Category: Design

DVIBHUMI

Singapore based designer Vyshnavi grew up in South Bangalore’s most traditional neighborhood where almost every home wakes up to MS Subbulakshmi’s rendition of Venkatesha Suprabhatam. Vyshnavi spent a decade in the advertising business across India and Singapore examining the cultural landscape of the region and crafting locally relevant stories for global brands. She became increasingly…

Boho Gypsy

Designer Annah Chakola studied in a British boarding school in Ooty called Hebron. Being an international school it exposed her to people from all over the world. She knew from then that there was a world out there with many possibilities and she wanted to see it. Since she had a family member in America,…

Unique Home Accessories

Hampshire based artist and designer Mala Arora originally comes from Punjab. Before moving to the UK she studied Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts from Govt. College of Arts, Chandigarh with specialization in Painting. She topped in her University and received the Gold Medal from the Vice – Chancellor. From a young age, Mala was…

Gorgeous Hand-Worked Evening Wear

Born and raised in Bombay to a business-orientated family, Sharnita Nandwana was expected to one day take over the family manufacturing/export business. So she decided to go down the conventional route of finishing high school, doing a degree in Economics and an MBA eventually. However, when Sharnita was meant to be studying she would end…

Dear O Deer! What Ceramics !

New Delhi based Kriti Chaudhary first got introduced to clay during a hobby weekend class she took up while she was doing her bachelors in product design. She absolutely enjoyed the  hands-on experience of working with clay, much more than working on a 3D software on her computer. Pottery particularly, got her totally hooked on.…

Rustic Leather Collections

Happy New Year Everyone! The romantic that I am, I have decided to start 2015 with a post about a lovely couple, Aarushi and Arpan Patel. It is a cool story. Aarushi and Arpan’s parents’ have been friends for ages. However, these two didn’t know each other until they met on Facebook in 2011 when…

Quirky Handloom Weaves

Fashion designer Debashri Samanta grew up in south Kolkata, India in a family of doctors and engineers. Designing was something individual to her with no one to influence or tweak her perception of art. Debashri always loved ideating interesting silhouettes. Even as a child she would go through her mum’s closet, a designer’s delight with…

Modern Expressions of Rural Fashion

Designer Harshita Gautam grew up in a small town in UP, India called Saharanpur. She studied Spanish and went on to work in the corporate world as a linguist.  One regular day in 2013 as Harshita was driving from her office to her home she saw a woman on the Mumbai-Pune highway that caught her eye. She…

Merging Modern Design With Indian Artistry

Designer Paulami Saha graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) with specialization in craft. She has always been creatively inclined, probably because of her genes. Her father, an electronic engineer, was always artistic by nature; the father-daughter duo would often work together on various craft projects for days. Being a home maker,…

Contemporary Classic Tulsi

Neeru Kumar graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India  with A specialization in Textiles and a keen interest in weaving. She loves discovering new crafts from the places that she travels to and imbibes them in her work.  She is known for her use of traditional techniques with a contemporary twist and…

Love for Leather

Friends Vidhi Sharma and Arpan Patel, both share a fascination for leather. After pursuing his Masters degree in Arts & Design from the University of Arts, London, Arpan started off creating leather furniture. While Vidhi specialized in Textiles and Soft furnishings. Early this year both Vidhi and Arpan were offered a leather based project by an NGO in…

Almirah

Aditi Bajpai’s mother Divya started her own company when Aditi was only two. She used to export bedding and clothes, and also design for her buyers. As a child Aditi would accompany her mum to work and spend endless hours around fabrics, playing with spools of threads and getting her dolls dresses and her dresses made…

Blueprint Coleccion

Divya Niranjan has always been fascinated by fabrics and the way they are transformed via design into clothes. She worked as production manager with a leading designer in Chennai and that is where she discovered what she really wanted to be. After a couple of years of gaining the requisite experience Divya decided to launch her…

Limited Edition Designs

Sisters Nidhi Mehta and Hiral Bhogi have always been very instinctive towards each other. While Hiral is the left brainer, Nidhi is the dreamer and together they fit like a jigsaw puzzle. Though both the sisters soared well in their individual careers, there was a creative strain that pulled them together to do something new,…

Purple Soul

Even as a school girl Priya Krishnan Das remembers making her own pen stands from packaging cardboard, mini cabinets with drawers out of match boxes, her own writing board for exams and more. The one theory from school that left it’s strongest impression on her mind is Newton’s law – energy cannot be destroyed; it…

Strings & Beads

Born and raised in Chennai, Archana Avinash moved to the Middle East after her post graduation in Business Studies. Watching her multi-talented mum, Archana was soon drawn to beading and jewellery. After 5 years in the corporate world, she finally decided to take the plunge. She quit her job in Corporate Communication and started Strings…

Design by Example

Moutushi Sarkar is a fashion design graduate from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. After her graduation, Moutushi worked around 7 years, mostly in the Indian export market, gaining experience in designing for various international upmarket brands across Europe and USA. To break the monotony of the bridge-line/high street market caused by mass…

Fun & Colorful Kids Products

Friends and classmates Pallavi Arora and Suman Sharma met at National Institute of Design where Suman studied furniture design and Pallavi studied film and video communication. With Pallavi’s mum being a painter and a teacher of art and Suman’s father a photographer, both of their art and design sensibilities took shape early at home. Together they…

Saffron Hue

It all began as a casual conversation between two stay-at-home-moms Ruchi Sharma and Pinal Maniar, where they discussed the lack of unique high quality offerings available at affordable prices. They decided to bring a fresh new perspective to the traditional textiles and techniques of India by using them for baby bedding and accessories. With this insight, industry…

Lotus Eye

Designer Mita Naidu was born in Kolkata, India and raised in Canada. She went to Canterbury Highschool (performing arts highschool for ballet), Tisch School of the Arts (New York University) for ballet, finished up her BA at UBC in Anthropology and Asian Studies, then completed an MA in Human Kinetics and an MHA in Health…

Simply Sophisticated

Designer Shweta Kapur is a graduate from the London College of Fashion. After having worked with designers likes Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla (Mumbai) and Nitin Bal Chauhan (New Delhi), Shweta moved to London to get out of her comfort zone and pursue fashion. While studying there, she interned with Burberry and then again when the…

Lost City

Afshan Durrani was raised in the Indian city of Kashmir. The rebellious Afshan was the only member of her family who did not become a doctor. She instead gravitated to the arts, moving to New York City in 1995 to complete her fashion degree at Fashion Institute of Technology. After spending several years supplying her…

Pullo’man

An MBA from William Paterson University, NJ, USA in Entrepreneurship Ashish Rajadhyaksha writes regularly on topics related to entrepreneurship, creativity, business plans, manufacturing competitiveness, media innovation, and others. Passionate about effectiveness of entrepreneurship in solving social problems through job creation, social mobility and bridging ethno-religious misgivings, Ashish is involved in several personal, business and research endeavours…

Made by M

Mansi Choksi has always been fascinated by colour and the vibrancy each colour exuberates. She graduated from the University of  Texas at Austin with a degree in Marketing and International Business and creates beautiful jewellery through her brand Made by M. Mansi draws inspiration from her mother who is an artist and creates one of-a-kind…

Beautifully Crafted

Engineer Karthik Vaidyanathan always kept a keen interest in design, especially interior design. Over the past 14 years his stint in the media industry kept him busy, but every job kept him in touch with design of various genres – graphic design, multimedia design, jewellery design, etc. While decorating his apartment 2 years back, the…

Totems of African Tribes

Designer Payal Kothari has been involved in the design and manufacturing of footwear since 2002. She mastered the technical art of accessory design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Her apprenticeship with 5th Avenue brands like Nina Shoes and Delman, acquired her shelf space with reputed stores like Bergdoff Goodman, Bloomingdale, Saks Fifth…

Jewellery for Today’s Woman

Psychology graduate, Leela Janakirama has been involved with traditional arts and artists from a very young age. Her exposure to jewelry craftsmanship and training in diamond grading instilled in her a deep respect for the materials that she would ultimately use. With formal training in graphic design, Leela combines traditional craftsmanship and modern design to…

Yellow Spiders Potter’s Club

Neha Ramaiya graduated from Sir J J School of Art, specializing in ceramics and then did a Post Graduation from NID (National Institute of Design) in Ceramics and Glass Design. She started the Yellow Spiders Potter’s Club to get back to ceramics and pottery after a gap of a few years spent juggling between design jobs…

Educative, Entertaining and Eco-friendly

Software engineer Anindita Sengupta worked for Motorola, Bangalore for a year before following her passion of designing for children. The postgraduate course in ‘Toy & Game Design’ in National Institute of Design seemed to be the logical first step. After NID, Anindita met M.P Hariharan and Harish Abbott, the co-founders of Gween Toys, who were looking…

Colour Paper Art !

Aditi Babel is an independent Book Artist and Graphic Designer based out of the city of lakes, Udaipur located in the Mewar region of Rajasthan. She did her graduation in Fine Arts from Jaipur, post graduation in Visual Communication from IIT Bombay and then did a specialized course in the craft of book making, Artist’s Books & traditional form of print making from Florence, Italy. Aditi…

Memories of a Butterfly – design in beads

Sreeti Mondol lived and travelled to various places in the world, she did her BA psychology in LSR Delhi and her MA in transnational communication and global media at London University, Goldsmiths College. After her MA, she moved to Bangalore where she worked in the field of advertising as a strategy planner with big names…

Romantic Mulmul

Designer Puja Chodha grew up in Bangalore, south India and dreamed of being an actor. Acting came naturally to her and Miss Audrey Hepburn was god.  She did a fair amount of theatre in school and college and always ended up in scrumptious period costumes or coveted romantic lead roles that exalted damsels in distress. Puja’s…

Exclusive Adornments

With a love for accessorizing “just right” that goes back to her days at University and before, and the influential exposure to diverse and rich cultural backgrounds within her family, Khushboo Agarwal knew from an early age that jewellery designing is where she belonged. To pursue her passion she studied Fashion and Jewellery Design from a…

Brass It Up

Designer Sannam Chopra completed her Masters in Australia and soon after returned to India and founded Archetype Deusigns. Through her company she designed jewellery for various well known brands like Pantaloon, Lifestyle, Provogue etc. She further honed her skills through a jewellery manufacturing Diploma at SNDT, Mumbai after which she launched her label Embellish. Sannam…

Karmic Kabira

After having studied Law, Vandana Dewan pursued fashion styling from the Fashion Institute of Technology, (F.I.T.), New York and has taken her aesthetic aspirations to soaring heights by styling for fashion glossies and Bollywood celebrities. Most recently, with her ability to play, create and style with not so common materials, Vandana has launched her jewellery…

Eco-friendly Luxury Home Textiles

Ever since designer Mitun Chakrabarti’s childhood in Calcutta, where she learnt how to paint and sketch as a hobby, she dreamed of creating her own designs for the home.  However, the journey to the world of design had its challenges and a few detours.  Mitun began her life in the US as a young woman…

A Glass Apart

Growing up in a family of artists and designers Vallari Harshwal’s exposure to art began at a rather early age. Her childhood summer holidays were spent loitering around her grandfather’s painting studio, gazing at the colours, shapes and books he owned. Vallari graduated in Fine Arts (Sculpture) from MSU and went on to do PG…

Exquisite Fabrics, Stunning Prints & Ornate Jewels

Fashion Designer Roopa Pemmaraju is an alumnus of the reputed art institute, Chitra Kala Parishath, after which she worked with renowned retailers Tommy Hilfiger and Madura Garments before launching her label Roopa Pemmaraju. Her collaborative debut collection caught the eye of IMG Fashion, and secured her a coveted spot in the Next Gen section of…

Ridzyn

An alumnus of N.I.F.T. – New Delhi, Ritesh Kumar moved to Italy in 2005 to start his Master’ Degree in Fashion Design at Domus Academy – Milan. A year later he joined Luca Berti Fashion Studio in Ferrara, where he gained valuable experience and sharpened his design skills.  In 2007 he returned to Delhi where…

Poker Nights

Home Furnishing Designer Neha Sethi moved to Mumbai after completing her Post Graduation in Textile Designing from the School Of Fashion Technology, Pune. She worked as a Designer/ Stylist/ Design Coordinator with some of India’s top home fashion brands like ZEBA and SPACES (Welspun Retail) and export houses designing for both retail & export markets…

SHOCKWAVE PULSAR

Designer Gurdeep Lall graduated in Fashion from the University of Northampton. Two  years after graduating  he launched his Label Lall London, a ‘casual-luxe’ label which features silk chiffon vests, tunics and dresses that have been hand sequined with fresh graphic images. Being of Sikh Indian decent, and born & brought up in London Gurdeep has…

Unique, Hand-crafted Bags

Accessory Designer Richa Dubey is an alumnus of the prestigious NIFT, New Delhi.  She worked with a number of international design houses, fashion studios and craft clusters across India before deciding to launch her own label, 22.2accessories. Richa loves to work with Indian textiles and craft techniques to create beautiful handcrafted products that have a…

Exquisite Designs for Contemporary Living

Vikram Goyal grew up in New Delhi, India’s heritage-rich capital; and spent his holidays exploring palaces, forts and traditions across Rajasthan and other parts of India. He studied development economics at Princeton University and worked with the World Bank and investment bank Morgan Stanley’s offices in New York and Hong Kong. Having lived in diverse…

Locopopo

Lokesh Karekar is a visual artist specializing in illustration and design. After graduating from Sir. J. J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, he initially worked for design firms like GrandmotherIndia and Alok Nanda Company. In 2007, he started his independent illustration studio Locopopo. Lokesh’s brand of contemporary graphics inspired by Indian culture and tradition has…

Warrior of the Forbidden Kingdom

Designer Raman Vij is an alumni of the prestigious NIFT Delhi, where he  won the Best Knitwear Design Collection Award in the  year 1997. He then won a scholarship to do his Masters in Fashion and Textiles from the Nottingham Trent University, after which  he worked with design studios like Robert Weldon Design Studio and Liberty.…

Tele-commandments: for a cathodic soul

Divya Raman graduated from London College of Fashion with an MA in womenswear Digital Fashion. Before her MA, Divya has worked as a Prêt-a-Porter womenswear designer for a leading design house on international sport and street brands including Levi Strauss & co., Orsay and FILA. She was a finalist in Project Runway India and was…

Of Dichotomies and Identities

Designer Akshay Tyagi was born in India and graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA in Textiles and a Minor in Fashion. He has been commissioned by performance group Camerata Xara Young Women’s Choir in Halifax and actress Lucy DeCoutere for Atlantic Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Last year he was appointed as…

Fashionable Footwear

Designer Aksha Fernandez studied and worked as an architect, in India in her early years. But, she felt that architecture didn’t quite give her the freedom to fully explore her creative ideas. So, she decided to venture to Milan, Italy, where she did her MA in Accessories Design. In Milan, she also learned about Italian craftsmanship…

Cute and Colourful Designs

Product Designer Shweta Jain Chopra graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design. She is a big enthusiast of the oriental culture, which she fuses with her Indian background to create a unique style of her own, leading to her brand, SJC Designs. All her products are handmade by her. Shweta was invited to showcase her…

Woven Classics

Trained at Chelsea College of Art and Design London in Woven Textiles and National Institute of Fashion Technology Delhi in Fashion, Gaurav Jai Gupta makes hand-woven and sustainable clothes, accessories and product for interior spaces. A finalist of the British Council and ELLE’s Young Creative Fashion Entrepreneur Awards 2010, he debuted at the prestigious ORIGIN:…