Five Indian design labels put up a showstopper exhibit at Maison et Objet in Paris recently. SHELLY ANAND picks up some of the most talked about collections.
11 Five Indian design labels create a stir at Maison et Objet show in Paris
Reflective of au courant and timeless aesthetics, lifestyle brand Casa Paradox stands for all things grand in the world of interiors. High on innovation, luxury and style, the brainchild of interior designer Raseel Gujral is synonymous with furniture and home accents punctured with elements from the past and merged with international trends. Its first showcase at the Paris Design Week, Maison et Objet, a biannual trade fair which was held recently from September 6- 10, was all about a new India— in tune with its time and cultural identity yet powered with good looks. The exhibit portrayed two facets of an emerging India through its collections— the ultramodern classic that is Neophile and the irreverent which is Illustratti, comprising about 100 pieces ranging from cabinets, screens, high- back two- seaters, wardrobes and dining tables. While the romantic Neophile series celebrates French, colonial and Indian influences with inlays in onyx, jaali work and mirror framing besides neo- classical elements such as griffins and braiding, the young, colourful and graphically rich Illustratti, on the other hand, with its botanical echoes brings forward dramas of day- to- day life. Take for example, the impressive cabinet from the Illustratti collection ( see left). Both smart and dressy, the vibrant furniture in wood gives one glimpses of the changing landscape within the country.