Get ready to feast your eyes on our new dinnerware – it is ready to be devoured. Crockery, quite frankly, is crucial to dinner party success. For one, you can’t eat without it. For two, it seems to say a lot about you.
The most defining feature of our Sahara chest of drawers is the screen-printed patterns. One of the earliest methods of printing, dating back over two thousand years, it brings an ethnic, folkish feel to this otherwise mid-century shaped design.
Copper is still one of the most lusted-after metallics around. From side and console tables to drawer fronts and stools, introducing copper cladding to a design can be transformative. Go behind the scenes at the workshop where we craft the Hector stool and see how it’s done.
A craft that’s been honoured for thousands and thousands of years, sand casting is our choice of method for creating the brass plate-and-ring handles used on a number of our French and modern country-style pieces. It all takes place in our workshop dedicated purely to sand casting in Jaipur’s Old Town. Step inside.
“I’m the most senior artisan here. I have 40 years of experience and I teach everybody who is new; I think of them as my disciples. The ‘Ji’ part is added to my name as a mark of respect.”
“I’m the oldest employee at the workshop. I’ve worked there for 15 years. I’m proud of the journey I’ve made.”
Rakesh is one of the shyest artisans we know. He barely made eye contact with us. But with the camera, he came out of his shell entirely.
“My name translates as ‘found out along the way’. It doesn’t sound beautiful like some Indian names. It doesn’t mean prince or sacred one, but to me it’s still blessed. It shows how my life is a journey.”
Mahaveer has been working on frame carpentry and joinery for over a decade. “Us older craftsmen have a duty and a process to follow that’s bigger than our day-to-day role. There’s a lack of technical education in India so we have to train the younger generation. We take care of our apprentices so they want […]
“I could’ve lived anywhere with my work but my heart is in Jaipur. I like to ride my motorcycle into work every morning.”
Jolly was the word that sprung to mind when we interviewed Pukhraj. He told us about his necklace. “It has a gold medallion with Lord Hanuman on; he helps to keep evil away. I’ve had it for 13 years and it reminds me that God is always with me. I had it made by a […]
“I founded Bococo with Julia Sandoval and Emily Arciszewska. We have a shared philosophy to create unique, hand-made products with a story and a soul. My heritage is Filipina-German and our aim is introduce traditional Filipino patterns to the international design community while supporting the artisans of disappearing crafts. We discover our inspiration in global travel. […]
Prem studied geography for his degree. He graduated from Barmer in 2012 but decided academia wasn’t for him so moved to Jaipur to be closer to his two brothers. He started working at the workshop two years ago.
“I believe at least four hours of every day should be devoted to gossip. I don’t always try to separate work and play; laughter should be a part of every workplace. That’s what chai breaks are for.”
“I’ve been running the sand-casting workshop for 24 years. It’s a family-run affair that was set up by my grandfather and will be taken over by my daughter, Sonya, one day. We’re very proud to be keeping history alive. It’s very important to protect traditional craft in India.”
“People assume I’m cheeky because I laugh a lot. I guess I am, but I have a lot of insights to share and I think a fair bit of wisdom for my years.”
The piece with which our in-house designer, Harry, made his debut – it sold out within two days of its release. Mid-century in style, it was those beautifully louvered drawer panels that got us. Available in two finishes, we followed the making journey of the richly-coloured rosewood version.
Naresh spoke to us at length about his ‘pets’. He has two buffalo, a cow, and a goat. “It’s time consuming, but I have time to give. I believe in patience.”
“Carpentry has been in my family for generations. I’ve been around it from a very early age, picking up skills as I got older. It’s more than a job for me. I even have my own band saw at home.”
“I have one son. His name is Yesh and he’s a historian. He took a path I didn’t expect him to take.”
We asked Ramcharan what he thought about traditional craft and the younger generation. It somehow turned into an extraordinary tale of pregnancy, elephants, snakes, camels, attracting a mate, and whether the summer was a good time to have babies. We didn’t quite understand how we got there.
“There’s a local tale that says if a wife is angry with her husband she won’t tell him. Instead, she’ll add more and more salt to his food. My food is always perfect. I hope that means my wife is happy.”
“The way that I design is quite organic. I like to focus on the interaction of colour and pattern, and developing that idea is often very experimental. I sit at my loom and interlace colours, I explore different weave structures, and I swap between digital screen work and traditional making techniques. I’ll weave my own […]
“My outlook on life is simple. I’m happy to take life as it comes. I approach life with this line in my head: ‘I’ve put my boat in the water, let the water decide where it moves.’”
“I love history and I love travel. I grew up in Uttar Pradesh, but then travelled with a group of friends. We came to Jaipur a few years ago to explore its history. The fort and the palace are my favourite places here.” We asked him where his favourite place is in the world, but […]
I moved from my home in Mandawa when I’d just turned twenty. It’s a place of strong community, so it makes the distance easy to cope with. My childhood friends are still my friends. Phones help too, but it can be hard to end a call sometimes. 15 minutes later and I’m still there.”
“I used to be an artist, a painter of miniature Mughal art that’s particularly popular in southern Asia. After a while the market for that kind of work fell, so I’ve been searching for a role where I could still work with paint and with colour. Now I believe I was born to be a […]