When Jaipur, India was first developed in the 1700s, artisans and craftsmen were invited to live and work and enrich the city. Over the decades, techniques and skills were passed from one generation to the next—and the area built a reputation for itself.
Here, each piece of Jaipur handpainted stripe bedding is drawn and painted by local, contemporary artists using hand-mixed dyes—an art in itself.
The modern pattern draws inspiration from the hand-tie and dye techniques—and when mixed with this traditional Indian art and a rich color palette—results in a stunning effect of unique textiles.
Where was your favorite place to live?
Jaipur, India—any day!!
What are your sources of inspiration?
Moments of inner peace—and these come unannounced.
What’s your favorite possession?
What one item do you wish you owned?
A potter’s wheel… and the time to use it!!
What was/is your biggest indulgence?
The Spanish chair by Børge Mogensen
What is your personal decorating style?
Spare, appropriate and easy.
Form vs. function?
Form and function—both complement each other an neither exist without each other… now good design, would be like a great marriage of the two.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
Who are your design icons?
Gandhi, Charles Eames, Hans J Wegner.
What are your interests outside of design?
Architecture and cultures.
Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
White. Colour things white, it is modern and light, or charcoal, to dramatize the space.
What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
To do what I feel right about—and to do it really well—which is the same that I give… for work, as in life.
To see all of Ayush’s current designs for CB2, go here.
Nicknames: She goes by Cow, Cowie, Cowbell and of course Cowgirl!
Before she was famous: Cowgirl was rescued from a local kennel in Chicago—which also had her mom, dad and 6 other pups! Her brother came home with us first but sadly he passed away from pneumonia at just 2 months. Cow already had moved into a new home but, when they found a stray on the beach and decided to keep it, she had to go back—bittersweet, but it seems we were meant to be together.
Since then, she had to have her back knees rebuilt when she was 2, and on May 11 she celebrated her 8th birthday so she’s going strong—like a Six Million Dollar Dog!
Talent Show: She loves destroying stuffed animals while enjoying a life of leisure. She loves to go to grandma and grandpa’s house in the country to visit—and to chase the local bunnies!
Favorite Snack: Her favorite snack is meat… any kind, does not matter.
Sandra: In April 2012, while developing products for this Spring 2013, Andrea and I visited glass and dinnerware factories and naturally took a walk through their showrooms. After seeing hundreds of glass samples, we found a clear double old-fashioned—forgettable were it not for its stripes.
My thought process was to create a cocktail glass specifically for Pride parties—with the rainbow Pride flag as inspiration. Thankfully Andrea went along with the idea—we didn’t want to transfer the stripes literally, we simply used them as inspiration.
Andrea: The end goal was to create colorful drinkware that would be the star on the table with simple serving/dinnerware pieces—and that could be used for any occasion.
Color placement was hugely important as we discovered through various iterations—especially since the process of hand-painting the glasses naturally varied from the 2-dimensional drawings on paper. And, of course, no matchy-matchy so the brite martini and brite double old-fashioned are different to distinguish variations in the stripe patterns.