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The world is changing and there is a growing consensus that urgent and drastic measures must be taken if we want to safeguard Nature and its beautiful diversity for posterity. While collective actions are being taken by states, groups and individuals, artists play a unique and often vocal role in drawing our attention to these issues in ways that are unique and nuanced. The artistic voice of Arpita Kar stands out in this respect, as she addresses issues of climate-change and deforestation in her artworks. Read
In a 2012 Financial Times article, Zaha Hadid wrote that London would have been perfect if only it had a beach. She described her perfect day as waking up and going straight to the beach where she could lounge under the sun, something many of us would happily agree with. The soothing waves, the calming feeling of the sand under your toes and the whisper of the gentle sea- breeze make for a perfect retreat. This spirit is captured in the relaxed vibe of coastal decor for those who want to take the sea home. Read
Sometimes in our busy lives, it may seem that we have become distant from nature. However, man and animal have always been close. The earliest forms of art, cave paintings,dating back to a staggering 40,000 years ago and show our ancestors draw simple and complex animal drawings. They were moved by what they saw in their environment and made a record of it for us to be amazed by thousands of years later. Animal inspired themes and elements continue to be found in decor spaces, adding a touch of wild and whimsy, and a sense of warmth and mirth. Read
Vintage Indian décor has a timeless grace and presence that can transport one through history with feet firmly rooted in the now. An ever-green staple for Indian homes, hotels and other interior spaces, vintage décor’s classic appeal is rooted in its acknowledgment of heritage and culture. Artistic sensibilities are refined and regal, cultivated through centuries of stylistic creations and influences. Artworks that grace vintage spaces pay homage to many traditional and folk styles from across India, showcasing the country’s immense talent and diversity- inspired by the caves of Ajanta to the banks of Benaras, the royal courts of kings to the tribal art of village-folk. Read
Gond artist, Brij Bhushan Durve hails from the village of Dindori that lies on the idyllic banks of River Narmada in Madhya Pradesh. The Gond tribe is the largest Adivasi community in India and is native to the region where their traditional artform has existed for more than 1,000 years. They hold the belief that making and beholding a “good image” leads to good luck, and continue to decorate the walls and floors of their houses with traditional motifs and designs. Read
Early cave-paintings in France, Spain, Egypt, Somalia and closer to home in Madhya Pradesh share a common theme - they show primitive depictions of animals and nature that give us a glimpse into human history, some created more than 70,000 years ago. Read
The renowned American poet, E.E. Cummings compares Spring to a hand that arranges nature while the world looks on. Spring’s smiling and colourful symbols of renewal, rejuvenation, fertility and new beginnings paint a happy picture throughout nature and these symbols can be welcomed into our decor spaces through art and other elements. Read
Scandinavian Design is a design movement that emerged in the Nordic region in the 1950s. It is characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionalism, and emphasized affordability and purpose in design. Artworks that are used in these spaces are influenced by these core tenets while contributing their own flavour to the space. Read

Around the world, through time and cultures, the tree has come to symbolize life, growth and the goodness of Nature. The series of paintings, “Elemental Spaces” by New Delhi-based artist Anjali Sapra germinated from her reflections on mythology; turning her thoughts into visual manifestations which are imbued with symbols, metaphors and elements of nature. Inspired by the techniques of impressionists and the Mughal miniaturists, Sapra celebrates the depth of the human experience and oneness with nature through her work.

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The Pantone Colour Institute recently announced “Greenery” as Colour of the Year 2017 following last year’s softer shades of blush “Rose Quartz” and a baby blue “Serenity”. The announcement explained, “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world”.

 

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