Living it up

The draw­ing room grabs all the at­ten­tion, and rightly so. Af­ter all, it sets the tone of the en­tire home. Ar­chi­tects Huzefa Rang­wala and Jasem Pi­rani of MuseLAB take us back to the draw­ing board with three lay­outs of the same living room.

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Do­ing up your living room is the eas­i­est and the tough­est task. Un­der­stand­ing spa­tial plan­ning is the key in­gre­di­ent. And once you man­age to set it up, chang­ing the ar­range­ment seems next to impossible. So, here are three ar­range­ments of the same rec­tan­gu­lar space that move from for­mal to ca­sual to in­ti­mate, just by chang­ing a few of the el­e­ments.


The idea here is to have two iden­ti­cal deep so­fas with side ta­bles, a few float­ing cir­cu­lar cen­tre ta­bles, and a state­ment arm or lounge chair in the main living area of the space. A fairly large rug ties these pieces to­gether. Also, as soon as one en­ters the space, a pair of small chairs create a cosy nook in the cor­ner, dot­ted with in­door planters.


At the en­trance is a rel­a­tively com­pact four-seater mul­ti­pur­pose ta­ble (could be used for an evening snack, high tea or a game of cards). The seat­ing here is a lar­gish deep sec­tional sofa with a fairly large cen­tre ta­ble fac­ing the me­dia unit. The seat­ing and ar­rag­ment give it a ca­sual look.


The living room has a more for­mal set-up in this case with a pair of iden­ti­cal high back so­fas fac­ing each other with a sin­gle side ta­ble. These so­fas are flanked by a pair of low back state­ment lounge chairs on one side and con­soles on the other side. At the en­trance is a pair of arm chairs against a cir­cu­lar con­sole ta­ble.

Mum­bai-based ar­chi­tects Huzefa Rang­wala and Jasem Pi­rani founded MuseLAB in 2012. It is an end-to-end de­sign stu­dio, of­fer­ing a be­spoke and con­tem­po­rary ap­proach to de­sign.

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