Two Kind of a

Mum­bai-based de­sign­ers Pooja Mal­ho­tra and Gopika Parekh make art-in­spired fur­ni­ture, ac­cented with dec­o­ra­tive touches. By SHELLY ANAND

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Art speaks a lan­guage of its own and is mostly the sum to­tal of the colour and tex­tures of hu­man imag­i­na­tion. But when ap­plied to in­te­rior de­sign, in the form of ac­cents on fur­ni­ture and dé­cor ac­ces­sories, it leaves a dra­matic im­pres­sion and hooks on­look­ers with its un­beat­able in­ten­sity. Al­most a sim­i­lar sen­ti­ment crossed my mind af­ter hav­ing a quick look at the dec­o­ra­tive es­sen­tials dis­played at a Mum­bai stu­dio-cum-work­shop in the east­ern sub­urb, Kurla. One glance at the in­trigu­ing cre­ations by de­sign­ers Pooja Mal­ho­tra and Gopika Parekh was enough to drive home the point that the duo view art as an in­spi­ra­tional tool.

If their del­i­cately carved silk and cham­pagne leaf pea­cock chair flat­ters the fem­i­nine form, then their matte pol­ished blue bar stool in cham­pagne leaf­ing and silk seat comes with a con­tem­po­rary twist. If the news­pa­per print chaise longue in ar­ti­fi­cial leather and matte pol­ish is one of a kind, the ar­tis­ti­cally hand-painted cof­fee ta­ble fin­ished in nickel and shaped in­ter­est­ingly like a lo­tus on the other hand, cel­e­brates the in­nu­mer­able boun­ties of na­ture. That Mal­ho­tra and Parekh are func­tional fur­ni­ture ad­dicts and can­not live with­out the finer nu­ances of art­work when it comes to their de­signs is clearly vis­i­ble from their hand-painted, var­nished carved wood art chairs fin­ished in duco pol­ish, which very con­ve­niently dou­ble up as wall frames.

The driv­ing force be­hind de­sign stu­dio The Fuch­sia Lane, the young and beam­ing en­trepreneurs from the Rachna Sansad School of In­te­rior De­sign in Mum­bai share a sim­i­lar de­sign phi­los­o­phy—to make stylish fur­ni­ture pieces that are an ex­ten­sion to art and are highly util­i­tar­ian at the same time. As Mal­ho­tra

Painted by hand, these art-in­spired chairs can also be used as wall frames (right); Parekh and Mal­ho­tra be­lieve in mak­ing stylish fur­ni­ture (be­low)

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