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.faddstudio.com