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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I’m excited to share with you an AWESOME giveaway from the fantastic South Indian Wedding inspiration site Shaadi Belles. I’m a huge fan of everything that they do, and have enjoyed sharing highlights from the site in previous posts on BollyInstyle. And now, they’re giving you the chance to win the wedding and honeymoon of your dreams!
Newly engaged? Or, perhaps you’re about to become betrothed. Even if you’re not a bride or groom yet, take advantage of this chance to enter the Shaadi Belles ‘A Dream Wedding’ Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will get a glamorous prize package including a getaway at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai & the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, bridal makeup & hair, eight bridesmaids outfits, event design, wedding photography, and more! Plus, ten runner-ups will win a DVD copy of ‘Doonya The Bollywood Workout’. Enter before March 1st, 2013, for your chance to make your wedding sparkle that much more.
It’s incredibly easy to enter, all you have to do is visit the Shaadi Belles contest page HERE, register, and fill out the quick form. Make sure to like Shaadi Belles on Facebook as well to stay up to date on the contest and all things Shaadi Belles. The winners will be announced on March 3rd.
Best of luck, and if you win….share your pictures with me here on BollyInstyle!
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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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BollyInstyle has been dormant since the birth of my twins….so so SO sorry readers! Just needed a break to get the family adjusted. While the house has been a happy chaos, my inbox has filled up many many new findings, which I plan to unveil slowly but surely. Happy to be back and hope to start connecting with you all again.
Let’s start off with some gorgeousness! A new wedding site that will have you clicking away for hours. Is there anything more magical than watching two people head-over-heels in love tie the knot? Well, perhaps going through it yourself:)
Even though I have been married for five years, I still love perusing inspirational wedding blogs and websites. (I suppose you could call me an ever enthusiastic romantic!) I mean, I can still use a lot of the ideas for parties and future weddings of friends, right?
Whether you’re a future blushing bride or simply looking; you MUST check out Shaadi Belles. I’m so excited to share this site with you…and pretty proud to say that a dear friend is behind it all.
As the #1 source for South Asian wedding inspiration, you can get lost for hours browsing through stunning inspiring images of everything from gowns to food and drinks, stationary, beauty, and more. The bridal mehndi photos make me want to decorate my hands and feet immediately.
Another fantastic thing about the site? You can browse through images that spark your imagination by color! Not only do dress, jewelry, and makeup photos in that color come up; but also decoration, flowers, and venue ideas as well. Plus, I love anything that makes it easy for me to save my favorite photos in one spot. Shaadi Belles is very similar to Pinterest in the way you can ‘heart’ your top images.
And hey, dear readers, go ahead and ‘like’ them on Facebook as well!
source: Shaadi Belles
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Life has been a bit crazy for me lately…(8 week old twins and a toddler:). Shall I say more. It’s always nice to have reminders about the things that are important. That is how I discovered this manifesto poster by Holstee. I eagerly looked up the company and fell in love their story and products. Two brothers, along with a business partner started the company without a business plan in mind but instead created a mantra “This is your LIFE”, which has been seen over 50,000,000 times!
Another meaningful product that caught my attention is Holstee’s Upcycled Wallet. Working with an NGO in India, Holstee came up with a ‘no two alike’ wallet made from recycled plastic bags and newspapers collected from the streets of Delhi.
Check out this video based upon the Manifesto. This video will be part of my new morning routine! Sometimes certain words are so encouraging. Life is all about that. Thank you HOLSTEE.
source: Holstee and YouTube
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