Decorate your house with timeless furniture

first_imgLiving In Style’s collection is inspired by the Baroque interiors of Chateau de VersaillesA canopied four-poster bed, once a courtier’s love alcove in 16th century China, a latticed jharokha straight out of a Rajasthani princess’ boudoir or a chaise longue from the Renaissance age, you can now time travel in,Living In Style’s collection is inspired by the Baroque interiors of Chateau de VersaillesA canopied four-poster bed, once a courtier’s love alcove in 16th century China, a latticed jharokha straight out of a Rajasthani princess’ boudoir or a chaise longue from the Renaissance age, you can now time travel in the comforts of your home with these vintage beauties. After a phase of minimalism where wrought iron and monochrome were bywords for chic design, all things vintage and opulent are making a comeback in the decor domain. If you do not have your grandmother’s well preserved collection to plunder, there are plenty of options in the market which will take your home on a trip down memory lane, without the ‘second hand’ tag.A sliver of silverFrom elaborate four-poster beds to traditional dressers, old is truly gold now. But like all things retro, there is a thin line between over-the-top and truly interesting.Delhi-based couturier, Adarsh Gill, whose home collection has earned an A-list clientele just like her famously ornate saris, says old styles and trends have made a comeback, but with a modern twist. “The emphasis is on dramatic pieces which combine clean lines with rich fabric and accents,” says Gill who scored a hit with her silver furniture and furnishing fabrics in cotton, silk and jacquard.Adarsh Gill uses silver to craft her opulent range of furniture and home accessoriesThe designer who has been making furniture and accessories with the prized metal for over two decades now, borrows from various inspirations, from Art Deco to Mughal courts.”I like to combine all the looks to create a warm, eclectic blend. Place a colonial chair next to a very ornate Renaissance chaise longue, an intricate cornice next to a straight-lined Art Deco chair,” suggests the vintage enthusiast whose own home is a treasure trove of pieces from across the world.The repertoire of Adarsh Gill Home, her decor label, includes sofa sets, dining tables, consoles and four-poster beds in silver, as well as pretty accessories like vases, mirrors, lamps and tea sets.School of coolFor many, the word vintage still conjures up images of moth-eaten sofas and fireplaces. But in its new avatar, it combines kitsch with luxury. An example is Kaji, the decor store in Kolkata which retails quirky accents and ornate furniture.”Vintage is back in vogue, it’s the new black. For instance, sofas and chairs with nice curves and intricate detailing in wood and metal are popular. Also, richly upholstered pieces, a hallmark of the 60s style of furniture, is the rage,” says Kaji’s owner Shrivant More, who gave up a career as a chartered accountant to pursue his design ambitions.A carved swing which combines wood and metal from Ethnic KraftsThe retro section of the store offers an interesting visual repast, with a high-backed chair upholstered in a deep shade of burgundy, a vintage sofa done up in rich tones of red velvet, and leather chests decorated with applique work. These share space with vibrant Marilyn Monroe prints and antique knick knacks. You can expect to shell out anything upwards of Rs 12,000 for these items.Vintage wondersIf it’s some undiluted old-world charm that you are looking for, you will still be spoilt for choice with a range of styles across price brackets on offer in the retail space.advertisementAn ornate jharokha with intricate lattice panels from Ethnic KraftsMumbai’s The Great Eastern Home, offers handcarved furniture pieces in dark wood. From teak bar units reminiscent of the lavish holiday homes of the Raj to Art Nouveau dining sets, the influences are as varied as it gets. What’s more, there’s furniture that flaunts clean lines and organic patterns typical of the 19th century European school of design as well.From limited-edition carved cabinets and console tables to four-poster beds, the store displays products which span the entire spectrum, from Early Tudor to influences of the arts and crafts movement. Their four-poster beds begin at Rs 1.63 lakh.A bright chair upholstered in velvet with silver floral patterns from Kolkata based store KajiUnderstandably, vintage furniture is equated with stately styles and luxurious designs. Mumbai-based store, Living In Style, offers an aptly titled Versailles range, which is inspired by French chateaus and their famed Baroque interiors. The bedroom and dining room range, starting at Rs 22,000, sports wooden frameworks accented with silver and gold effects in a muted colour palette dominated by white and beige.If a heritage look with a local spin is more your thing, then Ethnic Krafts, a Delhi-based manufacturer of traditional furniture, offers a range fit for the havelis and palaces of Rajasthan. From intricately-carved swings to ornate sofas and beds, they are crafted in timber and polished by artisans of the desert state. Pieces from the line, which begins at Rs 1.25 lakh, can be found in that most elite address of all, the Rashtrapati Bhavan.Printed cube seats and a bright red sofa. These furniture items are from Kolkata based store KajiFlea findsAnd if you are on a shoestring budget, you can always head to the old furniture markets in your city. If you are in Delhi, check out the Sunder Nagar market where you will find second-hand furniture from across the country.From a Parsi-style wardrobe with its distinctive carvings, to rosewood-panelled doors salvaged from South Indian temples, there’s plenty to choose from.A four-poster wooden bed with an intricately carved canopy with floral motifs, from The Great Eastern HomeMumbai’s Oshiwara market is another place to score some timeless treasures for a bargain. Here you will find beautiful antiques, Raja Ravi Varma oliographs, chipped but dainty old china , painted chests and ottomans, all stacked high and low along the sidewalks.The market is famed for both originals and replicas of furniture pieces that once graced the grand palaces of Kathiawar, Gwalior and Bhopal.So leave behind the mod this season to give your home a classy makeover with these grand old pieces of yore.advertisementlast_img