Driven by De­sign

MADRAS MAK­ERS

India Today - - CHENNAI -

Ar­chi­tects Prem Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian, 33 and Carola Win­nie, 32, were look­ing to make fur­ni­ture for their own home when they started buy­ing old hard wood. This would come from old de­mol­ished man­sions and was of­ten na­tive Bal­har­shah teak, stronger than its Burma coun­ter­part. “Hav­ing been ex­posed to the el­e­ments, it was aged well, nat­u­rally sea­soned and very pli­able for mak­ing high-qual­ity fur­ni­ture,” says Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian. They be­gan craft­ing fur­ni­ture for some of their ar­chi­tec­tural pro­jects, cre­at­ing a de­sign vo­cab­u­lary in the process, which, though it draws heav­ily from the mid-cen­tury mod­ern style, is a re­minder of the laid­back days of yes­ter­year Madras. Work­ing ex­clu­sively with re­claimed hard­wood and skilled crafts­men, Madras Mak­ers was set up in 2016 of­fer­ing be­spoke fur­ni­ture ser­vices. “We are not an­tique or in­spired by it. Ev­ery piece is hand-turned and there are no lap joints, so they look clean and can last gen­er­a­tions," says Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian.

Prem Bala­sub­ra­ma­nian and Carola Win­nie

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