Dhaval Shellugar

Dhaval ShellugarAt a very young age, while Dhaval helped his father in his automobile business, he would come across several posters and calendars of innovative vehicle design that fascinated and inspired him.He would often find himself lost in the sleekness of their exteriors and awed by the intricacies of how many little parts make a whole.

He recollects this as his first introduction into the design field; and attributes this early exposure significantly to his increasing fondness and gravitation toward the creative arts while growing up.In school, he naturally dabbled with arts and crafts. After high school, during the course of his academic career still intrigued by details  he frequently visited his uncle's architectural practice. Here he would often spend hours looking at architectural and interior drawings their geometry, theirs colours and every little element resonated with him. With the instinct for creativity, newfound passion for drawings, and a conviction to be a creative visionary, he decided to pursue interior design in his studies and applied to the Rachna Sansad School of Design in Bombay.

After Dhaval graduated from the Rachana Sansad School of Design in Mumbai in 2006, Mika Designs quickly recruited him. Here, he gained a strong foundation in the practical facets of the interior design field. He quickly learnt to apply theory to practice and developed a keen eye for details while working on high end residential and other boutique projects.

After Mika Designs, he moved to Khosla Associates in Bangalore where he was a Senior Design Lead for almost four years. Here his exposure ranged from various global and local trends to fine tuning what he had already learned about the importance of the basic principles of design. He was able to hone his skills to their fullest. It was at Khosla Associates that Dhaval met Farah Ahmed. They worked on the same team for almost eighteen months and found their working style complementary. Over the four years at Khosla Associates, Dhaval headed diverse and award winning projects - taking them from concept to execution. This invaluable experience gave him the inspiration, drive and confidence to eventually set off his own.

At the same time, Farah Ahmed was also getting started with her own design studio. Dhaval and Farah recognized that their design sensibilities were still alike and decided to start a practice together and that was the birth of FADD Studio short for Farah and Dhaval Design Studio.

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