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??
In the heart of south beach, with sweeping views of the Miami Beach golf club, a modern 4,500 sq ft residence was designed by Light On White as a true reflection of its unique client and context.
Purchased from a developer as a concrete shell, the modern structure with generous volumes was particularly in need of warmth and a touch of originality to make it the client’s own. Featuring oversized glass sliding doors looking our onto the lush tropical vegetation, the design of the residence celebrates indoor-outdoor living and the sleek lines of the modern architecture.
Elegant, masculine neutrals are accented with pops of copper and bronze metallics. The understated palette is layered with rich and unexpected textures, combining open-grain wood against high-gloss lacquer, dyed shagreen against hand painted glass and embroidered linen against deliciously soft leather.
The use of the materials in their raw form celebrates their natural beauty, imperfections and all. The result is an immersive, sensory design with timeless
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.
Address KHASRA –NO 432,433, 434
GROUND FLOOR, SULTANPUR (PILLAR NO.P 89)
NEW DELHI -110030
TEL NO-011-26804180, 26804183
I have been in love with the latest surge of Street Art across India and I am extremely happy that the concept has finally made it’s way into a Five Star property, namely The Playground @ JW Marriot, Aerocity.
The Food Truck at the entrance of the restaurant reminiscent of the movie ‘Chef’ and Jon Favreau’s eclectic cooking style greets you as you walk towards the restaurant. Yogesh Saini, the brain behind Delhi Street Art has engineered the graffiti for Playground and has also decorated the truck along with the interior walls inside the restaurant.
As you enter the alfresco style lounge bar stocked with the finest spirits of the world, you can see a – reflection of the hotel’s sensibilities; comfort, style and a sense of grandeur. And of course the hidden gem so to say, is provided by the elusive Speakeasy. Partially hidden behind street art, this members’ only lounge houses coveted bottles and niche spaces. Mood lighting, luxurious interiors, wood paneling and handcrafted leather loungers from Timothy Oulton set the Speakeasy apart from the rest of the property. With its carefully curated bar menu and cocktails which highlight handpicked ingredients, the bar features some of the best single malts in the city.
Redefining nightlife at Delhi-NCR, JW Marriott Aerocity has successfully created an amalgamation of gastronomic wonder and luxurious interiors, while focusing on the preferences of its patrons and marking a new step in the hospitality sector in the country.
Address: Asset Area 4, Hospitality District, Delhi Aerocity, New Delhi, Delhi 110037
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
I am an Interior Stylist from India with over 10 years of Work experience with magazines like Elle Decor, BBC Good Homes, Casaviva etc, I run a blog http://www.stylecity.in and most recently was the creative head for home and lifestyle in an e-commerce company. I have recently Launched The Pink Elephant India.
With my brand, The Pink Elephant, I am hoping to reach out to decorators, stylists & people from across the world and source products for them. I normally find products from various thrift stores and export houses which I will regularly publish on my Facebook page @thepinkelephantindia. The products are cost effective as they don’t need to be purchased in bulk.
The client asked Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design to create a contemporary, stylish interior, where she could live comfortably with her family. The main issue was the restricted size of the apartment, in which she needed to arrange all the zones of strategic importance for her life.
The main approach the studio took in the design concept was a balance of contrasts. The palette of colours is based on a combination of black, grey, and light-grey tones, set off with focuses of brighter shades – yellow, turquoise (the chairs), and orange (the scatter cushions on the sofa). There are levelled concrete floors throughout the apartment, and there is almost no textile used in the decoration. Comfort and softness is instead provided for with soft carpets, which make a harmonious combination with the tactile surfaces.
The lounge is dominated by bright colours. The minimalist furniture recalls the swinging Sixties, and the decor creates a special atmosphere. There is a view to the kitchen from the lounge – the transparent chairs have bright-blue upholstery, while the dining-table is made from circular sections of plywood with a black top, with a textured metal apron.
The master bedroom is decorated with panels of distressed glass, which highlight the tall tailor-made headboard, and the wall decorations. The children’s bedroom was specially designed for a young girl who is in love with everything British. The design of the room is based on British motifs and laid out in thematic British colours. The area above her bed is laid out using individual lighting, which has inscriptions and designs from the London Underground network. The opposite wall is decorated with photo-wallpaper showing views of Westminster Abbey – which gives a new perspective to the room proportions, giving it a broader feel. To impose the British symbol, the door to the bedroom imitates the doors of London’s legendary double-decker buses.
Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design designed a project in which the different spaces in the apartment blend into each other, and so the overall feeling is one of holistic integrity. The overall result is a restrained and elegant interior, which combines the best of Belgian motifs with the style of a New York loft.
In the recent edition of Milano Design Week, SICIS presented its own unique vision of interior décor: contamination of styles and a balanced inspiration between classical and contemporary that offer ambiences of sophisticated comfort and elegance.
A large residence welcomed the guests: each of the ten rooms, built and furnished according to a specific mood had been tailored on the market’s demand of originality, quality and completeness. The house opened to visitors as a magical entry, reproducing designs of the famous eighteenth century Japanese painter, Ito Jakuchu. They had thus been able to show the versatility of the VETRITE, a new and innovative covering material, used for floors and walls, to clad an entire wardrobe or a wellness room but also for exclusive panels with artistic mosaic, or table tops and other furniture.
They had focused particular attention on the upholstered pieces, creating a series of proposals that best express the renewed textile collection TESSERE. Eclectic and harmonious, elegant and sophisticated is the style that the Company feels is its own and this year they have been able to share the same with visitors.
Parneeti’s terrace is for laid back lounging and cheery conversations. Colourful, quirky cushions and interesting centre tables make for a unique setting. Simple home with bursts of colour is what Parineeti wished for, her interior designer Shabnam Gupta, from The Orange Lane gave her just that.
Shabnam’s Tip, “The table can be lit with kerosene lanterns. Decorate with fairy lights, you can use them on the trees, pergola, etc. Rustic decors usually suit outdoor events really well and they can turn out really great if you pay attention to details. A simple wooden table, some miss-matched chairs and a table runner are enough to create a casual yet chic space.”
Parineeti’s den is the area she spends most of her time. This area of her home is a mirage of colors. Shabnam took it a notch up with bright cushions in contrasting colors with fun paintings on the wall and made it the most eye-catching, fun room in the house. Shabnam says, “I am a big fan of making full use of the corner space. This could be a little corner in the living room or in the kitchen. It is a great space to unwind after a rough day.”
Shabnam used royal blue on Parineeti’s balcony to make it enigmatic, added lots of greenery and carefully placed a swing seat to make it a cozy corner. According to Shabnam, ‘The key to create an amazing outdoor space is to have vertical garden & plants. They bring a sense of colour and depth to the space. Decorate the balcony edge with colourful potted plants to give out an air of coziness. You need some seating in order to truly sit back and relax! Place a bench on the side so you can enjoy the view from a stylish resting spot. The simpler they look the cleaner vibe they give.”