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Traditional, yet contemporary



Sleek designs from across the world

HOME IS where the heart is, goes the popular adage. And people these days not only put in their heart and soul, but also spend lavishly to ensure that their homes resemble that perfect picture they have in mind. There is one particular section in the society that dreams of having the bedroom designed in the British colonial style, while the living room has a tropical touch. If you too belong to that particular category, which does not mind spending money to get the "best", then Kian, on M.G. Road, may simply be your answer.

The new store has an unusual display. Care has been taken to ensure that every corner exudes the homeliness. "Kian is a Chinese word for strength," says Namrata Dugar, Managing Director of Kian. Owned and operated by Ikian Furnitures, Kian furniture has been around for 20 years and has been exported to over 100 countries. This is the first time that Kian is venturing into the Indian market in collaboration with the H.C. Dugar Group, says Ms. Dugar.

Intense research has gone into every design, while some of the pieces are inspired by a particular lifestyle while the research team's travel around the world. The company introduces new designs every year. Kian has factories in Malaysia, Indonesia, and China, and each one specialises in one particular style of furniture.

This lifestyle store offers furniture in designs from across the world. It offers furniture in the British Colonial style, contemporary tropical, or even a blend of the two. In the contemporary there is a range of furniture carved in Ashwin wood.

The Contemporary Oriental section offers the Ching furniture. Ching means to provide a harmonious feel, explains Ms. Dugar. Here, there is the unique Qing nine-drawer chest that comes at Rs. 32,950. The chests are more expensive when compared to the cots as the making involves detailing work and consumes more wood than a cot, says Ms. Dugar.

The other attraction is the Qing high bookcase, priced at Rs. 48,350. This section also offers the complete home décor, with dining sets, matching sofa sets, and centre tables in rubber wood and veneer.

Next is the contemporary European line with furniture in straight lines and mild colours. The collection is made from oak veneer. One can choose from the dining table in frosted glass or the Amanda cots, priced at Rs. 10,350 upwards. The latter is a bed that comes with attached metal pieces called the trundle, which can be used as an extra cot at the floor level. These cots are ideal for apartments that have space constraints. The European section also offers the Banyan collection, where customers can choose from teak and hand woven wicker. This wood is treated with a special technology that makes the "wood breathe," claims Ms. Dugar. This particular collection is also the winner of the MIFF award (Malaysian International Furniture Fare).

If you are looking for furniture that has a contemporary design and an antique finish, then Kian will surely not disappoint. For it has furniture from Indonesia called the Tao Collection. This collection has a wine cabinet, priced at Rs. 25,200, in an ethnic oriental finish. The Tao TV unit is priced at Rs. 26,550. This section also has furniture in Indonesian wicker with teak, Java armchair (Rs. 6,450), side chair (Rs. 5,600), table (Rs. 23,000).

From the USA there is the Shaker range. Shaker is a community that made simple but functional furniture, explains Ms. Dugar.

Kian also caters to industrial furniture. They come in stylish designs that can be used in hotels, hospitals, or even pubs. They come in the combination of wood, wood and metal, polypropylene, and polypropylene with metal.

The store was officially inaugurated on September 3. "We are testing the Indian market and will gradually add or provide custom made furniture as per the demands," says Ms. Dugar.

Kian is open between 10.30 a.m. and 8 p.m., and can be contacted on 51122215/16.

SHILPA SEBASTIAN R

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