The Moorthy's, stalwarts of the antiques trade, have now launched Pooranawalla—an online dealership for vintage furniture that includes iconic designs by the likes of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. The couple talks about how collecting, restoring and, most importantly, appreciating old furniture is an art that must be preserved.
Pooranawalla, Mumbai: Long-Standing Specialisation
Tucked away in a quiet lane in Mumbai's Tardeo neighbourhood, is Moorthy's workshop, as unostentatious as it is reputed. It is run by Moorthy and his wife Jacinta, one of Mumbai's most recognised antiques dealers for over four decades. To enter the store is to leave the bustling metropolis behind for a world in which beloved antiques, from furniture to small objet d'art, rise up in a labyrinthine that seems to span the history of the world.
Pooranawalla, Mumbai: Objet d'art
The Moorthy's have set themselves apart as one of the country's few dedicated restorers of antique furniture. The couple recently launched Pooranawalla, a platform that retails all manner of vintage and antique pieces. A space at the far end of the workshop has been converted into two dedicated showrooms, presenting a panoply of styles and eras in a rich, intimate arrangement. Le Corbusier cane chairs sit in front of an ebonised piano-shaped teakwood table; a French travelling trunk, stands beside a colonial-era mahogany planter. Each piece is a moment in history, respected and duly preserved.