Craftmark: Hand-made in India

If there are two craft organisations I would love to have in Bangalore, then they have to be Craftmark and Dastkar. Dastkar, at least, has an annual exhibition in Bangalore. You know how it is – you are quickly scrolling through dozens of posts on FB (I returned after a long hiatus), and there are certain pictures that stand out. And then, it happens again after a few days. This is how I happened to check out Craftmark. Have you seen their 2014-15 catalogue? No, well, you should do now. You will be impressed by the attention to detail, an impeccable sense of styling, color psychology that plays to your senses and the wide variety of linen and fabrics from the breadths of this country.

Block printing, kantha stitches, silk cushions in fuchsia are all the rage. You seem these patterns and tradition being produced across brands. And when there is so much competition, it is tough to keep it simple and play with age-old designs. Yet, that is exactly what you see which makes it an instant winner.

Come on, immerse yourself in these images. I bet you will want to go over them a second time.

wood block printing

 

Hand block printed bedcover, paisley patterned cushions and silk patchwork throws. What more can one ask for?

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Kitchen Wall Tiles: Help me find these aqua tiles

We all have a vision of how certain spaces in our new house will be some day. Even if you are not planning to move into a new home, this image could be a compelling reason to renovate the space. It could be as simple as pink cushions against a white sofa, or a easy chair in the balcony to read, or a quiet space in the house to practice the guitar without anyone nagging to run errands, or making space in the balcony for plants. You carry a certain image in your mind, make a mental note, or bookmark the image to shape your space like that when the time comes. The time has come for us. I had a dream, too, for the kitchen. I’ve fancied blue wall tiles very much like the ones in the pictures below, with a large window and sink beneath it.

blue tiles

aqua blue tiles

But, now there’s a small roadblock;I can’t seem to find tiles such as these anywhere in India. The brands I’ve checked are Bell, Somany, a few from Nitco and the collection at Celestile. Though Celestile had something close to what I was looking for, it was a highlighter tile and not in the dimension that I wanted (300 mm * 450 mm) aside from the fact they are really expensive. The good thing was it had a self brick pattern which means it covers a huge area avoiding the grout lines like in the pictures above. Tifny aqua from Somany came close, but again it is plain that may look too drab.

To my surprise, there are very few blue tiles in the market, and a majority of the collection is disappointing in shades of white/beige. Most of them lacked the wow factor; none so engaging to make you stop in your tracks.

I need your help: have you come across wall tiles like these, and if so please mention the brand. I would be very grateful.

Image courtesy:

1. Houzz 2.Tumblr



Store Feature: Be Vintage

blue shelf - weathered look

Hello, folks. Long time.

Today, I feature Be Vintage: the creation of a creative powerhouse, Monica, Grishma and Abhineet. They started this Bangalore-based brand a year and half ago to sell vintage furniture and home decor accessories. There are few brands/creations for which one picture is good enough to speak volumes of their work. And then, there are some where even ten don’t make the cut. Be Vintage falls under the first category. Monica couldn’t have reached out to me at a more appropriate timing; my eyes were tired of the clean/straight line overdose and vintage furniture amid all this comes as a whiff of fresh air.

Take a look for yourself as I feature my favorites, and talk about Monica on her journey so far..

Do you have a store?

We don’t have a store but we have tied up with the Chalk Boutique in Whitefield. We have a few more tie ups on the way and are planning to tie up with stores all over Bangalore. We are also looking at the option of tying up with store all across India. 

wooden shelf

Do you retail online? 

We are working on our ecom website. We are planning to launch it next month.

Which products have seen the most interest from customers?

Everybody loves the colors we use. Chalkboard frames have been an all time favorite. 

How did you get the idea of starting the store? 

Our love for vintage furniture. We have seen it a lot outside of India, but the availability is very limited in India. 

Don’t you think, without the stencil, this would be one ordinary grey stool that would go unnoticed in a corner?

Stenciled grey stool

 

Tell me more about the kind of furniture you make..

True to its name, our main forte lies in making vintage furniture (but not limited to) very inspired by the retro, the French and the Victorian era.  Be Vintage was created as a response to an increased demand for high quality and affordable vintage furniture, furniture that looks beautiful adding a nice aesthetic touch as well as being functional.

To the end, most of our furniture is made to order, working with the customers closely, giving them the exact product they desire. We have our own in house team of carpenters and painters all trained by us. We are based out of Hebbal, Bangalore. Additionally all our vendors and other resources are from Bangalore as well.
Most of the furniture is made from pine wood and beech wood.
yellow table

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