Remember India in all that you do!
Surfaces Reporter|June - July 2021
As one of India’s leading lifestyle designers of India, Raseel Gujral Ansal is ceaselessly valued for her outstanding ability in leading architecture and interior design over the past 30 years. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in architecture and has a well-celebrated work portfolio in product design, architecture, and interior decoration. She founded her flagship company, Raseel Gujral Ansal Design in 1990 and followed it up with two more fabulous companies, Casa Paradox and Casa Pop, in 1995 and 2014, respectively. Raseel Gujral Ansal carries a mammoth legacy of creative excellence combined with a fearless compulsion to evolve. This mantle has been handed to her by her father, the legendary maestro of all arts, Satish Gujral. A true exemplification of the Renaissance ethos, & the guru-shishya tradition, Raseel was schooled in her creative career within the crucible of the architectural firm led by her father & her brother Mohit Gujral and as in the renaissance has disregarded all compartmentalization between creative fields. Hence, she calls herself the accidental artist/ architect.
Vertica Dvivedi

A school of architecture requires a five to seven-year curriculum, Raseel says, she has dedicated the past 30 years to learning & still remains an avaricious & passionate student. She is an award-winning designer with many renowned clients across the world and is known for her signature style, use of bold colors and luxe materials, creative furniture design and an overall artful display. Her design philosophy emphasizes a refined use of art, magnificent objects, patterns, strong silhouettes, textures and a sophisticated color palette that is beautifully balanced to provide a refined original signature. the burning & restless quest to explore every medium of creative application has led Raseel in the past 30 years, starting with interior architecture, adding in furniture & product design, organically evolving into an architect & searing through graphic illustration for home & fashion.

Inspired by her international experience and exposure, as well as her deep appreciation for the exquisite design heritage of her native India, Raseel Gujral Ansal relies on innovation and imagination to create elegant and majestic Architecture & interior spaces that express a client’s personality. In a field rife with change and annihilation, she has emerged as a designer who can constantly deliver today’s flavour, blended with the taste of heritage, fine craft and history.

Raseel Gujral Ansal’s exceptional taste and unconventional approach to design has made her one of the most sought-after designers in India. From fabrics to furniture, home décor and architecture, her designs are luxurious yet vibrant at the same time. Her accomplishments can be attributed to her talent, drive, determination and a pure love for beauty in design. She urges the young designers to think of India in that they design. It is her dream to restore lost heritage monuments and architecture of India.

In this process, co-founding three companies along with her husband & business partner Navin Ansal - each format has a cult following & is perceived as the premier indigenous luxury leader in its field. The past three decades have seen national & international awards & accolades while catering to an array of elite clients such as the Imperial Group of Hotels, Eros Group of companies, Uppal Group of companies, Interbank Trades Ltd, Al Maya Group of companies, Wave Group of companies and Ansal API to name a few. From 100,000 sqft projects scaling the cliffs of Goa, India, to mammoth townhouses in texas, USA, she has garnered herself a global presence taking her philosophy of Indigenous Luxury far & wide.

Vertica Dvivedi, editor-in-chief, SURFACES REPORTER (SR) recently spoke to Ms Gujral Ansal. Dive in to find out more about this fountain of talent. MsDvivedi says, “Raseelis ras-bhari. Whatever she dives in becomes flavored in unique ways, be it art, design or architecture.” We bet you will get to know more than what you have ever known about her from Google.

We are curious to know about your childhood.

I think I am one of those people who is blessed to have come from a happy home and a happy marriage. My parents created an environment where the only religion was art. Art and design were the only things that everyone lived and breathed, our demigod being my father.

The whole family revolved around whatever his current passion was, and it didn’t matter what age we belonged to. My life was primarily groomed by art, with the central focus being my father. I have seen his journey from art to architecture and then back to art and sculpture. I remember when I was two; he would drive me to Okhla where my parents had a ceramics workshop. I would play with the clay and the potters, and this would continue till I was 15.

When my father used to paint, I would be the only person allowed to sit in the studio. That turpentine smell of oil paints prior to the acrylic paint was also very much a part of my childhood. Another theme of our childhood could be described as having no reverence for celebrities.

Everybody was in and out of our lives, and therefore, there was irreverence as well as a deep understanding. I am the youngest of three siblings, and I spent much of my childhood as an only child because my siblings went away to boarding school much earlier than me. During Asia 72, the fair that was being set up (which is now known as Pragati Maidan), I used to be there on the ground till midnight.

Both my parents had an annual show at Triveni, and I would walk to Triveni right after school. My sister would have her dance classes there, so I would hang out with her there. My uncle, Mr. IK Gujral, was much enmeshed in politics, they had their house in Motilal Nehru Marg, and my parents would travel a lot because of art.

I was fascinated by the news teleprinter at my uncle’s office and would love to see the sheets of paper rolling out. Since my uncle was the Information and Broadcast minister at that time, the news would be printed out all day long. I would sit in his office all day, and I was allowed to have the second chair. All my life was pretty much the fabric of Art and Delhi. We walked from Motilal Nehru Marg to the Gymkhana Club for our swim and from there to the library and then home. I read a lot, spent a lot of time around art and artists and then at home, we had lots of fun because my father had a great sense of humor. My mother was an excellent counterpoint for the jokes to be levelled at.

It does feel like a dream at times as I remember my childhood. I feel very blessed in that regard.

Definitely a beautiful dream-like childhood! Among the thousands of memories with your father, would you like to share any particular memory?

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