Favourites: Sabyasachi Forays into Home Decor
In 2016 we saw some great South Asian designers take to decor and one we love is the collaboration between Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. with celebrated Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. If you’re a Sabyasachi fan, you’ll love the capsule collection. It’s Sabyasachi’s first foray into home furnishings, and includes over 50 pieces and features an eclectic array of colorful, globally inspired textiles and decor spanning bedding and tabletop to jewelry boxes and holiday ornaments.
From plates and jewelry boxes featuring intricate floral and animal artwork hand drawn by Sabyasachi’s artists, to brocade and embroidered pillows, reversible clock print quilts and tufted rugs in a luxurious color palette, the Sabyasachi for Pottery Barn collection showcases the designer’s love of vintage textiles and the rich artistic traditions of India. Sabyasachi for Pottery Barn is available online now at potterybarn.com and in stores with prices ranging from $10.50-$1,199.
“My goal with this collaboration was to bring exotic whimsy and color into American homes,” says Mukherjee.
Based in Calcutta, Sabyasachi is a self-described global nomad whose approach to design is influenced both by his travels and his Indian roots. Best known for transforming old world fabrics into modern silhouettes using practices like hand dyeing, embroidery and block printing, Sabyasachi brings that same approach to his collection for Pottery Barn, resulting in a sophisticated yet approachable collection that offers an easy way to add an eclectic, worldly touch to any home. Sabyasachi Mukherjee started his eponymous label with a workforce of three in 2001.
Today, with a workforce of over 3,000 he retails through five flagship stores across India, spreading his message of socio-cultural art and craft development and contributing to the cause of re-instilling pride in the kaleidoscopic artisanal history of India. He founded the Sabyasachi Art Foundation along with his sister, as a tribute to their artist mother and as a social responsibility initiative; to give indigenous artists and craftsmen due recognition and a means of livelihood. This brand ethos has only amplified his international image and presence. He has shown on some of the major runways of the world including Milan and three seasons at New York Fashion Week, he has a strong foothold in the Indian film and television industry, and is credited with refreshing memories of India’s halcyon past with his signature products and profoundly vivid brand imagery.
“I hope this collection inspires people to travel,” says designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
Signature pieces and Sabyasachi favorites include the Octavia Accent Table, Mila Chandelier, Maharani Print Bedding and Quilts, Jewelry Boxes and Animal Salad Plates, among others. When designing prints for the home, Sabyasachi tapped artists from his art foundation to help design the artwork and patterns in the collection. The Sabyasachi Art Foundation was established to give indigenous craftspeople due recognition and a means of livelihood.
“Sabyasachi is a remarkable talent. He has an incredibly unique vision for color, prints and textures. The way he layers fabrications is unbelievable! Sabyasachi’s Mumbai store was our first exposure to him where we all fell in love,” said Monica Bhargava, EVP of Product Development, Pottery Barn. “The Indian heritage of pattern and color has been a global influence for centuries. This collaboration with Sabyasachi has led to a very inspirational collection for the holidays.”
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