The RAIN Design journey started with a visit to the North Western market in Seattle where I chanced upon Sue Coccia’s booth with her stunning Totem prints ,something kept drawing me back to her booth. I went through all Sue’s totem prints and with much difficulty chose and bought a few of them. Gifted some of these prints to friends here in India and a few wanted more and suggested that I distribute them here. I emailed Sue and became her distributor in India! Sue’s prints are truly beautiful and so intricately done.She has an amazing relationship with nature which is evident by her illustration and her writings. We now have her totem prints and totem marble table top accents as part of our collection
I was in South Africa on an invitation from the South African Government to attend the Handmade in Africa collection at Decorex and from that visit we have our collection of necklaces handmade by the women of the Swazi tribe who live in South Africa. Now thanks to whats app we are in constant touch with designs, colours etc!
At the same fair Marlenne Neumans spoke to me the moment I saw them. As with Sue’s totem prints I kept going back to the booth that had them. They mesmerised me. I began chatting to Marlene and discovered she had an India connection! She visits India often as her Spiritual Guru is based here. Her photographs convey a feeling of Nature I have rarely experienced. The photographs keep calling you back and you keep discovering new things in them
The Ranthambore collection is a story in itself. I was working on the Artiger project and we needed help with the Tiger Sculpture. Some artists from Ranthambore came and helped us and after the project was over we decided to work together. These artists live around the Reserve and are collectively called The Ranthambore School of Art. Their stunning paintings – oils on canvas and watercolours on silk are so fine, so commanding that they are often mistaken for photographs!
Soy Hand poured candles and reed diffusers made by Niana, in an assortment of fragrances. From Floral to Cinnamon to Musk. All beautifully packaged. Subtle and lingering aromas to soothe your senses.
As Susan Sontag said, “ To collect photographs is to collect the world,” We bring you Arizona. Canadian photographer Fred Reibin bring us breathe taking and powerful photographs of the Antelope Canyon in Arizona.
Always on the lookout for distinctive, contemporary work emerging from within the interiors of India, we chanced upon this stunning pottery from Nizamabad in Uttar Pradesh. We work with the potters and can also make pieces to order
Having travelled over the years to Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, I am delighted to work with the women of Jais village who do exquisite chikankari embroidery. We use their embroidery on trays thereby converting an old traditional handicraft on a contemporary product.
Our first foray into apparel – we give you glorious Wrap blouses and Saris in the finest silk with the poet Kabirs words, and Wraps and Kaftans with designs inspired by the palaces and forts of Rajasthan. These are designed by Designosis on soft silk. The Wraps can be worn in a multitude of ways and we hope Kabirs songs of love and liberation animate you with their energy !
The poet Rumi have inspired us to use his words on Stoles that are in the softest finest silk – wrap yourself in his beautiful words and feel the tranquility he experienced. Raku Ceramics from South Africa. These gorgeous handmade animals in the Japanese raku tradition but handmade in South Africa – a must have for every nature lovers home ! Silk cushion covers by Pintado, bring alive a garden in your home !
An Indian coin necklace, minted in 1947, the year of India’s Independence. Encased in Silver, and on a silver rope, its the perfect accessory or gift for all Independent women !
Nandita Kathpalia Baig