Modern rustic or ethno-chic is the new fad when it comes to buying furniture
MODERN RUSTIC organic is the new fad with the young homemakers in the twin cities when it comes to buying furniture. Sleek frames in rubber wood or wrought iron, occasional teak and walnut wood, teamed with natural fibre and silk upholstery in brick red or an ink blue, is the combination in vogue. The bulky furniture upholstered in garish floral prints undergoes a change with exotic carvings hunting and fishing scenes on the panels, sofas and tables. Multi-cultural is the new furniture concept, teaming ethnic carved panels with terracotta vessels and bamboo lampshades, sourced from different regions of the country.
"We have many people buying the carved tribal furniture and other home dιcor pieces such as wooden Naga dolls. One also finds many people looking for antique furniture in the twin cities. It could be an old door topped with a glass, as a concept of a coffee table. They want unique furniture that is ethno-chic as well," says Neeta Kumar, Home Furniture and More (Tel: 98850-32190), Road No. 10, Banjara Hills.
Not so long ago, laminated wood was sought after for tabletops, mostly for dining tables . In spite of its retro motifs in red and orange, laminates were probably not as chic. Other material that are finding their way into the manufacture of table tops are tempered or frosted glass or granite, that are sought after for the overall lucid minimalist appeal, to go with sleek frames, also preferred options for the haute appeal.
"Straight lines and simple cuts rule the furniture catalogues today. One finds more geometrical frames doing well as also knock down or ready to assemble furniture. Also, newer furniture concepts such as 3+2+1, instead of a 3+1+1 sofa combination, are in vogue today," explains Deepak Kewlani of Young Wood (Tel: 27764469), Airport Road, Begumpet.
Sleek furniture, compact computer and printer consoles or dining tables with built in cutlery drawers also are newer modifications to meet the space crunch in modern day apartments . "Utility is more important today. For instance, people are opting for slick wardrobes, with shutters, to minimise space. In the place of elaborate dressing tables you have a mirrored facet of the wardrobe," explains G. Naveen Kumar of S.V. Interiors (Tel: 23700703), B.K. Guda, S.R. Nagar.
"Earlier our parents preferred carpentry and furniture that spelt opulence. Today your living room or the dining area is your space and you need to do it up in such a way that it offers you enough warmth, comfort and room space, when you come back after a long day at work. And the readymade furniture are comparatively cheaper, easy-to-install and chic the same," sums Richa, assistant manager, operations with an MNC in the twin cities. "Executives who are on the move want some lightweight furniture that they can sell if they get transferred," says Latif Tumbi, of Tumbi Home & Office Store Private Limited (Tel: 31046195), Airport Road, Begumpet, which accounts for the popularity of imported Malaysian rubber wood and Chinese PUC upholstered furniture.
But for the young executives who are opting for lightweight configurations and cheaper price tags, a word of caution. " There are Grade A, B, C and D in imported furniture. Also, the imported furniture with PUC upholstery is cheaper than leather but one never knows what grade the filling is. When it comes to wrought iron furniture, one should check the thickness of the metal and quality of paint. Importantly the sleek furniture is not made for the rough and tough use in the Indian household. While you can give guarantee for hardy Indian teak which is seasoned and termite proof, you cannot say the same about the Malaysian rubber wood," says a manufacturer.
"Buying furniture for five years. I would have changed the living room set twice by then," says Prakash, a software engineer. Did you say furniture for posterity? Hell. No! Voice the new buyers. A global trend, of minimalist and knock down furniture is going to be the flavour of the season in coming days then.
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