Ishka Designs Inc.
Embracing Jamaica’s local spirit
Take the beach out of a beach house, and what does a designer have left? A huge opportunity to go deep into other kinds of placemaking, as the Brooklyn firm Ishka Designs Inc. (IDI) proves with this waterfront home in Jamaica’s Westmoreland Parish. Ishka principals Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom introduced a “sophisticated zen” vibe with the custom table and bench they made using hardwood sourced from felled trees on the property and its surroundings. That kind of eco-consciousness is standard practice for the firm. “Being mindful of available resources and the impact on community is definitely a current first-world movement,” the pair explain. “But it has always been the way of doing things in places like Jamaica, which we love.” For the spidery pendant lights, they reached out to Grey Furniture, of Atlanta, which takes a similarly community-centric approach.
“Our firm’s design process and aesthetic are informed by our shared principles: mindfulness, minimalism, bespoke craftsmanship, artistry and timelessness.”
— Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom