Kunaal Kyhaan – Studio HAUS
Kunaal Kyhaan – Studio HAUS
“For me, the most important thing is to change people’s lives for the better through an emotionally powerful use of objects and their space.
StudioHAUS takes an innovative, bespoke approach that emphasizes the many intimate ways design can affect the senses. From architecture to interior design, from furniture to details and accent pieces, our attention is always focused on that emotional, interactive language.”
Born in India and educated in New York at the Parsons School of Design, with past experience as an actor and the soul of a globetrotter, Kunaal Kyhaan is an artisan designer capable of blending the deeply spiritual traditions of India with an elegant, ultra-contemporary approach to design for an absolutely unique visual effect. He developed a taste for theatrical spaces and objects while working on film sets, and has been immersed in art and beauty since he was a child: his mother, an interior designer, often involved him in her projects. And his grandmother, an artist, encouraged him to express himself with every means available to him. His passion for nature and fascination with materials comes from the landscape of Kodaikanal, where he used to live. He works with stone, wood, metals and above all marble, which he hand-selects from the most precious and fascinating varieties sourced
from all over India. His aesthetic is a melting pot of cultures and languages, full of life yet always well-structured and coherent. His work is a continuous experiment, in which audacity of color, ultramodern technology and the many diverse artisan traditions of India all unite in extreme purity of form. The result is something totally unique: a fascinating dialogue between Indian identity and the expressive codes of global design and architecture, which conferred Kunaal Kyhaan the privilege of being selected to design collections 2020 for the top contemporary design brands.
StudioHAUS is an interior design studio, established in 2012 by Kunaal Kyhaan promoting the idea to bring contemporary design to the Indian market.
His practice has included a variety of projects such as corporate offices, residential, retail, and hospitality projects. In 2015, studioHAUS reached an agreement with the property tycoon of Pune, Oxford Group, which allowed him to venture into cohousing projects. Since then, the studio has been involved in continuous and successful collaborations.
In 2017 Kunaal launched the design brand KOY. In Japanese mythology, the Koi fish is transformed by the gods into a golden dragon as it swims upstream against the current. Following that idea, KOY’s objects and furnishings exude creative energy and a free, individual and unconventional approach to luxury.
KOY occupies a space between modernity and exoticism, between urban rhythms and ancient traditions, in a fascinating dialogue that juxtaposes Indian identity with the global expressive language of architecture and design.
Kyhaan’s particular aesthetic – inspired by exploration and love for his rich cultural heritage – feels at once new and intriguing, earning him well-known awards and accolades from the design establishment such as Elle Décor India’s “Young Talent Award” in 2018 and the Elle Décor “Designer of the Year 2019, India” award.