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illusions Shaping



Lazy lounge chairs in silks and suede just for you. - Photo: Murali Kumar K.

IF YOU are a young couple doing up your new apartment or a restaurateur fixing a new lounge bar, check out Kimera for some simple lines, contemporary furniture, and funky accessories in new material.

Imagine having your cushion covers bright red, and made of raincoat material with circular metal rivets to give it a retro look!

Sonal Gandhi moved to Bangalore recently from Mumbai to give shape to Kimera (meaning "illusion" in Greek, she says). You literally walk into a home, step into the bedroom or the antechamber and pick out stuff you want. Or better still, sit down with Sonal to select from her design base or create designs of your own.

Sonal rented an entire house and converted it into a walk-in home store. The wood-panelled flooring and the soft lighting does wonders to highlight the cream and blue lounge chairs or the aqua blue lounge sofa, the teak chairs, suede cushions, embroidered beige and cream linen spreads and more.

"The idea is to try and give people what's in their mind, their illusion, a shape." This shaping takes the form of interesting mixed media furniture. Check out the wooden centrepiece with glass inlay work and an asymmetrical thick glass tabletop, for instance. The entire asymmetry sets on a piece of metallic base.

"Part of my collection is Gothic furniture made of wood and glass. The other is a range of contemporary sofas in simple, straight lines. To go with these, we do co-ordinated bed spreads and curtains too," says Sonal, a home-science graduate who did a stint with Mumbai-based furniture designer Rakesh Jaswani.

She has used suede, denim and yes, even raincoat fabric to create bedspreads and curtains. "Suede and denim look smart, specially for a young couple's home or a teenager's bedroom," she says, showing off a patch-worked spread in ribbed denim in various shades — brilliant blue, aqua, azure, turquoise, sapphire and indigo.

Bringing in the Spanish Alkantara or the leatherite fabric, she's been experimenting with different materials and shades for upholstery that are not available in the market now. A rare brown, golden beige or a moss green is what you could find here. "People here are often cheated by furniture makers. They use leatherite (at least 50 per cent cheaper) instead of leather, and the undiscerning customer won't even know the difference.

Lazy lounge chairs in silk and suede, a wooden console with Sanskrit inscriptions carved on for effect, a single metal legged telephone bench with at attached stand in leather and Burma teak are things that will catch your eye (that is if they still haven't been picked up when you visit!). There's also an interesting wooden sofa with a thick asymmetrical glass back.

"As and when the furniture is chosen off the floor and delivered, we put new ones into the rooms," says Sonal, pointing to a cosy corner, where you find a charming lounge chair in silk, wood and leather in shades of black, brown and pink.

"The international market doesn't use much teak. So I'm also using Wenga wood that resembles teak but has a golden tinge." In the bedroom you'll find cushions in shades of beige, brown, and tan, ribbed, stitched with leather strings, trimmed with a hint of fur — ideal stuff to put in a comfy den. Beaded, appliquéd and sequinned sheets and covers in a range of palettes, starting with sober beiges and creams to bright pinks and oranges, are on the racks.

Well all that exquisite fabric and custom made stuff also means stiff prices. The lounge bar chairs come at Rs. 12,500 each, bedspreads come at Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 8,000 and cushion covers start at Rs. 500. But Bangalore's young and rich professionals aren't complaining and are sweeping stuff off even before Sonal can blink.

Kimera is at 854 A, 10th Main, 3rd Cross, Indiranagar II Stage. You can call the store at 51269595.

BHUMIKA K.

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