I know a bank where on the Wild Thyme blows
Where Oxlips and Nodding Violet grows
Quite Over Canopied with Luscious Woodbine
With Sweet Musk Roses, and with Elegantine
There sleeps Titania, Sometime of the night
Lull’d in these flowers with Dances and Delight
Last year, at the French School fair, I came across Titania Tents. Charlotte Johnstone and Catherine Eve Trotman, build bespoke tents to suit any dream or occasion – the great Indian wedding, summers by the poolside, winter sunny days amidst greenery, thoughtful lazy spaces in your gardens or terraces during starry nights or sunshine days.
There’s lots that goes into making these fairytale spaces – starting with the style keeping in mind its shape and size, the anti-fungal water resistant cotton canvas in 12 or 15 oz with optional fire retardancy, frame choices of bamboo, stainless steel or aluminium, valance or the ‘pelmet’ of the tent showcasing their signature styles in vibrantly striking Indian colours and designs which are block or screen printed by hand on the canvas; Chateau Chic, Chambray, Mediterranean, Babbler blue, Urban rooftop, Dusk lotus, Morning moss, Plum revelry, Burnt spice, Party pink, Citrus cocktail and Safari cocktail are found on canopy linings complimented with pole sleeves. Last but not the least one also gets to choose Finials, the top of the pole, from various materials with different shapes or finishes, decked up with accessories, furniture and lighting giving the mood its final touches……all yours to keep forever.
The Umbrella; Lodge, a steel framed room with optional integral bathroom; Shamiana with valance options or inclusion of walls and curtains; Chattri, an octagonal frame with a variation of Mughal influences and Pavillion with different sizes for a party or any grand occasion, are all tents influenced by the incredible Indian culture dating back to the Mughal era.
Charlotte Johnstone, an alumni of the Slade School of Art, London, is a portrait painter hailing from a family of set designers and distinguished artists. Catherine Eve Trotman started off her career with sourcing products from India for Liberty, a store in West End a shopping district of Central London, for nearly 2 decades; Interestingly Liberty’s prints have been sought after since 1885 for their mix of classic Britishness and cutting edge fashion. After moving to Hongkong she specialised in Indian textiles for her own trading business INSIDE Trading Ltd., of home and fashion products in Asia. For any further queries you could contact Catherine on +91 11 3024 3200, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.titaniatents.com; based on Chattarpur Mandir Road, Mehrauli, New Delhi.
Together fulfill their dreams of Creating Enchanting Spaces……. Teeny Titania- tents for kids coming soon.