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.


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,

Portside Access,

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

Style and the City- Lado Sarai

As I had mentioned I got an invite from Mike and Priti Knowles my friends for an event at their store,The Hidden Gallery at Lado Sarai as a part of India Design ID so that was the begining of my India Design Journey. I stopped by at the store had a few glasses of wine and caught up with them while I browsed their collection. Besides furniture they also have a selection of international fabrics and lighting fixtures along with artworks and some products by Indian designers. Check out the Style Report for more on India Design.

The Hidden Gallery event a part of Style and the City, India Design
The Hidden Gallery event a part of Style and the City, India Design

Half Pint Beer Mugs by Design Bait  atThe Hidden Gallery Miniature Furniture by Mike Knowles at The Hidden Gallery

I heart the Half Pint mugs by Design Bait and the miniature furniture collection by Mike Knowles. Both available at The Hidden Gallery.

After this I hopped across to PortsideCafe to check out their latest collection which they had launched at Maison & Objet and was at display at the store as well as slated to be exhibited at the India Design Furniture fair. This launch has music being performed by Barefaced Liar and amazing cocktails flowing through the night. When I asked Bobby Aggarwal if he felt the non-traditional Leather furniture he designs if finally getting as much acceptance in India as it gets abroad his reply “I design what I like to design what I feel like designing. The people who understand my design accept it, those who don’t are free to reject it!” Well, we definitely love the new collection with the funky graphics and colors.

Barefaced Liar performing at PortsideCafe at the launch of the New collection
Barefaced Liar performing at PortsideCafe at the launch of the New collection

New collection at PortsideCafe New collection at PortsideCafe

Trend Spotting- PortsideCafe’s new collection has a lot of trends of 2013, for instance Hippy 60’s on the left and Stripes. Both of these will be big in the coming year.