About Habitusliving


Habitus is a movement for living in design. We’re an intelligent community of original thinkers in constant search of native uniqueness in our region.


From our base in Australia, we strive to capture the best edit, curating the stories behind the stories for authentic and expressive living.


Habitusliving.com explores the best residential architecture and design in Australia and Asia Pacific.


Learn more


Aditi Sharma is keeping Indian craft alive with a modern twist

Aditi Sharma is keeping Indian craft alive with a modern twist

Aditi Sharma is keeping Indian craft alive with a modern twist

Aditi Sharma leads her own interior design studio and jewellery brand in New Delhi, India, both of which explore materiality and local craftsmanship.

Aditi Sharma is a woman with many talents. As is often the way with creatives, she didn’t plan her foray into starting an interior design studio or a jewellery brand, it was simply a natural progression.

As a practising interior designer for more than 12 years, Sharma stepped out on her own about five years ago having worked at larger firms up to that point.

Jewellery pieces by Aditi Sharma

With a year off and wondering what to do next, the designer turned her hand to jewellery. “I cannot sit idle,” she says when reflecting on the evolution of her jewellery business Greytone. “I made one necklace, and then another, and it just snowballed from there.”

Working in a different field and scale reactivated Sharma’s love of design. Through these explorations, she was able to use the materials that define her interior design work – stainless steel, glass, wood, concrete – and use them in entirely different ways.

New Delhi Apartment

The switch to designing for a different medium was also a welcome challenge. “Fashion is a different ball game,” Sharma explains. Elaborating that there are a different set of considerations when creating jewellery, for instance, what kind of clothes will it suit, how do different textures combine and how is colour considered.

Stepping into jewellery design also opened up other avenues Sharma didn’t foresee.

A retail store in Varanasi has a pressed metal tabletop referenced from a sari

“I converted these pieces into art by scaling them up; using the same design and then having them installed as wall art installations,” she says. A shining example of this is an apartment project in New Delhi that features a series of 12 large discs with copper detailing – an abstracted and enlarged installation of one of her necklaces.

The interior design work is produced under the moniker Aditi Sharma Design Studio, and she has always been determined to have diversity in her practice. “I deliberately work across a range of projects. When I started on my own, I didn’t want to get stuck on one typology. I like to experiment. I don’t want to be fixed on one aesthetic.”

A piece by Greytone

Minimal, timeless, comfortable – “understated luxury” – is how Sharma describes her design aesthetic. It’s unsurprising to learn that she studied abroad (Domus Academy, Milan) and has travelled extensively, as these experiences influence her work.

What is more surprising is the fact she grew up in a small mountain town, a few hours outside New Delhi. With her father working in construction, Sharma was often around building sites and exposed to a gamut of materials and building lingo.

Campaign shoot for Greytone

It was her childhood and connections to the mountains that inspired the recent renovation in Uttaranchal Hills, at the base of the Himalayas. Located in a small mountain village in the north of India, not dissimilar to her own hometown, Sharma took the classic notions of a mountain home (stone and teak) and brought her own interpretation.

While stone and timber are seen throughout, there is also a soft refinement. “I always try to create things that are timeless, but it has to be cosy and comfortable,” she says.

Materials and craftsmanship are where this comes to life in Sharma’s work. The designer’s materials of choice exude a strong character on their own, but it’s when they’re mixed together and layered with colour and texture that the magic happens.

Sharma acknowledges that traditional Indian design is often centred on intense colour and patterns, while her approach is much more muted. Sharma’s interiors portray Indianness through understated and natural materials, with depth added through neutral tones and texture.

In this way, each material is allowed to breathe. Subtle pattern is introduced by collaborating with local craftspeople – weavers, stonemasons, embroiderers, and metal and woodworkers. “I look for ways to modernise Indian craft, working with local artisans and finding opportunities to use their talent.”

Whether working with concrete in a necklace, or embossing metal with a sari pattern for a table, Sharma – with her curious appetite and refined eye – is creating memorable design that respects Indian craft.

Aditi Sharma Design Studio

We think you might like to read about two of Aditi’s projects, Mountain Cottage and New Delhi Apartment

Apartment in New Delhi
Apartment in New Delhi
Campaign shoot for Greytone
Mountain cottage
Mountain cottage
Mountain cottage
Retail store in Varanasi
Retail store in Varanasi


Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Habitus. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Aleesha seeks out the unique people, projects and products that define the Indo Pacific region. Aleesha was previously the editor of Indesignlive.com and has written and contributed to various publications and brands in her 10 years in the architecture and design industry, bringing intimate insight to her stories having first trained and practised as an interior designer. Her passion for mid-century design and architecture began while living and working in Berlin.