How & Where it all began!
At Essential Designs London, we try to bring the spirit of traditional India into Home Furnishings which keep the handcrafted magic alive but are affordable to everyone to appreciate in their homes. Our products range from up north Kashmir to Western India Rajasthan & Gujarat!
We specialise in Kantha bedspreads throws, winter blankets, winter wraps, textile wall decor, sustainable upcycled Silk Kimonos, cushion covers, meditation cushions, handloom rugs, floor cushions.
Our company founded in 2008 was a creative edge for Minnie who specialises in Hr & Accounting. The textile enthusiast who was feeling lack of any creative outlet, started small, as it was a tough journey for a person to manage all the ends from production to sales. In 2016, Devika joined as a co-partner to add some vibrancy to the collection. Since 2016, we both manage different ends of the work.
We travel thrice a year to India to work closely with artisans. This also allows us to ensure quality standards and also explore all that is new and upcoming. We sit down personally with artisans ensure all the collection is quality checked before reaching the UK. Different artisans are based across Rajasthan in western India. We travel locally spending time at different units, especially the ones in Barmer and Jaipur. Other times of the year we have to rely upon technology which has certainly made it easier to connect with artisans and their specialities.
Together, they bring the hard work of the artisans to fruition by making sure that the artisans are fairly paid and have ethical working atmosphere and standards. Our Love for unique Bohemian Spirit can be widely seen in the elements of the products from the collection.
We recently launched a limited Clothing segment from up-cycled Sarees to reduce landfills and give way to Slow fashion!
We also recently launched the Kashmir segment after coming across a very versatile artisan based in Srinagar.
We aim to keep alive the vibe of India world-over and show how our diversity still unites us!
Find out more about our ethics!
What we do?
Besides all the exotic ready to use products, we also do bespoke order for furniture designs which involve textile. Bolstered sofas sets, floor poofs and statement textile chairs. We provide options for doing custom sofa upholstery and cushion/seat covers for your existing furniture.
Our Mission ?
Being a girl child raised in a middle-class Indian family, we really want to improve the opportunities and working standards for all artisans, especially women in India. We aim to eventually create employment and money for artisans in all villages of India. Right now we have our roots in the villages of Rajasthan & Gujarat. We want to promote the education of girl child in rural areas and empowering women .We aim to help the local economy of the villages by going there directly and working in collaboration to ensure 100% fair price for artisan products. We currently, work closely with individual artisans in Barmer (Rajasthan ) & Kutch ( Gujarat ).
Currently, we are providing unique and exclusive designs in furnishings and handmade clothing to a few boutique stores across the UK. We also stock a few yoga studios with vibrant designs in Meditation Cushions, Yoga bags & Bolsters. We provide varied equations for wholesale opportunities as per your comfort. If this interests you, pls feel free to be in touch with us via email/ contact us form.
What can we do for you ?
We exhibit and do a lot of pop ups all year long. The main ones include OM Yoga Show, Alexandra Palace & Mind ,Body Spirit – The Wellbeing Festival, Olympia at London.
In Manchester we also do Om Yoga Show, Event City. We do a lot of markets during Christmas. See our Events page for more details.
Over the years we have created Christmas Gift packages for a few mindfulness oriented companies. We can create exclusive gift hampers in the budget of your choice.
Yes we specialise in interiors. In the past we have created show spaces for some of our collaborators. We have created mindful meditation zones at shows. We can do a whole makeover of your space on the discussed ideas.