Bunakara, a unique line of home furnishings and textiles that blends the simple with the luxurious, recently announced that it has brought a designer element to the 2017 New American Remodeled Home® during the recent NAHB International Builders Show® in Orlando. The New American Remodeled Home was an exciting addition to the venue this year and showcased a separate show house for the thousands of remodelers attending.
Built in the 1980s, the home was a perfect example of the architecture and styling of that time. The transformation of the 4,444-square-foot home from ’80s styling to a 4,631-square-foot Bahamian styled architecture is an inspiration to both current homeowners in need of renovations and updating and also the builders providing these services, which include both cosmetic and energy efficiencies.
“Much like this home, Bunakara is all about blending the old with the new,” said Dixon Bartlett, Bunakara U.S. national sales and marketing director. “Bunakara, which means ‘weaver’ in Hindi, weaves the emotions, the history and the knowledge of the past with the present into each design through Bunakara’s creator, Joana Aranha’s, vision and the talented artisans’ craftsmanship.”
Aranha, an internationally known interior designer, launched the company after searching the globe for products for her interior design clients that she could not find. Believing in healthy living, she uses authentic natural materials such as acacia wood, pure cotton, pure linen and natural dyes while combining the perfect blend of handcraftsmanship and captivating details – an
iconic single painted chair leg, a hidden message on the inner core of a pillow, an intricate sand-cast brass ferrule on a simple acacia table leg or a delicate hand-applied lace appliqué.
“This project is a show home but the final result of the interior is as if we had done this design work for one of our client’s homes,” said Rob Turner, president of interior design for Phil Kean Design Group in Winter Park, Florida, the company that served as architect, interior designer and contractor for the 2017 New American Remodeled Home. “It looks as if someone lives there and collected these pieces over time. That end goal made Bunakara the perfect choice to include in the interior and their ‘look’ contributed a lot to what we wanted to accomplish.”
The pieces that Bunakara contributed to the project displayed in the entryway and a bedroom include the Fingerprint Two Stripes Arm Chair, crafted of acacia wood and covered in Bunakara’s unique striped Fingerprint fabric, as well as a single color-dipped leg; the Fingerprint Ribbon Armchair, generously proportioned and woven with unique cotton striped fabric; two sizes of the Rich Bronzes Indian Daybed, made of acacia wood in a matte finish, with artfully turned legs accented with sand-cast golden aged brass ferrules complete with hand-embroidered cushions; and the Sewing Box Bedside Table, made of acacia wood with brass legs and hardware and removable fabric sewing box drawer. All the pieces also feature Bunakara’s signature, a beaded Flower of India insignia.
“Bunakara's detailing is exquisite,” said Turner. “I like that much of it has an ethnic feel, with the Indian influence, and the pieces have a uniqueness to them. It adds to the ‘collected’ look that most people’s homes have.”
The 2017 New American Remodeled Home® was open to conference participants for three days during the NAHB International Builders’ Show, which hosted 80,000 building industry professionals from around the world.
For a virtual tour of the home, visit: https://vimeo.com/199234126
More about Bunakara:
Bunakara, a unique line of upscale furniture, home accents and textiles blends the simple with the luxurious. Handcrafted in India using beautifully authentic, natural materials, products are designed by Joana Aranha, an international Portuguese designer of residential and commercial interiors, retail store concepts and home furnishings. Bunakara, which means “weaver” in Hindi, is specially curated for retailers and designers who appreciate sophisticated, hand crafted design with unexpected details. Her designs are so special and unique that many are copyrighted. Visit our U.S. showrooms at the High Point and Atlanta Markets or online at www.bunakara.com
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