Sarah Sham of Essajees Atelier creates a calm oasis resting on classic contemporary notes in the heart of Mumbai’s financial district
OCT 31, 2018
| By Meenakshi Shankar
Blushing pinks sit across from powder blues and cool greys with metallic details elevating the colour palette; Photographs by Studio Kunal Bhatia
In the living area, Essajees Atelier custom-dyed cotton velvet to this specific shade of pink for the sofas. The framed wall art from Black Crow Studios was chosen to complement the colour scheme. The bespoke brass centre table from Essajees and vintage chandeliers that are family heirlooms complete the look. The bar cabinet in the far left is from Chor Bazaar while the pink and grey marble flooring is from Elegant Marbles; Photographs by Studio Kunal Bhatia
The cacophony of the Maximum city melts away as we are ushered into this gorgeous home designed by Mumbai based Essajees Atelier. Fluid lines, muted pastels, metallic details, mirrored walls and vintage accents effortlessly blend to create a classic contemporary canvas that seems to embody modern Indian living. Sarah explains, “This space is located in the financial district of Mumbai, overlooking the hustle and bustle of an educational institution. The design brief was to create a calming oasis in the midst of this urban jungle. When I walked into the space, it was a blank canvas sans walls and just a slab for a ceiling. Creating a home was a challenge.”
Working with soothing white as the predominant base colour, Sarah infused the home with soft pastels. The house is flooded with natural light so the colours were chosen to complement the sunlight that bounces off the walls and lends subtle layers to the textured architectural narrative. Blushing pinks sit across from powder blues and cool greys with metallic details elevating the colour palette. A striking feature, and one that anchors the space, is the dramatic play of patterns, textures and elements.
The diverse collage of materials and objects creates a contemporary harmony. Solids and stripes have been tastefully paired with geometric and curlicue patterns while vintage-style crystal chandeliers throw soft light on sleek glass and brass surfaces. Skillfully weaving life into the home, Sarah brought in elements that hold the power to wow.