Indian Style by Suzanne Slesin and Stafford Cliff
It’s been a while since the last blog post particularly as there’s little time to post between work and setting up a new Interior Design studio in Goa. The studio in Goa is a 150 year old Portuguese house. As anyone with an experience of old houses knows, it’s taken a while to put together-old houses need twice as much care as new ones and if they’re as large as this one is, a whole lot more effort! There are finally signs that the labour of the last months is beginning to pay off-whereas before the old house represented work, it now gives repose. And this week, whilst relaxing on a newly uncovered couch, one is rediscovering the wonders contained within the book Indian Style by Suzanne Slesin and Stafford Cliff. Between picture upon enticing picture, are words that inform and resonate with anyone that understands the essence of Indian style. They write ‘So varied is the long history of India that no one house type can be called typical. Each is equally representative of an aspect of the country-from the traditional and ascetic Brahmin dwelling to the fortresslike merchants’ houses or havelis, with brilliantly coloured murals depicting scenes from Hindu mythology and everyday life. Houses originally built for for the British governors and civil servants also present a wide spectrum in terms of scale and style…’
While the home in this book, vary greatly in style, they are similar in unaffectedness and warmth-characteristics of homegrown Indian design. It is from these sensitively captured interiors that transcend the boundaries of society and cultures across India that we share a few photographs today. May they inspire you!