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Classics in cane

Check out `The Woods' if you are interested in world-class cane furniture at world-class prices.



CONTEMPORARY CANE: A bar corner and stools.

THE ALLURE of natural rattan and wicker is captured in all its glory in these classical creations in cane - on display at The Woods, West Marredpally (tel: 27716054/55). The furniture is light to hold and bright to behold, resilient and robust, and well fashioned to a fine finish to transform it into an "owner's pride, neighbour's envy" object.

Classical looks in contemporary designs, is how The Woods CEO Shraddha Rathi describes the furniture. "Carried by trends and moved by fashions, we present to discerning clients these countless styles of combinations in rattan, wicker and banana fibre, used in combination with steel, metal and wood," she adds.

Aesthetics is prominent in all the items - be it the sensuous beds, luxurious swingers, ethno-chic bar stools or the Oxford-style grandfather chairs. The treated raw material is imported from Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia and each piece of furniture is manufactured under German technology without the use of nails in the joints.



CONNOISSEUR'S COLLECTION: Pick your coveted furniture here. — Photos: P.V. Sivakumar

"Most of the shapes are done in only one panel, grooved and moulded by steam at extremely high temperature to enhance durability as well as smoothness. We have tried to preserve the natural texture and retain the originality of cane to a great extent," says The Woods, sales manager Sanjay.

Of course the absence of nails does give a smooth appearance. But as a consequence the price gravitates to the higher side. "The technology used in the manufacturing process, the well-knit weaves and of course, the imported material determines the pricing," justifies Sanjay as he adds, "Good things in life most often come at a good price."

"Besides we also offer a choice of colour strains of various shades to suit your interiors and upholstery selections," he continues.



CANE CORNER: A tall boy.

While a swing chair comes for Rs. 12,500, a divan set comprising two floor chairs done up in Malaysian Rattan in honey colour comes for Rs. 34,000. The melamine finish in the `grandpa chair' done up in double Wicker hikes the price to Rs. 11,500, while the bar counter which comes with teak veneered platforms and Malaysian Wicker cost Rs. 26,500.

The two barstools done in single mould of cane are the cheapest in the whole range - with a tag of Rs. 4,100 for each. The Volvo wooden dining set, which seats six people is done up in an interesting mix-n-match of Australian wood and Singapore wicker and costs Rs. 42,500. The seats are fashioned in cotton or velvet suede and one can customise it according to preferences. Customers can also ask for custom-made weaves - single weave, foursquare weave, honeycomb weave, round weave and fibre weave or a combination of them.



CHIC DESIGNS: A stylish lampshade

Cane is in. True. But they don't cost the earth. Whether The Woods' display is worth the money is a matter of relative opinion. But a dekko at these cool classics in cane is certainly worth your while.

SOUVIK CHOWDHURY

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