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Baro

If Enid Blyton travelled to Asia and revelled in its craft and colours, perhaps Baro wouldn’t be far from her imagination. Baro is a fun mix of objects that are curated and in-house furniture.

Carpentry at Baro

The Mid-century furniture designed and created at Baro is created from reclaimed and recycled wood. Seen here is Nakashima, a desk constructed using traditional wooden joinery sans nails or screws. Seen up-close is the ‘butterfly-joint’ one of the prominent joineries used in its construction.

Shamiana

The furniture also renders a backdrop against which the curated goods are displayed or a canvas that allows them to play with styles and designs. ‘Shamiana’, the sofa, is a contemporary couch with its backrest upholstered in Suzani fabric sourced from Uzbekistan.

Pattachitra

Pattachitra at Baro are created by artists in Bengal and Orissa who belong to a generation of artists. The illustrations range from ancient folklores to contemporary themes and interpretations of natural disasters, manmade calamities, celebrations and so on. Or the artists can draw from the buyer’s life, experience and ideas and create art for them.

Sholapith craft of Bengal

Sholapith, a craft of Bengal is fashioned into 3-d decorative artworks and objects. Srila collaborated with Nandita Palchoudhuri who drew 2-d designs for the craftsmen to execute. They experimented with sandwiching the art between glass panels and framing it. The resultant art took various forms from the traditional paisley motifs to contemporary Art-deco inspired patterns.

The intent

Enid Blyton’s reference is only indicative of its décor and merchandise. At the heart of Baro, lies the desire to reconnect; with our roots; the folklores, the power of the hand, the ephemeral stories that are captured into objects and with the people who are keeping these traditions alive and passing them on to the newer generation.

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Showcase 13 Jul 2018

CQ visits Baro – a melting pot of colour craft, wanderlust, furniture and design in Mumbai

Baro, the brainchild of Srila Chatterjee and Siddharth Sirohi is a décor store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Srila, an executive producer at Highlight Films collaborated with Siddharth who has a background in film production and art direction for Highlight Living, an experimental furniture space at the Highlight Films office. Here they handcrafted Mid-century-style furniture from reclaimed teak. The endeavours that took flight from there led to Baro, which marries their love for art, craft and travel into décor for urban living.

If Enid Blyton travelled to Asia and revelled in its craft and colours, perhaps Baro wouldn’t be far from her imagination. Baro is a fun mix of objects that Srila curates during her travels and furniture that is made in-house. Siddharth, with an educational background in mathematics, enjoys working with ergonomics, ratios and designs the furniture and some lights that are retailed at Baro. While Blyton’s reference is only indicative of its décor and merchandise, there is a strong underlying intent that drives Baro to create and curate. CQ investigates!

Baro creates

The Mid-century furniture designed and created at Baro continues to be created from reclaimed and recycled wood, sourced from wood markets, dilapidated mansions and so on. Baro aims to continue with carpentry till reclaimed wood is available. They will perhaps explore farming their own wood but not at the cost of destroying forests. Their furniture renders a backdrop against which the curated goods are displayed or a canvas that allows them to play with styles and designs.

If Enid Blyton travelled to Asia and revelled in its craft and colours, perhaps Baro wouldn’t be far from her imagination. 

For example, ‘Shamiana’, the sofa, is a contemporary couch with its backrest upholstered in Suzani fabric sourced from Uzbekistan. The Suzani fabrics at Baro have a narrative of their own. Srila travelled to Uzbekistan in 2017 and she was enchanted by the civilization. In her words, “It is the cradle of everything, the centre of the world and the oldest bridge between the East and the West.” The Suzani fabrics, in a way, bring alive this metaphor when fashioned into upholstery for the mid-century inspired furniture or sold individually. These Suzani fabrics are vintage pieces that are perhaps a decade or two old.

Another interesting example is Sholapith, a craft of Bengal that is made from a plant sap. It is fashioned into 3-d decorative artworks and objects. Srila collaborated with Nandita Palchoudhuri who drew 2-d designs for the craftsmen to execute. They experimented with sandwiching the art between glass panels and framing it. The resultant art took various forms from the traditional paisley motifs to contemporary Art-deco inspired patterns.

Baro travels far and wide to curate unique one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story,  represent history, traditions and individuality. 

Baro curates

Baro travels far and wide to curate unique one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story, represent history, traditions and individuality. Like the Baro-curated Pattachitra pieces lean towards muted palettes to suit contemporary homes. Or the artists draw from the buyer’s life, experience and ideas and create art for them. Similarly, the carpets at Baro are bought directly from carpet weaving families, curated by Jai Khanna. And then there are products that are a part of empowerment and skill-building workshops that NGOs like Akanksha conduct. Baro encourages by retailing their merchandise or hosting them at special bazaars. 

At the heart of it all, lies the desire to connect with like-minded individuals and enterprises. Baro feels that there is a small population that is still rooted in the sense of the place; be it the folklore, the ephemeral stories and more, that get captured into objects. And it is this niche that Baro aims to maintain and capture in its magical store, one that, even if replicated by another, will emerge unique!

For a look into the world of Baro, head here.