OPTING FOR NEW BUILDING MATERIALS AND MODERN USER-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY, INTERIOR DESIGNER BALRAJ THETHI COMBINES CLIENT SPECIFICATIONS AND VISUAL POTENTIAL OF A SITE INTO A BEAUTIFUL DESIGN.
Balraj Thethi Design combines client specifications and visual potential of a site into a beautiful design.
When you talk of carving a niche, it involves being adept with a subject and path-breaking feats. Instead of aping trends, you explore the scales of your imagination to produce something timeless and unconventional. Such are the works of Mumbai-based Balraj Thethi Design, headed by Principal Designer Balraj Thethi, who graduated from Rachna Sansad School of Interior Designing, Mumbai. He started working with Designer J M Nagrecha and later joined Architect Abhoy Shah.
He soon started his own firm, Balraj Thethi Design, which caters to projects in the residential, commercial and hospitality sectors. Balraj Thethi Design is an office of young cross-disciplinary professionals that operate as a collective collaborative of multiple expertise. They take inspiration from new sciences, information technology, artificial intelligence, infrastructural systems and the contemporary city. Their projects truly reflects their experimental approach. Here we present a hand-picked few from the large pool of their projects.
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The client brief was to design the first 24/7 restaurant in Thane, with a capacity of 120 people. Designed to offer a casual dining experience, with multi-facilities like buffet, live counters and a bar, the restaurant is a part of a 3-star hotel. The 3,500 sq. ft. restaurant has modern decor that revolves around the concept of ‘dia-gon’ a self-evolved concept. Explaining the concept, Thethi adds, “With multiple facilities and experiences, the restaurant inspired us to derive a concept from something multi-dimensional in structure. We were inspired by a multi-faceted solitaire and by closely observing its surfaces on its planes, we developed the shapes.”
The live counter has a very interesting fabricated wire mesh pattern. Its back-lit feature helped to define the pattern with more detail. A huge octagonal frame is the part of the façade and a miniature of the same created the mini-bar area.
In totality, the restaurant has a very modern and luxurious appeal.
The brief for this apartment for four, was a fusion of traditional and modern design styles. This 2,400 sq. ft. apartment has an exclusive lift lobby and a 20 ft. wide elevation, giving it a feel of A PENTHOUSE. THE INLAYED flOORING inspired by a rangoli pattern, and the spherical light accentuating the suspended circular ceiling are some of the highlights of this home. The aesthetically designed living-room-cum dining room has interesting ceiling patterns, while the dining niche has been cladded in leather. The customized modular kitchen has laminated shutters with mother-of-pearl inlay on the platform dado.
The master bedroom has an inclined BACKDROP WITH ITS DESIGN flOWING DOWN from the ceiling to the foot board. The headboard has a bold design and an artistic metallic fabric. The ornamental fabric of the curtain and brass hardware add to an oriental look. The customized son’s bedroom has a warm colour palette.
The puja room feature a handcrafted teak wood temple. The horizontal dome like ceiling in the room adds to the detail. The diwan-seat folds in when not in use, further adding to the utility in the room.
The brief was to design a home furnishings studio. A start-up that specialises in presenting the different possibilities in the world of home furnishings and accessories, this 750 sq. ft. store has a wide range of material to offer. The founder had a very different vision in presenting fabrics to the client in his very own way of creating mood boards and palettes.
With such an innovative brand philosophy, the store had to be different from other retail spaces with atypical planning and display. “We imbibed our expertise and made sure that the final product looked like a professional studio, where like minds could have an amazing experience selecting the perfect material in creating their projects. Having so much to display, we started with space zoning and allocation. A centrally placed welcome desk with two display bays on either sides made the store look spacious. It is very important for a customer to walk-through and view the products from different viewpoints,” says the designer.
The discussion desks further add to a great retail experience. The ceiling for the space takes inspiration from the word “home” in the brands name, going back to the angular roofs of traditional houses but having a modern touch. The pastel colour palette gives a soothing feel.
The brief was to design a commercial space that would be the head office for Shethia Erectors and Material Handlers in Mumbai. The strong philosophy of the company has allowed it to grow exceptionally. The bold personality of the company’s board of directors and their vision was to create an office space that would meet international functionality and aesthetical standards. The 6,000 sq. ft. office has been conceptually developed and executed within the said budget and the given time-frame. The best suited one was parametric. This eventually led to the creation of facet-brilliance, a self-derived concept. The most admirable, the reception desk takes inspiration from a wind mill, a sector the company has recently ventured in. The office has been zoned, focusing on the principles of design and space planning and allowing maximum amount of natural light. The work station has been centrally planned with the higher hierarchy on its periphery, allowing effective use of the floor plate. The central workstation houses a fabricated installation between the columns. The office is based on the theme of modern corporate workspace and the colour palette takes its shades from the branding of the company in red, steel grey and white. The Directors’ cabins has a boutique appeal with one-of-its-kind table designs.
The brief was to create a home for a retired couple in their late 50’s. This 1,200 sq. ft. apartment with huge windows on all sides allowed a lot of natural light to come in. With a good ceiling height, the requirement was of a conventional apartment. Opting for pastel colours and oriental forms, the designer has remodelled the apartment into a contemporary space, accentuated by skilful lighting. The living room has an enormous elliptical ceiling design.
The master bedroom is on straight lines. The mushroom shade of the veneer adds opulence to the room. The furnishings and ornamental patterned wallpaper in the back drop complements the theme, giving a PLUSH FEEL. THE CUSTOMIZED KITCHEN IS fiNISHED IN PASTEL SHADES AND HAS ORIENTAL HIGHLIGHTER TILE ON THE DADO.
This office has been designed keeping in mind the pioneering spirit, will power and leadership qualities of their client Martial Securities. The team has used the colour red as it denotes strength courage and vigour portraying action and determination. The office is designed on a modern-contemporary theme with straight lines and curved feature creating a dramatic ambience. The rectangular floor space, resulted in the formation of a linear layout keeping in mind the requirements of the client. The entire office is designed following Vastu principals. The main design element in the long passage is the half elliptical wall cladding that get reflected on the glossy flooring. The play of lights further adds depth to the passage.
With an innovative approach to design, and his vast experience in the field of design, we sure can expect more creatively designed projects from Balraj Thethi Design in the coming years.