Back to roots — designed by Studioarch+Partners, this home in Mahe is a refuge for minimalist living

OCT 18, 2023 | By Tamanna Doctor
A suede leather accent chair and custom black string console are placed in the upper living hall. Vitrified tile in the flooring and popcorn art are also present here; Photography by Justin Sebastian; Styled by Fazna Marakkar

Hometowns are not just places, but they’re a feeling. They are an amalgamation of tender childhood memories and no matter what, they will always be a refuge from our everyday lives. The homeowner’s hometown, Mahe, is a picture-perfect location for the 3200 sq ft staggering house designed by Studioarch+Partners.

With three tiny members of the family running around, the home was crafted with warmth and comfort as its main focus. The idea was to spend generous amounts of quality time with the family when they visited their beloved town.

The formal living area possesses dark brown suede leather sofa, white boucle sofa, Khmara Pendant Light by Serhii Makhno, customised wall art and polished veneer and monocot black pattern crafted inhouse; Photography by Justin Sebastian; Styled by Fazna Marakkar


Suede leather sofa along with a custom made wooden table and thread ornamented pedestal lamps can be seen in the family living area; Styled by Fazna Marakkar, Photography by Justin Sebastian

Emphasising every nook and cranny

Entering the home, the Xanadu tree in the L-shaped veranda welcomes one with open arms. Moving on to the foyer, the space is used to depict a tiny trailer of what’s to come.

The main hall is seamlessly divided into tiny pockets of space without any physical barriers. The formal living area possesses voluminous and cosy sofas that make the space a haven to spend precious family time in. 

The upper living foyer displays Perry 3 seater sofa, fabric cage soft chair, black yin yang centre table, handmade jute rug, leather grid cushions and MARYSHARON arch entrance corridor art; Photography by Justin Sebastian


The dining area is adorned with Mazz Chair by Leanne Ford and miles glass leg dining table, Formakami pendant light by Jaime Hayon, custom made teak wood bench with metal GI plates and artworks and paintings curated by Studioarch+Partners; Photography by Justin Sebastian

The dining area is adorned with the iconic ‘MAZZ’ Chair by designer Leanne Ford along with a custom-made teak wood and metal workbench. 

A separate foyer leads to the bedrooms to maintain privacy. The bedrooms each adhere to a specific colour palette. The rooms are designed to look luxurious and yet retain a sense of comfort. 

A custom partition between foyer and prayer area can be seen. The bone textured surface and handpicked artefacts are placed here. A small pocket space present can be used as a prayer area which possesses a basket and warm leaves; Photography by Justin Sebastian

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The spaces on the first floor are approached with separate design sensibilities and geometrical figures from the ground floor. Warm and neutral tones are placed against concrete ceilings to create a charming juxtaposition.  

The master bedroom displays an oak veneer headboard, boucle fabric bed set, leather side tables, soft jute bed bench with raw wooden legs and checked velvet curtain with a white sheer by D’Decor; Photography by Justin Sebastian


The headboard in the guest room is made up of dark wooden panels with grid grooves. The room possesses a grey boucle fabric bed and fabric and leather combined side tables; Photography by Justin Sebastian


Black finished furniture along with a rattan fibre bed is present in this bedroom. It also has a black wooden bed bench and teak side table; Photography by Justin Sebastian

Hand-picked and cherished

Every piece of furniture is curated ambitiously and has an identity of its own. Each article of furniture, artwork and upholstery has been hand-picked from Dubai.

The main vanity counter displays a wash basin from Kohler, antique finish mixer from Artize, custom made wooden wash counter topped with Imola Italian countertop, High Boule table lamp by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo & Rosenthal; Photography by Justin Sebastian

As candid as it gets

While designing the house, the homeowner had a very simple request. He wanted the members of the family to be the focus as they visited the place more often. The home is an overall reflection of who they are and what brings them joy. 

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