Craft by World Market


On Tuesday night Vikas and I attended the premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at The Ziegfeld Theatre, here in New York City. This adorable romantic comedy tells the story of hotel proprietor Sonny (Dev Patel), and his fiance Sunaina (Tina Desai), chronicling their Indian wedding preparations and Sonny’s efforts to expand his first venture, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful,” into a second hotel: the title of the picture.

Woven throughout the film are the narratives of the British retirees who reside at the hotel: Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy), Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle), Madge (Celia Imrie), Muriel (Maggie Smith), Guy (Richard Gere), and a younger resident: Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). The star-studded film is a 100% feel-good affair, complete with a lot of laughing out loud, and tender moments. I definitely recommend the picture, which opens today. For a taste, here’s the trailer.


CRAFT by World Market is a whole new way to shop the world; an ever-changing collection of limited-edition, hand-crafted items, entered into production by popular demand. If enough people pre-order an item, it will be made and shipped. These items can’t be found in our retail stores and are exclusive to the CRAFT collection. The latest CRAFT Collection is inspired by the film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and features 9 products made by artisans from India. World Market’s merchants took a special trip India’s artisan communities to curate this colorful set of one-of-a-kind items that represent the country’s dynamic marketplaces, beautiful architecture, and prismatic wedding ceremonies.


  • When you see an item you’d like to buy, click “pre-order”. You’ll enter your credit card information, but won’t be charged unless the item meets the pre-order requirement for production.
  • You’ll be sent an email confirmation for your pre-order.
  • Your order will be confirmed when enough people have pre-ordered the item.
  • When your item is shipped, your credit card will be charged.
  • When your item is on its way to you, we’ll send you a final email.

If the number of pre-orders isn’t met within the time frame (typically 30 days), the design will not be created. Your pre-order will be cancelled and your credit card will not be charged.

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The Mango Wood Bench is hand-carved with traditional motifs handed down over the centuries by the Mughals who ruled India. The whitewash finish adds rustic appeal, reinforcing the appearance of a heirloom handed down through powerful families.


Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.

  • Isn’t it nice?? I would love one, too!

  • I totally love this bench! Loving the gorgeous detailing on it too. I would definitely like one of those in my home.