Last year, designer Nikhil Thampi forayed into home decor. Is it his passion or business acumen that drives him?
Think clean lines, sharp angles, and of course, everything minimal —fashion designer Nikhil Thampi’s collaboration with Hèrmosa design studio is exactly this. With inspiration drawn from the culture of Pink City, the designer wishes to cater the audience that is looking to utilise the space in a fashionable way. These two labels started out last year and are all set to bring in the second edition.
With a vision in mind, ideally for millennial homemakers, the designer not only wished that the pieces turn out to be one-of-a-kind but made sure that they are minimal and impactful too. But were the keywords difficult to execute? “I am never afraid to experiment,” Nikhil says, adding, “It is a very personal approach and I am always hungry to learn and adapt to new techniques. So, I wouldn’t say it was challenging, but definitely different and exciting.”
Versatility and usability—these are the two things that the designer kept in mind while stepping into the collaborate with Hèrmosa. In addition, he challenged himself with colour palette and design elements which Nikhil reveals, “Next season you will see something completely out of the box.” For the present collection where suede, wood and metal play an important role, he has moulded his creativity, brainstormed the play of his logo through metal handles that visibly formed a part throughout. “This has taken us months to get right, making for a unique aesthetic of this collection,” Nikhil tells us.
For the designer, home décor was always on the top of his wishlist. Although, the priority was to launch it only when he gets the right partner to execute his vision. “I think this is the key when entering any new market or design vertical,” he says. With him dabbling between his label and décor line, he wanted the fashion DNA to reflect on each of his designs, which hence, gave birth to sharp structures and metallic elements.
For now, his thought process and vision is persuading us to stick our eyeballs to the digital space till he announces the second drop.