Society Interiors - - CONTENTS - Text: Bindu Gopal rao Pho­to­graphs: Prashant Bhat

HPL As­so­ciates have de­signed mag­nif­i­cent bun­ga­low in Hy­der­abad, which is supremely com­fort­able in its un­der­stated aes­thetic form; Mum­bai-based in­te­rior de­signer Girish Chat­par has de­signed a home with warm, vi­brant and youth­ful am­bi­ence; Ahmed­abad-based ar­chi­tects Ar­chana and Amit Shah has de­signed a con­tem­po­rary home char­ac­ter­ized by clean lines, sub­tle colours and a nat­u­ral ma­te­rial palette; Ankita Jain and Dh­wanil Pa­tel have re­cently de­signed Vrun­da­van Villa 6 in Ahmed­abad; Ar. Ashish Ku­ber de­signs a lux­u­ri­ous home in Pune, which re­flects the owner’s im­pec­ca­ble life­style.

Ahigh-end res­i­den­tial project lo­cated at Cres­cent Bay in Parel, Mum­bai, has been aes­thet­i­cally de­signed by Mum­bai-based Ar. Girish Chat­par and his team. Girish is known and is crit­i­cally ap­pre­ci­ated for his high-end res­i­den­tial projects. Hav­ing worked with the client in the past on a cou­ple of projects, helped Girish and his team de­sign this home as per the client’s ex­pec­ta­tion.

The spa­cious apart­ment lo­cated on the 45th level, of­fers a panoramic view of the Mum­bai sky­line. This apart­ment is ac­tu­ally a com­bi­na­tion of two apart­ments, each be­ing a sep­a­rate two bed­room apart­ment. The en­tire site adds-up to 1,800 sq. ft. ap­prox­i­mately mak­ing this a nice ex­pan­sive space to suit the needs of a young cou­ple, who are both work­ing in the IT in­dus­try. “The brief given to us by them was that they wanted a very youth­ful, vi­brant space with a hint of an in­dus­trial feel. As the cou­ple very of­ten in­vite their friends over for par­ties they wanted flex­i­bil­ity in terms of space man­age­ment. The USP of this apart­ment is the huge bal­cony at­tached to the liv­ing room with an amazing view, which be­comes the main at­trac­tion for all the guests. This be­ing the third project for the fam­ily, they had com­plete faith and trust in us. Hence, we were given a very free-hand and full cor­po­ra­tion from their end,” rec­ol­lects Girish.

What makes this house unique for the team is the dif­fer­ent set of re­quire­ments from the client for a mixed look of the house, where they wanted an in­dus­trial look in the com­mon ar­eas, which gave a feel and look of a pub/cafe.

To achieve the look that the client de­sired, the de­sign team has used vary­ing ma­te­ri­als. Ital­ian mar­ble floor­ing (Bot­to­cino) has been used for the com­mon ar­eas. Other than that, they have used ma­te­ri­als such as ex­posed block board ceil­ing, chip board TV con­sole, barn door, riv­ets, sibu sheets with rivet look, co­rian, glass among oth­ers that helps bring out the in­dus­trial char­ac­ter­is­tics in the liv­ing room. The cus­tom­ized TV con­sole also has the in­dus­trial look with a glass en­cased TV unit above. The din­ing ta­ble has also been cus­tom­ized to match the TV con­sole and the over­all look. A red tele­phone booth bar unit has been added to break the monotony to cre­ate a cen­ter of at­trac­tion.

“COB lights are used with warm white LED for all the cove light­ings. LED pan­els are used in the mother’s room and kitchen for daily use. Op­ti­cal fiber lights are used in the daugh­ter’s room for the ceil­ing. All the ac­cent light­ing fix­tures are spe­cially selected to go with the in­dus­trial look of the house,” says Girish.

Each of the four bed­rooms in this house is de­signed to en­sure that it matches the needs of the peo­ple who use it. “They wanted some­thing very classy and el­e­gant for the mother’s room. Hence, we have gone in for a Neo-Clas­si­cal look for the mother’s room with a ch­ester­field bed and walls trimmed with mould­ings and painted with white cadoro pearl ef­fect pol­ish plas­ter. Even the toi­let has been done-up in the clas­si­cal style, where one wall has an an­tique mir­ror with a beveled brick look,” says Girish. As far as, their mas­ter bed­room was con­cerned, the client was clear that they wanted a mod­ern room with clean lines, where the con­cept was clear – ‘Less Is More’. Hence the ar­chi­tects have gone in for a min­i­mal­is­tic and sim­ple look for their room, where they have used a black mir­ror to clad the wardrobe to re­flect the view. A red leather is­land bed has been placed fac­ing the win­dow for them to en­joy the view.

They have high­lighted one of the walls with a Mar­morino clas­sic con­crete fin­ish. The mas­ter toi­let has a very rus­tic con­crete look to it. As the cou­ple is both from the IT field and do not re­ally have a 9-5 job they needed an of­fice space to have their tele­con­fer­ences and work from home. “Since there was a space con­strain, we have con­verted the guest bed­room into an of­fice space with a sofa-cum-bed, which could be used for the guests as well. 3D brick wall­pa­per and wooden floor­ing has been used in the of­fice to give a warm and cosy look, which in turn cre­ates a good back­drop for their tele­con­fer­ence with enough book­shelves and stor­age,” says Girish.

The cou­ple also has a young daugh­ter, who is about 5-6 years old. “We wanted her to have a lot of space in her room to play around, so we have pushed the bed along the win­dow to cre­ate the same. The wardrobe shut­ters are fin­ished with white back-painted glass with a colour­ful trans­fer print. One of the walls is high­lighted by dif­fer­ent colours and a small black­board,” ex­plains Girish. The kitchen has been kept very sim­ple and func­tional. White plat­form and white cab­i­nets has a colour­ful back­splash. As the team had two apart­ments of two bed­rooms each, they had an ex­tra kitchen space, which was con­verted to a tem­ple as per the re­quire­ment of the client’s mother.

Over­all, the ar­chi­tect’s ef­forts in mak­ing the home strik­ing, well-co­or­di­nated and cosy liv­ing space, is bal­anced for its per­fect light­ing, cho­sen colour palette, selected ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures seems fruit­ful.

So here it is, a home where the fam­ily truly bonds to­gether.

1 The vi­brant and rus­tic liv­ing area with in­dus­trial ac­cents.

2 The light fit­tings and news­pa­per print on door adds to the in­dus­trial look. 3 The brick wall­pa­per and wooden floor­ing adds to the warm and cosy feel. 4 Ad­e­quate stor­age has been pro­vided with a stylish book­shelf.



The Neo-Clas­si­cal look for a sim­ple and el­e­gant bed­room. The back-painted glass with col­or­ful graphics adds a vi­brant look to the room. 5 6 8 The is­land bed fac­ing the win­dow view.

7 Crim­son red leather bed giv­ing a vi­brant look to the room with black mir­ror clad wardrobes at the back. 7

13 The shower area in the mas­ter bath­room is tiled with matte grey tiles and rus­tic black high­lighters. 13

The low level seat­ing with an amazing view, which be­comes the main at­trac­tion for all the guests. 10 The cosy cor­ner bal­cony, where one would want to read all day. 11 Mod­ern and prac­ti­cal kitchen with clean lines in white. 12 The bath­room is decked with ital­ian mar­ble and an­tique mir­ror tiles. 12 9

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