#TrendAlert Beat grey and gloomy rain filled days with a dose of corny yellow

JUL 31, 2020 | By Sonia Dutt and Sakshi Rai
The vibrant, yellow hued Kit organiser box by Spin

While the rumble of dark clouds is without a doubt an eagerly awaited respite, there are times when all we seek are small pockets of sunshine amid grey, dreary skies. The upbeat yellow, inspired by the hues on corn kernels, is our choice of colour for it brings lost cheer and excitement back into play. Fast making its way into homes in a variety of ways, we bring you our top favourites to choose from!
Style and Trend Prediction by Sonia Dutt

Spacefiction Studio

The Soul Garden House by Spacefiction Studio; Photograph by Monika Sathe Photography

Baba Sashank and Vindhya Guduru of this Hyderabad based practice offer a constant connect to the outdoors by encasing the Soul Garden House with bright, perforated screens. These bespoke, empire yellow surfaces were initially laser cut on individual MS sheets and then welded together over a metal framework. With varying apertures, they control the intensity of light streaming in and cast playful patterns on surfaces. Website:

Humming Tree

Hellow Yellow office project by Humming Tree for Limotex; Photograph by Justin Sebastian

Kozhikode based Arun Shekar Gowda and Mohammed Afnan took inspiration from art galleries to achieve a distinctive design vocabulary for Limotex’s 1,010 sq ft office. With an airy, joyous vibe, the office’s sunny interiors are experienced right from the reception. Yellow walls and floors are offset by a capsule shaped desk, the iconic Balloon Dog by artist Jeff Koon, a potted Monstera deliciosa and a contrasting artwork. Website:

bloom Boutique | Lake Pichola

The bloom Boutique | Lake Pichola hotel in Udaipur; Photograph courtesy Bloom Hotel Group

Set in Udaipur’s rich architectural landscape, this picturesque property borrows a heritage yellow tone for its facade from the surrounding golden deserts. The construction of the waterfront boutique hotel resembles that of numerous historic edifices in the city, designed in accordance with Mewar culture. It is built using yellow sandstone and lined with lime instead of cement (to keep interiors naturally cool). Website:

Quirk Studio

The Expand Loft by Quirk Studio; Photograph by Pulkit Sehgal

Mumbai based Disha Bhavsar and Shivani Ajmera envisioned The Expand Loft as a youthful and energetic work environment. The industrial themed interiors features an open-plan cafeteria with yellow walls and ceiling. A long community table, high chairs and a lightbox with a spirited quote, altogether frame the ideal brainstorming nook. Website:

Clad in a mellow yellow shade, the aluminium Kit organiser, part of the Etcetera collection, is a vibrant storage box. Sort and store with this handy and versatile tool that can hold a variety of products—from pickle and jam jars to bottles of sauces on the dining table, or even hygiene essentials in the washroom. Website:

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby cover by Aled Lewis

Escape from our current reality with ostentatious tales from this celebrated book. We give this endearing book cover by London based designer and illustrator Aled Lewis extra points for its attractive yellow base and witty take on the classic. Lewis uses a two colour screen print atop a joyful sunflower yellow backdrop that’s reminiscent of the golden haired, female protagonist Daisy. Website:

Jalapeno, corn and brie quiche
Cook up a delicious treat this weekend to brighten up your day! Scroll below for the recipe…

Shot at Lodi restaurant, New Delhi; Food styling by Sonia Dutt; Photograph by Tanuj Ahuja

310g of canned corn kernels
4 egg yolks
2 finely chopped and seeded jalapeño peppers
2 tbsp of finely chopped fresh chives
2 rolled, shortcrust pastry sheets
1 cup of brie cheese
½ cup of cream
salt, sugar and parmesan to taste

Preheat oven and a baking tray to 180°C (fan-forced). Grease a 3cm deep, 22cm (base) round fluted, loose-based flan tin. Line its base and sides with pastry. Freeze the pastry for 10 minutes or until it is firm. Then, place the tin on the heated baking tray and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the pastry is light golden.

In another bowl mix corn, cheese, jalapeño and chives. Arrange this mixture over the base of the pastry. Beat the egg yolks and cream in another container. Season this blend with salt and sugar before pouring onto the corn mixture. Top with a drizzle of parmesan and bake for another 25 minutes until it sets. Serve hot.