Xanadu is your one stop shop for premium, one-of-a-kind home ware
Nice Package, a home décor store, operating out of Gallery Time and Space was one of central Bengaluru’s best kept secrets. In its place today stands a three-story building, The Guild, which proprietor Susanna Chandy Mathews describes as a design experience — with a Ritu Kumar store on the ground floor, the new Gallery Time and Space on the first and, Mathews and her cousin Susan George’s home decor store, Xanadu on the second. “When Susan was living in Australia, she would sell Jaipur linen at flea markets there. It was a huge hit. So when she returned to Bangalore, she started selling it out of Time and Space, along with other little knick knacks for the home. That was how it all started,” shares Mathews, adding, “Some time in 2014, she decided to go bigger and asked me if I’d like to partner with her and I readily agreed.”
In the making for close to one-and-a-half years, curating the collection has taken the duo across the country — from Jaipur to Pondicherry to Kerala and even China. In Pondicherry, they met renowned ceramic artist Adil Writer, whose rustic tea cups and kettles add a quirky touch to Xanadu’s shelves. “The pieces in our store are objects that we would personally use. They are mostly handmade, one of a kind, and chosen with a lot of care. The aesthetics lean more towards vintage English and French with quirky detailing that makes them stand out,” explains Mathews, pointing towards a clear glass water jug with a handle shaped like a face.
Apart from Writer, the ladies have also tied up with Tata Ceramics for fine bone china, The Leather Boutique for their classy furniture, Nishitha Thakurdass, an artist who makes tableware and Namita Singh, whose line of pillow covers, cushions and throws looks like they’re right out of Downton Abbey. The range of light fixtures, striking without being over the top, have been picked from China.
`300 upwards. At The Guild, Lavelle Road. Details:22210387
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo