This past week at Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, furniture manufacturer Dasrat Sugrim held an exhibition aimed at reintroducing a style of a bygone era.
Other than having a unique name – the name of the company’s owner – Dasrat Sugrim offers a unique product in plantation-styled furniture.
Years ago, mahogany furniture was a regular commodity. That was before the trees from which it was made became endangered and the wood had to be imported. It is not widely sold now, but that is where Dasrat Sugrim comes in, specializing in selling and manufacturing genuine mahogany furniture, using local mahogany as much as permitted.
Several eye-catching pieces, most of them recreations of pieces from historical museums, Sunbury Plantation and St Nicholas Abbey, were on display at the exhibition.
Although recreating a historical piece, Dasrat Sugrim has made adjustments with everyday comfort in mind. Most notably, the Berbice/Plantation chair isn’t as rigid as its plantation era counterparts. It has been redesigned to be a vintage recliner of sorts, supporting the natural curve of your spine. The stifling canvas material has been replaced with breathable cane draft.
Despite how delicate these pieces appear, the moment you sit in them you feel the sturdiness and craftsmanship.
Dasrat Sugrim makes its furniture with barely any screws and bolts, if any at all, using dovetail joints to assemble the furniture as they would have been done in their original era. Even the impressive four-poster bed has few screws in its assembly. This piece features hand carved posts and a true Victorian feel.
Dasrat Sugrim uses a specialized tool to copy the tiniest details of these pieces with 99 per cent accuracy, making it easier to carve each piece from scratch with precision, and guaranteeing that every piece purchased will be a carpentry masterpiece.
Not only does the company manufacture and sell furniture, but it is involved in antique restoration.
The primary mission of Dasrat Sugrim is to breathe life back into the niche market of mahogany furniture, to make them functional and show Barbadians that this piece of our history isn’t stuck in the plantation age.