DE­SIGN TIME­LESS

AR. RAHUL MISTRI OF OPEN ATE­LIER MUM­BAI DE­SIGNS A SOOTH­ING AND COM­FORT­ABLE APART­MENT FOR A NU­CLEAR FAM­ILY IN MUM­BAI.

Society Interiors - - LIFESTYLE - Text: Ma­rina Cor­rea Pho­to­graphs: Prashant Bhat

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.

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