Hand­crafted El­e­gance

Shakti Gana­p­ati Fur­ni­ture

India Today - - COVER STORY -

It was sheer pas­sion that led Late Deepak Chengappa, a civil en­gi­neer and his wife Reshma Chengappa, an MBA, to make solid fur­ni­ture 23 years ago. Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Ge­orge Nakashima, an Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect and wood worker, Chengappa created solid wood fur­ni­ture with­out us­ing any nails or wooden pegs. The joints are honed to per­fec­tion which makes sure the piece lasts a few gen­er­a­tions at the very least. Sit­ting across an im­pec­ca­ble solid wood din­ing ta­ble, Chengappa, 50, is now as­sisted by her son Gana­p­a­thy, 21. Point­ing at the ta­ble she says, “Wood is very alive as a ma­te­rial and over time, the joints ad­just with each other. If the joint is per­fect, you don’t need any nails. This is how fur­ni­ture was created be­fore the in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion.” The fur­ni­ture they make is of the kind that can be passed down gen­er­a­tions and hence they put a lot of em­pha­sis on train­ing car­pen­ters who cre­ate hand­crafted fur­ni­ture with no ma­chin­ery. The wood is dried in a so­lar kiln, sea­soned, and an oil fin­ish is used to keep its orig­i­nal look in­tact.

At 114, 1st Cross St, VGP Lay­out, Palavakkam Tel 24512269

Price Rs 17,000 on­wards

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