Suhani Lal Sanghra, the creative force behind SPARC DESIGN, embarked on her journey into the world of architecture and interior design over 18 years ago. Founding the company in Pune in 2010, she has since become a prominent figure, shaping designs that seamlessly blend innovation, aesthetics, and functionality. Before her venture into the realm of design, Suhani lent her expertise to various large-scale residential, commercial, and hospitality projects, showcasing a commitment to quality and cost-efficient solutions.

The narrative of SPARC DESIGN, Your Gateway to Design Excellence, resonates with Suhani’s passion for elevating human awareness through spatial experiences. The firm, specializing in Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Design, Master Planning, and Turnkey Solutions, has earned accolades such as the 2023 Wade Asia Awards for “The Earth and Metal Office,” the AESA Award for “The Antique Modernist Home,” and the ICI Ultratech Award for “Outstanding Concrete Structures of Pune.”

Beyond her professional endeavors, Suhani Lal Sanghra is recognized for her personally tailored, client-specific designs that burst with colors, textures, and innovative engineering details. Her work has been featured in renowned publications like Architectural Digest, Architects & Interiors India, and Good Homes, showcasing projects such as “The Earth and Metal Office,” “The Tessellated House,” and “The Antique Modernist Home.”

Suhani, the Principal Architect at SPARC DESIGN, approaches design with a vision that transcends the ordinary. Her wealth of experience is marked by a commitment to excellence, evident in the bespoke product collection crafted by a dedicated team of skilled artisans and designers. The firm’s integrated approach focuses on building inviting and practical spaces with instant visual appeal, rooted in innovation and out-of-the-box creative thinking.

In a conversation with Icy Tales, Suhani Lal Sanghra explores the future of the Indian interior and decor industry, SPARC DESIGN’s recent growth and marketing strategy, the significance of the Asia Pacific region, and the design powerhouse’s plans. Suhani’s expertise illuminates the contemporary design landscape, showcasing innovation and a client-centric focus.

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Q) Suhani Lal Sanghra, could you share the key moments or experiences that led to the establishment of SPARC DESIGN as a full-service consultancy firm specializing in architecture, interiors, landscape design, master planning, and turnkey solutions?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: Ever since I graduated, my unwavering conviction to establish my practice fuelled my journey towards entrepreneurship. After over six years of working in dynamic organizations, a pivotal moment arose with a move from Delhi to Pune.

In 2010, driven by a strong determination to carve my path, I founded SPARC DESIGN despite having only one project and limited market exposure in Pune at the time. This decision was rooted in utmost faith and dedication, setting the foundation for what would evolve into a full-service consultancy firm specializing in architecture, interiors, landscape design, master planning, and turnkey solutions.

Q) With over 18 years of experience in architecture and interior design, what inspired you to initiate your practice in 2010, and how has your journey evolved since then?

Suhani Lal Sanghra:  I always had the “Sparc” or the fire in my belly to start my practice. I set up a small 500 sqft office with only one project in hand, however from there on there was no looking back. The last 13 years from then on have been purely dedication, determination, and hard work. Not being from a business family, I took slightly longer to understand things as no one teaches you the “business” of design, however, I am very grateful for where I am today appreciative of the growth and accomplishments that have materialized.

Q) SPARC DESIGN has received prestigious awards, such as the 2023 AESA Award and the ICI Ultratech Award, Wade Asia, and the commercial interior design award along with many more nominations, How does the recognition of your work impact the direction and vision of the firm?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: Awards and immense humility, honor, and gratitude for SPARC DESIGN. Such recognition serves as a powerful motivation, propelling us to continually strive for excellence and elevate our performance. It reinforces our commitment to delivering innovative and impactful designs, shaping the direction and vision of the firm toward a future marked by continued dedication to design excellence and client satisfaction. 

Q) Your professional journey has taken you to various regions within the country and internationally. How has this exposure influenced your design philosophy and approach?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: Travel, for me, is not just a means of rejuvenation, but a constant source of learning and inspiration. Beyond merely refreshing the heart and spirit, it opens my eyes to unexpected sources of creativity. During one particular stroll down a street in my travels, I encountered a weave pattern that sparked a creative revelation.

This seemingly mundane experience inspired the implementation of a significant light installation in one of my projects, highlighting how exposure to varied cultures and environments continually shapes and enhances my approach to design.

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Q) Suhani Lal Sanghra, can you elaborate on the concept of “The Antique Modernist Home” and “The Earth and Metal Office,” for which SPARC DESIGN received awards? What makes these projects stand out?

Suhani Lal Sanghra:The Antique Modernist Home” is a project reminiscent of the Childhood memories the Client, spent at a scenic hill station. Located in a society of narrow bungalows, this home provides an indoor-outdoor connection that blends seamlessly.

The Earth and Metal Office,” is an office space that innovatively uses the simplest of materials. Textured natural stones and brick inlay patterns play along the flooring enhancing the connected and cohesive space. Dynamic moving and rotating partitions bring life to an ever-changing character. 

Q) SPARC DESIGN is recognized for personally tailored, client-specific designs. How do you approach each project to ensure it reflects the client’s vision and requirements?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: SPARC DESIGN is renowned for its distinctive approach to crafting personalized, client-specific designs. Our commitment lies in thoroughly understanding each client’s unique vision and requirements, ensuring that every project reflects their tastes and preferences.

Through a meticulous methodology, we pride ourselves on tailoring spaces to capture the essence of our client’s aspirations, creating not only visually appealing designs but ones that resonate deeply with their desires.

Emphasizing collaboration and open communication, we transform ideas into tangible design elements, making the journey from concept to completion seamless and rewarding. At SPARC DESIGN, we aspire to build strong relationships as enduring as our structures, guaranteeing that each project becomes a true embodiment of our client’s dreams and aspirations.

Q) As the visionary Principal Architect, how do you weave creativity, opulence, and functionality into each masterpiece at SPARC DESIGN?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: I believe in seamlessly intertwining creativity, opulence, and functionality to shape each project into a distinctive masterpiece. My approach involves a meticulous blend of innovative design concepts, luxurious aesthetics, and practical functionality, ensuring that every space not only captivates with its artistic allure but also serves the practical needs of its inhabitants.

By pushing boundaries and embracing cutting-edge design principles, I strive to create environments that not only stand as testaments to creativity and opulence but also enhance the daily lives of those who inhabit them. It is through this harmonious fusion that SPARC DESIGN continues to redefine architectural excellence, delivering spaces that are both visually stunning and purposefully functional.

Q) Nature and travel inspire your work. How do these influences manifest in your designs, and can you share a specific project where these inspirations played a significant role?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: Nature and travel serve as profound inspirations in my design process. These influences manifest in the organic forms, color palettes, and overall harmony present in my creations. One notable project where these inspirations played a pivotal role is A Piece of Sky.

While on a cruise during my travels, I would keep encountering the multiple, magnificent ever-changing shades of the sky. Awed and inspired by these magnificent skies, we created a home in shades of blues, greys, and blacks. The result was a space that not only captured the essence of the sky but created a truly immersive and unique experience for the inhabitants.

Q) SPARC DESIGN takes a community-oriented approach. In what ways does the firm aim to make a difference in people’s lives through its design philosophy?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: SPARC DESIGN is dedicated to a community-oriented approach that seeks to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives through thoughtful design. Our philosophy prioritizes inclusivity, sustainability, and functionality. By engaging with local communities, we tailor our designs to address their specific needs, creating spaces that enhance well-being and connectivity.

From eco-friendly initiatives to spaces that promote social interaction, SPARC DESIGN aims to create environments that not only elevate aesthetics but also contribute positively to the lives of those within and around the community.

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Q) The Indian interior and decor industry are expected to grow in the upcoming decade. How does SPARC DESIGN envision contributing to this growth, and what trends do you foresee?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: We at SPARC envision contributing by embracing innovation and cultural richness. Our commitment lies in integrating traditional Indian aesthetics with contemporary design principles, fostering a unique and globally appealing style. We anticipate a surge in demand for sustainable and locally sourced materials, and SPARC DESIGN aims to lead in eco-conscious practices.

Additionally, we foresee a rise in the popularity of smart and functional spaces, adapting to the evolving lifestyles of the modern Indian demographic. Through a harmonious blend of tradition, sustainability, and functionality, we aim to be at the forefront of shaping future trends within the thriving Indian interior and decor industry.

Q) SPARC DESIGN has a diverse portfolio, from large-scale residential to commercial and hospitality projects. How do you ensure a seamless integration of design elements across such varied domains?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: Sparc Design has a multidisciplinary team with expertise in residential, commercial, and hospitality design, we ensure a holistic understanding of each project’s unique requirements. This collaborative synergy allows us to translate design principles cohesively, whether crafting intimate residential spaces or conceptualizing expansive commercial ventures. The result is a versatile portfolio where each project bears the hallmark of SPARC DESIGN’s commitment to tailored, yet unified, design solutions.

Q) Suhani Lal Sanghra, can you share some insights into the marketing strategy that has contributed to the remarkable growth of SPARC DESIGN in the last annual year?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: The remarkable growth of SPARC DESIGN in the last year can be attributed to a strategic marketing approach centered around a digital presence. Leveraging social media platforms and online visibility, we’ve effectively showcased our diverse portfolio, engaging with a broader audience.

Collaborations and strategic partnerships have also played a key role in amplifying our brand reach. Additionally, client testimonials and success stories have been integral in building trust and credibility. This multifaceted marketing strategy has not only heightened brand awareness but also fostered strong client relationships, propelling the sustained growth of SPARC DESIGN.

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Q) What challenges have you encountered in the field of architecture and interior design, and how have these challenges shaped your approach and perspective?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: We have always attempted to perceive challenges as opportunities for growth. Budget constraints and evolving client expectations have prompted a focus on innovative, cost-effective solutions. Striking a balance between aesthetics and functionality has been a recurring challenge, influencing a holistic design approach.

Additionally, staying abreast of technological advancements and sustainable practices has been vital. These challenges have shaped my perspective to embrace adaptability, collaboration, and a commitment to lifelong learning, ensuring each obstacle becomes a stepping stone to refining and enriching my design philosophy.

Q) SPARC DESIGN has executed projects in different parts of India. How do you adapt your designs to cater to diverse cultural and regional preferences?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: We approach each project with a deep appreciation for local nuances, traditions, and aesthetics. Our design process evolves thorough research and engagement with the community, ensuring that our creations resonate with the specific cultural context. Whether it’s the vibrant colors of Rajasthan or the serene minimalism of South India, we integrate these elements seamlessly into our designs.

This adaptability is not just a response to regional differences but a celebration of the rich tapestry of India’s cultural diversity, resulting in spaces that feel both familiar and uniquely suited to their specific locales.

Q) Looking ahead, what are the future vision and expansion plans for SPARC DESIGN, and how do you see the firm evolving in the coming years?

Suhani Lal Sanghra: SPARC DESIGN envisions a future marked by continued innovation, sustainability, and global influence. Our expansion plans include further diversification into emerging design sectors and international markets. We are committed to leveraging cutting-edge technologies and staying at the forefront of design trends.

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With a focus on sustainable practices, SPARC DESIGN aims to lead in environmentally conscious design solutions. As we evolve, fostering collaborations, nurturing talent, and maintaining a client-centric approach will be pivotal. The coming years will see SPARC DESIGN not just as a design firm but as a holistic creative force shaping transformative and inspiring environments on a global scale.

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