Based in Bangalore, design Studio ABD by Abhijit and Amrita Bansod is
quickly making an impact in the international art scene. Offering
sustainable lifestyle products for consumers around the globe, Studio
ABD’s creations are diligently expressive and wonderfully streamlined.
Founded by Amrita and Abhijit Bansod, Studio ABD is the melding of two
designers bringing unique and undeniable talent to the table.
Amrita Bansod’s specialty lies in product design, infusing beautiful
detail and harmony into all of her work. Having designed everything
from caricatures to sunglasses, Amrita’s influence in Indian design
has been extensive—especially in the combination of traditional Indian
customs with those of the modern woman. Meanwhile, Abhijit Bansod’s
work is particularly known for its emotive aesthetics, intractability,
and mix of the fresh and new with the traditional. An intrinsic part
of the new age design movement in India, Abhijit notably won the NID
Buisnessworld Designer of the Year Award in 2008.
Some of my favorite Studio ABD items are the diya pieces–delightfully
surprising in their lines and shapes. I also really covet the tabletop
designs that are incredibly unique and full of life, drawing
inspiration from the day to day. All of the Studio ABD creations are
refined, fanciful, and affecting… speaking to India’s rich past and
future, and the fresh approach that Amrita and Abhijit take to
designing products. With many awards spanning from the Red Dot Design
Award in 2010 to the Design by British Council Award, Studio ABD is
indeed one to watch—take note now!
source: Studio ABD
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A peacock feather composed of gold and purple holds more meaning than just serving as the lovely logo of Luxembourg based shop Mélange. Gold stands for the “Golden Bird” name India was often called during the flourish of sea trade hundreds of years ago, and for India’s exuberant cultural heritage. As the royal hue of the Maharaja, purple represents the spirit of India and the fantastic experiences the founder experienced there.
Looking to update your home décor? Ready to collect some new art? Or, perhaps you’re simply looking for handicrafts and wellness products from India? Mélange—Inspired by India– has just the ticket.
Mélange makes various products from India available to consumers around the globe. With exciting items including enchanting beds, games, teas, trunks, and chairs; Mélange offers functional, striking items. Providing a delightful taste of South Asia.
The idea for the store began during a trip to India, and from the accompanying fascination with the rich design history & culture there. The goal with the store was to connect talented Indian designers with consumers. Goal accomplished: customers can purchase pieces both online and offline. Few places hold the sort of collections that Mélange boasts: textiles, furniture, natural treats, art, and then some.
Also providing information on the stories behind the items, Mélange allows the customer to connect with the artisans and designers of the highly covetable pieces available on the site. This also encourages consumers to support social entrepreneurship.
Ready to browse their goods? Check them out!
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Time sure is flying by! How is the holiday season already upon us? Seems like we were enjoying summertime pool parties and movies on the lawn just a week or two ago. Well, as you continue looking for gifts and ways to decorate your home (and yourself!), add Pondicherry to your list of must-visit shopping sites.
With covetable gifts, jewelry, accessories, and apparel, Pondicherry superbly sources ‘fusion design’ from across the globe. Launched just this spring, Pondicherry offers items inspired by the colors, patterns, mystery, and heritage of India and other areas of South Asia.
The clothes on Pondicherry range from comfortable and cute loungewear to classy and chic dresses that work for a variety of occasions. There are pleasing candle holders, lanterns, and pillows with which to decorate your home or gift the hostess of the next soiree you attend. And… I’m pretty sure everyone can find a scarf, bag, or piece of jewelry that perfectly suits their unique tastes and personality. Plus, Pondicherry is revealing, bit by bit, a line of illustrated bags, t-shirts, and prints!
I think we can all agree that it can be difficult sometimes to keep traditions alive with the influx of distractions nowadays: busier schedules, and the ability to be in constant communication with pretty much everyone. I find it great that Pondicherry really strives to connect people with modern pieces that carry traditional elements. The items all channel rich heritage in a new light and aesthetic.
What are your favorite ways to keep in touch with your heritage in your day-to-day life?
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When I first learned of Mayasri and their crib sheet sets, I immediately connected. Sri Kumar began Mayasri after feeling frustrated at the lack of affordable and unique sheet sets available for babies; something I’m familiar with.
Blues and pinks are fantastic, so are birds, kittens, etc. I’m certainly not knocking these traditional baby colors and patterns. But, sometimes variation is nice, and that is why Mayasri’s vibrant colors and patterns are a welcome change of pace. I’m a big fan of the celebratory colors used in Mayasri’s designs—turquoise, orange, and fuchsia (while still giving the option of traditional blue and pink). Currently there are two different designs: paisley and flower. They’re completely chic while maintaining a traditional flair.
All of the Mayasri crib sets are bumper less, as studies have indicated that bumpers can increase the odds of SIDS. Additionally, all items are made with 100% cotton, non-toxic dyes, following CPSIA baby bedding guidelines. So, you can rest assured that your little one is sleeping comfortably and safely.
As even those who have yet to do so know… having a baby is expensive. Mayasri’s sheet sets are pretty affordable, at less than $200 for the fitted sheet, bed-skirt, and quilt (which is hand stitched in India). And note: these would also make a fantastic gift for an upcoming baby shower.
Make sure to check in on the website, as Mayasri is expanding their collection and will have new colors and designs available soon!
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Whether you’re looking to incorporate the soothing colors of autumn into your space or simply touch up your home décor as the seasons change; slight modifications to your living areas can do wonders. It doesn’t have to get as intense as painting walls or hanging massive seasonal displays either—simple things like accessories are just the trick to making things feel fresh.
When I came across Pyar & Co, I was mesmerized by the striking designs of their pieces. Not simply throw pillows…Pyar & Co’s unique items are also decorative, stylish accents that will liven up any room.
Try pieces like Peacock, and Chikoo from the O Collection for the living room. With vibrant colors and simple prints, pillows from the O Collection add a inviting energy to whichever room you place them in. I’d love to lounge on the couch with my family amidst these ones! Pillows like Anjan and Juhi from the S Collection seem like the perfect way to add a touch of neutral sophistication to a reading nook or guest bedroom. And with so many parties and holidays coming up, what better time to bring out glittery beauties from the Q Collection like Pompano and Ogee to dazzle and delight?
All of the work for these enchanting pillows is ethically sourced and fairly traded in India, which is (as you may have gathered) something that is very important to me. Now that I covet many pieces from the current collections, I look forward to seeing what Pylar & Co comes up with next…
source: Pyat & Co
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