What would you say is your most favourite part of this home?
I would say the family-cum-entertainment room turned out really well, because it adequately serves the requirement. The space is informal with teal and brown sofas, and other comfortable seating. There is a sudden sense of contrast in the room - the plush furniture has been juxtaposed with industrial lights by Aldo Bernardi hung on the wall; these lights also act as a sculptural element. The polished brass of the coffee table not only casts a beautiful reflection on the ceiling but also adds a nice contrast to the ruggedness of the industrial lights.
I love the humour in the design - elements of this can be seen in the sculptural horse placed adjacent to the Mexican, red-coloured deck overlooking a splendid view of the outdoors, and the bar designed in metal fret work. I also love the gigantic, 300-kilo, monolithic Buddha that welcomes you! Placed appropriately at the entrance, it adds a serene touch to the space. The statue is beautifully balanced with a delicate, 3-mm thick, intricately carved screen (jaali). The jaali balances the composition, casting wonderful shades and shadows, and yet serves as a screen separating the spaces in the room when you enter via the private lift. The juxtaposition of diverse elements that sync in with the design flow, makes this my favourite space.
How did your education in design and your past projects influence the design of this apartment?
Being an architect with work experience of 15 years helps in handling a project of this size. Technical competence coupled with extensive travel experiences, both at home and abroad, have helped me in understanding design and styling on a broader level. Past projects have helped us in gaining experience, and when we take on a new project, we start out with renewed enthusiasm and zeal. When it comes to a personal space, every client has their own way of living and design style; our focus therefore, is to tap that particular style or requirement, work around it and create a design that is bespoke and yet individual; this makes our current work always different from our previous projects.
What were the biggest challenges and learnings from this project? How did you overcome the challenges?
Challenges: It is a myth that large spaces are easier; often larger spaces need even more thoughtful planning - adding the right furniture and ensuring the proportions and the volume do not overshadow the essence of the space, are matters of utmost importance. We had to design two living rooms in the same house, both around 1000 square-feet each, with completely different materials, where one living room had to have a formal look, whereas the other had to be light, vibrant, colourful and informal. Designing two living rooms of the same size in two very different styles and making them both appear uniquely interesting was a challenge. Ensuring the home reflected the individual tastes and personalities of every family member, with each room being uniquely different, and with no design, material or finish repeated in any form, was also a big challenge.
Learnings: Every project we undertake is a learning for us, in multiple ways. We learnt about sourcing furniture from Germany, Milan, and China, and the logistics involved. While doing a recce of the best global brands and the trending styles, we met many wonderful designers and people from around the world.
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