Vaishnavi Nayel Talawadekar is an internationally published architecture, design and art journalist.

Vaishnavi runs a sunny content studio called Mangomonk where she writes for brands and publications, big and small.

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This earthy Jaipur apartment is a beautiful marriage of old and new

The living and dining areas, the staircase, and the two bedrooms gleam with Italian marble flooring, while the wooden panels of the den and the remaining bedrooms serve as a warm, muted counterpoint. With earthy stucco finishes, the walls cut an incomplete avatar, as if someone mottled them up, went off on a lunch break, never to return. In some places, Bohra used wallpaper to introduce pops of colour and patches of print—a convivial cure, no doubt, for the surrounding swathes of rust. For Sura

The King Outdoor Furniture Collection - Collection Feature

Established in 1977 as a family-owned, family-run company, King has since succeeded to the vanguard of Australian furniture design, with a portfolio of contemporary, award-winning furniture that is built to last. Its latest outdoor collection draws on a five-decade tradition of high-quality craftsmanship to reimagine al fresco living. From balconies to backyards, courtyards to country houses, indoor-outdoor spaces are integral to the Australian way of life. The King luxury outdoor collection –

A Century-Old Seville Building Transformed into Four Apartments by Febrero Studio.

Seville takes many things seriously. Flamenco dancing. Tapas nights. Afternoon siestas. (To name a few). Besides its kaleidoscopic cultural hallmarks, however, the Andalusian town is also serious about preserving and elevating its traditional architecture. Bos-Cos’ latest establishment—its first in Seville—is a classic case in point. Once an old Sevillian courtyard townhouse, the property has a gentle grandmotherly quality that makes you want to hang up your boots and pop on your slippers the m

This brooding bungalow in Chennai is designed for two humans, two cats and a dog

In Chennai’s Mahalingapuram hides a bungalow with an antique Chettinad front door. But besides the door, there’s hardly anything Chettinad about the house. “It’s a wild combination of Neo Gothic and Japanese styles,” says Raghuveer Ramesh, co-founder and principal architect of Studio Context. Evidently, the "wildness" manifests in more ways than one—the kitty playroom, a classic case in point. “They’re devoted to their fur babies so a lot of the spaces were designed for animals in equal measure,

Papaya Brings Linie Design Rugs to Australia and New Zealand - Product Feature

Since 1980, Danish design house Linie Design has stayed true to its Scandinavian roots whilst simultaneously emerging as a pioneer of handmade rugs in Northern Europe, with distribution to over 70 countries. Now, for the first time, the company brings its decades-old tradition of textile craftsmanship to Australia and New Zealand through an exclusive distribution partnership with Papaya. Rooted in an abiding tradition of craftsmanship, Linie Design’s rugs are handmade by skilled artisans, affor

A dainty Gurugram home that feels like stepping onto the set of Netflix's Bridgerton

When Nishtha Duggal and Rohan Gera—principal architects and co-founders of New Delhi-based The Concreate Story—first visited the Kharbandas' Gurugram home, they were enchanted by their vintage cabinet. "It was ironic, because it was never part of the plan," says Mugdha Kharbanda, a CA who works as a tax consultant. "The previous owners could never move it out of the house due its height. Thus, it was ours by inheritance." In Duggal's eyes, the accidental acquisition was a lucky little windfall, and so, when it came time to create the design blueprint, the showcase naturally emerged as the centrepiece.

This villa in Bangalore holds whispers of its owners’ traditions and travels

The living room was designed around the heirloom furniture that had been made and passed down to the couple by Sangeeta’s father. The sofas and tables are from Essentially Metal by Nishu Jouhari. The lights are from The White Teak Company, Prism Lights, and Gulmohar Lane For Jouhari, the points of departure, literally and figuratively, were the floors and walls. “We were going for an elegant aesthetic, so a neutral colour palette was key,” says the designer, for whom the biggest task, admittedl

[Print] Rediscovering Heritage: aequo, India's First Collectible Art Gallery

A chance encounter in Paris in 2019 led Tarini Jindal, the third-generation scion of Indian conglomerate JSW, to meet French designer Florence Louisy—and the rest is history. "I was raised in a tradition of arts patronage and had connected with many craftspeople. Elevating Indian craftsmanship has always been a cause dear to me," she shares. Her convinction resonated with Florence and the two decided to explore a working partnership.

[Print] Cover Story // Delhi: From the Land, an Earthy Abode by Ashiesh Shah

In a leafy neighbourhood in New Delhi, sits a house that appears to have been fashioned from the earth. 'When the clients approached us to design their new home, the architecture was already established. We began the design process with careful consideration to the context while ensuring that it complemented the interior profile,' says Ashiesh Shah, founder and principal architect of his eponymous Mumbai-based studio, who was enlisted by the homeowners to create a calming interior-exterior oasis.

This Mumbai apartment is home to a couple, their cat, and 100 pairs of sneakers

Lots of colour and lots of shoes. That’s what you notice when you step inside Sangeet and Nisha Paryani’s Santa Cruz apartment—although the latter, not quite immediately. As owners of multi-brand sneaker chain Superkicks, the shoes are hardly surprising. “They own more than 100 pairs, so we had to be really sneaky with storage—no mean feat in a 1,000-square-foot apartment,” says Oormi Rohra, founder and principal designer of Studio of Dawn and Dusk, who was tapped by the Paryanis (and their cat,

This 680-Square-Foot Brooklyn Heights Apartment Has the Best Window Seat

The block was idyllic, the layout efficient, and Carrie was captivated by the bay window nook, with original Tiffany stained glass, overlooking the street. That said, the home was in desperate need of some TLC. And she couldn’t think of anyone better to deliver it than Erica Padgett of Decorum Design Build, who was recommended to her by past clients. Not only was Erica a talented designer with great attention to detail, but she was also a fellow woman entrepreneur (and one of very few general co

Viktoria & Woods by Annabel Kerr Interior Design - Project Feature

Established in 2004, Viktoria & Woods is a homegrown fashion label with a rising retail presence across Australia. The brand’s latest boutique at Pacific Fair, designed in collaboration with interior designer Annabel Kerr, marks the label’s 15th bricks and mortar location in the country. Viktoria & Woods is synonymous with modern, pared-back wardrobe staples. To translate its minimalist signature into the design scheme of its latest store, the label’s Founder & Creative Director Margie Woods en

[Print] A Long-Overdue Reno in Louisville

On a leafy lane in Audubon Park, Louisville, sits a house that looks like it could have once belonged to Rapunzel. With a fairytale turret and Dutch Colonial Revival architecture, the home stands apart from its neighbors. But when Heather and Stefan Rumancik, both 43, purchased the 1930s home in 2009 for $225,000, it was a far cry from its present-day avatar. "We bought the house from its second owners, who had owned it since the 1940s, but the home itself hadn’t been updated in thirty years," says Mrs. Rumancik, a competitive intelligence executive at a pharmaceutical company, who shares the home with Mr. Rumancik and their eleven-year-old daughter, Adrienne.

Vinu Daniel on the glory of garbage in architecture and Chuzhi House

Vinu Daniel never aspired to be an architect. Born in Dubai to parents of South Indian origin, he was always expected to pursue something mainstream, such as law or medicine or even chartered accountancy. ‘Certainly anything but Carnatic classical music,’ jests the founder of Wallmakers of his childhood proclivity for the arts. In a bid to reconcile his passions and his family’s hopes, Daniel moved to India for university, enrolling at the College of Engineering Trivandrum for a degree in archit

Chennai: This sea-facing apartment is a Friday-to-Sunday escape

In the Nanavatis' living room on Chennai's Old Mahabalipuram Road, the Pichvai paintings on display are more than just art. "They're quiet reminders of our Gujarati heritage," smiles Shweta, who had them made by an artist in Jaipur. Funnily enough, the 'home away from home' significance doesn't stop there. It's multiplied by the fact that the property isn't the couple's permanent residence, but a weekend retreat they like to spend time in to escape the city buzz.

[Print] The Brilliance of Tara

As a child, Gita Wolf was an avid reader: "I was mostly fed on Anglo-Saxon books, where it seemed to me that fun and adventure seemed to happen only to children in other places. And I wondered, why not right here?" Many years later, as a mother to a young son, the question, in her mind, still remained unanswered. Little did she know that she would find the answer herself, blazing a new trail for children's books in India, and shining a light on indigenous folk art along the way.

[Print] Notes from Bhutan

Bhutan has long been hailed for its inherent spirit of optimism, something the Himalayan kingdom has managed to parlay through the pandemic with a renewed focus on art and culture. The latest case in point is the country's largest-ever overseas art exhibition, christened 'Healing With Happiness', currently on view in Brussels. Organised by Voluntary Artists Studio of Thimphu (VAST) in collaboration with the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Brussels and the Belfius Bank, the exhibition—which spotlights 175 artworks by 68 Bhutanese artists—commemorates the wedding anniversary of Bhutan’s king and queen, and holds a mirror to the king’s vision of creating ‘art to touch people's lives'. Inaugurated in October 2022, it will remain open for viewing at the Belfius Bank until the end of March 2023.

[Print] Heartfelt Memories: Melissa Joseph

As a child growing up in rural Pennsylvania, Melissa Joseph was deeply influenced by her father's Malayali heritage. "From the lungis he wore everyday to the appams he taught me to make, and the Malayalam music and movies that were constantly blaring from speakers around the house, there were reminders of Kerala everywhere," recalls the Brooklyn-based artist of her bicultural upbringing (her mother, an American, hailed from Pittsburgh). And yet, for Joseph, the only tangible reference to her Malayali roots was photographs. "These images were my connection to family far away, whom we would visit every few years. I would see my aunts and uncles and cousins, my grandparents and my great grandmother, and hear stories about them at the same time I was learning about figures from the bible and reading fairytales. All of these characters took on an almost mythical existence."

Japandi Chic and Midcentury Vibes Meet in This India Apartment

When Sumi Bose and Vivin Pai bought an apartment in Bangalore, they were sure about one thing: the kitchen wall had to go. “Well, two things, if you count the aesthetic we were going for,” says the couple, whose days are currently governed by the uproarious antics of their six-month-old baby and their two-year-old pup. For the young parents, the aesthetic of their future home had been dreamed up long before they had finalized—or found—an interior designer. “So when we landed on Aishwarya, we had
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Ishaan Khatter’s Mumbai apartment is a sunset sanctuary

When he isn't busy filming or promoting or air-dashing off to exotic locales, Ishaan Khatter likes to appreciate the little things in life. “On Sunday mornings, when time permits, I slip off for a bike ride. In the evenings, I like to watch the sunset with some music and coffee,” says the actor, who was last seen in supernatural comedy Phone Bhoot, alongside Katrina Kaif and Siddhant Chaturvedi. So when he moved in a three-bedroom apartment along the Bandra sea face, naturally, his first priorit

AD Visits: Actor Aahana Kumra’s Mumbai apartment is a pretty-in-pink princess pad

In a building full of identical brown doors, Aahana Kumra's entrance is the only non-brown curiosity. "I absolutely love pink. It's my all-time favourite colour—that's why it's right at the front," she laughs, holding open the candyfloss-coloured opuscule as she ushers me inside. For Kumra, the home is a manifestation twenty years in the making, and one that nods equally to her Lucknowi roots and her life in Mumbai. "There are whiffs of Kashmir, London and Delhi too. It's a collection of all my

AD Visits: Actor Aparshakti Khurana’s Mumbai home displays drama in the details

Even before they had finalised their house, or decided who would design it, actor Aparshakti Khurana and his wife, events entrepreneur Aakriti Ahuja, had a chandelier picked out and stowed away in storage. "I had spotted it some years ago in Delhi and just knew I had to buy it," laughs Aakriti, and Aparshakti chimes in, "We had no idea what our future house would look like. Nothing was set in stone, except this big, blue bhaisahab." The bhaisahab in question now occupies a corner of their living

AD Visits: Singer Armaan Malik’s Mumbai home is halfway between London and Los Angeles

At 10 AM on a Sunday, the last thing you'd expect is for Armaan Malik to be crisping the edges of a frittata. And yet, that's exactly the sight that greets me as I step into his kitchen, a California-cool bolthole with a London-esque edge. "I love making breakfast and treating myself to a good spread," he says, drizzling butter on bruschettas. Dressed in a casual button-up and chinos, he looks like a laid-back version of his on-screen alter ego, who, as fans of The Voice (on which Armaan appears

AD Visits: Actors Aditya Seal and Anushka Ranjan’s newlywed nest is a storybook come to life

At the door of actors (and newlyweds) Aditya Seal and Anushka Ranjan Seal's new Mumbai duplex, the nameplate is conspicuous by its absence. What is not is the cheery (LED) baby seal that takes its place, animating the wall and nodding to its namesake owners. “It's fun to watch people guess," says Anushka. "Those who get it, get it. And it makes for a great conversation-starter." But the unlikely sea creature isn’t the only thing setting the entryway apart—because if the peach-toned front door (a