Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sketching Corridors in Italy

When I was in Tuscany this summer, I had plans to sketch the beautiful country side. Well, none of that happened as instead I fell in love with Italian corridors. 

I stood there gazing into these cobblestoned winding streets or sometime steal a peak into some open doors leading into these wonderful corridors. 
I was Alice in Wonderland gazing into my rabbit hole.
Sharing some of my sketches of the inspirational corridors

@ copyright Simi Gauba

@ copyright Simi Gauba

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tradition in Patterns

Hello Monday and all you lovely people,

Im back from a wonderful vacation in Florence and Rome. Hope you all are having a lovely summer too.
These past few days I have been thinking a lot about cultural heritage and preservation of a culture and its art. I designed this series of patterns inspired by the culture that I grew up in and the wonderful art form in textiles of Kantha and Ikat.This style and colors of work is close to my heart and I think is here is to stay with me

Collection : Darshan by Simi Gauba

Tribe by Simi Gauba

Friday, July 20, 2012


Hello Thursday!

I'm on vacation in Italy gathering loads of inspiration and will see you all back on the 30th of July! Have a wonderful summer!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Love Graypants

I saw graypants for the first time in the Milan furniture fair 2012 and found them to be brilliant. It is a company founded in 2008, run by three geniuses, Jon, Seth and Alan who have found an ingenious reuse for carton boxes - making scraplights and furniture! 
How eco friendly is that! 
I was simply amazed to see the light fixtures in Milan and stood there enraptured till Jon, came up to me, introduced himself and told me about their company. He is one of the most humble designers that I have met. He gave me his card and asked for mine..to which I said…''I'll get in touch with you''....whattttt?? silliest thing that I have ever said..but that wasn't me....
today's blog is an apology to my silly reply and kudos to graypants!

You can buy their lamps online or through a distributor in Norway, Finland, India, Copenhagen, Belgium, France, Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand

Monday, July 16, 2012

Some trends to keep an eye on - Maison&Objet

Hello Monday!

Maison&Objet is a design led exhibition showcasing some of the best in Interior and Product Design. Somethings to keep an eye on : Neon is making a come back ( yaayyy!!), glass is simply transparent again, focus of products is on keeping it eco-friendly, quirky patterns on unusual products. 
Sharing with you some clicks from the Sep' 12 fair that I thought were very inspirational and trend setting...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

From Inspiration to the Sketch Book

I saw this beautiful fiery orange flower on the way home. The rest is history

Will keep you updated on how the final pattern took shape.
Till then have a wonderful weekend and I see you back on Monday!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

This is for you Mom - Mémoires de la Rose

I grew up with one of the most creative person that I know, my Mother. 
As a child I always saw her, knitting, cross-stitching, hemming, making embroidered daisies on my skirts, planting sweet peas, tending the dahlias and telling me that the world is a beautiful, happy place. 
This made me the designer and the person, that I am today
My this collection of cross stitched Roses called Mémoires de la Rose is a tribute to my mum. It is being sold in Austria and Germany by Mömax 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Im thinking swimwear....penny for your thoughts?

Im thinking geometrics, Im thinking Bridget Riley..Im thinking sporty…Im thinking strict…Im thinking straight..Im thinking Lacoste..Im thinking De Stijl..Im thinking Mondrian…Im thinking teal, grey, white, mustard-yellow-green

Im thinking swimwear patterns..

Monday, July 9, 2012

'I see trees' featured yet again!!

Hello Monday!

My design 'I see Trees' is featured again, this time in Beth Nicholls blog, Dowhatyouloveforlife.
This is indeed an honour for me to be featured among such creative and gifted people.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Window Shopping by the night in Champs Elysees

Paris is a whole new city by the night under the shimmering lights of the Eiffel.




Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

I have to say that I simply love Louis Vuitton's display of scarf prints( if you see closely they have world maps printed on them) interlaced with props of flying planes.

Have a good weekend everyone! See you on Monday!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

SimiDesign Stationary Project

Worked on this super fun stationary project, the best part being that I actually covered my old planners and diaries in my prototype paper.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Color Inspirations from real life

What is that makes a surface pattern design unique and stand out from the rest. Lot of times its the Color.
80% of all the information around us reaches our brain via the eyes, making color play a key role in influencing our choices. To put it simply, we are hard wired to respond to color. 
So, where do designers get their color inspiration from? Well, we just look around us. We see what you see, except we store it in a pocket called - Color Inspiration

Here are a few pages from my pocket book,

Clouds : Free, light, sky, soft, blue
Burano : Warm, earthy, mud, mother, mosaic
Austria :  Couture, fashion, lipstick, pattern

Bombay : Rain, fresh, colors, green, warm, home

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My T-shirt Designs for Olympics 2012

Olympics 2012 are nearly here and I love their motto, Inspire a generation

To get into the mood, I have made some T-shirt prints for Olympics 2012 for teenagers. The tricky part here are the rules. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited has issued a 61 page document on the statuary marketing rights, in simpler words, while designing any products for Olympics 2012 - one cannot use their logo, or the rings, or the words 'London 2012' or words 'Olympics' or 'Olympiad' the list goes on…making the project very strict..and must say very challenging
….and need I say - I love a good challenge

here is what I made today..and am I glad there are, already a few takers..

Monday, July 2, 2012

Retro Illustrations

Hello Monday! Hope we all had a good weekend.

Retro Illustrations, are like a time machine; they transport one back into an era of painted posters on tin, verbose captions, radios and vespas. I love the ones with people and fonts the most.

Here is my take on them,