FRENCH CON­NEC­TION

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.

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11 Five In­dian de­sign la­bels cre­ate a stir at Mai­son et Objet show in Paris

CASA PARA­DOX

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.

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