A contemporary home with an Indian spirit by Quirk Studio nurtures its homeowners’ personalities in the heart of Mumbai

NOV 2, 2022 | By Ishika Paruthi
A pair of white sofas peppered with textured cushions along with a pair of green lounge chairs forms the seating; Photography by Ishita Sitwala
Statement counter in the living room acts as a bar and makeshift work space; Photography by Ishita Sitwala
A dreamy room fit for a toddler! Graphic flora and fauna wallpaper, sage green panelling and classic furniture gives the room an elegant vibe; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The Melange Home by Quirk Studio fuses a modern Indian family’s lifestyle with contemporary interiors and a mid-century spirit in Mumbai.

Envisaged as a space where the family would raise their daughter and host their loved ones, co-founders Disha Bhavsar and Shivani Ajmera have curated the space keeping functionality and fluidness in mind.

Breaking the linearity of the walls behind, a metal art piece from White Domus, takes after the chair in a sage green hue and adds a pop of colour. This space is highlighted by an elegant chandelier with brass accents that hangs over the coffee table; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The curious brief

Spanned across 2000 sq ft, the brief stated a home where spaces flow into each other. Hence the walls of the three-bedroom house were broken to convert it into a cohesive two-bedroom space for the family.  

A dining table made with a terrazzo Kalinga top sitting atop two fluted wooden stems. The aesthete piece is paired with blue dining chairs featuring sleek brass-tipped metal legs; Photography by Ishita Sitwala.

Tour every turn of this home

A linear assemblage of partition screens line the entrance to the home. Expansive grey flooring, highly moulded walls and monochromatic textures elevate this space. Breaking the linearity of the walls behind, a metal art piece from White Domus adds a sense of luxury to the area.

The bar unit stands out in an aegean blue fluting. The vertical lines of the finish are juxtaposed with a warm wooden ceiling that hosts a minimalistic light fixture mirroring the metallic accents; Photography by Ishita Sitwala.

Next up is a striking bar counter in the living space for occasions when residents host and entertain people. Aegean blue in colour, the vertical lines of the finish are juxtaposed with a warm wooden ceiling that hosts a minimalistic light fixture mirroring the metallic accents. 

Designed in collaboration with Wallpaper Scissor and the mother, a customised wallpaper covers the wall. Balancing the green, all the furniture, including the four- poster bed and the side tables are white and sits on wooden flooring in a playful herringbone pattern; Photography by Ishita Sitwala.

Transitioning into a dining area, this space follows an analogous aesthetic with a customised terrazzo dining table. Blue chairs and a trio of suspended lights create a soulful atmosphere. An ingenious game of camouflage manifests in this space, optically hiding all the services. Beams in the room are transformed into an aesthetically pleasing arched ceiling while the monochromatic details on the wall conceal doors.

Dipped in hues of white, the daughter’s room is the epitome of sophistication; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Dipped in hues of white and grey, the kitchen renders an appeal of a frame taken directly from a black and white film. 

Arches in the master bedroom become the visual language of the space enhanced by materials like cane and perforated brass sheets; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Moving onto the primary bedroom, the room oozes an earthy vibe with modern elements. A bed back of arched cane shutters cleverly conceals the storage cabinets and adds to the ambience. Boasting graceful white marble with grey veins from floor to walls, the primary bathroom is a vision in white. 

Addressing the client’s brief, the bed-back conceals cabinets for storage across the length of the room; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


Kitchen is styled in a modern, chic-minimalist style; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

 The daughter’s bedroom takes a dreamy approach. Designed by the mother in collaboration with Wallpaper Scissor, the wall features an illustration of flora and fauna. Sage green panelling is like a fresh breath of air. While the room has a mature look, the bathroom is the ‘fun’ space made of colourful terrazzo tiles, experimental chips and a bright yellow vanity.

The designers go all out in their signature style in the powder room. Black marble tiles with white veins from FCML Surfaces clad the lower half of the wall while the upper half hosts a wallpaper from Cole & Sons that splashes colour to the monochromatic space; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Black and white marble with a black dramatic wallpaper covers the powder room. Gold accents in the light and mirror frame bring an additional touch of opulence. 

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A trio of suspended lights bring the dining to focus, thereby creating an ambient aura; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

What the designer fell in love with

When asked about the space the designers fell in love with, Disha and Shivani found it so hard to pick one single area since they enjoyed working on the complete space. “We really enjoyed designing the whole home because the client was open to ideas, but our favourite part was the daughter’s room. Creating this space was fun as the clients were on board with the vision from day one. The result was a room which was not childish but rather dreamy and transitional, a space where we can envision the little girl growing up. The overall ambience is warm and inviting” they added.

During the global pandemic, the world came to a standstill but The Melange Home never faltered. With its illusions and surprises, the designers ensured to bring light and life to this home while crafting a timeless project centred around the people and life between these spaces.

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