A Bangalore Office
Interior design in India, when not hastily copied from ideas of modernism, can remind us of an older India— one of unhurried days, where streets and houses coexisted in planned proportion; where pavements and less busy roads enticed us to walk and where local hand crafted furniture marked the essence of interior design.
An e-commerce company, Redstart based in Bangalore, decided to bring this idea into its new office space—the second floor of an old 1960s house on Charles Campbell road. Charles Campbell road, like much of its neighbourhood has seen rapid change over the last 20 years. Older houses, once neatly laid out on the sides of narrow roads with shaded pavements, have given way to a haphazard arrangement of high rises.
George, the founder of Redstart, was deeply influenced by his relative Mickey Patel—artist extraordinaire, whose art and life personified Gandhian themes. Patel’s original and clever caricatures depicted topical themes of a slower time. The interior design of the office is a coming together of handmade furniture, sourced locally or made at site, Mickey Patel’s sketches and caricatures, handloom fabric, a bounty of ivy and bougainvillea in its surroundings, natural woven grass mats and of course, e-commerce!
George’s office is a reminder that there is still space today for the traditional that is elegant and warm; that the handmade has a quiet eloquence and that interior design can be inspired from history and slow living.
Text: Sugandha Das and Shivani Dogra
Images: Shivani Dogra