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March 30, 2010

Mumbai: For the Home

Courtesy Good Earth

Once the center of the city’s textile industry and only a short drive from the new Four Seasons in Worli, the Raghuvanshi Mills Compound on Senapati Bapat Marg today serves as the Mumbai equivalent of New York’s D&D building, housing high-end furniture showrooms and stylish home-design boutiques.

The Good Earth (goodearthindia.com) here mixes eras and cultures, combining contemporary Indian style with international trends. Its artisanal products exude a tropical luxe aesthetic: hand-painted china and stoneware; crystal glassware; table and bed linens; and candles, lotions, and bath products. And, oh, the pillows: silks and brocades, blockprinted and embroidered. There’s also a café with light fare and espresso as well as a tiny specialty food store with imported gourmet items. (Additional locations are in Delhi and Mumbai.)

Pinakin (pinakin.in) carries the furniture and smaller home accessories from Pinakin Patel, one of Mumbai’s leading architects and interior designers. The second-floor showroom here displays his Indian Modern look, an amalgam of Art Deco, Raj, Hindu, and Muslim influences, along with some Bollywood sheen. Favorite items are paisley velvet cushions; an ottoman covered in floral-printed, slightly metallic gun-metal-gray leather; and a lattice-front bar with sliding doors.

Rajat Singhi, whose family’s business has long provided linens to Harrods and Bloomingdale’s, opened Address Home (address-home.com) in February. Tucked away in a bungalow facing the complex’s parking lot, the small shop stocks beautifully embellished, bright-colored quilts and sheets, lamps and chandeliers, pillows and pottery that all fall somewhere between Pinakin’s high modern and Good Earth’s more rustic style. In June the store launched two more branches in Delhi.