo: Gauri Khan Designs

“I’m slowly migrating from opulent, ultra-luxe designs to a more understated, sophisticated style…dropping the glitter for neutrals and creating spaces that not only appeal to people visually, but also evoke a sense of comfort and security. ” she says.

Experiencing the pandemic has also underscored how important it is for our homes to be viewed as cohesive spaces of comfort, functionality and safety, she says.

“Because the home has become a haven again, people have become much more invested in building, beautifying, and self-interest in learning interior design themselves,” she says. “Also, on a business level, I think it taught us to design with constraints and limited resources in mind, which is a fantastic lesson for all designers to learn.”

Sometimes it’s the little changes that make the big difference, Khan points out.

“I believe one of the most important things about designing a space is that it should be inviting, and with more and more people working from home, your home should really serve as an escape,” says -she. “This can be done by simply incorporating more plants, decluttering your space and opting for the minimum rather than the maximum, and by making conscious and sustainable purchases rather than impulse.”

The main interior design philosophies of Gauri Khan

Gauri Khan has designed the homes of many Bollywood stars over the years.  Photo: Designer Class

– Always keep your end user in mind. At the end of the day, it’s nice to have your signature stamp, but your client has to walk away happy or the project was a failure. Therefore, I always encourage designers to ask as many questions, actively listen, and truly understand their clients’ desires before they even put pen to paper.

– Lighting is an indispensable tool in any designer’s arsenal and should always be used creatively. Lighting and color directly affect how we feel when we enter a space and so a good designer should also be a great guide, masterfully directing someone’s experience.

– Never stop learning. There is no more excuse not to do it anymore. Everything you can imagine is now accessible in the palm of your hand. The more you absorb, the more your work will evolve and also become more sophisticated. Gobble up coffee table books, experience workshops of all kinds, because you never know what transferable advice is in there.

Gauri Khan’s Fundamentals of Interior Design starts May 26 on thedesignersclass.com

Updated: May 26, 2022, 10:59 a.m.

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