FADD Studio expertly pair midcentury modern details with handcrafted pieces to furnish this palatial residence

NOV 22, 2020 | By Farah Ahmed Mathias and Dhaval Shellugar
The villa includes a number of subtle but detailed neoclassical elements such as this ceiling. To emulate surfaces of yore with silver leafing, this was painted in matte silver and paired with a Terzani chandelier; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

When we first met the clients, they addressed their need for a traditional home with earthy colours and ethnic elements.

However, after a visit to their neoclassical bungalow—a 5,000 sq ft and three-storeyed structure—in a gated community in Bengaluru, we were convinced that the way to go was “midcentury modern”, so there would be no incongruence between the inside and outside.

Our task was quite simple as they trusted our design sensibility completely.

A custom metal mirror spans the double-heighted living room. The bespoke console holds lamps from Oma; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

Blended to perfection Within a neutral shell, we focused on textured materials and attention to detail. The flooring throughout is wood, broken by vintage patterned tiles only in the dining-cum-kitchen area. The breakfast nook here was custom-made to match the teal modular kitchen.

The living room features a PortsideCafé table, Mon Chateau chair and Chesterfield sofa, a bespoke diwan, Rugberry carpet and paintings by Naina Kulkarni; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

It leads into the refurbished dining corner that combines with the living alcove—this is one of our favourite areas because of its unusual openness. What we really enjoyed experimenting with were the antique rosewood Chettinad table and chairs, sourced from The Vintage Shop and refurbished by local artist Aarti Karwayun.

The breakfast nook is made up of refurbished rosewood Chettinad dining table and chairs from The Vintage Shop and lights from The Purple Turtles; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

Hue balance Mature pastels, abstract art and fine detailing make this house a paradigm of understated style. Most of the walls are in soft greige, complemented by a white cornice.

The stairway wraps around an elevator shaft and passes by a photo wall; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

The bedrooms use soft olives and lilacs with custom beds and wardrobes, while the living room pieces include a white Chesterfield sofa, coral chairs, bench, coffee table from PortsideCafé and paintings by Naina Kulkarni. In the family room upstairs, teal and olive dominate and is supported well by reclaimed art.

Part of the ceiling of this powder room is formed by the underside of the staircase, with POP detailing to match the Armani wallpaper from Petals. The vintage-inspired basin and mirror are bespoke, while floor tiles are from Ceramique; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J