Lighting designer duo Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth share their passion for design and the stories behind their collections.
What kind of lights define your work?
Our lights are form-based with strong cultural and Indian influences. Drops, lotuses, Indian colours and forms inspired by nature and jewellery from the subcontinent can be found in our products. But our latest range Utsav celebrates life, festivity and creativity. We have primarily used two materials — brass and glass. While brass is all about gold, richness, textures and celebration, through glass we have been able to showcase vibrant colours like emerald greens, pinks and gold, and add a sense of excitement.
What, according to you, is the current lighting scene in India?
Functional lighting has really come a long way. From automation to mood lighting and dimmers, it has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years. There is a huge market and potential for it. However, it is still not as advanced and developed as its contemporaries overseas.
Are you looking at any international collaboration?
We exhibit at Maison et Objet now. That allows us to collaborate with many international designers. We have also showcased our work in Dubai.
An architect/interior designer/product designer you admire?
We greatly respect and are inspired by Manish Arora, Rakesh Thakore, David Abraham and Sunil Sethi.
If you could choose any city in the world to live in, which one will it be?
Paris! Besides great food, it’s a place where you automatically fall in love.
One question the two of you are asked in an interview, always?
‘Why glass?’ We are more than happy to reply, though.
If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?
Prateek: Batman. I don’t require any superpowers to be him, just lots of money. So, it’s possible.
Gautam: Batman for me too… because I want his Batmobile!
A song you are humming to…
Prateek: It’s Like Love, the song in Australia’s TV advertisement campaign.
Gautam: Sounds of Isha (Isha Foundation).
A book you are reading…
Prateek: JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.
Gautam: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak.