For city-based freelance photographer and aspiring filmmaker, Nandith Jaisimha, finding a good and affordable studio space for hire during his initial years of work proved to be tough. That is when he decided to have a place of his own, someday. Realising the dream of almost seven long years, the recently opened Studio 080 {showing his love for the city} in Kasturinagar isn’t just his workspace. Apart from using it for all his work — from candid wedding shoots and ad films to fashion and product photography, he also lets it out to fellow photographers for their projects {pretty much like a co-working space for photogs}.

While the creative vibes of the studio was appealing enough to us, what really bowled us over was the design of the entire space, right from the furniture pieces to the statement decor elements. If you {like us!} are hoping to get the look for your place, we asked the photographer to decode the design process for some of the interesting elements from his space. Thank us later!

For more details on the studio, find them on Facebook here and check out their website here.

Mirror, Mirror

A huge vanity mirror with lights on the frames is what greets you in the make up room at Studio 080. Unlike regular green room mirrors, Nandith wanted a combination of lights to suit different kinds of shoot, while keeping it simple and classy. Which is how he came up with what you see — white lights {bulbs} on either side of the mirror with warmer tubes above and below. To complete the look, he added a matching chair and a table {with grooves on it to place hair appliances}. While the design was his, the pieces were all done with upcycled wood, by uByld.

Contact: Call uByld on +91 9845445589

Find uByld on Facebook here.

Check out uByld website here.

Conversation Starters


From a seater with a bicycle wheel to a lampshade made out of motorcycle parts, we spotted quite  a few quirky decor elements here. While the photographer thought the seater would make for a fun prop for his shoots, the lampshade appealed to him because of his love for motorcycles. Sourced from Bangalore Hunts {a city-based group that provides a curated collection of wooden furniture}, these pieces do their bit to jazz up often overlooked corners.

Find Bangalore Hunts on Facebook here.

Wall Of Frames


Stepping into the workspace area of the studio, this was what caught our eye first — a wall full of framed vintage cameras. Considering how no one uses film anymore, Nandith wanted it to be the centrepiece of the space. From a age-old hand cranked 8mm camera to a Baby Brownie camera {produced between 1930s and 1950s}, there’s enough to gawk at here. Apart from getting an old camera of his grandfather’s and some sourced from friends, the photographer turned to websites like eBay and groups like Second To None for the vintage pieces. But, when it comes to getting the frame right {with distressed wood finish}, his go-to option is Venkateshwara from Balaji Frameworks {in Thippasandra}.

Where: Balaji Frameworks, 74, BEML Main Road, New Tippasandra

Contact: +91 9448180252

Timings: Monday-Saturday, 9.30am – 9pm and Sunday, 9.30am – 2pm

#LBBTip: For vintage cameras, you can also turn to Balaji Antiques or Seetha Phone Company on Avenue Road {Contact: +91 9341308333}

Test Tube Lighting


Adding to the artsy vibes of the studio space, Nandith wanted something unique and struck upon the idea for a chandelier made of different elements. While he got uByld to construct the wooden base, the filament bulbs in different sizes {everything from round to test-tube-like ones} are from The Purple Turtles.

Where: The Purple Turtles, 128, 1st Main, Domlur 2nd Stage,Indiranagar

Contact: 080 41528039

Timings: 10.30am-8pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Poster Love


Framed posters of movies that have inspired Nandith to become a filmmaker {expect a lot of Quentin Tarantino flicks}, and even of music that has influenced him, are what adorn the walls here. Apart from online stores like Flipkart and Amazon, he also heads to Landmark to hunt for posters {and frames by Balaji Frameworks}.

Where: Landmark, 21, The Forum Mall, Hosur Road, The Forum, Koramangala

Contact: 080 42404240

Timings: 11am-10pm

Find them on Facebook here.

All Photos: Studio 080


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