Ekaya Thaan Store


VMRD - - Contents - Satarupa Chakraborty

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. •


Stu­dio Lo­tus

Ar­chi­tec­tural Light­ing

Luz Lights

Dec­o­ra­tive Light­ing


Project Man­age­ment and Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment

Ro­hit Ganju & As­so­ci­ates + Ab­hay Pandey




An­dre J Fan­thome

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