India, up-cycled

Jan 11, 2013, 00:57 IST | Dhara Vora

Lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Maulika Gandhi's home decor store Magnolia in Worli offers up-cycled, vintage and new furniture for every muse and hue

These days, the home decor landscape appears to be dominated by three themes – Indian kitsch, simple and classic European designs with heavy price tags, and cheap but functional imported furniture. But Magnolia, a new home decor store in Worli begs to differ.

Maulika Gandhi, owner, Magnolia

Started a month ago by young lawyer-turned-furniture enthusiast, Maulika Gandhi, Magnolia stocks home accents that are not in-your-face Indian kitsch but also exudes subtle humour and a certain Indian-ness.

“Every product is made in India. It was a conscious effort. The vintage furniture is sourced from different places from across India. I love vintage furniture so all the products are either restored pieces or made of fit the theme,” says Gandhi. What we love the most about the store is that the price range is flexible and one can end up buying an interesting curio for as low as R800. 

At Hansraj Pragji Warehousing, ground floor, next to Tata Service Centre, off Dr E Moses Road, Worli Naka.
Call 24951020

Water pipe lights

These lights are great examples of the kind of products Magnolia stocks, up-cycled and functional because of their adjustable pipes.
Cost: Rs 6,990

Kadhai tables

With the chulha for a stand and a kadhai on top, give your living room a village like feel with this Indian coffee table. Available in different sizes.
Cost: Rs 14,990 onwards

Foot stools

Magnolia stocks footstools with different prints on their cushions; Ikkat or ethnic embroidery, there’s one for all.
Cost: Rs 3,000 onwards


Colourful prints of Indian maharajahs or Raja Ravi Varma’s women bordered by subtle coloured leathery patches. These trays are pretty enough to be hung on the wall.
Cost: Rs 1,800 onwards
(all prices are tax-exclusive) 

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