Wonder Wall: Give your walls a Sabyasachi touch this summer
If you thought Sabyasachi’s designs were reserved only for wedding days or special occasions, here’s some good news — the designer has blurred the lines between high-end fashion and home décor by launching a collection of wallpapers in partnership with Nilaya, Asian Paints. Bringing this collection to Chennai this weekend, is Villa 17, a luxury and home décor store in the city.
Titled Sabyasachi-Chapter II: The India Revival Project, these wall covers pay tribute to the designer’s favourite muse, India, more specifically, Indian history. The collection, which has Deepika Padukone as the face of it, draws inspiration from incidents in the designer’s life, like spotting a Royal Bengal Tiger when he was a kid, seeing the iconic Taj Mahal, and even his home in Kolkata. Boasting Portuguese, Dutch, French and even Chinese influences, the series is a true celebration of opulence. The first Sabyasachi collaboration with Nilaya, called India Baroque, was also inspired by the Maharajas of pre-Independent India.
Talking about the India Revival Project, Vishesh Sachdev, one of the owners of Villa 17 says, “Walls play a huge part in defining the aesthetics of a home. With a majority of our clients, we noticed that they leave one wall in their homes to be a statement maker — a showstopper of sorts. This is where the Sabyasachi range of wallpapers make for a perfect statement,” he says, adding, “Sabya’s collection is an elegant amalgam of fashion and home decor, making it accessible to everyone.”
Motifs & the mahal
From geometric designs, big floral motifs, smaller prints, to the majestic Taj Mahal print, in deep hues, pastels, beige and more, the collection has a little bit of everything that is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of India. Interestingly, the series also incorporates textile traditions such as chintz and Toile De Houy, Raj-era etchings, the heady beauty of Mughal gardens and stately French architecture.
It is tough to pick favourites, but Vishesh says that the Gulbahar series (intricate floral prints), the Sheesha series (where hues of pink and purple come together in geometric symmetry) and the Mimosa series (a fresh take on yellows) are some of the stand-outs from the entire collection. “The catalogue collection will be displayed in our store where people are encouraged to pick them up and browse the pages at their own pace,” Vishesh adds.
Commenting on the trend of an increasing number of people choosing wallpapers over textured walls, Vishesh says, “Every single wallpaper design in the Sabyasachi collection has been done in life-size scale by hand, by 43 artists. They have then been digitally mastered in the United Kingdom and turned into wallpapers. Anyone with a keen design eye and love for opulence will appreciate this collection. Wallpapers have been around for decades now, beautifying homes. But what is gaining momentum now is handpainted walls.”
Price: Rs 155 per sq foot
The collection will be on display at Villa 17, Nungambakkam, from April 27-29, from 11 am to 8 pm