Good Earth gets better with a new furniture and soft furnishing line specifically made for children. The Gumdrops line uses the same Indian, modern look as the Good Earth furniture line, but adapts the pieces for pint-sized purchasers. Anita Lal, the head designer, and her niece Beenu Bawa gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the line.
Why did you start the line?
Offering style options to the children of our clients just seemed like a natural extension of our product line. Themes from nature and our cultural heritage continue to be our consistent design inspirations for Gumdrops as with the rest of the Good Earth.
What should parents think about while decorating for their children?
Along with style and comfort, which are always critical in effective décor planning, developmental stimulation is an additional consideration for children’s rooms. The use of vibrant colours and visual variety are important, as well as functional forms to encourage creativity such as drawing desks. And you must keep safety in mind, according to the child’s age. So toys should be without pieces that can break off during the teething stage and rounded corners should be incorporated for emerging mobility.
What inspired the line?
It’s an India-inspired theme with Machli and Tortugas from the Indian Ocean, Hathi Mere Saathi Elephants and a Wah Taj duvet and bed cushions.
What sets it apart from other children’s lines?
The themes are original and Indian, and not based on the traditional blue for boys, pink for girls style. There are lots of colours, and the use of Indian craft skills such as modern ‘muddhas’ (small stools, usually made of jute) with candy-coloured velvet cushions and large cuddly Tortuga floor cushions.
The line is available at their flagship stores in Raghuvanshi Mills, Mumbai, and at Khan Market, New Delhi.