All this year’s farmhouse furnishings are coming from a big new store next to the Defence Colony flyover. British brand Timothy Oulton’s visa is stamped by Delhi collaborators Tarun Vadehra Furniture and Interiors: the new store occupies two of Vadehra’s four floors. The experience hopes to compare with Oulton showrooms from Amsterdam to Los Angeles -- the effect, however, is all Delhi.
Much of what we find within is underwritten by imperial nostalgia and Rule Britannia kitsch.
Much of what we find within is underwritten by imperial nostalgia and Rule Britannia kitsch. A majority of this furniture made for man-caves, as much about scale as it is about comfort. There are feather-filled chesterfields, archaeologists’ trunks in canvas, warehouse-ish aluminum bar cabinets and burnt wood tables encased in acrylic. There’s even a saddle chair that comes complete with stirrups. Girls, these are gifts for the Rakish Mehras in your life.
To adorn your own Regency boudoirs, there are steel buckets of red roses, tapestries of insects in scientific detail (Chamberlain’s butterfly cases, anyone?), pillars of books, and some smashed English china to accessorise. We don’t see a redecoration in store for our studio apartment, but will be back when our lease expires, for larger-than-life furniture that can swallow us whole.
Getting there: Timothy Oulton, D-41 Defence Colony, call 9990784848, Rs 2.2 lakh for a saddle chair with footstool. The store ships all over India.
Accessibility: Elevator access to all floors.
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