Le Meridien: A Curated Experience for the Creative Class

Le Méridien was founded by Air France in 1972 a leader in design and innovation at that time, with the first hotel, the 1,000 room Le Méridien Etoile in Paris. The original concept was to provide a “home outside of home for Air France passengers” which led to a presence of Le Méridien in the world’s primary and international cities, as well as exotic resort locales in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.  Le Méridien’s ARRIVAL Experience commences from the moment guests arrive at the hotel door steps until they have opened the door to their guest room. It was curated by the brand’s Cultural Curator Jérôme Sans and engaged a range of LM100™; a group of cultural innovators. Current LM100 members include Le Méridien Cultural Curator, Jerome Sans; world renowned artists Sam Samore, Joan Fontcuberta, Younès Rahmoun, Youssef Nabil, and Michael Lin; contemporary Chinese artists Chen Wenbo, Yan Lei, An Xiaotong; award winning photographer, Ralph Gibson to name a few.

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Transforming the guest experience:
Based on proprietary Starwood research that showed that the first 10 minutes sets a guest’s mind for the rest of the stay, Le Méridien identified 4 signature moments to make the guest’s Arrival experience memorable and special.
a) Artwork on the doors– Right upon Arrival the entry door was considered as a canvas and 40+ artworks have been created for the brand by numerous established and emerging LM100 artists around the globe.
b) Unique Atmosphere- A unique atmosphere has been created including the signature scent created by New York perfumery Le Labo, called LM01, a signature soundtrack, and a lighting ceremony (created by each hotel) to celebrate the transition from day to night.
c) UNLOCK ARTTM At check-in the guest receives an artist-designed key card that serve as pieces of artwork themselves.  The hotel keycard is created by a contemporary artist and is intended to become a collector’s item.  The program, called UNLOCK ART™ in addition consists of unique partnerships to provide guests with complimentary access to contemporary cultural centers around the world,including San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, Shanghai’s Museum of Contemporary Arts and a lot more.
d) Soundscape in the elevator- Le Méridien has transformed the expected and mundane event of riding an elevator into an “Elevated Experience” through a unique 24 hour soundscape.  Le Méridien has appointed Henri Scars Struck, an LM100 member and the visionary Grammy-winning French composer/producer, to create this soundscape for Le Méridien hotels globally.

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Meridien Delhi sees the work of ‘Thukral & Tagra’ who have created a walking interactive experience piece through the lobby. When people walk, the floor becomes animated by a crowd of characters that immediately surround you and follow you on your journey. When you stop, they stop.  If you start to walk again, they follow you. These characters are elements of the artists’ vocabulary that you find in all their paintings and other works. They are characters or idioms from global lifestyle, contemporary culture, communication, transportation, music, health and nature. Contemporary culture as a culture of signs. Pop signs. Signs of the time.’

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

LE MERIDIEN’S LOBBIES WILL THE BECOME THE GATHERING PLACE FOR CREATIVE MINDS, NAMED “THE HUB”-Le Méridien aims to become the gathering place for creative minds by providing a space that encourages dialogue, awakens curiosity, stimulated thinking through physical + human components in the space. The environment of the hub will consist of curated contemporary art in high impact areas (graphic, sound, video), unique seating, styling, F+B component with coffee at its center and trained Baristas are the core component of Le Meridien’s Hub.

Artistic Treasure

The Floodlight Foundation aims at driving a cultural change by removing artworks from traditional settings of museums and galleries and bringing it to more accessible areas, so people can freely engage with art, without private sector pressures of sale or public sector limitations. This month they bring us “Beauty in the Beast” an exhibition curated by Surbhi Modi at Alliance Francaise De Delhi on 29th April 6-9 pm and 30th April 10 am-7 pm.

Beauty in the Beast, www.stylecity.in

Beauty in the Beast

“I believe in deeply ordered chaos”- Francis Bacon
Beauty in the Beast stands to celebrate Bacon’s notion of “ordered chaos” where the aesthetic and anaesthetic are constantly at odds. In a spin off from a Shrek like fairy tale, “Beauty in the Beast” celebrates and brazenly glorifies the grotesque. They bring us artists like Anant Mishra whose drawings meander between dualities of human and animal, arrogating mythical beasts to Bhuwal Prasad’s vibrant, anarchic canvases that exhort images of familiar haze.Then there is Hibzul Sheikh who contemporises Greek, Indian and Roman mythological characters and Arun Pandit who uses fibre and bronze to create powerful sculptures on socio-political issues. They also have artists like Abhijit Pathak, Nayanna Kanoria, Rajesh Srivastava and Mangesh Rajguru. “By bringing together these provocative works, we hope to push the envelope of what is acceptable and help draw attention to these bold artists,” says Surbhi Modi.

Beauty in the Beast, www.stylecity.in

It definitely sound interesting and thought provoking. So do try to come by either on 29th April 6-9 pm or 30th April 10 am- 7 pm at Alliance Francaise De Delhi and be mesmerized.

(Boat) Party all night!!

The latest entrant into the luxury party scene is partying on a boat. Secluded in the middle of the sea with thumping music, great company and a magical atmosphere, Boat Parties are catching up across the globe in places like Ibiza, Prague, Croatia and Cannes. And now India isn’t far behind. Here is a list of some of the best boat parties across the globe. Snag yourself an invite and let yourself loose as you dance to the DJ’s electrifying tunes.
Pukka-Up Ibiza, www.stylecity.in

Ibiza, Spain – Pukka Up
Pukka Up’s legendary boat parties are one of the best sunset boat parties in the world with 3 hours of great house music over the crystal-clear Balearic Sea. Now in its 11th year, Pukka up has really become as one of the best boat parties in the world. So much so that they now plan to have three days of boat parties in San Antonio & Ibiza Town.The Pukka Up Boat Parties offers the finest house music, exclusive CO2 cannons (like the clubs), plenty of free giveaways and a gorgeous backdrop of Ibiza.

Pukka-Up Ibiza, www.stylecity.in

Prague – Czech Republic
Prague treats its enthusiasts with floating clubs, equipped with flashy lights, bass-filled sound systems, with international DJs playing the hottest dance music. The stand-out thing about this boat party is that if anybody wants to take a break from the dance floor, the upper deck offers breath-taking views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world as the boatone floats under the Charles Bridge and through the heart of the city. This party is surely worthy of being a must go boat party.

soundwave Tisno, www.stylecity.in

Tisno, Croatia­ – Soundwave
Soundwave is an exciting annual festival that also runs a number of boat parties embarking the Adriatic Sea, with the Kornati islands only a short distance away. With stunning scenery and sunsets, the boat offers an onsite club to dance the night away under the moonlight at until the early hours. The boat party at Soundwave is certainly one of the most entertaining and exciting boat parties across the globe especially with it being stitched around one of the most happening festivals in the world.

Axe Boat party, www.stylecity.in

Cannes – AXE Boat Party
Every summer in the French Riviera is celebrated with the AXE Boat Tour along France’s southern coastline. It has introduced a unique way of partying over the 13 years of its existence. With the last extravaganza held in Cannes, the AXE Boat Party has propelled the idea of grooving to the beats of international DJs playing the most thumping tracks atop a boat. Having covered cities such as Le Lavandou and Argelès with international celebrities on-board, the AXE Boat Party is a party religion in itself. This year it makes its way to India.

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Piano Club on Steinway, Imperial India

Nostalgia at 1911 Brasserie- Classic European restaurant at The Imperial orchestrated the launch of Piano club on Steinway to initiate extravagant live concerts with unique artists and mega performances each time, promoting the live music heritage of the hotel. The evening commenced with an astounding experience filled with the notes of unmatched piano music, recited by the magical fingers of the undisputed Moroccan Hungarian Pianist Marouan Benabdallah in association with Hungarian Information and Cultural CentreMarouan Benabdallah, the renowned concert Hungarian –Moroccan pianist  enthralled the audience with his dynamic recitals and numerous sequences inspired the gathering, whilst he draw audiences into the very heart of the music, during his live performance for the evening.

Imperial India

Vijay Wanchoo, Sr. Executive Vice President and GM expressed his views on the proud occasion: “Progressing towards luxe and unique live concerts on Steinway, post its launch at Nostalgia in 2013, this evening embarks our sojourn towards creating a Piano club which puts into form sit-down live concerts lending an ecstatic aura and matching the repertoire as well as the legacy of the hotel.” He further went on to thank the Hungarian Information and Cultural centre which partnered with this event.

Spirit of a Woman

To salute the spirit of a woman, DLF Emporio, India’s finest luxury destination organized a special afternoon to celebrate International Women’s Day. Some of the top brands housed with DLF Emporio came together to create this soiree.

Invitation - DLF Emporio's Women's Day Brunch - 6th March

This momentous event was held on a perfect spring afternoon at the Terraze, Set’z overlooking the plush greenery of South Delhi. The special guests were seen enjoying tarot card and coffee cup reading sessions specially organized by DLF Emporio amid a lavishly spread buffet created by Set’Z, one of Delhi’s finest restaurants.

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DLF Emporio celebrates Womans Da

Female empowerment took center stage as the guests for DLF Emporio’s Women’s Day celebrations encompassed women from all walks of life, such as media, fashion and corporate. Skincare sessions and beauty advice was offered exclusively by Lancôme while guests were seen seeking advice on fragrances from Bvlgari’s special perfume counter. There was a pampering session by Worship Salon, while Swarovski came on board to help make the occasion even more memorable with displays of their stunning and sparkling designs.

Nail Art by Worship at DLF Emporio Woman's day Brunch.

Paintings incorporating Swarovski crystals were on display along with Gaurav Gupta’s jewelry and Amrapali’s stunning jewelry pieces made with Swarovski crystals. Also on display were evocative and stunning artworks from Art Speaks India gallery’s featuring leading female artists. On this occasion, Dinaz Madhukar, Senior Vice-President, DLF Emporio, said, “We at DLF Emporio would like to take this opportunity to salute women who have made a mark for themselves in their careers and contributed immensely to society. This event is our way to celebrate and honor their spirit and also promote women’s empowerment in India.”

Well that’s what she said, and who are we to disagree.

Review: Hiatus, Clarion Collection – Qutab Hotel, New Delhi

Every person has a different reason for wanting to try out a new restaurant. Some people go for the love of food, some just to be seen, where as I have a fascination with wanting to go for the ambience and to have an interesting experience hence food usually ends up taking a back seat for me. Fortunately with Hiatus I did not have to worry in either regard, for the ambience, décor and food surpassed all expectations.

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

The restaurant has been divided into different areas, each boasting of a different experience and different cuisine. Starting from the H-Bar an urban bar which serves an innovative range of cocktails along with the most high end range of international spirits. I was given my fix of alcohol delight with a CLOVE TINI-A fusion version of cocktail enhanced with special in house clove syrup merged with fresh orange juice and ANISE TINI- An out of the mind love of “THE HIATUS” blended with anise and mango and Basil flavour.

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

The other areas in the restaurant are THE PATIO, the open-air patio, which is a nice intimate area where you can sit during the winter evenings and enjoy a lovely barbeque, or also come during the day for a nice brunch. Or you can DINE IN CELLAR- Where you get a tailor made menu as well as a selection of wine. And finally a special area for Chefs guests which is where I was invited the CHEF & YOU – a unique fine dining experience in the kitchen that is personalized to suit the palate of each diner that visits the venue.

Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in

We began our gastronomic journey with the Amuse Bouche and then moved on to the salad, Roasted Beetroot Stack with Feta Cream- Slow Oven cooked beetroot Carpaccio stack filled with feta & oregano cream, I did not even know you could have something like a Beetroot Carpaccio let alone that it would taste so good. Tomato & Jasmine Tea soup was the next thing on the menu, it’s a balanced mix flavor of tomato soup, and jasmine tea topped up with Black truffle oil served with Garlic Crostini. Chef Special Mezze platter which includes Sundried tomato and Basil Hummus, Eggplant Salsa, Indian Style Tzatziki, Italian Salad, Greek infused Falafel served with sumac dusted Kulcha, again this dish was an amazing fusion of Mediterranean and Indian style, without it seeming forced. Air bread with Indian Style Mini Cottage Cheese Steak is something I would recommend to all vegetarians, modern technique of cooking used for making air bread filled with Cheese fondue and topped with pickle marinated mini cottage cheese steak with tomato caviar & olive dust. Spanish Style Chicken Tikka, Paprika Infused succulent chicken chunks cooked on grill and Served with Mango Salsa, blinis, basil chutney was the first non-veg dish served, so lets just say I absolutely devoured the dish and the mango salsa was the best form of Mango I have eaten in a whileOrange and Kafir lime Sorbet- the in house sorbet worked as a palate freshener between the courses. Wild Mushroom Ragout with Fettuccini Black Fungus, Porcini, Oyster cooked in tomato cream sauce in an Italian style and served with fettuccini. Calabrese Penne Chorizo, black olives, sundried tomato, parmesan oil in a tomato sauce and tossed with penne Mains Spinach & chickpea Dumplings with Pine nut & Fresh Rose Petal Gravy Served with Exotic Mushroom & gruyere Kulcha. Bacon Wrapped chicken with paprika infused Makhani gravy was another fusion dish where the Makhni gravy added just the right amount of excitement to the palate. Honey Glazed Indian Vegetables served with Saffron and mix Vegetable Pilaf was the last of the mains, by now I had reached a point where I had to forcibly stop eating cause my stomach had begun to rebel while my mouth was still salivating. Finally we ended the meal with the desserts: Italian Classic Tiramisu. Chocolate Spoon, Rum and Coffee Caviars. Chef Special Napoleon. Chocolate hazelnut napoleon with cardamom sorbet.

Cocktail, Hiatus,Clarion Collection, www.stylecity.in Tomato jasmine tea soup, Hiatus, www.stylecity.in

All in all it was one of the finest Fine Dining experiences I have had in a long time. So if you are looking to go for an intimate meal this Valentines day or have a nice outdoor Party this Spring, you know where you should go.

Address: Clarion Collection – Qutab Hotel
Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi
Phone:  Tel: +91 41078789
Price: Meal for two Rs 2,500  (plus taxes) minus alcohol

Store Watch: Beyond Design, New Delhi

Beyond Designs, a Delhi-based luxury home-furniture & lifestyle brand launches a New Show Home in South Delhi. The new space has been designed by Founder Sachin Gupta and wife Neha Gupta. The 1400 square-feet space showcases a series of carefully curated vignettes, all meant to mimic elegant living settings.

Beyond Design, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The alluring ambience of the new space has been created with much sensitivity, professionally lit and artfully accessorized. The mood of the collection appeals to the tactile senses of assumed clientele. A customer can experience better furniture in a truly comprehensive setting. The Show Home is a unique walk through concept showcasing a formal living room, dining room, bar lounge, bedroom and a bathroom.

Beyond Design, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in Beyond Design, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

The display experiments with shapes, forms and surfaces to bring to life varied influences: art deco, graphic futurism, lyrical decadence. The collection comprises of Lush sofas, luxurious in texture and experimental in shapes to the finest art elements, a dining area & bedroom set-up. Sheek ambience synonymous with live-in apartment look has been the notion while creating the space.

Address: D-18, Lower Ground Floor Defence Colony, New Delhi

The Home of the Traveler and ‘Delhi Farms’

The Home of the Traveler (THT), a Home Décor and Lifestyle brand curated by JJ Valaya, is delighted to announce their tie-up with Delhi Farms, a sister concern of the Land Advisory firm Certes Realty Ltd.

The Home of the Traveller, www.stylecity.in

THT is the first of its kind concept store that infuses the old with the new, creating harmony out of contradiction and is famed for design development, interior design, project management and branding of properties. To make their service even more specialised they have now brought in the globally well-known ‘Delhi Farms’ which is a unique firm in the real estate domain that gives customers a ‘one-stop-platform’  for all their farmhouse requirements in Delhi.

The home of the traveller, www.stylecity.in

The Home of the traveller, www.stylecity.in

This association will help the patrons of both THT as well as Delhi Farms to not only identify and acquire land for their dream home, but also to convert it into a luxury home with respect to both interiors & exterior.
Address: K #368 & 369, SULTANPUR MG (LANE OPPOSITE METRO PILLAR #16 B)
TEL: +91 11 65154000

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 & Stylish: Rohit Bal Luxury Weddings

J&S, an events company creating some of the most glamorous private and corporate events in South Asia for the past decade, collaborated with Rohit Bal, one of India’s leading Couturiers to form ROHIT BAL LUXURY WEDDINGS.

Rohit Bal Luxury Weddings, www.stylecity.in

Rohit Bal Luxury Weddings, www.stylecity.in

Influenced by the most beautiful and magical places around the world, be it the Finde siècle Grand Hotels of Lake Como, The Duc De Mornay apartments at the Louvre or the intricate beauty of the carved jaalis of the Delhi sultanate buildings, J&S Event Management have always mixed history with an unerring eye for modernity in the environments they create.

Rohit Bal Luxury Weddings, www.stylecity.in

Rohit Bal Luxury Weddings, www.stylecity.in

Rohit Bal has changed the face of Indian fashion. He has created an identity which is truly an expression of his own and unadulterated design philosophy. He represents the true free spirit of contemporary India with its roots entrenched in tradition. He is a creator of Contemporary Classics. With the launch of Rohit Bal luxury weddings, he will drench you in an aesthetic which is resplendent and forever beautiful.The collaboration of J&S events with Rohit Bal will see a new chapter of magic unfold.