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A shop like home


Interesting artefacts.

EVERYONE WANTS a unique-looking house. That is precisely why a number of lifestyle stores have sprung up in the City, each luring homemakers with something "distinctive". Inexcess is one such store.

The shop, which was previously located on 100 Ft. Road, Indiranagar, has moved to a new location, courtesy its promoter, Shilpa Kothari, as she wanted the store to "give one the impression of an actual home". She elaborates: "We aim at selling a concept instead of an isolated items for the house. Customers can buy for a room, a corner, or a single piece of furniture if they want. It makes conceptualisation so much easier for people who are designing their living spaces." The entire store is divided into a living, dining, seating, and kitchen sections, each complete in itself, with the rooms displaying furniture, wall hangings, and accessories that complement the whole set-up, but are complete and attention-grabbing by themselves. In effect, the store presents the picture of a "model house".

One now sees plenty of imported stuff in the store. Ms. Shilpa feels that many are now less interested in ethnic and traditional handicrafts and material with the influx of imported options. The focus of Inexcess, she says, is to "revive tradition in a contemporary form". Incorporating natural media such as stone, bamboo, leaves, paper, jute, and coconut, the store provides a number of atypical, yet attractive, interior decorating options. The candle stands, shelves, display cases, coffee tables, and wind chimes are all one of a kind, and Ms. Shilpa promises that once a piece is sold, the design is not replicated as a matter of principle.

On offer are glass candle stands in bright colours, photo frames, leather chairs, stained glass tables, coffee tables with twigs as their base, paper lamps and multi-coloured candles, to name a few items. Among the more unusual items are the fibreglass lamps with accompanying sculptures that double as interesting centrepieces for the day, and light up during the night. The lights are covered with contemporary gauze, jute and handmade paper shades and can be placed on the floor, on tables or on the wall.

The idea, Ms. Shilpa says, is to let the customers get creative with the furnishings made available to them.

She prides herself on her skilled tailors and craftsmen who fashion all her designs and is open to taking orders from customers as well. She also takes on turnkey projects for office spaces in addition to designing homes.

Inexcess hosts exhibitions regularly, focusing on one item at a time.

It recently held an exhibition of clocks made from beaten metal, copper, and other material. On display were also rather rare standing clocks, interesting alternatives to the standard wall-mounted ones.

Inexcess can be contacted on 5201791.

SOMIKA BASU

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