India Design 2014 breathes luxury

Last weekend,, who recently appointed me as one of their design gurus invited me to attend a prestigious interior design show featuring Delhi’s finest luxury brands – India Design 2014.


Located at the NSIC grounds in Okhla, New Delhi, the exhibition was no like other I had visited. We were welcomed by a fully carpeted open air concourse dotted with pagoda styled marquees and quaint food stalls with their not to be missed designer seating. Situated on its right, were the three main tented halls showcasing the best in furniture and home decor.

The standard and creativity of these temporary exhibition stalls was very impressive indeed. Having been to the Chelsea Design Centre, London not so long ago, I can very proudly say that we are not far behind when it comes to showmanship. The imagination injected easily transformed the humble stall to a stage set for visual niceness. Please excuse the cliché but I really was like a kid in a candy store! Elegance filled the atmosphere, emanating from the exhibitors and their wares and those attending the show.

So what’s new? In one word LUXURY. Sophisticated, high-end, premium products.

MDF jaali or fretwork panels are now being replaced with stone and metal panels. Stone jaali work can be modified with multiple options of inlay/overlay with shellstone / gemstones and  semi-precious metals. Then there are three dimensional stone panels that appear to be moving and can be used to create stunning facades, a mural or a feature wall. Another wall finish includes a stylized wall installation with marble back-lit elements and mixed metal work.

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Built-in electric appliances are taking over your stand alone appliance as consumers demand a more stream-line finish to their modular kitchens. Appliances such as built-in ovens, steam ovens, microwaves, coffee makers, warming drawers, cool drawers, dishdrawers (where the dishwasher lies within a drawer), French door refrigerators, washing machines and dryers are the more popular ones.


Fabrics for furnishing, curtains and decorative textiles have moved on too representing style with contemporary techniques – hand printed linen, vintage linen, laser cut embroideries and jacquards combined with structured and tactile sheers, distressed textures and rich printed velvets.21 22

Personalising an interior space takes on another layer with a refreshing concept of embroidered wall panels where heritages crafts are interplayed with a contemporary palette.

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Accessories and furniture have taken on an international flavour – from German hand blown glass vases, European lighting and décor pieces from Bali, to French acrylic chairs. The décor trends blend baroque with Bauhaus, the edgy with the elegant and the clutter breaking cool with urban chic.


Boutique furniture stores are collaborating with European furniture companies to bring to you impeccable designs and exquisite craftsmanship – something your local carpenter is yet to understand. World class wardrobes, modular kitchens and complete furniture solutions for the home have become more accessible than ever before.

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More emphasis is growing towards engineered and hardwood flooring as opposed to laminate flooring with patterns such as herringbone and parquet. Intricate hand-made designs involving inlay and a variety of finishes including sanding, hand planed, brushed, hand patina, aged and oiled make their way to the Indian market.

The quality, standard, design, material and finishing of products has leap frogged to a whole new  level and the pricing clearly reflects this. World class interior and decor products are here to stay and it won’t be long before we see India on the global design map. Consumer awareness and demand has created an emerging niche market which will only grow in the coming years.


Current Trends To Show Off This Season

 The Explorer trend has been edging its way into the interior designing and decoration scene for some time but it is now that it is currently grabbing a lot of attention.pixers43_42172365_-820x1024 As the name suggests, it’s is all about global travel which of course incorporates the more obvious maps and globes in their many forms. But this trend has evolved to include items such as scientific instruments, bell jars and terrariums, as well as botanical influences, giving the look much more of a Christopher Columbus.Terrarium Wedding Centerpiece, Terrarium Centerpiece,wedding centerpiece The colours in this trend are quite muted, with beiges, creams and browns predominant. I, as an interior decorator, believe that black is also a key colour and gives it a much more modern feel.

An extension of this trend that has the same vibe is the library look – reminiscent of a men’s club and works particularly well in sitting rooms, offices and of course libraries! old_library_design_interior_design_home_library_11139_1600x1200

whisky-room-LST073036Leather and club chairs are very much part of the decor.  Both the library and ‘The Explorer’ are quite masculine trends, but as with any interiors trend, you can take whatever suits you and add it to your personal style.  You can have a row of bell jars with some pretty flowers in or go the whole hog and display unusual artefacts that look like original pieces from the explorer days.original_mini-glass-dome-bell-jarKnitted motifs and modern quilting are also big news for winter.img57o


They’re everywhere from knitted pouffes, chairs, sofas and stools to the obvious knitted chunky cushions and throws.7881871144_0479b36508_o

There are even knitted ceramics with the classic cable pattern. How novel indeed!

Velvets are also very popular at this time of the year. This sumptuous fabric is ideal for adding a touch of old fashioned luxury and glamour to your home. inky-velvet-hag-28oct13-pr_b

Choose jewel like tones of peacock blue, turquoise green and rich purples for a modern look, and layer them up with luxurious silks.

There are some beautiful new tartan fabrics too – stylish wool tartans with stripe and a textured plain that work perfectly well together along with the plaids.wooolarmchair_2701541b

A staple of winter, faux fur is usually incorporated as either a rug or throw, but more recently we’re seeing it draped over hard backed chairs in the kitchen and study.FaveFurThrowElleDecor2006Jan

leopard-2 If you want to include fur, you don’t have to turn your room into a hunting den. A single piece can add an instant feeling of warmth. Because of its luxurious appearance, fur is often viewed as a statement feature in the home so think about how it will fit in your home and choose the size and colours accordingly.

IKAT Pops Up Here And There In Interior Home Decoration

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This unique and vibrant pattern is showing up on throw pillows, curtains, upholstery, crockery and wallpaper. You may have already encountered Ikat on apparel but introducing it as part of home décor is definitely a current trend that will only add further interest to your interiors.



Commonly known as a tribal print or pattern, IKAT comes from the Malay word meaning to bind or wind around.

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It is the result of a procedure known as resist dyeing. Through this process only parts of the fabric are affected by the dye resulting in a pattern that works with every style. Check out the following applications of this playful print.






I’m sure you can accommodate evergreen IKAT somewhere in your home.