Textile mills all over the city are getting a new life. While some are being turned into residential buildings, others have given way to sprawling shopping complexes. Tucked away in Byculla’s Bombay Cotton Mills is a new décor store that showcases its curated finds across a sprawling 7000 sq ft atelier.
Founded in June 2019 by Chaitanya Gala and Sanjay Vira, the store reflects its 21st-century decor philosophy contrasted with the space’s Victorian-Gothic architecture of large floor-touching windows, outdoor sconces and arched pillars.
Gala and Vira’s idea was to bring a mélange of traditional and modern accent furniture, lamps, wall paintings, dinnerware, decorative flowers and foliage, quirky sitting- cum-storage sets, centre tables, handmade mirrors and more, all under one roof. The brand name and the logo are based on the iconic golden ratio which is used worldwide in the art and design sphere for its aesthetic and symmetrical appeal.
Thoughtfully designed by HS Designs, the vast, vacant space was unrecognizable a few months ago, says Chaitanya Gala, Director of The Golden Triangle, which also has a one-year-old sister outlet in Thane.
The space is divided into several sections including one for brass and gold sculptures. At one end of the store, a structured wooden stairway leads up to a balcony which displays art canvases from Germany.
From around the world
“At times, we have picked up only one artwork while visiting a country, but it has been satisfying”
What sets the store apart is that every object here is curated personally by the owners. Apart from India, the duo sources décor items from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Germany, Italy and Turkey. The founders constantly travel to bring new products for their consumers. “At times, we have picked up only one artwork while visiting a country, but it has been satisfying,” informs Gala.
Although social media has boosted their online presence in just a span of one year, the owners emphasize on visiting the store personally. It certainly makes an immense difference in terms of appreciating its artistic value. Some of the standout elements include paper stools, banana fibre lamps and wooden accents that bring a sense of warmth to a room.
Highlighting the trends, Gala observed that buyers prefer an overall minimal palette mixed with bright accent furniture in the living room. Pops of vivid green, yellow or coral, which is the colour of the year, is this season’s favourite.