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Teak exotica

Teak Heirlooms, an exhibition being held at Zoroastrian Club, Secunderabad till October 8 brings you antique furniture reproductions from Indonesia.

CLASS ACT: Jazz up the corridor. - Photos: K. Ramesh Babu

TEAK STANDS for durability besides a majestic look. And Teak Heirlooms from Chennai, which is displaying its furniture in Hyderabad, attests to this. Priya Lewis has been visiting the city periodically with her Indonesian furniture. Stately and elegant are the two words which describe this collection.

Think Indonesia and what comes to mind immediately are cane and bamboo besides miles of blue sea and swaying palms. But the archipelago has a wealth of teak furniture which Priya discovered. These are grand, ornate, simple and functional too - a blend of the exotic and ordinary with an antique look.

The range covers everything - from sofa sets, beds, tables, chairs to utility pieces besides masks and other art objects as well.

HAVE A SEAT: A blend of the exotic and ordinary.

On her fifth visit to the twin cities, Priya says "the furniture is popular. The fast-selling items are sofa sets and cots." Walking around the huge hall one will see an array of things placed well to attract attention. While the larger items like sideboards and Victorian glass cabinets which can be used for keeping expensive curios (perhaps crystal) or even glasses and four-poster beds are tucked in the corners, the central area is filled with dining table, sofa sets (which includes four pieces along with one centre table and two side tables priced in the range of Rs. 35,000 to 45,000), Chippendale dressing table, an ornate card table, utility pieces (interestingly shaped with a number of drawers which can be used to store anything from cassettes to knick-knacks), easy chairs (which are tempting enough to recline and remind you of the olden days when you saw them in homes with grandfathers' sitting on them) which are trendy too, writing tables, carved centre tables and huge solid beds (reminiscent of old homes and what you read in novels which ). Another Chinese-style sofa set too warrants a look. Those interested in having a bar at home can check out one piece which can house a lot of things and a trolley (which doubles into a bar and costs Rs. 9000). All the pieces are solid and well preserved. While the bigger items need mansions to house them, the smaller objects can fit into any home - even apartments.

Besides the furniture, there are other interesting and exotic items like masks (wooden and well painted), an intricately carved bone art object with tales from the Mahabharata (the Hindu culture is still prevalent in Indonesia although the chief religion is Islam), carved coconut shells which can be used as lampshades costing Rs. 500, CD racks (held by a man-like `tribal' figure which is novel), bamboo wind chimes (wind chimes seem to be popular on account of feng shui) costing Rs. 350 and fruit baskets priced at Rs. 150 (the base is cane covered with a collapsible mosquito net). A `totem'-like object is the rainmaker - a long piece of bamboo with some decorative engraving which when shaken makes the sound of falling water. This is used in Indonesia to evoke rain.

MIRROR IMAGE: For your home needs.

This exhibition gives you an opportunity to possess a piece from Indonesia. Priya Lewis also undertakes orders. She can be contacted on 98482-46744.


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