Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Artnlight at Godrej Interio with Sonu Sood

This is a first. A hindi film celebrity on Artnlight. Ok, so there is a context to this. Godrej Interio's Upload &Transform- Season 3 is on and the celebrity whose home got transformed is the currently very happening Sonu Sood. In an interaction organised by Blogadda who are at the helm of many interesting associations between brands and bloggers, I had an opportunity to see the transformation of Sonu Sood's home, meet and chat with him about the experience, at the Godrej Interio Showroom in Vikhroli. 1st off what struck me was Sonu Sood's attitude, how completely grounded and non starry he was. And as the afternoon progressed what stayed back was his immense patience and grace in going through the rounds of endless picture taking and autograph signing every public appearance probably entails. When questioned about the experience and the time taken to complete the project, Sood said he was very happy with the results that did not take much time from when all the changes were agreed upon. While the event took place at Godrej Interio what was interesting to note was that barring the bloggers most people were interested in his health and time management skills. I know I was.
The sprawling Godrej Interio Showroom was portioned into interesting concept bedrooms and kitchen models. Here's a dekko.










 The travellers concept bedroom caught my attention. Love this picture display idea :)
 The brightest spot of the showroom. Thought I'd save it for the last.
One more angle. Couldn't decide which I like better. 
And those of you who are interested in winning a free Transformation of your space, do check out the Upload & Transform Season 3 by Godrej Interio.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sky Goodies & a Give-away

What does one say when your face lights up in delight when you see small detailed illustrations of your beloved Indian truck art on mini DIY trucks, tiny vintage typewriters which work as a monthly calender, quaint camera's which are actually photoframes. Welcome to the bonsai world of Sky Goodies - where the wonders of all things Indian, old world and precious is celebrated to its minutest detail. 'Sky Goodies' sense of design, love for vintage and the way it celebrates Indian truck art comes together in a beautiful rythmn and hits all the right notes. The design duo and husband and wife team Misha  and Amit Gudibanda create one of a kind - DIY kits, where the design comes pre-printed, pre-cut, pre-creased in A4 size sheets and all we need to do it is fold it and stick it together with glue.
I was telling her how much I love the little logo they have - And Misha told me that it is a cartoon vintage sky bomber - dropping not bombs but little gifts. Little Happiness bombs - what a idea Sirjee :) :) That put their whole brand and what they do in perspective for me. No wonder I smile each time I see their product. "Our aim is to encourage people to use their hands and find joy in small things. Make it, use it, gift it, or own it; a Sky Goodies product should make you happy."



 "The biggest inspiration for us is India, the country we live in, which is full of wonderful chaos, color, traditional and pop art forms. Some of our products are decorated in the style of Indian Pop Art and Street Art. We had been documenting the vanishing art of hand-painted trucks in India for the past many years, just for ourselves. A lot of the colors, textures and patterns in our work, are inspired by this art form. " Misha & Amit Gudibanda




 These are my personal favourites. I love the matchbox concept and the Indian truck art detailing on each book







 

And now for the exciting part :) 
The Give-Away. 
You can win one of these darlings: here's how.
All you need to do is 
1. "Like" the SkyGoodies FB page.
2. Put a comment here - naming your favourite SkyGoodies - product. 
One lucky winner will get a Sky Goodies Hamper with all the pieces shown below. 
And 5 more lucky winners will win any one of these products. 
The last date to participate will be the 20th of November.
The winner will be announced on 22nd November. 
This is the SkyGoodies online shop. For the people in the U.S and abroad, they also sell on Etsy.
What is so cool about the sky goodies products are that they are so easy on the pocket. So simple to buy these little delights & gift them to just about everyone. And like the Sky Goodies team like to say "Make Happy" :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

ArtnLight at A Celebration of Design Art Culture - Part 2

What made the event A Celebration of Design Art and Culture so special was the people Bhavna Bhatnagar of An Indian Summer put together. There was fashion, where Polka co founded by Anais Basu and Poonam Aggarwal bring together a fun and charming line of lovingly hand embroidered and fun and graphic shapes onto gorgeous natural fabrics that are just perfect for the Indian weather. The best example is Anais here in a 'Polka' top peppered with hot pink lips :) What need I say? I haven't seen anything cooler in a long time.

 

 And here is Anais's Tia Pakhi and her famed line of butterflies, birds flowers and Love. All hand embroidered.

I love this picture of Chandan Dubey as much as I love her work. I got to see her gorgeous new line of work upclose & here are 2 of my favourite pieces among her collection. There is a full feature on her work coming up, but both of us need to take the time out for that and just make it happen.

 Nikheel Aphale's calligraphic work I have been seeing for years and it was my pleasure and privilege to see Leehkin up close and also see it translated into beautiful products. Nikheel is currently in Taipei as I make this post, representing Indian calligraphy at the One Asia Project which aims is to "present Asia’s cultural richness and profound spirituality to the world in order to create a new cultural milieu"
QREOH was another collective that had a seriously talented line up of fashion brands that it was representing. From Anaam to The Pot Plant to Joy to Mae, they were each a treat to the discerning buyer. Unusual, simple, cutting edge and blessedly very wearable collections. Do check out the Qreoh Website to see what I'm talking about.
 Jayeta Rohilla and her brand Mae
Himanshu Verma of RedEarth was there with his supremely stunning collection of Sarees.
 Nigarish ~ Tree of Life showed their gorgeous skirts and Indian prints.
Kinche was there and their exquisite collection of Jackets. These pictures are not a patch on the real thing. You just HAVE to click on this link to see them in all their glory. 
 This post cannot be complete without a mention of the musical evenings which was an integral part. The 1st evening was made magical by Vidya Shah and her masterful rendition of Sufi classics and thumri. The 2nd evening was brought to a graceful close by Hindustani classical maestro Guru Arun Debnath and his musically blessed family.

And now sharing with you a few images of the Artnlight part of the Event. 
What a joy it is to set your products along with and among antiques, I was given the room with the 100 year old original illustrations of birds framed in gold. To set my products below it was a privilege. To arrange my products in an antique shelf along with bound old volumes of Readers Digest arranged by colour. 





This set of Yellow Botanical Tray and box was put aside before I finished setting up, because it was picked up by fellow exhibitior and the ever exuberant Payal Jaggi of Kinche. "This is mine" she told me.



 There are exhibitions and then there are exhibitions, and this one somehow refuses to be called one, simply owing to the ambience, the people, the music and the grace of the people who put this together and made this come alive. I came back very grateful to have made acquaintance of the talents I met and the conversations we exchanged.
Image Courtesy: Serendipity, An Indian Summer, Vaishnavi Varadarajan, Sumiran Kabir Sharma & Vineeta Nair