A FINE BAL­ANCE

Bespoke fur­nish­ings, arte­facts and dressy ac­ces­sories give Ban­ga­lore store Tulips an edge.

India Today - - HOME - By NEHA MU­JUM­DAR

14 Ban­ga­lore store Tulips stocks bespoke fur­nish­ings and dressy ac­ces­sories

Pune- based fur­nish­ings store Tulips now has an ad­dress on Pa­panna Street off St Mark’s Road in Ban­ga­lore. Founded in 1990, the store has housed all things home dé­cor, and it brings the same global spread to its new premises; to the cus­tomer’s de­light, also on the ta­ble is this re­tail stopover’s five- step de­sign ser­vice, where rep­re­sen­ta­tives visit homes to con­sult and of­fer ad­vice on how best to cre­ate the look you want.

A play­ful, bright wo­ven thread dis­play in blue, red and yel­low greets pa­trons at the front of the store. As you en­ter, you won­der if you have en­tered a mall or, per­haps, a spa. That’s be­cause the first thing that hits you is the re­laxed mu­sic, fol­lowed next by a sense of calm that ac­com­pa­nies a to­tal feel­ing of or­gan­i­sa­tion. In­deed, de­spite the dizzy­ing ar­ray of prod­ucts— lux­ury items that check ev­ery box in the up­mar­ket dé­cor seg­ment— Tulips man­ages to not over­whelm the vis­i­tor.

The ground floor is mostly ded­i­cated to bed linen in all its forms— bespoke cush­ion cov­ers, du­vet and bed­cover sets, and even a cheery range of chil­dren’s pil­lows find place here. At one end, you’ll find a shelf filled with a fine range of scented can­dles. Sourced from the renowned Bel­gian brand Baobab Col­lec­tion, th­ese hand­made can­dles sur­prise with their com­plex, un­usual aro­mas— no one- note hits dom­i­nates; so you can take your time, with so­phis­ti­cated can­dles that evoke the five ele­ments.

It is here that you’ll also find well- known de­signer Karim Rashid’s Knowl­edge book­ends, shaped as two halves of a head. Pop­u­lar across the globe, they are, said to be

Spa­cious and well- lit, the store is in turns whimsical, glamorous and el­e­gant

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