THE GIFTING GLOSSARY

19th October 2016 by Sohiny Das
THE GIFTING GLOSSARY

Whether picking out gifts for friends and family, or refurbishing your personal space, a little bit of extra knowledge about what you are buying is always helpful. A basic understanding of popular patterns, crafts, finishes and techniques will enrich the gifting experience. Our glossary simplifies the origins of these terms, and also connects their broader, modern interpretations in art and design. This will be your handy guide through the festive season.   LACQUER Historically, the sap of the lacquer tree or secretions by the lac insects was used as a finishing coat on wood. The protective sealing also enhanced the surface with a soft sheen and a reddish tint – a natural varnish. Over centuries, lacquer came to be made from several different substances – both organic and chemical – and the palette expanded to a...

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25 APARTMENT ESSENTIALS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR SPACE

20th May 2016 by Karnika Mahiyaria
25 APARTMENT ESSENTIALS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR SPACE

Break the monotony. Run away. Decorate. Revaluate. Bring in the makeover.    Summers mean different things to different people. It’s about those breezy evenings, the ice popsicles and late night swim sessions. So while everything around you changes, be it your wardrobe or your diet, how can you let your home sweet home feel completely shelved? Whether you’re moving to a new neighbourhood, crossing borders or staying another year in your chosen nest, these essentials will help you revamp your décor. And while this seemingly mammoth task will entail chipped nails and chilled cocktails, we assure you it’ll be every bit swoon-worthy.    1. Table-top essentials- Happy homes are brought alive by good, hearty meals. And a good, hearty meal can only be accomplished through the right tableware....

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PARADIGM SHIFT

21st July 2015 by Sohiny Das
PARADIGM SHIFT

Nimish Shah’s simplistic and endearing design ideology has acquired a loyal fan-base, and the list is growing. His clothing line SHIFT and home textiles label SHIFT Home are hitting the right spots of the conscious consumer. ‘Sustainable Living’ is not only the house tagline, but also a deep-rooted philosophy that inspires his work. The Mumbai-based designer speaks to us about the importance of making responsible choices on a day-to-day level.   What does ‘sustainable living’ mean to you from the modern, urban perspective? It is an aware lifestyle. It involves thinking about everything from the time we wake up till the time we go back to bed – how often our kids open refrigerator doors, what temperature the air conditioning is set at, how often we wash our white clothes separately, the...

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