Func­tional Art

Usine Stu­dio

India Today - - COVER STORY -

With a brief to cre­ate sim­i­lar yet dis­tinct homes that re­flect the con­trast­ing per­son­al­i­ties of the sib­lings, ar­chi­tect duo Yatin Kavaiya, 35, and Jiten Tosar, 33, set out to make Kabir res­i­dences. The idea was to cre­ate “the plea­sure of a farm house within city lim­its” by bring­ing the out­doors in­side, as much as pos­si­ble. “The ap­proach was clean and sim­ple with min­i­mum colour palate and ma­te­ri­als. We de­signed it with an el­e­ment of con­ti­nu­ity to make the eyes travel through the de­sign,” says Kavaiya. So they cre­ated big open­ings to al­low air and nat­u­ral light to stream in and played with a colour palate of con­trast­ing shades of light and dark. “We also added screens to lend an el­e­ment of cu­rios­ity,” he says. The space was di­vided into pub­lic ar­eas, semi-pri­vate and pri­vate zones us­ing pas­sages with di­rec­tional lights. TREND CHECK The cur­rent trends in de­sign, says the duo, is eclec­tic fur­ni­ture and de­signs in­spired by na­ture. “Peo­ple are in­creas­ingly opt­ing for nat­u­ral stone, gem­stones and me­tals in the decor,” says Kavaiya. THE BE­GIN­NING The duo set up Usine Stu­dio, their “creative work­house” in April 2010 and the team has worked on sev­eral res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and re­tail prop­er­ties in the city. “Good de­sign should al­ways be creative, imag­i­na­tive and artis­tic,” says Tosar. De­tails usines­tu­

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