Experience a blend of individualities in this sublime Kolkata house by Spaces and Design

SEP 28, 2022 | By Tanvee Abhyankar
The dining area has a bold view of the sofa by Milan's Fratelli Boffi, the informal zone's focal point, while the dining table is by Ravish Vohra; Photography by Talib Chitalwala
The guest room is mellow with sombre tones that are soothing; from the bedside tables to the closet handles are customised; Photography by Talib Chitalwala
The master bedroom features a bed by Ravish Vohra, with a headboard whose colours match those of the walls and gentle, natural light that makes the space feel more spacious; Photography by Talib Chitalwala
Completely custom-made for a 6-year-old girl, on-site, the room's handles are built around a Lego concept; Photography by Talib Chitalwala
Private living room for the son, furnished with a Cacoon rug and a view of the woods; artwork suggested by Artemist ; Photography by Talib Chitalwala
The dining room's ambience is bolstered by a vibrant Isha Mohammed painting. Clove light fixtures and custom-made knobs and handles are used throughout;Photography by Talib Chitalwala, Styled by Samir Wadekar

In an era that celebrates both individuality and collectivity, a designer has made a vivid effort to create a space for a family of varied generations. 

Blessed with natural light and trees around, the house in a select locality of Belvedere road, Kolkata, is an all-encompassing place, to which Pooja Bihani, Founder of Spaces and Design has given an old structure a renewed life structurally as well as aesthetically. 

The furniture complements the decor by introducing a range of colours, materials, and styles into the space. The space has a Fratelli Boffi sofa; Styled by Samir Wadekar, Photography by Talib Chitalwala


The entrance lays out a welcoming mood owing to the wooden door with marble handle and sturdy handmade wooden column that follows. A painting by artist Ramesh Gorjala adorns the wall; Photography by Talib Chitalwala

Hitting the brief 

Designed for a family of three generations, the bungalow covers a total area of 8,000 sq ft, with ground plus two levels sprawling about 2,000 sq ft each. Pooja says, “Since it was an old structure, we had to work a lot structurally, architecturally and interior-wise to maximise the space.”

In the informal zone, local artisans create one-of-a-kind works of art for each stairwell and elevator landing. Each story has its own unique colour scheme, reflecting ambience of zen art with ebony and matte gold finish; Photography by Talib Chitalwala


The first floor, where the parents live, features zen-style decor. The decor on this floor includes walnut, matte, copper and rose gold; Photography by Talib Chitalwala

The second floor affords tranquil views of nature and three trees outside, hence also titled ‘House with Three Trees’. An individualised palette of colours and patterns takes up an equal share with Vastushashtra, paired with Zen art to weave house in a coherent fabric.

This painting on level one is by Jamini Roy; Photography by Talib Chitalwala

Explore inch-sized details in this home 

A facade softened with trees as a first impression, the driveway of the house leads to a lovely double door that opens up in  a small foyer. A huge hallway which is practically an informal living area, assumes the main character in the bungalow, while the bar beyond it plays along as a side-kick. In addition to it all is a foliage and natural light at the end of the room to blow your mind. Spot an iconic sofa by Poppy and Beyond and you are led to the staircase, with a dining area and a powder room to your left. A dramatic view of the driveway is set up from the living room.

The pila chairs by Rubelli Casa (Italy) stand out in the parents’ art deco-style living room; Photography by Talib Chitalwala


The bookshelf, daybed, and sofa in the parents’ den are all custom designed. The room also features a painting by Jamini Roy. The sofa’s vivid blue hue instantly lifts the spirits; Photography by Talib Chitalwala

Functionality is kept in mind while designing the upper floors and resultantly, a pantry and a common room is allotted to every floor. Bedrooms are planned with open wardrobe spaces and ensuite bathrooms,  keeping luxury and needs in mind.

On the second floor is a breathtaking view of the 3 trees and is matched with rattan furniture pieces for the mother’s room. The cream of the house is denoted by the roof, which has a den and a garden.

The study in the parents’ den is completely bespoke done on-site. The window gives a sky blue feel, as if the trees are just beginning to appear; Photography by Talib Chitalwala


The guest room is mellow with sombre tones that are soothing. Bedside tables and closet handles are customised; Photography by Talib Chitalwala

Synchronised with a wrapper of Zen art on the staircase, the house uses matte gold with deep marbles on the ground floor and walnut with rose gold paired with lighter shades of marble on the second floor. The climax is displayed on the third floor where the contemporary drama unfolds itself with oak black finishes on lighter marbles.

The master bathroom’s copper and walnut accents are handcrafted on-site to match the room’s marble flooring ; Photography by Talib Chitalwala

A second skin built around the original structure forms a thermal insulation, which adds to the beauty and the sustainability factor of this house.  Automation, VRVs and LED lighting completes it as a whole.

The curious case of innovation in renovation

The project came to Pooja Bihani as a raw, old, G+1 structure with nearly 2000 sq ft of floor plate per floor. The construction was carried out critically to make it into a G+2 structure with a productive roof as well.

Invigorating hues are chosen for the children’s study space ; Photography by Talib Chitalwala

Structural analysis teamed with the knowledge of Vastushastra was put to use to achieve a perfect balance. After a few extensions and smart design interventions, the house was now ready to be all decked up.

Mother’s bedroom, which has an extremely rustic vibe owing to the wooden bed and bare bulb lamp ; Photography by Talib Chitalwala

Ideas yo-yo use – zen art flow and a second skin to shield your house

A simple concept of creating a second layer of facade which accommodates the thermal comfort levels, protruding chajjas and visual privacy is definitely a takeaway. Another concept, of flow, exemplified and applied in the zen art on the walls that forms a visual vertical connect in the house, is another takeaway that will work in your favour.

The lofted den on the roof has a charmingly rustic air. Rug by Jaipur rug and furniture by Gulmohar Lane accompany the clay figures; Photography by Talib Chitalwala


With Gulmohar Lane chairs lining the window seat, this room offers a picturesque outlook towards the surrounding trees ; Photography by Talib Chitalwala


Son’s bedroom, looking into the walk-in with oak and matte black tones ; Photography by Talib Chitalwala