Category: Product

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Leather Chic

Gautam Sinha has always been inclined towards the creative side of things. He did his graduation from NIFT Delhi (National Institute of Fashion Technology) but instead of following fashion design which he studied in collage, Gautam got into accessory/product design and worked for an export house that dealt in Christmas ornaments . During his 2…

Ek Kharkhana

Designer Preeti Wanchoo is a graduate of the prestigious National Institute of Design, India. After her graduation, she worked for a short period of while to gain some experience, before she teamed up with two of her friends with similar design sensibilites to create the label Ek Karkhana. Inspired by travel, movies, art and little nuances…

Matsya – A Journey Into Traditional Indian Crafts

Artist and potter Neha Gandhi is a lover of crafts. Even as a child she loved playing with colours, and later graduated from the well appreciated Sir J.J school of Fine Arts, Mumbai. She soon packed her bags and was off to Pondicherry to learn studio pottery at the Golden Bridge Pottery. Neha later worked…

Forty Red Bangles

Originally from Australia, Ramona Saboo has headed many community and economic development projects in Melbourne and has always had a keen interest in sustainability. After moving to India, she decided to channel this passion into creating an eco-friendly label called Forty Red Bangles – that creates quirky products using sustainably sourced materials and supporting community…

Art Meets Fashion

Mumbai-based Designer and Artist Aarti Verma did a teaching course from the famous Sir JJ School of Arts. She worked as an Art and craft teacher for a year before she started her label called Art meets Fashion where she creates exclusive handpainted and handcrafted products like handbags, jewellary boxes, cushions etc. Her designs are…

Ticket, Please…

Writer Indu Harikumar studied fashion and history. A children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher, Indu has written and illustrated for various regional and English children’s publishers, both non-profit and multinational. Her first bi-lingual picture book – “How do we weigh Appukuttan?” (English) / “Appukuttan ko toley kaise?” (Hindi) has been published by Eklavya. Indu enjoys…

Designer Craft

Designer Tejas Zinzuwadia graduated from the Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur. Coming from a family of goldsmiths, metal and its various forms have always been a part of his life.  He is highly inspired by the discreet forms of nature and the valued craft traditions of India. Tejas was awarded the FORHEX Award (2007…

Naturally Beautiful

US-based Textile designer Poorvi Mathur loves the excitement of creating new products. Trained in Fashion and Textile design Poorvi creates beautiful products using skilfully crafted textiles. Inspired by the simplicity and beauty in nature, the cultural and textile heritage of India and her lovely energetic toddler, Poorvi creates beautiful fashion products, children’s products and home…

Zing of Colour

Textile Designer Kanika Bahl graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Born and brought up in Delhi she worked full time with design houses based in NCR before she moved to Pune post her marriage. In the new city with the encouragement of her husband and help from fellow textile designers Kanika started…

Hand-crafted Must-Haves

Self-taught designer Anand Prakash is passionate about paper. Using which, he hand-crafts a wide range of stunning  products. A nature enthusiast, Anand mostly uses recycled and wood-free handmade paper for his creations. He also uses products like recycled brass, jute, coconut shells, sea shells, spices etc . His designs have been showcased at trend shows…

Pop It Up

Fashion stylist Rakhi Parekh and Fashion designer Khushboo Lahori met on the sets of the bollywood movie Aa Dekhen Zara. Rakhi who has styled celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan and Yana Gupta, was styling Bipasha Basu for the movie and Khushboo had joined in to assist her. During one of their…

Fired by the Fears of Life

At the age of 8 Ishan Khosla had a sketchbook  full of logos he designed , but it took him a long time and a dramatic event to help him realise that he was meant to be a designer. When Ishan was 22, he lost most of his vision, which was thankfully restored by brain surgery later.…

Artistic Book Covers

An artist at heart, Gunjan Ahlawat graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design with a degree in Communication Design (Graphic Design). He was always interested in books so he joined Dorling Kindersley and then Penguin Books India, and shaped visual personalities of many books. He later joined The Glasgow School of Art to do…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…