Archive for the ‘Indian Interiors’ Category

SPADE is a biannual journal that deliberates on architecture and design in India. Vol 1 was a treat to read as well as to look at. An absorbing, thought-provoking set of articles, extremely well-typeset, well-photographed. Written and put together by professionals in the field of architecture and design, this peer-driven journal has been so far […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Herman Melville once said ‘They talk of the dignity of work. Bosh. The dignity is in leisure.’ Built over an old outhouse, the Garden Lounge, created by M/s Prabhakar Bhagwat with interiors by SRDA, is a private space of leisure, a retreat, built to step away from everyday living. A […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* This post is months overdue. Here’s to the very patient Nipa & Jonathan who I am sure had an amazing showing at Milan, and to all the wonderful people who follow Indian By Design. Purvi Sanghvi, jewelry designer and an ardent fan of Doshi Levien, introduced me to Nipa and […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Jenny’s work stems from the heart and her lamps seem to be lovingly nudged and caressed into form, the light brushing through and around it like wind. Featuring her work and thoughts.


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Presenting the first pictures of the new Rohit Bal Store, at Emporio in New Delhi. The store evokes a sense of grungy grandeur, and the gold and mirror and jaali work seem refined and edgy simultaneously. I enjoyed the way the store is filled with distractions, but the garments are […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Bijoy Jain’s works remind me of a refuge, a sanctuary. Almost as if he was recreating spaces he finds comfort in – an underlying wish for peace. I visited his office and had a conversation over good coffee. About his projects, architecture, even why the interiors of all his projects […]


A friend sent me a link to Mann Singh’s work. He works on varied things from lights to furniture to accessories and most of his work has a poetic bent. Featuring a few of his explorations. Mann+Siddhartha


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* The first thing that strikes you about Samira is that she’s extremely passionate. I met her at the opening of the Devi Arts Foundation, in the midst of a sandstorm, her hair flying as wildly as her hands, as she shared her thoughts on modern Indian Architecture and design criticism […]


Aarohi Singh is a self taught artist. She paints in Oil, Acrylics, Watercolor, Pastels and works on Paper, Canvas, Metal, Cardboard, Wood, Fabric. Ambika from Little by Little(lovely girl, much potential) mentioned her. So I checked her website. I like what Aarohi’s done with the trunk and chair and the kettle. Her paintings though didn’t […]


Samira Rathod’s home is tucked away from the road, in Breach Candy. Trees and birds and silence fills the pathway to her ground floor residence. The long narrow corridor that the front door opens to splits the home halfway. The Living, Dining and Master Bedroom on the left and the children’s room and kitchen on […]


Spade is a biannual journal dedicated to Indian Architecural Design. My first reaction when I opened the large courier Editor Samira Rathod mailed across was to its generous proportions. It was beautifully typeset, had great photography, no ads and ample words which promised heavy reading (and sitting in shifting positions having its large pages curl […]


Kavita and Shami gifted me a Salman Khan cushion cover, hand-painted by a hoarding artist. It was quirky and very kitsch, and my introduction to Varsha Sharma’s work. But after seeing more of what she does, I am partial to her weaves and threads and fabrics. A graduate in Textile Design from NID, she started […]


Culinary celebrity Marut Sikka’s daytime café turned evening sit-down, Magique, in the Garden of five senses is set in a Delhi public park. This Asian fusion restaurant designed by Lotus Design has created quite a buzz since it opened last year. Indian by Design serves up assorted pictures garished with a quirky identity. (p.s: I […]


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* I remember the first time I walked past the giant metal doorway, smooth pebbles curving into my flats, and experiencing Cinnamon. There was an air of quiet elegance about it. Along with a light-filled positivity that made you want to linger. Quirky artifacts, accessories and clothes were artistically placed around […]


Conceptualised in 2007, Memories of a Butterfly specializes in Bead Curtains and Murals. They say ‘Bead Curtains not only allow for a play with color, light and texture, but also enable us to create natural connectors between spaces. They have the ability to create privacy without disconnecting an area from the rest of the house, […]


Good Earth just opened the doors to its enigmatic flasgship store in Saket, New Delhi. The products lend it the same air of familiarity, but the subtle yet mammoth design differences take you into a new space altogether. Designed by the immensely talented Lotus Design (Mehrangarh museum shop, Levi’s Rivet, Xylys, Khaja Chowk…), it’s dazzling, […]


Atmosphere, owned by Himatsingka Seide, is probably India’s first luxury home furnishing fabrics store chain.With over 2000 styles of fabrics in every store, the striking ensemble is well suited for home and commercial decor.


*An Indian By Design Exclusive* Rajiv Majumdar’s 450 sq ft apartment had just enough space for his 6 foot 4 frame, his guitars, books and speakers. Though it did have its plus points. Enough light from a long balcony and enough freedom to break down all the walls as the flat belonged to his mother. […]



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