Monthly Archives: October 2013

India in colour

Namaste! I have landed again in this extraordinary country of vibrancy and colour, rich with ancient architecture, gentle people and mouth-watering food. Five months later I am recharged, full of energy and ready to embrace new India with eyes wide open and my senses alive.

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Arriving in Delhi during festival time is like being catapulted into a heaving stadium at the world cup with no exit..it is totally insane. London feels like a sleepy town in comparison. I seem to have spent most of my first week sitting in rickshaws, watching while the traffic piles up and chokes the roads and waiting..sometimes hours for the circus of people, animals and vehicles to subside. As I later realised, the Delhi metro is the only way to move around and makes our London underground seem completely vintage. Modern, fully air conditioned, spotlessly clean and incredibly cheap – it is the one redeeming feature that makes city life just that little bit easier.

Anyway here’s a glimpse of my encounters around the city and all its many faces…

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So after exploring every corner of Delhi, rummaging through mountains of fabrics, meeting suppliers and drinking endless cups of sweet tea, I nipped off to Jaipur in search of some Rajasthani treasure and came across these master craftsmen working at the back of their house. They are one of the few remaining families in the old city still producing Lahariya tie dye in the traditional way. What a joy to witness them at work – every stage of the process is done by hand from mixing the dyes to tying the cloth and drying it in the sun.

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Alpine Chic

Sorry peeps… I don’t know where the time has gone…nearly a month since my last entry..oops! I’ve had my head down and been working on a wonderful commission that I finally got to visit in mid-September – a beautiful wooden chalet in Verbier, Switzerland nestled in the mountains on the edge of town. What an amazing time of the year to go. I’ve always preferred the mountains in the summer…so many different colours with the abundant wild flowers and the spectacular contrast of snow-capped peaks against lush green valleys.

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The chalet is stunning – built in the style of a traditional ski chalet but with all the luxuries of a boutique hotel. There are four double bedrooms, four bathrooms, a wonderful open plan living room and balconies all around with sweeping views of the Alps. And all you can hear at night are the cow bells..heaven!

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So I’ve been commissioned to design and make all the cushions for the chalet and I really have to include some of my lovely vintage Kantha collection. The colours are so perfect and I love the concept of introducing classical Indian motifs to a Swiss chalet for some Himalayan chic. This is what I’m thinking for the burgundy leather chairs in the sitting room..

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Shame I haven’t got images of the cushions in the chalet..I’ll just have to arrange another little visit to do the photoshoot!

If you’re interested in renting Chalet Dunmore in Verbier, it’s available all year round..just check out these links for more info http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p252140vbi or http://www.vrbo.com/252140.

So it’s been a busy September with the London Design Festival aswell, which was fantastic. Tent is always one of my favourites and Focus 13 at Chelsea harbour – loving the new collections and colours..lots of coral and indigo and bold pattern. It seems that the East is featuring alot this autumn…can’t wait to get back to India and start designing the new collection. Watch this space for my next entry from Delhi..