Having established a career designing for the likes of Sanderson, Zoffany and John Lewis, Chandni took a leap of faith and set up her own brand, Stil Haven. Her characterful artwork is printed onto wallpapers, cushions, ceramics and more, for a beautiful collection designed with modern country homes in mind.
What made you want to become an artist?
I felt inspired by my crafty mum who was always (and still is) crocheting or knitting something beautiful. I did try doing other things, but always felt pulled into doing something creative. I love how Stil Haven has forged my two greatest passions, drawing and home décor.
What’s your working space like?
My studio has lots of natural light, space and a live moodboard. Right now, I’m surrounded by lots of inspiring imagery as I plan my next collection. I’m not the tidiest of people, but I like to think of it as organised chaos!
Describe a typical working day.
I wake up at 6:30am and go for a run – there’s nothing like starting the day with a fresh, clear mind. I’m in the studio by 8:30am. My morning to-do list usually consists of sending out customer orders, speaking to manufacturers, reading my favorite blogs, and updating social media. The afternoon is always dedicated to designing and researching new ideas.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by colour, other artists, film, visiting new places, or even just sitting in the garden and reading. There’s inspiration everywhere and I usually dream the best ideas when I’m relaxing – no excuses needed to put my feet up!
What makes your products special?
Every item stems from original hand-painted artwork that I create in the studio. I also work with the best British manufacturers to ensure the highest quality finishes, fabrics and up-to-date printing methods.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I would love to have my own shop and collaborate with other brands and manufacturers to create more exciting Stil Haven products.
Sum up your creative style in three words.
Natural, witty and charming.