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Reinvent: The House Of Mahendra Doshi creates contrast between the traditional and the modern.:Creating a perfect backdrop for traditional furniture pieces to give clients an ‘at-home’ experience, Asian Paints’ wallpapers embellish the vintage charm that pervades the antiques showroom, the House of Mahendra Doshi.

Chiki Doshi & Anant Gandhi

For Chiki Doshi and Anand Gandhi, the duo currently helming the House of Mahendra Doshi, an antiques and restoration store, reinvention is at the core of their work. “Reinvent is integral to our story,” Doshi says. “For us, this idea can be looked at in two ways,” adds Gandhi. “One, reinventing a piece itself. For example, an antique cabinet can be converted into a bar. The other thing is figuring out how antique furniture can be used in a modern setting.”

The outside section showcasing the ‘Chittor’ wallpaper from the Sabyasachi for Nilaya collection

The inside room featuring the ‘Rain Dance’ wallpaper from the Moods of Monsoon collection by Nilaya

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Lab 04 Mar 2017

Reinvent: At Home with Chiki Doshi and Anand Gandhi, the duo behind “House of Mahendra Doshi”

The Nilaya wallpapers offer the perfect backdrop for antique and vintage furniture pieces at Chiki Doshi and Anand Gandhi’s atelier to give clients an ‘at-home’ experience.

Pushing the boundaries of creativity, experimenting with design, stepping out of the comfort zone and reinventing one’s aesthetic. They are the touchstones of a designer’s ability to be flexible—and courageous—to stay ahead of the curve and evolve a new design language. AD and Asian Paints join forces to give 10 creative professionals from the world of design a unique opportunity to do just that, with Asian Paints Reinvent. Using finishes, wallpapers and textures from the brand’s three iconic collections— Royale Play from the International Designer Collection, Woodtech Insignia and Nilaya—the designers reimagined existing products, created new pieces and refurbished studio or showroom spaces.

Chiki Doshi & Anant Gandhi

For Chiki Doshi and Anand Gandhi, the duo currently helming the House of Mahendra Doshi, an antiques and restoration store, reinvention is at the core of their work. “Reinvent is integral to our story,” Doshi says. “For us, this idea can be looked at in two ways,” adds Gandhi. “One, reinventing a piece itself. For example, an antique cabinet can be converted into a bar. The other thing is figuring out how antique furniture can be used in a modern setting.”

Reinvent: The House Of Mahendra Doshi creates contrast between the traditional and the modern.:Creating a perfect backdrop for traditional furniture pieces to give clients an ‘at-home’ experience, Asian Paints’ wallpapers embellish the vintage charm that pervades the antiques showroom, the House of Mahendra Doshi.

For Chiki Doshi and Anand Gandhi, who helm antique store – House of Mahendra Doshi, reinvention is at the core of their work. “It is integral to our story,” Doshi says. “For us, this idea can be looked at in two ways,” adds Gandhi. “One, reinventing a piece itself. For example, an antique cabinet can be converted into a bar. The other thing is figuring out how antique furniture can be used in a modern setting.” So it seems fitting then that Asian Paints Reinvent would resonate deeply with an enterprise so closely associated with it. Doshi and Gandhi chose to use their Mumbai showroom as a theatre for the experiment, and find the perfect backdrops to exude it as a cosy, intimate space. 

The outside section showcasing the ‘Chittor’ wallpaper from the Sabyasachi for Nilaya collection

“The idea behind adding the Nilaya wallpapers was to provide a visual representation to the client who walks into the store of how it would look in their own homes,” Gandhi says. When it came to making the choice, the duo wanted something that would offset the historic pieces. The ‘Chittor’ (China Blue) wallpaper from the Sabyasachi for Nilaya collection was used for the outside section of the store, serving the purpose of complementing the colonial-era pieces. And for the inside room, the ‘Rain Dance’ (Black on White) wallpaper from Nilaya’s Moods of Monsoon collection was the deciding factor.

The inside room featuring the ‘Rain Dance’ wallpaper from the Moods of Monsoon collection by Nilaya

“It complements the natural surroundings that the room looks out to as well as the art-deco mid-century styles of the pieces in the room.” Both reflect the aesthetic of the two partners—subtle, but timeless.

A version of this article was published in AD India’s Nov-Dec. ‘16 ART ISSUE. To catch all the action and watch the videos where the designers went about creating, transforming and reinventing, just log on to www.architecturaldigest.in/reinvent.

Email colourpro@asianpaints.com to start your reinvention.