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A glimpse of Urbano. Picture by Rashbehari Das
The lower basement of South City Mall houses furniture hub Urbano. The highlight of the 12,000 sq ft shop is its interiors.
“We did not want this place to look like a bazaar,” says Navin P. Kanodia, one of the directors of the parent company S.T. Unicom. So while one corner looks like a living room, a terrace comes alive in another. Bedrooms, study spaces, workstations and kids’ rooms have also been recreated.
The collection offers imports from 14 different countries, mainly from Southeast Asia and Europe. “It is a complete living experience here at Urbano,” says Kanodia. Clean and no-fuss lines, the designs aim to take up as little space as possible in your home.
L-shaped sofas are still quite in, and Urbano has a sizeable range in both leatherette and fabric. Some sofas are fitted with swivels to make them more versatile. Sink-in La-Z-boys look fetching. There are lots of chairs to choose from — recliner styles, chaise lounges, high-backs… While ornamental upholstery lends a traditional look to some chairs, other pieces are more contemporary.
Terrace swings in cane are accessorised with garden umbrellas. Also for the outdoors, check out the black-and-white aluminium chairs with a bamboo-weave pattern and basket-shaped garden chairs.
The bedroom range includes beds, LCD cabinets, corner shelves, side tables and dresser-cum-mirror sets. Bar cabinets on display can double as corner shelves. Glass-top tables are a big part of the dining-room range.
The colours are subtle, in keeping with international trends. So, you will find a lot of beige, brown, white and black at Urbano.
The accessory section is the most colourful zone of the store and the ceiling installations are eye-catching. While one resembles a cascade of constellations, there is another that is reminiscent of confetti. Stylish ceramic lamps, artificial foliage, gold and silver foil vases, cool clocks, carpets, cushion covers and huge mirrors make up this section.
Prices start at Rs 35,000 for the living room furniture, Rs 37,000 for the bedroom furniture, Rs 65,000 for kids’ room furniture and Rs 8,000 for dining room furniture. Accessories are priced at Rs 100 onwards.
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