Rewind to the past with Toran’s upcycled antique coffee tables and wall panels
toran joins you in honouring traditions this Diwali, with their collection of reclaimed and restored furniture. Located off Harley’s Road in Kilpauk, the store’s latest collection features restored antique/vintage furniture, sourced from homes that have been torn down. Primarily acquired from Jodhpur, Toran’s co-founder Kavita Chordia informs us that these pieces find many patrons, especially among expats.
From vintage wall hangers, carved ceilings, bar units, painted consoles, bird cages, wall panels and antique wall art, the store has taken a step back in time. Toran also showcases a line of miniature art on rice paper and Pichwai art. “We ensure that each piece of furniture is different — be it the distressed furniture in metal and wood or the miniature art we have. Some pieces have been given a contemporary twist and we’ve turned old wooden pieces into coffee tables, shelves, and coat and towel hangers.” The home décor at Toran has been inspired from her travels around the world.
Spread out over 3,500 sqft in a remodelled warehouse, we suggest you check out the antique ceiling, an ornate tin ceiling handmade with used wood, for that ethic touch in your contemporary living spaces. They can also be used as wall panels in huge spaces and are available in 70 to 80-year-old options too. “We realise that antiques can be very expensive, but when we recycle and upcycle furniture from old homes, these luxurious pieces become affordable,” explains Chordia, while urging us to check out the bronze finish mirror frames inspired by our rich heritage. They also customise. Priced from Rs.5,000 to Rs.1 lakh and above. Details: 42026660
— Preeti Ann Thomas