Warehouse full of really 'cool things'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 May, 2010, 12:00am

You could spend a good few hours looking through the warehouse that is Shambala, located on the second floor of Horizon Plaza.

In this gigantic treasure chest, dragon-patterned Tibetan chests vie for attention with heavy Sri Lankan tables, thick rugs, and bronze Hindu deities. There is everything from cushions, cupboards and sofas to lamps, flower pots and old woven baskets.

Shambala opened in Horizon Plaza in 1996, with the aim of being an emporium of 'cool things you can't find elsewhere', according to general manager Andrew Robbins.

'There is a huge variety of goods here, from Afghan rugs to Burmese table tops with powdered legs. We have genuine antiques and pieces that use old elements in novel ways, inspiring an emotional response to the old elements,' Robbins says.

One of the newest collections Shambala now stocks is Starbay, an elegant, finely-crafted and cleverly designed range of rosewood furnishings inspired by luxury sea voyages and old suitcases.

Available at Shambala since November last year, the brand began 15 years ago in France by rescuing furniture from luxury ocean cruise liners that were heading to Indian ship breakers. Gradually, as the supply of original pieces decreased, Starbay began to design and assemble the trunks, chests and desks themselves.

'Starbay is not mass market; it takes 90 days to make each piece,' says Javier Serrano, Starbay's chief brand officer. 'There is a neo-Victorian feel to the designs with their pre-industrial arts and crafts detail.' The range includes an expandable dining table, make-up trunk and foldable drinks bar, all which exude a James Bond style.