A multi-generational home in Mumbai reborn with timeless elegance by TCG Studio
MAY 25, 2023 | By Alexa De Souza
Amidst the bustling city of Mumbai, a remarkable home stands as a testament to the art of balancing diverse needs and creating a cohesive living space. This 1,460 sq ft home serves as a sanctuary for three generations. Situated in Tardeo, this home required significant structural repairs due to its age. Collaborating closely with a structural engineer, the project team meticulously addressed the building’s issues, focusing on repairing slabs and columns while ensuring the integrity of the structure remained intact. The result is chic, functional and ready for family gatherings.
The renovation of this multi-generational home cohesively demonstrates the successful integration of diverse tastes and needs. Designers Ashni Tapuria Shah and Sanna Daya Hassan of TCG Studio helped design the apartment to work for this 3 generation family.
Form and function meet
A chic and sophisticated home that epitomises style yet is welcoming, the individual spaces are personalised and every room tells a different story. Each bedroom reflects the personality and the taste of the person living in it. The simplicity of the colours and textures of each room flows mellifluously into a melody, making a brick-and-mortar structure a haven. It is completely functional yet elegant, with more than enough storage for the sentimentalists who live in it.
The overarching theme of this home revolves around striking a delicate balance between form and function, with cleverly disguised storage solutions seamlessly integrated into the overall aesthetic.
A palette of elegance
Upon entering the home, guests are greeted by a foyer that encompasses storage, a shoe bench, and a separate entrance for staff accessing the kitchen. The foyer flows seamlessly into the living room, which extends to a den on the left and a dining area on the right. The dining area leads to a powder basin and utility area. Opposite the foyer, a passage leads to the staff room, puja room, and bedrooms.
The master suite is designed with fluted detail that conceals volumes of storage without giving away the shutter locations at the floor and loft levels. The tall upholstered headboard draws the viewer’s eye up and also ties in with the grey leather detail on the custom nightstands. The bedroom features a unique two-sided swing, allowing one to enjoy the view, creating a cosy seating area. The walk-in wardrobe leads to the master bathroom featuring a relaxing steam and sauna shower cubicle along with French gold fittings.
At the end of the passage, maintaining a consistent design language throughout the home, honey oak herringbone flooring is seen from the passage to the daughter’s bedroom combining practicality and charm, with a honey oak veneer which clads the TV unit and seamlessly connects to a desk by the window that is flooded with natural light. A custom fluted extended headboard that is upholstered in a pale blush linen. Also seen is a mint pastel base botanical wallpaper, pendants and custom cylindrical nightstands clad in the honey oak veneer.
A dresser with built in lighting and a mirror that acts as a place for storage is most ideal for the client to get ready. The best part is a cosy reading nook by the window. The booklover’s nook allows for a more youthful and personalised touch, with the honey oak wood tone, ebonized veneer, and mixed metals that define the space.
Throughout the home classic, contemporary elements have been utilised like French panelling and wainscoting juxtaposed with modern finishes like ebonized veneer and PU.
The colour and material palette of this home comprises warm greys, honey oak wood tones, and white Makrana marble which the design team opted to work around with, paying homage to the sentimental and nostalgic value it held for the clients. This decision not only reduced waste, resources, and cost but also brought immense satisfaction to the homeowners. Open-grained ebonized wood and hardware to decorative lights and bath fittings, are elements that have been thoughtfully integrated adding a touch of sophistication. By keeping the overall shell neutral, the design achieved is chic and modern with selective pops of colour.
Design gems to note
The den, with its blend of aesthetics and functionality, best exemplifies the philosophy of less is more, featuring veneer panelling that brings warmth and conceals hidden storage, while a plush olive sectional invites relaxation, slim shelving to showcase the clients’ collectables and a range and indirect lighting sources for that warm evening glow, perfect for unwinding.
The joys and challenges
“The most enjoyable part of the design process was creating the daughter’s bedroom, affectionately known as the ‘booklover’s nook.’ Here, a wide variety of materials and textures were explored to realise the client’s dream of a cosy reading haven. The most challenging aspect was striking a balance between storage requirements and aesthetic sensibilities in the master bedroom. However, through smart panelling and innovative design details, every square inch of space was effectively utilised,” expresses Ashni Tapuria Shah.
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