The Big Door

The Big Door, lo­cated at a posh ur­ban set­ting in the foot of Pali Hill in Mum­bai, un­folds a tale of rich In­dian tra­di­tions . Its mer­chan­dise se­lec­tion trans­ports you to an epoch of her­itage grandeur. In­dian jew­ellery, home decor el­e­ments and col­lectibles

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The seeds to the con­cept of The Big Door were sown six years ago when Vivek Gupta, Owner and Part­ner, The Big Door, was do­ing up his own home and re­al­ized the need for au­then­tic In­dian fur­ni­ture. By the end of 2013, this idea took form and pre­sented it­self as a her­itage hub in a con­tem­po­rary for­mat. Talk­ing about The Big Door, Vivek Gupta, Part­ner, com­ments, "It’s an ef­fort to bring back the value of our tra­di­tions with orig­i­nal gen­uine art pieces, show­cased on an apt plat­form and re­viv­ing the past. It’s our pas­sion for gen­uine art that in­spired this project. It’s very close to our hearts and we shall make sure our cus­tomers have a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.” Jew­ellery show­cased in the store is in­spired from Mughal, Nizam and Ra­jput styles sourced from Ravi Jewels, Jaipur named af­ter the owner Ravi Ajmera. He brings with him three gen­er­a­tions of ex­pe­ri­ence in the fine craft of jew­ellery de­signs, rang­ing from pre­cious and semi-pre­cious jew­ellery, set in gold, sil­ver and sil­ver- gold plated metal, to Vic­to­rian, polkis and jadau pieces, each of these mes­mer­iz­ing cre­ations is unique and de­sign ori­ented. These del­i­cately crafted master­pieces ex­hibit fine work­man­ship, tra­di­tion and ex­clu­sive­ness and range from pure sil­ver fur­ni­ture in­spired from the Raj pe­riod, mar­ble foun­tains and jalis to tra­di­tional pich­wai from Ra­jasthan and bronze work from South In­dia, be­sides Per­sian cal­li­graphic fauna, antiques and in­tri­cate wood­work. The store thus had to re­flect the prod­ucts’ ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship. The el­e­va­tion of the store had to be sym­bolic of what lay on the other side of the thresh­old and hints at the grandeur in store. It en­dures the iconic­ity of royalty and sends across an in­tim­i­dat­ing vibe to the be­holder of the larger than life ges­ture. Repli­cat­ing the en­trance to a fort or palace in North In­dia, The Big Door opens its gates to set the path for en­try. The space in­side holds a com­mon stage for jew­ellery and fur­ni­ture. The chal­lenge was to cre­ate an am­bi­ence suited to both and bound by the thread of her­itage fea­tures. The jew­ellery sec­tion is hosted on a podium in the cen­ter of the ground floor of the store. Its de­sign en­dures a rich­ness that jew­ellery as a prod­uct de­mands. Min­i­mal­ist in style, exclusive in charisma, and ur­ban and well-fin­ished in look; the jew­ellery sta­tion sets it­self apart. The rest of the ground floor dis­plays a char­ac­ter of retro times with tex­tured and un­fin­ished

sur­faces. It works in the back­ground for the old doors and heavy fur­ni­ture dis­played. Their dis­play on the ground floor is a de­ci­sion dic­tated by lo­gis­tics. A lounge on the ground floor is sug­ges­tive of lux­u­ri­ous of­fer­ings. It caters to the be­spoke fea­ture of­fered at The Big Door. One of the unique fea­tures of the store is that, any­thing you point your fin­ger to, is on sale. It works on the con­cept of new­ness and unique­ness. There is no re­peat of mer­chan­dise and rather re­sorts to be­spoke to give the client the best. “I would say we cater to three cat­e­gories; the af­ford­able, the de­sir­able and the as­pi­ra­tional. The am­bi­ence speaks of a lux­u­ri­ous abode but the mer­chan­dise does not de­mand atro­cious prices,” says Vivek Gupta. A mys­ti­cal look­ing black stair­case set in a shaft of red, leads way to the first floor. A crys­tal chan­de­lier bows down on the stair­case and is sus­pended from a ceil­ing re­sulted from fine crafts­man­ship of her­itage boudoir. These ceil­ings are one of the USP’s of the store and a few vari­a­tions in them can be seen when you move your eyes up in dif­fer­ent parts of the store. The pow­er­ful emo­tions ex­uded by the colours and the chan­de­lier make quite a state­ment for the store and backs its lux­ury sil­hou­ettes. The first floor greets you with a wooden arch fin­ished with in­tri­cate carvings and marks the en­try point.

Sil­ver fur­ni­ture is dis­played on this floor along with other home decor cre­ations. It is a con­scious de­ci­sion to dis­play sil­ver fur­ni­ture here so that it would not take away from the charm of the jew­ellery on the ground floor. The best part about de­sign of the space here is that, it comes from the mer­chan­dise it­self. The decor is so ar­tic­u­lated that the prod­ucts them­selves cre­ate the space. This con­cept show­cases the use of prod­ucts as well in a home en­vi­ron­ment. So es­sen­tially, ev­ery­thing that cre­ates space here, has a price tag on it and is yours to take home; in­clud­ing the el­e­ments in the wash room. The walls are tex­tured in dif­fer­ent colours to im­part the un­fin­ished look. Un­even melamine brush strokes cre­ate the tex­ture. The light­ing has been fo­cused in a way which would give a gallery ef­fect to the space. Track light­ing is the most con­ve­nient op­tion to call at­ten­tion to prod­ucts. As for the jew­ellery sec­tion, the light­ing has to be bright and in or­der to achieve this, light­ing for the show­cases came from above and in­side the case, with spe­cial em­pha­sis placed on light­ing from above so as to al­low the prod­uct to sparkle and not let any­thing cast a shadow. To one’s sur­prise a stair­case leads up into the un­known. On fur­ther ex­plo­ration, a ter­race gar­den comes into view. Out­door fur­ni­ture basks in the sun­light in this space. Also, a Mughal tent is put up on sale here and is tes­ti­mony to the high her­itage value of the store and di­ver­sity that it pro­vides

Ar­chi­tect KNS Ar­chi­tects De­sign Team Kan­hai Gandhi Brinda Palan

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