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Creative couplings

  • Lounge picks its favourite brand and designer collaborations of the season

Valentine’s Day may be over, but this collaboration is still tugging at our heartstrings. Beauty brand Kama Ayurveda teamed up with Manish Arora to create the “Love is Love" box featuring the brand’s rosewater repackaged in a vivid fuchsia and gold avatar. “Pink and gold are my religion," says Arora. “To me, pink is symbolic of unbridled, liberating love and gold is a traditionally significant colour reflective of our rich heritage. Together, these are bold manifestations of my beliefs and cultural legacy." An added bonus is a brooch, designed by Arora in two styles, an adaptation of his signature heart motif reinterpreted in zardosi and vibrant colours.

What happens when a brand known for its stainless steel products meets a luxury lighting brand? A whimsical aesthetic makes up Alice, a new collaboration between Arttd’inox and Klove Studio’s Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. The capsule, which debuted during India Design ID 2019 in Delhi this week, departs from Arttd’inox’s functional aesthetics with 15 designs combining glass and steel. “Steel is used in large-scale industries and a theme like Alice, rather than any maximal trend, is the reason behind the scale of the products," says Deepika Jindal, managing director of Arttd’inox.

Good hair days inspire The Kérastase Garden, an upcoming collaboration between Kérastase and product designer Lekha Washington. Drawing from the brand’s Elixir Ultime hair oil, Washington is creating a 22ft-high installation, using over 200m of fabrics sewn into flowing forms. “This creation represents beautiful, luscious hair," Washington says. “It’s an interactive, immersive piece of work at a scale never done before." Rachit Mathur, general manager, Kérastase India says, “We’ve got an opportunity to showcase what we offer for hair in such a stunning, larger-than-life way," he says. The installation will be displayed at Mumbai’s Jio Garden from 22-24 February. 

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