Designer, Amrita Nambiar:
In her head, Amrita belongs to a whimsical land where people have the time to dream, just sip on coffee and sketch while gazing at the sea. While growing up she always dreamt of making art more interactive and a more integrative part of people’s lives. Amrita’s ‘free-speirited’ art school, Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore further refined her voice as a designer and ascertained her love for nature.
Her little family-run home decor studio in the same city is called Olie. Before that she was busy giving unique voices to massive brands like Hidesign among others for a few years. Every accessory at Olie is made wholly by hand, from inspiration and sketch, to the luxurious handwoven banana fibre they use in their product, to the actual construction. ‘The first time a customer wanted to buy one of our products, I was almost reluctant to let go of our labour of love—I couldn't believe that someone actually wanted to buy what we had made. We had focussed so much energy and love on designing and crafting, that I forgot to prepare myself to let them go!’ she recalls.
Amrita gives you some beautiful bed linens, rich in detail, gorgeous fabrics, illustrated handprinted textiles and lamps that are stunning statement pieces [See images above]. ‘Our most recent collection celebrates the Simple Life. They are called the Sea and I, A cycle in My Window, Lost in Flowers and Kolam Constellation.’
Her design sensibility is minimal—aflush with whites, lots of empty spaces and delicate lines. She dwells on it more, ‘There is so much I admire about the Scandinavian design feeling, and I feel so strongly for Indian craft and design—It is wonderful to bring a balanced version of these two different styles together. Just a flash of colour, a detailed pattern, a madhubani painting brings a space alive.’
They still are a small close knit team but have reached hundreds of homes since then and are hoping to reach thousands more. 'Apart from our online store, we host little sales at our home cum studio from time to time where we enjoy meeting our family of clientele and spreading the Olie spirit. Also, we are currently developing new floor lamps that are designed to transform your living space and a new line of bedlinen is in the making too.'
You can follow the label on their facebook page by clicking here and to shop one of their pieces, you can visit their website here.
Text Hansika Lohani Mehtani
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