Several young designers/ entrepreneurs don’t go beyond these images printed in pop colours to create niche (no more) and kitsch designs. There is a lot more to city than these Andy Warhol-inspired images, and Anjali Mody and Akshay Tyagi have looked into these curious nooks and corners to create a line of furniture and apparel that are very Mumbai but not in your face at the same time.
Tyagi has created saris with hems that take their pattern cues from double decker buses — the iconic red adding a splash of colour to the sari, applique paper fan patterns on silken shorts and unisex shirts. Modi has created chairs, sofas and tables inspired by traffic lines, the sea-link, never-ending queues, autorickshaws and even Bollywood! I loved her bookshelf (in picture) that reminds me of the much-in-danger, stained glass windows of old cottages that are being redeveloped in the city.