India Inspires Global Design!

When elements from India find their way into the homes of top designers, artists and tastemakers across the world,

it not just makes for a beautiful picture, but also makes you smile for the world finally takes notice of the immense beauty held in our subcontinent!

Tell us which one you enjoyed the most!

Australian artist Ken Johnson says his home is inspired by grand Indian palaces, complete with Rajasthani influences, 1000-year-old sandalwood columns and 500-year-old doors. Ken has traveled extensively through the country, and his wife Gail was born in India, living there until she was seven. “Ken visited before he met me, and has always had a love of Indian culture. He is there now, building a medical center in the foothills of the Himalayas, to benefit the locals,” she says.

Los Angeles–based designer Mary McDonald is known for her sophisticated interiors, which often combine bold patterns, Indian influences mostly textiles, furniture accents etc., chinoiserie, and modern lines. In this living room of a Los Angeles home, Mary uses an Indian style carved wooden panel, as wall art.

Diane Dorrans Saeks of The Style Saloniste says “India is a great source of ideas, inspiration and design. I love and celebrate fine Indian carftsmanship. I love the delight and surprise of embellished and handwoven Rajasthani fabrics. The randomness and inherent beauty of handcrafted ikats and sari silks give rooms character and a charming connection to the past. It (India) is the world center for handcrafted fabrics, rugs, and weaving, jewels, block-printing, wood carving and quilting, metalwork, and so many century old refined crafts.

Here’s a peek into the Los Angeles home of singer-actress Cher designed by interior designer Martyn Laurence-Bullard. Apart from strong Buddhist design influences, the residence houses an antique Indian-paneled platform bed in the master bedroom, a gauze curtain embroidered with gold Indian symbols engulfing the tub in the bathroom and a mirrored façade from a palace in Jaipur that camouflages the dressing room.

Clearly a handicrafts and textiles aficianado, Catherine M. Austin of Bespoke Banter says “As summer approaches, I am most excited about incorporating patterns reminiscent of warmer climates into my designs and wardrobe, such as Balinese batiks, Indian ikats and Gautemalan textiles.”

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