Monday, March 12, 2018

Interior design company Ishka Designs thrives at the juncture of building business partnerships while projecting cultural identity. Through simplicity, sensibility, and efficiency, Ishka Designs conceptualizes spaces that respond to their clients’ needs. As a multi-faceted company, their services include “conceptualization, space planning, custom furniture design, and architectural and working drawings” in order to respond to their extensive clientele in the hospitality and commercial industries.

This creative company, founded by Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascomb, pursues business partnerships with art, creativity, and community playing a major role in their business decisions.

Always one to follow her passions, Founder and Lead Interior Designer Anishka Clarke switched from working in finance on Wall Street for ten years to studying Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Creative Director and Photographer Niya Bascom, a Film and Photography graduate from Hunter College, has had his work featured in museums and galleries such as Danny Simmons’ Rush Arts and the Polish Embassy, and briefly worked at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

They are more than just designers—their philosophies around design being at the forefront of their business model is because they believe that beyond creating an aesthetic, their business thrives on creativity, craftmanship, and representation. For one of their projects, they designed the Brooklyn-based Discovery PitStop Day Care. The client and Executive Director, Linique McCoy, had always wanted to open a school and the daycare gave her a chance to give back to the community she grew up in. Using the daycare’s tag line “You’re on your way to who you’ll bee,” Ishka Designs worked in conjunction with creatives such as artist Laura Bradburn, George Architect, and various furniture companies to design based on honeycomb and hexagonal patterns. This resulted in a one-of-a-kind space in which children could foster their own budding creativity.

In addition to Ishka’s communal work with creatives to design spaces and impact the community, they also link other creative entrepreneurs to each other and to relevant resources. Clarke completed the Goldman Sachs/Tory Burch Foundation 10,000 Small Businesses program and has delivered talks at FIT to discuss Breaking Business Barriers, opening the floor to discuss how they “navigate in the entrepreneurial design world.” As the Arts & Business Council of New York expands its footprint into the creative economy, we will surely be looking to local companies, like Ishka Designs, that keep the art and community at the heart and core of their creative business.