Walk through The Big Door

Oct 14, 2014, 08:43 IST | Soma Das

On the first anniversary of The Big Door at Khar, you can sign up for a unique heritage walk at their store, apart from gazing at their new additions including watercolour artworks, a menswear collection and a collection of luxury trunks

It has been a year since The Big Door opened its huge, bottle green doors to the public. Started by collector Vivek Gupta, the spacious shop that spans two levels offers limited edition, customised artefacts made by karigars. While some of the products are at least 100 years old, others serve a contemporary function while being designed on the lines of antiques. Heritage walks were held at the store (October 10-12) with another series coming up soon. Apart from this, here are the new inclusions:

Trunks Company
A bespoke trunk by the Trunks Company

The store offers a ‘first look’ of watercolour flower paintings by Jaipur-based artist Manju Srivatsa. Originally from Mumbai, she pursued banking for 32 years and has nurtured her passion for art over the last three years. This marks her first showcase in the city. “I’ve been fascinated by the beauty of flowers; they talk to me. The best expression of emotion happens with the help of flowers so, it’s the perfect gift. Whether the occasion is sad or happy, a break-up, a wedding, or even for our prayers, we offer flowers,” she elaborates.

A bespoke trunk by the Trunks Company
A bespoke trunk by the Trunks Company

Her images depict the ethereal quality of flowers such as the hibiscus, champa, daisies, poppies, marigold, amaltas, sunflower, magnolia bud, lotus as well as frangipani and chrysanthemums. A total of 25 paintings are on display.

Menswear collection
Designer label Rohit and Abhishek, by brothers Rohit and Abhishek Kamra, is based out of Jaipur. The signature style of the decade-old brand epitomises Indian royalty, and is perfect for evening and ceremonial wear. Their clothes are accentuated with Jodhpuri collars, metal embroidery on bandhgala suits and jackets, traditional hourglass cuts and flamboyant Jodhpur breeches. They also offer jewelled buttons, brooches, belt buckles made from precious stones like rubies, emeralds and semi-precious stones as well as casual wear.

A watercolour artwork by Manju Srivatsa
A watercolour artwork by Manju Srivatsa

Bespoke trunks
Also from Jaipur, the Trunks Company gives a contemporary, urbane twist to typical trunks. They offer bespoke trunks crafted by traditional artisans. The trunks, crafted to reflect the owner’s personality, amalgamate French design sensibilities. The raw materials are handpicked while the trunks are made from leather and suede with brass fittings. Look for trunks that can act as safes, store watch collections, and can even double up as a bar. 

Menswear collection by Rohit and Abhishek
Menswear collection by Rohit and Abhishek. Pics/ Shadab Khan

At: The Big Door, Pali Hill, Khar (W).
Call: 26485269

Notes from the heritage walk

At the entrance, you can spy heavy doors ranging from the 100-year-old Portuguese teak wooden door with floral motifs to the 50-year-old haveli-inspired teak doors. The ground floor boasts of a sculpture of a lion made from a one-piece onyx as well as a lightweight wooden cradle for Lord Krishna.

Check out the 60-year-old marble jharokha that works on aerodynamics by letting in cool air and flowing out the hot air. There is also a Mughal era-inspired square marble fountain and marble elephant-shaped fountain.

The first floor has silver furniture inspired by royalty including regal chairs, tables and bed frames. They are made from a 36-gauge sheet silver and have a 50% salvage value (if you choose to recycle or sell them). Some products can be given a modern use with slight modifications. You can also gaze at the wood and silver garudas that are welcome symbols in temples and the brass snakes that are also auspicious symbols.

Their traditional offerings include the Thangka Buddhist paintings, 200-year-old Pichwais, and a painting of the Jain tirthankaras (dating back to 18th century). They also offer a traditional 60-year-old boat that has been re-shaped into a shelf to store books; it can even function as a bar. You will also spot khemas or tents inspired by the Mughal tents that can be customised and kept outdoors.

Next walk on: October 18 and 19

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