Some say imitation is the highest form of flattery. If so, Alex Davis ought to be feeling quite complimented. Anjana Bhargav’s new interior store Spaces, which stocks furniture and accessories from Coverline, seems to have taken more than a
little inspiration from Davis’ innovative steel line, My Lazy Garden. Like Davis’ line, the accessories in her store use nature motifs, such as cacti and flowers, recreated in the sharp modern metal of stainless steel. The designer behind Coverline, Vinita Singh, says that the small accessories line has taken a more abstract look at nature than Davis’, but that still doesn’t explain the similarities.
Apart from the accessories range, the furniture line does have an innovative look — mixing stone, steel and wood in bold pieces evocative of the American south-west. Singh says that she has often travelled through the region known to have inspired countless artists, such as Georgia O’Keefe, and says, “What I really like is the bold usage of nature in their designs.”
She uses nature in etchings, inlay work and flowing lines on coffee tables, beds and the upholstery line.
For Bhargav, this is her first entry into retailing furniture, and she says she has been doing interiors quietly on the side for some time. She loves the steel line because she liked the mix of a metal that usually only comes in functional forms to be used for products that are almost art installations. Plus, in Indian weather, she says, silver is easily tarnished, but steel can withstand the onslaught of seasons. The furniture and accessory lines are available at Spaces, Khan Market, New Delhi. The steel cactus costs Rs15,500, the coffee tables start at Rs12,000 and the centre tables cost around Rs35,000.