State­ment Fur­ni­ture

Asha Prabhu De­signs

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Asha Pan­ickar did not plan on be­com­ing an en­tre­pre­neur. It was just an in­ter­est­ing piece of fur­ni­ture in her house that got her mind spin­ning. This hand-painted colour­ful ta­ble, that once adorned her bed­room is now the liv­ing room’s cen­tre of at­trac­tion. “Ev­ery­body who has vis­ited our home has com­pli­mented us for it,” says Pan­ickar. She was aware of what the mar­ket had to of­fer and what the cus­tomer wanted. With peo­ple buy­ing mass pro­duced pieces, she re­alised that she could of­fer them some­thing unique. So, the school teacher-cum-en­tre­pre­neur de­cided to open a store in Kil­pauk, where she now de­signs her own fur­ni­ture which is then hand­crafted and hand painted. Each ta­ble, side ta­ble and stor­age unit is oneof-a-kind, made us­ing Burma teak, and the de­signs are never re­peated. “There is a charm in own­ing some­thing unique. You don’t want to spend Rs 20,000 on a dress and see some­one else wear­ing the same thing at a party,” she says.

At 3/224, Kil­pauk Gar­den Road, Op­po­site Bharatiya Vidya Bha­van School Price Rs 16,000 on­wards

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