Take a tour of Susanne Khan's breathtakingly beautiful apartment
Bold accents and furniture meet delicate details in this striking Mumbai apartment perched on the 21st floor, home to Sussanne Khan and her two kids, Hrehaan and Hridhaan. A tastefully done living area with large French windows opens out to the terrace, offering panoramic views of the sea and a horizon that stretches as far as the eyes can see. The spacious, six room residence came with a robust shell, including a green balcony that encircled the entire house – enabling the interiors specialist to put it together, in just about a month and a half.
“The basics were done quickly, but I feel a home comes together gradually,” reveals the interior designer, who somehow found time between decorating this place, and managing her city-based store The Charcoal Project, handling assignments around the world as a Creative Director for residential and hotel design company Yoo and being Style Editor at lifestyle e-commerce site TheLabelLife.com. “It’s the layering, through souvenirs from ones’ travels, art, books, etc that lend character to the space.”
Throughout the interiors, there’s a generous mix of the old and the new that contribute to the space’s warm lived-in vibe. Contemporary art sits pretty with classical paintings and pieces...not to mention a library of books and a never-ending trail of her sons’ toys. Her inspiration comes from travel, but as is evident from the Art Deco features that meet the goth-like elements, her biggest influence is “the raw quality yet the chicness of French interior design fused with the masculinity of a stoic, almost industrial New York or LA loft”. Constantly pursuing balance in her everyday life and design, she believes it is key to a sense of wellbeing. Her coop had to be as integral to the kids’ lives as hers; so it’s natural that there are no out of bound areas, no chamber too precious for them to whizz in and out of. The walls in the play area have framed sketches of superheroes pat down to the detailed armour, drawn by the children. “Think of how much fun it will be, if I manage to have them here till they are 30!” remarks Sussanne with an impish grin.
Time with her loved ones is sacred. “The kids and I sit, eat and chat together during meal times,” she adds with a content smile. “On weekends, my parents, brother and his family get together...it’s a madhouse with the children running around, plates of yummy food passed about and glasses of wine refilled....” Her go-to spot? “I love sitting there,” she points to the terrace. “It’s so therapeutic, to be able to experience the horizon in this crazy city. It’s a gift to myself,” she signs off with calm.