To every fortress, there is The Big Door!
Aptly named, the recently launched store in Mumbai infuses the best of Indian jewellery, handcrafted home decor and heritage collectibles; The Big Door is an effort to make art and grandeur a part of your life. Spread across an area of 7500 sq. ft., each piece here is created exclusively and can be customized. And while the jewellery and interiors transport you to a richness of the Indian past, you will find that these magnificent pieces of art don’t demand atrocious prices and at the same time retain the desired value. Presented by Vivek Gupta and Sunita Gupta, a couple with a love for Indian heritage products, the store is located at the foot of Pali Hill and has been founded through the guidance and support of Sheeldhar Pande and Alok Mantri, promoters of Lifetime Group.
The Big Door will house Mughal, Nizam and Rajput inspired jewellery from Ravi Jewels, Jaipur. Ravi Jewels is eponymously named after Ravi Ajmera, who hails from a family that has over three generations of experience in the craft of fine jewellery. Ranging from precious and semi-precious jewellery, set in gold, silver and silver- gold plated metal, to Victorian, polkis and jadau pieces, each of these mesmerizing creations is unique and design oriented. Extend your style statement to your abode, by visiting the interiors section of The Big Door! Each creation is a conversation piece sourced from all across the country and is the product of the aesthetic sensibility of Hemant Periwal who established Mayur Arts in Udaipur. Every home will have a story to tell when adorned with pure silver furniture inspired from the Raj period, marble fountains and jalis, traditional pichwai from Rajasthan, bronze work from South India, Persian calligraphic fauna, antiques and intricate woodwork. At The Big Door, you can have anything that your heart desires – even the ceiling with mirror-work and miniatures can be yours!
The significance of The Big Door harks back to the idea of an auspicious passage into a fortress, in this case a fortress of beauty. The logo for The Big Door is a blend of Indian motifs and is called The Conchflower. The Conchflower is inspired by the first greeting of welcome in any Indian household – the rangoli. Within its curves are the auspicious conch and a swastika.The collector’s items at The Big Door weave hidden tales, just like the logo. Let the designs do the talking as you indulge in some opulence. Look out for this brand new store in Khar and experience the richness of Indian heritage right at your doorstep!
Address: The Big Door, M Square, Plot No. 246, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Opp Dr. Ambedkar Statue, Khar (West), Mumbai – 400052. Contact: 9820282836
By Kashvi Mahajan
Tycoon Sir Richard Branson’s luxury island retreat in the Caribbean has finally been rebuilt, more than two years after it was destroyed by an inferno. A team of construction workers has been rebuilding the main property – named the Great House – ever since, and the home in the British Virgin Islands finally reopened this month.
Inspired by the beautiful features and Balinese style of the original structure, the new Great House offers breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and neighbouring islands. The ten-bedroom main house has a master bedroom with a sitting area, Jacuzzi, and a Victorian bathtub on the private terrace. A great place to soak and watch the sunset. Nine bedrooms with either king or twin beds have private bathrooms and balconies. International furnishings complete the quality lifestyle here, with woods and fabrics almost as terrific as the views from every room. Increasing the guest capacity to 30 people, authentic Balinese Houses “Bali Hi”, “Bali Cliff”, and “Bali Lo” offer villa accommodations with private pools, open-air lounges, and private dining areas.
Arrange for a helicopter transfer to take you to Necker Island and enjoy absolute privacy in a vacation on your own island. The staff, a total of forty-two people, will ensure that your meals are ready and prepared to your tastes, and in the meantime, you can enjoy any of the islands several beaches. Because you have full access to Necker Island, you can sit down to both a sunrise and sunset view. Spend a day playing tennis, or listen to each other play a piano. A fireplace and book library offers richness, and for times of special moments, there is a gazebo. When it comes time to gather everyone together, the formal dining seats 30.
Private white sandy beaches wouldn’t be complete without laser sailing, snorkeling, and water-skiing. Two lighted tennis courts, a gym, video, book, and music library; the snooker table and board games are just some of the things to do here when you’re not soaking up the sun, relaxing, or enjoying meals and beverages. Necker Island provides you with the space and time to do just as you like; when you like, escape to an unforgettable island happily out of step with the world.
Sir Richard Branson commented: “Necker Island has been my home for more than 30 years and for me it is the most beautiful place in the world. The brand new Great House is the heart of the island and I’m thrilled with the results. This signals a new dawn for Necker, which I’m very excited about.”
Rate: $60,000 per night for 30 adults
Started by Mr. Nitin Jain & Ms. Ritika Jain, InV Home redefines luxury living by combining time honored artisan techniques with precise state-of-the-art detailing to present luxury living solutions. InV Home opened its first store in New Delhi in Greater Kailash 1 market and now have a second store on MG Road, over an expansive area of 18000 sq ft. The store houses a timeless collection of home textiles, furniture, lighting, dining and accessories.
The whole idea on which InV Home was built was to bring unique and rare pieces made worldwide to the modern urban retail Indian market. High quality material, styled with understated elegance, lends a unique richness to their relaxed home furnishings. In addition to home textiles, the store has collaborated with some of the most premium brands from all over the globe like Zwiesel, Archipelago, Platex, etc to name a few for furniture and lighting. With alluring designs tailored for today’s modern lifestyle, be it entertainment, dinning, conversing, working, playing, rejuvenating, relaxing, or sleeping – you’re invited to come and express yourself.
Tonight Delhi gets to view and party at the much awaited night club Pangaea opened by The Ault Group in partnership with Spice Global, located at Ashok Hotel which I had a chance to preview a few nights ago. Riding high on the success of Pangaea Singapore, the world’s most profitable club per square foot, Michael Ault has designed and conceptualized his vision for New Delhi on a blank canvas, straying from his traditional theme of an exotic African Safari Tent in the 90 clubs across the globe, he has instead set out to capture the lavish and rich Indian culture in this stylish and ostentatious night club.
An international team of experts from the United States to Australia to Singapore have worked tirelessly in tandem with the local execution teams to ensure the flawless launch of Pangaea New Delhi. Accommodating up to 20 VIP tables, and up to 400 guests, Pangaea New Delhi showcases uniquely designed furniture and custom-made dance-tiers within each banquette, literally fabricated to be danced on. Which means you can dance anywhere, around the tables and on the furniture, I can see a glee of delight from my Delhi friends, who love to dance anywhere, especially on furniture. The lounge is an epitome of a grand salon, with sexy opulence and world-class art collection, which will give our guests a window into the decadence of the Renaissance; from the Art-work to the sculptures and Red light.
Well, if you are going to Pangaea tonight, do write in with your experience, which promises to surpass the current standards of clubbing in New Delhi and redefine high-end partying. From the vibe I have been getting it is focussed on having an exclusive guest list so not everyone can enter, with tables being stated to go as high up as Rs.4,00,000, which includes a personal steward and personalised guards so no one but your friends can be on the table. Other tables are available at much Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 75,000. While the regular people can come in for Rs.1,500 to stand around the tables or at the Bars. (Yes, two bars, Thank god for that!)
Owning a yacht is a dream for most people, it is an ultimate luxury and a great passion for some people, so some would love to make their yacht even more exclusive and personal. That is where Yacht Island Design comes into play. Yacht Island Design is a team of designers who create themed yachts. Yacht Island Design’s first proposal is a 155m SWATH vessel that takes the principality of Monaco to the ocean. In order to showcase its capabilities, Yacht Island Design has set about developing several concept proposals. The first of these is ‘The Streets of Monaco’
‘The Streets of Monaco’ is the focal point of the story and the anchor for the themes that run throughout the yacht. On the upper deck is ‘Casino Square’ featuring a large glass bottomed fountain situated in a tranquil garden setting. Heading past the Casino you arrive on the roof of the ‘Loews hotel’ which extends to the bow. This area features a small swimming pool, large Jacuzzi and expansive sun decks with BBQ facilities. Moving after we arrive at the main swimming pool which represents the Port Hercule harbour with a maximum depth of 3m incorporating a swim-in Jacuzzi/bar. Continuing to the stern we pass into an area focussed on sports. The multi-use court can be configured to a variety of activities including tennis and basketball. Completing this floating city is the Prince’s Palace which as you would expect, houses the owners private apartment in a prime location on the port bow. `The Oasis’, located aft, acts as the main boarding point for the yacht, an expansive area modelled on the gardens just outside the Monaco Casino.Located forward on the lower level is the Spa, with manicure and hair salon, private massage suites, sauna/steam rooms and a large relaxation lounge featuring a spa pool with bar. To either side of the spa entrance are located grand marble staircases and elevator access to the mezzanine, with a cafe bar and magnificent views of the gardens below. Nestled between the feature portholes and the Gym is an art lined hallway which acts as the entranceway to `The Grand Atrium’.`The Grand Atrium’ is the central hub of the yacht, linking the upper and lower living areas.The seven guest suites are located off of the lower atrium level and vary in size, from the more modest 135 m2 suite to the grand 356 m2 VIP suites. All include their own reception room, bathroom, dressing room, bedroom and balcony. The VIP suites have the added luxury of a private office. On the same level and located centrally to the guest suites are the Library, Communal Office, Communal Balcony and Cinema. The upper level of the Atrium leads to the main entertainment areas and the Owners suite. The entertainment areas comprise the Main Saloon with separate Havana room and adjoining wine cellar, the Dining Room, Casino and Dance Hall. At the farthest end of the Atrium lies the Owners Apartment. As well as the usual lounge with a feature fire place and double height ceiling, office, bedroom, bathroom, his/hers dressing rooms, the apartment also benefits from a listening room, private courtyard, sunroom, numerous balconies and private sundeck with a Jacuzzi/swimming pool. Two large tender garages to store all manner of launches, offshore power boats, jet skis etc. Multi configurable sports court sized to championship tennis regulations also doubles as a Heli-Pad. Ample crew quarters including a gym and private sun terrace.Crew can access all areas of the yacht via a network of corridors allowing for maximum guest privacy.
So what do you think? Amazing or simply ostentatious, would you get such a yacht made? If yes, what theme would you follow? I think I would like a Fashion themed yacht maybe.
Yacht Island Design
Tel: +44 (0)1909 511224
Well Monsoons are in full flow all over the Indian sub-continent, except Delhi it seems which is getting just erratic sprouts. Either way I think Monsoons are a great excuse to do up the Interior Décor of the house. Like I have mentioned before redoing the décor of your home does not have to be an expensive affair, but with a few simple tips can change the look of your home and make it Monsoon friendly.
Colour me bright
The dull outdoors with constant grey skies can be real mood dampeners. Hence, bright interior accents have the effect of uplifting the mood. But you don’t need to go in for a drastic change in the décor like changing wall colours or buying new sofas. Simple tricks like getting new colourful fabric colours for your sofa, or nice bright bed sheets for the bedroom or even simply bringing a range of colourful cushions can help uplift the Interiors of the house. The range of cushion covers could span from solid colours to retro prints to India-inspired motifs.
Do away with heavy curtains like jacquards and velvet or even cottons instead opt for sheers which help the light in during rainy season. Also fabrics like Wool and Velvet and cotton soak in moisture, try and avoid using them along with silk or woollen bed covers and carpets as they tend to attract moisture. Opt for furnishings in polyester and nylon instead. In terms of floor covering, first thing get a coir mat for to place outside the front door, and replace all the carpets in the house with rugs and dhurries that can be machine washed.
Scent of rain
We all have to agree, as amazing as rainfall smells in the nature and outdoor, with our over populated cities and pollution the smells accompanying the rain is not always pleasant. Trust me, in the 4 monsoons spent by me in Mumbai, the one thing that used to get to me most was the smell, there is an easy solution for that, place scented candles all over the house, they are also practical as electricity tends to go a lot during the monsoons. Of course fresh blooms are always a great option all year around as they make the house smell great and brighten up the space.
In terms of furniture, that is not something which we can change, unless you have the option of putting it in storage and get out Monsoon furniture, so though simple solutions like Sofa covers can help prevent expensive sofas from getting dirty, wicker furniture is a great option for areas such as the patios and well as areas near big open windows. Mirrors are great to incorporate on walls to reflect the nature outside (if you have a good view) and also increase the light.
I love it when beauty brands recreate an era or tell a story, not just through their brand philosophy but also through the decor and styling of their store.The new Forest Essentials store at Khan Market simply surpasses expectations in both accord. Forest Essentials is an authentic traditional, luuxury Ayurvedic skin care brand endorsing beauty. A pioneer in this segment, it is the quintessential Indian Beauty Brand where secrets of ancient Ayurveda have been brought to life through pain-staking research and made available to modern day consumer.The décor of the new flagship store at Khan Market looks like a Palatial room or the queens dressing room with rows and rows of beauty products.
Recreating an exotic retail experience, the store decor features traditional Indian aesthetics reminiscent of a princely past. Classic Indian architecture and design with a fusion of natural materials become an interpretation of artisanal skills depicting Indian colors, vibrancy, form and structure.The era of Raja Ravi Verma’s works of art depict the simplicity and beauty of the Indian woman, stunningly interpreted into a series of photographs with fine attention to detail.The Store has beautifully inlaid marble flooring, mirror encrusted ceilings and intricate lattice work in a contemporary setting.n order to arrive at this visionary look of Forest Essentials Khan Market store and all upcoming stores, the Brand collaborated with Peter D’Ascoli and Nomita Sawhney for design input and Ashish Chawla for his ethereal imagery.
While doing research for a clients bathroom and kitchen tiles, I came across these tiles from SNAAAN, which I think look gorgeous and offers something for everyone; from subtle and elegant to kitschy and colourful, from ornate to bling or precious materials to something as basic as moss. The wide variety and amazing designs are quite an attraction for anyone wanting interesting tiles for their homes.From companies such as – Lithos Design, Petra Antiqua, Studio Art, Aparici, Benetti, Apavisa and many more, SNAAAN Surfaces offers a variety of innovative, rich and latest Surface options for walls and floors. The range includes-Wall & Floor Ceramic Tiles, Fabric Claddings, Stone Surfaces, Wallpapers, Hard Wood Flooring, Environment Friendly Surfaces (including Live Moss Surfaces), Outdoor Surfaces etc. Their USP is that they have a keen sensibility and understanding for offering the most splendid luxury options for every kind of customer requirement.
The collection highlighted is from Brand APARICI
I love the different styles varying from retro to vintage and even tiles that look like paintings on the wall. So if you are doing up your kitchen, bathroom or even living room I recommend you visit the showroom and have a look, for a truly exclusive look.
SNAAAN-Farm No. 2, Road Zero, Silver Oak Road, Opp. Metro Pillar No. 147
Khasra No 564/1, Opp. BSF Camp, Ghitorni, New Delhi 30
British Luxury carmaker Bentley, enters the world of home decoration and design with the new Bentley Home collection. Combining Bentley Motor’s iconic penchant for traditional craftsmanship with Club House Italia’s slick design aesthetic, the collection will comprise furniture and accessories which are traditional with a contemporary twist, designed to adorn the interiors and offices of “discerning customers” of each brand.
Following the example of the Bentley suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, it is characterised by the use of leather, precious wood veneers, metal, steel, silk and glass.While a preview was on display at last month’s furniture fair in Milan, the complete collection will be revealed in January 2014 at Paris’s Salon Maison et Objet. Frankly, I like it but I don’t love it but will reserve final opinion till the entire collection is revealed.
The other day thanks to some work I ended up visiting Surjivan Farms in Manesar, a boutique property that has a tie up with Haryana Tourism. Nestled within 50-acres of lush green farmlands, 34 kms off NH8, Surjivan is an ethnic resort based on a traditional Indian Village theme. I met the husband and wife duo who run this resort and have been doing so for over a decade, they seem very passionate about this property and it is only when they have a group booking that it is open to public with the cooks bought in for an traditional experience. The huts are made completely out of mud with terracotta tiles and the basic furniture in the room like bed, dressing table too have been made from mud, covered with authentic Indian fabrics and bedcovers. For an authentic rural Indian experience they have a dining area where you sit and eat on the floor while women make fresh ‘chappatis’ on ‘chulas’ to be served.
They have loads of adventure activities such as Para Gilding, Rock Climbing, and Zorbing, along with out-door sports, swimming pool and an option to have a rain dance. I did not get a chance to really try out the experience hence cannot do a review, but in terms of looks and décor it truly felt like an authentic Rural experience. Also I went mid-June which is the hottest time of the year. To truly enjoy this experience you should plan a trip, day trip or over night maybe between October-March.
For Reservations and Booking
Surjivan Resort- D 3-3513, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi -110 070
Deven: +91 9810105785 Alka: +91 9810291294
Tel: 011 26894866