In this Gur­gaon home, calm and serene Zen-like vibes meet a mid-cen­tury mod­ern aes­thetic to cre­ate stylish in­te­ri­ors



In­side a chic Gur­gaon home in­spired by Le Corbusier's de­sign style

This 5,000 sq ft, four-bed­room home lo­cated in Gur­gaon, is de­signed for a fam­ily of four—a cou­ple and their two daugh­ters. They gave us a very clear brief. Since they were al­ready de­sign­ing a trop­i­cal In­dian home with tra­di­tional colours in Ban­ga­lore, they wanted this house to have a mod­ern and min­i­mal­is­tic look and feel. Dur­ing the time, we were deeply in­spired by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jean­neret. The purist can­vases of Corbusier led us to use som­bre colours for the shell of the house such as the un­usual pal­ette of the ce­ment fin­ished grey, si­enna and sage. This set the stage for a so­phis­ti­cated and re­fined shell, which also had a Zen-like calm­ness to it. We wanted the ma­te­ri­al­ity of the walls, the ceil­ing and the floor to be har­mo­niously matte, only to dif­fer in colour. In the grey shell with the rust floor, we made the con­nect­ing pas­sage a re­fresh­ing leaf green to cre­ate a colour block akin to Villa La Roche in Paris (de­signed by Corbusier and Jean­neret). To pre­serve this serene and sober ex­pe­ri­ence, we in­ten­tion­ally de­cided to use nat­u­ral browns and greens for the fab­rics. These com­ple­ment the wo­ven mid-cen­tury mod­ern fur­ni­ture spread across the house. The nat­u­ral colours and ma­te­ri­als of the fur­ni­ture pieces stand out vi­brantly against the tex­tured grey walls of the house, giv­ing the oth­er­wise se­ri­ous shell a dash of drama. To ac­cent and high­light

the space we used metal el­e­ments—a cop­per main door, a cop­per bor­der on bed­room doors and a few lights in the bed­room.

Since the space is essen­tially an un­fussy matte shell, we wanted to bring in bold sil­hou­ettes and some glossy tex­tures to en­hance and con­trast the back­ground. So, we used a min­i­mal­ist ap­proach while de­cid­ing the style of the cen­tral chan­de­lier. We needed some­thing large but some­thing that didn’t dis­tract from the over­all tex­tu­ral qual­ity of the dou­ble height space. The choice was easy with the larger than life chan­de­lier. It not only fills the vol­ume of the dou­ble height, but its sim­ple con­struc­tion of the el­e­gant black out­line con­trasts well with the grey back­drop. A sim­i­lar ap­proach was taken for the din­ing room light. A black wire be­gins at the wall, hinges on the ceil­ing, and drops a sim­ple black shade to softly il­lu­mi­nate the ta­ble. Less is more and it was all that was needed.

To give the bed­room a more per­sonal and in­ti­mate feel, for the light­ing we de­cided to go with ma­te­ri­als that cre­ate some drama and shad­ows. We chose wooden slated shades in the guest room to work with the stripes of the bed fab­ric; metal and pa­per lights in the two daugh­ters rooms to con­trast the solid bed up­hol­stery; and stone and pa­per lights in the mas­ter to con­trast the cane head­board. In the study we brought in colour with the hang­ing light in the cor­ner. The fam­ily room has lovely floor lamps made out of cane. These add soft­ness to an area that is styled with blues and browns. At the en­trance, we cre­ated a sim­ple disc in wood to em­u­late an eclipse just above the Chandi­garh bench. This com­pleted the Zen-meets-mid-cen­tury mod­ern look and gave the foyer a burst of life.

Clock­wise from left: The liv­ing room is in­spired by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jean­neret de­sign; the sage-hued din­ing area; colour­ful wall in the bed­room; an in­no­va­tive head­board adds drama

CALM AND COOL One of the liv­ing spa­ces in the home (left); co-founders Dhaval Shel­lu­gar and Farah Ahmed Mathias (be­low)

Farah Ahmed Mathias and Dhaval Shel­lu­gar are the co-founders of the Ban­ga­lore­based de­sign firm, FADD (an acro­nym for Farah and Dhaval De­sign). Founded in 2012, the firm strives to push the en­ve­lope. www.faddstu­

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