Priyanka Chopra isn’t one to rest on her laurels. Last year, the actress opened Sona, a luxe Indian restaurant in New York City, in partnership with longtime friend and entrepreneur Maneesh Goyal. Today, the duo follows with Sona Home, a line of dishes, linens, and barware pulled straight from the restaurant’s pressed-white tablecloths.
“My friends who would go to Sona would ask me, ‘How do we get this decor?’” Chopra tells ELLE DECOR. “One texted me: ‘The food hasn’t even come out yet, and I’m asking how I can steal the plate.’”
The new collection, now available on Sona Home’s website, is infused with the same inspirations as the restaurant. “To me, it was a philosophy of luxury from the East, with an ethos of hosting and building communities and creating a space where you can have fun,” says Chopra.
Sona’s cuisine represents the India that Chopra knew and grew up in: a diverse country with an ancient culture. These ideas were reflected in the restaurant’s interior design, from the elegant gold accents to the mirrored arches—the latter a subtle nod to the palaces of Rajasthan—and, of course, the carefully considered tableware.
In many ways, Chopra and Goyal designed Sona Home to subvert preexisting expectations of what Indian food—and design—can look like. Take, for instance, the palm tree motif, which appears throughout the collection’s dishware, occasionally alongside an ibis (the espresso cup and saucer), a lion (the platter), or a monkey (the ramekin).
While many think of the palm tree as a symbol of Florida beaches or Los Angeles vistas, here it references India’s picturesque tropical regions. “The entire line is driven by the unexpected,” adds Goyal. “People have a sense of what India is and what it can be, or they put India into a box. We’re here to break open that box.”
While everything in the collection can be displayed proudly in a china cabinet, Chopra and Goyal designed Sona Home to be used and appreciated every day. Like the restaurant for which it’s named, the idea here is conviviality, a welcome theme as we all come back together in the wake of lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders. It’s a versatile range too: While the bread baskets and matching liners can be used for naan, they also work with croissants, bagels, or even French fries. All of the items are thoughtful, but nothing is too precious.
In fact, Chopra and Goyal already use much of the collection for their at-home gatherings. “Every party we have, the wine cooler is on our bar,” says Chopra. “It’s so gorgeous.” Notably for vino lovers, the golden cooler can hold not one but two bottles—great for having friends over (or just a very happening party of one). For Goyal, the green-and-white salad plate is another standout: “I could use it for three meals a day. Every time I look down, I smile.”
Meanwhile, one of the main ambience makers at Sona, the table lamp, also makes an appearance in the home collection, available in white and green shade options. The third, a colorful floral pattern, is made with vintage saris—another nod to Sona’s rich influences.
Naturally, the collection is made almost entirely in India, something that was important to both of its founders. But while Indian culture and heritage is at Sona Home’s core, in practice, the duo designed it to work in a myriad of contexts. “We travel the world, we live around the world,” adds Chopra. “This is something that can work in every country.” Put simply, everyone can have a seat at the table.