DP Curates: 5 Modern Credenzas And Consoles On Our Radar Right Now

Credenzas and consoles make for striking additions at home to store your prized dinnerware or to display books and art objects. Here are our current picks of these furniture staples that blend form and function.

  • 25 Jun '24
  • 3:33 pm by Beverly Pereira

 Credenzas and consoles are versatile pieces of furniture. Aside from serving the practical purpose of storage, these pieces of furniture can make a stylish statement. While a credenza has cabinet-style doors with ample storage space and short legs or none at all, consoles come with a generous surface, longer legs and, often, drawers for minimal storage.  Interestingly, the word ‘credenza’ comes from the Italian word ‘credere’ translating to trust. In Renaissance Italy, a credente referred to a trustworthy member of the royal household who tasted the food and drink for poison before it was served to an aristocrat. Over time, the term credenza evolved to describe the table where food and drink were displayed before it was tasted and given the go-ahead by the credente

Today, of course, the credenza isn’t limited to the dining room; it can even make for a spectacular addition to a bedroom. Consoles are ideal for living rooms, foyers, and entryways. When choosing either of these pieces, you’ll want to consider their functional and aesthetic aspects. Spend time figuring out your intended use so that the piece best serves the space and its

storage needs. Before going down the rabbit hole of modern credenzas and consoles available today, determine the room dimensions. Think hard and long about whether you intend for your credenza or console to blend in with the space or to stand out like a true statement-maker. Since both credenzas and consoles come in various styles, ranging from traditional to modern, you’ll also want to choose a material and finish that complements the existing furniture and aesthetic of the room. DP curates 5 stunning pieces that would make a great addition to any home. 



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#1 Mana Collective’s Anica console

Kathmandu’s intricately carved wooden structures inspire the ‘Anica Console’ from the Dhyan collection. Dimensions – 167.5 cm (L) x 70.2 cm (W) x 83 cm (H); Price on request (Image Credit: Mana Collective)


Their latest collection titled ‘Dhyan’ merges traditional wood carving skills with modern technical expertise, the ‘Anica’ console is inspired by the staggeringly beautiful tiered pagoda-style structures spotted in and around the Kathmandu valley. Crafted from white ashwood, teak, and brass, this made-to-measure console features precise geometric edged forms that rest atop tall metal spokes, making it an impactful addition to living rooms and foyers. Founded by Aditi Kedia and Harshitaa Agrawal, the Mana collective works towards crafting objects that straddle the realms of art and design


#2 The Stage Console by Ziba Homes

‘The Stage Console’ by Ziba Homes adds a playful yet stylish touch to the home. Dimensions — 47” (L) x 16” (D) x 29” (H); Price – ₹ 1,45,000 (Image Credit: Ziba Homes)


This console is a homage to proportion, scale and timeless strength. Featuring an arrangement of three skilfully stacked geometric shapes carved from natural stone–the ‘Stage’ console is a great conversation starter. With a generous tabletop, it offers both practical functionality and an artistic touch to living rooms and foyers. The ‘Stage’ console can also be customised to suit your space and is available in a range of natural stones like white panda marble (pictured above), Travertine marble, Vende Indio marble, Nero Marquina marble, Bianco Carrara and White Arabescato. Founded by interior architects Mitali Bansal and Ria Chhabra, Ziba Homes is appreciated in design circles for its contemporary décor that employs traditional production methods. 



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#3 The Rise Console by Bombay Design Lab

’The Rise Console’ by Bombay Design Lab features steep contours, a concrete texture and a matte black PU-finished top. Dimensions – 52” (W) x 30” (H) x 12” (D); Price on request. (Image Credit: Ishita Sitwala, Bombay Design Lab)


The steep contours of this console by Bombay Design Lab are intended to evoke the experience of an unfamiliar journey towards a higher goal. Embodying a philosophical belief derived from a Sanskrit text, of focusing on the process—the journey at large—instead of the consequence, the ‘Rise’ console is profoundly arresting by way of its visual aesthetic and design inspiration. Made to order with a lead time of 6-8 weeks, the console features a base finished in concrete texture with a cantilevered top carrying a matte black polyurethane (PU) finish. The Mumbai-based Bombay Design Lab is an innovative multidisciplinary design studio founded by Rehan Parikh in 2018 known for lending fresh perspectives to both bespoke furniture and interior spaces. 


#4 The Driftwood Console by Escape by Creatomy

‘The Driftwood Console’ is a richly poetic sculptural console. Dimensions – 71” (L) x 16” (W) x 37” (H); Price – ₹2,83,200. (Image Credit: Escape By Creatomy)


The ‘Driftwood’ console is a poetic wooden piece that draws inspiration from the ocean with a surface that mimics gentle waves, and console legs inspired by the intricate form of undersea corals. This sculptural piece by Escape by Creatomy is ideal for modern entryways and foyers and makes a bold statement without overpowering the space it inhabits. It is crafted from solid wood (Ash), finished in stain and PU matt, and available in various shades ranging from Teak and natural to charcoal, blue, green, red and purple. Rooted in the ethos of mindful living, Escape by Creatomy is a lifestyle brand founded by Prateek Sabharwal that fuses traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design.



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#5 Scarlet Splendour’s Celestial credenza

‘The Celestial Credenza’ oozes style and functionality. Dimensions – 200 cm (W) x 91 cm (H) x 50 cm (D); Price on request. (Image Credit: Scarlet Splendour)


Crafted from copper, brass and plywood, this artful piece is truly a fusion of style and functionality. Scarlet Splendour’s Celestial credenza is covered in copper with a gradient of blue and copper hues that mimic the ethereal nature of coppery blue skies, at the same time luminous planets cast in brass appear to float across the sky. This credenza features roomy interiors with functional drawers and trays, making it an excellent choice for the living room. Founded by Ashish Bajoria and Suman Kanodia in 2014, Scarlet Splendour is renowned for its modern, sculptural luxury furniture and, of course, its innovative international collaborations.