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We find out from Art­ful House’s owner PADMAJA RA­JAGOPALAN about her strik­ing his­tor­i­cal pieces.

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His­tor­i­cal, re­pur­posed fur­ni­ture

While you don’t carry clas­sic an­tiques, your pieces still have his­tory. Tell us more.

You’re cor­rect; our pieces are fur­ni­ture de­rived from his­tor­i­cal fea­tures. For in­stance, this taupe arched con­sole ( above) is con­structed from a beau­ti­fully carved door­way arch. Another ex­am­ple here is an arched win­dow frame ( left), retro­fit­ted with a mirror and placed on a re­cy­cled wooden box, with old carv­ings.

We work with ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures such as door and win­dow frames, and old carv­ings, and find ways to in­cor­po­rate them into fur­ni­ture such as mir­rors, side­boards and con­soles.

What do you think is their ap­peal?

Peo­ple love items with his­tory and a story, but are some­times at a loss as to how to fit them into a present-day home with a con­tem­po­rary look or aes­thetic. We love to be able to bridge this gap, and bring in­ter­est­ing pieces that can fit well with the look of a mod­ern-day home.

Do they suit a more con­tem­po­rary or tra­di­tional home set­ting?

Our pieces can work across a range of homes. It re­ally de­pends on the kind of buyer. On the one hand, you have the con­sum­mate col­lec­tor who can­not re­sist the lure of buy­ing a oneof-a-kind find for their home. On the other, you have buy­ers who are at­tracted to the func­tion­al­ity of a piece, while also want­ing to use it to com­ple­ment the very mod­ern look of a typ­i­cal mod­ern apart­ment or home.

Do you have many of your own pieces in your home?

I do have sev­eral; I love mix­ing and match­ing as I be­lieve dec­o­rat­ing your space with dif­fer­ing fur­ni­ture styles, colours and pat­terns helps cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing home. This taupe con­sole and vin­tage win­dow mirror ( be­low) have been placed with a con­tem­po­rary sap-green ikat up­hol­stered chair to cre­ate a truly stylish look.

Tell us about your new col­lec­tion.

It will have a spe­cial fo­cus on pieces in vi­brant colours, such as this bril­liant blue door on a stand ( left). Rich hues can truly lift a space, and they’re a firm favourite with us.

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