Olie’s new home décor line captures the essence of water and its human connect
Perfectly coinciding with the city’s weather, Olie, by Bangalore-based Amrita Nambiar, has just launched a new collection featuring clouds, raindrops and more. The range includes table runners, cushion covers, table mats and lamps, and has been segmented into the Rain Dance and Koi Cloud collections. “I have always been fascinated with the sea, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and rain and how man is dependant on water,” shares illustrator-turned-designer, Nambiar, who was inspired to start this brand while sitting by the beach in Pondicherry, ‘pencil in hand’.
Nambiar works with artisans from small hamlets in Karnataka to source the natural fabrics, like hand-braided and hand-rubbed banana fibres that are seen dominant in this collection. The little tie-ups in all the cushion covers have been crafted from hibiscus fibres. The prints are all hand-done in the city, with the dyes carefully concocted by Nambiar herself. “We are very particular about the colours we use as that is one element that defines Olie. Our colours are very unusual and the combinations we use are also quite unique,” Nambiar explains.
Expect chic whimsical pieces in pastels, paired with classic checks, polkas, lace and natural fibres. From the Rain Dance line, we liked the cylindrical table lamp, the slate grey, coral and turquoise blue shades, well complemented by a layer of banana fibre fabric. The Koi Cloud range sees a blend of pale green, coral and russet orange on prints that include koi, leaves and lotus. It is a nod to the balance of life signified by the koi fish, which purifies the water it inhabits. All their lamps are customisable, with Nambiar encouraging buyers to mix-and-match fabrics, designs and shapes. Available at Chamiers. `875 upwards. Details: olie.co.in
— Rashmi Rajagopal