1971 Born in Bombay. 1989 At 17, Nipa was offered a place at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, where she specialised in Furniture. Nipa graduated from NID in 1994. 'Design' unless it was 'fashion' or 'interior decoration' was still unheard of as a serious career path to follow in India. Her parents, however were very supportive and encouraged her to follow her instincts. It was at NID in Ahmedabad that Nipa developed a deep appreciation of Indian handicrafts, especially textiles and it was at the market within the walls of the old city where she began to explore the link between craft, design and cultural identity. 1994 On a visit to London, Nipa met Jasper Morrison who inspired her to apply for the Masters Degree course in Furniture design at the Royal College of Art. 1995 Nipa was awarded a scholarship covering the fees and living expenses for the duration of her course at RCA. 1997 Nipa Graduated from the RCA and returned to India to work with crafts people. 1998 Nipa returned to London and worked for SCP and David Chipperfield.