Review: Hungry Monkey, New Delhi

The New York styled loft ambiance of Hungry Monkey; bare brick walls, concrete floors, the MS installations and the elegant wooden interiors come together in perfect synchrony to create an intriguing industrial feel. The creative typography of quotes on the walls, crafted using carefully chosen fonts are a perfect match to the stylish vibe of the restaurant. Already curious? Well, ‘curiosity is the beginning of adventure‘, is exactly what the walls of The Hungry Monkey tell you.With a faint old school meets new age magnetism, numerous little elements like encyclopaedias stacked on shelves, a vintage hour glass, Edison light bulbs and the rich brown of the wood everywhere bring to life these very stories.The Hungry Monkey, www.stylecity.inThe Flying Brunch, Hungry Monkey, www.stylecity.in

Inspired by sunny California, The Hungry Monkey introduces the city to ‘California cuisine’, which many may not be well-versed with, but worth a try. An out of the box offering, the restaurant brings you a rendition of varied dishes from the European culture with a unique twist of fusion. Even the “Flying Brunch” is a step away from the usual. After you pick your salad from the display, you get small quantity main dishes delivered to your table and you can pick and choose the ones you want to have or repeat. The Hungry Monkey offers an eclectic menu which focuses on a global palate, through a surprising fusion of flavours combined with fresh produce from organic farms like ‘Farmlove’, a pioneer in organic food in the capital. Dig into the Cold Spinach Gomae or relish the signature Bang-Bang Chicken Rolls. For the adventurous souls, the Expresso Pan Fried Chicken made with a light coffee sauce or the Asian Honey and Soy braised Pork Ribs served with Kimchi on the side are the perfect indulgent picks from the menu. While the Smoked Salmon Carpaccio is a succulent fusion of flavours, the White Chocolate Parfait with almond and vanilla filo pastry cigar along with Coconut French Toast leaves a lasting impression. The Flying Brunch, Hungry Monkey, www.stylecity.in

The bar’s hexagonal chemical bond inspired display itself has been designed personally by the owners who have left no stone unturned to bring you an exciting array of drinks. Always innovative in its ways, The Hungry Monkey serves its signature cocktails, the Old-Fashioned and the Manhattan, classic as well as smoked. The bar here easily boasts of a selection of delightful and many a times ‘difficult to spot in this city’ liquor.  Apart from popular modern cocktails, be assured to also come across beautifully infused renditions of the classics.

Eat | Drink | Play
Address – B 6/6 DDA Market, opposite Deer Park, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
Contact No. – 011 46049801, +91 9810788196
Meal for 2 – Rs. 2000 ++
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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)

Luxe and Stylish: AM:PM, Palladium, Mumbai

Expanding their reach in Mumbai, AM:PM has launched its brand new store at the luxury destination – The Palladium.

AM:PM Palldium Store, www.stylecity.in

The store echoes the label’s aesthetic, a showcase of elegant simplicity, which on further discovery brings to foray many subtle and surprising details. Statement elements like fluidic-cork furniture, miniature motifs on the floor and Parisian panels, beautifully etch out the nuances of the store.Elements seamlessly flow into one another, bringing together each of these eclectic and diverse facets together in a cohesive look.Imbibing the brand language that marries European aesthetics with Indian sensibilities, the colors palate is of ivory, black and shades of grey.

AM:PM Palldium Store, www.stylecity.in

AM:PM Palldium Store, www.stylecity.in

The relaxed vibe of the store is set to ensure a comfortable and gratifying experience, just like with the clothes.
Store Address: T-11A, 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, Mumbai

Luxe and Stylish: ASMALLWORLD Relaunch

From a business model that was previously based on advertising, the new ASMALLWORLD is shifting to a subscription model. With a peer-recommended and verified user base capped at 250,000 and a bold new set of amenities for its members, ASMALLWORLD will transform into the world’s leading international travel and lifestyle community. From the moment you hit the ground in any city, you’ve got the best insider recommendations, discounts at dozens of stylish boutiques, a free spa treatment, an invitation to a party that night, automatic access to a club – and to top it off you’re staying at a great hotel, at a major discount. ASMALLWORLD will introduce an impressive set of new offerings for its members in India and the world over, transforming from a social network into an international travel and lifestyle club. To fete this special time in the company’s history, CEO Sabine Heller and Chairman Patrick Liotard-Vogt invited over 80 VIP guests from around the world to Taj Marrakech (one of the shoot locations for Sex and the City 2 ), in Morocco over the weekend of May 10 – 12, 2013, for a magical desert adventure.

Photograph:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Photograph:Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Sabine Heller Credit to Frances Tulk-HartWe at StyleCity Love nothing more than travel, luxury and lifestyle. ASW promotes all that and more, hence we caught up with ASW CEO Sabine Heller and asked her a few questions on her Style Secrets, Luxury Lifestyle and plans for the newly re-launched ASMALLWORLD. So here goes:-
Define Style. What according to you makes a person stylish?
Style to me is very personal. Almost everything I wear is designed by a friend. I have a much more personal relationship with my clothing when I know the person who made it. Confidence is what makes a person stylish. What according to you is the ultimate luxury experience you have had?
That would have to be the time I spent at Ahilya Fort in Central India, my godfather Maharaja Richard Holkar’s ancestral palace which he recently converted into a heritage hotel. With exquisite temples, hidden gardens and ramparts overlooking the sacred Narmada River, you’re lost in time, and able to get a glimpse of what 18th century royal life must have been like.
Your list of ultimate luxury brands and holidays?
Some of my favourite brands include House of Waris, Bungalow 8, Mathew Williamson, Zero + Maria Corjejo, Giambattista Valli, and Saint Laurent. My idea of a luxurious holiday would involve a spa — if one is going to spend a lot of money to stay in a hotel, one might as well really enjoy it, and spend a lot of time there. I love Therme Vals in Switzerland.
What is your take on the future of luxury market in India?
We see immense potential for the luxury market of India. Even as we planned our global relaunch across 100 markets, India has been amongst our top priorities and we plan to grow significantly in numbers from the 10,000 members we used to have here. After all, Indians represent ideal members for ASW, as we are English speaking, international, sophisticated and avid travellers.
What, if any luxury buy do you plan for yourself on person/ your house this year?
I would like to build myself a cottage in my county house.
What was the idea behind forming ASW and what role does it aspire to achieve in its new avatar, especially in India?
ASMALLWORLD first started in 2004. It was founded by a Swedish Count named Erik Wachtmeister, and in many ways had a first mover advantage in social media. For most adults it was their first experience with social media – and for the initial members it was pretty intoxicating to discover a totally different form of communication. That level of excitement was added to by the fact that you had to be invited, and invitations were scarce.When in 2005 Harvey Weinstein became the majority shareholder, he made an assumption that seemed logical at that time. The assumption was predicated on the notion that ad buys are decided on a global level. However, this proved false.  Media buyers buy advertising locally not globally. Since ASW had limited penetration in most markets, the company had to bend over backwards to create complicated customer integrations for each partner. This led to an inefficient non-consumer facing business environment, as all resources were focused on maximizing revenue.Eventually, it became clear there had to be a shift approach. ASW had to build a long-term, long-lasting business strategy – one that was consumer-facing. With that as our core objective, ASW became committed to driving member value at all costs, in the form of experiences, upgrades and perks, which led to our reinvention as the definitive travel and lifestyle club in the spring of 2013, remaking one of the world’s oldest social networks as a subscription service, costing $105/year.By way of an evolving website and recommendation platform, members will ever more become mavens of what they love, sharing with the ASW community their personal city and travel favourites. Meeting members is also about to get a whole lot easier through an ultra smart website that will help connect members with things in common. Membership will also grant access to an expanded events program and exclusive global privileges.A core value that distinguishes ASW is trust, and by moving towards a paid structure, ASW will have a fully verified user base, capped at 250,000 members, which will ensure the integrity of the community in a way that no social network has ever done before. With an increased focus on India, we already have several exciting partners including Bungalow 8, Bombay Electric, Le Mill, Good Earth, TAJ Hotels & Resorts, Frette, Perniapopupshop.com, Shivan & Narresh, Bandit Queen, Design Temple and Pankaj & Nidhi, where members of our prestigious ASW community enjoy exclusive deals. Part Indian myself, having spent part of my childhood in Mumbai and New Delhi, I’m personally very excited to have more and more Indian fashion designers, retailers and hotels as part of ASW’s future as brand partner.

To gain membership to the club;1. You get invited by another member 2. Occasionally our events can be attended by non-members, who can speak to our local ambassadors on site and try and get a membership that way 3. There is an application for membership on our new site. These applications will be reviewed bi-annually. So who is sending me an invite? For more details log on to www.asmallworld.net

Style City Reports India Design 2013

India Design ID was an initiative by Elle Decor, sponsored by Asian Paints and co-sponsored by Sunil Sethi Design Alliance. The event had week-long activities from 11th-17th Feb all around Delhi with the last 3 days being an exhibition and symposium at NSIC grounds. The event focused on Home Decoration and Design and was open to trade, pre-registered guests and even visitors. On display during the ID exhibition were Interior Decoration brands, Trend Galleries, Installations etc. During the week my almost namesake; Style and the City celebrated the spirit of Design at over 50 addresses across Delhi for new launches, private viewings and installations. And finally during the Symposium they had talks by some of the best Industry guru’s like Fabio Novembre,Jean-Marie Massaud,Lidewij Edelkoort, Marcel Wanders, Mike Knowles, Mohit Gujral, Pinakin Patel,Rajeev Sethi, Revathi Kamath and Will Alsop to name a few.

India Design 2013 in assciation with Asian paints, Elle Decor and Sunil Sethi Design Alliance

Some places I was invited, some I attended by choice and some I wasn’t invited, so here is Style City’s report of the mammoth event that was India Design. Click on the links to be directed to each story.
Style and the City-Lado Sarai
Style and the City-Shahpur Jat
Tete’ a tete with Mozez Singh
India Design 2013 Exhibit

Trend Alert: Peek a boo

We are all influenced by fashion. Even those who say they are not influenced by fashion are actually more influenced by fashion. Hence it is not shocking Decor gets a lot of its inspiration from season trends as seen on ramp. So to map out this years Spring-summer 2013 trends we got fashion designer Neti Jolly of XOXO to help us. To buy things from XOXO or simply ask Neti for fashion tips, log on to her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/www.xoxo.co.in. Each week we showcase a new fashion trend and how we can incorporate it in Decor.

Trend: Peek-a-boo
Be sexy yet coy, the same feminine flavour is going to be seen this season through peek-a-boo dresses and tops. Dresses with the side cutouts, shirts with shoulders peeking out, tights with round cutouts and heart-shaped holes in the backs of dresses.Along with sheers and lace are all the trend for spring-summer 2013.

www.lookbook.nu
http://www.lookbook.nu

1. Tronco by Edra at Pallate
2. Ceramic Bowl, Bouganvilla designs
3. Oxigen screen, FCML Home
4. Hemisphere Bracelet, Swarovski
5. Vase, Philip Antiques
6. Bread Basket, ZAZA Home

Style Picks of the Week

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
—  Douglas Adams

1. Bustier, Vintage Goth
2. Chaste Lamp Shades, AA Living
3. Fables Chair, Qboid Design House
4. “A CUBE” Chandelier, Mathieu Lustrerie
5. Giordani Gold Pressed Bronzing Pearls, Oriflame
6. Paper Chandelier by Studio Job for Moooi, available at Pallate
7. Raisa Ring, www.diamondere.com.
8. Tea Stack, WRAP by Gunjan Gupta
9. Vintage Trunks, Bucks
10. Around the World Bath and bed Sets, Bombay Dyeing

Style picks of the Week

The last 10 days happened to have been very emotionally draining. Work has been frustrating, the heat is rising and mostly I had my heartbroken by a friend. Someone I thought I could trust turned out well not so trust-worthy. So guess what I did the past few days, I spent them doing things I love the most. Those included meeting up with old friends, having a crazy girls night out, spending time with my 10 month old nephew (so theaurapatic), went for long walks along the beach, spent time in the garden.planned a holiday, read alot of Terry Pratchet, went to a Spa and ate tons of ice-cream. Guess what? it actually helped. I feel a lot better and even though I am still a bit hurt but I guess it’s all in the process called learning. So anyway here are my style picks of the week, hope you like them 🙂

Style Picks of the week

So each week my task of choosing these products is going from difficult toimpossible,there are just so many brilliant products and designers I seem to be stuck week after week to pick the best. In a way it makes me feel really proud, cause almost 5 years back when I had started styling we had difficulty picking up products but that was for absoultely different reasons i.e. it was almost impossible to find something new and different. So it seemed month after month when I sourced the products looked the same,they had no character and you definitely could not say which product was from which store as they all could be from anywhere. Anyway, since I was quite unwell this past week the one thing that cheers me up is lots of happy bright colors. So most of my selection for this week is just that, Bright, happy coloured products. So go ahead, indulge in a few of these and Stay Stylish!

Style Picks of the Week

The heat is rising and honestly the only thing going on in my mind right now is to go to some really cold place for a few days or sit in my refrigerator. The latter option seems more likely cause for some reason no travel plans are working out. This is when I start missing my job, cause I love travelling and I got to travel all over for shoots when I was working full time as a stylist for magazines.(Thats me in Kashmir a few years back. Sigh! nice such a beautiful place and great weather)
Anyway, moving on, this week I had such a tough time chosing the products, in a good way. Trust me this has to have been the toughest call i have ever had to make to chose products. I liked so many, So anyway here is my final list, some are great to take along on your vacation and some are great to bring home to create a vacation space indoors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Daisy Marc Jacobs, cause it looks as fresh as it smells
  2. Bird Tea Set, arttd’inox, Oh my god, just look at the little birdies they are so adorable. Would be a great conversation starter for any Tea parties you are planning to host this summer.
  3. Personalised Towels, Rhea International. This is a great gifting idea to give a loved one. It can be done on towels, napkins even bed sheets and pillow covers. In your own house get these done for your bathroom towels so you can create hotel style at your own place.
  4. Fresh Bloom Blush, Clinique. I am mostly attracted to the floral design, but having used this it also looks great with the right tints of pink on your cheeks.
  5. White Lemon collection, Nyassa. Again this refereshing collection of hand and Body wash smells and feels refreshing. Bring it into your home to beat the heat
  6. Colours of Life Collection, Cocoon Fine Rugs. I love the pattern and designs on this collection. It looks like a peice of art on your floor, or just actually hang it n the wall
  7. Travel Pouches, Maspar. Well the jewelled colours are so vibrant, I want one in each shade just so I can travel with them or even use them as make-up bags at home.
  8. Baguette, Fendi. I don’t think one needs an excuse to own a Fendi. In this case the colourful Retro pattern is making me swoon. Would look great with all your neutral linen outfits this summer.
  9. Eco Range side by side refrigerator, Electrolux. Besides the gorgeous and sleek design the entire energy and water saving angle gets two thumbs up from me
  10. Elegant Summer Collection, Punam Kalra. As the name suggests its elegant and sleek. Specially for summers when you don’t want anything to heavy to be in your sight.