#Heroes4Us – Pooja Bihani, Founder, Spaces and Design

06th May 2016  [57 views]


Pooja is a strong woman with a pure & loving heart. She balances her tough routine with as much ease as she makes a colourful craft with her son. She has always set the benchmark for herself very high, and she effortlessly crosses the boundaries each time.  She is our Hero!

 FT – Tell us something about your child/children

PB – I have a son Hredaan age 4.5years. He studies at The Calcutta International School in nursery. He is a bubbly child full of life. He is my sunshine and enjoys a proper planned schedule each day. He loves singing, dancing, arts and crafts. We spend quality time doing various crafts and creating best out of waste! His passion is driving and he loves to take charge of the GPS to instruct me and Nitten during our self drives abroad.

FT – Tell us a little bit about your school/college/professional qualifications or any particular memory from your growing up years

PB – I did my schooling at Holy Cross Convent, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. I was a science student at Vivekanand College, Kolhapur and a University topper in Class XII boards and then graduated as a Bachelor in Architecture (Gold Medalist) from S.P.S.M.B.H’s College of Architecture, Kolhapur. When the then Education Minister of Maharashtra felicitated me for topping XII boards there was a statement I made at the forum- “ I would like to be the best in whatever I do as an Architect….” This thought keeps inspiring me each passing year and helping me push my limits everyday J

FT – Tell us something about your professional achievements and elaborate on your present work

PB – I started my career as a designer with Mr Sunil Tainwala of Aarteg in 2000. I established my own firm Spaces and Design in 2006. With a career spread of more than 16 years now Spaces and Design has to its credit a diverse portfolio of residential, commercial and lifestyle Interiors/ Architecture. We have successfully designed and executed over 1,60,000 sqft areas ( and counting) in Kolkata, Bangalore and Pune. My work involves site visits including outstation sites, meeting clients, vendors and dealers, sourcing furniture etc from various cities and countries, co-ordination between studio and sites, supervision and quality control checks including project management consultancy.

“The Purpose of Spaces and design is to create environs that epitomize harmony, aesthetics and optimum functionality; Enriching the life of the user in his habitat”

 I am deeply grateful to Kolkata for embracing my work and helping me grow at all levels!

FT – Challenges faced in being a working mother and how did you overcome them. Was there a moment when you wanted to give up?

PB – Each Day is new! The biggest challenge is time management.  Multitasking at all levels is the key. There has never been a moment of weakness when I felt I have to give up everything. Pranic Healing and Arhatic yoga gives me the strength and tools to cope with the challenges each day. One has to flow with the challenge and create a solution. The solution has to come from within you as the challenge is unique to yourself.

FT – How big a role your family support system played in your success?

PB – Family is my biggest support. My whole ecosystem is balanced due to them. The constant guidance, support, encouragement and strength of my husband Nitten helps me achieve new horizons each day!

FT – Your success mantra that you would like to share with other working mothers

PB – At Spaces and Design we follow the mantra- “Constantly Innovate”. I apply it to motherhood as well to constantly initiate, invent, organize, plan and launch new ways of spending quality time with my child.

FT – A favorite quote that inspires you

PB – “ Manifest your greatness”

                                             – Grand Master Choa Kok Sui-


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