Since she was a child, Bani Chawla always knew that she loved design, even before she understood what the word meant. “Interior design and decoration have always been a very important part of my life,” she says. “I grew up around my parents designing and making furniture, using casual references from design bibles like Architectural Digest, The World of Interiors and Inside Outside,which unconsciously gave me the platform I needed.” As she got older, Bani channelled the learnings she had received from her father, who had been designing and exporting high-end, handmade tea-ware for many years. It was his expertise and experience that gave her the impetus to start her own brand, Homeight, in 2011.