New Launch: Social, Hauz Khas Village

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Socialize, Social-network, Social-media; the word ‘social’ seems to be taking over our lives. And now, Riyaaz Amlani, owner Impresario (of the Mocha and Smoke house Deli fame) brings to us how he envisions a physical form for the word, in the form of an all day cafe and bar called SOCIAL.

Hauz Khas Social, www.stylecity.in

“You remove form from design and all you are left with is function.” Riyaaz explains about the interior decor or rather lack off in the space. “Coffee shops and cafes have been projected as your “Third Place”, a place away from home and your work/college. With Social, for the very first time in restaurant history we have introduced the Second Place concept, a place where you can both work and play,” he continues. 

Hauz Khas Social, www.stylecity.in

Spread over 8,500 square feet with a stunning view of both the Hauz Khas monument and lake, the decor of Social has been left to a bare minimum, with exposed brick walls and tiled flooring, made to resemble an old warehouse or New York loft, as was my first impression when I entered. Rugged yet chic, everything found in Social is recycled or up-cycled. The unfinished bare walls and naked bulbs dangling from the ceiling are juxtaposed against the plush leather sofas. Skeletal table clamp lights add strong lines to the large communal tables, while jute blinds cover the large windows. Everything here has been found and not bought, adding to the character of the space. Social has everything an office has; a boardroom, wall-space, conference facilities, wall-to-wall uber high-speed WiFi and built-in social interaction, along with an app for the same. The app lets you order and review food, check out the restaurant’s playlist and even check in on what the other guests in the space are up to, to allow room for collaboration and interaction between tables. Once the day ends, the work space at Social shifts gears to become a high energy bar.

Hauz Khas, Social, www.stylecity.in  Hauz Khas, Social, www.stylecity.in

Then of course, there is the food. The menu combines ingredients and cultures from across the world with a street food experience sitting in a cafe. So your fish of your Fish and chips is mini-bites, served in a mug while your Wow Bao’s, a Turkish street dish, plated to look like a burger. That element of quirkiness is not to be missed while there are not enough words to describe how tasty the food was, but that is not surprising, as experience has shown me Mr. Amlani loves his food and usually gets it right. The drinks menu is like something out of a science fiction laboratory. The Deconstructed Moscow Mule, for instance is served in a mule mug, with a beaker tied up in muslin cloth with smoked Vodka and a pipette with bitters. While the Long Island Iced Tea was actually long, served in somewhat of a long glass tube. The cocktails are definitely going to be a draw for Social.
All in all, I am definitely expecting Social to attract a young and creative crowd. Especially those who find sitting in a conventional office to cumbersome. But, will it be a long-lasting solution to keep this easily bored Generation Z excited and fill the gap left by regular coffee shops, that is yet to be seen!

Address: 9A &12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
Number: 7838652814

Style Picks: Trunks

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by Isha Marwaha

It has been noticed that trunks are used as furniture pieces in interiors. People are considering them to be the latest fashion in town for the interior industry. The Trunks are seen to be the latest trend all around the world and now it is in our country.They vary in different fusion of vintage materials like leather, metal and canvas accessories. Here are some pictures featuring TRUNKS from the stores around here..

Nappa Dori, www.stylecity.in

NAPPA DORI

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LOUIS VUITTON

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APARTMENT 9

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THREE SIXTY DEGREES LIFESTYLE STORE

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PORTSIDE CAFE

Eclair Delight

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today announced the launch of its first-ever global éclair programme, Le Méridien Éclair, in partnership with award-winning pastry chef and new LM100 member, Johnny Iuzzini.  Le Méridien New Delhi will offer guests the opportunity to indulge in a variety of modern twists on the chic Parisian pastry, with the hotel’s pastry chef, Chef Vikas Shrivastava at the helmm offering three signature flavours – coffee, chocolate and vanilla – as well as unique creations inspired by New Delhi and other parts of the country.

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

“The destination inspired éclairs is a novel take on the chic Parisian pastry and offers a new perspective to our creative guests and helps them to discover not only interesting aspects of a destination but also experience local cuisine and share the experience at their next stop”, said Tarun Thakral, Chief Operating Officer, Le Meridien New Delhi.To celebrate the launch of Le Méridien Éclair, Le Méridien New Delhi will host ’A New Perspective on Eclairs’ and offer guests the opportunity to create their own éclair innovations guided by Chef Vikas Shrivastava. Guests of Le Méridien New Delhi throughout the months of June and July will also be encouraged to upload and share their experiences on social media using #LMeclairs.

Eclairs, Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Méridien hotels around the world will continue to feature a variety of destination-inspired éclairs, offering guests an authentic taste of the local cuisine and culture, from the Maple Bacon Éclair and Texas Honey Pecan Éclair at Le Méridien Dallas by the Galleria to the Dulce de Leche Éclair, infused with coconut, from Le Méridien Panama. Le Méridien New Delhi will feature the Jaggery Ginger Éclair, Rose Cardamom Éclair and Clotted Cream Kalakand Éclair to unlock the flavours of Delhi and Hazelnut Tamarind Éclair from Le Royal Meridien Chennai and Coconut Jaggery Cardamom from Le meridien Kochi. The Le Méridien Éclair programme comes on the heels of the brand’s recent announcement of a new global partnership with French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague, who has curated a 24-hour soundtrack for Le Méridien hotels around the world, as well as a new global beverage programme, Le Méridien Sparkling, inspired by the European aperitif culture. Together, these programmes elevate the guest experience via the brand’s signature Hub experience, encouraging visitors to unlock their destination through coordinates, culture and cuisine.

A curated network of Interior Designers

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Dwll.in (pronounced ‘Dwellin’) is a curated network of interior designers launched by Pankaj Poddar and Parikshat Hemrajani, both alumni of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. On this platform users submit information on their design projects (including photos, answers to questions, and drawings/ pictures describing what they want) and multiple designers respond with design concepts. Users can then hire the Designer they like through this site. Though quite popular internationally it is considerably nascent in the Indian context.

Living room dwll.in, www.stylecity.in

  • Dwll.in focuses primarily on showcasing, promoting and connecting quality interior designers with consumers
  • They provide a platform that will aid both the users and designers with better project management and will help in transitioning of work from offline to online domain
  • They aspire to be a force which will organize this highly fragmented industry
  • They have also partnered with Bajaj Finance to provide Interior Design Consultation for their Home Loan consumers as a value-added service. This is an innovative product in the industry.

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Dwll.in focuses solely on interior designers, helps with discovery of designers and then provides designers and consumers a platform through which they can connect and manage their design projects as well. They also actively market the platform to users who have interior design needs and brings them to the site to connect with designers.So if you are looking for designers to do up your homes, you now have a huge range and various options. Just log on to http://www.dwll.in

 

Iqrup+Ritz; Eclectic collection of exquisite furniture

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Launched by mother and daughter duo, Iqrup + Ritz is a new international furniture and décor brand that believes in the power of pairing. As furniture is never placed in isolation, they also give customers ideas on how to style their homes. With my love for Interior Styling, you can easily see my attraction towards the brand.

Iqrup + Ritz Hermes Orange, www.stylecity.in

They had invited me earlier this year for a preview of their launch collection which was on display at India Design ID this
February. The collection will be on view and can be purchased from our e-commerce store which launched later in the year. For those of you who can’t go without touch & feel they also have a showroom in Gurgaon. The collections offer a wide range of furniture and cushions. Their collections are inspired by Mid-century modern, Boho-chic and classic English styles. While their furniture is super stylish and ranges from modern, contemporary designs to classic favorites. You can notice high quality craftsmanship as the pieces at Iqrup+Ritz are made by the best workshops around the world.

Rampur Romance_Iqrup+Ritz, www.stylecity.in

Alberts Study_Iqrup+Ritz, www.stylecity.in

Iqrup trained in London and lives in Delhi. She is the creative brain behind Iqrup + Ritz. She has been an interior designer and furniture maker for over 30 years and describes her style as ‘global collector meets classic contemporary’.Ritika was raised in Delhi and lives in London. Ritika (Ritz) is the strategic brain behind Iqrup + Ritz. She worked for many years in investment banking until she decided to give in to her inner decorista. She describes her style as ‘lived in chic with bursts of colour’.
So if you are looking for a change of style this year, do drop into the studio of this creative duo.

Studio Address: 392 Udyog Vihar, Phase IV, Guragon
Telephone: 0124-4237613
Email: ritika@iqrupandritz.com

http://www.iqrupandritz.com/

(By appointment only)

Paw Bag the ultimate Pet Luxury

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Calling out to all you DOG LOVERS, the latest trend in Dog Luxury is here; Paw Bags.Created as an exact replica of their owner’s favourite handbag, paw bags for dogs claim to be the ultimate accessory for trend setting pets.After you select a handbag, the website is going to give you an exact miniature replica of it for your dog. The pawbag can be attached to your pooches collar – a perfect little sack to carry his/her trinkets and treats. This concept comes from a luxury accessories retailer Forzieri.com and launched by veryfirstto.com, a luxury website, allowing dogs to carry their possessions around in true designer style. Result showed Labrador, Golden Retriever, Dalmation, Miniature Schnauzer and Yorkshire Terrier are the favorites.

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The bags range from between £301 to £3,042, with a minimum turnaround of two weeks. So now What are you waiting for?

Luxe and Stylish: AM:PM, Palladium, Mumbai

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Expanding their reach in Mumbai, AM:PM has launched its brand new store at the luxury destination – The Palladium.

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The store echoes the label’s aesthetic, a showcase of elegant simplicity, which on further discovery brings to foray many subtle and surprising details. Statement elements like fluidic-cork furniture, miniature motifs on the floor and Parisian panels, beautifully etch out the nuances of the store.Elements seamlessly flow into one another, bringing together each of these eclectic and diverse facets together in a cohesive look.Imbibing the brand language that marries European aesthetics with Indian sensibilities, the colors palate is of ivory, black and shades of grey.

AM:PM Palldium Store, www.stylecity.in

AM:PM Palldium Store, www.stylecity.in

The relaxed vibe of the store is set to ensure a comfortable and gratifying experience, just like with the clothes.
Store Address: T-11A, 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, Mumbai

Trend: Indigo Rising

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This summer a trend that seems to really be going around is Indigo.. Finding its roots in Indian dyes, the colour is seen to be a big trend which will catch up later in the year..Here is a picture essay showcasing Indigo from around the world..

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Trend Indigo, www.stylecity.in

Spotted on the runways of: Valentino, Jason Wu, Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY

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Indigo Blue Industrial look © pia ulin

Styling Cleo Scheulderman Photograph Jeroen van der Spek

Styling Cleo Scheulderman Photograph Jeroen van der Spek

Indigo Pocket Squares

Indigo Pocket Squared

Elle Decoration

Elle Decoration

The images have been linked back to their original site

Store Watch:The Delhi Design Store

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The Delhi Design store immediately transports you beyond the city spaces into a tranquil urban hub that brings alive eclectic and contemporary design. Walk into this delightful space, artistically conceived on the Chattarpur Sau Foot Road, to soak in an ambience unlike any other in the city. The brainchild and creative vision of reputed Interior Designer, Monica Khanna, The Delhi Design store has been conceptualized to offer limited edition furniture and accessories that bring eternal style and classic design at one destination.

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You walk past a life size spectacular Ganesha statue mounted on an impressive heavy black stone. The studio has a stamp of individuality with a pastiche of textures. The flooring has been custom made using natural hard wood, complementing cement and red wood options. Rustic plastered walls finished in pure white, windows with old styled grills, and red stone roofs with wood and metal beams present an ambience of pleasant ‘fusion’ with understated clean pure lines.

Delhi design store, www.stylecity.in

Delhi Design store, www.stylecity.in

Spread over two levels across a space of 1600 square feet, each room presents a varied and charming range of artefacts. The studio gives a definite sense of spaces within spaces. Monica Khanna puts to good use her innate expertise and commendable experience with prestigious projects which range from designing the interiors of the Palace on Wheels (Rajasthan) and the Royal Orient of Gujarat, which make her the only designer in the country to design two luxury trains. She is a consultant to various luxury hotels and resorts, farm houses, and houses for expats and celebrities. The Delhi Design Store, thus, is not just a curated destination for limited edition interiors, home accessories and home furnishings but also offers complete turnkey solutions advice.

Address: The Delhi Design Store, D40/792, Sau Phoota Road,
Chattarpur Hills, Chattarpur, New Delhi.
Phone: +91 9717126488

Le Meridien: A Curated Experience for the Creative Class

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Le Méridien was founded by Air France in 1972 a leader in design and innovation at that time, with the first hotel, the 1,000 room Le Méridien Etoile in Paris. The original concept was to provide a “home outside of home for Air France passengers” which led to a presence of Le Méridien in the world’s primary and international cities, as well as exotic resort locales in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.  Le Méridien’s ARRIVAL Experience commences from the moment guests arrive at the hotel door steps until they have opened the door to their guest room. It was curated by the brand’s Cultural Curator Jérôme Sans and engaged a range of LM100™; a group of cultural innovators. Current LM100 members include Le Méridien Cultural Curator, Jerome Sans; world renowned artists Sam Samore, Joan Fontcuberta, Younès Rahmoun, Youssef Nabil, and Michael Lin; contemporary Chinese artists Chen Wenbo, Yan Lei, An Xiaotong; award winning photographer, Ralph Gibson to name a few.

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Transforming the guest experience:
Based on proprietary Starwood research that showed that the first 10 minutes sets a guest’s mind for the rest of the stay, Le Méridien identified 4 signature moments to make the guest’s Arrival experience memorable and special.
a) Artwork on the doors- Right upon Arrival the entry door was considered as a canvas and 40+ artworks have been created for the brand by numerous established and emerging LM100 artists around the globe.
b) Unique Atmosphere- A unique atmosphere has been created including the signature scent created by New York perfumery Le Labo, called LM01, a signature soundtrack, and a lighting ceremony (created by each hotel) to celebrate the transition from day to night.
c) UNLOCK ARTTM At check-in the guest receives an artist-designed key card that serve as pieces of artwork themselves.  The hotel keycard is created by a contemporary artist and is intended to become a collector’s item.  The program, called UNLOCK ART™ in addition consists of unique partnerships to provide guests with complimentary access to contemporary cultural centers around the world,including San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, Shanghai’s Museum of Contemporary Arts and a lot more.
d) Soundscape in the elevator- Le Méridien has transformed the expected and mundane event of riding an elevator into an “Elevated Experience” through a unique 24 hour soundscape.  Le Méridien has appointed Henri Scars Struck, an LM100 member and the visionary Grammy-winning French composer/producer, to create this soundscape for Le Méridien hotels globally.

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Meridien Delhi sees the work of ‘Thukral & Tagra’ who have created a walking interactive experience piece through the lobby. When people walk, the floor becomes animated by a crowd of characters that immediately surround you and follow you on your journey. When you stop, they stop.  If you start to walk again, they follow you. These characters are elements of the artists’ vocabulary that you find in all their paintings and other works. They are characters or idioms from global lifestyle, contemporary culture, communication, transportation, music, health and nature. Contemporary culture as a culture of signs. Pop signs. Signs of the time.’

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

LE MERIDIEN’S LOBBIES WILL THE BECOME THE GATHERING PLACE FOR CREATIVE MINDS, NAMED “THE HUB”-Le Méridien aims to become the gathering place for creative minds by providing a space that encourages dialogue, awakens curiosity, stimulated thinking through physical + human components in the space. The environment of the hub will consist of curated contemporary art in high impact areas (graphic, sound, video), unique seating, styling, F+B component with coffee at its center and trained Baristas are the core component of Le Meridien’s Hub.

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