Classic to the max with Reve Royale

Rosabagh’s new maximalist furniture is an opulent nod to the regal splendour of the Victorian era
One of the most complex pieces in the collection, Kathuria says, was the bedazzling chandelier, which required acute attention to detail, given its elaborate design of cascading leaves and flowers in brass
One of the most complex pieces in the collection, Kathuria says, was the bedazzling chandelier, which required acute attention to detail, given its elaborate design of cascading leaves and flowers in brass Express

Live life king-size is entrepreneur Abhishek Kathuria’s life mantra. And, his unapologetic indulgence in the finer luxuries, even as he savours the little pleasures of life, is encapsulated in the latest furniture edit by Rosabagh, his interiors and bespoke styling company.

One of the most complex pieces in the collection, Kathuria says, was the bedazzling chandelier, which required acute attention to detail, given its elaborate design of cascading leaves and flowers in brass
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Titled Reve Royale, the maximalist collection takes a leaf out of Victorian design magnificence to create pieces featuring carved brass work, rich inlays, gold finishes, sumptuous veneers and lush upholstery. “We’ve re-imagined classic period furniture through a contemporary lens, ensuring it appeals to a broader audience,” says 36-year-old, Delhi-based Kathuria.

The opulence of the Victorian era is evident at his 12,000-sqft store in Delhi. As one walks through the space, a luxurious white sofa with intricately carved leaves and gold accents is unmissable. The brass detailing on its mahogany wood frame renders it an antique look. The coffee table next to it boasts an ornate inlay of mop and veneer, making it both functional and ornamental.

One of the most complex pieces in the collection, Kathuria says, was the bedazzling chandelier, which required acute attention to detail, given its elaborate design of cascading leaves and flowers in brass. Each element of the fixture had to be assembled carefully to achieve the visual effect of a bloom. Additionally, precision with the hanging mechanisms was of acute importance because of its weight. The other pieces, including the Chester drawers with its artisanal brass artwork, and the hand-polished white oak wood four-poster bed with a distressed finish, stand out for their imperial-inspired aesthetic.

Even though the end result was exactly how Kathuria had imagined, he had his fair share of doubts and uncertainty while conceptualising. At such times, the dazzling body of work created by maximalist designer Tony Duquette came in handy. “His use of lavish materials, extravagant detailing, and fusion of styles resonated with me.

I particularly like his over-the-top theatrical renditions from the first half of the 20th century, a time dominated by modernism’s minimalist design ethos. Duquette’s immersive eclecticism set him apart from his contemporaries, and I gain new perspectives from his bold idiosyncrasies,” says the founder.

One of the most complex pieces in the collection, Kathuria says, was the bedazzling chandelier, which required acute attention to detail, given its elaborate design of cascading leaves and flowers in brass
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Outside of work, Kathuria enjoys travelling to historic landmarks, with the Louvre in Paris, the Buckingham Palace in London and the ruins of Rome being his favourites. The art, history and architectural beauty of these sites never fail to inspire him, with traces of them often finding their way into his work. And, with that, his furniture always finds a way of tying the past seamlessly with the present.

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