Huma Sulaiman has a unique interior style that is fostered by her travel background and exposure to different parts of the world. Her natural inclination towards architecture and cultured design provides a fresh relief from overused modern trends. The daughter of a diplomat and originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Huma spent her early life living in Europe and then in the U.S. Among others, she draws inspiration from Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Nicky Haslam, Kelly Wearstler, and Louis Kahn, who designed the Bangladesh Parliament House where she spent part of her childhood. Her background has strongly influenced her life’s work, and her unique experiences are manifested in the symbiosis created between different styles. Her interiors emerge from the space between the orthodox and the modern, molded by the global, and finished with novelty. Huma discusses the designing of her new house in Bangalore, India after moving from Dallas, Texas.
This design process was across the continent and lasted over a period of six months. I started out measuring all of my existing furniture and then went house hunting in India with all the measurements handy; and if there was any home I liked, I would take out my tape measure and measure the space to make sure my existing furniture would fit there. Once we identified the house we wanted, I came back to Dallas and revisited all the furniture I wanted to bring with me. There were a few pieces that I had to buy (for example, the Saarinen tulip table and chairs) since we didn’t have a smaller dining table. The rest of the furniture and art that wouldn’t fit into the house in India I left in storage in Dallas. Luckily both homes had the same modern architecture where the style of the furniture wasn’t going to clash. The whole process, starting from finding a home and bringing everything back to India, was about 6 months. My biggest challenge was to make sure everything we brought from Dallas would fit in our new home, since storage wasn’t a good option in India. So everything had to be measured multiple times since I had only one shot at getting this right. My favorite room is the living room. It has floor to ceiling glass sliding doors on 3 sides of the room. When all the doors are open, the space blends in with the green foliage and the pool outside. It was particularly magical when it rained outside!
Design has been an integral part of my life from the time I was a child. I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I spent part of my childhood in Europe, and my adulthood in the U.S. I grew up in a household where world affairs, history, architecture, and nature were topics of daily discussion at our kitchen table. More recently I had an opportunity to live in India for three years, where I traveled across this diverse country as well as the Middle and Far East. The culmination of all these places I have lived and traveled, as well as the different art and cultural experiences, is where I gather my design inspiration from. Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest
Check out some of Huma’s favorite pieces at Viyet: Brown and White Cowhide Rug, Ralph Lauren Table Lamps, Empire Style Sofa, Palazzetti Chairs, Harold Landauer Zebra Sculpture Vase, Vintage Moroccan Rug, Reagan Hayes Winston Cocktail Table, Antique Torso Sculpture, Barcelona Chairs.