First Look: The Rock-and-Roller’s Upholsterer

Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, the husband-and-wife team behind Ankasa, got their start in the fashion world supplying designers with luxe, often hand-embroidered fabrics. The pair eventually expanded into home furnishings and accessories, and now boasts two shops: one on the Upper East Side (1200 Madison Ave., nr. 87th St.; 212-996-5200) and a new 2,000-square-foot flagship in Soho (424 Broome St., nr. Crosby St.; 212-226-8002). Photo: Courtesy of Ankasa

In addition to running a full-service interior-design business at the new Soho location, the Ahluwalias have debuted a new line of furniture and expanded their tabletop and home-design offerings. The cement hurricane candle holders ($65 to $95) in the foreground and the graceful mercury candlesticks ($55 to $65) flanking the hand-carved mirror ($2,075) in back are just some of the new designs. Photo: Courtesy of Ankasa

Hang one of these cut-glass lanterns ($615 to $925) in any modern loft for a touch of old-world elegance. Photo: Wendy Goodman

The linen-upholstered Louis curved bench ($920) would look perfect pushed up against the foot of a master-suite bed. Photo: Wendy Goodman

The Ahluwalias have put their embroidery skills to good use, dressing the backs of dining chairs with shiny skulls ($1,550), among other designs.” Photo: Wendy Goodman

Like this fanciful stag head ($1,500). Photo: Wendy Goodman

A spare but ethereal vignette of mercury glass vases ($135 to $240). Photo: Wendy Goodman

First Look: The Rock-and-Roller’s Upholsterer