Founded in 2013, Kainaat Design deals with a wide range of products which include crockery such as tea cups, coffee mugs, dinnerware, platters, trays, home textiles such as cushions, bedspreads and select furniture among other art and décor products.
Kainaat in Urdu means “Universe” and the brand is about helping people create their own design universe – a unique space for themselves filled with beautiful and soulful products. When asked what the idea behind the brand was, Aman Arora explained, “I realized that while we have a very rich design heritage, an unmatched array of crafts and craft persons, when it came to design choices for ones’ home in particular, the market was polarized between beautiful but often very expensive products on one end and more mass or kitschy products on the other. The niche of luxury home accessories at affordable prices is what Kainaat seeks to provide”.
Kainaat Design takes inspiration from nature and heritage; they often have a story within them and that’s what makes them special. The initial inspiration could be a beautiful Ottoman tile, a Kimono fragment, an evening spent in the gardens of a palace or simply a walk taken along the banks of a scenic river.
These experiences and ideas are then followed by extensive research, visits to museums, cities, collectors, libraries and artisans to create new designs, motifs and understand the craft and then all of this then gets translated into unique products.
Talking about where and how the products are designed, Aman says, “Design is the heart of Kainaat. I make the master designs myself and then the products are either manufactured in-house at our workshop or in collaboration with master craft persons”.
The “Saryu” series hold a special place for him. It is a range of dinnerware and decor inspired by an ancient river, and explores the relationship shared by various birds and animals with it. One of our bestsellers in this range is the ‘Aanandi’ sculpture. Featuring the quintessential Indian cow with lotuses blooming on it, it is quite a unique and special piece that has won us many admirers. Equally popular are the ‘Bahaar’ and ‘Ambreen’ range of crockery and textiles.
“Beyond being a global design house that continues to delight customers, I envisage Kainaat to be a larger platform for designers, artists, and artisans from different countries and disciplines to come together to collaborate and create new design languages,” he signs off.
Text By Vandana Krishnan