Each handmade product has a moment of time captured in its art by the artist; A small drop of paint in block print fabric or a stitch out of place in handmade quilts. Personally I feel that the beauty of handmade creations is the small imperfection in each product. Because humans are not machines, we should always keep in mind handmade products may feature inconsistencies or slight flaws. Those are signs that the product wasn’t mass produced by machines.
The Japanese art form called Wabi-Sabi means just that, products being irregular or having slight flaws. Customers never found this problematic; in fact such imperfection was considered aesthetic giving the item authenticity.
In certain cultures artists believe leaving a deliberate imperfection in their creation has some deep cultural significance. In Punjab region of India and Pakistan, an embroidery technique called Phulkari, is highly popular. Intricate patterns using brightly colored threads are woven fabrics, while most Phulkari patterns are highly regular, but sometimes women introduce small color or pattern changes into their work. Sometimes it is to be considered a “nazar-pattu” so the wearer avoids peoples evil eye, other times to mark occasion like wedding or child birth.
While the above are deliberate imperfections, some are unavoidable, like in block printing imperfection is unavoidable, expected and must be embraced. An artist working with vegetable dyes during the process will leave some paint stains across the fabric. So next time you come across an imperfection, admire the beauty behind the work rather than considering it as a flaw.
This spring, the House of Christian Lacroix and designer Roche Bobois follow up on the successful collaboration they launched nearly two years ago. For this new opus, furniture pieces created by the House’s creative director Sacha Walckhoff are wrapped in dreamy flora and fauna.
This collection takes us deep into the daydream home of an imaginary botanist, a fan of Comte de Buffon’s treatise on natural history. I for one am loving the tropical vibe, what about you??
Beyond Designs, a Delhi-based luxury home-furniture & lifestyle brand co-owned by Neha and Sachin Gupta launched their Flagship Store on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road along with Beyond Designs Homes their new accessory vertical and Cafe We, a space where design meets food and art. The Store is a unique walk through concept showcasing a formal living room, dining room, lounge, bedroom, and bathrooms along with an exclusive area dedicated to accessory shopping and a beautiful cafe with a private dining area.
Inspired by the quintessential French cafe, combined with modern features, Café We is a symphonic collaboration between Beyond Designs and Varun Gupta, a contemporary space with classic influences, making it the perfect place to dine in style. The cafe would serve multi-cuisine food with world flavors.
Sachin’s and Neha’s illustrious creative sense and vision has evolved Beyond Designs from a simple Furniture store to showcasing a lifestyle. The display experiments with shapes, forms and surfaces to bring to life varied influences: art deco, graphic futurism, lyrical decadence. Their latest collection comprises of Lush sofas, luxurious textures and experimental shapes to the finest art elements, luxurious lighting and stunning accessories. So do visit if you want to give your home a brand new & luxe makeover.
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Whenever we think of luxury we automatically start assuming expensive. While a lot of rich a luxurious products do fall in the higher price bracket, you can easily create a luxurious atmosphere with a few simple tips without burning a whole in your pocket
Scented Candle Jars
These come in various materials from stone to ceramic. You can get a metal jar or marble jar and place it on your console or side table for your chic update.
While real Fur is a big NO-NO, Faux Fur if used properly can make a space look cozy and luxurious. If you are not ready to commit to a big throw, you can always add elements like fur cushions or fur seats.
Coffee Table Books
These are a Stylist’s go too. The trick is to get the right colours to go with your interior. Monochromes are safe while a bright red or blue can add a touch of colour
Semi- Precious Stones
And no I don’t mean just wear them. You can get stunning Home decor products like coasters and door knobs in stones like Agate and Rose Quartz. These look luxurious and add a touch of class!!
While the opinion in India seems to be divided about linen bedding, with some people feeling it might get hot, there is no doubt that linen bedding spells luxury and coziness. Also the beautiful colours would add richness to any bedroom.
Hello People, I know I am not being as regular with the blog as I used to be, but I would blame it on the fact that while blogging takes time to think of and then pen down thoughts, it is so much easier to just put images of Facebook and Instagram. Both my pages are very much active http://www.facebook.com/stylecity and instagram-aparnakaistha.
However, I did go through and mark out a few stunning design elements from the past few design shows- namely from Dubai and Maison & Objet. Here is my pick of favourite lighting designs from the shows
1.Hugues Chevalier- Art Deco Style
2. Jeremy Cole- Ceramic sculpture
3. Hamilton Conte- again very Art Deco influence
4. Bellavista Collection- Combination of Moroccan & Indian Style
5. Stephanie Coutas for Baccarat- Just stunning detail
Mirrors can be used for a lot of significant roles in the home. It is not vanity alone, mirrors make for great statement pieces and are a great decor accessory which can add flair to any room. There are tons of ways you can use mirrors to enhance your space, here are a few.
Create Illusion– Yup! Mirrors are a great way to create illusion of space or make a dark room seem brighter. Have an entire wall cladded with mirror if you have a small space and want to create illusion of space. To increase brightness, go in for a large decorative mirror on the wall opposite the light source. It will reflect the light and add brightness to the room. Wall Art– If your budget does not allow you to invest in expensive art work, mirrors work as great statement pieces. Get a large mirror with an elaborate frame and place it above a console in the living room or hall. Another idea is to put mirrors of different sizes in different shaped frames on a wall in either of the two rooms. Another way, create an antiqued mirror wall and then hang smaller mirrors in various frames on the wall. Dramatic Statement– Instead of hanging the mirror or mirrors on a wall, you can also place a large mirror with a carved frame on the floor. This is perfect for the Dining room and Living room. But be careful while angling the mirror so it shows only the best reflection in the room. If you really want to experiment you can also have the ceiling covered in mirrors or mirror mosaics. In the bathroom, why not have a dramtic mirror placed above the Bathtub instead of just the washbasin. Out of the Box– Besides the wall mirrors can also be used as accessories. Create a tray out of an old mirror, or use mirror to clad old furniture, for instance the top of a coffee table or side table. Think convex mirrors in various sizes instead of usual flat ones to give the space an attractive appeal. DIY Ideas– To give an old mirror a new lease to life, you can do some stencil work and paint a border around the mirror. Or wrap a ribbon around the frame. Another suggestion, stick small mirror pieces or shells on the frame.More ideas here
Even though I am not superstitious, atleast no more than the average person, I still feel there is no harm in listening to what Feng Shui has got to say about the placement of mirrors. Since mirrors play a large part in Feng Shui “cure”. (Inputs courtesy http://www.feng-shui-vibes.com/feng-shui-mirror.html)
Choose clear, non-distorted mirrors (no ripples) and no mirror tiles. Tiled mirrors break up energy and add confusion to the reflected image.
Clean your mirrors frequently to ensure a clear image.
Make sure that your mirrors reflect beautiful surroundings. Position mirrors to pick up pleasing views of the outdoors whenever possible.
Place a Foyer Mirror to the side of the Front Door – never directly across from the Front Door. A mirror placed across from the Front Door represents strong repelling energy and can push anyone entering there right back out the door!
Place square & rectangle shapes for balance; Octagonal shapes for power; Circular shapes for unity.
Hang high enough to see your entire head; no chopped heads or the viewer may be challenged with a negative self-image.
Place behind the Kitchen stove. A mirror hung behind the stove top burners magnifies Wealth.
While working in the Kitchen, the cook should be in the Command Position, that is, able to see all entrances. If the cook’s back is to a Kitchen door, hang a mirror over the cook’s workspace so that anyone coming through the door can be seen right away.
Use sparingly in the Bedroom for better sleeping; cover at night if the mirror is large or placed on your path to the bathroom.
Avoid hanging mirrors directly across from each other.
Hang above your desk or computer if your back is facing a door.
Decorative mirrors are most effective when placed in a positiion to capture the reflection of a beautiful scene or object. With careful Bagua irror placement, you can enjoy a lovely view twice – the actual image and its framed reflection
Swarovski is the premium brand for the finest crystal embellishments since 1895. It is recognized for its innovative excellence, flair for trends, and its collaborations with top class designers and brands across the globe. Swarovski crystals have become a glamorous ingredient in chandeliers, floor panels, wall panels, building elements like door handles, soft furnishings, furniture and lifestyle décor accessories.
Today Swarovski leads the way forward working closely with industry experts including Anvi, Bharat Potteries, Carpet Couture, Dorset,GM Modular, Golden Lights, JJ Valaya,Luxaddi, Shimera, Stanley, Studio Plus, Tattva (Mukul Goel), Tilt (Mike Foley). These partners showcased innovative designer interior solutions like crystal inlays in marble and wood, decorative electric switches, crystal studded couture carpets and shimmering chandeliers.The precious ingredients used in the fashion, jewelry, accessories, interior and lighting industries can be recognized by the Swarovski seal.With its sophisticated design features, such as the hologram effect and tracking number, the seal serves as a certificate of authenticity that identifies products embellished with genuine Swarovski crystals.
As noted at the India Design 2015 from February 13-15, 2015 at NSIC grounds Okhla, New Delhi.
Industry stalwarts, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna best known for their contemporary aesthetic in fashion, recently launched their new flagship store on the main strip in Defence Colony, a prime hub of luxury lifestyle in New Delhi. At the launch of their new flagship store; the duo showed their support to the freedom of expression and love over an evening of style and panache. The theme could be seen splashed across their visual merchandize, through installations of mannequins in position depicting affection, while the branding clearly spelled out ‘ Freedom of Love’.
The label has always had great emphasis on silhouettes and detailing wherein the core influence’s have been contemporary modern art, linear structures and geometric lines. This passion for minimalism has been translated in the look of the store.Two spectacular floors, a ground and a basement offer a selection of their menswear and women’s wear. The design reflects the signature sensibility of modern edge.Raw concrete merges with metallic elements. There are lacquered glass panels, walnut brown color tones and signature gunmetal finishes. Contemporary art bring visual impact to the space.At the very entrance of the store is a large metallic and blown glass chandelier. Klove especially conceptualized this statement piece for the store. The piece in a twist of design and innovation embodies the logo of the brand.
The store much like the duo’s collections is true to the brand’s core aesthetic wherein each element personifies what the label has stood for, for the past 16 years.
Store Address: D-15, Defence Colony, New Delhi Phone: 011 40578474 & 011 46594447
So as much as it is supposed to be scary, there is something sexy about the creatures of the night. At least in current fan fiction. Here is our picks of the best Halloween products that have inspired designers..
1. Moi et la Rose Sofa, Sicis
2. Marie Antoinette chandelier, Bisazza
3. Magic Mo, Swarovski
4. Alexander Mcqueen Fall collection
5. Skeleton Watch, Corum
6. Spider Lantern, www.Spirithalloween.com
7. Skull Candle Holder, http://www.spirithalloween.com
8. Halloween Goblet, Walmart
9. Black Pumps, Christian Louboutin
10. Mask by Diane von Furstenberg for Elephant family
11. Social Butterfly mask, Laila Singh
12. Maleficent Lipstick, MAC
13. Hypnotic Poison, Dior