Hardesh Chawla, Director, Essentia Environments
“Design can be art, design can be aesthetics. Good design is always simple and that is why it is so complicated to execute. I believe in taking ownership and making my work as beautiful as I can no matter how big or small.” says Mr. Chawla. “It’s no longer enough to create spaces that function, that are obviously understandable and usable, we now need to create spaces that enhance the sense of being, that bring joy, and yes, beauty to people’s lives. It is a privilege to create beautiful spaces and I feel really blessed to be doing exactly that” This has been the driving force for this self-motivated and enterprising Business Head of Essentia Environments. One of the founding members of Adrem Group – the parent company, Hardesh holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and has over fifteen years of experience in bringing complex and exciting designs to life.
Having lived and worked in number of countries have imbibed a sense of professionalism and integrity that have largely defined his career and an engineering background has allowed him to stay objective and look for elegant solutions to complex problems. Having dabbled in financial services and real estate, Hardesh found his true calling in creating beautiful spaces for discerning clients in India and overseas. From corporate offices to showrooms to restaurants and of course high end residences he has done it all.
“I thrive in a challenging environment. I enjoy pushing myself and my team and in process evolve and improve myself and the processes. I love meeting commitments and take huge pleasure in meeting the deadlines. The feeling that you get after a job well done is immensely satisfying and gives a high that remains unmatched for me at least” says Mr. Chawla. “Building spaces is a team effort and having a large and professional team is the key that sets us apart. What further helps is the experience of having created hundreds of spaces over the past years and the fact that all the necessary skill sets are available in house. Having uninterrupted access to one of largest Design rooms in the region to qualified MEP and HVAC consultants, to finishing staff like carpenters, painters etc. provides us with an unmatched degree of flexibility and confidence to meet any deadline” he further adds.
Mr. Chawla attempts to capture the spirit of his times and engage in the exciting potential that bubbles at the surface of modern India. In his own words: ‘Essentia Environments gives me the freedom to express the confidence, power and attitude of today’s design world. It also gives me the opportunity to say and do something about the way I want our modern India to be.’
Over the years Mr.Chawla has developed his own style and mastered the art of immaculate dressing. An avid squash player and a regular at gym, Hardesh believes that design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all.
Monica Chawla, Creative Director, Essentia Environments
As one of India’s leading interior designers. Monica Chawla has been the creative genius behind some of the most spectacular celebrity homes in the country. Her innate design sensibilities backed by sheer talent brings any space alive! She skillfully orchestrates her sense of style into various elements of design in all her projects, creating an environment that is reflective of sophistication yet vibrant persona. Though her designs are all about creating spaces that are magnificent, extravagant and unapologetically opulent yet they never lose sense of the purpose they are meant to serve. She fervently believes that space planning is an integral and the most important part of the interior designing and that is why it deserves the most attention. She believes in the contemporary design sense and her skill in creativity stems from the way she combines classic richness with modern practicality
Her international experience and exposure as well as her deep appreciation for the exquisite design heritage of her native India have given her pioneer status in an exciting design revolution in which both east and west visibly seek inspiration from each other. Her unique style has been brought to the attention of an elite clientele within India as well as attracting curiosity from other designers and patrons elsewhere in the world.
What further elevates her work from that of her contemporaries is her hands on approach to each element in the space no matter how big or small. “I consider details more important than broad strokes. Nothing works without details” says Monica. Her work is not confined to fixed interiors alone but has everything from vases to candle stands to chandeliers to sofas, cushions, accessories, art and décor.
As Ms. Monica Chawla puts it, ‘Just like a good host my job is to anticipate the needs of my clients and I spend lot of time and energy understanding their life style and their requirements. Once I have a fix on that, I consciously try to resist giving my imagination a free run and try to incorporate client specific elements so that the result is not only original but also practical. And I challenge the notion that pleasure isn’t functional! It is a matter of personal pride to have our designs cleared in the first presentation to the client. My sensibilities lean toward fusion of modern and contemporary with everlasting elegance of old. And while others may think of it as a combination of tradition and funk but I am happy calling it contemporary classic’.
Her work ranges through commercial, corporate, hotel and residential designs. In a field rife with change and annihilation, she has emerged as a designer who can deliver the flavor of today and has received accolades from all her clients for her creativity, integrity and professionalism.
“At Essentia Environments, we believe that beauty should not be a luxury available only to those select few lucky enough to be born with it but one of the basic necessities. Grace and elegance are not just sentiments to strive for but rather they need to be embodied in all the things around us. Knowing this we simply answer the inner calling of those who want to live artistically and in beautiful spaces that enhance the sense of being.”
The brand embodies global refinement and an indigenous design sense reflective of the contemporary & classic designs from the world of interiors. The creative calling of India’s leading interior designer Ms. Monica Chawla and her husband Mr. Hardesh Chawla, Essentia Environments is India’s premier design and build company. Mr & Mrs Chawla founded Essentia Environments in 1999 with the object of carrying out the business of interior designing, turnkey execution, manufacturing and supplying furniture and home accessories to their discerning clients. For the last fifteen years, Monica & Hardesh have been designing and building dream spaces for their clients and have in the process redefined elegant luxury.
An extremely original & personal signature characterizes this brand, which is synonymous with innovation, style and sophistication. “We consciously try to design the spaces so that they are clean and clutter free. We enhance the given positives of a site and try to camouflage the negatives. Above all we strive for simplicity and that is what add sophistication to our work” says Monica. Essentia Environments intends to literally transform the lives of its patrons by providing a space that is wondrous, comfortable, yet practical with the only constant being luxury and elegance. Their work is unusual with its commitment to both design and execution. The couple creates designs by borrowing elements from the past and fusing them with international contemporary trends using their evolved sensibilities.
However, what mostly sets Essentia apart is the complete in house capability to execute all of the designs that the creative team comes up with. A large team of professionals with unparalleled manufacturing support allows the company to handle multiple projects in multiple locations with the skill and justifiable confidence. Having designed and executed over 300 projects, the principals still think of themselves as evolving and ever hungry for bigger challenges.
In a synopsis, Essentia Environments endeavors to constantly better its best and continue to be recognized as India’s foremost Interior Design and Build Company.