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Small package

Miniature figurines, the latest trend in home decor, show that beautiful things come in tiny packages.

india Updated: May 08, 2010 00:58 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

Do you remember the days when people used to scout for fancy wall-hangings, or even make decorative items out of egg shells, beads, paper flowers? The desire to give a personal touch to every corner by experimenting with things at home hasn’t fazed, but people’s growing interest in new-age décor items make them more experimental. One such décor item that has caught fancy is miniature figurines.

Defining moment
“Though the trend for miniature figurines is picking up, it has not yet replaced regular photo frames, wall hangings etc.,” says Anita Kataria of The Right Address. Miniature figurines are best described as a small-scale representation of a historical or mythological entity. But experimentation being the driving force when it comes to decor products, there have been countless shapes one can have miniature figurines in. “They are available in materials like pewter, crystal and silver. And there can be varied shapes right from gods and goddesses to human, or animal figures,” adds Kataria.

New-age decor items
“Contemporary art, paintings, good lighting, music system, home theatre are a few other things along with miniature figurine that are fast sidelining the traditional home decor items,” says Mandeep Nagi of Shades of India. But miniature figurines considering their size have a constraint. “Though high in price ranging anywhere from thousands to lakhs, depending on the intricacy of the work, miniature figurines make an impact only when placed as a collection, to talk of a story to emphasise the area where they are kept,” says Kataria.

What to look for when buying a miniature figurine:
Should be picked keeping in mind that more pieces could be added to the collection.
It should be combined with larger pieces such as frames, bowls, clocks, etc