Authored this article for Instagram on Youth Ki Awaaz about their latest campaign celebrating kindness and #KindComments on the platform. The article focuses on Instagram's collaboration with St+art India to create a mural at Sassoon Docks, encouraging interaction, kindness and love.
Driven by the belief that engagement with patterns can result in positive and powerful outcomes, Patternity was founded in 2009 by photographer & art director Anna Murray and surface & product designer Grace Winteringham. Their projects illustrate the endless possibilities of patterns as tools to explore, inspire and innovate. Whether it is the folds of a flower, or the holes in a perforated façade, they continue to spend every day celebrating these patterns that are often overlooked.
Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou once said, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Alex Hubbell is an impeccable example of the strength that is born out of hardship. CQ explores the ineffable love for Indigo that lies at the heart of her story as part of our series - Tales of Indigo.
During her studies and research in Design Product at the Royal College of Art, 2016, Micaella Pedros began working on the concept of ‘native technology’ as result of an interest in the importance of culture in international development. The idea of a native technology stems from technology born out of a specific place while utilising local resources, culture and energy to materialise. Building on this, Micaella’s practice is a combination of do-it-yourself design, experimentation and empowerment through the usage of existing materials.
Captivated by patterns and their usage across products, textiles and design, we curiously approached a few people and brands that specifically focus on pattern making as an important part of their practice. The first in this curated mini-series on patterns is IDAM, a surface and pattern design studio in India.
Essential to our understanding of communities is a knowledge of their textiles. Whether it’s the fabric they produce or the motifs they have crafted to tell their stories, textiles have timelessly been used as a medium to send messages. Los-Angeles-based sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman take this forward through their textile company Block Shop that fuses traditional Indian hand block printing with modern aesthetics. We speak to the sisters and collaborators to learn about Block Shop.
Driven by the belief that engagement with patterns can result in positive and powerful outcomes, Patternity was founded in 2009 by photographer & art director Anna Murray and surface & product designer Grace Winteringham. Their projects illustrate the endless possibilities of patterns as tools to explore, inspire and innovate. Whether it is the folds of a flower, or the holes in a perforated façade, they continue to spend every day celebrating these patterns that are often overlooked...
In the centre of a potpourri of design studios, offices and a pocket neighbourhood, MuseLAB grabs the attention with a perforated façade that will force you to stop and stare (or Instagram) – whether you were rushing for a meeting or walking back from lunch.
Home to Huzefa Rangwala and Jasem Pirani’s bespoke studio MuseLAB, Unique Industrial Estate, Prabhadevi extends a warm welcome, much like a Mumbai greeting – characterized by humidity and nonstop bustle.
Picture sitting cross-legged on a charpai (a rope woven four-footed stool), drinking a cup of piping hot tea and listening to your family speak in excited chatters as they huddle around poufs and cushions in your living room. This daydream is what Anuj Kothari and Valerie Barkowski translated into their home décor and accessories brand, No-Mad. CQ speaks to the co-founders to understand how the brand was born out of collaboration and grew over time into a conglomeration of cultures.
Think airy fabric, modern silhouettes and natural palettes. At Bangalore-based lifestyle brand The Summer House, everything echoes the philosophy ‘pure is beautiful’. We spoke to founder Shivangini Parihar and business head Rekha Datla to learn more about the choice to have a process that is fair and responsible.
When Shivangini Parihar started The Summer House in 2012, work was limited to wholesale orders and supplying to brands like Toast UK and Fabindia. But when she met Rekha Datla while ...
There are no blank pages when you’re reading a Tara Books publication. From cover to endpapers, every inch is filled with delectable colours and messages. We spoke to V. Geetha, Editorial Director of Tara Books to go behind the press and see how the stories transition from aural experiences to visual narratives in their latest releases.
In a world that is increasingly enamoured by frills and embellishments, Saif Faisal’s essentialist design comes as a whiff of fresh air. Since focusing on the ‘essential’ is at the helm of his practice, his products manage to remain minimalistic and impeccably designed. Intrigued to know more about his multi-disciplinary approach, CQ delves into his process and products.
When he received the brief, Vinit knew that creating an experience for architects and interior designers meant going the extra mile to construct something impressive and completely immersive. CQ speaks to Bricolage Bombay’s founder Vinit Nikumbh about one of their recent projects where music and architecture meet to create a rhythmic sight.
Overlooking Bangalore’s picturesque Sankey Tank sunsets, Tharangini, a family-run block printing studio, takes the ancient technique forward by giving it a global appeal. We spoke to Padmini Govind who runs shop at the studio to learn more about how they catch up with the evolving organic textile movement.
Stitching their passion for travel, design and textiles together, Sarah Fotheringham and Maninder Singh founded Safomasi. What started as a way to work with each other and combine the love for everything beautiful, turned into an eclectic designer homeware brand. We explore their latest collection ‘Tiger Safari’ that brings lush colours from India’s national parks to our homes.