Admit it. Despite the traffic, the congestion, the pollution, the interminable honking horns: You love the city. The energy. The chaos. The variety. We can’t live without the city. Even if we’re in the suburbs now. Luckily, you can bring the city with you wherever you are with new city-inspired interior products. These products give your home instant street-cred.
PARIS | For those who love Paris in the springtime, this pillowcase combines a silk-screen of the Eiffel Tower and flowers to evoke the luscious spring hues of an afternoon in France’s capital. L’Atelier Vert, or the Green Studio, created the singular piece of art perfect for every Francophile. Available at www.frenchgardening.com, Rs6,600.
MUMBAI | Black and white photos of the city get a hip, colourful update in The Bombay Project’s whimsical home product line. Bright happy circles dot the sky over pictures of the beach, Pherozeshah Mehta Road and taxi stands. The silk-screens are reproduced on candles, lamps, pillows and canvases. Available at The Good Earth, Senapati Bapat Marg, Mumbai, Rs6,500 for a large lamp.
SHANGHAI | Plaster your pad with the world’s most futuristic city. Artist John Howis represents the seedy nightline of downtown Shanghai in this colourful piece. A British company, The Canvas Lounge, can produce the work on canvas, but the neon colours look best on Perspex for an eye-popping experience. Strange and wild enough to make all of China proud. Available at www.thecanvaslounge.co.uk, Rs36,950.
NEW YORK | Sure, it’s not exactly something to hang on the wall, but we had to give honourable mention to the latest design from, of all unlikely places, New York City’s health department. The health department rolled out the condom on Valentine’s Day. Inspired by the coloured circles of metro subway signs, the condom reads “New York Condom” against a black background. Impeccably hip. Available only in New York. Pick up a pile for free the next time you’re in the city at any of the bars or restaurants listed at www.nyccondom.org.
PLANET EARTH | Planet Earth: Can’t decide which home to claim? Choose the Ed lamp and stake your claim as citizen of the world. The sleek black base names capital cities in a modern white scrawl and the onionskin white shade exudes cool. Available at www.apt-ny.com, Rs11,800.