The India Design Forum (IDF) was created by the Coimbatore Centre for Contemporary Art (CoCCA) to bring masters in the fields of design to the designers of the future in India. The Forum starts with a Design Week – a week long schedule of cutting edge design exhibitions, workshops and curated events in venues across Mumbai, open to public. The Design Forum– a private registration only program features two days of talks by highly acclaimed design experts from around India and the rest of the world at the NCPA – National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai. I unfortunately can’t be in Mumbai this weekend do won’t be able to cover it like I usually cover events 😦 but will try my best to get as much information for those of you who are in Mumbai so you can check it out 🙂
Starting with an evening at Pallate who presents to you SPIKE. So if you are around, do visit!
An incredible Season-end SALE is on at Pallate for just a limited period. Great offers of up to 80% on selected brands. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a collectible from international design led brands like Edra, Moooi, Kartell, Dedon and several others. I for one love Pallate and totally recommend you guys in Mumbai to go have a look and shop to your heart’s content!
Earlier this year when I was looking for furniture for a shoot at Pallate in Mumbai and I came across this really quirky chair called the SINK Chair. I honestly thought it was EDRA’s latest collection till Merlin my friend and manager told me that it was in fact designed by an Indian girl called Lekha Washington, who is an actor and recently designed and launched her collection. Unfortunately I could not use the chair in my shoot as I needed a less contemporary chair but I did mention it in my blog in one of my initial style picks here. Anyway, I did more research on Lekha Washington and her designs and it turns out she has a whole line of original designs and collections which are unique in its conception and utility. Other pieces in the range include Peel, Drop, Squair and Dot. The Multi-faceted and talented Lekha is has a master degree in design from NID and also has an association with the French embroider Jean Francois Lesage, who is famous for his embroidery work for hi-end brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. I for one love the 70’s Mojo in the designs and would love to own a few pieces especially the sink chair.We caught up with Lekha recently and had a little chat with her to discover more of her style secrets.
StyleCity-Define Style. What do you think make a house/room stylish? Lekha-Style really is a very personal thing, defined by the person who manifests it. It can’t be prescribed and followed to the tee, that would be fashion. StyleCity-What is your inspiration for your designs? LekhaI’m inspired by the things I love- art, design, graphic novels, great conversation and good food. StyleCity-Any particular colour or family of colours you tend to lean towards? Lekha-My Sink Collection is high pop- Katy Perry would be proud! But in general I’m a more muted shades sort of person. I guess the colour is really dictated by the form it best complements. StyleCity– How would you do up your own personal space? Lekha-Comfy and quirky with soul. StyleCity– What is the one detail that can add or retract from a room? Lekha– Details themselves add or retract from a space. Too little of this too much of that, or a small detail that undermines the entire setup. The vibe of a space, however, is the people in it, so no matter how trashy the environs, it can still be cool filled with people you like. StyleCity-What is the best way to add glamour to a space? Lekha-Get Brad pitt inside it 😉 StyleCity-Favourite interior/product designers? Lekha-Ron Arad, perhaps. Anish Kapoor, although he is an artist, does have a way of transforming a space! StyleCity-What era/year according to you was most inspiring for interiors/you would have liked to live in. Lekha-This one! 🙂
Since its inception in 2002, the Louis Ghost Chair has sold 1.5 million pieces, making it the most widely sold ‘original design’ chair in the world. KARTELL, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the chair with French designer Philippe Starck.The Louis Ghost is clean, spunky, simple and has SO much style! Its formally reduced and clear form is the result of a single injected polycarbonate mould which has made KARTELL a leader in the production of transparent design furnishings.
Hello I am back from my vacation, sorry for not posting as much as I thought I would but I am so exhausted I feel now is when I really need a vacation. Anyway more will come up slowly but starting with this weeks Style Picks. Enjoy and be Stylish 🙂
1. Chandelier, D’mart
2. Diorific Vernis, Dior
3. Eden Platine, Bernadaud at The Right Address.
4. Envelope Centre Table Trends 2012, Pallate
5. FAZ outdoor furniture, designed by Ramón Esteve for VONDOM
6. Ring, Gucci
7. Peacock Coaster in Red, Wishbox studio
8. Upholstery, Shades of India
9. Duchess Lavender glasses Vera Wang Wedgwood
10. World Tour, Vintage Hotel labels from the collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton’, by Francisca Mattéoli.
September to me always feels like the month in the middle. The monsoons are almost getting over but it is still a while till winters descends. Also most festivities only begin by end September closer to October which go on till January. So this month usually inspired a change in trends keeping to the fact that winter is coming and summer is retreating. Hence the site is going to be more about straight line products and clean interiors. So here are the Style picks of this week
1. Box, Momentz
2. Abbracciaio Candle stands, Kartell at Pallate
3. Side Table, Ebony Gautier
4. Ottoman, Chizzle
5. Great Lips Great Cause, Clinique
6. DVF for Diet Coke
7. Geometric Bud vase, Arttd’inox
8. Heavenly creature mineralize eye shadow, MAC
9. Meditteraneo appetizer bowl, houseproud.in
10.Blueberry jam, Stonewall kitchen at Kelebec
Seen all over the ramp, this trend has been making its way into our lives from the past few seasons. Looks like white is here to stay. I know we all get a bit scared with white being so high maintanance, but worry not, with the new materials in home decor accessories you can now incorporate this trend in easy to manage and clean materials. Perfect for the summer, here try a few of these products to induce this pure colour into your lives.
1. Grape Clip, Van Cleef and Arpels 2.Cut Vases, LSA at Pallate 3.Clothes stand, Cappellini at Poltrona Frau 4.Swirl Cushion, Address Home 5. Chair, Blues Home 6.Bloom Hanging Light, Kartell at Pallate 7.Falcon Snow, Nina Ricci 8.Scarf, Hermes