Arc de Triomphe – a Mumbai home by ADND that is a triumph of contemporary design

JAN 12, 2024 | By Aanya Jain
A combination of the textured paint and American Ash veneer sets a hotel-like feel in this bedroom. The Stape Wall Lights from Bert Frank designed by Robbie Llewellyn & Adam Yeats add to the luxury. Warm comes through in the wooden flooring by Ego; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India
The articulation of spaces is seen through the use of textures and art. The panelling, geometric flooring inlay patterns and the antique brass can be seen as contextual modern interpretations of retro Mumbai; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India
In the girl’s room pink hues set the tone on the wall and in the I.Cono wall lamp from Vibia. A side table from the MAX Delcourt Collection by kooku design completes the frame; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India

A penthouse for a company director, this 3,000 sq ft residence in Mumbai designed by partners Shobhan Kothari and Anand Menon of Atelier Design N Domain (ADND), is a piece of modern art. Close to the airport, the home is a part of the Zydus Cadilla Life Science’s guest house building. Owing to the building’s layout, the top two floors were pigeonholed, but the architects’ expertise allowed for maximised spatial quality, light penetration and aesthetic cohesion. 

When one has a client who is an avid art collector, it would only be appropriate that the rest of the house look like art too. This is exactly what the team at ADND have achieved. An amalgamation of timeless luxury along with functionality have resulted in this modern home where there is art, be it sculptural or design, in every line of sight. With uninterrupted views of Mumbai airport’s runway, the penthouse spanning two floors comprises a living and dining area, bar, five bedrooms, pantry and servant’s quarters. 

In the living and dining area eyes are drawn to Boshudhara Mukherjee’s “Shapeshifter” art piece on the back wall. The wall panelling is from Jalaram Veneer. A light from Naim Barry finished in antique brass adds a soft glow to the dining area. A brass and marble dining table from Baxter is flanked by the Ginger chairs from Poltrona Frau; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India


A picture perfect view through the brass arch into the living room shows a composition of a curved sofa by Valdimir Kagan and chairs from Claude Cartier. At the centre is a table from Baxter and a peg table sourced from B&B Italia. The Boris Brucher bidriware metal screen from AEQUo adds an element of contrast. The spotlights are from FLOS and the veneer panelling is by Jalaram Veneer; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India

Arc de Triomphe

In order to allow light to penetrate through the entire home, the lift lobby was integrated within the entryway. One arrives into the fluted oak wrapped lobby and is greeted by 2 large brass arches. One of them leads to the living room, while the other houses a suspended console, giving views toward the dining area. A play on a geometric pattern is seen in the inlay of the floor, adding another layer to the design.

The living and dining area display several elements that remind one of the beauty of contemporary design through the curves of the furniture and lights that reference the entryway arches. Drawing the eye to the end of the living area is an art piece made of fabric and thread that truly draws intrigue. Facing this, on the other end of the space is the bar donning a burgundy wall.

A suspended console from Hayon Studio nestled within one of the arches serves as a serving counter without interrupting the flow of design; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India

Echoing the arches again is the wall panelling of the bar that seamlessly integrates with the ceiling. The focus of this entertainment zone are the necklace-like lights that hang above the brass and wood bar table. The theme continues into the power bathroom where a monolithic basin is placed in front of an arched mirror. 

On the upper floor, as one checks-in to the hotel-like luxury of the master bedroom, one notices the attention to detail as subtle curves in the headboard reminisce of the arch theme. “The attempt was to create an ambience where the inhabitants coming down for a short duration would be embraced in warmth and comfort but with a distinct style quotient”, explains Shobhan.

The living area looks on to the bar set apart with its arching wall. Layers of elegance and luxury can be seen in these contemporary spaces; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India


In the boy’s room concrete textured walls are accompanied by reclaimed leather. The White Drawer Cube from Fayanss sits below a wall light from Moooi; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India

Inspired by the retro, resultant of the modern

True to ADND’s design ethos, this home harmonises modern aesthetics with contextual elements to create spaces that are both functional and visually compelling. The design of the penthouse skillfully integrates contemporary elements with a nod to the past, breaking away from conventional structures. The combination of a geometric marble inlay flooring with antique brass accents, and oak fluting demonstrates a commitment to luxury and sophistication from the very start. This trend of a rich layering of textures and materials can be seen to the very ends of the home. The use of arches, a classic architectural motif, is reinterpreted in the context of modern design, contributing to a sense of timeless elegance. “The penthouse embodies our commitment to redefining spatial quality. The seamless fusion of textures, the strategic play of light, and the curated art collection exemplify our approach—blending luxury with a sense of place”, concludes Shobhan. Tour the home below…

In the bar a burgundy panelled wall makes the space moody. The Leda light sourced from Karman commands attention. The Hästsko Wall Sconce from MUNKEN Atelier echoes the tones of the Room & Board bar chair; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India


A cheerful shade of green on the wall adds joy to this bedroom. Contardi Lighting’s FlexiLED Leather Wall Light has a serpentine body that is composed of a braided steel vertebrae and cloaked in leather; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India


In the master bedroom, simplicity is the defining factor, with the entire space wrapped in American Ash veneer. A curved leather headboard forms the backdrop to the plush bed; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India


The powder bathroom features a bold choice of marble and partly up the wall. The dark paint from Asian Paints contrasts with the wood panelling outside, but compliments the hourglass shaped basin; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India
The master bathroom features a composition of textures with marble form Classic Marble Company and sanitaryware from Kohler; Photography by Sebastian Zachariah, PHX India

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