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All That Glitters

Friday, January 31, 2014

... will look tacky, right? That’s what Dev Goswami thought too. But a visit to newly opened, gold-leafing studio TGLS in Worli changed his mind

Located amidst shanties, the TGLS store in Worli is the last place you’d expect it to be. With a store that promotes the idea of home décor that’s literally covered in gold, I was expecting a fancier location. But, don’t judge this book by its cover. Once you enter TGLS, the sheer opulence of the shiny gold and silver home décor items is enough to make you forget the surroundings.

I had heard about TGLS much before they opened their store in Worli. Shezad Khan (the owner of the store) and his technique of gold-leafing have been around for quite some time now and to be honest, I’ve always found the idea of covering chandeliers, beds and even walls in gold, a bit tacky. If you too have similar feelings, then a visit to the TGLS studio is a must as it shows you how wrong you are.

The ground level of the store has knick-knacks such as a bat, ball and stump set and guitars all done up in gold. In one corner of the store, you’ll notice square sheets of gold, silver and bronze. The store manager explained that these foils are at the base of the process of gold-leafing. These sheets — think of them as leaves — are used to cover items. But, even though they use small square sheets, the final product doesn’t have any visible marks which suggest the use of different sheets. The product may very well have been dipped into a pot of liquid gold!

The other products at TGLS include photo frames, chandeliers, lamps and even a huge bed — all of which are done up in different finishes of gold, ranging from dull to shiny. They also can paint an entire wall in 24-carat gold using the same technique.

Now that I’ve told you what you can expect at the store, let me answer the fundamental question — is gold décor something that you should actually consider? The answer is yes, but it comes with a rider. I feel that the products are such that they may not blend with your current home décor. Take the gold-leafed guitar for example. It looked really good in the store, as it was positioned against a gold wall and the yellow lighting at the store, also played an important role. Now, think of it at your home, hanging on a plain white wall, under white lights above a blue couch. It’s likely to look terribly out of place.

What we are trying to say is that should you decide to shop from TGLS, you need to think long and hard before you make a purchase. On the price front, you will need to be prepared to spend anywhere between `2,500 to `3 lakhs. Overall, I found the concept exciting and the finish brilliant.

Where TGLS Shehzad Khan, Worli Sea Face, Near Worli Dairy, opposite Tawa Restaurant
Contact 28710003

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