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    Quirky chairs and furniture with old world appeal find a place in Highlight Living

    Having been an art director for 14 years—on films like Deepa Mehta’s Water and Sivaji Chandrabhusan’s Frozen—Siddharth Sirohi, 36, also has a passion for designing furniture. The production designer at Highlight Films (a film production company), Sirohi, along with Srila Chatterjee (51), an executive producer, launched a furniture store this August, that offers old-school 60s style pieces, but with a contemporary approach and quirky prints.
    10649938_315624431952535_5990186184374694160_nLocated at Lower Parel in Mumbai, it also offers refurbished old pieces sourced from dealers. While the chairs upholstered with an ikat fabric, featuring a black-and-white zig zag pattern, catch our eye, we are told designer Krsna Mehta picked up the ones featuring motifs of parrots and flowers for his home.
    The founding partner at Blue Frog, Chatterjee’s favourite is Memsaab, a wooden chest of drawers with a seat. “I also like the old-world charm of the book cupboards,” she says. A telephone desk with an attached retro seat also caught our attention.
    Made from old reclaimed teak, the furniture is polished with linseed oil, beeswax and turpentine, while the chairs and sofas are upholstered with cotton, brocade and khand fabrics sourced from brands like Anokhi in Kolkata and Bangalore-based White Pomegranate. The fabrics are also displayed in the store and Chatterjee informs their most popular ones are Anokhi’s. “They have interesting prints and colour combinations,” she says.
    The old furniture is re-upholstered and restored with six coats of Duco paint in colours like green, teal, blue and red. They also house kilims and carpets from Afghanistan and Turkey. They take orders for the furniture, with a delivery period of about two weeks and are willing to ship to anywhere in the country. From 30,000. Details: 022 40344888

    —Sharmistha Maji

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