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One-stop arty shop

Objets D' Art: `Bangalore's best-kept secret.'

THOSE FAMILIAR with the gourmet cuisine at Sunny's, the upscale Euro bistro on Lavelle Road, will find the same inimitable style and impeccable taste at Sunny Objets D'Art, a new enterprise by the same partners. Barely three months old, the store has an impressive collection of bric-a-brac and interior decorating options.

Tucked away in Langford Town, the shop is described by Arjun Sajnani, one of the partners, who is better known for his lavish theatre productions, as "Bangalore's best kept secret". He runs the store with Vivek Ubhayakar, and is not in the least worried about the rather inconspicuous signboard that eludes the casual eye. He explains: "We haven't really publicised the opening of the store, but we trust that the word will get around and our customers will keep coming back for more. One advantage we have is that the store appeals to everyone - be it an interior decorator or an individual who's looking for small gifts." The duo has years of experience behind them and they feel that their winning formula is "sheer enthusiasm and love for all things beautiful".

They have both been mini-collectors and make sure that every item in the store has an air of exclusivity about it. "Some people feel that this place is more like a museum. And there is nothing in the store that we personally wouldn't buy for ourselves!" they gush.

The area is large and is not divided into sections, unlike other home interior stores. This enables the browser to get creative by mixing and matching. The entire collection can be described as eclectic and unpredictable. The glass shelves have terracotta Ganesha idols jostling with futuristic glass and metal agarbatti holders. The furniture scattered around the place is a mix of antique wooden ones and plush comfy sofas. There are bright watercolours between weathered oils that are over five decades old.

"The space inside the store takes on so much. The area and the artefacts keep changing so it's always new. It would best be described as a collector's stop. We don't want to limit ourselves to any particular kind of object d'art. If fashion or trends demand, the store will transform along the way," Mr. Sajnani explains. The most attention-grabbing piece in the shop is a sculpture titled Tribal Woman in the far corner of the store. The wooden sculpture has been sourced from North Karnataka and dates back to 17th Century. Another eye-catching piece is a bronze Shiva-Parvati sculpture. The two idols are fused with the female and male figures forming a single statuette. Adding to the ethnic feel are Kerala ghada lamps and urlys, hanging oil lamps that date back to the Chola period, and wooden temple doorframes that are over a 100 years old. Another unique piece, quite different from the rest in its origin, is the Chinese folding bar counter, made from mahogany with bone inlay work - complete with fold out drawers, glass holders, and trays. The hand-painted pottery displayed here is sourced from Auroville and the Angadvohra pottery range is designed exclusively for Sunny Objets D'Art.

The jewellery on display comprises contemporary semi-precious stones, handcrafted silver, and beadwork. Some of these are exclusive designs by Niharika Bhasin. There are also a number of humbler curios such as glass candle stands, stationery, incense, mirror work candles, hand painted ceramic ware and so on for those who cannot afford the truly exclusive pieces. The prices range from Rs. 35 to Rs. 2,00,000.The store is open between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and can be contacted on 2127244.


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