It’s not the expected Bandra, Colaba or Lower Parel address or any of the buzzing malls that took us to At-Tin (it means fig free in Arabic), but the industrial area of Mazagaon. This design store with a difference showcases light fixtures, clothing, furniture and other products by a range of independent designers inside its spacious and aesthetically refreshing interiors.
Started by civil engineer-turned-product designer Aziz Kachwalla and his educationalist wife Mubina Kachwalla, the store-cum-workshop is more than just a space that sells items. It has a unique character, with interestingly designed products (most made of recycled materials), a high ceiling, immense open space and an overwhelming creative vibe that strikes you as soon as you step in.
“My husband is from Ahmedabad’s National Institute of Design (NID), so, he along with few of his friends decided to set this up. We wanted a space that is design-centric. Also, its USP is that all the designers who exhibit their works here do not exhibit anywhere else in Mumbai,” adds Mubina, pointing out to a lamp made from a washing machine drum.
The store was an automobile workshop initially and was later converted into a retail space for At-Tin. Along with Kachwalla’s designs, seven more designers from across India showcase their works here.
“Our products are not purely decorative but possess functionality. In many places across Mumbai today, the focus is on furniture that is stylish, funky and decorative but it does not go beyond that. With us, there’s a constant effort to not just look at what we are using from the environment but also a lot of thought is given to why we use a particular material and how we use it,” explains Aziz.
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But why Mazagaon, we ask? Mubina, answers, “We’ve had this place for some time, but it’s not that we had the place so we wanted to utilise it. We took the plunge because we felt that it’s very nice and different unlike what you see in a mall, for example. We knew that walk-in customers would be difficult to get here, but at the same time we were very convinced about the products that we exhibit here.”
At At-Tin, old Anjirwadi, off Champsi Bhimji Road, next to Saifee Burhani Park, Mazagaon.
Call 9820454948, 23717372
Log on to www.at-tin.com or www.facebook.com/attinstudio
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