#EDBuzz Take your pick from our recommendations of the newest, most covetable designs
MAR 13, 2021 | By Anamika Butalia
#EDBuzz: Offering the finest and choicest product designs and architectural musings that are revolutionising the Indian design scene—tune in for shopping ideas and inspiring creations. Plus, our specially curated edit of new releases!
Designer Harshita Jhamtani reveals the Earth series of stoneware, which includes five clay table lamps in organic, nature-inspired forms. The Mumbai-based creative has christened the quintet Rio, Flab, Shroom, Dino and Bloom after their respective muses. We love that each piece is made by hand and offered in a variety of sizes, colours and glazes. Website: www.harshitajhamtani.com
A matter of perspective
Is it a carpet? Is it fabric? Oh, wait, it’s a painting! We’re bowled over by Madrid-born Antonio Santin’s Gravitas exhibition held at Mumbai’s Galerie Isa until March 5, 2021. On display were works from the rug series, which showcase Santin’s incredible use of trompe l’oeil.
The Spaniard has taken his interest in the opacity of fabric as a device to obscure abstract patterns and textures, making these pieces highly covetable. With the help of light and shadow as well as the juxtaposition of flattened planes and contrasting forms, the artist has created an ingenious collection of tangible, seemingly crumpled pieces of floor coverings. Website: www.galerieisa.com
The Lama Appliqué Chair by Art Age is an upholstered seater that uses high quality, hand-woven cotton fabric with hand appliqué techniques on its front and back. With this, the Jaipur-based manufacturing exporter of furniture and furnishings endeavours to revive traditional crafts, including Indian needlework. Website: www.artageindia.com
This intricate design from the Flatweave collection by Insigne Carpets has us stepping in style. Inspired from the Kashan province of erstwhile Persia, the Persian, knotted pure wool floor covering is given a herbal henna and tea leaf water wash for an antique finish. Website: www.insignecarpets.com
Dandelion by Studio Drift is an intriguing lamp that uses a real flower, which is picked during the spring season in the Netherlands, to truly and surely bring the outdoors in. The floral seeds are then placed by hand on a LED and covered with a glass dome to create an ethereal composition. Available at Studio Onedot6. Instagram: @studio.drift; @onedot6
+1 for Paul
Designer Paul Matter’s latest series is simply titled Plus for the resulting 3D shape of the light fixtures. The brass collection includes a range of appliqués in singular or repetitive arrangements and in varied finishes—burnt, aged, buffed brass and buffed steel—to emit soft beams of light. Website: www.paulmatter.com
Ruchika Ohri attracts a strong flow of Chi with a classic wing chair upholstered in eclectic textile, a contemporary table made using marble, metal and wood, and a lush indoor plant—together, these elements represent a tranquil yet nifty nook. Tel: 09811027277
Avani and Akshay Khurana present Beyond Dreams, a concept destination for bespoke furnishings in various decor styles! Envisaging design as a balance between form and function, this is a privé concept by Dreams Furnishings. It offers an exclusive collection of bespoke fabrics and furniture pieces in a wide array of decor styles—modern, contemporary and classical—to craft timeless spaces.
“Our aim is to help patrons visualise and realise their dream spaces, and we provide a plethora of options and services to assist and guide them every step of the way,” share the Khuranas, who believe in celebrating individual expressions of design and pushing the boundaries of creativity with tactile solutions. Tel: 09899818000
A series with a soul
Ayush Choudhary of Cocoon Fine Rugs collaborates with designers Falguni Shane Peacock for the luxurious Meraki collection of floor coverings. “Meraki,” says Ayush Choudhary, “is Greek for leaving a piece of yourself—your soul, creativity or love—into your work. For us, it is the coalescence of two likeminded brands.”
Incidentally, the eponymous duo behind Falguni Shane Peacock was looking to venture into home decor. “We’ve been working on soft furnishings such as wallpapers, cushions, etc, so we were excited about working with Ayush from the beginning.”
The resulting relationship with creatives Falguni Shane Peacock led to a young and bold series that’s dramatically different from the rug company’s aesthetics. “Each piece is handmade with high-quality wool and hand-spun silk at our Jaipur workshops. They are also discreetly monogrammed with the designer’s FSP logo,” shares Choudhary.
“After eight months of ideating and a year to finalise and make them, we have an array of edgy and high glam rugs that set a new benchmark for art and design,” add the designer duo. The series includes FSP leitmotifs such as chains, flowers juxtaposed against intricate designs, medallions, links and hearts that spell ‘I love you always,’ and is likely to leave viewers floored!