The pages of visual diarist Gaurav Ogale’s online journal are splashed with watercolour impressions of the places he’s visited. Current artist residencies in Morocco, for instance, have led to a series of dreamscapes on Casablanca and the tessellated patterns of Marakesh’s medinas. “I have been travelling alone since I was 17, chronicling conversations, recipes, people, etc. I think travelling is the common ground that lets you re-define what’s already been defined while growing up,” he says.
Architecture, another recurring subject, first appeared in his chronicles of Kolkata. “I am intrigued by windows; I like their hidden nostalgia. Doors, arches and columns; they are like a storybook to me,” Ogale elaborates. While in Africa, the foodie has been relishing tagine, a traditional spicy stew, whose melange of flavours remind him of Morocco itself.
Sam Kalda’s love for architecture is evident in his detailed, monochromatic skylines – arches, domes, decorative mouldings. Architectural details manage to pop up across compositions of interior spaces as well (through fairy light-strung windows) or in home accessories like his line of tree ornaments last Christmas. “I love drawing the packed, vertical architecture. [New York’s] cityscape is full of amazing patterns and decorative line work,” says the Brooklyn-based illustrator.
Most of his ideas – for publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal – come to life at The Bakery, a creative co-working space and gallery in South Williamsburg. His quirky patterns (themed on seasons, flora, birds and cats) are available for licensing and use on home decor goods. For visiting design fiends, Kalda recommends Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, and The Noguchi Museum’s springtime sculpture garden in Long Island City. And then there’s his eternal muse: the Sixties glam Lincoln Center.