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1971 Born into a Gujarati family in Bombay.

1989 At 17, Nipa was offered a place at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, where she specialised in Furniture. Nipa graduated from NID in 1994. 'Design' unless it was 'fashion' or 'interior decoration' was still unheard of as a serious career path to follow in India. It was at the market within the walls of the old city of Ahmedabad where Nipa began to explore the link between craft, design and cultural identity.

1994 On a visit to London, Nipa met Jasper Morrison who inspired her to apply for the Masters Degree course in Furniture design at the Royal College of Art.

1995 Nipa was awarded a scholarship for the duration of her course at RCA.

1997 Nipa graduated from the RCA and returned to India to work with crafts people.

1998 Nipa returned to London and worked for SCP and David Chipperfield.

1972 Born into an English family in Scotland.

1988 At 16 Jonathan left school and went to study cabinet making. Feeling restricted by the traditions of cabinetry, Jonathan decided to study design.

1990 BA design course at Bucks College in High Wycombe.

1995 Royal college of Art MA course in Furniture design. Jonathan met Nipa and they became best friends.

1997 Jonathan works for Ross Lovegrove in London.

2000 Nipa and Jonathan quit their jobs, get married and set up Doshi Levien. A commission from Tom Dixon, creative director of Habitat kick starts their studio.

2001 Nipa and Jonathan write to Tefal following a research trip to India in 2000. They propose a project to design cookware specifically for local food cultures. This project sets the blueprint for their approach as a studio.

2003 FX Design Award
 Tefal Mosaic wins 'best furnishing or accessory for residential interiors.'

2004 Invited by the Wellcome Trust to create a series of three window installations, communicating the history and current objectives of the Trust to the general public.

2004 Nipa Doshi gave a presentation on 'Cultural Capital as a resource for innovation in design' for the Government of India Design Summit, New Delhi.

2004 British Council exhibition 'Global Local.'Touring exhibition and seminar. Doshi Levien gave a talk on 'cultural identity in industrial design'. Doshi Levien featured alongside a selection of designers whose work applies an international sensibility, developed through research and global travel, to the local context in which they work.

This exhibition was hosted by the Victoria and Albert museum after completing a tour of India.

2005 Featured in Interni, United Kingdom of India.

2005 Experimenta design Biennale, Lisbon. Installation commissioned by the British Council. 'My World: The new subjectivity in design.' This installation tours to Vilnius - Contemporary Arts Centre, Oslo - Norsk Form and London - Design Museum.

2005 Arts Council Of England. Generous award to produce work for the British Council exhibition My World.

2005 B & B Italia Award to produce work for the British Council exhibition My World

2005 Blueprint Magazine. Voted Blueprint Sessions product designer of the year

2005 Particpation in Materialise Forum. Royal College of Art, London. Perception of materials in industrial design talk.

2006 Approached by Herman Miller to collaborate on a 'design exploration.'

2006 Franz Meyer Museum, Mexico City. Talk on design and identity in emerging economies.

2006 ArtQuest Intersection talk - Approaching collaborative practice.

2006 Talks at Doga Norsk Form, Norway on "The new subjectivity in Design"

2007 Commissioned by Moroso to develop a collection to be made part in India part Italy.

2007 Wallpaper award for Best breakthrough desi
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