6 cityspots for those who love the quirky stuff

Gone are the days when Pune was just known as the industrial hub or the Oxford of the East, the time has come to explore the quirky talent pool residing within this city. There is a whole new generation of graphic artists, designers and innovators who can glorify your home space as well as present a large array of gifting items as well. Here we list out 6 stores in Pune that get out your artsy side with vinyl music recorders to Bollywood-inspired homeware.

Colour Me New

Shweta Gurjar firmly believes in promoting sustainable art which touches the soul and is usable. This inspired her to open Colour Me New, which displays an array of customised recycled decor products for customers made from recycled glass. Lights, jewelry, decorative mosaic art to name a few, with unique colours and themes enthused from tribal and ethnic art from all around the world including Barcelona, Maori, oriental, Arabic. Look out for their recent art attack which is a recycled music player, the Colour Me New Boombox.

Price Range: Rs 1,200 – 3,500

Where to shop: www.colormenew.com They also respond to Facebook page requests (www.facebook.com/colormenew), and ship nationally.

The Little Quirk shop

As the name suggests this store has all the quirky kitsch products, housing not so little brands that are famous all over the country. It has recently launched its inhouse brand by the name of Hippieness. Expect exciting and idiosyncratic merchandises that are practical and fun can spruce up any living space, be it a mundane office desk or a cozy couch. The best part is they cater to the needs of children as well as adults.

Price Range: Rs 50 – 6,000

Where to shop: The stores are open in Wanowrie and Aundh

Doodle Factory

Celebrate the rich and bountiful India through environment-friendly ways is the mantra for Aditi Deo, brainchild of Doodle Factory. Moving away from clichéd business practices of producing in large volumes and selling it everywhere, here products are made in small, sustainable quantities and are sold through a range of small, eclectic stores in all of four cities so far. It’s not just their quirky doodles and graphics of dogs, cats, flowers that sets them apart but how they merge it with the concept of creating biodegradable stuff. Some of the best sellers of this nature loving store are cat & dog graphics on Grocery bags (Sack-a-Doodle), the stationery holder (or Kit-a-Doodle), fruits and vegetables calendar to cute cotton hanky-doodles that help discard the terrible waste of tissues by reviving the use of handkerchiefs.

Price Range: Rs 40- 1,100

Where to shop: products are available at the following stores:

  1. Either Or, Pune,
  2. The Little Quirk Shop, Mundhwa & Aundh, Pune
  3. The Crossword Store, Aundh, Pune
  4. CraftUs, Main St & Deccan, Pune

3F Design

Want to give your employees something other than mugs for the company’s party? 3F Design creates items that include utility as their prime focus but with a strong element of humour and fun which can be used for corporate gifting as well as personal gifting. Fun + Form + Function is what 3F stands for, where they strongly believe in changing the rules of gifting and designs through creative endeavours.

Price Range: Rs100 – 6,000

Where to shop: 3F Design store, Fergusson College Road

Either Or

Going beyond the stereotypical kitsch, the husband and wife duo of Ritika Narang Tickoo and Rohit Tickoo run this design store to provide a platform that will sustain, nourish and celebrate craft, fashion, design and art in Pune. An amalgamation of art, culture and quirkiness this store will never disappoint. Look out for innovative coasters and clutches to umbrellas made by Rajashtani artisans. Customers can connect to the handcrafted creations blended with humour, madness and innocence.

Price Range: Rs 50 – 75,000

Where to shop: Either Or store, Sohrab Hall

Keeva Studio

Keeva Studio specialises in creative lifestyle products inspired by the 60s and 70s. Manali Mitra, owner of Keeva Studio says,”I wanted to bring together all music lovers and allow products that create a connection with people like me who listen to similar music, watch similar movies and read similar authors.” You can come in looking for one thing and will surely leave with a dozen of LP clocks, Musical Coasters and Lyric Cushions.

Price Range: Rs 130-1800

Where to shop: Located inside Either Or store, Sohrab Hall

Zeenat Tinwala

Zeenat Tinwala

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