De­signer's Den


India Today - - COVER STORY -

Le Cor­don Bleu alum­nus and founder of the im­mensely pop­u­lar Paris Café, 24 year old chef Sneha Singhi’s Bal­ly­gunge home is an en­dear­ing com­bi­na­tion of rus­tic and con­tem­po­rary de­sign sen­si­bil­i­ties. The in­te­ri­ors, done by Singhi’s mother, de­signer Rad­hika Singhi, 43, bank heav­ily on the lat­ter's pen­chant for earthy colours, ru­ral hand­i­crafts and tex­tiles, and a knack for or­na­men­ta­tion, in­lay work and em­bel­lish­ments.

Glam Fac­tor

The for­mal lounge area on the ground floor where the fam­ily hosts their guests, is quite a con­trast to the rest of the house. Spar­ingly ac­ces­sorised, the spa­cious lounge with large floor-to-ceil­ing glass win­dows is min­i­mal­ist yet mod­ish. “Earthy and rus­tic is my sig­na­ture style, but I also have a soft spot for Vic­to­rian de­sign sen­si­bil­i­ties," she ex­plains. The soft colour pal­ette—mostly white, beige, pearl and ivory with touches of pas­tel pinks and blues gets a touch of op­u­lence from sil­vered Damask and muted gold tex­tured wall­pa­pers, chic up­hol­stery de­signed by Rad­hika and or­nate, gilded chan­de­liers.

Labour of Love

A large chunk of hol­low bricks and mor­tar, picked up from a mound of road­side de­bris en­joys a glory spot in the fam­ily liv­ing room on the first floor. “But it’s no or­di­nary rub­ble. This one’s steeped in his­tory,” says Rad­hika. “It’s a frag­ment from one of the walls of the Writer’s Build­ing knocked down dur­ing ren­o­va­tion. I saw it ly­ing by the road and fell in love with it,” she adds. Rad­hika has in­ge­niously trans­formed it into an art in­stal­la­tion of sorts by fill­ing up the hol­lows of bricks with a range of or­nate cop­per fig­urines and or­na­ments.

Rad­hika (left) and Sneha Singhi

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