Driven by Design
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