Category: Art & Design

Heart and Sole

Christian Louboutin, the man behind the eponymous brand of sky-high stilettos and iconic red soles, has built a shoe empire as vast as his boundless imagination. The French designer talks about his fascination with the world of cabaret, travelling to India and Egypt, and the psychology behind footwear.

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 Originally published in the December 2016 issue of Signe (Dubai)

Cinema’s Good Guy

One of the greatest stars of the classic Hollywood era, Gregory Peck effortlessly blurred the lines between real and reel. More than a decade after his death, he still fails to disappoint. In fact, he’s everything that the world needs today. (Click on the image below to read the piece in full)
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This piece was originally published in the June 2015 edition of Signé

Of skyscrapers and sandcastles

A browse through Renzo Piano’s project list proves just how versatile an architect he is. From the Centre Georges Pompidou and the New York Times building, to the Shard in London, the Pritzker Prize-winnign architect continues to draw praise for his timeless architecture.

In an intriguing piece published on the Guardian a few days ago, the Italian architect says that has been making sandcastles for a long time. Building sandcastles reminds me of my childhood. But that’s not to say that you won’t find me building them any longer! I suggest you head over to The Guardian and give it a read because Piano has shared some tips on how to perfect your sandcastle.

Below, is a piece I had written for the Design special of Signé, a luxury lifestyle magazine published in Dubai. Click on the image to read the piece.
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Creative Coalescence

A mural created by artist Anpu Varkey reflects the underground nature of the premises while drawing a parallel with characteristics like collective intelligence and shared work best epitomised by an ant (Anagram Office © andré j fanthome)
A mural created by artist Anpu Varkey reflects the underground nature of the premises while drawing a parallel with characteristics like collective intelligence and shared work best epitomised by an ant (Anagram Office © andré j fanthome)

Anagram Architects’ new studio promotes collaboration and creativity via symbolic design in an open-plan layout

New Delhi-based Anagram Architects – a spatial design consultancy, is known to deliver innovative, context-specific designs that encourage sustainable lifestyles. Naturally, when it came to its own office, in South Delhi’s creative Hauz Khas pocket, the team didn’t have tolook any further than its own design philosophy for inspiration.

The 12481 sq. ft. office accommodates the firm’s expanded team through the interplay of standout features that include the play of light and an open-plan layout. Pops of lime green add vibrancy amid a light palette of wooden tones and whites. Continue reading “Creative Coalescence”

Rustic charm: Birdsong Café

Wooden tables, vitrines, old chairs and retro 1970s plastic switches on teak wood bases—subtle but strong design elements
Wooden tables, vitrines, old chairs and retro 1970s plastic switches on teak wood bases—subtle but strong design elements

Samir Raut and Amit Mayekar of Studio Eight Twentythree design Birdsong Café in suburban Mumbai as a contextual response to the surrounding heritage precinct

Starting out by ensuring that the design speaks the same language as its historic neighbours, the material palette has been restricted to concrete and wood – the former, a not-so-modern material and the latter, a centuries-old one. For Samir, these materials with their enigmatic charm fascinate because of their ability to age elegantly, almost as if they are able to tell stories of the space as it ages along with them.

Head over to India Art n Design to read the entire piece, complete with gorgeous imagery of the equally gorgeous cafe.

The queen of diamonds: Varuna D Jani

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Bedazzling jewellery, a big heart and flamboyance best sum up the queen of diamonds, Varuna D Jani

Varuna D Jani’s life seems to have unfolded exactly as she might have envisioned it. Part of her life philosophy is the belief that every woman is born with a Midas touch that allows her to move mountains and to fly high. The Mumbai-based jewellery designer is, undoubtedly one of India’s best, having transformed what was once a passion into a career.

Jani, who was born into a family of jewellers of Popley Eternal Fame, remembers designing jewellery for fun when she was just eight. But it was only when she returned from Dubai in 2006 to take care of the family business that the Mumbai-based designer realised that jewellery was her passion. It was also around this time that she started to design her own line of wearable wedding jewellery based on the sheer lack of it at the time. Since then, there was no looking back.

Head over to India Art n Design to read about everything that this jewellery designer adores, from her style essentials to her style icons. Continue reading “The queen of diamonds: Varuna D Jani”