Tried & Tested: Store Review
Looking for a space to find fun, quirky furniture without dipping into your savings? Jeet Dalvi walks you through Sanctum, a modern furniture store where elegance and style don’t cost the earth
What’s the fun of moving to a new place and having everything look the same as the things you left behind? Revamping your space isn’t easy in a time when home décor may cost as much as your first down payment on a new house though! Enter Sanctum, a space where you may find a solution to almost all your décor and furnishing woes.
The store (that’s been quite popular with us through its five-year journey) recently moved to a new space, with a whole new look to boot. Walking in, you’re going to feel like you’ve walked into a lane of artefacts, used in various ways to give your home the edge it needs, especially when you want the focus to stay fixed on your décor.
Head designer Ashish Katara walked us through the pieces, talking to us about the inspiration for his new collection, which focuses on French, Scandinavian and Botanical art, all designed with a little touch of India in mind.
It’s all about the collection
As I looked around, I could tell that the collection consisted of basic items (Rs 500 to Rs 2,000) you would find in a home décor store. However, along with the regulars, there were several quirky items too. Large cages to grow creepers in, elegant candle holders designed in glass and book shelves were just some of the things that caught my eye. There were also metallic and wooden animal sculptures, exquisite table lamps (Rs 3,000 to Rs 8,000), vases and tiny glass chandeliers that you’re going to want to stop and admire.
One deck above the ground level is the perfect place for anyone who loves ceramics. Fine vintage art and pieces from the late Victorian era will be visible in almost all the crockery. French craft is mindfully used in the furniture (Rs 3,500 onwards) and my personal favourite was the French collection. Another chamber that goes underground will take you to the soothing Scandinavian Nordic art. The colour combinations are pleasing and project a sense of warmth through the space.
The botanical collection is also interesting. It has an appeal of conservatory furniture combined with modern pieces (Rs 3,500 onwards) in a surreal style. The Indo-European art on the other hand is nice but not spectacular, since the Indian part of the art is quite run-of-the-mill. But, the other collections are definitely worth spending a rainy evening browsing through. Don’t forget to have a look at their best seller Yamini Cushions (Rs 450 to Rs 1,250). Whether you’re looking for new décor or not, one thing is for sure — you’re not going to get bored at Sanctum!
Where New Shelter Premises, 1st Road, Near Madhu Park, Khar (w)