If you’ve been in to see us at TPB lately, you can’t have missed our brand new custom-designed desk! We caught up with our designer, Rahil Taj, to get the inside scoop on his inspiration, his company Rah:Designs, and his newest collection.
What originally inspired you to become a designer? Tell us a little bit about your background.
I have always had this innate desire to build things with my hands. From building computers with my father to designing Lego castles with my little brother. I took this art class in high school that was Architecture/design-based, and instantly fell in love with the process.
Tell us about your company, Rah:Designs. What types of projects do you most commonly work on?
We take on a lot of commissioned pieces that push us out of our element, giving us the opportunity to design something that is 100% personalized to the client and his or her aesthetic. Designing something for a collection can be tedious, but designing something that brings the client’s imagination to life is the most rewarding aspect of this profession.
We LOVE our new custom TPB desk – what inspired this specific design?
The overall concept came from inside The Pilates Body itself. I wanted to encapsulate the overall vibe of the studio. Kelly and Tracy came to me with a general concept and material palate, and I combined each idea into one fluid, beautifully mastered design.
How would you describe your design aesthetic? What makes your designs unique?
I started RAH:Designs with the intent to change the way modern furniture looks and feels. I take the clean lines and bold angles of modern furniture, and add elements of comfort and warmth, which so many modern pieces are lacking.The use of natural woods are prevalent in a lot of my work.
What pieces are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a floor lamp concept called the Triad. The lamp stands 7 feet tall with a creature-esque form. Made out of solid American Walnut, black powder coated mild steel, and a hand blown glass shade, everything on this piece is custom and unique. I have partnered with a London-based company (Buster + Punch) to develop a modern rendition of a filament bulb. I’m looking forward to completing this piece and getting it into production.
We know you appeared on reality television, as a contestant in the design competition show Framework on SPIKE Network. What did you take away from this experience?
Being on a reality competition show is probably one of the most life-draining experiences I have endured. I was pushed to the limits in every possible way. Over the course of two months, thirteen of the top designers across America spent 17-hour days designing, building, and competing for a chance at the grand prize of $100,000.
Weekly challenges implemented strict guidelines and short time frames, providing a chance to demonstrate skills of artistry and precision even under the most stressful circumstances.
The greatest benefit of being on the show was the ability to design without the limitation of a budget. It was a designer’s dream. It’s not very often that I get to build a $14,000 ping pong table made of 1 1/2″ Acrylic.
Tell us about your new custom furniture line. What inspired these designs?
I’m working on a new collection called the MESH Collection, which includes a credenza, a workstation, and a complementing office chair. The collection is inspired by the provocative fashion of Haider Ackermann, a world-renowned fashion designer. I have always been a fan of the architectural angles and bold textures that he incorporates into his designs.
If you’re interested in seeing more of Rahil’s incredible designs, CLICK HERE