Nostalgia in making: Mumbai home by MJ Architects reveals a curious play of subtle colours and classic materials
AUG 18, 2022 | By Pratishtha Rana
A home is not just its walls, nor is it just the people living in it. A home transcends function, form, emotions and all that makes and builds its boundaries. Perhaps, it is nostalgia in making in the present…
Meenakshi Jessani, Founder and Principal Architect of MJ Architects traces a similar thought, shaping up a home in Mumbai’s neighbourhood of Bandra, dubbed Epitome, styled by Priyanka Aggarwal.
The curious brief
Meenakshi reminisces, “The client’s vision of their home was a place that is simple, peaceful, minimal and open.” The many spaces at this 2,700 sq ft abode dive into the finer charm of materials, the flow of light from one space to the other and storyboarding.
Tour every space of the Mumbai home…
The home was completely replanned. Originally, what was a 5BHK as per the builder’s layout was recreated into an all-embracing 4BHK with three bedrooms, walk-in wardrobes, study room, balcony and even a steam room in the bathroom!
A clear glass door leads one into the entryway, visually and functionally, allowing sight of the homeowner’s travel photographs adorning the front wall.
Trailing the mood of the living room, an open, airy environ along with its meticulously placed furniture beholds the eyes. Sprinkling a curious warmth here is the custom coffee table made of dried pressed flowers.
Look on the other side, the dining area poses as an inviting section to discover with every part soaked copiously with sunlight pouring in through the arched forms around, reflecting on the handmade wallpaper from de Gournay as it dances freely with the day passing by.
Where all the culinary magic takes shape, the kitchen fashions a clean gray tone in the company of cement floor tiles, and the fluted glass sliding door.
This home rings synonymous with the idea of joy and indulgence, thought-free. As Meenakshi says, the primary bedroom just lets you be. Besides this, it hosts valuable pieces of decor and smartly created interiors – from the ancestral console table, rattan shutters to the sprawling walk-in wardrobe, and bathroom with a steam room.
A sense of vintage grips when one ambles into the parent’s bedroom modelling a solid wood bed paired with classic molding patterns on the walls.
While the daughter’s room mirrors excitement with muted pink accent wall, underrated minimalism. Meenakshi says, “The walk-in closet done for her is right out of a Carrie Bradshaw scene – lavish, open and all things dreamy.”
The guest bedroom spells multifunctional in its design language, where its accent wall stands as the perfect zone for candid pictures along with a TV that doubles up as wall art and a strikingly shaped arched glass partition in the washroom!
Ideas to bookmark – colours, materials and inspirations!
A timeless but fit for contemporary homes design intention blooms in this Mumbai home. Use of teak wood from the family’s vintage Kerala home teamed with classic wainscoting is seen across spaces.
Singing tunes of nostalgia, rattan, wood, muted colours, ancestral decor, creatively used cement for washbasins, marble floor borders and a neat, elegant furniture arrangement sows the seed of design inspiration.
As Meenakshi muses, “We have intended to let the distinct characteristics of all these materials do the talking within the space.”