Antara Home was founded in 2007 by Loudonville, NY native Rajesh (Raj) Singh. After nearly a 20 year career in fashion and beauty, Mr. Singh took a leap of faith, returned to the capital region and opened his first retail venture.
Inspired in equal measure from his cultural heritage, from his richly diverse set of life experiences and from his insatiable quest to explore the boundaries between beauty, luxury & meaning, he began trading in fine linens and decorative objects in downtown Albany's historic Broadway Arcade. Over the course of time (and a location change), Mr Singh has been steadily refining the scope of the store's offering which now includes upholstered furniture, window treatments and rugs. today the store is part retail space, part design showroom and part work-in-process.
"My intention was to create a living laboratory, a space that expresses an intent as fully as it sells a product. I think meaningful spaces are always in flux and like language they evolve. With every visit, a customer can enter deeper into my design portfolio, exploring the products I value and literally experiencing, in three-dimensions, an environment I have created. My cu-rations are inspired from from a very deep well of life-experiences. I have been fortunate to have made the acquaintance of connoisseurs and taste-makers from around the world , many of whom have served as remarkable mentors. But it is only recently, after many years of looking, listening & learning that I feel well-enough informed to help others make design choices. Stylistic rigor, while important, plays a supporting role in my work because at the end of the day what I do isn't abstractly complex, it is simply to provide comfort."
Founder Rajesh (Raj) Singh is a graduate of the Albany Academy, holds a BA of from Trinity College, an AAS in textile production from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MBA in accountancy from the City University of New York. Beginning his career in the executive training program at Bloomingdales on 59th street, Mr. Singh's unique journey has included senior level positions in marketing, management, international sales & brand development. He has lived and worked on four continents and currently resides outside of Albany, NY with his dog, Jack.