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Wednesday, August 13

InspiraciĆ³n


I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
Inspiration is all around me
And so the feeling goes..

Today, I sat back and soaked in. Visuals, colors, shades, textures, spaces, textiles, jewels - I let them all swirl around me and inspire me; inspire me to create these moodboards for you. 

And as I was creating these moodboards for you, I saw that my furball of a boy cat is unwell. I rushed him to the vet and he, the brave boy that he is, took in the shots, snarled just once, looked down at the two huge dogs that were waiting patiently for their turn, and now, is back home with me, curled up by my side. We have had quite a day, and thank god we had this pretty post to come back to.  











 

We both say goodnight to those who are on this side of the hemisphere, and good morning to those on the other side. Hope the ones in the middle are already having a fabulous day.

See you all soon!


[Images from: 1, 2, 3]

Wednesday, August 6

Showtime!

Bringing to you some lovely entrepreneurs, new brands and beautiful products in a two part post. Discover, enjoy and encourage these new creative peeps on the block!


~ Aiyana ~


Aiyana, is a special program initiated by the Umeed Foundation to revive traditional skills as a sustainable enterprise for women in rural Punjab. The design team at Aiyana works with these women artisans to help revive and promote intricate handwork like crochet, embroidery and phulkari. These beautiful products are available via some online shop like IndianRoots and Pernia's Pop Up Shop, and also some retail outlets in Delhi.



~ Varnam ~


Karthik Vaidyanathan's Varnam, has been working with artisans in Channapatna for over two years now to reinterpret the very colorful and vibrant toy craft. The result has been a series of designs in toys, jewelry and home accents. Varnam's brilliant products are available online, at some select stores in various cities and now also at Varnam's flagship store in Bangalore. 



~ My Vintage Bicyclette ~


I love bicycles! And so do Fiona & Idriss. The couple, based in Pondicherry, have launched My Vintage Bicyclette, where they pretty up and customize bicycles. Working with local artists and craftsmen, they offer handmade accessories for bicycles like vintage leather saddles, grips & hand painted ring bells. And fully customized bicycle in patterns, shapes and colors inspired by Indian pop culture.



~ Lai ~ 


My perennial favorite jewelry brand Lai, has launched 'bookmarkable rakhis' to it's beautiful collection this festive season. Intricately designed rakhis, that can later be used as bookmarks - such a brilliant idea to recycle and to preserve a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

[Links: Lai]

~ Indian Colours ~


Indian Colours is the brainchild of Jasmine Shah Varma, a former journalist who now curates art and creates art products. Working with select contemporary artists, Jasmine adapts their art to create objects of daily utility; the idea being to leverage a well designed functional object in a manner that familiarizes people with contemporary art and aesthetics. Indian Colours retails via it's online store as well as select stores in Bombay and Pune.



  ~ Kalavilasa ~  


Vivek Shrivastava, after working in the IT industry for twenty years, decided to work leave the corporate life to become a social entrepreneur. He founded Kalavilasa, working with weavers of dhurries, carpets and kilims. Kalavilasa exhibits in various craft exhibitions and you can find them at the upcoming Dastkar mela in Bangalore. They also undertake custom orders for interior projects and architects. 

[Links: Kalavilasa, On facebook

Get your cup of coffee or tea, for there is another post with some awesome young designers coming up!


[All images: An Indian Summer & respective designers]

Showtime Deux!

And more!
So much creativity, so much prettiness, and such talent!

~ Olie ~

'Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the center of my life, the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love, the sky opens, the wind runs wold, laughter passes over the earth' 
- Rabindranath Tagore

Amrita Nambiar, the founder of Olie, so describes what she feels about Olie, which means 'light' in Tamil. Via Olie, Amrita wishes to recapture some of the whimsy and joy in the world, and translate that into products for our home. From cushions to lamps, Olie's products are a delight!

[Links: Olie, On facebook]


~ Dvibhumi ~


Dvibhumi is Vyshnavi's vision to bring her love for creative concepts, culture and art to designing jewelry. An advertising professional by the day, Vyshnavi successfully leverages inspiration from two worlds for Dvibhumi - South India where she grew up, and South East Asia where she lives. I had a hard time selecting images for this post; each of her designs is exquisite!

[Links: Dvibhumi, On facebook]


~ Safomasi ~


Sarah's and Maninder's love for beautiful things, a desire to work and travel together, is what led to the creation of the designer homeware brand, Safomasi. Their prints and designs are a result of a mix of cultures and influencs, observed and aborbed from their travels all over the world. Each product is handmade and is distinctive for Sarah uses her background as an artist and illustrator to design each collection. Quirky and fun, Safomasi aims to bring joy and color into our homes.

[Link: Safomasi]


~ Aaraa ~ 


 Aaraa, which means 'adornment and embellishment' in Arabic, is the creative venture of Avantika Dhruv Agrawal, an alumna of National Institute of Design. Working with sterling silver, Avantika designs one of a kind jewelry and accessories. The latest being beautiful rakhis for the upcoming festive season. 

[Links: Aaraa, On facebook]

~ Haute Gali ~ 


Shrishti and Vaibhav wander around the world to find the coolest designers with unique stories and beautiful products, and bring them all together to their estore - Haute Gali. From the galis (streets) of India to the streets of Mexico to the souks of Morocco - the duo finds and curates their style of global contemporary aesthetics, ranging from accessories to jewelry to home ware.



[All images: An Indian Summer and respective designers]

Wednesday, July 30

The Browns & The Beige

 

I am not the biggest fan of browns and beige [as you might have noticed, ahem], yet, something about these rooms caught my attention. Apart from the use of aforementioned colors, I quite like how just one another color - maybe a red or a mustard or a blue or black, is used to bring life to the room. There is also a sense of raw, a sense of organic in the fabrics and the textures, which I love. 

The other thing I love, or am loving these days, is this song. I suggest you play it, and then leisurely browse through rest of the post while listening to it. Music is a good accompaniment to everything, including when strolling through beautiful brown and beige rooms.



 









And I know, I know, I promised you a designer showcase post. But man, that post takes such a long time to put together! I don't want to miss out on any of the fabulous people who have written to me, and want to make sure that I showcase the best that they have. So, patience my dear Watsons. The post shall be come, early next week. In the meantime, here, listen to Bedouin Soundclash again. :)

[Images Source: This]

Wednesday, July 23

Part Deux


Room & decor inspiration from The Design Files














Watch out for the next post, folks
Multiple designer showcase after a long time!
My inbox is brimming with creative peeps
And I bring all of them to you later this week


[All images: The Design Files. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]

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