After the first glance, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as you will never see again … Oscar Wilde
That’s what Absynthe Design is, the design label by AbhisekBasak, a NIFT graduate. A collection of jewelry, accessories and geekery so exquisite, that you are lost in the details. The gears, the flowers, the steampunk… it’s a delightful mix of cultures and elements, antique and modern, nostalgia and enigma. Using recycled wood, precious metals and antique watch parts each piece is hand crafted and made with immense detailing so that it tells its own story. The brand excels in creating pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind and that can never be created again.
Q. Define your work in THREE words :
A. excentrique, eclectic, énigmatique...and sexy!
Q. Do you believe in signature style or would you rather constantly reinvent yourself?
A.I believe in constantly reinventing my signature styles. :) more than the products, it's reinventing myself. I grow with every piece i create. It's like I want to push myself harder to discover new depths, to make new art and pieces that will never be replicated again. It's like finding a little bit of me that i never knew existed.
Q. A few emotions that impel and inspire you. Do you express the same in your work?
A. Love, Romance, Passion and Hard Rock! yes, Rock music is an emotion and an inspiration. More than that, it is the only religion I follow. My work is catharsis for me. It is a reflection of every emotion, every desire and every feeling that I have inside me.
Q. When inspiration doesn’t flow through or when you feel stuck… what is it that you do?
A. Head bang with some good old rock anthems.
Q. If you were to start a cult, what would it be ?
A.My cult will be called Midnight Mechanics! followers of Nikola Tesla and Edgar Allan Poe. Worshiping the power of Imagination, Courage and the Path never taken. Everyone who joins gets a free Annihilin Ray gun.
Q. What is the one place/ spot/ country in the world that inspires you the most? And Why?
A. Actually, none of those. What inspires me the most is the night sky. Billions of stars and galaxies and worlds beyond our comprehension. We are nothing but just a speck in this universe. Yet, we are so unique; we are probably an aberration than the rule but we are the most beautiful of all creation in the universe. Similarly, I may be just 1 in 7 billion earthlings, yet I am a being of endless possibilities. I just have to work for it...and yeah, I love museums. They are full of inspirations.
Q. Tell us about your collection that will feature at the Cool Hunting Show
A. Each piece will tell a story. Each piece will speak to you. Each piece will make you talk back to it. Love them or hate them, but you cannot ignore them. Though I am desperately hoping that you guys will love them.
Q. Finally, why are you looking forward to the Cool Hunting Show?
A. I want people to fall in love with my work (and a lil bit with me too :)..i am looking forward to making new friends, have great conversations and to have loads of fun!