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Where classic meets contemporary

Geometric and abstract design lines blend with the classic to make the `Opulence' range of furniture truly avant-garde. On show at `Balcony', C.P. Ramaswamy Road, till October 25.

GEOMETRIC FORMS, abstract concepts and a fusion of glass, solid wood and stainless steel define the new `Opulence' range of furniture, which is on show at the Balcony, 44, C.P. Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet. What makes each piece exclusive is that it is entirely handcrafted. The richness of the wood texture can be attributed to the use of imported wood such as beech, mahogany, maple, walnut and American cherry and of bevelled glass, which adds an extra touch of opulence to the otherwise avant-garde design of the tables, beds, almirahs and doors.

The exhibition is mostly about tables, centre tables, dining tables and coffee tables. Geometric format and treatment are often juxtaposed with an occasional sinuous curve or fluted edge to make each piece unique. The range is breathtaking and one can choose from smart 100 per cent glass and stainless steel with plain uncoloured glass or from a configuration of eye-catching green and red glass. There is subtle beauty in the use of angled wood compositions and the Portuguese tiles, which have been used as an embellishment, make the furniture appear sturdy and solid. Of particular interest is the blend of classic with modern styles. For instance, a dining table comes with a classic Italian marble top and abstract, geometric legs.

Mahogany doors with bright, contemporary artwork, avant-garde beds and chaise lounges are other pieces on display at the sale, which concludes on October 25.

PUSHPA CHARI

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