Category: Design

The Silver Lining

Aparna Das Sadhukhan is an ex-advertising and marketing professional, turned freelance writer and jewelery designer. She always had a strange passion for Silver and knew at some point in her life she would own a boutique selling silver and junk jewelery. She took up a silversmithing class at Sydney Art School and created a ring,…

How Romantic!

A qualified artist, Sharon Nayak has been in the field of advertising for over 20 years. She has worked in well-respected advertising agencies like MAA, Mudra, Grey, Mc Cann and Lowe. Her limitless passion for creativity and never ending endeavour to make all things beautiful results in stunning work. Here is a book she beautifully designed, to…

Sparkling Stars and Crystals

Jewellery Designer Punita Trrikha was always fascinated by the sparkling world of Gems and Jewellery. But it was under the guidance of Paris based jewellery designer Marie Louise that she discovered her creative dimension and mastered the art of costume jewellery making. Punita designs and handcrafts each of her pieces all by herself. Her clientele include…

Distinctive Conceptual Jewellery

Jewellery designer Eina Ahluwalia creates individualistic statement jewellery that is subtle yet powerful. Over the last seven years her style has evolved from being inspired by her travels, reading & photography, to her emotions in response to her life experiences. Eina  has built a loyal client base in India, and supplies to independent retailers in…

Vibrant Handcrafted Pottery

Each piece of unique and handmade pottery made by Charan Sachar reflects his fascination for Bollywood and love for life in India. Charan lived in India for a significant part of his life where his mother ran a boutique designing clothes for brides and bridesmaids. The colours, fabrics, embroidery and designs he came across have had…

Perfect Fusion Ensemble

Designer Anu Mirchandani’s fashion label Ananya is a leading brand for luxury kaftans, jewelled dresses & evening wear.  Her client list includes celebrities like Madonna, Kylie, Keira Knightley, Lisa B and Kate Moss speaking volumes of her designs. Anu’s 2011 collection oozes luxury and charm with pretty beach dresses to exquisite evening wear that look…

Making a Bold Statement!

Designer Divya Thomas is addicted to Jewellery. Using various materials that she collects in her travels around the world, she creates absolutely stunning and unique pieces of jewellery. Her creations are a perfect blend of modern and traditional elements. Here are few of her recent eclectic designs: Merging together sterling silver and pewter with exquisite pieces of wood, bone…

Making Life More Fun

Industrial Designer Chetan Sorab creates witty designs that make everyday living a little more fun. His designs have won many awards, the latest being the prestigious Red Dot Concept Award 2010. Here are a few of his award winning designs: Inspired from a regular bellow, Beach bellow is a collapsible beach chair which helps make…

Hand me the cushion

Designer Kalyani Ganapathy creates simple and useful objects by weaving stories, emotions and dreams together. Each of her products are carefully hand crafted and individually hand painted creating unique, one of a kind designs. Her design styles vary from ethnic Indian, abstract, nature, funk to many more. Here are a few of her absolutely funky…

Pretty Golden Leaves

Trained in traditional Indian dance and fine art, S Ahalya is a gemologist certified by the International Gemology Institute. Her designs are a true reflection of her strong and elegant personality, a true mark of a dancer. Ahalya believes that jewellery should have style, substance, and soul to communicate and be relevant to your life. She…

Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner of the Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year award 2010 given by The British Council and Elle, Nachiket Barve’s work has appeared in all major publications and has been appreciated by the best in the international fashion world. He is renowned for creating his own innovative textiles, and designs that are contemporary and chic.…

Jaisalmer meets Ibiza

Fashion Designer Anupama Dayal loves experimenting and setting new milestones in her unique printing and needlework techniques. In her resort wear 2010 collection, inspired by the nomads of the Thar desert Anupama worked with bright colours like spice green, dancing red, fire pink and kingfisher blue. Using tie dyed leheriya and shibori on chiffon, silk…

A Modern Take on Traditional Craft

Aditi Prakash loves things handmade and is constantly exploring ways to bring traditional craft into modern lives. She has worked with Gond artists to develop toys and a storybook for children and has also designed a collection of objects that bring together the best of Gond paintings in a way that they can become part…

Refreshing SODA!

Designer Sai Sangeet Paliwal creates home décor furnishings that are as quirky as herself and her name. Under her couture brand aptly named SODA she has created five beautiful collections called ‘Soda Pop‘- a young, fun, effervescent collection, ‘Soda Incarnate‘- ornate, royal and regal, ‘Soda Fizz‘- an eclectic mix of vintage spunk with retro funk, ‘Soda Bar‘- a chic…

Candy Pop

Lifestyle Accessory designers and partners Maithili Kabre Mandal and Ankan Mandal together create fun products and beautiful fashion jewellery using alternative materials. Their creations are showcased at various lifestyle stores and are loved by women who like to sport individualistic styles. Here are a few of the delicious designs from their recent collection ‘Candy Pop’. Inspired by…

Simply Exquisite!

Jewellery designer, Smitha Ittyerah specializes in customised designs of precious and semi-precious jewellery in platinum, gold and diamonds. She has won many awards for her exquisite designs at various competitions like the Diamond Natures’ Miracle International Design Competition (Sponsored by Diamond Trading Company), the Tahitian Pearl Trophy Competition India (Sponsored by Gie.Perles de Tahiti), ‘Swarnasamarpan’ jewellery design…

Pretty Frills and Dark Mysteries!

Perfect example of how magic is created when the right people come together are these brilliant pictures created by photographer Vikram Kushwah and fashion designer Trisha Sakhlecha. With utterly quirky poses and perfectly feminine yet awkwardly cut out garments, these brilliantly directed and shot photographs totally amazed and intrigued me. Titled ‘The stepmother’s daughter’ here…

Jewellery fit for a Queen…

Swati Sahu is a jewellery designer who creates simple, contemporary designs that are rooted in Indian heritage. Here are a few of her designs from her latest collection – Sheesh Mahal. Sheesh Mahal literally means palace of mirrors. There were quite a few mirrored halls built during the Mughal Empire. These structures are renowned for…

One to watch out for!!!

Karishma Shahani is a spanking new fashion designer who just graduated from the London School of Fashion and is already being talked about as the next big thing in the fashion industry. Her collection ‘Yatra’ won the Fashion Textiles award at the London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology show June 2010.…

Teller of Tales

Product designer Abhijit Bansod is also the founder of Bangalore based design studio-Studio ABD. Abhijit is focused on creating sustainable designs, which are enriched with human emotions and very characteristically expressive in nature. Winner of many awards here is his latest award winning creation: Inspired by the ring of halo that hovers above the head…

Snuggling Up With Pretty Prints

Aaah!!! Today all I can think of is my bed. Any one with a teething toddler will know what I am talking about and those with no experience of babies, I must tell you a teething baby = no sleep. Continuing my window shopping for beautiful products for the home….here are some gorgeous bedding and…

Home ‘pretty’ home

It is amazing how I can never get enough of shopping for little knick-knacks for my home. I sometimes feel like a little girl in a candy shop when I go to places like IKEA. Well, like me if you like looking at beautiful home accessories, here are a few pretty pieces created by product…

Hand-Crafted Happiness!

Fashion designer Rachana Nagranee loves all things beautiful and believes that the simplest of designs are the most wonderful. Specialised in Handbags and home accessories, Rachana created Pitaara which is a collection of hand-crafted products inspired by the state of happiness. Each of the handbags and fashion accessories is so luxurious & indulgent, they seem…

Bollywood Billboards to Beautiful Bags

I believe in recycling and try to do my bit wherever possible. Recycling conserves resources, saves energy, helps protect the environment and reduces landfills….why wouldn’t you want to recycle?! It is only recently though that I came across the term Upcycling. Upcycling is using waste and converting it into something of better quality or value.…

Creating ‘Useful Art’

Night lamp

Paul Sandip is a gifted designer who transforms everyday objects into works of art. Winner of many awards his most recent achievement is the Silver Prize at OPUS Eyewear Design Award 2009, Japan for his sensuous see-through blindfold for adult fantasy play. Here are few of his other brilliant works Nominated by Elle Decor for EDIDA’09…

Take a seat!

And now for some furniture therapy. Here are a few gorgeous seats designed by Asad Firdosy. After a degree in architecture, Asad joined his ancestral business of furniture making at Firdos Furnishers. Working mainly with Teak wood, his designs are a reflection of his inherent talent, originality of thought and creativity whilst retaining traditional ancestral values. His…

Sparklers!

From bags to another favourite accessory of a woman – Diamond jewellery!!! Aaah… we love it! Here are a few gorgeous pieces designed by Nicky Ramnani, a young passionate jewellery designer who blends rich Indian heritage with current styles. Nicky offers a personalised,consultative approach and develops bespoke designs based on individual client’s aesthetic outlook. Coming from a commerce…

Bags of Colour!

The best accessory for summer is a brightly coloured bag. Here are a few bright and beautiful bags designed by Shivani Gakhar for an NGO called ‘Khamir’. Here she has mainly used Leather, block printed fabric and mashru fabric, which is a mix of cotton and silk. And now for some geek chic check out…

Check-Kitsch out !!

Aarohi Singh is a self taught artist who blows magic into day to day common objects like kettles, chairs, tables and convert them into fabulous works of art. She uses rural Indian visuals to create modern, functional and unique furniture. Her Khiladi Table totally blew my mind, it is a coffee table which can be…