A sense of fluidity prevails in Midori—a contemporary gatsby-esque Mumbai home crafted by kaviar:collaborative
NOV 14, 2022 | By Kashish Kaushal
Treading a fine balance between subtlety and opulence, colour and curves dominate the blueprint of Midori—a 1,250 sq ft home situated in Malabar Hill, Mumbai. Designed by Kasturi Wagh and Vineet Hingorani, partners and principal architects of kaviar:collaborative, the multifunctional home takes cues from a few sought-after Art Deco elements, for instance, the rich dark green colour, brushed brass, marble and terrazzo.
Envisaged as a space where design is uncomplicated but still has a sense of humbleness to it, the three-bedroom apartment was delicately crafted by combining two adjoining apartment units in an archaic building. Home to a family of three on weekdays and a party central 101 on weekends, Midori seeps in an aura of elegance while being impeccably utilitarian.
The curious brief
“As architects, we tend to seek cues and visual guides from the site and context,” reveals Vineet. The homeowners are extroverts who work hard and party harder, hence, it was clear from the beginning that the house needed to reflect their outgoing personalities.
“Out of the few things they told us, they were very sure that they wanted their house to have a bar that would compel them to never go out for a drink again. They love hosting people over for parties and soirees and wanted the perfect setting for the same,” further elaborates Kasturi.
Tour every turn of Midori home
Fostering a bold yet welcoming first impression, the entrance is designed to operate as a dark vestibule, heavy on material and character with curved walls in teak and green flutes that lead to inner private sanctums of the living and dining spaces. What steals the limelight here are the vertical slits in the teak wood allowing for an interesting spectacle of light dancing throughout the day.
Before we cover the rest of the spaces, it’s important to note and pay special attention to a green fluted wall, also known as the green guiding spirit. Treat it as a chaperone that gently escorts you throughout the space. It acts as a feature that hides functions behind it—some doors open into bedrooms and washrooms while others open to storage units.
No surprises for guessing, the foyer leads to the bar. Hailed as the cornerstone of this project, the bar constitutes an open brass shelving unit showcasing the homeowners’ collection of whiskey bottles. Fun fact—a hidden storage unit flushed with the white wall allows for more functionality.
It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention. It’s probably the reason why Kasturi and Vineet decided to use a custom-made two-sided sofa as a divider between the living and dining spaces. “It acts as an L-shaped sofa for the living space, and as a detachable bench for the dining space. This bench can be moved around the space during parties to accommodate more people,” quips Vineet.
Ready for a magic trick? The master bedroom is hidden behind the green guiding ‘spirit’ (fluted green door) and only once you push the perfectly camouflaged door, does the bedroom reveal itself. Cool, right! The bedroom is a moodier space as compared to the living areas.
Ideas to bookmark
Colour and curves are important components of Midori—not only do they act as guiding elements across the trajectory of the house, but they also mystify the concept of boundaries by visually erasing them. For instance, teak wood veneer is used as one of the walls in the entrance foyer as well as on the sliding folding door for the den which helps in balancing out the gloss and shine of the marble flooring.
What kaviar:collaborative fell in love with
The original apartment being almost 80 years old had its own benefits as well as afflictions. Varying dimensioned columns, beams and low ceiling heights proved challenging for the architects.
Another challenge that the duo loved to conquer was rearranging the structure and making the home Vastu compliant.
An overarching sense of consistency is achieved by the thoughtful application of materiality across the space by kaviar:collaborative that will leave you spellbound!
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