From ramp to the bedroom

Wednesday, 08 June 2011

Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Anuj Sharma are not just designing clothes. They are leaving their imprints on furnishings and restaurants as well. For example, Rohit Bal’s restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai are festooned by handcrafted mirrors with peacocks, lotuses and the tree of life motifs. He launched his first restaurant Veda in New Delhi in 2005. Conde Nast Traveler included the space in its Top 100 restaurants in the world in 2006.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee will design a line of luxury villas in Alibaug. Anuj Sharma wants to try his hand at designing furniture from waste materials like paper, tins. Fashion designers Abraham and Thakore, popularly known as A&T, have been doing home furnishings for their Japanese clients. David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore first made their reputation abroad, selling in upmarket London stores like The Conran shop and then moving into retail back home. And for the first 18 years of their career, they never did a fashion show. So what’s impelling these names to branch out into other areas apart from the increased revenues? Could it be plain ennui and the desire to do something different? Could it be the desire to prove themselves elsewhere? Whatever the reason, brand values are set to get a huge boost.

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