The Peacock Life, launched in November last year, unveils its Spring-Summer collection this weekend, bringing back some of our favourite elements along with a range of contemporary kitsch décor. “Nature and summer were the starting point for the aesthetics of this collection,” says Shabnam Gupta, architect and interior designer, adding, “We have used botanical prints, some abstracts [and] pops of happy colours.” This is a collection meant to welcome the warm weather, lending a vibrant, summer-fresh appeal to the home. “The blue beach chair invites you to lounge and the foldable coca-cola chair all stem from the similar thoughts,” elaborates Shabnam.
Her foray into retail combines her eye for design—one that won her an AD50 Visualist Award this year—with a penchant for found objects. Shabnam launched The Peacock Life as a space where she could share her fondness for whimsical acquisitions. The products range from functional to purely revelatory–there’s a mix of traditional prints to contemporary knick-knacks, very much an echo of India’s design trajectory. “In my opinion, the biggest design trend is being influenced by Indian designs, whether in forms or motifs or simply re-creating the old in a newer language,” affirms Shabnam. Indeed, many of the curios are vintage pieces—vestiges of a simpler time that serve to make us experience our collective cultural nostalgia.
The new collection offers a blend of the designer’s own creations and some found pieces and are crafted keeping in mind the entire living space, as opposed to specific rooms. “The candle holders and mechanical wheel sets are excellent mantle pieces. The fruit bowls and wooden boxes in their vintage avatar are centretable pieces,” Shabnam offers as styling tips for the new collection. Many of her products are sourced, though there are some she designs herself. “This year, hopefully, we intend to play with a lot of art in our furniture, and create more happy and easy pieces,” concludes Shabnam.