Nostalgia adds more to its scintillating collection as they shift their base from Mumbai to Alibaug.
Art and craft in any form is what Nostalgia is all about. Nostalgia brings together intriguing pieces of furniture from all across South East Asia. The collection at Nostalgia includes a wide range of indoor and outdoor sofa sets, dining sets, daybeds, loungers, deckchairs, hammocks, bars, barstools, coffee tables, consoles, stools and swings. The store also offers a lot of artifacts in different materials, both large and small for indoors and outdoors along with plenty of home accessories which make ideal gifting solutions.
Few years ago, Sanjana Bahl, the proprietor of Nostalgia started a business of sourcing art and artifacts from Bali, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka and various parts of India. She handpicked these unique objets d’art which she supplied to large lifestyle and home decor stores. Realising these pieces were being appreciated she decided to open Nostalgia, a 1,700 square feet store in Worli which began retailing the artifacts in-house. Soon she expanded her business to smaller pieces of furniture like consoles, centre tables, bases, 2 seaters, coffee table seating, carved stools and chairs which she picked during her travels. On the recommendation of a friend, Sanjana shifted her base to Alibaug about 18 months ago; here she opened her first store in the precinct of Zirad. About 2 months later she added more space to expand the range and subsequently added a gazebo store. Nostalgia is now an 8,000 square feet enterprise with a large warehousing capacity.
With emphasis on craft as much as comfort, Nostalgia continues to add to its range and improve on its designs. At Nostalgia, one can find exquisite furniture in a variety of materials such as water hyacinth, rattan, bamboo, seagrass, wood, synthetic rattan, treated wood and terrazzo. The artifact and water features are available in materials like wood, ceramic, cinnamon, shell, glass, stone, concrete, fibrestone and terrazzo which can be used for both indoors and outdoors.
The store also features an eco-friendly range in water hyacinth, sea grass and rattan peel which can be worked in such a manner that each piece looks different using different weaves and finishings. The chunky one piece ‘Suar wood’ furniture from Java can be cut in its natural form to make dining tables, center tables, benches and bases with no two pieces looking the same.
Talking about her collection, Sanjana adds, “I felt Bali and Java produced goods are of a very high quality so I chose to work with the artisans there. Besides they are one of the largest producers of eco-friendly furniture and the wood used is of high quality too. The skill of weaving and carving of the Balinese artisans has come down from generations and their finish is extremely neat and clean; with the high quality of materials used, these are a great value for money. My favourite in the artifact range is the Buddha which enhances any given space. At Nostalgia, we have Buddhas in almost every position, shape, form, size and material depending on the placement. We also do customised furniture for clients provided they give us adequate production time.”
Nostalgia’s clients are mostly from Mumbai, Goa, Alibaug, Pune as well as other parts of Maharashtra who are abreast with the latest trends in the market and are looking for bespoke pieces. In the near future, Sanjana plans on opening other branches in Goa or Pune as also expanding and innovating with new collections.