AR. RAHUL MISTRI OF OPEN ATELIER MUMBAI DESIGNS A SOOTHING AND COMFORTABLE APARTMENT FOR A NUCLEAR FAMILY IN MUMBAI.
Located in Wadala, Mumbai, the 2 BHK apartment is conceptualized as a resting place of Lord Krishna and the house has been named Krishna Nilaya, since the clients wanted it to be representative of their inner world; comprising of delicately treated and thoughtful spaces. But practicality and comfort are the cornerstones on which the residence stands.
This project won the International A’design Iron Award in the Residential Interiors category. Explaining the unusual concept, the designer adds, “The entire design schematic has been influenced by flowers and their colours are in sync with the overall decor,” says Rahul Mistri, principal architect, Open Atelier Mumbai. Design elements are used as accents throughout the house through a language that mixes and matches different genres to achieve a timeless design.
Designed as an escape from the chaos of the urban jungle, the spatial planning brings the beauty of nature indoors, while creating a comfort zone in all spaces by means of a simplistic, minimal approach. The layout comprises a living room with an adjacent kitchen, master bedroom and a kid’s bedroom with balconies adjoining all rooms. Each piece of furniture has a colour combination that is inspired by a flower for example the sofas in the living room are inspired by the grey of Lamb’s ear, the standalone chair and pouf near the Krishna mural is reminiscent of blue Morning Glory, the delicate yellow legs of the center table are inspired by sunflowers to name a few.
The balcony boasts of a vertical green wall, where the couple can sit and enjoy a cup of tea.
The vibrant colours of the outdoor landscape are manifested in the interiors and get reflected in the decor through layered textures and playful art that sits against this rustic backdrop. A carefully chosen square ornamental wooden handle makes a statement right at the entrance of the apartment. The entrance lobby leads into the living area where one finds a beautifully painted Radha-Krishna mural on the brick wall. Modern and vintage elements wrap the living, making it a cosy and inviting space. Set behind a grey sofa, a wall cladded in wood flaunts wooden ribs inclined at an angle of 45o and instantly catches the eye, whilst a wall on the opposite side is finished in white with specially designed mouldings to create a harmonious balance.
Interestingly, the living room does not have a provision for entertainment as the space was intended to exude serenity. Sliding/folding windows opening into the balcony make the living area well ventilated and bright. The balcony also boasts of a vertical green wall. A yellowish-orange floor-to-ceiling wall-unit crafted in mild steel sits in one corner of the living area and displays an assortment of books, collections and artefacts. Since this space is suffused with daylight, it was decided to infuse colour via furniture instead of the tried and tested paintings, wallpapers, etc. The furniture is light, colourful and modern along with hand-crafted, bespoke cement tile flooring based on the floral theme. 10
Separating the living area is an elegant white quartz dining table, which serves as an extension to the kitchen. Bulbs in varying heights are creatively combined together above the dining table whilst statement chairs in black metal are used as accents.
Coming to the master bedroom, a great deal of creativity and artistry is brought in through customised furniture and furnishings. The colour in the master bedroom is inspired from the Krishna Kamal flower, flaunting a subtle blue with yellowish wooden veneer. An elaborate walk-in wardrobe also adjoins this room. The bedroom is specially treated, thoughtfully providing space for entertainment, leisure and work. Since the couple is from a corporate background, the study is exclusively designed according to their needs. The space has a rich vivid design, as well as a good choice of furnishings too.
The kid’s bedroom has been designed as a flexible and elaborate one. The bed can be collapsed and folded into the wall unit, in order to create ample space for play during daytime. The flooring is wooden and the room boasts of a powerful combination of yellow and grey that is vibrant for the kid’s bedroom. The floral printed curtains add an accent to the space and so does the powder room, which has a cosy feel. It features a standalone, floor-mounted wash basin, which becomes a statement piece.
“The transition in the design has been boundless; from the first option to the final outcome, it has been an evolution in time,” says Rahul. The entire house is perceived as a creative space, spawning a spring-like atmosphere. A complex mix of beautiful floral patterns and rich colour accents, emphasizing a cosy and romantic decor, create a relaxing atmosphere, whilst unique decorative details in the design enable the apartment to burst with splendid character.
The living room features a Radha-Krishna mural on a brick wall; another wall is clad in wooden ribs, whilst the third features rich mouldings, making it an eclectic space.
2 This beautifully crafted Radha-Krishna mural by Rutuja Padwal occupies pride of place in the living room. 3 The living room opens up into the balcony, bringing in natural light and ventilation. 4 Note the floor-to-ceiling bookcase in the living area.
11 A blackboard is provided in the kid’s bedroom so he can doodle on it to his heart’s content.
12 A complex mix of pretty floral patterns and rich colour accents, accentuates the vintage and arty ambience of the kitchen.
13 The wash basin counter as seen in the state-of-the art master bathroom.
14 A fancy grey wash basin is seen in the powder bathroom.