Apr 1, 2011

Antique Chairs and more vintage love ~ Guest post ~ Shalini a.k.a. Kamakshi Diamond

While on the blogging journey, I meet wonderful people who, I feel like I have known for ever. Sharing simple things about day to day living - joys, sorrows and of course blog topics, brings us closer.  I tend to forget that I would have never met or spoken or seen them in person. Sweet isn't it...One such very lovable person is Shalini who blogs over at Sanctified Spaces. Her blog is a true reflection of her simple, down to earth and creative personality. She writes about things she admires and loves- food, general musings and thoughts, travels and temples. One such post I really loved was about her ancestral home and her Grandfather. It took me back to times I spent with my granddad and my recollection of his influence on me.

When I requested her for a blog post, she obliged..and as promised in my previous post, here is her lovely write up on antique chairs. I am sure you will fall in love with the pieces and her post as much as I did.

over to Shalini :-)

When Sudha from Design Enthusiast asked me to do a guest post,I was thrilled to bits.I love the fact that she features individual pieces of eclectic furniture and pares it down to its period,style and utility.Great information for Antique aficionado's.So this post took me on a trip to research chairs.So I promptly landed up at Mr.Prabhakaran's home for a tour.He was generous enough to take me around his home and answer all my queries.To read up more click here.All images are from his home.

Check this gorgeous Antique beauty.This is a 110 year old easy chair.Vintage furniture at its best.Made of cane for the seating& back rest with rosewood frame.This is known as Grandpas chair.The related model for this chair is the planters chair.Its clearly in a Pristine condition given its age.

Meet the mother of all chairs.This is the Connemara Chair.This was found largely in the Connemara Library in Chennai and hence the name.This is a Colonial piece designed beautifully in rosewood.A stunner indeed.Less backaches I believe,user info.A stunner indeed.

This is another beauty in Burma Teak,a corner chair in colonial stlye

Another corner chair in rosewood colonial stlye.What a pleasure to read in this chair.

A rocking Chair with a caned seat and back in teak wood.The style is Indian.

Antique Reading chair in rosewood with slots for papers and even a cup holder which is broken.Style:Colonial

Cane reading chair in Burma Teak,Style:Indian

Rosewood,Reading/folding  chair,Colonial

I wish I could own one of these vintage pieces.So beautifully designed.I thoroughly enjoyed doing this piece.Thank you Sudha for this wonderful opportunity.


thank you Shalini for such a lovely write up and beautiful images. I could have never compiled such an exhaustive post on Indian furniture classics. 


  1. Thank you for the kind words Sudha.So nice of you.

  2. nice presentation Shalini. well done!!!

  3. Awesome Collection, loved every piece


  4. Delicious! I want the one with no backaches, please! :) Each piece is gorgeous---they look so sturdy and I love how well they've been maintained!

  5. Shalini is indeed a sweetheart to talk with and so true that her blog is about what she likes..wish i could own one such beautiful chair

  6. *sigh* Im speechless.. those are simply gorgeous!!

  7. Beautiful post. Amazing collection of antique chairs. Loved everyone of them. Wish today's chairs have similar simple and elegant designs now.

  8. Wow, can i please have the first chair:-)

  9. lol ...anu...remember my prev post on wood cane chairs...:)...the first chair is one on my to have -wish list

    :)..glad u like it too

  10. i love the first armchair...and the others r cool too... the 3rd one with 2 backrest is interesting...



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