Ekaya Thaan Store
EKAYA THAAN STORE, DELHI
Spread across 2000 sq ft at Delhi’s Defence Colony market, Ekaya Thaan brings back the glory of Banarasi textiles, celebrating each piece in the light of its own intricacies. Designed by Delhi-based Studio Lotus, the ‘restored’ layout speaks stories of lost treasures.
When Ekaya Banaras, a contemporary bespoke brand presenting Banaras textiles decided to extend a floor dedicated to the rich soiree of textiles, they decided to stand apart from the regular fabric store setting by tucking away the exquisite fabrics and bringing them to display only on request.
Ekaya Thaan celebrates the richness of the textiles, its glory in a series of display walls set in small pockets. Large tables have been laid to throw open fabric rolls, measure and cut in each pocket. The fabric store is conducive
to browsing and architecturally mimics the courtyard experience of a heritage house with a dynamic central gallery that allows for storytelling. This gallery space allows for a changing display, varying between garments, lifestyle products, upholstery etc. and often showcases collaboration with eminent designers.
The gallery is enclosed with cupboards made inside shutters with metal and fluted glass, creating a translucent layer behind which the exclusive range is tucked away. Towards the rear of the store, the customisation area houses an atelier’s table and changing area, giving it a feel of a private tailoring shop. The gallery and the customisation area are separated by MS and fluted glass screen.
The undulating pattern of flutes is consistently rendered throughout the store. Besides glass other materials like stone and timber create a distinct design language. Fluted Indian marble has been used as fins fixed floor-to-ceiling for main display system and the cash desk. Handcrafted glass comes back to anchor the browsing and the retail pockets in the form of large amber glass tube chandeliers over the interaction tables. These have been customised and manufactured by AKSD.
The flooring of the store was inherited from the site and has been restored with some additional inlay work in stone and brass to align to the design story. •
Project Management and Construction Management
Rohit Ganju & Associates + Abhay Pandey
Andre J Fanthome