Dream Home: Davies Street Apartment by Casa Forma

Davies Street apartment is a magnificent residential project by Casa Forma in one of the most sought after areas in Mayfair London. The lateral 4 bedroom apartment spreads across the 3rd floor of a Georgian pottered building with neighbouring well know restaurants and boutiques.

Davies Street, www.stylecity.in

Davies Street, www.styleciy.in

The entrance floor leading off to the corridor consisted of a natural rare off white stone with trims and details in bronze these details were also used in other areas to bring the same concept. Melted bronze and silver sheets of metal cladded to feature walls worked in harmony with the ebonized makassar panelling. Other walls were finished in polished plaster and upholstered with calf skin.

Davies Street, www.stylecity.in

Davies Street, www.stylecity.in

The apartment was designed and built with a wide range of materials used to bring a lively sophisticated look, with a mixture of stained walnut, ebonised and ebony macassar timbers. Moon onyx was cladded to the entrance foyer walls which was back lit to give a subtle glow of light, bronze trims were designed to frame the onyx as if a piece of art.

Davies Street, www.stylecity.in
Davies Street, www.stylecity.inDavies Street, www.stylecity.in
The approach to the bedrooms was to keep the space subtle in tones of color creating a textured feature wall behind the beds. There are traces of walnut and ebonized makassar which has been used to design the bespoke joinery. Cleverly designed radiator cases are in all rooms which again are concealed behind paneling. The en suite bathrooms use the same tones of color with rare natural stone and antique gold bathroom sanitary ware.

Davies Street, www.stylecity.in

With huge amounts of quality craftsmanship and sophisticated materials, Casa Forma transformed the apartment into in a rich lively unique living space in tune to the luxury surroundings of Mayfair.

Luxe and Stylish: Burberry Brit, Saket, New Delhi

Burberry hosted an event recently to celebrate the opening of its first Brit store in New Delhi, India. Burberry is an iconic global luxury brand synonymous with innovation and craftsmanship. Based in London, under the direction of Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey, the brand has a global reputation for pioneering design and fabrics. By exploring unique brand innovations such as Burberry Acoustic, Art of the Trench and fully immersive runway shows, Burberry continues to connect heritage with cutting-edge technology and digital media.

Burberry Brit, Select City Walk, Saket

Burberry Brit, Select City Walk, Saket

The new Burberry Brit store, which opened in Select Citywalk in Delhi reflects the global store design concept developed by Burberry Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey.
Features of the store include:
Retail Theatre: Interior video screen enabling the broadcast of live events and showcasing innovative audio visual content, controlled by the brand’s global headquarters in London
Collections: Burberry Brit and Accessories
Categories: womenswear, menswear, accessories, eyewear and fragrance

Store Watch: Portsideaccess, Mumbai

The upscale locality of Colaba  witnessed an amalgamation of two of India’a most sought after décor brands PortsideCafe and Fusion Access. PortsideCafe, a leather furniture boutique and Fusion Access, Furniture and Lifestyle Brand come together in Mumbai in a unique destination to showcase their products which reflect contemporary aesthetics . Announcing the launch of  their exquisitely designed products at one store,  both Bobby Aggarwal, Product Designer PortsideCafe and Shilpa Kalanjee- Pastala, Director, Fusion Access are very excited about the prospects and are hoping that this venture would be a great success.

Portsideaccess, www.stylecity.in

Shilpa Kalanjee-Pastala, Managing Partner, Fusion Access says “Fusion Access is undergoing an exciting metamorphosis right now. After 16 years of working from a beautiful old heritage bungalow that I had restored, we have moved to bigger premises. A new, industrial look has been adapted just like in the transition of the Victorian era to Art Deco. Fusion Access is sharing the space with its brand partner, Portside Café, and together we hope to bring newer meaning to the term ‘designer furniture’.Bobby Aggarwal, Product Designer, PortsideCafe says “I am too excited about this venture and am looking forward to being part of my favourite city, Mumbai!!!”

Portside Access, www.stylecity.in

Portside Access, www.stylecity.in

Fusion Access and PortsideCafe have also created a product gallery space in their store to promote young, talented designers in the field of design and décor. This space has been aptly named Portside Access Product Gallery and both Shilpa and Bobby hope to provide an active platform for innovative design.
Address: 2/21-3/22 Kamal Mansion
1st Floor Arthur Bunder Road,
Next To Radio Club,
Colaba, Mumbai 400005
Contact: 022 22821143

Store Watch: Strot, New Delhi

Find Europe’s most chic and revered brands like Ligne Roset, Edra and Missoni Home along with India’s own hand crafted and customized furniture at New Delhi’s newest lifestyle boutique STROT. Luxuriously designed, the multi-level store is an embodiment of international elegance as well as a heady mix of the classics and the contemporary.The store evokes an unprecedented sense of New Age fusion, “What we consider an ode to the present day modern luxurious living”, says Sidhant Lamba, owner STROT.

Urbani by Ligne Roset, www.stylecity.in

Besides bringing to the capital city of India, the jewels from France and Italy, STROT’s interior design department specializes in offering customized interior solutions that also include wardrobes and specialized doors under the name Rica. Manufactured in house by a battery of artisans and finished with the best of modern day machinery, each product is crafted to suit the client’s personality and specific demand, all contributing to the uniqueness and exclusivity of the products available at STROT. The parent company, ‘The Continental Group’ was set up nearly six decades ago to customize furniture in close association with its craftsmen and added technology and machinery from around the globe. With a legacy of fine detailing and a lasting commitment, a vast list of loyal high-end clientele became the strength for The Continental Group. They are today one of the leading interior solutions company.

Strot, www.stylecity.in

TOGO Michel Ducaroy (Special Edition)  by Ligne Roset, Strot

At the heart of the STROT experience is a deep passion for design that helps homemakers or corporates and hotels transform the environment of their space into a statement of style. The vast and exotic collection of furniture and accessories at STROT could be described as “Global chic meets traditional classics”. The diverse styles of furniture whether sourced internationally or at visits to factories across the globe or manufactured locally range from the bold and the beautiful to elegantly sober. A diverse range includes bedroom classics to coffee room must haves, some sleek and simple in raw wood or steel and conversation starting pieces like hand blown glass vases, planters, unique chandeliers and light fixtures to adorn homes or offices. There’s something to satisfy the demands of a varied range of clientele. Given its expertise to create sophisticated interior design solutions through customization of furniture The Continental Group’s retail initiative, STROT, now offers an international experience at their store and the opportunity of developing a tailor- made look that would suit the best of modern Indian homes.

STROT: 40 Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV, New Delhi
Tel: 011-40769933

Luxe and Stylish: Dhaba by Claridges, DLF Place, Saket

Dhaba by Claridges was established 29 years ago, now the Hotel is set to recreate the same magic again; The Dhaba by Claridges has been unveiled in DLF Place, Saket to cater to youngsters who prefer to hang out at more casual haunts with great food at good prices. I remember spending a lot of my childhood Birthdays at the original, so I was very keen to see the new Dhaba with a twist. Keeping the younger audience in mind, Dhaba by Claridges has a modern twist to its décor as well as its menu. The menu, crafted especially by chef Ravi Saxena, is based on fresh ingredients rustled up with rudimentary spices found along the bustling highways in North India.

Dhaba by Claridges , www.stylecity.in

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

There is also a contemporary, kitch look to the décor of the Dhaba by Claridges in Saket. The truck has expanded to accommodate a private dining experience, and truck art adorns the walls. The Nalka chandelier, Gramophone, Canister Basin, Nimbu-Mirchi lights, are all reminiscent of a roadside dhaba. But these elements have been modernised to infuse a chic and fun element!

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

The menu is divided into three parts, tawa, tandoor and patila and includes typical rustic dishes like Kanastari Baingan (Baingan ka Bharta served in a copper canister), Dhaba Chilli Chicken, Golgappe ki Chaat,Vada PavKeema Pav, Pav Bhaji etc.  The beverage menu comprises favourites like Kulhar LassiAam Panna, Jal Jeera and Mango/Ruhani Lassi. The entire pleasure of dining at the Dhaba by Claridges is complete only with signature desserts like Bailey’s Kulfi, Pista Kulfi and sugar-free ice-creams. The meal is rounded off with Desi Paan made by the famous Panditji, whose shop outside The Claridges Hotel is as iconic as the hotel itself.

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

Dhaba by Claridges, www.stylecity.in

As a part of The Claridges foundation which is a Non Profit Orgnisation for the Hotel CSR Initiatives, The Claridges Skills & Employment Programme has been implemented at this restaurant also. Under this programme, the candidates from the unprivileged sections of the community in collaboration with the NGO Prayas are trained and employed in one of The Claridges Hotels. The Dhaba by Claridges at Saket blends the trademark rustic charm of the original Dhaba with a contemporary, more casual culinary ambience. The new restaurant is a perfect marriage of the style, delectable flavours and earthy appeal of the signature restaurant with a more urban feel.

Store Watch: Poltrona Frau, New Delhi

Poltrona Frau has been refining its sophisticated expertise in hand-crafted workmanship through 100 years of history. Today, this heritage of knowledge and skill is captured within each piece of Poltrona Frau furniture.  The intimate and timeless elegance, the personality of each individual piece, are the fruit of the craftsman’s skill and a design that enhances every detail in the most modern forms.The purpose of a Poltrona Frau product is as important as its beauty, as the quality of its materials. The manufacturing expertise has always been combined with research into materials in order to obtain the best from leather, and from the exclusive Pelle Frau® modernizing them while keeping their original, natural softness, warmth and tactile qualities.  Creating timeless products to be enjoyed on a daily basis,  Poltrona Frau is at the heart of those who desire to have the very best in all places and their expressions of living. Its ideals & philosophy have also been successfully transferred to other sectors such as the interiors of all Ferrari and Maserati cars. Poltrona Frau is an international point of reference for luxurious comfort.

Poltrona Frau, www.stylecity.in

Address:E-10, Defence Colony, Ground Floor Delhi-24
Tel:+91-11-40817357

Store Watch: The Big Door

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, www.stylecity.in

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 Big Door, www.stylecity.in

The Big Door, www.stylecity.in

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

Rising From Ashes

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.

Necker Island

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.

Bali_Lo, necker Island

Great-House-Master-Bedroom-216Arrange 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.

Necker_Beach_House_upstairs

aNecker_Beach_House_viewPrivate 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.

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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

Store Watch: InV Home

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.

INV Home

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.

New Launch: Pangaea, New Delhi

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.

Pangaea, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

Pangaea, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

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.

Pangaea, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

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!)