Priyanka Chopra is not one to rest on her laurels. Last year, actress opened Sona, a fine Indian restaurant in New York City, in partnership with longtime friend and entrepreneur Manish Goyal. Today, the duo follows with Sona Home, a collection of plates, linens, and barware pulled straight from the restaurant’s white pressed tablecloths.
“My friends who would go to Sauna would ask me, ‘How do we get this decor? Chopra tells ELLE DECOR. “Someone texted me: ‘The food hasn’t come out yet, and I’m asking how I can steal the plate.'”
The new collection, now available on the Sona Home website, is imbued with the same inspiration as the restaurant. “For me, the philosophy was luxury from the East, with the spirit of hosting, building communities and creating a space where you can have fun,” Chopra says.
Sona’s cuisine represents the India that Chopra knew and grew up in: a diverse country with an ancient culture. These ideas are reflected in the restaurant’s interior design, from elegant gold accents to mirrored arches – the latter a subtle nod to Rajasthani mansions – and of course, carefully thought-out tableware.
In many ways, Chopra and Goyal designed Sona Home to undermine previous expectations of what Indian food — and design — could look like. Take, for example, the palm tree figure, which appears in all dishes of the group, sometimes along with an ibis (a cup and saucer of espresso), a lion (a plate), or a monkey (ramekin).
While many think of the palm tree as a symbol of the beaches of Florida or the skyline of Los Angeles, here it refers to the picturesque tropics of India. “The whole line is driven by the unexpected,” Goyal adds. “People have a sense of what India is and what it could be, or they put India in a box. We are here to break that box.”
While everything in the collection can be proudly displayed in a tray cabinet, Chopra and Goyal designed Sona Home to be used and appreciated every day. Like the restaurant it was named, the idea here is coexistence, a welcome theme as we all get back together in the wake of the closures and shelter requests in place. It’s a variety, too: while bread baskets and matching naan liners can be used, they work just as well for croissants, bagels, or even french fries. All elements are thought out, but nothing is too precious.
In fact, Chopra and Goyal actually use a lot of the group for gatherings at home. “Every party we have, the wine cooler is at the bar,” Chopra says. “It’s very cool.” Especially for vino lovers, the gold cooler can hold not one but two bottles—great for a friends reception (or just one very happening party). For Joyal, the green and white salad bowl is another highlight: “I use it for three meals a day. Every time I look down, I smile.”
Meanwhile, one of Sona’s main ambiance makers, the table lamp, also appears in the home collection, available in white and green shade options. The third, a colorful floral pattern, is made from a vintage sari – another nod to Sona’s rich influences.
Naturally, the collection was made almost entirely in India, which was important for each of its founders. But while Indian culture and heritage are at the core of Sona Home, in practice, the duo designed it to work in a myriad of contexts. “We travel the world, we live around the world,” Chopra adds. “This is something that can work in every country.” Simply put, everyone can sit at the table.
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