A city exhibition that commences today (February 23) subtly traces how colonial furniture in India gave way to Art Deco, a style that made its presence felt in Mumbai between the 1950s and the 1970s. The exhibition has been curated by the family of Mahendra Doshi, a pioneer in the business of restoring antique furniture and the man behind Mahendra Doshi Restorateurs. The curators — Anand Gandhi, Chiki Doshi and Asim Doshi — have sourced close to 150 pieces of furniture, all of which will be on display, along with a host of other artefacts from both eras.
“The exhibition shows how trends in furniture have evolved over the recent years and the influence Art Deco has had on those trends,” says Doshi, adding that architecture, furniture, fashion and all forms of visual art between 1950 and 1970 celebrated the glamour, luxury and aplomb of the trend that began in Paris in 1925.
The exhibition focuses on how one distinctive style led to another as the curvy lines and ornate detailing of colonial furniture gave way to the bold, geometric shapes and rich colours of Art Deco.
The pieces that are sure to grab eyeballs include a mahogany regency linen press with ebony inlay — a colonial masterpiece from Kolkata — and a revolving bookcase.
Here are some that caught our attention.