Home / Design / Olie
 

Olie

Facebook Linkedin twitter Pinterest Google Plus E-mail this link to a friend.

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

 

MORE IN Design

Profile of the Week: Ishrat Sahgal

Ishrat Sahgal

Mishcat Co, Design House Following a degree in interior architecture, when Ishrat Sahgal returned to Indian shores from The States, it

read more...
Akanksha Sharma

Akanksha Sharma

Product Designer The turning point in Akanksha’s career in design came when textile designer Martin Bergstrom popped up at NIFT Delhi

read more...
 
The Visitor

The Visitor

Upasana Mehndiratta, Illustrator ‘Is it a bug? Is it an alien? Where did it come from? What does it want? And

read more...
Kadak

Kadak

Design Collective When eight women living across the world came together to question through their art what it means to be

read more...
Tiger among men

Agnese Taurina

Latvian illustrator Agnese Taurina’s work is bold, sensual and richly layered. Filtering and reflecting multifaceted influences from cultural undercurrents to

read more...
In God We Trust

Art

Munem Wasif

The Artist  I was born in Bangladesh in 1983 and I studied at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka,

read more...

Fashion

BENNCH

A white oxford shirt reinterpreted with a diaphanous accordion detail; a monochrome jumpsuit with a cape for an accent; an

read more...
A still from Kaash

Film

Kaash

Ishaan Nair, Director The Filmmaker The new director in Mira Nair’s family, Ishaan has been working after his degree in direction and

read more...
 
A graphic story written and illustrated by Aindri Chakraborty

Literature

All That We Want - The Gaysi Zine

The fifth edition of The Gaysi Zine embarks on a journey to explore the unchartered realm of queer desires, and

read more...
Interview of the Week: Jesse Veverka

Lifestyle

Jesse Veverka

Passfire All around the world, fireworks are synonymous with celebration. People from different parts of the world may speak different languages

read more...
Rush by Mali

Music

Rush by Mali

When Maalavika Manoj aka Mali started strumming her own tunes she found inspiration in long-lost friendships, memories of home and

read more...