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Wooden expressions



Furniture from Wood holds a mirror to your tastes.

THERE IS more to furniture than just its functional value. A chair or a writing table in a house holds a mirror to the tastes of those who live there. The people at Wood, the recently-opened furniture store in Indiranagar, firmly believe in this. Dealing in reproduced Indian period designs, Wood houses an expansive range of handcrafted teak furniture that promise to give your house a touch of class. Just as antique furniture do, reproductions of period furniture also offer a link to the past, while being more affordable and functional, they argue.

One gets to see sofa sets, dining units, consoles, sideboards, a wide range of tables, besides a handful of smaller wood pieces such as jewel boxes and corner wall brackets at Wood. They no doubt give a royal look to the house, but with prices as royal as Rs. 65,000 for a sofa set and Rs. 42,000 for an ornate study table, no middle-man household can hope for even a whiff of this royalty.

But Uma Ramesh, the owner of the store, justifies the price range: "Not only are we dealing with excellent craftsmanship and skilled labour, there is also no mixing of varieties of wood in our furniture. We never compromise on designs to avoid wastage." This commitment to perfection translates to an unmatched classic finish and pieces that last more than a century.

These works of art are made in a workshop in Karaikudi, a small town near Madurai. The place is, incidentally, known for its classic furniture pieces that adorn the traditional houses. Seasoned Burma teak is carefully handcrafted in the workshops here.

Catering to an upmarket clientele, the store is equipped with designs that range from elaborate and ornate to simple, compact, and classy. Pieces such as roll-top dining tables and mobile bar cabinets are thoughtfully designed with multipurpose storage options, making them perfect for even smaller living spaces, while pieces such as a pure teak cards table bears an expansive regal look. Some are embellished lightly with carvings or inlay work, and yet, don't look too garish. The store also offers the option of customising designs.

Apart from reproducing period furniture, Wood also deals in authentic Tanjore paintings and restored antiques from old Indian homes. Owned by an architect, Wood can take on the task of building and designing your home, with the promise of comfort, convenience, and style.

You could visit Wood at 28, 80-ft. Road, Indiranagar, or call on 5280388.

MALAVIKA VARADAN

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