"Clean. Modern. Eclectic. Simplistically Beautiful."
Ishka Designs is a Brooklyn-based interior design firm specializing in vacation properties, restaurants and residences globally.
We are dedicated to creating efficiently beautiful, casually sophisticated, minimalist interiors for our clients worldwide. The company's designs are formed through collaborations with key partners and our style can be described as clean, modern, eclectic and simplistically beautiful. We've been featured in various design publications and on televisions, including New York Spaces, Anthology, New York magazine and NBC Open House.
In 2014, Ishka Designs was listed as a “Next Big Name” in Design by Lonny magazine and up to 2015, was listed 4 years consecutively as a Top 20 African-American interior design firm. Commercial project experience includes restaurants, vacation properties, multi-use retail, and healthcare while residential projects run the gamut from one-bedroom apartments to 5-level brownstones to beach-front estates. Our work has taken the company as far as France and the Caribbean.
Design services include conceptualization and idea formation | creative problem solving | space planning | lighting design | architectural & working drawings | hand and computer renderings | custom furniture design and materials, fixtures, furniture, finishes and color selection | façade and graphic design.
Having worked a decade in finance, both in Jamaica, and on Wall Street, Anishka quit finance in early 2006 to pursue her real passion, interior design. She has since honed a strong nature-inspired aesthetic, which compliments her minimalist and modern sensibility. Efficiency is an important part of her designs and process, having been heavily influenced by a waste-not upbringing by her Guyanese mom. A Brooklyn resident, but Jamaican at heart, Anishka is dedicated to creating “efficiently beautiful” spaces for Ishka Designs' clients.
In late 2015, Anishka received an Impact award from the largest Caribbean news publication, Caribbean Life for her contributions to the Caribbean American community. She completed the Goldman Sachs/Tory Burch Foundation 10,000 Small Business program in 2014 and in 2013, she was recognized by the Caribbean publication, Where Itz At at their BIG awards for entrepreneurial leadership in the area of design. Anishka is an Interior Design honors graduate (Summa Cum Laude) of the Fashion Institute of Technology (2007), holds an MBA from Stern Business School, New York University (2002), and graduated with honours from the University of the West Indies with a degree in Accounting and Economics (1996).
Niya brings a wealth of talent to Ishka Designs having worked for many years in the film industry on set design and within several art departments. In addition, his depth of experience as a photographer for the last fifteen years, shooting celebrities, products and interiors has honed his eye for design and cemented his keen sense for style. Niya has a penchant for vintage sourcing, which serves his company well. A short stint with the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens awakened a love for landscape design allowing Ishka Designs to successfully maneuver in this arena. Born in England to Jamaican and Guyanese parents, and raised in New York City, Niya not only brings an interesting worldly style to Ishka Designs but promotes efficiency and clean, modern aesthetics.
As a photographer, his work has been featured in galleries, embassies and museums including Danny Simmons’ Rush Arts gallery and the Polish embassy for Swarovski crystal. His work has also been featured in several publications, most recently New York Spaces. Niya received a BIG award in 2013 by the Caribbean publication, Where Itz At for entrepreneurial leadership in design. He studied photography and film at Hunter College in New York. Niya is an avid biker, challenging himself yearly on century tours in the NYC area, and lives with his son in Brooklyn, NY.