Splashes of bling on a limited material and colour palette craft this Mumbai home by We Design Studio

MAR 24, 2023 | By Shriya Goyal
With the comfort of beige and calm of wood, the master bedroom gets its pop of colour from NH48 chairs; Photographs by Sulieman Merchant

When spoken about timeless design, most of the time a neutral palette and clean lines make their way in our brains, while opulence renders images of lustre and gleam. Evincing a balance of both, We Design Studio crafts this 3,300 sq ft home in the upmarket locality of Juhu.

This duplex apartment in Mumbai houses a joint family of 8 people, where each floor of 1,650  sq ft each is allotted to a brother and his family. “The clients wanted a strong visual element that connected both floors and a strong cohesive identity for the home,” says Nupur Shah and Saahil Parikh, Principal Architects of We Design Studio.

Beige and pastel pink tones swathe the living room with furniture from Tianu and light from LZF Lamps; Photographs by Sulieman Merchant

Tour every turn of this home

One enters the apartment on the upper floor through a private lift lobby. The long central space holds the living area, dining area and staircase. It anchors the four bedrooms, two on either side. The layouts are identical on both floors.  

The dining table base is made of mild steel plates with an Italian marble slab placed on top. The chairs are from NH48, a painting by Tejinder Kanda and light by Masiero; Photographs by Sulieman Merchant

Beige and pastel pink tones swathe the living room with grey cutting through. Wood accents across all the furniture pieces complement the palette. The bedrooms are no different. With the comfort of beige, calm of wood, a pop of colour and quirk of artworks, each bedroom becomes one with the home yet holds on to its own identity.

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A wooden capsule, the free-standing mandir beside the staircase has been designed and built by We Design Studio; Photographs by Sulieman Merchant


A curved credenza mirrors the curves of the mandir and the artwork of Lord Ganesha brings the quirk; Photographs by Sulieman Merchant

The staircase leads to the lower central area which is used as an entertainment space and houses a bar. “The staircase was the most challenging as it was retro-fitted and not something that came with the apartment. It was carefully planned to ensure optimum riser to tread ratio. It stands out as a strong visual element since it is finished in recycled Burma teak,” explains the designer duo.

A curved veneer panel acts as a backdrop to a custom designed sculpture by one of the owner’s friends; Photographs by Sulieman Merchant

Brass shines throughout the house and brings the right amount of grandeur. Nupur and Saahil elaborate, “We have worked with a lot of brass in this home, which is new to the practice. The bar cabinet on the lower floor has been constructed entirely out of brass and is a strong design feature. The railing on the staircase is also made of pure brass.”

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The bar in brass acts as a strong highlight in the lower living and entertainment area. The sofa is from Moroso, centre tables from We Design Studio and ceiling light from Tom Dixon, UK; Photographs by Sulieman Merchant

Ideas to bookmark—colours and materials

The floor and walls of the home have been finished in shades of grey with all cabinetry finished in a light coloured veneer. Each bathroom has been treated differently to break away from the cohesive colour palette. The light neutral colours feel timeless and allow for accents and highlights.

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The bed is built on hydraulic lifts and acts as a large storage bin for linen. The bedside light is by Vibia; Photographs by Sulieman Merchant

The designer’s conclude by expressing their design philosophy. “As a studio, we have always believed in ascetic simplicity. We like working with a limited material and colour palette for each project and that drives the core design philosophy. The use of clean, bold planes is a signature to the practice and are experienced in every space within the residence.”

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