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As a homeowner, wouldn’t you love for your interiors to be a conversation starter? These 5 décor stores in Bengaluru are places to head to when you are looking to bring a bit of personalised chic into your home décor.

Freedom Tree

Stepping into the new 2,400 sq ft Freedom Tree outlet in Indiranagar feels like visiting a beautiful home. From the living room’s quirky upholstered sofas and inviting footstools to a bedroom you’d want to move into, you would be hard pressed to think you are in a store. Everything here is about eclectic ‘colour design’. Drawing inspiration from nature, seasons, cityscapes, and social life, browse through signature lines like Secret Garden (a tropical melange of cushion covers, upholstery fabric, curtains, crockery, and textured floor rugs) and Travel collection (a collection big roomy travel totes, bohemian scarves, and one-of-a kind travel kits made out of upcycled fabric in a bid to achieve zero waste).

“The studio’s spirit is to celebrate modern India as a vibrant design destination,” says Latika Khosla, founder and director. “We work with artisans and manufacturers locally and all over India with a range of traditional and modern materials. Designs that materialise are a lovely balance of the Studio’s plan and the maker’s rendition”. For unique furniture options, discerning home owners can consult with the team at Freedom Tree to execute customised ideas.

Oorjaa

At Oorjaa, equal focus is given to the materials used and the final products. This design studio handcrafts sustainable materials into lamps. In partnership with Radeesh Shetty of The Purple Turtles, the store’s materials range from handmade lokta paper and banana fibre paper to upcycled cork and quarry waste; Oorjaa’s collections delve into materials to create interesting texture, colour, form, and light. “Our lighting features are primarily made from environment-friendly raw materials. Our team specialises in unique manufacturing processes allowing the use of sustainable raw materials such as banana fibre and faux concrete, created from agricultural and quarry waste, respectively. It is then used in combination with other elements such as recycled paper, stone, brass, and more,” explains Radeesh Shetty.

You will find collections that have designs made from unique elements such as water hyacinth that grow abundantly in the Tungabhadra River, impacting the ecosystem. Harvested, it is then used to create woven patterns on pendant, table, and floor lamps. For all their bespoke lighting creations, designs are based on client desires and onsite conditions. The versatility and durability of the sustainable raw materials used by Oorjaa enable them to customise designs to a large extent. Prototypes of designs are also created for approval before final production.

Seven Pillars Design Studio

Whether you are looking for a classic European look or a mid-century modern feel or even something contemporary, Seven Pillars Design Studio helps you get exactly what you want. Influenced by global cultures and elements of Indian sensibilities, their collection of carefully curated sculptures, decorative rugs and carpets, accent lighting, unconventional modern pieces of furniture, and one-of-a-kind art pieces promise to add character to any space.

Each piece is carefully handpicked from local craftsmen, but Seven Pillars customises as well. The assurance is that everything is created from scratch by experienced artisans with top quality raw materials. “Our goal is to bring art that defines your personality and adds a luxurious charm to your space. The vision is to revive past traditions and art forms with an urban touch,” says Akshay Kumar, co-founder.

The Pink Chair

If you want your sofas, armchairs, and ottomans to be the talking point of your home, then you want to see what The Pink Chair has in store for you. “We work on an idea you have in mind and take the time to understand the vision you have for the piece,” explains Komal Sandhu, founder and owner. “Whether you want something to match existing interior plans or create something from scratch, we help you all the way.

 

The brand’s USP is the attention it pays to the legs of the furniture. How many times have you admired the ‘bun’ feet of seats that are reminiscent of classical or mid-century pieces? Recreating this means quality artisans who can make the designs and carvings. Add to that good, durable fabric and customised look of the existing models as per your needs.

Chairs & Company

Chairs & Company was born out of a passion for good things and beautiful designs, and their repertoire includes sofas, armchairs, and lounge chairs in modern and traditional styles. The brand is about cultural influence and making it relevant for contemporary homes. The brand restores, recycles, and upcycles products.

“Our collections include inlay in resin, brass and mother-of-pearl, and a lot of furniture also includes metal-foiling in gold, silver and copper on wood. Our Ceylon collection is a celebration of wicker, all done in black with gold trims,” explains Deena Rodriguez, creative director and founder. Most of the furniture is created by specialised artisans. For example, the mother-of-pearl inlay is done by artisans in Rajasthan, while is some is hand-carved in Mysore. While these one-off pieces are retail, 30 percent of the product line is customised.”

Ruth Dsouza Prabhu

Ruth is an independent journalist based in Bengaluru. Always in pursuit of the next story that interests her, she loves her food and drink, and is a bookworm and a sucker for sunsets and airplane journeys.