Now, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Deepika Padukone want to decorate your home
Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s dreamy florals and enchanting colour combinations play just as well on walls as they do on clothing. The designer, known for his flattering vintage-looking contemporary fashion, has channelled his signature style — a delicate mix of mystery and whimsy — into home decor now.
On Sunday, Sabyasachi took to his Instagram to release an exclusive collaboration with Nilaya by Asian Paints, a line of luxury wallcoverings. Showcasing his enchanting and beautifully feminine hand-painted wallcoverings was equally stylish actor, Padmavaat star Deepika Padukone.
The surprising mix of textures, statement colours, unusual patterns and optical illusions lend this collection a meditative moodiness. Available in multiple themes — Guldasta, Gulbahaar, Vasant, Indian Moghol and The Sunderbans, among others — it is a nod to the noted fashion designer’s irreverent style, reflecting a collection that’s as unique as his catwalk creations. If this isn’t proof that your home can look as good as you do, we don’t know what is.
Here’s a front-row look at Sabyasachi Wallpaper Collection for Nilaya products that are catching our eyes right now.
The first wallpaper features a stylised floral bouquet in shades of red, pink, green, and beige of a carrot-hued background. We adore the oversize blooms and would love to see this in a walk-in closet or dining area — can you imagine how the wallpaper pattern would pop in a small space like that?
About the Amekbuti theme, Sabyasachi wrote: “If you grew up in Bengal at the time I was growing up, sometime between late seventies and early eighties, you would know that the consumer was the designer. I spent hours watching my mother and her friends stretching organdy sarees over hand frames and hand painting exotic blooms on them. More often than not, they would match the blooms in their sarees to the real blooms on their hair. Talk about style! This is my homage to them. My mother and all her Bengal art school friends. What they lacked in terms of resources, they always over compensated with imagination. That is the true art of dressing well and good housekeeping!”
We’re equally captured by the use of Taj Mahal as pattern as we are with the moody colour tone — all of it is exquisite — of Sabya’s India Moghol-themed wallcovering. This is what Sabyasachi wrote about the hand-painted wallpaper, finely outlined with 18 carat gold, “The homes of North Calcutta always fascinate me. Through winding lanes and decrepit alleys, one often stumbles upon ‘Paradise lost’. Humble tea stalls, crumbling book binding factories and dingy mustard oil presseries make way for forlorn palaces and music rooms of erstwhile ‘zamindars’. A lesson in sheer hedonistic maximalism.”
“Osler and Baccarat chandeliers, completely engulfed in a shroud of cobwebs occasionally twinkling in the late afternoon sunlight, Devonshire china holding on for dear life on creaky cabinets, jostling for space amidst hand-painted tin and an occasional Lifebuoy soap perched precariously on a silver salver.”
We’re particularly taken with this plum floral wallpaper, also from the India Moghol theme. “Works of great European and Bengali masters co-existing in communal harmony with a calendar from a local pharmaceutical company, a withering taxidermy and Fuji-colour rendered black and white family portraits. As a parakeet and a cockatoo chirp in unison from the courtyard, my fingers swipe the dust from the walls to unveil yet another treasure,” Sabyasachi wrote on Instagram.
Titled Lajwanti, this floral theme is quite similar to the other wallpapers, though in a creamier colour scheme. The trailing flower pattern of this coromandel red and cream wallcovering communicates a sweet innocence, while the use of brown and green gives the pattern depth.
Explaining the theme, Sabya wrote, “In 2002, I rented my first apartment. And moved in there with my tailors and pattern makers. It was all under a thousand square feet. It would become my home, my factory and my atelier! I hand-painted the walls in ‘Bengal Red’ with motifs of flora and fauna inspired by the tree of life! The horses back then did look like rabbits and one bird I am sure looked a bit like a nondescript reptile. Old habits die hard and so a better version of the tree of life makes a second appearance.
We love the stylised look of this Sunderbans-themed wallcovering and the muted colour palette. “My first Tiger spotting was at the the Alipore Zoo, Calcutta,” wrote Sabyasachi about the wallcovering, hand-rendered by The Sabyasachi Art Foundation in a retro ‘Toile-de-jouy’ style. “I clearly remember it was a crisp December morning and as he looked into my eyes balefully, I asked my father if it was ok to give him my ‘turmeric’ laced popcorn. I was all of six years old. Little did we both know that day that he would become an integral part of my life! In ‘2014’ the royal Bengal Tiger became the brand logo and has had many outings ever since. From featuring on our belts and bags to tableware of ‘Pottery Barn’ and now on our new Nilaya wallpaper.”
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