Organic home truths
If you’re looking for home furnishings with an organic vibe, head to Salva Terra Home at Mahalaxmi that offers cushions, lamps, grass baskets, dhurries, and other products, made from vegetable colours and with materials sourced from Indian NGOs and fair trade organisations
The term ‘Salva Terra’ translates to save the earth in Brazilian, and this new store in Mahalaxmi bears not only the same name but the belief, too, of taking organic home furnishing to the next level. Started on October 27, the lifestyle atelier is the labour of love of a husband-wife duo. While Tanushree Chatterjee-Basu has 18 years of experience in advertising; her husband Pradipto Basu has an MBA from Tulane University, USA, and has worked for corporate firms and run an advertising production firm. Now, they’ve pooled in their efforts to create Salva Terra Home.
Salva Terra Home at Mahalaxmi offers organic home furnishings
Natural light takes centrestage inside the 1,200 square feet store that is located in a leafy corner of the furniture haven, Laxmi Woolen Mills. The store resembles a cosy home filled with comfortable furniture, furnishings in pastel shades and accessories. The space originally served as a godown for air conditioning units and was revamped over a span of eight months.
Jazz up your ceiling with this distressed metal chandelier (Rs 24,000)
The products on display are made using eco-friendly fabric sourced from across India. The duo collaborate with NGOs and fair trade organisations from the North-East, Kolkata, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Embroidered fabrics are sourced from various places but the designs are executed at their Kolkata workshop. Products are handwoven and handmade, and include lamps, cushions, furniture, dhurries and bedspreads.
The Sisal and sabai grass handwoven baskets can be used to store rotis (Rs 800). Pics/Bipin kokat
Furnishings are part of several lines including the Mundu and Veshti collection inspired by Kerala’s famous off-white and golden-bordered fabric, the Maati collection of subdued brown furnishings and a Zen collection with lotus motifs. They plan to keep adding collections every few months. For Christmas, watch out for their Red Ikat home décor collection.
Ikat lampshade (Rs 1,525) set on a wooden base (Rs 4,500)
At the store, there’s also a smaller room dedicated to the Celadon collection that includes furniture, lampshades and platters in pale green shades inspired by Chinese ceramic ware.
Owners Tanushree Chatterjee-Basu and Pradipto Basu
Chatterjee-Basu emphasises that organic fabric in furnishings are softer and ideal for those who are allergic to synthetic fabrics. “Nowadays, there is more awareness about organic products. We cater to a larger audience in search for options in clothes, toiletries and furnishings,” she shares.
While the products are displayed on the ground floor, the vacant first floor will be used to display furniture by early 2015. A smaller outpost of their store is being planned in Bandra with a focus on accessories.
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
At: Laxmi Woolen Mills, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi.
Watch out for...
>> African good luck figurines made from leather and wood, and sourced from Ghana and Nairobi (Rs 3,500 onwards).
>> A set of handmade leaf-embossed paper (Rs 450) and papier-mâché stools from Pondicherry.
>> Ceramic tea sets (Rs 2,500).
>> Bleached and handwoven carpets made of pure jute (Rs 15,000).
>> Reversible bed covers with Kantha, Ikat and Kalamkari work (Rs 8,500).
>> Toiletries set which includes neem wood hairbrushes (to prevent hair loss), toothbrush holder and soap dish (Rs 875).
>> Mother of pearl, and silk and cotton cushions with zari work (Rs 1,950).
>> Their luxury hamper is stocked with incense, shola grass flowers, lemongrass candles, sandalwood incense, and coconut lights (Rs 2,000).
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