Style stop for home needs
Set up in January 2002, this two-storied lifestyle address is home to furniture and accessories marked by style with a capital ‘S'. Once you enter the sprawling 11,000 sqft of Taag Lifestyle at 77B & C, Block E, New Alipore, what strikes you first is the flooring that is an eclectic mesh of slate, marble and wood. While some sections have complete wooden flooring, thin panels of wood set in off-white marble and pale slate make quite an impact.
“There is a wide range to choose from and customer service is top priority. We guarantee quality and attend to complains even after three to four years of purchase,” smiles manager Lovely Chowdhury.
The fare on display has been imported from Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia , Thailand and Indonesia . While the second floor houses high-end furniture, the first floor offers a pocket-friendly range. As you climb the wooden stairs, statues by the sides add to the ambience.
Different sections of the store that display bedroom sets have been set up to give you a room-like feel—beds with cheerful bedcovers and cushions, big vases and decor pieces dotting the corners, and table lamps on the side tables. “It is not mandatory to go for the complete bedroom set, one is free to pick up single pieces,” points out Chowdhury.
A bedroom set comprises a king-size bed, side tables, a dresser and the wardrobe. Those with metal-finish fittings and simple wood-carvings have a Victorian touch, others with straight lines and geometric patterns look very contemporary.
From dark teak to pale pine to vintage chestnut to antique cherry, the colour palette will spoil you for choice.
Sets with queen-size beds, wardrobe and multi-drawers are just right for the guestroom. But the show stealers here are the furniture sets for the children's room. Made of MDF (medium density fibreboard), space utility is at its best in this section.
Study-cum-computer tables, modish wardrobe, TV trolley with CD racks, DVD player space and a bed make a complete set. Beds with headboards with a backrest in rexine or fabric ensure the comfort factor.
Then there are bunk beds where the steps to the higher bunks double as drawers. In a triple bunk bed, the last bunk is detachable. A study table can be extended to create study arrangements for two. The wardrobe in wood and patches of green fibre looks chic.
Prices start at Rs 51,000.
In the sofa section you have fabric ones in sober shades co-ordinated with low centre tables. Some become day beds when required. Those in rattan with a distinct weave and texture have a definite character of their own. While some are in off-white, others peppered with dark tan stand out.
They come with high pyramid-shaped side tables. A circular centre table with a triangular dent in wood is worth a mention. Also available are recliners in black, brown and cherry and broad low TV units in glass.
Dining sets come in combinations of wood and rattan. Some with self-embossed glass tables have chairs that are adorned with striped fabric. A card table has additional space for glasses, ashtray and cash. A wooden cover when placed over it makes it look like a normal dining table. The store also offers interesting bar counters, bar stools, CD racks in combination of wood and cane, and magazine holders.
Prices of the sofa sets start at Rs 26,000.
The home decor spells elegance, too. Life-size Buddhist monks in black and golden can be placed at the entrance, on the stairs or even in the corners of the room. In lamp shades there are those with cane-like embellishments and ones with wrought iron stands with rams carved at the upper end.
Murals, statues, masks and busts…Buddha comes in many forms. Prints placed behind glass and then framed with paper background look cool.
Then there are the polyresin swan-like candle stands and ceramic vases in abstract shapes. Paintings include nature and abstract illustrations drawing inspiration from all walks of life.
Prices start from Rs 700.