Toran, by Kavitha Chordia offers antique furniture, pillows, wall art and the option to customise.
As you walk through the quaint Damodaran Street in Kilpauk, Toran is hard to miss. Spread over 3,500 sq ft, the store keeps alive a fragment of Indian tradition and craftsmanship. Toran was conceptualised by Kavitha Chordia, a first gen entrepreneur. An MCA degree holder from Madras University and a mother of two, she attributes its inception to her supportive husband Manoj who identified her zeal for spotting the unusual.
Kavitha, who believes that every space has a story to tell, recalls how their building used to be a godown for export goods. The high ceilings and ancient feel appealed to her and she decided to make the godown look like a home. It took five months. She has now started working towards her dream of ‘adding a splash of colour on every blank canvas and making homes out of houses’.
Kantha and Ikat
A one-stop shop to augment the charm of every home, Toran’s neo-classical furniture collection in Sheesham and Teak add an ethnic yet contemporary feel. Readymade bedroom décor options — the Brick collection — currently on display, is a good buy for those who enjoy an Indo-Western aesthetic. The wide range of furnishing options include floor pillows, poufs in tribal and velvet materials, metal art crafts, glazed stoneware and book racks. Also available are beautiful Jaipuri wall arts, Khantha and Suzani patterned bedcovers and quilts. Ikat the evergreen design accent, is seen on stools, foot stools, benches and sofas. Distressed furniture, Toran’s latest introduction, caters to the export market and is popular among expats. Their Antique collection — ceilings, doors and windows and intricate Jharokhas transport us to the Mughal era.
If you are looking to bring in international luxury, Toran offers high end Italian mirrors with Venetian glass inlay work, Moroccan lanterns, chandeliers and Turkish vases. Toran’s recent partnership with a crystal brand promises customised furniture to fit your homes. And with Christmas around the corner, we suggest you take home the decorative reindeers made out of recycled yarn.
Prices start from Rs 270 onwards (accessories) and from Rs 30,000 onwards (furniture). Details: 9841359666, firstname.lastname@example.org
— Amrutha Ananth
(Pics A. Raja Chidambaram)