A rice-plow shelf ($499), at left, and root chair, below, ($399) are made of teak.
Furniture store gets Asian flair
Something new is taking root at Island Lifestyles.
Proprietors Laura Yamada and Averill Wilson took the helm Sept. 1 and will soon be offering contemporary Asian and rustic-style home furnishings at their shop on 435 Keawe St.
"We're bringing in things from Indonesia, all suited to enhance tropical decor," said Yamada, originally from Hilo.
Showroom eye-catchers now on hand include teak-root chairs and teak rice-plow bookshelves, sure to be conversation pieces in the home. The organic shape contrasts well with the clean lines of modern furniture.
Teak-root chairs are strategically carved from just that, preserving the shape of the tree's root. Plow shelves, made of recycled wood from rice plows, are from Bali.
"Rice plows using water buffaloes are now obsolete, so the wood is reused," said Yamada.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; closed Sundays. Call 521-1772.