Symphony chairman Achal Bakeri’s workspace shows his intuitive ‘feel’ for beautiful objects and reflects a distinct design philosophy—modernist, accessible and warm It is peak summer heat, but I’m in for a treat. I’m in a workspace flanked by terrace gardens on either side, and a Picasso inside. There’s a third distinguishing feature as well. For the first time in this series, I encounter an office building entirely designed by the company chairman. This is the Ahmedabad office of Achal Bakeri, a trained architect, chairman and managing director of Symphony Ltd, one of the world’s largest air-cooler company. Let’s start with the vibrant Picasso, hanging on a wall to the side of Bakeri’s desk. It’s a piece of textile, a woven tapestry, not a canvas, Bakeri clarifies, saying he couldn’t afford an original Picasso painting. “Ever since I studied architecture I have been interested in modern art and specifically Cubism. And then I saw these in Spain, and loved them. So I bought this one and another one for the boardroom.” A wooden wall clock behind his desk, bought in the early 1990s in Germany, is another much-loved object. It consists of “different coloured pieces of wood, ...