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Considered Fab India For Furniture?

December 26, 2009 by  
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When you think furniture, you think either crowded wholesale furniture markets or upmarket foreign furniture stores. What you surely don’t think, is Fab India. That old favorite store that we’ve patronized for generations now, for all our kurtas & jackets. While a tiny section of people knows, and an even smaller percentage of those people has bought into the lifestyle products & furniture from Fab India – that the brand produces a stunning range of furniture is still unknown to most of us. Its a shame really, because the gems that lurk in the furniture closet (pun intended) of Fab India, I dare say, are even more exciting than their apparel! Here’s the how and why…

Neutral Style Puts A Huge Smile!

Perhaps the single biggest advantage of the Fab India furniture range is its design simplicity. Clean, straight, simple lines dominate the aesthetic. Think beach resort meets mediterranean spa, only here the furniture is not rattan, but pure wood. In this day, when appointing one’s home with furniture is an expensive and once-in-five-year exercise; you’d be wise to choose a line of products that is neutral and non-offensive in design terms. Sure, you can get new-age ultra modern furniture. Chances are though, that in the short span of a year, it’ll start to look dated and out of place. On the other hand, if you opt for classic furniture, say Victorian (which a lot of us Indians seem to have a subconscious hangover with, thanks to our erstwhile rulers); it may last a lifetime, but will certainly be a nightmarish expense to maintain.. not to mention that each time you want to affect even the slightest change, you’ll need to get complete re-upholstering done, that too in pricey suedes and silks!!  You’d be wise to restrict your false illusions of grandeur.

Stick therefore to the soothing, calming, and straightforward designs from Fab. They will never go out of style, be easy to clean and maintain, and will remain versatile as well. Not only will this furniture get easily teamed with most kinds of home-decor, also, being largely wood-based, you will be able to constantly vary the look by only getting the Cushions & Throws replaced!!

As these pictures would have borne out, there is a treasure trove that exists in the Fab stores. From dining area furniture including static and expandable dining tables, living area couches and coffee tables in different shapes & sizes, and bedroom furniture with the most gorgeous beds, side tables, and secretaries; it is a virtually endless range to choose from. All wonderfully styled products that will age gracefully and be easy on the eyes, and on the pocket!

Quality That’s More Than Skin Deep!

Having ranted on about the styling attributes of the Fab furniture (the happy corny coincidence of the nomenclature that we shall now on refer to as FF), I feel it is also crucial to assure you that the beauty here is not just skin deep. All the FF is made using the best quality wood, and it passes with flying colors in my book. We put the few pieces of FF we own to the toughest test possible. Sea side Mumbai apartment constantly subjected to over a year of moisture, grime, and humidity.

I am pleased as punch to share that not only have all the pieces survived, they look and feel as good as new! So like with many things that are pretty on the outside but not substantive on the inside, FF can not be accused of the same. You get great design here, with great robust quality!

Complete Furnishing Solutions!

The story does not end here. The most fantastic aspect about FF is the exhaustive range of peripherals that is present right there, in the same store. It is rare to find both furniture and furnishings together. I’m certain there have been times where you’ve identified pieces of furniture and then gone off on a hunt for that illusive furnishings store, to get your upholstery and curtain fabric from.

Well, none of that is required if you go to Fab. Its all there, under one roof. And that is not to say its some perfunctory few pieces of fabric. It is an enviable & complete range of furnishings and accessories. There is upholstery fabric (that Fab will be happy to tailor for you). There are curtains, both ready made and fabric that can be made-to-order. There is an entire range of Light fittings that goes perfectly with the mood that FF creates. There is table, bath and bed linen in all the wonderful Fab patterns and colors that we’ve come to love over time. There are even cushion & bolster fillers and then their covers!

And once you have gone through all of this and made your final selection, you can even partake of the slightly eccentric but thoroughly delightful choice of table-wear, cutlery, crockery, vases, and many many more home-decor accompaniments!!

Really speaking, it is a heaven for the home-maker.

DIY? No Thanks, This Is India & We Are Fabulously Spoilt!!

Aside from all the goodies that the Fab India brand brings us, they are also conscious of the fact that at the end of the day, we are Indians. And that means, we don’t really have a strong Do-It-Yourself kind of attitude.

So for the Memsahab from Malabar Hill, or the Nawab from Nariman Point, Fab brings you its proprietary Home Design Centre. So be it your home or your office, with the HDC, it is like engaging professional decorators who will kit-out your space for you, following your guidelines & brief but their hard work & creativity, using all those FF products you love, but can’t choose from

This is true style, when you can have your entire cake, and eat it too! Check out more details on Fab India Home Design Centre.

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All I can say to conclude this piece is that the next time you are in the market for furniture, you must drop in at your nearest Fab India. Even if you don’t take a fancy to the merchandise, you will have a FAB-ULOUS time!

[Kartik Bajoria, a regular contributor, runs his own creative agency called BOLD & is also involved in Films & Music as a force of habit!]

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