The creative director of Eka, a Bangalore-based home decor store, explains how to add a rustic look to the home
Expats and style mavens worldwide, charmed by the Indian ethnic look, have integrated rustic Indian work into their homes. But Kimiko Menzies, the creative director of Eka, warns against going too far with traditional Indian furniture: “It’s very uncomfortable, trust me!” However, the rich design heritage should be used as “ethnic ornamentation” to add flavour to the home. Rustic work, Menzies explains, is a modern construction with antique-styled accents. The pieces are formed with less expensive wood, such as mango wood, but made to look antique through the finish and the ornamentation, often borrowed from old homes torn down. For example, a popular item at Eka is a wine rack (right). The entire framework is new wood, but the facade is made from antique pillars and antique masks. “A piece like this would fit into any setting and become a conversation piece.” Menzies recommends having a few accent pieces around the home, or designating a certain area that’s more ethnic looking. “Choose a sideboard, or a centre table or a figurine, something that isn’t what you’re going to be sitting on for a couple of hours. Use them as punctuation marks,” she says.
Eka, 19, Gangadhar Chetty Road, Bangalore