Set against the backdrop of history, monarchy and globe-trotting elegance, Subcontinent recently showcased wide array of 19th and 20th century furniture pieces at Karachiâ€™s archaic Frere Hall.
Subcontinent is the brainchild of Sonia Rehman Qureshi, who made a slow and steady transition from a renowned TV actress to a well-established antique enthusiast. She has been recognized for her contribution in the field of art and culture, with a degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious National College of Arts, Lahore. Sonia has recently extended her interest to restoring and reviving antique interior treasures, with individually selecting each masterpiece and restoring each item in her signature style.
Over the years, Subcontinent has successfully carved its niche and has opened up a medium for the audience to come together and explore the interesting phase in the artistâ€™s vocation. Sonia shares, that it is in fact her creations that are â€œinterpretation these stories as they continue their journey from generation to generation telling stories old and new from many years to come.â€
Putting out a collection that represents a flavor of all facets and a celebration of the past era, the showcase had exquisitely enameled pieces of furniture such as chairs, chest of drawers, chests, desks, display cabinets, sideboards, misc, tables, settees and sofas â€“ each of which told a story of its own. This collection captured a touch of surrealism, something easily admired by not only those who own them today, but also the future generations.