FAN­TASY meets Re­al­ity

Gau­rav Gupta’s new flag­ship store in Mehrauli is an ex­ten­sion of his per­son­al­ity

India Today - - STYLE - By JAHNAVI CHAKRAVARTY

Step­ping into Gau­rav Gupta’s new flag­ship ate­lier in Mehrauli is akin to step­ping into a sur­real dream. Shades of white and gold, mys­ti­cal crea­tures perched atop clothes racks, and a gi­ant tree en­cased in glass hold­ing court in the cen­tre of the bou­tique, are just some of the fan­tas­ti­cal fea­tures of Gau­rav Gupta’s ex­cit­ing new space. Nes­tled in the heart of Delhi’s art and fash­ion hub, the space has been imag­ined in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Stu­dio Lo­tus and is de­signed to be mul­ti­func­tional and in­ter­ac­tive. Find­ing inspiration in sur­re­al­ism, it is the de­signer’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of fan­tasy palace ru­ins, com­plete with mys­ti­cal ref­er­ences and mag­i­cal crea­tures. The de­signer has also de­vel­oped sig­na­ture ob­jects d’art, mono-tonal fur­nish­ing, carved wooden fur­ni­ture, sus­pended art nou­veau mir­rors and hand­made brass mu­rals to fur­ther en­hance the cos­mic qual­ity of the in­te­ri­ors. Ar­chi­tec­turally, the old and new have been brought to­gether in a har­mo­nious con­trast—a ro­manesque oval foun­tain in the cen­ter of the 5000 sq ft store is out­lined with curvi­lin­ear walls. Right at the en­trance of the store is an age-old Siris tree, en­cased in a pris­tine glass prism, with a care­fully shaped moon-roof. The ate­lier also cel­e­brates Gupta’s menswear line with its sig­na­ture ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails.

AT Kalka Dass Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi

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