A curated life : In conversation with tastemakers and curators of cool

Starting with this post, I bring you a series of conversations with curators who have a strong entrepreneurial streak. These taste-makers curate the newest, most unique experiences across various disciplines of art, design and all things fabulous.

First in the series is a conversation with Aarti Patkar, curator of The Vintage Garden on timeless design & alternative retail

In 30 seconds …

Curator Aarti Patkar in conversation about what makes pop-up shops at The Vintage Garden unique, fabulous and most importantly relevant to both buyers and designers who come to it’s monthly shows held at a beautiful colonial-style bungalow in the heart of Mumbai 

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In Search of Beauty : 15 Best on-screen interiors & visually-inspiring rooms for your viewing pleasure

As far as interiors inspiration goes, there is no better place to look than in the imagination of dream-spinners and image makers. Great production designers spend enormous time researching the past or exploring a fictional future to create authentic backdrop for their stories . Here is my edit of the best on-screen rooms across Hollywood, Bollywood, Television and (some) World Cinema.

Normally long weekends are great news, except when it is Holi. Instead of going for long walks or enjoying al-fresco brunches one is stuck at home. Of all Indian festivals, Holi is my least favourite. Instead of dressing up, women and men wear their discardable clothes and replace fine-china, linen & pretty things with plastic stuff & throw-away decor. Aargh.

With so much ugliness outside, I’ve decided to stay-in and re-watch some of the most beautiful and visually inspiring films — so much for my sweet revenge against Bollywood’s cheap commercialisation of what was once a joyous spring festival. Ha!

My list of films, however, extend to include gems from Hollywood, World Cinema and TV shows. The nominees are …

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#AuthenticLuxe : a New Take on Luxury and 12 Great Quotes about Luxury on Your Own Terms

To not mistake expensive for luxury, to make a knowledgeable and an individualistic choice of collecting the best in life is the new meaning of Luxury. I call it Authentic Luxe.

I love luxury. Sadly, it’s easily misunderstood. More often than not, luxury is associated with flaunting wealth, sometimes anti-socialist sentiments, and other times – to my complete despair – an exaggerated and tacky display of money (think : gold commodes).

 Actually luxury is none of the above.

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A sight to beat all Jaipur sights. Photo Tour of Chandra Mahal – King’s private residence at The City Palace

Chandra Mahal located at the South end of The City Palace is an enclosed area and the private residence of King of Jaipur. Usually visited by state guests or blue- blooded royalty, I was delighted to receive an unexpected and exclusive invitation to this haven of Indian design, craftsmanship and royal grandeur. This is how it unfolded …

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15 MOST EXPENSIVE TEAPOTS IN THE WORLD – EYES ON LUXE

This Eyes on Luxe  list is perhaps the most recent compilation of world’s most expensive tea-ware. With a collective value of over 10 million dollars, many of these teapots are some of the most desirable & collectible design-ware in the world.

15. Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver tea and Coffee Service — 〈 $ 22,800 〉

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This six-piece sterling silver tea and coffee service made by TIffany & Co in New York in 1873-85 was sold at more than four times the original estimate by Skinner Auction House in Boston in January 2014.

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Debut collection of Atelier Swarovski Home is everything 

‘C’ is ablaze and surrounded by hundreds of mini rainbows and magical reflections. Tempting as it may be, I am not referring to self – I am infact looking at a stunning play of light on the letter ‘c’ made entirely in Swarovski crystal as part of the debut collection of Atelier Swarovski Home. And its not just this particular numbers & alphabet series, the entire room is filled with razzle-dazzle as every piece from this large and extensive collection sparkles under the spotlight.

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