Ten-Second Takeaway

Varnam gives the 200-year-old craft of Channapatna toy-making a quirky and functional makeover with its range of home decor, lifestyle products and jewellery.

Toying Around

Located in the basement of a building on a quiet lane in Indiranagar, Varnam stands out simply because of the charm it exudes. As you walk down the stone steps and enter the store, you’ll notice how the soft lighting complements the shine of lacquer and the bright colours all around. Reinterpreting the Channapatna craft to go beyond just toys, Varnam was started by Karthik Vaidyanathan {who works as the design consultant for a broadband company} purely out of his passion for the art form. And, what started off as exhibitions showcasing furnishings eventually grew into an award-winning social enterprise, with a store.

Working with artisans from Channapatna, Karthik believes in using fresh designs and constantly revamping the products here. Made following traditional techniques {right down to the application of colours}, the store has everything from home decor pieces and lightings to accessories and, of course, toys!

For Your Space

varnam for channapatna products in indiranagar

Source: Varnam

Animals like Goobe {owl}, Kuruvi {sparrow}, Oinkston {pig} and Jumbo {elephant} serve as a theme for the products here. So, from owls and sparrows on their night lamps and drop lamps {their Goobe Night Lamp is a must-buy!} to cute photo stands in the shape of a pig and Jimbo Jumbos napkin rings, there’s enough here to delight you. While their pen stands and stationery holders are just perfect to brighten up your workspace, we particularly love their kitchen and dining range. Think a crocodile head for a wine holderOinkstons salt and pepper shakers {which you’ll find on the tables at The Fatty Bao} and Giraffe Salad Mixer Sets. You’ll also find platters, candle stands, cookie jars and cutesy coasters to stock up on. If you’re looking to jazz up your home, pick from their curtains, carpets and cushion covers.

Play On

With an entire section devoted to handcrafted wooden jewellery, their collection includes neckpieces, earrings, and chunky bangles. Available in bright shades like orange and yellow as well as darker colours {green or black}, they make for great statement pieces to go with a simple attire. No trip to Varnam is complete without checking out their range of Channapatna toys. Apart from adorable soft toys, pull toys and push toys, they have memory games, stacking toys and counting games to get little ones thinking.


Keep an eye out for their discounts and the season special products during Christmas.

Where: 444, Basement, 5th Main, Opposite to 13th Cross Park, 2nd Stage, Indiranagar

Price: INR 100 upwards

Contact: 080 25250360

Timings: 11am-8pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.


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