Keha Casa

Show­cas­ing be­spoke de­signs and finest bath and sur­faces brands from across the world, Keha Casa’s ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre in Ban­ga­lore is a per­fect amal­ga­ma­tion of de­sign and style cater­ing to lux­u­ri­ous liv­ing spa­ces. Beau­ti­fully crafted niches, rep­re­sent the e

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One step into Keha Casa, and the hum­drum of the outer world fades away while you are trans­ported into a world of beauty and lux­ury de­sign. Show­cas­ing the finest bath and sur­faces brands, Keha Casa’s vi­sion­ar­ies Kekin Shah and Hameed Khan along with P.C. Mal­lappa, have re­cently launched a sprawl­ing 8000 sq. ft. ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre at Ben­galuru’s promi­nent Kens­ing­ton Road in Ul­soor. Along with the founders in­puts and the ex­per­tise of ar­chi­tect Vikram Phadke, the store has been de­signed to re­flect the rev­er­ence for art and ar­chi­tec­ture, with iconic fea­tures that are in­flu­enced by old worlds and new ideas. “The en­tire space is meant to res­onate a feel­ing of pu­rity and trans­parency, en­abling an ex­pres­sion that is seam­less. The fo­cus was to cre­ate a per­fect mix of de­sign and style and

en­sur­ing that style comes nat­u­rally with it,” say Kekin Shah and Hameed Khan, Founders of Keha Casa. The store houses lux­ury brands such as SICIS, an­to­niolupi, Gio­vanni Bar­bieri,THG Paris, Devon & Devon, Lithos De­sign and Mutina among oth­ers.

A con­tem­po­rary stark fa­cade with or­nate han­dles set in gold, lead the way to a world of glam­our and style. Spread over three lev­els, the ob­jec­tive was to cre­ate an ex­pe­ri­ence that show­cases rich and lux­u­ri­ous lines on the ground floor, semi clas­sic brands on the mid level and con­tem­po­rary cut­ting edge ma­te­rial and fin­ishes on the up­per level. Well-known in­te­rior de­signer Vinita Chai­tanya has added fin­ish­ing touches with care­fully se­lected soft fur­nish­ings, ac­ces­sories and art ob­jects.

Ty­ing all th­ese lev­els to­gether beau­ti­fully, is a mono­lithic glass stair­case de­signed by Carlo San­tam­bro­gio, Mi­lan, which in­vites in­trigue and sets the tone of open­ness and ethe­re­al­ity. Ap­pear­ing as though sus­pended, the stair­case ex­tends till the sec­ond floor. Com­plet­ing this pic­ture, emo­tive lights by Da­vide Groppi are hung from dou­ble height mir­rored ceil­ing by SICIS, which nar­rate a story in a sim­plis­tic, mod­ern lan­guage.

Through a se­quence of mi­cro set­ups for each brand, the user moves from one mood to the next. “The fun­da­men­tal de­sign came out of the needs of the client. The over­all space did de­fine the lim­its of the de­sign, for ex­am­ple, how much of prod­uct could fit per floor. Lastly, the prod­uct it­self had a ma­jor part in dic­tat­ing the de­sign. Sizes, colour, vol­ume- th­ese el­e­ments had an im­pact on the de­sign,” ex­plains Vikram Phadke.

Cur­rently, Keha Casa’s flag­ship store in Ben­galuru will not only cater to its dis­cern­ing clien­tele in the city but cus­tomers across In­dia. “We chose Ben­galuru be­cause it is a cos­mopoli­tan city. It is an evolv­ing city as far as home and de­sign in­dus­try is con­cerned. Peo­ple from all across the coun­try travel here to shop. How­ever, we are ini­ti­at­ing plans to open more Keha Casa stores all across the coun­try in the near fu­ture,” Hameed Khan shares. De­sign & Ar­chi­tec­ture Hameed Khan & Vikram Phadke

Project Man­age­ment & Ex­e­cu­tion M/s.Water­works, Chen­nai

Floor­ing & wall sur­faces Sicis

Gio­vanni Bar­bieri

Devon & Devon

Light­ing Moooi

Da­vide Groppi

Glass stair­case Carlo San­tam­bro­gio

Hameed Khan, Kekin Shah & P C Mal­lapa Kekin Shah and Hameed Khan, Founders, Keha Casa say, “The ex­ist­ing in­dus­try fo­cuses on the com­mer­cial as­pect of the busi­ness but we fo­cused on con­cept mar­ket­ing by cre­at­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre. The idea was to present the viewpoint of mod­ern lux­ury to mod­ern In­dia, a sphere we feel isn’t ap­pro­pri­ately ad­dressed yet in the cur­rent mar­ket. We wanted to cre­ate stan­dards for the in­dus­try to fol­low.”

“The big­gest task was the cu­ra­tion of the prod­uct line, as each brand has hun­dreds if not thou­sands of prod­ucts to choose from. To show­case the best was the tough­est chal­lenge and Hameed has pulled off this feat with aplomb!” says Vikram Phadke

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