Intricate details and exquisite craftsmanship, hallmark of the Sabyasachi brand, also make their way into the palatial interiors of his New Delhi store
Designed to make anyone entering feel like royalty, at Sabyasachi’s store in Mehrauli the double-height wooden door with the gold Bengal tiger, which we have now come to identify with Sabyasachi, seems more welcoming than imposing. As you give it a gentle nudge and step in, a heady perfume wafts out and you find yourself standing in the entryway of a world that seems equal parts dreamy and theatrical. Hand-painted tiles that climb up the walls on both sides of this palatial entrance make a stunning backdrop for the antique furniture. Ittar bottles procured from different parts of the country frame the seating while equally exquisite glass chandeliers drop down from the ceiling.
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In numbers the details are even more incredible - a grand staircase divides this 13,500 sq ft store into two separate wings, the store is adorned with 63 pieces of art from The Sabyasachi Art Foundation, 732 ittar bottles, 112 antique carpets, 57 chandeliers, and 42 pieces of calendar art. Rare Tanjore paintings, vintage Dutch plates in the jewellery section, and wallpaper by Sabyasachi for Nilaya by Asian Paints in the dressing rooms add to creating this palatial space.
The staircase leading up to the men’s section is a collector’s dream. Antique brass utensils sit at the bottom while hand-picked art from The Sabyasachi Art Foundation creates a museum-esque gallery wall. More than a dozen chandeliers drop down to a glittering effect. By this time, you could be forgiven for expecting peacocks to walk into the fold somehow. It’s the effect the décor has – one that is magnificently fit for royalty.
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A collection of antique chandeliers, of the 57 in total used in the store, seen from under the staircase in Sabyasachi’s flagship store in New Delhi.
The reception area is curated as painstakingly as the rest of the store. One of the 112 antique carpets used in the decor is framed on the walls while an antique chest holds ittar bottles sourced from different parts of the country.
The staircase leading up to the men’s section is a collector’s dream. Filled with antique brass utensils, rare Tanjore paintings and art from The Sabyasachi Art Foundation, it creates a truly spectacular experience.
Hand-painted tiles climb up the walls in the entryway while antique furniture finds its place along the length of it. Photography by S Thiru
The gallery wall along the staircase of Sabyasachi’s store is fashioned like a museum with art from the Sabyasachi Art Foundation, antique Dutch plates, vintage chandeliers and hand retouched studio portraits adorning it.
The dressing rooms are no less luxurious than the rest of the store with wallpaper by Sabyasachi for Nilaya by Asian Paints on the walls creating an opulent backdrop. On the right is a leather-clad safe by Trunks Company, Jaipur.
Just as you step out of the dressing room, a large wall-to-wall mirror with marquee lights creates a theatrical setting complete with antique rugs on the floor.
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