Sarah Mohamedi Sham

Principal Designer, Essajees Atelier


The interior design arm of Essajees, a 106-year-old company, Essajees Atelier was established in 2014 by Sarah as an independent design practice founded on the legacy and ethos of the Essajees brand. Up there among Mumbai’s best, Essajees deals with art, antiques, and collectibles apart from custom-made flooring and high-end furniture. Some of the clients that Essajees services include the Reliance Group, Taj Hotels around India, the GVK family, Gautam Singhania and the Birla family amongst many others.

Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Art History from Duke University in the US and Oxford University in the UK where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. She was part of the prestigious women’s leadership scholarship at Duke called the Baldwin Scholars which hand-picked women who showed strong signs of promise as leaders in all fields. She also studied finance at Stern University in New York and worked as a financial news anchor for Bloomberg News for a year. Having garnered experience in high-end furniture manufacturing and production during a five-year stint with Essajees, Sarah realised that interior design was her calling after which she went on to complete a two-year degree on the subject from Rachna Sansad. She completed the course as the top-ranked among a batch of 110 students, with a First Class First Distinction among many other accolades for projects through the duration of the degree.

Keen on learning the nuances and finest details on interior design, Sarah travelled to Los Angeles where she spent time at Erika Brunson Couture Living. She has also worked as an art consultant for private clients with the gallery Lansdowne House, putting together extensive portfolios of contemporary Indian art for homes and offices in India and abroad. A stint with Saffron Art gave Sarah the chance to work with a team in putting together a compilation of the best paintings of legendary artist, SH Raza. Projects currently in the pipeline are multiple homes in Calcutta, a large corporate headquarters, a four floor retail store and holiday homes in Goa.

    Firm Essajees Atelier
    Profession Interior Designing
    Awards 1) Top 10 Firms in India by Elle Décor, the Women in Design Excellence Asia award as Interior Designer of the Year 2) Trends Magazine Award Winner for Best Hospitality Project. 3) Best of Houzz award for 2018, 2019 and 2020 which recognises the biggest influencers on a platform of 19 million users.
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    Address Essajees Atelier, Ground Floor, Landsdowne House, Battery Street, Colaba
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