In the studio of ace designer Vinita Chaitanya

OCT 18, 2019 | By Sakshi Rai
Chaitanya’s office houses miniature paintings, antiques and photographs by Jyoti Bhatt from Tasveer

For nearly two decades, a quaint twin bungalow, located in the heart of Bengaluru, has been home to interior designer Vinita Chaitanya’s studio. Having chanced upon this in 2000—then “a little block in a dilapidated condition”— she fondly recalls piecing it together to reflect her signature style and choices with cherished collectibles over the years.

Interior designer Vinita Chaitanya

CREATIVE COMPOUND: Spanning 3,500 sq ft, the atelier is spread across two levels. The lower floor comprises the reception, a few design studios, the vendor discussion arena, the back end factory area and an eating nook, while Chaitanya’s workspace is located in a 350 sq ft area on the upper level.

Structured in simplicity and subtle decadence, the setting infuses an old-world charm with French blue walls, hardwood floors, large windows, vintage decor, a tea table and bookshelves laden with tomes on art and history.

A houndstooth upholstered, wood and cane couch sits beside a polychrome horse head

ART OVERLOAD: Quite unlike your typical workplace, entering Chaitanya’s studio is akin to a tour of an art buff’s personal archive. Replete with brass accents, Tanjore works, miniature paintings, oriental furniture, intricately carved mirrors and printed wallpapers that line most of the space—the cosy interiors boast an eclectic mood. What makes each piece of furniture more memorable and gives it sentimental value is its unique origin story. “My favourite is the gold and silver desk. Modelled out of what was initially an old church window, I bought 25 years ago from an antique vendor,” shares Chaitanya.

A cluster of lacquered pieces from Vietnam sits atop a 25-year-old Burma teak desk


Wooden celestial apsaras perched upon a bespoke teak and cane table greet you near the stairway


The drafting studio’s exposed stone wall is a perfect backdrop to Twiggy ceiling lamps for Foscarini and Louis Ghost chairs by Philippe Starck from Kartell


Chaitanya’s office door is adorned with a gilt and polychrome hanuman, a bird patterned door knocker and a door handle from Viya home


The bathroom houses antique wooden angels


A majestic wooden horse (vahana) and antique distressed mirrors are framed by brass temple tops from Viya Home. Leaning against a Tree of Life panel carving is a Tanjore depicting Krishna


The reception area is decorated with carved teak strips, around a wooden mythical swan (annapakshi vahana)