Why Kama Ayurveda outpost in Delhi is similar to a modern-day apothecary

NOV 9, 2016 | By Nupur Ashok Sarvaiya
Right in the busy Khan Market, New Delhi stands a majestic space that will beckon you away from the hustle and bustle. It is the Kama Ayurveda store, standing at a colossal area. Other than the obvious reason to get your hands on some of the very best, treatment based elixirs the brand has to offer, we tell you why you need to visit the store.
It is almost a getaway from the chaos and mayhem of the metropolitan life, where the air lingers with fragrant agarbatti, essential oils and fresh blooms’ blends to take all your senses on a trajectory to the definitive environment for Ayurveda in the 21st century.
Conceptualised by the co-founders Vivek Sahni and Dave Chang along with Delhi based creative team Studio Lotus, the boutique draws from the idea of amalgamating the concepts of traditional Indian beauty, Ayurveda and science of Ayurveda. With an aim to “bring about a sense of authenticity, while being contemporary every element of the flagship is customised,” discloses Vivek.
Architecturally, the luxuriousness of the high facade and ceilings, period detailing and checkered board marble flooring evoke a sense of continuity with the past. Translating the vibe of an old-fashioned apothecary in a modernised area is teakwood furniture and cane cabinetry that is created by Studio Lotus. While the contemporary finial topped brass shelving, exposed lighting and ducting, and ivory painted brick walls underscore Kama Ayurveda’s place in the present and future.
“A neutral palette dictates the outlet – the exposed brick walls reflect ivory tones, while the marble floors are monotoned – to maintain a post-colonial aura without being too flashy. The burst of colour comes from fresh flowers and the packaging of the products,” Vivek adds.
The well-appointed store is enhanced by old lamps, utensils, pots, mixers, burners, bowls, urulis etc. that are diligently sourced by Vivek from South India. The door knobs are custom cast by the design collective, while the idols of Dhanvantari, the God of Health and Wealth, across 15 stores are handcrafted in bronze by a master craftsman in Swamimalai to celebrate traditions and crafts from the country.
Where: Kama Ayurveda, 22A, Khan Mkt, Delhi 03. Tel: (011) 24654885
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