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ALARA crafts a stunning abode through an interplay of textures

JUL 6, 2021 | By Urvika Barua
A classic vertical slatted teak wood panel imparts a wonderful backdrop to the understated colour scheme in the open living and dining spaces; Photographs by Yash R Jain

Embracing luxury, Clover by the River is a lavish loft that is layered in an array of textures. Nestled along the tranquil banks of the Adyar River, it is designed for Appaswamy Real Estates in Chennai by Amrita Thomas Modi, principal designer of ALARA.

This luxe four-bedroom residence boasts organic elements and meticulous artistry. A subtle palette comes alive with a blend of woodwork teamed with muted upholstery, framing scenic views of the verdant landscape. 

The 13th floor apartment is a potpourri of characteristics that balance one another. Featuring teak wood panelling across each corner, from the open living and dining rooms to the contemporary chevron panelled walls, it offers subtle visual contrast. In the open living and dining areas, a vertical slatted teak wood panel acts as an excellent backdrop to space’s muted colour scheme. 

Clover by the River is a luxurious loft located by the Adyar river bank;  Photographs by Yash R Jain

Natural elements such as wood and stone were employed in this design to achieve a dynamic textural play. Adding to the brightness of the space, balanced tones and textures were incorporated throughout the open living and dining area.

A classic vertical slatted teak wood panel imparts a wonderful backdrop to the understated colour scheme in the open living and dining spaces;  Photographs by Yash R Jain

The interiors of the bedrooms are kept to a minimum to emphasise the teak wood accents, exquisite decor and gorgeous lighting. A modern chevron panelled wall in the main bedroom enhances the sapphire hues prevalent all through space. Modest grey colour with vertical slats, stylish wall lights and premium furnishings are incorporated in the second bedroom.

The contemporary chevron panelled wall in the main bedroom bestows a pristine backdrop to the art on the wall;  Photographs by Yash R Jain

A gorgeous teak wood wall packed with books and artefacts doubles as a study in the library bar, with iconic leather wingback seats, making it the ideal spot to sit back and unwind.

A magnificent teak wood wall packed with books and antiques doubles as a study;  Photographs by Yash R Jain

Given the variety of exploration with woodwork, the fabrics and textures are rendered neutral and understated to offset the presence of wood.

Subtle colourplay highlights the space with splashes of teal and blue. They mingle with the delicate, natural textures yet hold their ground with their colourful demeanour. Balance and subtlety are key as is the play of minimal geometry highlighted by dainty accessories. Bringing the best of lavishness and modern styles, this abode is an exemplar of function and flair!

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The plush teal chairs add a pop of colour to a lush and minimal dining area;  Photographs by Yash R Jain
The second bedroom features a neutral grey colour scheme with vertical slats, contemporary wall lighting, and premium furnishings;  Photographs by Yash R Jain