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This way to the colour factory

February 28, 2019 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


I think the reason people love macarons is their colour. They taste great, sure, but you reach out for them, are lured by them the way bees are to flowers. You want to try each one. The orange, the pale pink, the dark purple – the odder the food colour the more you want them. That’s the power of colour. Which is what the not so new interactive, experiential colour exhibition in NY,NY celebrates colour with the Colour Factory. 16 rooms. 20 000ft. That’s a lot of coloured real estate. A hit in San Francisco the exhibition has been on in NY since October.
 
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Random Acts of Nature

February 28, 2019 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


Nature's design. Winter in North America. Silver air clads the atmosphere. Bare branches of naked dogwood trees stretch up into the sky like arms raised in prayer. And cypresses huddled together in secret conversation sway in the breeze. Ripples run away on a steely lake. Nothing is out of place. Everything is as it should be. Whatever nature decides is perfect.
 

     
 
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The Thrill of the Space

January 28, 2019 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


Banksy is, of course, the first name that comes to mind. But think street art and hyper energetic youth in poor neighbourhoods with cans of aerosol paints come to mind. Seen by many as vandalism though a cheeky slogan here and there can raise a chuckle, street art has moved from its gritty inner city roots to become legitimate tourist attractions in cities across the globe each with its own cultural stamp. The ethos remains the same. So far.

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Hidden Hills

January 24, 2019 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


The term Naga art is a lot like Indian cuisine – neither prepares the mind for the breadth and diversity they encompass. Naga art refers to the collective expression of the 17 distinct tribes and subtribes that span the mountainous region from Northeast India to Burma. The artistry that emerges, the various skills, the myths and rituals they accompany, are dazzling. Hidden in the hills of Nagaland is a world of strong tradition that drives a supremely illustrative art that covers exquisite craftsmanship from textiles to ornaments to costumes, jewelry, body art, basketry and metalwork.

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Happy New Year, Happy New Home

January 24, 2019 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


Happy new year everyone.  A curious phenomenon about the last night of December is

 

How the Christmas decorations that are still festooned everywhere start looking so last year. If anything signals a time to reboot and refresh it's all that week old red, gold and green tinsel. Jan 1st is not just another day. No other time of the year brims with so much hope, an eagerness to turn a new page and curiosity about what lies ahead. 

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Xmas Playlist

December 31, 2018 1 comments, on Lab Nilaya


Sing Along with Lab Nilaya. It's Xmas!

 

We take Christmas very seriously over here. Each in our own nutty way. Secret Santa is a thing. This year we're doing it online.  I thought I wouldn't enjoy the lack of personal touch but actually found this new age version kind of fun. We have our abstract tree we all love. And there will be plum cake. 

There's always music at Lab Nilaya. We could literally dj for lounge bars. Easha, graphic designer, plays some mean music which makes our work even more enjoyable.

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The Black Book of Colour

November 29, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


Once in a rare while a work of art of such purity comes along that it stands alone, unmissable and unmistakably authentic, amidst this clamouring world of posters, panels of experts and slick promotion. Fresh, breath taking and intellectually startling The Black Book of Colours is a simply designed book that contains intellectual and spiritual complexity, poetry, truth, insight and art.

 

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So Much to Do, So Much to Say. By Golly It’s Bengaluru By Design!

November 29, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


It’s not Christmas. Yet. But like the revving of a car engine signalling the trip you’ve been waiting for, there’s that unmistakable winter nip in the air signalling a month of non stop fun to come. And the urge to break out into winter fashion – which in our case is a light something and not even a fraction of the fuss you can make in Delhi or Simla. But fuss we do. It’s a winter entitlement. And so is the irresistible party spirit that takes over at odds with a work day demands.

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The Power Of Patterns

November 21, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya


Imagine this: a rush of concentric, neon teardrop patterns – a modern graphic rendition of the ancient and great paisley pattern in a bouquet of shades – orange, turquoise, emerald green, purple all held together by a white background. This explosive and unusual pattern clads an ordinary stand-alone closet. The result is dramatic and when you think about it – a bit of a visual and décor adventure. It makes your experience of the room as a whole interesting.

 

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