A bright amalgamation of opposing textures forms the crux of this Mumbai home designed by MuseLAB

JAN 27, 2023 | By Aditi Shah-Bhimjyani
The playroom that doubles as a study has wallpaper from Sajavat Group, FLAWDESIGN for throw pillows, pendant lamp from Claymango and coffee tables custom designed in metal and white Kalingastone executed by Mass Interiors; Photography by Ishita Sitwala
To the left of the breakfast bar is a striking blue bar unit custom designed in PU and cane and executed by Mass Interiors. The custom sliding partitions from Shoji Synchro are finished in a matte black coat on the aluminium sections; Photography by Ishita Sitwala
The living room contains leather armchairs from Pottery Barn, a sofa and nesting side tables from West Elm, Art from Calcuttan, and ceiling lights from Hybec Lighting; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Clever layering and a mixture of opposing textures form the key aesthetic of this 1,800 sq ft Mumbai home designed by MuseLAB for a family of three, with warm minimal tones that bring a respite from the din of the city.

The dark oak rafters line the ceiling of the living and bedroom spaces neatly and cleverly . Knotty oak doors with wooden furniture and leather upholstery play a delicate balance with choice hints of colour, horizontal stone countertops, sliding glass shutters in matte black aluminium frames, and a dining space bookended with mirror panelling for added light and depth. A measured use of patterned tiles, whitewashed walls and concrete finishes mixed with a contemporary industrial feel and a classical traditional woodsy touch. All of this forms a cool combination of textures and layers.

With doors and ceiling rafters in knotty oak veneer finished in clear matte water based PU coat, a standout design element of the living room is the shutter for the distribution board for which MuseLAB sourced an antique panel door, got it coated in a custom distressed paint finish, and turned it into a shutter which acts as a unique art piece by itself; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

A romantic “rustic-modern” brief

Designed by décor firm MuseLAB, this project, code-named Tango Dreams, is a labour of love between co-founders Huzefa Rangwala and Jasem Pirani along with project lead Aishwarya Lakhani and designer Batul Paryani. Located in a quiet decade-old standalone building in a leafy and very residential eastern suburb of Mumbai, this apartment is home to a small family of three, Aditya Raju and Kumudini Sagi and their five-year-old daughter. “When this project came to us, Aditya (who went to boarding school with me) and Kumudini were living in the US and looking to move to Mumbai,” explains Pirani. This was bang in the middle of the first and second wave of the pandemic, and all the ideation happened over Zoom calls. “The brief given to us was modern rustic – modern for the clean, straight lines, and rustic for the textures and warm tones,” adds Pirani.

The coffee table and pouffes in the living room are custom-designed by Kalingastone – Classic Marble Company Pvt Ltd, the soft furnishings include D’Décor for curtains, FLAWDESIGN for throw pillows, a rug from Ruggable and The Pure Concept Home for the pouffe fabric; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Sagi, a classically trained ayurvedic physician and a public health graduate from University of South Florida, wanted a simple, light, airy, earthy home that was also functional and modern with a muted colour palette and light tones. With some intervention from MuseLAB, Sagi’s shades were eventually supplemented by additional accents of warm wood, darker finishes and concrete textures mixed with metal and glass that add depth and dimension to the space. 

The curtains in the dining room are from D’Décor. The sideboard is custom designed in black stained veneer and knotty oak veneer executed by Mass Interiors, ceiling lights from Hybec Lighting and a chandelier from Studio Prodotti LLP; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Fluid spaces, functionality & visual connections 

The entry to the home is through a foyer-like corridor that has been flanked with a kitchen on one side and the study across from it, which allows for better visual connection throughout the space. At the very heart of this house is the playroom-cum-study with its monochromatic wallpaper, located across the partially open kitchen that is anchored to one side of the dining and living space. While the two other bedrooms belong to the couple and their daughter, the fourth is a guest bedroom with a pull-out Murphy bed that also doubles up as a space for yoga, meditation and ballet lessons.

The breakfast bar possesses bar stools from Orange Tree, the dining table and the semi-open kitchen form a sinuous space here. Beige curtains from D’Décor, a chandelier from Studio Prodotti LLP and ceiling lights from Hybec Lighting can also be seen in this space; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The breakfast bar has dining chairs that are custom designed in stained wood executed by Mass Interiors and upholstered from The Pure Concept Home, and the white oakwood in clear matte polish dining table is from Solid Bench; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Functionality and versatility lie at the core of this space. For one, an automation consultant helped with the automation of lights, curtains and air-conditioning. Additionally, optimal storage space that reduced clutter on the eye was a priority for everyone involved in this project, which is why the living room cabinetry was finished with a concrete textured paint to make it look like part of the wall. Most importantly, the homeowners wished for a fluid social space between the family room, kitchen and dining area that felt connected but also discreet. “It allows us to do different things within our home and stay connected at the same time,” smiles Sagi. “MuseLAB cleverly designed our space with sliding glass partitions that were functional and elegant.” MuseLAB’s goal in turn was to create a connection between the public spaces and expand visual and sensorial contact within the whole home.

As the homeowner loves to bake, cook and entertain, the kitchen, dining and living room was planned to be fluid and connected. Pendant lights from Ankur Lighting and custom sliding partitions in matte black from Shoji Synchro enliven the space with Thornbury patterned floor tiles from 121 Home Décor; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

As the mother-daughter duo love to bake together, the warm vanilla scents of beaten butter and sugar wafting from the kitchen across the home on most days. Not surprisingly, the kitchen and dining areas were at the forefront of most conversations between Sagi and MuseLAB and ultimately became the favourite spaces for both parties. “You will most often find me in my beautiful kitchen experimenting with new recipes with my five-year- old,” says Sagi. It is deliberately designed for shared experiences – where the kitchen counter extends into a breakfast bar and the spicy smells of everyday Indian cooking can be concealed with sliding glass shutters when needed.

Featuring a poster bed custom-designed in MS frame by Mass Interiors, the master bedroom accommodates table lamps from Sage Living, curtains from The Pure Concept Home and D’Décor, throw pillows from FLAWDESIGN, a chandelier from Studio Prodotti LLP, art from Calcuttan, oak sanded flint sourced from Magalogue Ventures, ceiling lights from Hybec Lighting, fan from Aerpoint Fans and the nightstands from West Elm; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Reuse, refurbish, recycle

Sustainability was another key factor for the design team at MuseLAB and homeowners alike. “To start with, the design team did a great job in selecting affordable, yet high-end furniture, curtains, rugs, artwork and lighting to beautify our home,” says Sagi. Apart from that, the home came to the couple with marble flooring, complete bathrooms and built-in wardrobes, all in good condition. “There was no point in demolishing those, so we gave them a new lease of life by changing the finish on the shutters from a laminate to an MDF with a duco finish and updating some hardware for smooth functioning,” explains Rangwala. “We also retained the flooring in most places besides the kitchen and the study/playroom. Here we went in for patterned tiles to add some visual texture.” What’s more, while a large part of the apartment was furnished afresh, a few choice pieces of furniture – like the living room sofa, armchairs and bedroom armchairs – were shipped across from the owners’ home in the US along with their other belongings and put to good use right here.

The daughter’s room has a terrazzo lamp by Harshita Jhamtani Designs, ceiling lights by Hybec Lighting and a wall sconce by Studio Prodotti LLP light up the room with the perfect ambience. The study and dresser unit finished in PU matte coat and white oak veneer blend well with the white oak veneer wardrobe finished in clear matte PU; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

When pink won

With clients who were wary of using colours, MuseLAB kept the palette natural, painted the walls linen white and let the veneers be the hero. Since the built-in wardrobes within the bedrooms were visually heavy, the MuseLAB team used this opportunity to sneak in a dash of blues and greens to tone it down. The colour palette overall is earthy, highlighting the wooden veneer tones of the doors and the rafters in the living spaces, dining spaces and the master bedroom. There are shades of grey, black, blue and green used in most spaces. Tones of pink pastels feature within the daughter’s bedroom, for which MuseLAB collaborated with the five-year-old, so much so that she happily transitioned from co- sleeping in the family bed to sleeping on her own bed in her own new bedroom.

The daughter’s room features a custom designed bed executed by Mass Interiors with soft furnishings from D’Décor for the headboard and curtain fabric; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Scroll down to see more glimpses of this home.

The study and mandir are in white oak veneer with a PU colour coat and the table top is finished in back painted glass. The study chair is from Pottery Barn and Thornbury pattern floor tiles from 121 Home Décor; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The master bedroom has knotty oak veneer finished ply in a clear water based PU coat. While the poster bed is custom- designed in MS frame by Mass Interiors, the pelmets and the wardrobes were retained and finished with a PU coat. The engineered wooden flooring from Lamiwood is placed alongside cool Spanish printed tile flooring from 121 Home Décor; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The lighting in the dining area comprises a floor lamp from Mianzi sourced from The House Of Things; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The playroom that doubles as a study is a cool and minimalist spot furnished with a chaise lounge custom designed by Mass Interiors, The room is finished with D’Décor for curtains and chaise lounge fabric and a carpet from Ruggable; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The modular kitchen, with its grey PU coat and clear PU on veneer, is from The Kitchen Artisan. The kitchen stone top is in composite marble from Kalingastone – Classic Marble Company Pvt Ltd with a backsplash of Spanish hex tiles from 121 Home Décor; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The dining chairs in the dining area are custom designed in stained wood executed by Mass Interiors and upholstered from The Pure Concept Home, and the white oakwood in clear matte polish dining table from Solid Bench furnish the dining area of this home; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


Like the other parts of this apartment, the dining room has ceiling rafters in ply and knotty oak veneer finished in clear matte water based PU coat and the doors are knotty oak veneer finished in clear matte water based PU coat. The study is seen through the shutters across from the dining table; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


An elegant grey wall finish in concrete texture paint highlights a funky artwork by the homeowner Kumudini Sagi and two Claymen heads. Custom sliding partitions from Shoji Synchro lead into the home, across the corridor are three pendant lamps by Voylite; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The guest bedroom is thoughtfully designed with a Murphy bed with hardware from Hafele with a ballet barre finished in white oak veneer, executed by Mass Interiors. A carpet from Ruggable and curtains from D’Décor are as subtly toned as the ICA wardrobe finish in PU colour coat; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


Indigo handmade wall tiles from Studio Prodotti LLP and matte finished floor tiles in statuario pattern from Nexion highlight the master bathroom. The vanity countertop is from Kalingastone – Classic Marble Company Pvt Ltd and the vanity shutters are ICA PU colour coated. A wall light by Studio Prodotti LLP, custom sliding matte black partitions by Shoji Synchro and a custom designed mirror executed by Mass Interiors are all offset by the delicate brushed bronze sanitary ware; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

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