Priyanka Chopra Jonas has always thought of her company Sona as a holistic feeling rather than any one place or product. She and her business partner Maneesh Goyal originally bonded over their shared desire to show an elegant representation of India in American culture. “I wanted to see the luxury of India that I grew up with, and that I’ve seen in my travels,” Chopra Jonas says.
The first manifestation of that desire was Sona, the restaurant, which opened in New York City’s Gramercy neighborhood in March 2021 with “Indo Deco” interiors, a curated art collection, and an elevated menu that included crab puri with caviar.
The second? Sona Home
Together with Goyal, Chopra Jonas designed a 45-piece tableware collection, which includes everything from dinner settings, to textiles, to bar accessories. Entering the entertaining space, Chopra Jonas jokes, is in her and Goyal’s DNA: “We both love hosting. It’s a very Indian thing. Our tables only get larger with more people,” she says. “Growing up, we were always around cousins, family, and friends in a cacophony of laughter and food.”
Much of Sona Home was inspired by the glamorous India of yore: an emerald-and-white color scheme was chosen because of Jaipur’s rich historic association with the gemstones, while the geometric patterns on the textiles were inspired by the grand palaces of Rajasthan. (“Their pillars, their domes—there’s something really beautiful about them,” says Chopra Jonas. “I got married at one, they’re luxurious but also steeped in heritage.”) Lamp shades are made from recycled saris, and palm trees are painted and embroidered throughout the collection.
Yet, despite its homages to India, there’s a certain and intentional universality to Sona Home. “The roots are entrenched in Indian culture, but the tabletop doesn’t necessarily look like the stereotype of India,” explains Chopra Jonas. “Being able to be global and to be able to just be beautiful on any table setting was really important to us.”
While it includes plenty of basics—mugs for coffee, bowls for cereal—the collection is truly aimed at the dinner party hosts among us: there are serving bowls, wine coasters, bread baskets, candelabras, and a gilded bottle cooler. The latter is a favorite of Chopra Jonas’s: “I always have it out at every party,” she says. Maybe she’ll inspire you to do so, too.
From Vogue US