Buying contemporary furniture in Chennai but CHEAPER

#1 Jan 21st, 2009, 13:15
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Hello all,

I have recently moved to Chennai from Mumbai.

I am looking for furniture for my flat in Chennai. However everything remotely "contemporary " that I like comes with a hefty price tag. I loved the stuff that was available at places like:
@Home
Lifestyle
Fab India

But all of these were a bit out of budget. Though FabIndia came closer to budget than the first two. However I know that Fab India is a premium store and I am sure there are other places that do similar stuff but at more reasonable rates.

Am happy to look out and do some leg work before I pick up anything. Therefore can any of you help me with suggestions as to where to pick up contemporary furniture but at affordable prices? I am looking for:

1. Contemporary looks
2. Cane furniture will do fabulously!
3. If a carpenter is suggested, how easy would it be for me to talk to them/ communicate if I speak zilch tamil?


Looking forward to your replies
maitri
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Hi Maitri,

Welcome to Chennai.

Checkout these places

Durian http://www.duriandecor.com
Furniturewala http://www.furniturewalla.com
Kian http://www.kian.com/
Modfurn http://www.modfurn.com
Pace http://www.pacefurniture.com
Stanley Boutique http://www.stanleyboutique.com/
Style Spa http://www.stylespafurniture.com/
Woodpecker http://www.woodpeckerfurniture.com/
Spacewise http://www.spacewiseindia.com/
Budget Furniture http://www.budfurn.com

Collections Unique, 110 ECR (below "Mermaid Swimming Pools")
antique and repro furniture, pricey but nice

The Treasure, #170/2 ALM Complex, opp. Prarthana Theatre, Injambakkam, ECR
same quality as Collections but better prices

Timber, Old No. 6 Rutland Gate, 4th St, Nungambakkam; also a showroom in Kilpauk
beautiful imported teak furniture from Indonesia

Centuar Furniture, 18, 3rd Cross Road, Raja Annamalai Puram
Sheiks', Chamiers Road
reproduction; very "Indian" style

Grand Teak, 19 (Old no. 10) II Main Rd, R.A. Puram
solid wood imports from Indonesia

Tulsi Arterior, Nungambakkam
made-to-order furniture and lots of nice ready-made peices. Custom upholstering.

Teak Heirlooms, New 19, 1st Cross St, Sterling Rd, Nungambakkam
outdoor teak furniture as well as coconut wood furniture

Rani Arts and Teak, No. 8, Harrington Rd, Chetpet


You can also pickup the yellow pages and checkout the smaller shops in Chennai. Forget about hiring a carpenter in Chennai, you will loose your sanity. Good luck with your shopping, please update this thread when you find a good bargain.
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Hello ISN,

Awesome stuff!! Thanks heaps ) will keep you guys posted on my progress.

I read somewhere on this site about a place called Mani's in Royapettha, going to try my luck there and see what happens too

Many thanks again,
Maitri
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Originally Posted by Maitri View Post Hello ISN,

Awesome stuff!! Thanks heaps ) will keep you guys posted on my progress.

I read somewhere on this site about a place called Mani's in Royapettha, going to try my luck there and see what happens too

Many thanks again,
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Here is a link about that store http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...2300200400.htm

Can you post some information about your apartment searching experience in Chennai?
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Nice article about Mani's ISN. I don't really need furniture, but it's tempted me to visit them again
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Hi ISN,

Fortunately for me I had little to do with looking for an apartment in Chennai. I shifted here to be with my husband. He's the one (poor chap!) who did most of the hard work.

However I shall get hold of him this evening and ask him his sources if that helps.

Ciao!
maitri
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Cane furniture

If you're interested in cane furniture, some families make it and sell it on the street. You can find them along Spurtank Road between Casa Major and McNichols road, near/across from the a branch of the Sri Mithai (I think) sweet shop.
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There are also several shops on ECR, South of Thiruvanmiyur, that make and sell it, if you live that side of Chennai.
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I will check ECR out too. BUT first for my narration on MANI's. Oooh it was an awesome place! No two things about that.

It was simply what I was looking for. The prices were reasonable the chap manning the warehouse Nanda was super helpful and had a can do attitude to everything. Which kind of made me feel like this super whiz interior decorator asking oh can we cut this, chop that? paint this etc...but he was patient and attentive throughout.

The only drawback I guess is that furniture is heaped onto one another and one would need to go through the stuff patiently before finding something you really like.

I totally intend to go to ECR and check it out too. BTW where on ECR? Is int ECR like a highway or some such thing?

Many Thanks,
Maitri
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Originally Posted by Maitri View Post I totally intend to go to ECR and check it out too. BTW where on ECR? Is int ECR like a highway or some such thing?

Many Thanks,
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East Cost Road (ECR) starts from Thiruvanmiyur and ends at Mahabalipuram. If you are not familiar with Chennai city check out the online Google Maps http://maps.google.com/ (type ECR, Chennai) or as Nick always says buy a Eicher Chennai City Map
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Thanks ISN

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