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The IndyaKaleidoscope Design Studio

No matter what I do, I am always reminded of the fact that my true love lies in Indian Handmade. So here I am, after a break back in the IndyaKaleidoscope boat and I am very excited. I took the time to ensure that this time its bigger, better and more organized.

All sales will be through the website, do check it out www.indyakaleidoscope.com. What to look forward to in

  1. Products made by Artisans and Artisan Families.
  2. Vintage Products (not Lookalikes)
  3. Block printed furnishing. Custom blocks designed, carved and printed inhouse. (Thats why we are a IndyaKaleidoscope Design Studio now)
  4. Craft Installations for interiors(using traditional crafts in very modern interiors, write to me to know more)

The Studio however is going to be the office and a space for events and hangouts. Here is a sneak peak into the IndyaKaleidoscope Design Studio.

IndyaKaleidoscope Design Studio

The entryway. The frames on the jaali room divider break the monotony of wood.

The studio space is divided into four areas. The entryway, the lounge space, the office and the warehouse.

IndyaKaleidoscope design studio

The Feature wall in the lounge area.

The daybed in the lounge area will soon be covered with a display of cushions. It also serves as a quick nap room (Yes you heard it right)

Block printed cushions

The mat on the floor has reds and purples on it, and the same colours are being used on the cushions to tie them together.

The mirror Wall

The chalk board paint wall filled with leather mirrors. During events the mirrors come off and the wall becomes a regular chalk board to write on.

Art

The art on one side is simply India Post collectible stamps that are related to Indian crafts and heritage.

An old wooden chest for coffee table

The side of the office

The office Area.

Here is the new address. WELCOME!

IndyaKaleidoscope Design Studio

#28/2, 2nd Floor

11th Cross Malleshwaram

Bangalore – 560003

Ph: +91 97429 49370 (10.30am to 6pm)

Artika Cafe Gallery

Artika Cafe Gallery

Here is a visual treat, a photo tour of the Artika Cafe Gallery,  in Puducherry previously known as Pondicherry.

A couple of winters ago I made a trip to Pondicherry with my college roomie, who is an absolute sweetheart. We did not have an particular agenda in mind, we stayed inside the town a few hundred meters from the French Colony. It wasnt my first time there, but I did what typical first time tourists do in Pondicherry. Walk up and down the road at Promenade beach, visit Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram and take pictures of the beautiful French architecture. This is when we discovered the Artika Cafe Gallery.

The very Stunning Artika Cafe

A stunning Art Gallery with a cafe attached, it is carefully tucked into one of the by-lanes that you can easily miss it if you dont pay attention. The first striking feature was the all white walls of the old house converted into a gallery cafe and the white tables and chairs. I love White, it is my go to color when I am not sure.

Art Deco Furniture at the Artika Cafe

As you step into the portico, its warm and more inviting. The Art Deco furniture is absolutely stunning and to die for. The place is carefully put together with antique mud figurines, period furniture and of-course Art.

The Artika Cafe Pondicherry

There was some fascinating detail in every corner and its a visual treat. Even the rest room wasnt spared, it has this crazy amazing (running out of adjectives) painted door and a painted door frame.

Artika cafe Pondicherry

I was careful not to take pictures of the gallery portion coz you want to protect the artists creative interests. The Gallery has a distressed wall similar to the nook you see here. It made the bright paintings hung on them pop.

A Distressed wall

Not to forget the food was lovely too. We ended up spending all our evenings there. I would say it is a must visit when in Pondicherry. Here is their FaceBook Page.

Cafe Artika