I have mentioned my love of home magazines before – kids in bed, a nice coffee and a stack of home magazines is my idea of bliss! Recently, on a similarly blissful night, I saw a beautiful chair with a camel print featured in a homes magazine that made my heart skip a beat. I could picture two of these lovely chairs in a beautiful conservatory and in my head I was already decorating the conservatory I don’t have (in my defence, I have always wanted a conservatory)! The chair is made by a company called Iqrup+Ritz, an established design house in India that has recently launched their bespoke line of furniture and furnishings in London. I had the pleasure of being invited to visit their studio in London and see some of their furniture in situ.
Iqrup+Ritz is a mother and daughter duo, who are taking Iqrup’s wealth of experience gained over three decades of running a well established interiors company in India and applying it to provide high quality pieces, at what many would find a surprisingly accessible price point. They aim to take classic shapes and styles and bring them up to date with an international influence, that make them perfectly suited for contemporary living. Furthermore, they offer many upholstery options which include fabrics by Indian brand Safomasi, that were gorgeous and right up my alley! It was clear to see that this business is driven by a genuine desire to provide beautiful furniture that is great value and will stand the test of time.
One of the things that struck me about their underlying business philosophy is the pride they take in the skill set of the wonderful craftsmen behind the furniture. Many of their artisans have worked with Iqrup for over 30 years in their workshops. Their pieces are designed in-house and they also choose to work with many design houses around the world that are family-run firms and share a similar work ethic. An interesting perspective can also be gained from viewing their Instagram feed where they proudly display many lovely pictures of their artisans. Ritika (Ritz) Dhamijia, is a delightful lady who is clearly very passionate about what she does and may I add she was also a wonderful host and Barista who very kindly offered me a great cappucino.
I took pictures with some of their beautiful pieces and I have added pictures of some of the other items that I that thought were stunning. They also provided me with some of their lookbooks which I have added for your viewing pleasure. I loved many their chairs and top of my lust list is the Gymkhana Arm Chair – a pair of those with a small table in between them would look stunning in a spacious corner. I also loved their Draper Chair – a mid century masterpiece that was a stunning homage to Don Draper from ‘Mad Men’. Iqrup+Ritz also make custom headboards that can be upholstered in your choice of many of the exquisite fabrics they offer. While looking at one of these, I sat down on the exceedingly comfortable bed and soon found that I was ready for a nap in between my lovely surroundings as is evident from the pictures below!
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to their studio and I loved their furniture! Details of their offerings can be found at http://www.iqrupandritz.co.uk and they can be reached at + (44) 0208144 6801. I will definitely be paying them another visit soon and I am adding the Puskar Camel fabric covered chair to my conservatory mood board. Isha’s Verdict: A big thumbs up!