Coffee with a Creative is all about meeting like-minded creatives in various industries talking about them, their businesses and their favourite hot drink of choice! Today we meet Harri Dhokia of Black Interiors and Black Qubd.
What is your coffee (tea, infusions, hot chocolate) of choice?
What inspired you to set up your Company?
I found the courage to believe in myself, understand my worth and challenge myself. I was surrounded by young entrepreneurs who inspired me but it also helped knowing that I had the support.
Can you describe a typical workday (from wake up to lights out)?
The beauty about my career and business is that each day is different. A typical office day starts with me waking up, doing a workout in the morning, shower, get ready, have breakfast, then head to the office. My daily tasks could be from being creative with design on a few projects, to brainstorming ideas with my colleagues or simply having a laugh.
Although the business is busy, I believe its important to have a light-hearted environment full of positive energy. I’m generally in the office until about 6pm and head out to either meet friends, chill at home with parents or go to yoga / zumba etc depending on which it is.
Throughout the day I am always in touch with my friends and colleagues which is important to me. I try hard to having a life – working balance but eventually realised that my work is my passion and therefore that is my life.
Describe your signature style
With my business name being Black Interiors, its easy to have a black theme running through my project and interiors but generally I have a neutral canvas with the addition of splashes of colour.
Describe the best project you could get if budget was a non-contender
I actually envy myself with the projects I do have with a client who is amazing. the projects vary from new build mansions to central London apartments. One type of project I would love to experience a hotel project or a restaurant.
What’s next for the Company?
Wow…so much! I have some powerful goals in place for the business and its growing day by day. You’ll have to watch this space 😉
What is the best thing about the creative scene in your city?
London is the heart of creativity. The multi cultural city showcases talent in every corner of the city. But for me, nature is the best thing about the city and that is the beautiful colours found in a London sunset. Its mesmerising.
How and why did you become a *said* designer/creative?
I’ve always been an artist and fell into a job working with wallpaper and colour schemes after A-Levels. This led me into a job designing kitchens and bathrooms and I worked my way through job after job in the similar field learning and growing at each step.
What are your top 3 *creative* tips?
– I have learnt to always believe in yourself. If you’re talented and are always getting praised for this talent, then believe and value yourself and push yourself harder.
– Use your creative talent and apply it to life. We are naturally gifted so show it off. and finally …..
– dream big!
What *creative* design trends do you wish would go away?
That’s a tricky one especially as trends have a cycle and generally filter back through into our lives. The beauty about having a creative talent, we have a natural way of converting something quite ugly into something beautiful no matter what the trend.
Describe your life in 5 words
Awesome, happy, passionate, fun and positive
What are you thankful for?
My parents…I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and their support
What is your perfect weekend in the City?
People watching, chilling in the sun with friends
What is your prefect weekend in the Countryside?
Taking in the surroundings and going for long strolls
Where in the World is your most favourite place to visit and why?
I love Dubai. For the all rounder experience of weather, shopping, beach and food. However, for me, every place I visit are created with amazing memories and laughter.