industrial age-modern furniture


Designer Samira Rathod @ SRDA

Mumbai based architect and designer, the very versatile Samira Rathod set up her office- Samira Rathod Design Associates in year 2000. This trained architect  has earned quite a few awards and accolades for her furniture, product design and interiors.


Her incredible designs of lamps and furniture have the feel of rough edges and smooth-complex lines. The lamps (and even furniture pieces too) have magical reflective dimensions.


What I feel about these pieces: a feeling that I am transported back to the onset of machine age and that there is some modern age royalty standing with all its props and finery. Each piece has certain unsettling quality, each piece feels complete in itself, and each piece has a dimension I haven’t seen before.


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and the award goes to…


and the restoration award goes to…

Today Mumbai University’s vice – chancellor is going to receive Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Distinction. Unesco is acknowledging restoration work of the 2000 sq ft Convocation Hall of Mumbai University completed last July. The hall is 132 years old. The conservation work was done by architect Abha Narain Lambah.


In June I had done a post ‘celebrating restoration’. Please check the beautiful images of architectural grandeur of Mumbai University in this post here.


These images via flickr- St. Simon, Balaji Bhardwaj, Alice’s Asylum. Check these links also for more beautiful images.

out of box art


                  environment (acrylic on wood)

Artist Sukhdev Sinh Rathod @ galleries

                            Chemould-Prescott Road and @ Guild India

A trained painter and ceramicist young Indian artist Sukhdev Sinh Rathod ‘s ongoing interest in illusions in daily life has made him create three dimensional wall-works and contradiction between eye and mind series. In the illusionistic mode he creates three dimensional spaces- wooden boxes using acrylics.


contradiction between eye and mind-series

(watercolour on Arhes paper)

The tension between real and virtual space brings out multiple meaning out of simple objects in his art.


third world (acrylic on wood)

Besides his installation – like piantings, I love his architectural work as these installations evoke ‘still in the cabinet-  but out of box feeling’!


untitled (gouache on paper)


contradiction between eye and mind-series

(watercolour on Arhes paper)


superstition (mixed media)


untitled (gouache on paper)


anticipation (mixed media)

tribal art modern gifts

Warli the tribal craft of Maharashtra, inspires these unique gifts:


warli pyramid lamp

Craftsperson Manik @ Craftsbridge

Warli pyramid lamp – A unique pyramid shaped lamp made in handmade Paper with traditional Warli painting on it.


chime warli clock (pinewood) (Manik)

The warli art depicts a group of warli women performing their traditional folk dance around the dial of the clock. The dangling wall clock is adorned at the top with a horizontal wooden section, which is also garnished with warli art. The wind chime is made from stone beads and seashells.


warli clock (Manik)

A very trendy, & colourful wall clock which has motifs of mother and child depicted in warli tribal painting.


warli desk organizer (pinewood)

Craftsperson Spellbound @ Craftsbridge


warli lamp shade (spellbound)


dazzling art


Artist Kirti Khatri @ Lemon Grasshopper Gallery

Indian artist Kirti Khatri is one of the very few people in India who practices the art of paper cutting. He works around religious themes as well as various floral designs.


Paper cutting is a craft most of us must have indulged into at some time in our school life. May be in just small measure.It is simple yet vey exciting art and craft. The art of paper cutting originated in China. See the history here and here.


There are two methods: scissor cutting and knife cutting. In scissor cuttings several sheets of paper, up to seven, are layered together. The motif is then cut with sharp, pointed scissors. Knife cuttings are fashioned by putting several layers of paper on a relatively soft foundation.


This craft has developed in different countries with its distinctive flavour. See how here.


See the modern paper cutting and traditional Chinese paper cutting and how  it is done here.

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