The Purple Turtles

In continuation of my visual walk through of two lighting stores in the city that I find interesting, lets take a look at a rather unique store starting with their unusual name – The Purple Turtles. Started by ex-advertising professional  Radeesh R Shetty, this store offers designer lighting of every kind from industrial to recycled material. There are lamps that can be customized on customer request as well. They don’t just stop with providing unique lighting solutions, but provide lighting and design consultation as well for both residences and commercial projects. Having been around the city for more than five years now, this lighting store albeit a little expensive can add that special something to your home.

Thread spheresI love this type of ceiling lamps. They remind me of festival fairs and the beach cafes. It also has a very earthy feel, natural fiber, thread, coir or wool is used, as you can see they come in a range of shapes and colours. I have similar ones for my dining area, and they look great!

Fire Fly Bead SpheresThese bohemian firefly bead globes are simply dreamy. Made with metal string and numerous tiny beads, provides this overall effect.

Banana fibre Sea Urchin Inspired Lamps_turtleBanana fiber paper has turned out to be a great idea in lighting. This paper has a unique texture making it look great with or without the light turned on. Besides, the versatility of the medium has allowed various shapes and themes to take form in this range of lighting. Above is sea urchin inspired ceiling lamps.

Banana paper_sea shell paper lampBanana fiber paper is made from the bark, stem and other un-utilised parts of the banana plant on harvest. Here we see it as an oyster inspired table lamp.

brass metal lamps_purple turtleBrass, copper and other metal inspired lamps are a rage these days. People are increasingly appreciating these metals in the form of handcrafted home decor items. Here are some metal inspired lamps/ lanterns for the table or floor and ceiling.

Metal range turtleLights with different kinds of fabric are also popular. Silk being a favorite for its sheer glamor.  There are other textiles such as cotton as well with interesting dye, motif and stencil treatments. Here are some Shibori Dye lamps that are designed by Jenny Pinto. This is a popular Japanese method of cloth dyeing. In India we refer to this as tie and dye, such as Bandhani famous in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

shibori dye range by Jenny PintoGlass lamps, be it plain or coloured have a timeless quality about them. Have a little something to brighten up any corner of your home, here simple is beautiful.

glass lampsFrom rural India to mainstream art, many crafts and arts from lesser know parts of the country are being recognized and revived in the form of products for home and office. Channapatna in Karnataka has always been popular for the craft of wooden toys and accessories. Bringing that into the limelight, here is the store’s range of Channapatna table lamps.

channapatna lampsAnd some hand painted touch of whimsy to sum up this visual store tour.

whimsy table lamp_purple turtleHead over to their facebook page here to know more about them. They also deal with home decor accessories and furniture.

Sunshine Boulevard – Let There Be Light !

Over the next two days, I’m going to walk you through two magical and unique lighting stores in Bangalore, India. I have been to both stores, on more than one occasion to just relax and soak in all that radiant beauty around me. And no matter how many times I visit, I still get tempted to make another trip for some inspiration.

The first of these shops that I stumbled across  is the Sunshine Boulevard, situated in Koramangala 4th block, it was love at first sight for me. Just the way the shop looks, standing out from the traffic and other buildings like an oasis of bright treats. I love their logo and signboard as well, it seems to be calling out to you, to step into a world of summer fairies and elves and their magical lamps!

sunshine boulevardTheir products range across different materials from glass to banana fiber. The lamps are made by  leading designers from India, with many pieces being unique and in limited numbers only. Certain others are made by rural craftsmen, lending an authentic and ethnic touch to these handpicked lamps. Here are some of their lighting wonders.

Of Harmony, Purity and Mystical Beauty, The Dragonfly LampFireflyMade of dreams, a string dream catcher lamp to be mounted on the wall or ceilingWall Mounted unique string lampOf ancient beauty and everlasting charm, The Peepal Floor LampsPeepal Leaf Floor LampAnd talking about beautiful leaf patterns, here is another tropical charm, Wall LampWall lamp in metal leafLove makes the world go round. Interlinked Polypropylene sphere lampsPolypropylene Interlinking LampsSitting Quietly, Doing Nothing, Spring Comes and The Grass Grows and The Flower Blooms By Itself…The Lotus Ceiling Lampdining table overhead ceiling lampArt is when you hear a knocking from your soul, And you answer it. ~ Terri Guillemets. Ceiling lamp made with textured paper.Paper style ceiling lampTo love beauty is to see light ~ Victor Hugo. The Lotus Tea Light HolderTea light holder lotusAnd for a parting glimpse of this lovely store, where every lamp has a story to tell… sunshine boulevard insideIf Light Is In Your Heart, You Will Find Your Way Home ~ Rumi

Visit their store in Koramangala or their Facebook page here , to know more about them, they also deal with other interesting home accents besides lighting.