Architect & Designer Profiles

[Print] Name to Know: Golda Pereira

As a child growing up in Goa, Golda Pereira would summer at her dad’s ancestral home on the island of Divar, along with all her cousins. "We’d spend our days playing in the village, fishing, and walking through the dusty summer fields. At night, we’d sit together on a long dining table for dinner, and then convene in the balcao to exchange stories," she remembers. But the highlight of those annual vacations was a makeshift hut, or homti, that the cousins would build in the backyard, along with some help from their uncles. "Every year, we’d build it at the start of summer, and take it down before the monsoons arrived," she recalls, adding that as the years progressed, the homtis became more complex, and the cousins would try to outdo themselves every summer. "There was a feeling of excitement of having built it with our own bare hands. Today, my outlook on design comes from these experiences, besides the more obvious influences: Goa's heritage homes, our beautiful village lanes, rivers, and the environment where they coexist."

[Print] Getting Candid With Sarah Sham

Born into a fourth-generation business family that specialises in collectibles and objets d'art, Sarah Sham had always been surrounded by beautiful things. So when she graduated with an art history degree from Duke, and spent a year away at Oxford studying 19th-century French art, many might have anticipated that she would pursue a career in design. “Hardly,” she guffaws. “I always thought of doing something in economics, finance or psychology. Interior design was the furthest thing from my mind.” But life had other plans for Sarah. Today, she is the founder and principal designer of Essajees Atelier, a Mumbai-based interior design firm that has completed more than 50 projects across the country.

Slow Living in the Hudson Valley

As a child growing up in San Francisco, Amalia Graziani dreamed of becoming a philosophy professor. “The fact that I now spend my days on construction sites still surprises me,” jokes the owner of Noor Property Group, who at 31 has made waves as one of Hudson Valley’s pioneering developers. In retrospect, the unconventional career choice might just have been written in the stars. “I’d grown up doing renovations with my dad and loved the design process but wrote it off as an impossibility. Although I found my way into development inadvertently, I was methodical about making this dream happen once I recognised its creative potential.”

[Print] Meet the Makers: Claymen

Aman Khanna could never have predicted that he would one day be selling faces. And yet, today, his signature stoneware clay and terracotta figurines, christened Claymen, take pride of place in the homes of fashion designers, musicians, friends and artists, and enjoy a cult Instagram following. "The pursuit started out as something I wanted to do for myself. I had no intention oof Claymen being where it is today. I certainly did not envision dedicating most of my time to a venture like this," he smiles.

4 women-owned decor brands that will usher nature into your home

Gone are the days of mass-produced fabrics and cookie-cutter tableware. With shoppers becoming ever more discerning, and Instagram becoming an ever-expanding cabinet of curiosities, handmade, nature-inspired novelties—from pressed flower prints and flora-inspired artworks to handmade pottery and ceramics—have taken the spotlight like never before. Here are four homegrown brands that are rewriting the rulebook for handmade products with a nature-infused edge. For Charmaine Sah, her home garden p

[Print] Name to Know: Rochelle Santimano

By the time she was four, Rochelle Santimano knew that she was destined for design. “I remember my mother would hand me a colouring book and a box of crayons. I’d spend hours poring over the ivory paper, precisely shading in each outline. And then through school and college, I was constantly toying with design in various capacities,” Rochelle recalls. And yet, when it came to choosing a career path, architecture wasn’t the obvious choice. “But once I saw how it blended art and science, I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else.”

Edra's bejewelled furniture sparkles at Milan's Palazzo Durini Caproni di Taliedo

When Mazzei and her team initially approached Swarovski to explore the possibility of a custom crystal fabric, they were incredulous. "They said they could try making a decoration, but Edra doesn't do decoration. We really just wanted a fabric made of crystal," proclaims Mazzei. "At first it seemed crazy; they told us it couldn't be done, but then we went to the Swarovski headquarters. They studied how to apply gems to fabric and created a bespoke upholstery for Flap with 750,000 crystals." Many

A fashion line by architects brings together Indian technique and Persian motifs

For designer-architect duo Ayush and Geetanjali Kasliwal, co-founders of interdisciplinary lifestyle design studio AnanTaya, launching a clothing line that reimagined ethnic block prints was merely an extension of their architectural ambit; a blueprint transmogrified from walls to wearables. The garment collection, christened 'Naksha', is an outré take on ancient Indo-Persian architecture. The inspiration for the collection is the Persian architectural abstraction of hasht-behesht, or 'eight he

Hermès unveils new luxury timepieces in a scintillating scenography at Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021

Luxury lifestyle brand Hermès has long cemented its spot in Europe’s luxury design firmament, a privilege it has earned, courtesy its time-honoured tradition of quality artisanship and fastidious detailing. Its timepieces are no different, shaped deliberately and delicately in the hands of artisans, as timeless ornaments. For the ongoing digital edition of Watches & Wonders Geneva, Hermès is unveiling its latest creation live within a scenography combining the “tensegrity” architectural concept

Good news for homeowners! Sarita Handa opens its online store

If you've been browsing through e-commerce sites all day long, looking for new products and decor pieces to redesign your home, this little bit of news may come as a pleasant surprise. Sarita Handa has now opened a digital platform where designs inspired from across the globe coalesce in an immersive click-and-buy experience. The brand, conceived in 1992, has been synonymous with luxury decor and textiles in the retail realm for over a decade, and its recent e-commerce launch heralds an organic

This new collection by Ritu Kumar Home revives indigenous art forms

Turmeric and chilli palettes, foliated leitmotifs and a sheen reminiscent of a prodigious era of indigenous artisanship are the hallmarks of ace designer Ritu Kumar's eponymous home decor collection, Ritu Kumar Home. Now, a year since its launch, the marque has parlayed its signature design ethos into a novel range of wallpaper prints, premium upholstery and draping, inspired by decades of research, travel discoveries and India's rich generational textile legacy. Indigenous oeuvres are reimagin

New Delhi: This fair pays an ode to sustainable fashion

‘Future Collective—A Conscious Design Fair', an exposition spotlighting conscious design, will witness the coming together of sustainable fashion and lifestyle pioneers on the weekend of 29th February and 1st March 2020 at Bikaner House, New Delhi. Spreadover 10,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space, the fair will showcase designs seeded in environmental consciousness and harmony with nature. The exhibition will reimagine fashion and lifestyle designs in future-fit, green avatars, across