WHIMSICAL BOMBAY

WHIMSICAL BOMBAY

Inspired by the city's contradicting juxtapositions of its buildings and the rains that make a poet of a John Doe, this Taxi Fabric is a contemporary, graphic take on the Bombay monsoons and the different kinds of lives people lead.

Lotus Dance

Lotus Dance

Inspired by the trend Alchemy of Memories chalked out by Asian Paints Colour Next, Katie dug into a trove of memories and let it guide her to the final interpretation and design.

Music on Wheels: Red Bull Tour Bus X Shiva Nallaperumal

Music on Wheels: Red Bull Tour Bus X Shiva Nallaperumal

A champion for Indian independent music, the Red Bull Tour Bus got a serious makeover this year thanks to graphic and type designer Shiva Nallaperumal and Taxi Fabric.

Celebrating the Mumbai in Bombay

Our latest Taxi Fabric created in collaboration with The Bombay Canteen (TBC)  and Please See draws inspiration from the colour, the loudness, the words and the life of Mumbai, and everything that adds to the amchiness of the city.

It all started with Canteen Cocktails, an annual property of TBC.  ‘The idea of TBC is to take all things Indian and add our own spin to it. Over the years we’ve realised that Bombay is a huge inspiration for us in terms of design, whether it be of the space, of the food or any other project we take on. Two years ago we decided to take inspiration from different parts of Bombay and create interesting cocktail menus that would spark a conversation about cocktails. The first edition of Canteen Cocktails was informed by the Art Deco Architecture peppered around the city. For the second year, we wanted to dig deeper, and explore what really makes Mumbai so very Bombay. One idea that really stood out was the colloquial jargon you hear around every corner of the city, that is quintessential of the life here. That became our starting point for this edition of Canteen Cocktails,’ says Sameer, of TBC team.

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Picking up words like Bantai, Thamba, Boss and Ikde Tikde, the folks over at Please See Design Studio started conceptualising the menu that would double up as a calendar. Each of these words became a name of a cocktail, and was imagined as an illustration in a neon colour palette reminiscent of the luminous circus posters found stuck to the walls of the winding gulleys of the city.

‘These are words caught between the bogeys of the local, words overheard at the daily macchi market, words that run the streets - words that become the lingo, and lingo that becomes the original soundtrack of Mumbai.’ The technicoloured illustrations were reimagined as a taxi fabric.

The artwork for Bantai - meaning a friend - was perfect for the backseat of the taxi, where so many stories unfold,  a place where friends and lovers meet and have conversations. Ikde Tikde, that translates to ‘here and there,’ came alive as a school of fish swimming around. The pattern that was placed on the ceiling hinted at the taxis itself going ikde tikde all around town, composing the city’s sound. Boss found itself on the drivers’ seat, as a nod to the man who’s not only the boss of the taxi, but also of the ever-bustling streets of Mumbai.
 

Taxi Fabric and TBC has one thing in common - they both celebrate the essence of the life in the city. The idea of the collaboration stemmed from that common ground.  ‘Taxis have been an undeniable part of Mumbai. The idea of breathing new life into it really resonates with us.  It is a very powerful way of introducing design into the life of a layman who might not know anything about it, or who doesn’t consciously understand the immense impact it has on a community or its culture. To take something like the kaali-peeli that has been around us forever and give it a facelift with endearing illustrations is bringing together the promise of the future while also the celebrating a force from the past,’ Sameer wraps up.

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This Taxi Fabric project has been supported by The Bombay Canteen.

Love is a Four Legged Word

Love is a Four Legged Word

This Auto Rickshaw in Bandra comprises of bright and colourful paintings of funny and lovable paintings of strays by two young girls, Ozzie and Ana.

Vahan Ganga Kinare Wala

Vahan Ganga Kinare Wala

With a heavy reliance on the local culture as well as popular culture, Sumantra’s design also has a subtle yet imminent religious undertone.

Banaras Ka Ujwal Bhavishya

Banaras Ka Ujwal Bhavishya

Focusing on how Banaras is driven by the good intentions of its own people, this E-Rickshaw hopes for a vibrant and clean Banaras, focusing on the ghats.

DHOOP

DHOOP

Dhoop speaks of a Utopian Banaras, one from many years ago when the city was clean and the glaring issue of climate change did not exist.

HOPe On

HOPe On

This taxi fabric facilitated by Studio Anugraha in association with Impacct Foundation, is filled with dreams and aspirations of young children fighting cancer.

Room For Everyone

Room For Everyone

Mumbai would not be half the city it is today without its chawls, ‘Batatyachi Chal’ is inspired by this proverbial place.

Tomorrow Land

Tomorrow Land

A surreal interpretation of ancient Persian and British architecture that speaks a thousand words of what a human mind is capable of.

Chalti Firti Art Gallery

Chalti Firti Art Gallery

There is nothing more extraordinary than finding a new detail every time you look at something; and Indian craft is the perfect medium to attain that.

Poetry That Moves

Poetry That Moves

The artwork is nothing but a floral landscape formed by drops of blood, ink and tears, depicting Ghalib’s journey in his own unique way.

Stop. Breathe. Drink.

Stop. Breathe. Drink.

With 'STOP. BREATHE. DRINK’ the thought was to urge people to quench their thirst, quench their souls, and fill their infinite space.

Pause & Play

Pause & Play

Pause and Play's design intention is to nudge the viewer to stop and think of how we as humans have affected water as a resource in a negative way.

What If

What If

‘What If’ was meant to be suggestive of the hypothetical situation. A situation which asks the question - what if water gets disappointed in us because we don’t use it responsibly and leaves the world one day?

Water – An Artist

Water – An Artist

Paani Ek Chitrakaar aimed to look at water as an artist that has sculpted and painted the planet with its flow and force.

Opening Eyes

Opening Eyes

4 out of 5 individuals who are blind can be cured entirely by corrective surgery. This one daunting fact was the singular reason for See Now and Taxi Fabric to come together.

Feel Rejuvenated

Feel Rejuvenated

A Taxi with a colour wheel of hues to restore and refresh the mind.

Feel Curious

Feel Curious

A Taxi inspired by the discovery and exploration of the city and how a sense of curiosity leads you to find new and interesting places within it.