When a store is named after an Enid Blyton-concocted flying chair, you know it’s going to be dreamy. We entered the week-old Wishing Chair, a surprisingly roomy home-store in Shahpur Jat to find cows that are also watering cans, stools with bicycle parts and incredibly purple vases. We half expected to see Chinky the pixie lurking around the planters. One can only hope.
The Wishing Chair stocks a farm full of crazy animal figures – a common sight in Mumbai home stores - including a techni-coloured giraffe, pigs in Hawaiian shirts playing musical instruments and abovementioned multi-purpose cows. There’s also elephants, deer and sheep, placed in twos - Pixar’s rendition of Noah’s Ark!
bpb loved miniature clay figurines that flit fairy-like in a mobile hanging from the ceiling - much prettier than the metallic ceiling lamps beside them. But it’s after we bypassed the collection of cushions that we encountered real hidden treasure - a large wrought iron vintage bicycle in a cozy nook under the spiral stairwell display. And to take home, there are super fun bicycle stools and side tables, brightly painted and sporting cushioned seats. Looks like there’s a new village bicycle in town!
Also pay special attention to the smooth sheesham cabinets that feature neatly carved typography. We loved the larger pieces, reminiscent of an old-school medicine chest where each alphabet opened an individual drawer. Follow this to the letter!
Hues the Boss
Elsewhere in this pretty store, kitchen containers cook up a storm, bathed in bright colours like lime, raspberry and chocolate. And although these are found elsewhere, we have to give The Wishing Chair bonus points for display: stacked against a newly painted chalkboard wall that reminded us of an ice-cream parlour from the 1970s.
For the more adventurous, there are large purple, green and blue vases, fashioned from recycled glass in abstract shapes, stacked besides neatly corked collections of apothecary jars that line rungs of a ladder.
Walk With Me
The Wishing Chair is a friendly place, where owners Vivita Relan and Arjun Mann will offer to walk you through the store, tell stories about how they acquired certain products and even give you home décor tips. We have a suggestion: how about creating an actual chair with wings? We have just the place for it in our office. It would be escapism at its best.
Getting there: 86 A Shahpur Jat, call 46572121, view their Facebook page here for more details. Rs 21,400 for the 18 drawer alphabet chest.