Sonal and Bobbi Tuli of Within have orchestrated the use of natural materials and myriad textures for this harmonious penthouse in Delhi
MAR 10, 2021 | By Sonia Dutt, Sonal and Bobbi Tuli
This 5,800 sq ft penthouse is abundant in opulence, cheer and warmth. At the same time, it speaks our practice’s signature language of luxury with cordiality. Bobbi and I have filled it with layers of curiosity, peppered with memories and a mishmash of Indian and international influences.
The narrative stemmed from the client’s brief of a luxurious and personalised haven. An undercurrent of playfulness was then injected to create a joyous environment for their young child to grow up in.
We strongly believe that a home must feel like one—aesthetic, functional and highly expressive! So, we curated all elements of design, bringing together refined materiality and chirpy hues.
The careful curation of elements is seen right from the foyer, which makes way for a capacious living and dining space. Natural light spills in through a terrace that overlooks a lush, green neighbourhood.
The walls are drenched in dark hues to offset the pristine ceiling, while the marble flooring is dotted with carpets as works of art. The design includes myriad elements, brought together like a melody, and we’ve ensured that each note is in conversation with another.
A juxtaposition of rich colours and patterns brings in conviviality amid lavish finishes and brass accents. Across the home, we’ve added some of Within’s most coveted pieces of fine furniture dovetailed with vintage elements such as a classic bench, antique mirrors, wicker chairs, and distressed lanterns to infuse a truly nostalgic charm.
Nearby, the powder room is another intimate yet indulgent exploration of natural materials. It redefines luxury using an intense colour palette, sophisticated technology and artefacts in wicker and clay.
The residence houses three bedrooms. The master suite, along with its ensuite facilities, balances splendour and warmth with the help of walnut tinted wood, binding the sleeping and seating elements together. Rich emerald hues are paired here with stone, fabrics and family photographs.
The daughter’s room uses the other end of the colour spectrum—sky blue and white with pops of yellow—making it a lively yet serene space. In fact, we’ve lined her bathroom walls with a yellow picket fence as an extension to this youthful and happy vibe.
Finally, the guest room is akin to a painted canvas of interwoven narratives. Natural materials and a European aesthetic are showcased against the backdrop of a brick wall, while the attached bath is fitted with printed floor tiles to correlate with the boudoir’s visual language.
One of our favourite spaces is the terrace. As you walk up the steps, the white brick walls transport you to Greece! It is here that the family spends quality time.
From a vegetable garden to a seating area under a wooden trellis draped with creepers; a pristine bar to a wooden playhouse; lush palms that outline the parapet to the bougainvillaea overlooking a classic wall fountain and replace—this zone has all the ingredients to be the perfect backdrop for an elegant soirée.
This picture-perfect abode is nothing short of a lyrical narrative, an immersive experience layered with love and warmth. And these qualities are celebrated in every square inch of the space.
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