How to Lounge this weekend

  • The Artisan Lab, a new concept store and cafe in Delhi offers leather-trimmed furnishings, statement terrariums and burnt cheesecake
  • Indian regional cuisines are in the limelight with a new cookbook win

Just Arrived: Leisure Time

Delhi’s Greater Kailash-1, N-block Market is home to some of the city’s finest lifestyle and culinary hot spots. The Artisan Lab, a concept store and café, is its latest addition, a two-storeyed space retailing home goods that range from the functional to the whimsical. Think leather-trimmed furnishings, tropical-themed mango- wood serve-ware, scalloped glass crockery, terrariums and décor objects such as a pony dressed like the Queen’s Guard and lights accented with golden palm leaves. “This isn’t a place where people come because they need to buy something," says Noor Sethi, a Parsons School of Design graduate who has worked in retail and merchandising. “I want the space to be more meaningful and experiential—have a coffee, buy something, read a book or spend the day working from here." The store will soon stock coffee-table books and a fashion range.

The café created by Neimat Sethi, a culinary consultant, offers classics with a twist, like a truffle oil-infused scrambled egg and burnt cheesecake inspired by a Basque recipe. “Most of the ingredients are sourced locally and I mark (dietary restrictions) to make it easier for people to choose," says Noor. One can also take home olive oil infusions and spreads made by the culinary team.