I am passionate about architecture, and I wanted to share on my blog a few pictures of the Falaknuma Palace that I visited for the first time.
The symmetry is perfect for this neo-classical palace that seems to be built in the shape of a scorpion. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the city, the view from the lush suspended gardens offer sweeping panoramas of the city. The interiors subtly and skilfully mix European styles. Every piece of furniture is of a quality rarely seen outside of European museums. The objects are all interesting and of course, the 19th century crystal chandeliers are the perfect match for the grandeur of the palace.
Pure elegance are the words that came to my mind when I was there. I really enjoyed spending time taking in the aesthetics of this place.
I had the honour and the great pleasure of the visit of the Maharani of Baroda a few weeks back in our workshops in Provence. And I take this occasion to share with you a very well written article by AD India about the restoration work we undertook at the palace of Baroda. It has been a privilege for us to restore the chandeliers of the Durbar hall to their original beauty and glory. All thanks for this are due to the efforts of my friend, Architect Karan Grover who initiated the project.
From London to Vadodara, with pit stops at New Delhi and France, the chandeliers in the durbar hall at the Lukshmi Villas Palace are better travelled than most people. French lighting brand Mathieu Lustrerie ensures that they are none the worse for wear.
Last February, I spent two weeks in India where I indulged in my second passion: cars. From Provence, I landed directly in Hyderabad, where Cartier was holding the fifth “Travel With Style” Concours d’Elegance at the Taj Falaknuma Palace.
The Cartier event was impeccably organised as always and the classic cars and bikes they presented – all from India – where exquisite. Cartier ‘Travel With Style’ Concours d’Elegance celebrates the remarkable design and craftsmanship that went into creating these luxurious and distinctive cars. A panel of hand-chosen international classic car specialists from across the globe judge the cars in different categories. Owned by Indian royalty and private collectors, these rare and historically significant automobiles were on display in public for the first time ever, bringing alive the eccentricities and uniqueness of the Indian automobile industry. The show was curated by Manvendra Singh of Barwani.
One of my personal favorites was the Indian Chief 1947, which was judged, Best of Show Motorcycle and Best in Class – Pre-War Motorcycle.
Thank you to Christine Borgoltz for inviting me to this event that I always enjoy attending. I look forward to the next edition in 2019.
It was an evening to remember when Mathieu Lustrerie co-hosted a champagne soiree along to celebrate home decor and fashion, along with Maison & Objet and hosted by the wonderful people of Vanto.
The home décor and architect fraternity of Hyderabad witnessed a show of the designer Little Shilpa who created a collection on the theme “When Home Décor meets fashion.” Shilpa created a few extraordianry pieces using fabrics made by Vanto, Embroideries from my friend Jean-François Lesage, and crystal pendants and pieces from our chandeliers. We displayed two chandeliers, including my creation “Constellation” seen on the photos below.