Saurabh Mangla, Creative Head at SAM & SARA, describes the brand design philosophy as proposing “elements of both surprise and nostalgia that would delight the customer. For every new product that we design, we continually explore the ways in which a customer can personalize it so as to truly make it their own”.
First launched in 2009, SAM & SARA is the brainchild of a 40-year-old Indian silverware business based in Singapore. The company then introduced ipse ipsa ipsum (Latin for myself/ourselves, yourself/yourselves, herself/himself/itself/themselves) in 2016 to create a new brand carrying pieces co-authored with designers, incorporating luxurious materials together with age-old handcrafted techniques.
“As ipse ipsa ipsum is a new brand, we are starting to make a mark as a brand that helps people live a less ordinary life. The Nathan Yong Collection is the first of our co-authored product collections and we will be working with other designers as well for future lines.”
Nathan Yong explained why and how he found his inspiration in India (where you can actually see him sourcing products and ideas in this video), rediscovering an eternal monument to love – Humayun’s Tomb, an icon of Mughal architecture. A labour of love, the tomb was created by the grieving Empress Bega Begum in memory of her dearly departed husband, Humayun, the second Mughal Emperor. This homage to a lost love would repeat itself generations later, when Shah Jahan would create the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Inspired by this eternal story of love, Nathan reflected on the architectural heritage of Humayun’s Tomb for his eponymous debut collection with ipse ipsa ipsum.
“I want to bring the old craftsman, the glory of the Mahal era back”, said the designer. “And it’s a bit of bringing the romanticism back to the current world which is now a bit more dull with all the economic recession. But this range, I think it provides a vitality of what India has to offer.” Each piece of the collection is also designed to evolve with the needs of its owner – “ordinary people living the extraordinary”. Though luxurious looking, in a timeless and elegant way, the collection has been designed to be affordable (isn’t it intrinsic to the very definition of design?).
Prices of the collection range from USD 195 for the Taj marble tee light holder (antique brass with white marble tray) to USD 3,950 for the marble, brass and & steel Alwar dining table. The featured Udaipur sofa retails for USD 3,500 – entirely customizable thanks to various options including a lamp, a table, a mirror or a TV remote holder.
We usually never indicate prices in our articles, but here they enabled us to prove a point: Nathan Yong and ipse ipsa ipsum have taken the most impeccably successful design journey.