The Wishing Chair, Shahpur Jat
A flowery stag head in pink made with recycled burlap, tea cups perfect for the Mad Hatter’s party, a frog couple for paperweight and wooden playhorse...you feel you’re in a dream as you walk into the Wishing Chair, a curio shop in Shahpur Jat. Named after Enid Blyton’s book that its owners—Vivita Relan and Avneet Mann—loved as kids, the shop opened doors in July 2012. Popular among the age group of 18 to 35, the store is a reflection of ‘contained chaos’ which is also its USP. Both owners are not from Delhi but fell in love with the city eventually. “The Delhi shopper is one of the most versatile in the country,” Relan says.
Les Parisiennes-Le Concept Store, Shahpur Jat
When in France…or was it Rome? Well it holds true for the lovely store-cum-café, Les Parisiennes-Le Concept Store housed in an old haveli in Shahpur Jat. It’s a little bit of Paris in here, created by its French co-owners Catherine Barbier-Prakash and Lucie Salaun. The store came up in September 2011 selling classic women’s wear followed by the café in October 2012. Soon they added home-décor items. “Delhi is like home now. It has changed so much in last 13 years when I first came here with my husband. What I love the most about the city is how it lets you grow and follow your dream. You just to have know how things work here,” says Barbier-Prakash.
Second Floor Studio
It’s not just another curio shop in corners of Delhi (Khan Market and Shahpur Jat to be precise). It’s a dreamy little world, for those who love colour, who use colours to cheer up homes and lives. From hand-painted portraiture plates of Bollywood icons, wooden lamps, silver tableware, light fixtures, and Afghani mirror work cushions, to vases, vintage French decanters and marble candleholders, it’s all here. Quirky creations by both Indian and international designers are given equal space. It also hosts trunk shows and pop-up shops to get the best designers under its roof. Known to have styled interiors for many famous Delhiites, the store is headed by creative director Punit Jasuja, an artist and event manager from New York.