Design

Bring home a part of nature

Though many options of metal and plastic combinations of furniture are in vogue and many more un-heard variants are in line, wooden furniture is still considered as the most preferred choice of many. Offices flaunting plush wood interiors leave a thorough impression on its customers of being classy and durable. Almost half of the customers prefer teak furniture, says Jaleeludeen, Kukku Furniture at Attingal, near Thiruvananthapuram. Teak is well known and accepted for its robustness, durability and worth for its price. Other preferred woods are mahogany and rose wood. Padauk wood, a near equivalent of rose wood in quality and looks, which is priced about one-third of the latter, is a good option for the cost conscious. Cheelanthi or poovarashu is another amiable option for the wood lovers, says Jaleeludeen. But nothing can give the perfection which rose wood gives, though working on the hard lumber is a real challenge, says Vikraman, an artistic carpenter. Softer woods which are easy to work on would not give the perfection, which the harder ones tender, he says.

Jaleeludeen, who has a proud collection of artistically made grandfather clocks, crockery shelves and almirahs, warns about being duped by replicas made of MDF. Furniture anthology would not be complete without a reference of those belongs to the bygone era. Antique furniture carries the stories of the past, obsolete customs and etiquette and a tangible link to our own heritage.

Arvind Sadasivan, a retired colonel, who has a magnificent collection of bygone relics at Antique Home Décor, Poojappura, sources the items from across the globe. Furniture relics also come from the royal houses of Rajasthan, opulent Parsee bunglows at Mumbai, palatial Chettinad houses at south or even from traditional houses being demolished at the neighborhood.

Contrary to popular belief, antique furniture are not over priced and is a safe investment as the prices go up over time, says Sadasivan.

As they are inherently recycled and reused they are eco-friendly.


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