Home is where the heart is. Home is also where all of us spend endless hours today, working, living, loving and thriving within its four walls. No wonder, even when the best of luxe suffered during the pandemic, the one realm that actually grew was home decor… Right from buying rare art, to redoing a corner to indulging in sweet nothings, consumers said a strong yes to home design.
Artisan luxe reigned supreme as brands and designers created rooted design, ushered in from the past and brought ceremoniously to the future. Like these lights’ series by Orange Tree, that I stumbled upon and they, in a subliminal way, reminded one of the ubiquitous, nearly inane lamps you spotted within thatched roofed cottages. Yet, these added to them a touch of art deco.
Orange Tree, a brand born in craft-rich Jodhpur and brought out before the world wide web by its gen-next: Gaurav Jain and Nikita Bansal curated and created the Minoo (Paradise in Persian) Collection inspired by Art Deco and the few artist of yore whose works now grace the Museums of the World.
“As the tasteful and affluent Indian got exposed to global trends his taste palette moved towards classical and neo-classical designs. He was, in his heart, committed to Indian craftsmen but his eyes wanted to see something linear, minimal and modern.” And this is the realm that we want to own,” shares Gaurav. The Minoo series, crafted by artisans of Rajasthan, defy any India links in their taste and design.
Taking inspiration from the Art Deco movement of the 1920s, each piece from this collection is reminiscent of the positivity, playfulness, opulence, and the promise of a new future that defined this movement. “Each design is meticulously hand-made by skilled artisans. The relative simplicity, planarity, meditative symmetry and unvaried repetition of elements come together to create this range,” explains Nikita Bansal, Head of Design, Orange Tree.
Besides the fact that each piece celebrates an iconic design and art bastion. Like the Klimt Collection, which is a symbolic representation of the 19th-century art movement of Impressionism characterised by small, thin brushstrokes and shifting light.
Then there are the Chrysler Lights, sleek, conical, nickel-finished reading light and strongly influenced by the European Art Déco style and its namesake New York skyscraper. Taking forward the Art Deco inspiration, the Arch Collection features lamps with clean, bold, concentric lines. The Deco hanging lamp in the Prerit Collection is meticulously hand-woven in golden wires in meditative symmetry.
Light filters through its many layers creating an ambience of positivity in the room. Imagining a conscious future, the Monet collection honours the humble cane in the form of a simplistic floor lamp. Additionally, the beautiful cane and wood are weaved together in the stunning, geometric pendant designs of the New Kyoto Collection. Cane takes on a more glamorous form in the Wave Collection’s hanging light where the eco-friendly material is woven into an innovative 3D wave pattern that is sure to add panache to your favourite corner.
And on a lasting note is the sustainable series—paper mache and meenakari—two stunning examples of eco-friendly craft techniques, to their repertoire of chic and conscious lighting. So, are you ready to get lit?
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PRITHVI CHANGES HIS NAME TO HONOUR HIS LATE TAUJI
Actor Prithvi Tanwar, has changed his name to honour his late uncle. Prithvi’s first name was Mahesh. Prithvi says, “I changed my name from Mahesh to Prithvi in 2019. The reason is, I was close to my paternal uncle who carried this name. After his death, I wanted to keep his name alive. This is my small effort towards that.” He added, “Modeling brought me down to Mumbai. I joined an acting school and started appearing for auditions. The negativity of failure hit me. I decided to go back home. But after I reached home, I started getting calls for shoots. When I discussed with my father, he said if I would have stayed in Mumbai a little longer, I would have got work. He asked me to go back to Mumbai and give another try. My family has been supportive.”
BOBBY DROPS HEARTWARMING PHOTOS WITH SON ARYAMAN
NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Bobby Deol on Wednesday wished his son Aryaman Deol on his twentieth birthday by sharing adorable pictures with him on social media. The ‘Race 3’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared rare pictures with his son. In the pictures, Aryaman can be seen hugging his father, as the two pose for the camera. In the caption, Bobby wrote, “Happy birthday my angel,” followed by a heart emoji.
In the comments section of the post, Chunky Panday wrote, “Happy Happy birthday dear Aryaman.” Darshan Kumar wrote, “Happy Birthday Aryaman Wish you the World.” Deol’s Race 3 co-star Saqib Saleem also commented with kissing face emojis. On Tuesday, Bobby had celebrated three years of his film ‘Race 3’. Sharing an old video from the sets just before his shot, he wrote, “This is where it all began again! The journey has been incredible, especially 2020! Cannot wait to show you all everything coming up next.”
FARHAN AKHTAR’S ‘TOOFAAN’ GETS NEW OTT RELEASE DATE
Mumbai: Actor Farhan Akhtar’s most anticipated film, ‘Toofaan’, is scheduled to release on July 16. The upcoming sports drama is getting a digital release on Amazon Prime Video. Announcing the same, Farhan on Wednesday took to his official Instagram account and wrote: “With humility, love and in dedication to the fighting spirit of the beautiful people of our nation, our film ‘Toofaan’ will be releasing on July 16th. #ToofaanOnPrime.”
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has helmed ‘Toofaan’, which is set against the backdrop of boxing and revolves around the character of Farhan who plays the role of a boxer in the film. Actors Paresh Rawal and Mrunal Thakur are also a part of the movie.
While announcing the release date of ‘Toofaan’, Farhan has also unveiled a new poster of his look from the movie. In the poster, Farhan can be seen standing in a boxing ring flaunting his chiseled body. ‘Toofan’ is backed by Ritesh Sidhwani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Farhan.
KIARA ADVANI REVEALS SHE WOULD LOVE TO DO A BIOPIC ON MADHUBALA
Kiara Advani recently completed seven years in Bollywood. The star celebrated the special day with her fans. She engaged in a virtual interaction with her fans across the nation to celebrate the glorious seven years. Her fans asked their favourite actress various questions related to films, her journey and much more. The star even took to social media platforms to talk about her acting journey so far. A fan quizzed the actress about the role that she would love to play in future. To which she replied, “I would love to do a biopic on Madhubala. That is a dream for sure.”
Speaking about the celebration, Around 40 fan pages across India came together to celebrate Kiara’s 7 glorious years in Bollywood. Her admirers from Delhi, Lucknow, Banglore, amongst other cities ranging from different age groups united to shower their love on Kiara.
The actress has carved her niche in the industry with her amazing performances in ‘Fugly’, ‘MS Dhoni’, ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’, ‘Lust Stories’, ‘Kabir Singh’, ‘Good Newwz’, ‘Guilty’ and ‘Indoo Ki Jawani ‘amongst others.
She has some stellar performances in her kitty. From ‘Shershaah’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’ and Shashank Khaitan’s next amongst Kiara is one of the busiest stars in the industry today. The biographical action drama ‘Shershaah’ revolves around the life of the Kargil hero Vikram Batra. The film is slated to release on July 2, 2021.
The star was last seen in the comedy film ‘Indoo Ki Jawaani’ where she features alongside Aditya Seal and Mallika Dua.
KAREENA SHINES BRIGHT ON A BILLBOARD AT THE TIMES SQUARE
MUMBAI: Kareena Kapoor has successfully established herself as one of the biggest female superstar in the country over the years and continues to be the reigning star claiming the throne.
Continuing to win hearts, Kareena is now shining bright at the Times Square in New York City where her commercial for a popular jewelry brand is being displayed at a massive billboard. Sharing a video of the same on her IG, the actress wrote, “Shining bright like diamonds and gold on a billboard #TimesSquareNYC”.
Receiving major love from netizens, Kareena’s post already has got viral on social media with millions of her fans from all across the globe commenting on how much they love her on the NYC Times Square billboard.
On the professional front, Kareena Kapoor Khan will be next seen in the highly anticipated Advait Chandan directorial ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ opposite Aamir Khan. She also has Karan Johar’s period drama ‘Takht’ lined up.
SUNNY, AMEESHA EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO FANS AS ‘GADAR’ CLOCKS 20 YEARS
Sunny Deol’s ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ clocked 20 years on Tuesday and the star thanked the audience for making his film ‘an event’.
The 2001 film, that also starred Ameesha Patel in the lead, became an instant hit. The Anil Sharma directorial did not just impress viewers but also registered huge numbers at the box office. The actor-politician took to Twitter to express gratitude to all his fans who made the film a ‘historic’ affair. Sunny tweeted a video song from Gadar, ‘Musafir Jaane Wale’, featuring him and Ameesha.
Sharing the video, he thanked viewers for showering the action love story with so much love. Sunny wrote, “We made a film, you made it an event! #20yearsofGadar, I express my gratitude to everyone who made our film historic.”
Taking to Instagram, Ameesha uploaded a series of posts recalling her acting stint on the project. In one of the posts, she shared a few unseen moments from the set and captioned: “Gadar…behind the scenes of the most iconic film that Bollywood has seen till date…thank you all for the love..20 years of Gadar.”
Released on 15 June, 2001, ‘Gadar’ was a romantic drama set against the background of India’s partition. The film also featured late Amrish Puri and Lillete Dubey.
On the occasion, Lillete too took to social media to remember her work in ‘Gadar’.
“15 June 2001…. 20 years since ‘Gadar’ opened on this day. And what a storm it created.Remembering the making of the film and especially my wonderful co-star who also came from theatre — the man with the deepest baritone Amrish Puri,” she wrote.
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