Spearheaded by Simran Lal, we look at her team of creative professionals who inject design into everyday living
Arya Nerker – Design head (home)
Born in Mumbai, Arya Nerker loves coastal living and the tropical monsoons are reflected in her designs for Nicobar’s home line. She is an alumnus of Brown University and has studied graphic design at Parsons School of Design. She has also worked for Revlon in New York. Her close association with Anita Lal at Good Earth inspired a love for Indian heritage which is evident in the pieces she now creates.
How do you interpret the Nicobar vibe through your designs?
The Nicobar aesthetic is light, tropical and inclusive. These three words guide my design process for Nicobar. I also like to think of it in terms of textures. Where rough edges of slate can sit with gleaming bronze patina. I like this dynamic play.
Why is Nicobar a good fit for you?
Firstly, because of the design aesthetic and ideology. The other important thing is the open culture that Raul and Simran have built from the word go. This permeates into everything, from peer and work relationships to product design processes.
What sets Nicobar’s home line apart from the others in the market?
The fact that we don’t have very precise rules in our design. We don’t dictate how you should style your home or we don’t force you to buy pre-conditioned sets of anything. You come to Nicobar with your style and mix and match our products as they would make you happy.
How is the Nicobar aesthetic different from Good Earth?
They each have their own personalities. Good Earth looks to our heritage, drawing inspiration from our rich history, while Nicobar is a brand that showcases and celebrates the newer side of India. With its own vision for the future, Nicobar looks at the world from a uniquely Indian perspective.
What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
I absolutely love creating products that are rooted in Indian culture and modernising them. Like we have developed a thaali (inspired by the lotus leaf) which is our contemporary take on the traditional one.