Play of Pastels—An Art Deco inspired Mumbai home by The Last Goldfish
JUN 6, 2022 | By Sneha Gandhi
Something about the early 1900s Art Deco movement still captures hearts today. The latest happy casualty being writer and comedian Sonali Thakker. Fun meets functional as her new Mumbai apartment allows a modern take on the French style.
Designed by Karan Shandilya, Founder/Principal Architect and Rushil Bhatia, Partner Designer of The Last Goldfish in collaboration with Manasee Kakkad, the home flows in clean lines and uncluttered spaces as it embodies a happy and colourful zen.
Located in Bandra West, the 900 sq ft apartment dons a decidedly Parisian spirit flawlessly translating her effervescent personality, wanderlust and appreciation for all things art.
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The faithfully French palette inspired by pastel shades and art deco forms is a treat to the eyes. The Last Goldfish experiments with terrazzo, concrete and pinewood to balance these soft hues.
When Karan first visited the apartment, he could already foresee the rectifications required to achieve the openness the home now revels in. What followed was a series of structural changes, including widening every single window for optimum light and ventilation and absorbing balconies to create cosy corners.
Minimalism married with a systematic repetition of elements and concepts throughout the home adds a rhythmic flow to the space.
Stealing a quick glance in the amorphous mirror anchored above a white shoe rack, one enters the vivid home. Straight ahead, the living room welcomes with an assembly of white furniture stacked against an ink blue feature wall and seamless concrete flooring.
To the left, split into three frames, the enticing Kalakaari Haath wallpaper instantly enamours. An overhead pastel pink cloth lantern inspired by the 1960s Japanese Art Deco with a Victorian-style dining table and chairs reflect the homemaker’s artistic inclinations.
The absorbed balcony in the living is converted to a step-up platform level with wooden flooring tiles.
Instead of the standard LEDs, the studio opts for a square track light system with downlighters to illuminate the living room. The centre table accompanied by a round white fur rug adds warmth. Custom made pastel pink wall panels paired with an ink blue TV unit underline the wall in front of the sofa.
Moving to the left of the living room is the kitchen with ceramic pink and white striped flooring. The blue and pink storage cabinets are designed to reflect the zesty vibe of the home.
Accentuating the Parisian vibe, right next to the dining area is a white french door that serves as a gateway to the passage that eventually leads to the bedrooms. Layered with terrazzo flooring, the passage houses a white storage counter with emerald green striped mouldings. The inclusion of mirrors in the passage creates the illusion of a wider space.
Matching the podium level in the living the primary bedroom is furnished with wood tile flooring and a four-poster bed draped in dreamy sheers to induce a breezy and romantic flavour.
Poised against a pastel green moulding frame backdrop, the pinewood bed paired with a dresser in white duco paint extends the Parisian theme of the home.
The extended bathroom is defined by an antique style rain shower and bathtub with a stone basin. Painted in strokes of pastel pinks and greens, the terrazzo tiles are a great idea to add a holistic, cheerful dimension.
A convertible wrought iron single bed takes centre stage in the guest bedroom accompanied by white duco furniture with mouldings. A floral themed tile behind the gold embroidered mirror in the guest bathroom breaks its monochromatic colour palette.
“Maintaining our ideologies, the lighting and curtains are neutrally coloured to ensure the remainder of the space is given due emphasis”, concludes Karan.
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