Change Furniture in Modern Era
Furniture some years ago was considered an heirloom. You wouldn’t change a sofa set or invest in a new dining table, especially if it was handed down to you by your ancestors. When it came to home décor, you would spend on painting but rarely in updating furniture.
Today with smaller spaces custom-built furniture has emerged as a strong trend. In fact, Pune households are taking to European furniture in a big way. Aadesh runwal, director, andreu world, India Operations says, over the past five years, European furniture is being preferred in Pune. With pay scales moving up and people travelling more frequently overseas, ltalian furniture has caught people’s fancy. Pre-fabricated assembled furniture is another trend that’s gaining momentum.
Made Furniture in House
People today are going in for assembled furniture as it can be placed in any room, says Rasik Shah, Director Tangent. The local market saw a rise in demand for furniture made in China some years ago, when it was affordable. However with poor quality and short-term durability, the trend soon died down. Indians realized tht the furniture-comparable to European standards of quality could be procured here. Home grown brands with better quality that could be procured easily in the city soon became desirable options, notes Runwal.
Ashish Gujar director at SPNS echoes the sentiment and points out that there has been a significant change, in terms of furniture buying, over the past five years. Being a cosmopolitan city and a hotbed for designers and architects alike Pune is home to residents who are willing to invest in quality furniture. Interior decoration alone accounts for around Rs 20 lakh per apartment these days, he confirms. In terms of quality of course there has been a change from hard wood to high density fibre HDF and medium density fibre MDF made up of mica and wood.