I first heard about Doshi Levien at the 08 Design Indaba. I love their work because of it's beautiful combination of visual references and cultures. They are creating an identity of their own, which I think we should be doing here in SA too. (As a lot of designers are.) Doshi Laviens' latest project is My Beuatiful Backside - a new seating collecion. Images and quotes cited from Doshi Levien. Check out their site at www.doshilevien.com
"Doshi Levien is a London based design office led by Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi. Nipa and Jonathan bring together two distinct and complementary approaches to their work. While Nipa’s work is strongly influenced by Indian visual and material culture, Jonathan’s approach is rooted in design for industrial production. Together, their work celebrates the cultural hybrid and explores the synthesis between technology, story telling, industrial design and craftsmanship. Doshi Levien was established in 2000 and their work includes installation design for the Wellcome Trust, interaction design for Intel, insight and design direction for Nokia, product design for Tefal, furniture design for Moroso and bespoke shoes for London based “aristo” bootmakers, John Lobb."