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Farah Khan’s Aayat faucet with 473 natural diamonds is the star of her collaboration with Sternhagen

Farah Khan’s Aayat faucet with 473 natural diamonds is the star of her collaboration with Sternhagen

The collaborations have recently attracted a lot of attention in the Indian home segment. Take for example Bengali designer Sabyasachi’s textured wallpapers and furniture with vintage colorways for Asian Paints. Or Delhi-based Obeetee, known for its luxury rugs, which has had collections in collaboration with designers Tarun Tahiliani, Raghavendra Rathore and, late last year, Shantanu and Nikhil. But bathrooms are a different ballgame now. And this is where designers are now stepping in to add their creativity.

Bathrooms are a sanctuary, a retreat, and their spa-like possibilities have been widely explored during the pandemic. It goes beyond the usual scented candles and potted plants for your toilet daydreams. With pale walls and antique mirrors, they sometimes resemble the living room, but with added perks like a nice long bath. Bathroom collaborations therefore benefit from a designer’s eye, as seen with VitrA. The Swiss furniture company collaborated with British designer Tom Dixon last September to release ‘Liquid’, a collection of bathroom fittings and furniture. With rounded edges and generous shapes, they can also function as stand-alone pieces. Liquid, which will launch in India later this year, was inspired by Victorian churches.

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Meanwhile, Palatial Arches and Royal Historical Monuments in India have been the starting point for another recent launch. We’re talking about German luxury bathroom maker Sternhagen’s collaboration last month with jewelry designer Farah Khan. The luxurious bathroom, ‘Scherezade’, echoes the jewelry aesthetic for which Mumbai-based Khan is known among her high-profile clients. Unsurprisingly, the highlight of the Sternhagen x Farah Khan collection is the Aayat faucet crafted in silver and adorned with 473 natural diamonds weighing 8.62 carats!

“A bathroom is more than just a place to shower. This is where you stop to think about the day that is beginning or the day that has passed,” explains Khan. With delicate gold and silver dominating the color palette, Scherezade stands out for its calm tones. Khan, who has worked with quartz and ceramics as a jewelry designer, says she found it easy to elevate these materials in a bathroom. From towel racks to bidets, each accessory bears the design of her jewelry brand FK, named Aayat. As for the faucet, priced at ₹15 lakhs, it certainly sets the bar for glitzy bathrooms. “I wanted to design something iconic and striking for this collection that bears my identity,” says Khan. “As a jewelry designer, working with diamonds and gemstones is customary and a diamond bathroom accessory would certainly be one of a kind and instantly elevate any bathroom space.”

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