Art aficionado and founder of Space 118, Saloni Doshi showcases her waterfront Worli home, a repository for her art collection
JAN 11, 2021 | By Mrudul Pathak Kundu and Saloni Doshi
From the outset, I wanted my home to reflect my taste and personality, not to mention, my art collection. White walls, makrana marble flooring, windows and even the curtains are chosen such that they train the gaze of all visitors towards what’s most important to me—the art!
Whites and greys are the only shades seen outside of the canvases in my 1,300 sq ft home, across the living room, both bedrooms, kitchen and staff quarters. Lots of light and fresh air streams in, owing to my sea facing location. One of the challenges I faced with this apartment was its low ceiling.
So, I opted for ivory toned flooring across the layout to lend an incredible sense of openness. Both the living and dining areas have a lot of wall-mounted artworks, most of it is large in size and makes the house look spacious and dramatic.
In terms of the furnishings, carpets have been sourced from Jaipur Rugs and sofas are from Colonial Collections. The dining table from BoConcept pairs perfectly with the chairs and console designed by Kavita Singh. Then, there’s the silver leaf inlaid bar that’s functional and space optimised for all its chic charm.
Artefacts from markets and stores in London and New York City—such as OKA and CB2, among others—dot the space, and are offset by the pristine backdrop. The table, as well as bed linen, are customised by Yama Maskara, while the upholstery is sourced from D’Decor and Casa Di Oro.
One aspect that I’m most particular about is not having clutter; I feel everything should have its own space. Keeping this in mind, I’ve had the kitchen entirely customised to suit my needs. It is fully equipped and generously proportioned to accommodate everything, from large cupboards and a steam press to a washing machine. It holds a lot without making you feel boxed in.
The only space that is monochromatic, even in the choice of art, is the Zen like master bedroom. Upholstery in soft tints of taupe and peach are the brightest additions in this otherwise neutral space. I’ve had one of the walls broken down to open up the house and installed large wall mirrors to give it more depth.
Although I rarely have live-in guests, one of the sitting rooms serves as a guest bedroom with an ensuite facility, should the need arise. The bathroom is exquisitely done using Versace gold marble from the ceiling to the floor and a beaten brass Viya Home basin.
The recurring themes across the apartment are the use of natural materials that appeal to base emotions, understated shades that lend warmth and vibrancy, minimal hardware as well as monotonal doors and veneers for a distinctly contemporary look, and finally bringing the outdoors in with the help of plants.
In fact, in the foyer, because I wasn’t able to accommodate shrubbery, I’ve had an entire jungle hand painted on the walls! All of these elements lend an air of elegance to the apartment. What comes across is a singular identity of an art filled bachelorette pad, designed to cater to various aspects of my personal and social life.
Take a tour of this stunning Mumbai home in our 20th anniversary special issue, on stands now! Click here to subscribe