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Italian comfort in Burma teak


Best of designer furniture.

WHEN IT comes to dressing up these days, homes are not to be left behind. Everyone longs for distinctive furniture that stands apart from the other mass manufactured products. That is when the concept of makeovers and changeovers comes in. A makeover in the beauty business can add a dash of glamour, and a changeover is capable of reviving the old charm. But when it comes to transforming one's home, there is one store that claims all it takes is the right piece of furniture in the right place.

Good Lines, located in Indiranagar, is Bangalore's new and innovative furniture showroom that specializes in wooden furniture based on international designs. Using Burmese teak and techniques closer to home, Good Lines draws on designs inspired by Italian catalogues. More often than not, homemakers resort to purchasing furniture on impulse, resulting in inferior quality items. Here, one is assured of the best quality of furniture in terms of wood, and the designs adopted.

Talking of furniture, which is said to be the second most designed and sought after item in the modern era, after the automobile, Goodlines, after much research and survey has come up with a combination which has adopted the technology and the classical designs from the fathers of furniture - Italy, and combined it with the endurance and quality of original Burmese teak wood. A unique feature of the furniture is that one sees more flowing curves, and fewer straight lines.

They are more fluent and can resolve things aesthetically, thus giving a whole new expression to the area in which it is placed. Good Lines steers clear of anything that is bulbous and excessively detailed. The furniture in the showroom is clean and classic. The store has the sophistication of high design, and the animation of contemporary style. In fact, the entire place is created as though it were a huge home, with each piece creating its own niche for itself. This makes it much easier for the client to conceptualise the designs and what kind of home interior accessories best complement the same. Goodlines has a setting that is warm and informal.

Speaking on the latest trends, Ms. Shehnaz Bharucha, who is a partner at Good Lines says, "South India is rich in culture and tradition, and people in Bangalore still prefer classical and traditional furniture. Italian designs are contemporary and classical, which are well tried and tested, and gel well with most interiors. We try to focus mostly on classical designs. The Fabric used also is of exclusive quality, ranging from Leather, Silk, Jacquard, and Chennile that last longer and look good as well."

And what sets Goodlines apart is the fact that all their furniture is manufactured and designed in their own up to date factory. Goodlines also has the advantage of skilled craftsmen from Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

Mr. Cheraz Bharucha, a partner, explains the need for occasional improvisation, "though we use and derive from entirely international styles, there is room for minor change when it comes to size, texture, and colour. The fact that Indian homes are different from their foreign counterparts is an important aspect. Imported furniture rarely fits comfortably in our homes so the scales and proportions have to be altered, but not at the cost of its beauty. It also helps that we manufacture our own furniture — our customers are free to get creative on their own." The showroom can be contacted by telefax on 415 5000 or 415 5001.

SOMIKA BASU

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