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Amrita Guha and Joya Nandurdikar of Untitled Design Consultants turn to wisdom of the past and weave a modern Indian abode at Nagpur

JUL 8, 2021 | By Amrita Guha and Joya Nandurdikar
The dining ensemble features chairs designed in paisley motif and solid teal hue that offset the veneer panelled walls, which conceal an entrance to the family room. Artworks from Gauri Shankar Soni accentuate the space alongside a statement chandelier, customised by the client’s friend; Photographs by Niveditaa Gupta
A monotone wall in the connecting courtyard is accessorised with a series of paintings by Sonal Varsheya, while a sculpture by Akhil Das sits in the foreground that’s covered in brass inlay floor; Photographs by Niveditaa Gupta
The terracotta faces that adorn the staircase lobby, are mounted on solid wood plates used in local sweet shops from the streets of Kolkata by renowned terracotta artist Shyamal Roy; Photographs by Niveditaa Gupta

Resplendent with art, artefacts and curios, the abode exuberates a modern bliss of antique charm! Catering to three generations of a close knit family, the 12,000 sq ft three-storey Nagpur Home displays the homeowner’s love for the melange of art—collected partly by the clients and the rest have been curated by us at Untitled Design Consultants.

We trusted the process, the freewheeling approach reflecting in what we’ve designed. The Vastu Shastra has further guided us to weave in spaces such as the ‘Brahmasthan’, emphasising on the epicentre of the house. An extremely holy and powerful zone, it receives optimal daylight and ventilation.

Adjacent to this is a wall cladding, representing the Mandala—an ancient and auspicious Hindu symbol of the universe and the never-ending circle of life.

Rich artefacts like the Naga totems and exquisite furniture pieces, designed in-house uplift the living area. Decor accents like Tibetan serving bowls, traditional Arunachali bangles and ceramic pieces by Gini Tomar integrate to form a flamboyant space. Modish sofas with muted cushions are paired with emerald chairs and carpets by Jaipur Rugs; Photographs by Niveditaa Gupta

Our preference for Indian stones is evident in the material palette that uses granites, sandstones, limestones and reclaimed teak. These are complemented by veneers and exotic stones such as Brazilian granite and beige Unito.

A covetable bed, dressed in Shades of India upholstery combines with burl veneer side tables to offset a cloth wallpaper backdrop in teal grass, which displays bold artworks by Tapas Maiti; Photographs by Niveditaa Gupta

Adding an eclectic charm are the antique totems procured from Nagaland that highlight the formal living room. Classical Vietnamese urns greet us as we walk down the atrium towards the living area. Furthermore, the terracotta faces that adorn the staircase lobby, are mounted on solid wood plates used in local sweet shops from the streets of Kolkata by renowned terracotta artist Shyamal Roy.

Embellishing the lounge is a composition of watercolour illustrations by Sayandeep Kansabanik. A subtle colour palette of beige, grey and powder blue drapes the space in elegance; Photographs by Niveditaa Gupta

For a designer, communicating the concept is akin to unravelling a story and this home unfolds as a manifestation of art and expression.

Click here to read more about what Amrita Guha and Joya Nandurdikar of Untitled Design Consultants have to say about designing this home…