Culture Shock: Anil Kakar

Culture Shock: Anil Kakar

New Delhi-born Anil Kakar has been globe-trotting since his family moved to the States when he was a child. “I’ve experienced disparate parts of the world,” he says, “and in making the transition from East to West, I was in awe of the extreme differences in architecture and décor.” After another move led him to Miami as an adult, he was able to build on this fascination by opening Kakar House of Design. His travel-inspired showroom is where Kakar gets to flex what he calls his ethnic-glam style.

“I look for one-of-a-kind furnishings, from new to antique, that can be incorporated into any room,” he says. In keeping with his native roots, color plays a signifi cant role in his choices—vivid, like old Technicolor films—and he is equally drawn to texture, pattern and authentic craftsmanship. Combining his love of design with his global heritage, Kakar’s latest endeavor is the Biscayne Design Center, which will feature several shops including his own. “My intent is to create an international design destination,” he says, “while capturing the essence of Miami with its cool, timeless vibe.”

LX: I'm inspired by...

AK: What’s happening in Miami right now with art, culture, architecture, real estate, fashion, and restaurants. It’s booming again at a fast pace and more and more people are coming here from Europe and Asia.

LX: Art and design icons:

AK: Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, Edward Hopper, and Mies van der Rohe have inspired me since I was a kid.

LX: Dream collaboration:

AK: Working with French designer Jacques Garcia. He’s classic in his approach yet great with color and texture, and has a wonderful sense of youthfulness and playfulness.

LX: Favorite destinations:

AK: I adore Villa Feltrinelli in northern Italy for its sheer romance and service, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris because of the architecture and Impressionist art collection.

LX: Current project:

AK: The Biscayne Design Center is underway on Biscayne Boulevard and 87th Street, which is quickly becoming a new design district in South Florida for unique finds sourced from all over the world.;



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