Lately, I discovered Aradhana Anand’s very Nordic and Queen like chairs upholstered with Indian sarees at the Serendipity Art, Design & Music Festival. Her eccentric design sense which is a great mix of Indian textiles in western forms, is something that distinguishes her from most.
So I called her up and insisted on meeting at the earliest. On Dussehra, while effigies of Raavan were being burnt around the city, I was gladly sitting in her drawing room listening intently to the Limon story, along with her pet cats.
She began with her aesthetic journey, living an expat life in Dubai and Singapore, nearly a decade ago. Returning to her parents’ home in Delhi two years back, her primary focus became creating her own space in the same house. And the timing also seemed perfect as younger sister was getting married and moving out, while she was shifting in.
Having lived on her own for long, she had collected some eclectic pieces of furniture, for which she didn’t think twice carting back, despite mighty freight charges.
Have a look at her talent of creating a dark yet enchanting bedroom, on Apartment Therapy. As pointed by her, a famous London store Graham and Greene and a award-winning Welsh designer Bethan Grey‘s attention to details seemed to have inspired her design sensibilities greatly.
So after a lot of travelling, once she settled in, with the help of a graphic designer – Shweta Malhotra (who has also worked on the The Taxi fabric project) Aradhana launched Limon. Herein the branding and the products happily co-exist, lending each other some character. Deliberately so, they’ve steered clear from lemon or green denotations. Instead have preferred using pop colors like fuschia and orange, sated with deep grey and teal in quarter, half or full moons and dots – signifying a deconstruction of lemon in graphic language.
At present, Limon has 5 styles of chairs in 12 upholstery options. Infact, using sarees as upholstery for a unique Indian look IS her USP, which she has carefully collected from the brooding state emporiums in the Indian capital.
Just a few months old, Limon constructs the skeleton and the feet of the chairs in Marandi wood – a cousin of teak because of its play in time. Like teak, it is strong and durable – water and termite resistant wood, but not as expensive. Thankfully this too doesn’t require much maintenance, as simply wiping it clean with a dry cloth every day, should work wonders for years on end.
While paying attention to details in Limon chairs, she has also kept in mind the seats which are a combination of rubber and spring suspension. These might get slightly more expensive than just foam, but the cushioning it gives is surely worth the price.
And, at the end of our conversation being a millennial, Aradhana reiterated about her dream of only using recycled wood, chemical free materials or the least toxic, to make furniture with a green conscience!