Interiors Matter: In Conversation with Mana Shetty
Mana and SUnil Shetty
Earlier this year, Mumbai saw another iconic interior store place itself on the design map. We spoke to Mana Shetty about the making of her new venture, R House, the hand-picked collection and the intricacies of contemporary décor.
Here are edited excerpts from the interview.
A décor store is something Suniel [Shetty] and I have wanted to explore for a while now. But the actual process started in September. We travelled extensively through the country – from Rajasthan and Delhi to the interiors of the south. We’ve sourced many products from our travels abroad as well. Some of the pieces from South East Asia are my favourite.
I find that most décor stores concentrate extensively on the furniture while forgoing the other aspects. I wanted to create a one-stop-shop. At R House, you will find everything – from upholstery and lighting solutions to outdoor chattels and wooden floorings. The aim is to provide a mixed variants of products that are remarkably different from each other.
To pursue such a venture I believe that one must have an innate sense of style. All our designs stand out in a certain way. Fortunately, we’ve received appreciation for both the products and the way they’ve been placed. The customers leave with ideas on how to style their place. Having said that, I can assure you that there is something for everybody. It could be an opulent artifact or a simple or set of tablemats.
I would say mix and match is definitely the biggest trend. You can go over-the-top by mixing contrasting colours or simply use different textures from the same colour palette. For example, if you’re placing a coffee table as well as a side table within the same space, use one in leather and the other in dark wood. Most of our customers are working their way around the trend too. The Venetian mirrors and Buddhas seem to be doing especially well. I would also recommend the leather armchairs and the coffee tables that look like they’ve been created out of a stack of trunks.
To take the idea of India shining forward, I would definitely like to start a franchises abroad. As of now, I’ve been getting many styling orders. While, I’m not a trained interior designer, this is definitely a project I’m looking forward to.