Actor Amrita Arora was alarmed when we told her we wanted to feature her new Bandra apartment in a story on opulence. Until we explained that we weren’t talking about crystal and maroon velvet. Sure, chandeliers are currently the hottest add-on, but these days opulence (see Page 12) isn’t about the fussy, decorative, claustrophobic interiors of the 1980s. The new opulence allows you to stamp your personality on your space. Boldly.
So say bye to minimalism. Less is no longer more. Colour and curves are back. You’ve got carte blanche to go crazy with patterns, mirrored surfaces and furniture with art deco-inspired lines. As Nitin Kohli, a New Delhi-based interior designer, puts it: “We’re interested in mixing different materials from different parts of the world, putting curves back on furniture and using distinct finishes.”
By now, you’ve noticed Lounge has the best collection of lifestyle columnists in the country. This week, Jared Sandberg writes a great column about executives who try to manage their families the way they do their teams at work. Vir Sanghvi recalls the saint we all know intimately (c’mon, surely you remember Michael?), Rohit Brijnath’s done a piece on the most influential athelete (bet you can’t guess who) and Shoba Narayan reveals her pen passion.
In addition, my two favourite columns here are by R. Sukumar (Page 19) and Salil Tripathi (Page 17). Cult fiction columnist Sukumar has a radical suggestion for parents. Forget those big bang Hollywood sequels. This summer, introduce your child to graphic novels. He tells you how to get started (with or without violence and nudity).
Tripathi, on the other hand, writes about the visual monotony of airline travel. These days, he says, all his fellow travellers look the same. It reminds him of a 1953 painting by Belgian painter Rene Magritte, which shows dozens of identical men, all wearing business suits and bowler hats, descending from the sky.
If you’re one of those people who never went to Kashmir in the 1970s and 80s, and then didn’t dare go in the 90s, and have now been thinking seriously of going, read about the mixed feelings you’re likely to experience if you do take the plunge (Page 16).
It’s back to school time and we polled a group of children to find out what they did over the summer. We also scoured the market for men’s sandals, met jazz guitarist John McLaughlin in Chennai and ID’ed a dangerous book. Turn the page, boss.
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