Housed in a one-storey bungalow, Lifaafa was formerly the studio space of fashion brand NorBlack NorWhite, a structure that is home to curious little features and furniture — a narrow wooden staircase blocked with cheery walls, an attic with a low, sloping roof, study tables dating from the 19th century, and compact rooms doused in natural light. Walk from room to room and it’s almost like ambling through Meenal’s home, where her own belongings sit amidst art, books, products, ceramics, jewellery, and other bits she’s curated. “We’re not a proper store, but more a collaborative space. I’d love for people to come hang out over coffee (and bring cake for us), and just work from this space”, says Meenal.
Their next Open Studio — a three or four-day affair is scheduled for the end of July. “These open studios are all about interactions, sharing knowledge, dispensing advice, and collaborating further”, she says emphatically. As Meenal preps for this upcoming celebration of handiwork, she makes it a point to mention that she’s “looking for interesting pieces to curate, and people to collaborate with”, so if you’re a maker, Meenal (rather Lifaafa) is probably your match.
Lifaafa is open on weekdays from 12.30pm to around 5pm, and it’s best to just drop Meenal a message on her Instagram before you head to her studio.