Say it with colours

first_imgThe store offers an eye-catching mix of home and fashion accessoriesWhen Gunjan Khaitan Shahabadi and Leena Raizada set up a lifestyle store in garden city, they wanted a space where a woman comes and lets herself go. The Orange Bicycle in Bangalore, a one-stop shop for all things quirky and,The store offers an eye-catching mix of home and fashion accessoriesWhen Gunjan Khaitan Shahabadi and Leena Raizada set up a lifestyle store in garden city, they wanted a space where a woman comes and lets herself go. The Orange Bicycle in Bangalore, a one-stop shop for all things quirky and colourful, fits the bill perfectly. Products by more than 90 designers are piled high on the racks of this lifestyle salon, from tongue-in-cheek fridge magnets and fashion accessories to handmade stationery products. Displayed over 1,900 sq ft of an open-plan layout, once a cozy home in the leafy residential area of Indiranagar, the handpicked offerings are sure to add spunk to listless spaces.Painted tin containers can double as interior accentsWhen Shahabadi, a 34-year-old advertising professional and new mother moved to the Garden City from Kolkata, she joined hands with Raizada to set up shop. The friends scoured social networking sites and connected with acquaintances to form a database of designers that they could source merchandise from. At the opening, they had almost 70 designers from across the country and Anjum Rana, of the label Tribal Truck Art, from Pakistan in their kitty.Take your pick of cushions from colourful silk covers to black and white ones with witty one-liners printed on themWith its lived-in ambience, the store tempts you to spend hours browsing and there is plenty of eye candy on offer. The inventory includes silk pillow covers in neon shades which look like candy wrappers, bright linen cushion covers dressed up in frills, beaded lamps in bright orange and fuchsia. The store also stocks wood and metal accent pieces. Ornamental wooden bottles by Kili, in colours and motifs reminiscent of Punjabi dhabas, will perk up the most staid of interiors. Other colourful options are storage tins by Chumbak sporting tongue-in-cheek caricature images.A watering can shaped like a roosterOne of the best sellers is a rooster-shaped watering can, complete with plumage painted on its wooden body. And if you are teaching your child to read, there is no better way of engaging the young one than picking up some stick-on alphabets from this store.Objects are displayed in a laidback style but not in a disorganised manner. Also, the clever use of colour and wooden flooring invites you to spend hours ambling along the shelves. There are no prohibitive price tags as the range begins from Rs 100 and goes up to Rs 10,000 for paintings. Other charming accessories too are modestly tagged.Bright bottles in wood with playful scribbles”We wanted a colour in the name of the store. Something fresh, tangy and exciting, just like an orange. Also, the word bicycle is intrinsically connected to childhood and the experience of learning to ride one. The idea is to tell customers to come and take a ride with us,” Shahabadi explains the rather unique nomenclature of her pet project.So step into The Orange Bicycle and take your home on a technicolour trip. Hot picksBright ornamental wooden bottles by Kili at Rs 692.Lightweight storage tins by Chumbak begin at Rs 225.Colourful magnets at Rs 100.Calligraphy art by Nikheel on canvas begins at Rs 3,300.advertisementlast_img

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