Store in Focus- Baro, Mumbai

In 2014, began a furniture experiment at the Highlight Films office in the commercial hub of Mumbai. It involved handmade furniture in reclaimed and old teak, largely speaking the mid- century modern language. In the course of two years the visitors were pleasantly surprised by what they found here. The experiment propelled the next steps and the concept evolved into a brand that has its own identity but draws on the ideas and inspiration that sparked Highlight Living. This is the genesis of BARO. The vision: a seamless union of aesthetics, ethics and ergonomics.

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The furniture collection consists mainly of co-founder Siddharth Sirohi’s designs, heavily influenced by the timeless mid-century modern movement, with a particular attention to the balance between form and function. The pieces are manufactured locally, using only reclaimed, weathered teak and an entirely natural linseed oil and beeswax polish. The approach is old school, relying on traditional wood joinery methods, but the result is as timeless as it is contemporary.

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Apart from original designs, one can also expect to find pieces of vintage furniture, which have been restored to an exquisite new form. Whether original pieces or restored classics, BARO furniture is a nod to the cherished wabi-sabi aesthetic. The accent is on the essence of a thing, with all its charms and flaws, rather than cosmetic appeal. When an old piece is restored, it is not to hide its natural ageing, but to celebrate it. And when a new piece is modelled, it is keeping in mind the principles of balance and transience.

Store address:
12, Sun Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse Decor Products

Each time we think organic and eco-friendly we instantly think recycled paper, natural fibre like jute and other such material which is branded eco-friendly.All of which sounds good on paper but feels like a very tedious task to actually go ahead and incorporate in our lives. But, doing our bit for nature in terms of recycle and reuse may not necessarily be a tedious task or involve a major change in our lifestyle. Even small things can be done to recycle and revamp our space.

Here are a few examples of how you can reuse and recycle normal household items to revamp your space:

1.Left with single pieces of crockery and cutlery?

  • Fill the soup bowls and cups with wax to make your own candle’s, which can be remade anytime the was gets over. They make great display pieces and can be used on consoles/dining tables. To learn how check here.
  • Single left over forks can make for great note holders. Just hang them in the kitchen wall upside down to make note displays.
  • Left with single pieces of plates, convert them into wall art. Pick a wall in your house to display all these plate

 

2. Want to revamp your furniture?It does not have to be a long and expensive process, a few tricks and you can revamp it on your own

  • To change your headboard, you can use leftover fabric swatches to make a cushioned fabric panel. To see how click here.
  • You can also add fabric or paper at the back of shelves to give a new look to old cupboards and shelves. The same can be done on drawers
  • Cover your side-table top with a coloured mirror, this will instantly make the piece look new and good.
  • Have an old shed door lying around? Use it as a mirror frame and have a beautiful mirror as your living room center piece.

 

3. Other ideas to recycle, reuse and revamp your space

  • Left over wine bottles-Use them as planters and hang them on your balcony (you can do the same with old light bulbs). Else put fairy lights in them and make them a light display in your living room. Finally, you can also coat them with bright paint and use them as a cluster of vases in different colours
  • Make memory jars– You don’t have to spend a bomb to buy expensive accessories for your home. Simple food jars can be filled with momentos of your travels and places together to make interesting accessories, they make for great conversation starters as well
  • Handpainted ceramic tiles-All you need to do is add felt to the bottom and you have beautiful coasters ready for use.
  • Old car tyres– These can be used as base for your patio tables.Place two tyres on each other and keep two such sets at a distance. Simply place a sheet of acrylic on them and you have an outdoor table
  • Art work– This does not have to be an expensive investment, one idea is make panels of various sizes and cover them in fabric them place them on a wall. Else use old greeting cards in floating frames and place them on the wall.

 

 

New Launch: “Vintage” by La Sorogeeka

La Sorogeeka, the modern, luxurious interiors brand brings an exquisite collection “VINTAGE” for your lounge area. This new collection brings back the magic of yesteryear designs, inspired by charisma of the golden period, the setup exhibits the designs and patterns for your lounge area which takes you to the era of palaces.

Vintage, La Sorogeeka, www.stylecity.in

Vintage, La Sorogeeka, www.stylecity.in

The setup showcases royal opulence, where each product defines sophistication, be it an iceberg design sofa, matt gold cushions, bronze side tables, or chairs in royal design; each product exudes majesty and radiates richness. The special attraction is the dining area, which is made of crushed banke and a pleated fabric with extra-long cushions highlighted along with multi colored embroidered seats stools. Admirable Koftakri and tigri work on sofas and iceberg designs takes you to the era of forts and glass work on the table gives imperial look to the lounge. Every product defines royalty. Each product in vintage collection gives the antique touch to the lounge area. Bright shades of blue and green are used in cushions to give a warm and peaceful feel to the lounge.La Sorogeeka, which  is renowned for its crafted luxury furniture with innovative design and best quality, has invented  a new way as Asia’s biggest one stop destination for luxury interior decor. So head to La Sorogeeka and bring the royalty in your house.

Address: 306, Second Floor, DLF Emporio, Nelson Mandela Rd, VasantKunj II, New Delhi, DL 110070
Phone:  011 – 41070607
Price of the products is on request

Style Picks: Ancient Metal

By Isha Marwah

After 70′s it is the first time brass is being so strongly used in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is also seeing a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished decorators are enjoying brass’s luxurious, yet industrial appeal, it is seen in everything from chandeliers, hanging lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and decorative accessories. Brass is an affordable metal and is perfect for adding an element of luxury and timelessness into 21st century interiors. Here are some modern interiors that are inspiring us

Branching Bubble light, Lindsey Adelmen lighting
Branching Bubble light, Lindsey Adelmen lighting
Bronze Doors
Bronze Doors
Residence by Catherine Kwong
Residence by Catherine Kwong
Residence by Windsor Smith
Residence by Windsor Smith
Brass Chairs by J J Valaya, Home of the Traveller
Brass Chairs by J J Valaya, Home of the Traveller

Style Picks: Line up

by Isha Marwah
Simplicity is back with a bang, or shall we say lines. The latest trend seen all around is graphic lines which seem to be the latest trend in furniture design. From Japan to Italy, everyone is following this trend. Here are our Style Picks

Marco lamps b studio beam, www.stylecity.in

Marco lamps by studio beam

Plum and Bow wire stool, Urban Outfitters, www.stylecity.in

Plum and bow wire burst stool by Urban Outfitters

Field Test lamp, A minimal Studio

Field Test lamp by A minimal Studio

Wireflow, by-Arik-Levy-for-VIBIA, www.stylecity.in

Wireflow light by Arik Levy for VIBIA

Thin black lines, Nendo, www.stylecity.in

Thin black lines, Nendo

Style Picks: Trunks

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

Louis Vuitton, www.stylecity.in

LOUIS VUITTON

Apartment 9, www.stylecity.in

APARTMENT 9

Three Sixty Degrees, www.stylecity.in

THREE SIXTY DEGREES LIFESTYLE STORE

Portside cafe, www.stylecity.in

PORTSIDE CAFE

Iqrup+Ritz; Eclectic collection of exquisite furniture

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)

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

News: Sotheby’s- A Connoisseur’s Collection auction

For enthusiasts of beautiful furniture, this week Sotheby’s auction features some of the most celebrated pieces of ANGLO-INDIAN CARVED AND PARCEL-GILT IVORY furniture ever made in India. Made in Murshidabad in the late 18th Century, from solid ivory, the two pairs of chairs and settee were once part of a suite of furniture commissioned by the Mani Begum – widow of Mir Jafar, Nawab of Murshidad- for Warren Hastings, Governor General of Bengal.

Anglo-Indian carved and parcel-gilt seat furnitureAnglo-Indian carved and parcel-gilt armchair

The items represent a rare opportunity to acquire an exquisite example of the very best decorative arts from the Indian Subcontinent, showing the cross cultural fertilization of that historical period and an important document of the diplomatic relations between Indian rulers and the British Empire. It is of course a rare opportunity for connoisseurs to collect and preserve what are truly important and much published and lauded pieces fit for a museum or a palace.
Sotheby’s- A Connoisseur’s Collection auction on 4th December in London.

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