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28.09.2016

Long used to seeing Aman Khanna’s Claymen looking back at us from the home décor shelves of Ogaan and Mumbai’s Bungalow 8, we’re surprised to turn a corner and find a store, several weeks old, dedicated to the brand. Congratulations, Mr Khanna: you’ve opened your own Claymen Islands account. We’ll come running hell for ledger.

Since 2005, Aman’s graphic design studio, Infonauts – upstairs from the Claymen shop – has specialized in graphic data presentation and accessories that include stationery, mobile covers and wooden toys. The Claymen collection of objects and sculptures marries unglazed clay to neutral finishes, and is helpfully split up into categories such as ‘functional’ and ‘dysfunctional.’ 

Congratulations, Mr Khanna: you’ve opened your own Claymen Islands account. We’ll come running hell for ledger.

The pieces in the store seek a tenuous empathy with those who labour — not exactly standard for an offshore account in HKV’s la-la land — and makes us think of bankers wearing colourful socks in an act of rebellion. We love the little grey-glazed ‘hand-to-mouth bowl,’ a sculptural piece featuring the back of a hand, and can be turned over to function as a bowl with a short handle. (It costs Rs 5250, which belies its name.)

Other things that make us turn out our pockets: a pair of enchanting ‘Lovers,’ and the unglazed ‘Observers,’ a set of humanoid forms on a lidded pot, gazes fixed on the viewer, at once calming and unsettling. An entire range of hand-moulded kitchenware and minimalist planters are perfect for bringing some zen to your home – but you might have to retrieve some of those tax dollars for this piece of mind.

Getting there: Claymen, 24, Hauz Khas Village, ‘Observers’ for Rs 12,000.

Accessibility: Ground-level entry, but be careful: HKV isn’t great for people with mobility issues.

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