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Past gets a future

Don't discard your old furniture. Here is a store which will turn them into prized possessions



Old gets a new look at Indika Creations

IF YOU by any chance have an old wooden cupboard that belonged to your grandmother or an office table that your grandfather had used and if you had hidden them away in a corner or planned to dispose them of, then it is time you consulted Shantha and Suresh of Indika Creations, a vintage furniture showroom at Adyar. They will transform your furniture into classy pieces that you can proudly display.

Shantha is passionate about re-designing and re-modelling antique and vintage rosewood and teak furniture. She has creatively reconstructed an old tailor's table and a baker's table into a sleek bar cabinet. A vintage swing door with glass painting that she found in a barber's shop is now restored and ready to be fixed in a huge rosewood door as decoration.

Restoring antiques

"We are not dealers in antique furniture. We call ourselves restorers of antique wooden furniture," says Suresh. "In other words, we preserve the past by giving it a future," says Shantha who ventured into this field about five years ago. The couple gave up careers in West Africa, after spending 16 years there, to pursue their passion for art in Chennai.

"We found that most homes have vintage furniture they had inherited. As these are usually made of premium rose or teak wood they are valuable. But, for want of care, they lose their gloss," says Suresh. "We help our customers not only to restore furniture but also re-model it to suit contemporary tastes," says Shantha, adding that they use only wood sourced from old buildings. The boutique has a wide collection of period furniture, restored and displayed tastefully.

Shantha says she acquires antiques from all over the State through her network of agents and from second hand markets. "Our clientele base comprises mostly upwardly mobile people in the 30 to 50 age group, NRIs and collectors," says Suresh.

Customised furnishing

The showroom undertakes complete furnishing for homes and apartments using antique wood as per individual requirements. Sometimes they make use of less expensive varieties of wood to suit the customer's budget.

A look around the showroom, speaks volumes for Shantha's creativity. The most common melpetti-keelpetti (double-decker) has been transformed into a cutlery cabinet or a bookshelf, a vintage office table into a modern workstation with added space for printer and computer. Brass engraving is done to give the worn-out furniture a new look. The beauty of the furniture lies in its natural finish and not artificial veneers. The display at the boutique is not just antique but also interesting because of its variety.

Indika Creations is located at 12-A, 4th Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, ph: 24421707/24452548.

A. CHITHRAA DEEPA

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