Finding tranquillity in design – Anomalia concocts a Japanese-style home in Mumbai

AUG 23, 2022 | By Maheshwari Vickyraj
The living room comprises artefacts from Curio Casa and Rug from Rugberry; Photography by Yadnyesh Joshi
The dining room features marble from Asia Pacific, Marbles Artefacts from Curio Casa, SPIN, The House of Things and Coastal Habitat. Pendant Lights hanging from the ceiling are from The White Teak Company; Styled by Namrata Tidke and Photography by Yadnyesh Joshi

There’s pleasure in the way minimalism, functionalism and whimsy come together to form a house.

This 1,470 sq ft, the three bedroom home in Lower Parel, Mumbai, reflects the ideals of zen meditation and quiet contemplation. Inspired by Japanese design style, the design is helmed by architecture firm Anomalia and its founder, Bhakti V Loonawat along with co-founders Suyash Sawant, Sachi Shah, and styled by Namrata Tidke.

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The walls in the entrance foyer have customised texture in plaster accompanied by artefact from Curio Casa; Styled by Namrata Tidke and Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

The curious brief

Taking inspiration from the concept of minimalism, a house was envisioned collectively by both designers and the family owners. A contemporary outlook is predominant but also adding character by sprinkling whimsical elements such as a handcrafted floor lamp, banana leaf imprints on the walls, and the raking pattern on the walls, giving the dwelling a zen touch.

The living room comprises artefacts from Curio Casa and rug from Rugberry; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi
The living room is doused in a neutral tone with a pop of teal-coloured chairs, artefacts from Curio Casa and rug from Rugberry; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

Tour every turn of the serene home

An abstract adaptation of a lush green courtyard with monochrome walls fashioning the banana leaf imprint within an arched form makes the entrance foyer. Continuing further, a muted rug spans the living room. Being cognizant of the design philosophy of slow living, the dining space is an elaborate affair curated keeping in mind a spatial arrangement that can hold intimate conversations, a luncheon with the family, or a soiree with friends.

The kitchen’s monochromatic walls provide a serene backdrop for the wood cabinetry making the space airy; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

An amoebic dining table made of striated panda white marble is set up in a way that looks like a Japanese ink painting and makes it the center of attention. Additionally, the floor lamp and pendant lights hanging from the ceiling over the dining table serve as a reminder to appreciate the beauty of the imperfect.

The hallmark of the dining space is the amoebic dining table in a striated panda white marble which behaves almost as reminiscent of Japanese ink paintings; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

Furthermore, the kitchen, the master bedroom, and the daughter’s bedroom are all accessible through a short corridor off the main living and dining room. Plunged in a monotone hue, the walls serve as a backdrop for the kitchen’s wooden cabinets, allowing natural light to flood the room during the day.

The primary bedroom encompasses artwork from Morii and the side table from The House of Things with the rug covering the floor from Rugberry; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi
The primary bedroom features a rug from Rugberry and wall art from Morii and a side table from The House of Things; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

Trailing the woven texture of the wardrobe doors and the bed’s wooden headboard, the master bedroom has pieces that complement the space through side tables from the home of things and artwork by Morii Design. Unlike the daughter’s room, powder blue walls and an amoebic mirror create a textured backdrop for a wooden table and a mosaic of clay tiles giving a hint of modern contemporary design.

The multi-purpose room features wall lights from The White Teak Company and artefacts from The House of Objects; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

The family uses the third bedroom for a variety of activities. It’s a yoga studio in the mornings, a study in the afternoons, and a den with a television and a stereo in the evenings. On rare occasions, it is transformed into a completely functional bedroom for guests.

In contrast to the textured clay tile wall, the daughter’s room features a wooden bookshelf that has ample storage in addition a small side table is placed next to the bed; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

Ideas to bookmark – soothing blues with neutral textures

The home is wrapped in soft neutrals and hand-crafted textured walls with just the right amount of powder blues and tones of teals for contrast. Using monochromatic colour palettes and a mix of textures, the spaces are brought into concord.

The daughter’s room has clay tiles that are incorporated into the walls with an amoebic mirror that hangs against the powder blue walls; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

What Anomalia fell in love with… 

The firm teamed with Morii, a design studio that collaborates with craftspeople, to create artwork for the home, in keeping with their design ethos of using as little material as possible but still including crafts from different parts of India into their projects.

Taking inspiration from an organic form, an amoebic-shaped mirror is hung against the powder blue walls; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

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