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Artika hosts an exhibition with furniture by Vincent Roy, all inspired by the World War II era

Featuring a ‘Z’ sofa set, customised poker table, and denim upholstery, a furniture exhibition is drawing a lot of attention from collectors in Bangalore, Chennai and the expat community in Pondicherry. “500 Days of Work”at Artika Cafe, has 20 pieces from Parisian Vincent Roy.The show has been organised by Karthik Sugumaran, the owner of the cafe, who explains, “Roy opened his furniture studio 500 days ago,  when he moved to Pondicherry, thus the name.”

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The cafe, which is known for its homely vibe with “a living, dining and even a bedroom,” also has, as pointed out by Sugumaran, “sculptures by artist Supriya Menon, some paintings by German artist Tona and installations by Manoj Dixit.” But it is the showcase of chairs, sofas, coffee tables, dining tables, desks and beds that is drawing the most visitors. Fashioned from vintage wood, usually 80 to 100 years old and sourced from old buildings in Karaikudi and interior Tamil Nadu, the pieces are minimalistic and utilitarian.

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As his personal favourite, Roy picks the butterfly table (left), which is inspired by the furniture from the 50s and 60s. ‘‘The table is painted with industrial paint that is generally used to colour auto rickshaws. It has a contemporary design and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Most of my designs have a Scandinavian touch to it. But the pieces exhibited at Artika are designed like those from the World War II era,” he continues. Inspired by Danish-born Hans Wegner who, he says, ‘‘has made more than 200 chairs and sofas in his life,’’ Roy also has unusual almirahs that combine metal and wood.

The exhibition is on till August 18.  Rs. 18,500 for a coffee table to Rs. 98,700 for the Z sofa set that has three pieces and is a five seater. Details: 9894910080

Mrinalini Sundar

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