Weaving the rattan — Anisha Chandy imagines this Bengaluru home that dances on the rhythm of summery hues and earthy materials

MAY 31, 2022 | By Pratishtha Rana
Wooden Chandigarh chairs with rattan back from Home Canvas harmonise with a round centre table from Tusker Katha in the living room; Photographs by Nayan Soni

As much as a home is built to be in harmony with an individual’s living needs and design aspirations – every little and big element only metamorphoses into a complete canvas after a collaborative effort between the dweller and the maker. 

In the case of this 1,000 sq ft home in Bengaluru, Anisha Chandy, Founder and Design Head of her eponymous firm Anisha Chandy Design Studio, brought to life simple but imperative design demands that the homeowner Anant Sharma of Momo Media harboured and imagined. 

Expressing the design discussions that took shape between the both, Anisha says, “We discussed daily routines, standard practices, go-to activities, most comfortable spots and importantly, the functionality of each space.”

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A gorgeous yellow sofa and centre table from Tusker Katha coupled with Chandigarh chairs from Home Canvas and decorative rug from Carpet Kingdom emanate a cheerful ambience in the living room; Photographs by Nayan Soni

Maintaining a rather cosy but capacious demeanour, the home unfurls first with a foyer on the right of the entrance door. An astutely planned space as it is, a whiff of rattan passes you by with Prism Lights’ wall lamp and wood and rattan unit standing in focus, custom-crafted by Anisha Chandy Design Studio, executed by Tusker Katha. 

Sauntering inside, the living room that doubles up as the TV room, radiates a refreshing, resplendent aura with elements that recite poetic verses of a fresh spring day. Humming similar tunes of spring and outdoors, the balcony sits right adjacent to the living area affording en plein air views of the city.

Wooden Hanging Shelf built in-house with classic wood joinery is supplemented by studio’s signature Rattan Pelmet with a wooden frame. Rattan pendant light from Purple Turtle; Photographs by Nayan Soni

Lending a closer look at the design details in the living area, Anisha muses about the beautifully arranged rattan pelmet outlined with wooden frame, “Creating pelmets has somehow become a signature design add-on at our studio. It is one of the things we look forward to doing in all our projects.”

Rattan wall lamps from Prism Lights paired with cutlery and crockery storage units designed in-house and executed by Tusker Katha present a consistent material palette in the dining area; Photographs by Nayan Soni

Right where leisure begins to pick pace, the space cascades to a snug but striking dining with custom furniture dotting the area. One poses as a cutlery storage while the other makes for a crockery unit. What catches the eye is that the duo models a distinct but seamless craftery of lean, sleek legs rendering a unique height.

A spectacular play of curves and arches takes the starring role in the culinary-forward space.

Anisha informs, “The wall between dining and kitchen was demolished and a larger opening has been created.” Imbuing a warm, inviting mood through design, the small arched corners soften the sharpness of the entryway while hitting the right kind of interior statement. 

The wooden shelf frames the family’s designer cookware, plants and spices flanked by pendant lights from Purple Turtle on both sides. The arched entry and sturdy breakfast counter create a visual partition between the kitchen and the dining; Photographs by Nayan Soni


Appliance shelf with wooden circular sections breaks the monotony of the enclosed storage cabinets in the kitchen; Photographs by Nayan Soni

Heading towards the boudoir, the room that falls first is the study room, transformed from a bedroom into a truly ergonomic study, jam and dressing room. The homeowner being a musician himself, made sure his ideas on jazzing up the space with amp and guitar trickle into the right space.

The study room features ample storage space along with a study desk and a lowered seating by the bay window. Monochromatic carpet from Carpet Kingdom complements the wardrobes; Photographs by Nayan Soni


Bed and side table from Tusker Katha and deep pink rug from Carpet Kingdom elevate the light coloured textures of the primary bedroom; Photographs by Nayan Soni

The corridor unwillingly pulls a full stop and a rather stunning one with its master bedroom sitting on the end of the narrow space. While the colour palette majorly melds and moulds every corner as the layout flows, there is a certain sense of design brilliance that shines through in tandem with light-toned wardrobes, a pop of pink pieces by Carpet Kingdom and an impressive hand-knotted rug created out of recycled saree silk and cotton.

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