The Goa Decor Store: by Criativo - The Design Lounge
Architect Roopa Kunkolienker (Concept and Creation)
Passion ~ Designing and creating varied Lifestyle accessories, Home Decor and Reviving Goan Heritage for the love of Goa.
An architect and interior designer by profession, I always had a dream of reviving Goan heritage to keep us connected to our rich history, to reflect many of the lost traditions of native Goans and also to bring forth quality Goan souvenirs. Consequently, the Goa Decor Store was conceptualised.
Thus, it is the beginning of a journey, born out of my pure passion for design and my endeavour to revive Goan heritage. At Goa Decor, we craft a variety of heritage products, lifestyle accessories and other artistic home decor items with utmost love, care and passion.
The revived and modified ancient pieces of modern day utility will constantly keep us in touch with Goa's illustrious past. In addition to this, a variety of souvenirs are specially designed, many of which are handcrafted for those who wish to carry some iconic elements of Goan heritage as a memory.
Through our creations and products, we support local artisans, craftsmen, wood workers, weavers, young budding artists, sculptors and technicians.
We promote local Goan art like handcrafting wood, rotesão, chitari art, cane weaving, et cetera to keep Goa's culture and traditions alive. Very often, we incorporate these ancient techniques and arts into our contemporary designs!
We use local timber like Teak, Shivann, Neem, Jackfruit, Sal, Acacia, Mango, Siras, et cetera, to create all our products.
The story and inspiration behind the creation of every product is briefed along with each item. Handling and care instructions of our vintage Goan tableware collection, ‘Sadafuli’, is also specified.
Most of our heritage products are eco-friendly, sustainable and either handcrafted or handwoven.
While for Goans natives and those familiar with Goa, there will be a strong nostalgia associated with these products, for others, it will be an introduction to Goan Heritage. The products are designed in such a way that it would suit any kind of house by way of wall mounts, artefacts, tableware, paintings and furniture for modern day utility.
It has given me a sense of fulfilment not only for having followed my dream but also for supporting our local artisans, craftsmen, artists, woodcrafters, technicians etc, as many of our products are handcrafted or handwoven.
In addition to reviving Goan Heritage, I design and create a number of other home decor and lifestyle accessories. Some of these products have evolved from designs for our clients (interior designing) at our studio, while most of the others items like wall decor, different types of metal work, creative artwork et cetera have been specially designed for the store.
For a collection of paintings with different themes (mostly Goan), I have collaborated with a renowned artist of Goan origin, an ex professor at JJ School of Applied Arts in Mumbai, Mr H. Raj
At Criativo - The Design Lounge, where I practice architecture and interior design with my dear friend Arch Usha Keny, we are proud to have designed a number of projects related to reviving Goan Heritage and traditional design, in addition to designing other contemporary buildings and interiors for different projects.
Visit our studio to view, book, order or buy the piece of your choice at the given location from 10am-1:30pm and 2:30pm-6pm.
Online store link on request only. We are delivering only selected products without any courier charges all across India (subject to availability of courier service).
For further insight on the story behind the creations, visit my blog at: roopaingoa.blogspot.com
Do find some time to visit the Instagram page of the store: @goa.decor
Do follow the page if you like the concept.
I look forward to welcoming you at the display at an early date.
Arch Roopa N K.