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Why Steel Is A Big Deal
Veenu Singh, Hindustan Times
November 10, 2012
First Published: 16:57 IST(9/11/2012)
Last Updated: 18:57 IST(10/11/2012)

Steel really has been stealing the show for some time now [we don't make the news, we just report it]. But it's only recently that the market's been flooded with steel, or steel with metal, steel with wood, and steel with many other materials. In utensils as well as decorative pieces. It's like everyone has suddenly discovered the metal's versatility. "Steel is a sturdy and reliable metal and that accounts for its increasing popularity. Its lustre makes it ideal for home artefacts, kitchenware and decoratives," says Deepikaa Jindal, managing director, JSL Lifestyle. It's also scratch-resistant.

This trend works well for everyone, especially on Dhanteras, as buying steel is considered auspicious (read our story in this issue: The Metal Fest by Manit Moorjani for more info). We're guessing that you have already made up your mind about what to buy this Dhanteras. But being the opimists that we are, just in case you haven't, here are some choices. Check them out and see if any of them work for you.

1. Set a trend this season
Do something different this Diwali. Along with the traditional earthen diyas, add a few shiny, white stainless steel ones. This one, when lit, illuminates the Ganesha. From roomstory.com. It is priced at Rs. 475.

2. Deck up your home
This is the season when flowers (truly) get their space in homes. These handmade vases from I'M Center For Applied Arts at Rs. 4,200 (pair), are decorative and functional at the same time.

3. Over a cup of coffee
Steel is the new aluminium. It is being used with many other materials - ceramic, wood, aluminium etc. This steel and ceramic coffee set (of 10 pieces), four mugs, spoons, sugar jar and tray costs Rs. 1,500.

4. A basket case
Load this steel and aluminium basket from Elvy with sweets or dry fruits, wrap in gauzy paper and give as a gift. Food safe and stain resistant, it is priced at Rs. 2,295.

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5. Serve with style
You will need a number of these in the next few days. To store and save all the dry fruits you've probably collected over the festive period. They look quite nice too. From Krome, a set costs Rs. 875.

6. Live life king size
This season gives you every reason to dine like a king. You could start with this handcrafted steel jug (with silver plating) and two glasses (with gold plating) from Alchemy. Price on request.

7. Light up
Try having a party with just candles and no electric lights. It sets the best mood, say event planners. Make sure you take precautions against fire, though. This classic candle stand is from The Great Eastern Home. Price on request.

8. It's an ace Serve
Now that you have fancy designs in steel dinner sets, you don't have to worry about your precious plates and bowls getting broken. Buy this steel scratch- and stain-proof dinner set (of 33 pieces) from arttd'inox. Cost: Rs. 9,800

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9. A pot of laughs!
Is it a bird? Is it a mouse? The guessing game has never been more fun. This kettle from Magppie is made of stainless steel and has a wooden handle. Price on request

10. Bling it on
All that glitters (as we mention in another story) is not gold. It can be steel too. Decorate your home with crystal-encrusted stainless steel tea lights. They will truly bling-up your home. From Swarovski, the prices vary from Rs. 2,700 (small), Rs. 3,850 (medium) and Rs. 5,100 (large).

11. Cheers to that
Steel goes smart. How do we know? It's making an appearance in home bars. This wine cooler (with wooden handles) costs Rs. 9,750 and is available at Renovation Factory.

12. Time for a change
Dump those usual round puja thalis that your grandmom used. Get this interesting square one with a swastika design (steel with silver plating). From Episode, it costs Rs. 3,650.

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From HT Brunch, November 11

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