Arc a la mode — A balance of soft femininity and refined contemporary, this abode by Kayzad Shroff is a chic refuge in the city that never sleeps

MAR 7, 2023 | By Kayzad Shroff
Drapes from Sarita Handa cover the floor to ceiling windows in the dining area. Adjacent to this zone is the outdoor space, which features furniture from Paola Lenti and a carpet from BoConcept; Photography by Suleiman Merchant 

Designed by Kayzad Shroff, The Half Arc House gets its moniker from the many semicircles that exist in it. The first—a textured and painted arc—is seen right where the entrance meets the main L-shaped living area, and frames that room. Next, taking the left passageway from the main door, a short walk from the kitchen, is the guest bedroom. Here, the arc presents itself within the teak wood and all black, back painted glass cupboards. And the bow appears yet again in the master suite within the pink shelving unit behind the bed.

The guest bedroom is dressed using wooden flooring from Jalaram, a No- Mad bedsheet, Sarita Handa curtains and a Reflex Angelo side table; Photography by Suleiman Merchant 

But it isn’t just this idiosyncratic symbol that makes this apartment lavish. Among those reasons is that, at 1,400 sq ft, this city home is intended for the use of just one occupant—which, let’s be honest, is a luxury in itself afforded by but a few. Add to that, as per the client’s wish, the original three bedrooms have been broken down and converted into just two suites with rather generous layouts.

Console from Scarlet Splendour and Boca Do Lobo mirror and lights are placed in the entrance corridor; Photography by Suleiman Merchant 

We realised the client’s brief by creating an expansive master suite, complete with a master bath, a spacious walk-in wardrobe and a dedicated shoe room. Being the primary residence of a young and single enterprising professional, we’ve given the apartment a homely, feminine appeal yet eschewed a quirky look and feel. This was achieved by using certain geometries—the half arc, in particular—as well as rich yet restrained materials that work in contrasting pairs, in both colour and texture.

The apartment is named after the many arcs seen in it—the first of which is at the entrance to the living room. Pictured here are chairs from Baxter, a B&B Italia dining table, chandelier from Serip, Jaipur Trunks bar and planter from Gaia Pottery; Photography by Suleiman Merchant 

The selected furniture and furnishings are all sourced from Europe, from the most covetable brands in the world. Think Boca Do Lobo, Tom Dixon, Baxter, Serip and Reflex Angelo, to name a few—all of which are unabashedly luxurious. These can be seen from the very moment one steps through the front doors. We’ve also added several sumptuous touches throughout the abode. Take, for example, in the main living area, surrounded by plush accents and accessories, and beside a cosy balcony, is a television set concealed within a primary shelving element. This is a particularly interesting feature because its bespoke facade—which is essentially a textured brass clad sliding door— contrasts against the ebony, half arc shelves behind it. With these elements, we’ve ensured that the homeowner gets to choose just what she wants to share or keep private.

A lamp by Arjun Rathi illuminates the Shroffleon mirror made using brass and mounted on a blue Brazilian granite wall in the master bathroom; Photography by Suleiman Merchant 


Detail of the main washroom; Photography by Suleiman Merchant 


The other side of the dining table reveals the textured sliding door from Evolve that conceals the television; Photography by Suleiman Merchant 


An edgy coffee table from Boca Do Lobo, placed over a BoConcept carpet, is the centrepiece of the lounge. Around it are a couple of Baxter sofas, a floral wallpaper from Meystyle and a Tom Dixon pendant lamp; Photography by Suleiman Merchant 

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