A selection of sustainable products that combine style with substance
At its core, sustainability is about going back to the basics. Very often, however, simplification can be rather complex. And given the number of people jumping on to the recycling “brandwagon", it’s hard to distinguish between what’s real and what’s not. “Sustainability is often used as a marketing gimmick to just buy more stuff. What’s more important is that the raw materials be sourced correctly, and the waste disposed of appropriately," says Brian DeMuro, director at Urbanist, an award-winning design firm based in Gurgaon, near Delhi. Sustainability is also about emphasizing timeless design, utilizing local production, collaborating with native artisans and being a socially responsible company that takes care of its employees. Less is more, as we reconstruct the idea of minimalism in a maximum way. Here’s our cool curation of products with a deep, intuitive provenance, mixing style with substance.
The Maharaja Cabin Trunk, by House of Things, is made of steel, with aged patina and beautifully stencilled words. It is placed on a detachable hairpin base, ₹ 25,000. For details, call 8003011110 or visit www.thehouseofthings.com
The Bombay Sofa, by Gulmohar Lane, has all-over tufting in linen cotton indigo fabric with art deco legs, ₹ 78,900. The Sage Geometric Peak cushion covers are made of 100% cotton, ₹ 1,125 without the insert. For details, call 8824040096 or visit www.gulmoharlane.com
Cushion, by Serendipity, inspired by Raja Deen Dayal’s photography and digitally printed on 100% cotton. The piece is hand-embellished and embroidered with crystals and metallic threads, ₹ 2,850 with the insert. For details, visit www.serendipitydelhi.com
Cheerful Pensive Table, by Auraz Design, has two built-in drawers. It has been paired with a Burmese teak-wood chair with traditional phulkari upholstery, ₹ 2,06,175 (including the chair). For details, call 9972730531.
Grand Gelungan Ear Jackets, by Dvibhumi, inspired by the Indonesian Wayang Kulit tradition, are handcrafted in oxidized sterling silver and are made in collaboration with Balinese artisans, 12,428. For details, visit www.dvibhumi.com