Award winning architectÂ Attiq Ahmed, an alumnus of the NCA, got his Masters degree fromÂ Columbia University in Urban DesignÂ before returning home to Lahore. Here he set up his architectural, engineering Â and design boutique firm AEDL as well as Turning Tables, a furniture and lighting studio.not only does Attiq design buildings and interiors butÂ also theÂ furniture and lighting fixtures that go within, creating a truly integrated space.Â
Shortlisted for the International Design & Architecture Awards 2017 in London and co-winner in theÂ Young Talent categoryÂ at theÂ 13th annual Elle DÃ©cor International Design Awards (EDIDA) in India, the multi faceted architect is a design powerhouse. Attiq shares with Fatima Sheikh the ins and outs ofÂ design
Take us through your professional journey.
The journey began when I moved home from New York and set up office in 2004. Since then our office has grown from an architectural design studio to a multi-disciplinary design practice. I couldnâ€™t be more pleased with the result.
Tell us about your design aesthetic?
What would you call your design style?Â
Effortless and elegant (at the risk of sounding too pretentious)
Architecture, furniture and art merge in your work. Elaborate?
Design is a way of thinking; these are all interconnected facets of that thought process. Itâ€™s only natural that they would merge.
Whatâ€™s your pet peeve that you see often done here?
Aggressive ornamentation and a relentless desire to become Dubai at the cost of our own identity.
â€œ(My Pet Peeve is) aggressive ornamentation and A relentless desire to become Dubai at the cost of our own identityâ€
How has your business evolved?
The business really began to evolve after a design commission fromÂ Samina RahmanÂ and her sonÂ Zaki. It was the first house that I feel was aesthetically true to our officeâ€™s design outlook and it was very popular with people in the city.
Tell us about your fussiest client?
I once had the misfortune of working with someone who wanted an H plan house because she was slightly enthusiastic about Hermes.
Which project have you particularly enjoyed doing?Â
A house forÂ Taimur RafiqueÂ and his wifeÂ Insha Bukhari. Also, Samina Rahmanâ€™s house before that
Which has been your most ambitious project to date?
The proposal for building a wall-like building around Lahoreâ€™s old city to solve its space problems.
What are you most proud of?
The design for my own residence. It was a struggle in more ways than one and I am relieved I didnâ€™t do a bad job.
What are you working on currently?
Designs for both public institutions and private residences are currently on our drawing board.
What are the latest trends and techniques in the furniture market?Â
We believe in aesthetic elitism for all. Cane!
â€œI once had the misfortune of working with someone who wanted an H plan house because she was slightly enthusiastic about Hermesâ€
What are some points people should consider when doing up their homes/offices?
Scale, proportion and appropriate space allocation should be considered initially.
Whose home/place of business would you love to do up the most?
So far, I have had the fortune of working with everyone I would have liked to, but Iâ€™m always open to more.
How are men and women different as clients?
Women know what they want, but someone needs to pay for it.
Describe yourself in three word?Â
wtf–three initials I suppose
Describe your passion in three words?
It consumes me!
Favourite quote about style?
â€œMore is a bore.â€ â€”Anonymous
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