Do the oriental

Popular French interiors brand La Maison Coloniale has landed in London. Barbara Chandler explores the new showrooms
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La Maison Coloniale is a popular interiors brand that has been trading in France from its own shops since 1977. Now it has come to London - first to Finchley (with 6,000sq ft of display space) and then to Wandsworth (even bigger).

Its aim is to adapt timeless and often exotic oriental design (from India, Tibet, Indonesia and China) to the needs of modern living (making sofas more comfortable, for example, or adapting storage for smaller spaces). Designers subtly update the oriental look twice a year - just like haute-couture fashion.

Merchandise falls into three glamorous groups: "Parfum des Indes", "Empreinte d'Indonesie", and "Esprit de Chine”.

The furniture is made in the East by skilled artisans using traditional materials - nothing is mass-produced in factories. All wood is legally sourced, and some is recycled teak.

Explore capacious couches in rich fabrics, carved cupboards, substantial tables, and low beds in dark timbers. Find also cushions, linen, teapots, statuettes, lamps and vases, and specially chosen antique pieces.

Tori table basse
Tori table basse: Reminiscent of the curved roof of a Chinese temple, this low altar-style coffee table is made from chestnut, £168
Find for example exquisite hand-painted "coffres Tibetains", in oriental pine or leather, from £394 to £1,183; or a Tori low "alter-style" coffee table in chestnut wood with curved base like the roof of a Chinese temple, £168; or the Indian rosewood Maori table, which extends from a neat console into a six-seater dining table, with a three-seater bench hiding three further pull-out padded ottomans (£968 complete).

La Maison Coloniale, 321 Finchley Road, NW3 (020 7431 2496); and at 297 Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6.30pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.

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