Creativity is the engine which adds joie-de-vivre to your homes, and designing such bohemian products is Naqiya Yusuf, a globe trotter, décor aficionado proud owner of RIT (Random In Tandem) Naqiya shares her thought process and the evolution of RIT


  • What is the Inspiration behind starting RIT?
  • RIT was born out of a culmination of my desire to do something creative, whilst imbibing two strong passions - a lifelong love of the English language & an aspiration to do business. The idea bore fruit whilst designing my own home and office and noticing a dearth of urban, contemporary accessories in India. I decided to fill in the gap and bring to India everything I had seen abroad and wanted here but couldn’t get!

  • Your designs are very cosmopolitan, what are the factors that influence your product designing?
  • The fact that I have travelled and lived all around the world. My immediate family is spread across 4 continents – America, Europe, Africa and Asia. This inspires me to make products for a global community living in a modern world. Also, since stress levels have reached new heights in today’s generation, the whimsical young girl in me aims to take the ‘edge’ off everyday tasks by designing products that add humor and value to the mundane.

  • What are the products RIT that has introduced into the market?
  • All our products offer unique designs and usage options to our customers. These vary from chalkboards, magnetic organizers, cushions, signages, mirrors, fun utility tins, bookends, paperweights and much more.

  • Can you elaborate more on the design process?
  • India is a vibrant and immensely populated country. And because it is so, the goal is to create products which lead people away from the engulfing riot of colors and disorder, into a sanctuary of organized calm and peace. That’s why our designs are minimalistic and color is used only in flashes. However, my journey into design has taught me –

    a) Designing ‘simple’, clean, and bold products are sometimes much more difficult than creating ones with more fanfare.

    b) The process of design varies. At times, it can stem from emotions and thoughts (the signages & paperweights), and at other times the focus is on how we can make peoples lives more organized by user friendly fun products (news tote, mail holder, cityscape shelf, stationary storage line). Ultimately though, we strive to cut out the clutter. To bring the ‘random’ into ‘tandem’.

  • What’s RIT’s design philosophy?
  • To ‘Up- Chic, Up-urban and Up-Fun’ the home and work space !

  • According to you what are the changing trends in home décor?
  • Technology has made the world a lot smaller a place. Even those who have not moved from the city or town they’ve lived their whole life in, have seen the world through their TV or computer. Globalization has reduced the excitement and attention span of consumers. They get bored easily because they’ve seen everything. The challenge is to make the everyday interesting. The usual, different. The seen before, new. This trend and requirement applies across all industries, including home décor. Customers are no longer seeking a table or a cushion for useful purposes only. They want to identify with the design and experience it offers much more. So the trend and focus is more on ‘value added'. The challenge is for designers to be able to stay ahead of the competition in grabbing the consumers attention.

  • What’s new in your store?

Tons of stuff ! We will continue expanding our five core collections of Cityscape, Bedroom Basics, TechnoTrance, Wit @Work and Random in Tandem. By the end of the year, we will also be diversifying into larger accessory pieces which can be customized too. An exciting new range of stationary storage options will be launched in Diwali, alongside some great new home and office décor items. Watch this space.