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Aug 18, 2014

India: A Vibrant Culture

Interior Design
So India celebrated its Independence Day last week on August 15 and has a host of exciting festivals this month. Sixty-seven glorious years of personal and creative freedom! The country with its varied culture and heritage has inspired many designers. Enshrouded in mythology and mystical lore, immersed in history and garbed in multitude of ethnicities, India is a fascinating nation whichever way you look at it. As an interior designer, what is it that you recall when you think of India? Is it their festivities, colorful celebrations? Is it the polytheistic culture and animal gods? Is it Bollywood - their staple dose of dance and drama? Or their eternal symbol of love - the Taj Mahal? 

Whatever be it, we think any décor that draws inspiration from India will turn out absolutely stunning! We create a lookbook of some authentic Indian styles and its interesting international adaptations, some coy and quirky Indian brand labels reinterpreting India and more. Read on...

French artist Karen Racicot’s apartment definitely draws on Indian and Asian influences. Also, who doesn’t enjoy a good splash of colour? Hindus have an entire festival dedicated to colours - Holi !!!



Enticing colours, silk and patchwork, Indian artwork and detailing: put it all together, and we have our favorite pick of the lot!



Jhoolas or Indian swings have traditionally been part of many ancestral Indian homes. 



A Rajasthan inspired bedroom with ornate jaali or latticework detailing



Jaali partitions were a crucial design element of many Indian palaces as it would cut down heat and improve air circulation.



A Traditional South Indian home décor


 
We love the rich Silk furnishing on this beautiful South Indian four poster bed.



Le Sutra in Mumbai is probably the only hotel in the world to have a fully Indian-inspired theme with focus on Indian history, mythology and Indian philosophy of three gunas (human attributes): tamas, rajas and sattva. But what caught our attention was how they took forward their interpretation of each room’s theme onto chairs.

Ravana Room: The Veena Table and Ravana Chair



Karna Room: 'The Wheel of Time' Chair



Ashoka Room: The Sword table and the Ashoka Chakra chair



Other offbeat designs that we loved - Chai Studio’s Reinvented India Cart Table



The beautiful Maharani chest by Maison Du Monde...



Hindu mythology has always been very intriguing. A little known fact is that the design of the Peacock chair draws from Hindu cultural symbols. A peacock is the vahan or carrier of Goddess Saraswathi. Also, it happens to be the national bird of India. 



Designer Máximo Riera’s interpretation of the supreme deity of Hinduism, Lord Ganesha is absolutely arresting. The chair pattern was inspired and replicated from old Indian furniture with the head of an Asian elephant.
 


Lest we forget the most beautiful creation of the Mughal Era - The Taj Mahal; it has survived generations as the epitome of eternal love. I guess that is why people constantly seek inspiration from it. 
This Artistic House in Miami, US recreates the all-white interior of the mausoleum…



Another extreme interpretation of the mausoleum is the inverted “Taj Mahal” coffee table by Studio Job. Quite a statement piece!



Another designer who took inspiration from India is Miv Watts. Shahjahan’s photo adds that lovely touch to the understated Mughal decor…



Inspired from Kamasutra (Indian Erotica), Watts incorporates a beautifully engraved headboard and wall piece above the contemporary bed. 



Here are few celebrities who have introduced a piece of India into their homes:
Jada Pinkett and Will Smith’s Home in Malibu amalgamates design elements from different cultures. But we love the ethnic touch brought about by this Indian swing in their entertainment room…



TV show host Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia De Rossi’s home have these beautiful mirrors with mother-of-pearl inlay specially sourced from India.



90s pop sensation Cher has done up her entire LA home in Indian style. And we cannot stop admiring her royal bedroom...



Can we speak of India and not cover Bollywood? We love this because nothing expresses love for Indian cinema more than this Mughal-e-Azam trunk…



Item Number, a quirky furnishing brand, pays tribute to 60s and 70s Indian cinema, iconic symbols and monuments with these colorful cushion covers...



We love the India Circus cushion covers, floor cushions and wall arts. It promises to add just that right amount of zest and playfulness to your India-inspired homes.



These wall and table clocks by Mad(e) In India embodies the life and culture of Indians. We love the charkha clock, the band baaja table clock, the Mumbai … Let’s not get biased. We love ‘em all.



Happily Unmarried is an in-your-face brand that unabashedly speaks out to the urban Indian youth. They can create quirky products practically inspired by anything Indian: trucks, old matchboxes, local slangs and lingos… you name it… This is the other side of India that not many other brands would reflect. So we are quite impressed! 




Which is your favorite India-inspired design? Tell us in the comments section. 

Photos sourced from: Le Sutra, Hgtv, Architectural Digest, Susan E Brown, Apartment Therapy, Ethnic Indian Home, decosee, Pinterest, Story Ltd, Studio Job, Maximo Riera, Miv Watts, Mad(e) in India, Happily Unmarried, India Circus, Flax Octopus Cushions