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PoppadumArt is a venture by Mumbai-based Saanwari Gorwaney and Samit Malkani who create new, vibrant uses for everyday things. It could be a painted wok transformed into a hanging planter, old bulbs turned into ‘Streetlight Shakers’ – salt and pepper shakers inspired by a streetlight, and a Technicolor JamLamp – lamp made out of jam bottles or kettle planters. And it’s all upcycled.

It’s been two years, since Saanwari quit advertising to create ‘colourful, happy things’ at PoppadumArt. “We started with painted bottles but then moved into home décor because when I went out looking for stuff, I could not find anything bright and happy to do up my space with,” she says in this video. Today they sell across stores in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad, and also through e-commerce sites. They even customize and ship directly.

They recently launched the Rewritable Chalkboard T-shirts on which you can scribble on a new message everyday with coloured chalk, wipe it off and re-use it the next.

Where can you buy their products?

Stores in Mumbai:

Tappu ki Dukan, Fort

Loose Ends, Bandra

To place an order directly from anywhere in the country, write to them at


About The Author

An advertising person, her strength has been the written and the spoken word. Beauty products, clothes & accessories, home décor & furnishings, arts (painting, pottery, and sculpture) have always been her interests. She’ll find her comfort nook in a vintage boutique as easily as she will in a swanky Burberry showroom. Not one to follow brands blindly – “quality above gloss” has always been her mantra.

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