Es­sajees Ate­lier

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In the year 1890, Ab­dul Kadir Es­sajee Sham started a store in Bom­bay, that es­pe­cially catered to In­dian Ma­hara­jas who wanted to col­lect the finest and rarest goods from all over the world. In 1970, the flag­ship heritage store Es­sajee and Sons store in Co­laba was opened with pa­trons rang­ing from the ex­pat com­mu­nity to the royal fam­i­lies of Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Ara­bia. Hav­ing gar­nered ex­pe­ri­ence in high­end fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­duc­tion dur­ing a five-year stint with Es­sajees, Sarah re­alised that in­te­rior de­sign was her call­ing, af­ter which she went on to com­plete a two-year de­gree on the sub­ject from Rachna Sansad. She com­pleted her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in Art His­tory from Duke Univer­sity in the US and Ox­ford Univer­sity in the UK. It is yet, not an easy task to live up to one’s glo­ri­ous an­ces­tral legacy, since its in­cep­tion four years ago, Es­sajees Ate­lier suc­cess­fully com­pleted 25 res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial projects - set­ting up spa­ces from scratch, lit­er­ally.sarah’s projects in­clude health care cen­tres of the cel­e­brated nu­tri­tion­ist, An­jali Muk­er­jee, wine bar and fine din­ing restau­rant, a hol­i­day home with the prop­erty de­vel­oper Ip­srava in As­sagao, Goa, a 10,000 square feet hol­i­day home for a Bol­ly­wood di­rec­tor in Pawna and a 5000 square feet home space in Breach Candy, Mumbai. But, the most chal­leng­ing project for this young designer was her own home. “The clients were my par­ents and the brief was sim­ple - make sure you open up the space and make it look bright and fresh. My fa­ther, who owns and runs Es­sajees wanted the en­tire house to be filled with things from his store. I, how­ever, had a dif­fer­ent vi­sion and wanted the space to have a nice con­tem­po­rary feel to it,” said Sarah. She started with par­tially en­clos­ing the bal­cony to make the liv­ing room big­ger and re­mov­ing the false ceil­ing. She cre­ated false beams across the ceil­ing to house all the light­ing and added a mir­rored wall, some cus­tom rugs from The Weaver and a whole bunch of col­lectibles from Es­sajees and their trea­sures. Sarah added, “We cus­tom made brass and mother of pearl in­laid cof­fee ta­bles, hung prized art on the walls and de­signed hand carved arm­chairs from teak and cane. We also man­u­fac­tured a mid-cen­tury glass din­ing ta­ble with chairs to match and crafted large dis­play units to house all the var­i­ous an­tiques.”

There’s a lot more scope now for all kinds of de­sign, be­cause the client is now well trav­elled, De­sign­ers need to work ex­tra hard to make sure they are keep­ing up with global stan­dards and this is chang­ing the way we do busi­ness as an in­dus­try. sarah Mo­hamedi sham

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