If there is one thing I love about the city of Mumbai, these days, is that there is always something going on. My girlfriends and I, all of the same lineage in terms of study in Design, decided to go to one of Tasting Room’s Dinner and a Movie, which by far is one the best concepts to have come along in a long time. It was while we were waiting here that another friend of ours, Shonali Mahajan, decided to stop by to say hello.
As much as we urged Shonali to stay for the documentary on Anish Kapoor, she excused herself as she was putting together a furniture workshop. I was immediately intrigued, for it wasn’t just any furniture workshop, it was a furniture restoration workshop with none other than Anurag Kanoria, owner of The Great Eastern Home and respected Antique Collector.
Shonali is very committed to the cause of conservation and restoration and felt that that Indian students lacked practical, hands-on experience, which she realised after studying at Domus Academy in Milan. She also felt there is no focus on history and India has a vast heritage of Architecture and Antiques, which hasn’t been explored in the contemporary context.
She planned this workshop collaboration with Gyaan Exchange and the minute it was up on the website I signed up immediately. (I was the first person to sign up, yes I was!)
She wanted to do a workshop that focuses not only on theory, but also on techniques and bring that to the layman’s terms so that he can work on a variety of Do-It-Yourself projects without having to rely on carpenters and painters to do so. Her focus was to make carpentry less daunting and to understand why and how certain techniques are used and in what circumstances. It was this premise that led her to Anurag Kanoria.
Kanoria is a well known Historian and Antique Collector. What really stands out is his passion for conservation and restoration.
He believes in the need to preserve and not commodify our heritage. His open door policy allows you to come and wander around his sprawling godowns of thousands and thousands pieces of antique furniture and collectibles.
The next step is to getting the new leg ready which involves creating a mortise and tenon joint. A portion of the leg is sawed off and chiseled to create a step thats fit the leg perfectly