Home Decor Trends
Summer’s around the corner and there are fresh pops of colour everywhere. Mustard yellows, lime greens, deep oranges, and bright reds are making a comeback! This is also the perfect time to plan lazy Sunday brunches, elegant soirees, or an elaborate Friday night sit-down dinner – it’s the season to play the host with the most.
While some of our team members scour the exhibits of Salone del Mobile 2018 this week – only the biggest design fair in the world – noting the latest trends, innovations and launches in the home interiors segment (we’ll get you exciting trend reports soon!), back home we are busy admiring the vibrant, motif-inspired home decor collections launched by some of the most brilliant design brains in India.
AD has curated the perfect summer-inspired home decor list for you:
Home Decor Trends | All the summer-inspired pieces to covet this month
High-end tableware by Address Home are more than just serving supplements—they are made of hues inspired by global trends, carved prints and an overall design regime that tells a story. Rajat Singhi, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the iconic luxury home decor brand, takes us through the making of these masterpieces:
Rajat—influenced by his indigenous travels across the world—visualizes his designs and translates them onto paper, after which these designs are digitized to perfection. Post the sizing and placement onto plates, bowls, mugs and tea sets (the entire collection), the colour separation process begins—and all the important spot colours in a design are printed separately.
Screened to Perfection
All the different components are arranged in a layout and sent to the photo film for photographical translation from the computer to a film and the positives are used for exposing silk screens(nylon or polyester). These are then coated with an emulsion and allowed to dry. The film or positive of one of the colours is placed on it and exposed to high intensity light. The screens are then washed with a high capacity jet spray where the soft areas open up and rest of the hard areas remain blocked. The open areas act as the stencil for the printing of that particular colour.
The screens are then mounted onto the screen printing machine and the required colour is poured on the screen. The colours used are specially developed inorganic oxides which have a silicon dioxide base. The colours are all lead and cadmium free and conform to the internationally accepted standards. The colour is squeezed out from the open areas of the screen under mechanical pressure onto a customized paper with adhesive coating specially developed for porcelain transfers.
This process is repeated for all the colours which are printed one after the other on the same paper with registration marks given on the periphery for perfect synchronization of the colours.
Once all the colours are printed the sheet or transfer paper is coated with a plastic coating called the cover coat or lacquer. Once the cover coat is allowed to dry overnight the transfer or decal is complete for use onto the porcelain ware.The part used for each item is cut out separately from the transfer paper and dipped in water. Meanwhile, the print with all the colours releases with the cover coat and the backing paper is disposed of. The released print is flexible and takes the contour of the ware as required. The excess water is eliminated with the help of a rubber squeegee or soft muslin cloth and allowed to dry overnight. All the gold transfers are real 24 carat gold, which make these exquisite pieces premium.
Fired and Ready
The ware is now ready for firing. It is stacked in an electric or gas fired furnace and the temperature is allowed to go up to 800 – 850 degrees Celsius. During this process, the cover coat volatilizes or burns off and the colours which are special inorganic colours with silicon dioxide base fuse with the glaze at that temperature. The colours are now permanent on the ware and can be washed multiple times without discolouring or loss of colour.
The design regime is laborious and tedious, all for good reason. Address Home’s Nizam collection brings a majestic aura with regal jewels of the Nizam of Hyderabad etched on the surface of premium porcelain collection; as does Meenakari the enchantment of lapis lazuli with ruby and gold. The Taj dinner collection carries the essence of The Taj Mahal, painted in gold; while Falaknuma offers the palatial majesty with added color accents. Rajat’s design inspiration ranges from world cultures to various eras in history. His Persian inspired collections like Antalya, with its beautiful teal and faint azure to Aurum dinner set collection with its metallic gold and on fine porcelain, alongside the Mersin collection with its light blue-green and gold on porcelain, and Miran (in the pictures above) the newest launch with its South east & Central Asian inspiration in a fresh green hue adds contemporary opulence to the dining experience.
The design process is a complex endeavour, which results in the exquisite collections brought out by Address Home every season. Neither Rajat Singhi nor his designs settle for mediocrity.