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Aradhana Anand

Aradhana created limón as a way of personifying her style by designing and creating furniture, that blends the romantic Indian handlooms in the form of upholstery, with chic, crisp and modern finishes of contemporary furniture.

Fuchsia, the colour that inspires her
Buttons green magenta

"The colour fuchsia is bright and quintessentially Indian. But, not a lot of people use it as a part of furniture, especially in the form of chairs."

bethan gray for shamsian

The exclusive Shamsian Collection highlights the meticulous technique of inlaying/overlaying solid brass and paua shell inlay into coloured solid wood and maple veneer, creating a highly detailed, exquisite patterning that perfectly accentuates Bethan’s designs.

Doris Olie Grey blush

"Indian handicrafts and handlooms were what provided me with inspiration for limón. I’ve always wanted to venture into products in India, just not in the way it has been done before."

left: buttons blue-pink, right: Tobias pink-grey

"The marriage between Indian textiles and modern forms is interesting, creatively inspiring, and a wonderful way to represent India with her glorious handlooms and colours."

tobias magenta-grey

"The Sari chair has a base skeleton of teakwood legs, and is upholstered with cotton Saris."

daisy ikat green sari peach
grey ikat with orange
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Showcase 01 Sep 2017

Colour Stories: With limón, on the collaboration of modern sensibility with indigenous accents

Showcasing a piece of her world, where art meets interior design, modern meets vernacular, and poetry meets practicality, Aradhana Anand, created limón. CQ confabulates with her about her journey and inspirations, as a creator of refreshingly colorful, and unique collections.

The creation of limón

Even as she worked her time in the Maritime industry, living in Dubai, and later Singapore, Aradhana always knew her true passion lay in the garnishing and adorning of humdrum spaces. In the summer of 2015, this creative flare triumphed, compelling her to quit the corporate life, move to New Delhi and harvest her personal Indo-modern aesthetic and love of decor into initiating limón. limón was her way of personifying her style by designing and creating furniture, that blends the romantic Indian handlooms in the form of upholstery, with chic, crisp and modern finishes of contemporary furniture. 

Aradhana Anand

Aradhana created limón as a way of personifying her style by designing and creating furniture, that blends the romantic Indian handlooms in the form of upholstery, with chic, crisp and modern finishes of contemporary furniture.

What colour inspires you the most?

Fuschia, bright Indian Fuchsia. 

Fuchsia, the colour that inspires her

Where did/do you see or observe this colour?

In day to day objects, or just anywhere and everywhere. I see it work as a part of almost anything. 

Buttons green magenta

"The colour fuchsia is bright and quintessentially Indian. But, not a lot of people use it as a part of furniture, especially in the form of chairs."

Why do you like it?

The colour is bright and quintessentially Indian. But, not a lot of people use it as a part of furniture, especially in the form of chairs. 

What is your design inspiration? A person, place or studio, or any specific element?

The idea behind my collection was to emphasize Indian colours and textiles in order to represent Indian culture in the form of handlooms. That aside, I derive some amount of inspiration from Damascus, as well the works of Bethan Gray, and Alexander Girard

Doris Olie Grey blush

"Indian handicrafts and handlooms were what provided me with inspiration for limón. I’ve always wanted to venture into products in India, just not in the way it has been done before."

A little about Bethan Gray’s design ideologies

Bethan Gray, a Cardiff-born, London-based designer is known for her elegantly designed furniture. Her core design aesthetic relies on the fusion of raw, luxury materials like leather, solid wood and marble with the boons of modern technology. She believes that these materials tell a story, while bringing a unique  warmth to the space. 

bethan gray for shamsian

The exclusive Shamsian Collection highlights the meticulous technique of inlaying/overlaying solid brass and paua shell inlay into coloured solid wood and maple veneer, creating a highly detailed, exquisite patterning that perfectly accentuates Bethan’s designs.

A bit about Alexander Girard’s philosophy of art

Alexander Girard, a former student of architecture, branched out early in his career to become a proficient worker in the fields of furniture, exhibition, interior and graphic design. But, he made his true imprint on the world in the field of American Textile design, especially through his stint at the Herman Miller company. His designs reflect his passion for life, in the form of festive prints, colours, and textures. His style includes using abstract and geometric forms in an array of vivid colours. 

What’s the work that is your design inspiration?

Indian handicrafts and handlooms were what provided me with inspiration for limón. I’ve always wanted to venture into products in India, just not in the way it has been done before. Living internationally exposed me to the demand people have for the indian traditional handicrafts, that people would carry back from India. But, it also led me to realise the vast gap between traditional Indian homes and modern homes. My work lay in the spirit of bridging that gap. Typically, Indian furniture is on the heavier, richer side, in terms of material, and details. At limón, we combine the rich colours and textures of India with complementary lighter materials in the form of the base structures for the chairs.

left: buttons blue-pink, right: Tobias pink-grey

"The marriage between Indian textiles and modern forms is interesting, creatively inspiring, and a wonderful way to represent India with her glorious handlooms and colours."

tobias magenta-grey

"The Sari chair has a base skeleton of teakwood legs, and is upholstered with cotton Saris."

If we were to showcase any one of your recent projects, which one would it be?

It would have to be limón’s on going project, The Sari chair. We, at limón, have designed and handcrafted the chair using traditional, region specific Indian Saris.The marriage between Indian textiles and modern forms is interesting, creatively inspiring, and a wonderful way to represent India with her glorious handlooms and colours. The Sari chair has a base skeleton of teakwood legs, and is upholstered with cotton Saris.

daisy ikat green sari peach
grey ikat with orange

View more of limón’s collection at limon-design.com. Stay updated with their work at their Instagram page.
Explore more about Bethany Gray at bethangray.com.
Also learn about the legend Alexander Girad was at his Wikipedia, or at girardstudio.com.