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Life also comes full circle when it takes Sabyasachi to London, a city that fell in love with him when he was introduced by the cult fashion boutique Browns almost a decade ago. Sabyasachi had travelled to London for a textile show at Sotheby's and was staying at the 51, Buckingham Gate hotel, when the general manager offered the interiors of a special suite to the designer. "He knew I was doing interesting interior work within my own stores and also had a strong foothold in Bollywood," says the designer. Hence, the Cinema Suite, inspired by the finest names in world cinema. "I didn't want to turn the suite into a cinema museum, I thought it would be nice to be inspired by cinematic visions of some great masters," he explains, "What inspired the suite was the sophistication of Francis Ford Coppola, the gravity of Satyajit Ray, the nostalgia of Merchant Ivory films and the intellectual eclecticism of Pedro Almodovar. For a person who enjoys cinema, the references are easy to understand — subtle but out there."
Sabya says he was involved in everything from the wallpaper to the plumbing, but his favourite bit was the 85-inch Plasma TV. "All you need to do is press the movie mode on your control panel, dim the lights, the blackout blinds silently unfolds, gourmet popcorn is served, and you can tuck in your feet under luxurious cashmere and sit back and enjoy your movie," he says with a laugh.
(The writer was a guest of Sabyasachi in Hyderabad)