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Each space has its own story in this Mumbai home by Rakeshh Jeswaani Interior Architects

JUN 21, 2022 | By Twinkle Tolani
“MIDA” wall lights designed by Adriano Rachele from SLAMP are a valuable addition to the family of colours in the informal seating of the living room; Styling by INSPIRED LIVING by Meetu Swan, Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Neutral shades dominate the primary suite with elements such as the rug from Cocoon Fine Rugs and “MONDRIAN” bedside tables from Natuzzi; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Next to the entrance door, art by Michelle Poonawalla, a console from Sarita Handa accented with red vases from Roche Bobois add a splash of colour to the otherwise neutral scheme in the living room; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Artwork by Shola Carletti and blue vases from Roche Bobois placed on the console in the dining room are crucial elements in the contemporary setting; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
“HERMAN” leather sofa from Natuzzi and “LAVE CHAIRS” yellow chairs from Natuzzi make the family seating area abuzz. Artwork by Sunil Padwal, “COMO WALL SYSTEM” shelf unit from Bo concept and the“WISDOM” floor lamp, sofa cushions and shelf accessories from Natuzzi balance the colour outburst, as do “ CHESS” peg tables by Marcell Wanders from Roche Bobois; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Schmalenbach, German wardrobes from Plusch Living, render the dressing room of the primary suite subtle, calm and put-together; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Designed by Rakeshh Jeswaani Interior Architects, this 6,500 sq ft Mumbai home in Worli does not subscribe to any theme or concept. Each space has its own story—bringing forth an amalgamation of co-habiting areas that do not exist to compete but instead work to complete the home. 

Rakeshh reveals, “We decided at the start that we didn’t want this home to have a consistent design theme. We wanted the décor elements like the furniture, lights and art to be different across the home to create a vibrant and naturally evolved living space.” This decision came in response to the client’s brief for an ample, bright, and cosy home and Rakeshh’s pragmatic design approach alongside styling by INSPIRED LIVING by Meetu Swani. 

“When I approach a space, I never ever start with a design concept. I first start with the project requirements, the practicalities of the space and the service—all the things that would make the space easy to use and give my clients no trouble or maintenance issues in the future. Only once we have focused on all these factors, and only then do I begin the actual design process. I find it much more satisfying to mould my design vision to the function and utilities of a space. For me, good design is a design that works at every level”, he elaborates. 

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The “LONG BEACH” sofa from Natuzzi, a centre table from MAISON and a rug from Cocoon Fine Rugs in the formal seating of the living room soak in the warmth from the front deck; Styling by INSPIRED LIVING by Meetu Swani, Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

The quality of design is reflected right from the start in this home. Buffered by a private lobby, the entrance door is a classical arched double door with heavy woodwork and mouldings paired with contemporary wall lights that borrow a classical outlook. In addition, two chairs, set upon a grey and gold marble flooring, are provided for visitors who might need to wait. 

Once through the door, a roomy open space bursting with natural light has a bar to the left, a formal living arrangement at the centre and an informal seating on the right. An outdoor deck offering breathtaking views of the sea headlines all and imbues tranquillity. 

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“DOVE” barstools from Natuzzi and bar storage finish by Silver Leaf interlude with sophistication amongst the whimsy of the bar area; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
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“EPOQ” Ottoman and cushions from Roche Bobois stir opulence in the formal living room; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

The dark blue stained and marble top chic bar counter has even chicer storage whose shutters are a canvas for artworks by artist Shiv Kumar. Next to it, the formal living area boasts lusciously neutral-toned seating comprising a four-seater, a three-seater and an ottoman. 

To continue the feeling of lightness, clear, lucite centre and side tables pay homage to the ‘60s glamour. In hindsight, artwork by Michelle Poonawalla and a hand-crafted wooden console add depth to the space.

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The “PARENTHESE” sofa and  “BILBOQUET” tables by Kateryna Sokolovafrom Roche Bobois speak of the splendour of the informal seating area of the living room. Debasis Dutta’s art combined with the London rug from Marcel Wander’s Globe Trotter collection for Roche Bobois loan its playful demeanour to the space; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
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Providing an unusual and stunning camaraderie to the “LAPIAZ VESSEL SINK” from Maison Valentino, are the wallpaper from Elemento wall coverings, the Baccarat crystal lamp from Roche Bobois and the mirror frame from Indu Photo Frames Pvt Ltd; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

At a natural focal point in a corner, the informal living area grabs attention with a dark blue curved velvet sofa with two matching armchairs. Multiple jewel-hued glass tables atop a vivid graphic rug propagate the megrim of the arrangement. 

Continuing the quirkiness, the wooden flooring and cabinetry of the powder bathroom meet with blue marble wainscoting, floral wallpaper and a gold, organic shape basin. 

“AMBER” bedside tables from Natuzzi, “SKYLINE” bench from Natuzzi and a rug from Cocoon Fine Rugs present an eclectic mix of modern and contemporary elements in the guest bedroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Art from Sujata Achrekar brings in an oomph factor in the guest bedroom; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Versace gold marble and the mother of pearl inlay from Stone Source Select in the guest bathroom brilliantly bring out the many shades of browns, greys and greens; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

From there, the guest bedroom, surrounded by windows on two walls, is privy to both sea and city views. The headboard of the bed, upholstered in white fabric, extends across the bedside tables. White curtains with a silver motif and a plush armchair amplify the relaxing nature of the room. The en-suite bathroom, clad in Versace gold marble, is juxtaposed with a trim of mother of pearl inlay above the wash basin counter.

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Printed upholstery of the dining chairs from Sarita Handa stands in contrast with the accents like the dinnerware from Natuzzi and brown vase from Bo concept; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Following the living room, the dining area defines luxury with a black and white marble top dining table, made in-house. Light wood and cane dining chairs and two crockery sideboards sync like a song in the setting. Two large wall arts and glass vases accent the space. 

On the way to the primary suite from the dining area, a seating area consumed by an large, inviting sectional brown leather sofa and two bright yellow armchairs comes into appearance. Tucked in a secluded area, the TV and contemporary bookshelf make it the ideal hangout corner. A collection of artworks by Sunil Padwal stacks up the cosiness. 

“MELTPOT” chaise lounge and “ASTRA” floor lamp from Natuzzi are paired with art from Naina Kanodia, together creating a colourful reading nook in the primary suite; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Next, the primary bedroom is roomy with a bathroom and a dressing area; yet the extravagance does not influence the simplicity of this space. A sizeable bed with a large headboard and a reading nook chaise lounge by the deck beautifully transpire understated elegance in the room. 

In the en-suite bathroom, a light marble flooring coupled with a more dramatic peach and pink marble for the walls highlights cabinetry with an off-white painted finish with black details. “Here, we wanted to devise a respite after a hectic day by reimagining classics in a contemporary way, so what typically would have been mouldings on all cabinetry became black inlaid strips”, avers Rakeshh.

The dressing area is a light oak wood-finished jungle. Many open units and one bank of wardrobes in metal framed smoked glass shutters give rise to a layout, lines and hues that exude warmth. One chest of drawers with a tabletop mirror in metallic gold form the dresser. 

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The bunk bed in the children’s bedroom is made on-site and creates a bespoke fun and creative setting for the kids; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
Atop wooden flooring from FCML, a rug from Cocoon Fine Rugs sports the “LA SCALA” from Natuzzi. Bubble, a round ottoman designed by Sacha Lakic for Roche Bobois and ceiling lights from IKEA define the joyous ambience of the space; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

The kids’ space, on the other hand, is divided into a bedroom area and activity space. A bunk bed, whose top bunker is a reading corner, occupies the bedroom. Pops of yellow and blue and plenty of storage in the form of drawers, shelves and wardrobes bring zest into the room. 

Yellow onyx walls and a jewel-like SICIS around the vanity mirror and in the shower niche carry on the joyfulness in the kids’ bathroom, which leads to a clean and modest dressing room.

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Outdoor furniture from ABACA and rugs from Jaipur Rugs shimmer in the dulcet ray of the sun; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala
The outdoor deck presents a wonderful area for relaxation as well as social gatherings in the home; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Finally, the outdoor deck encircling three sides of the apartment has neutral taupe-coloured tiles, except for the front deck in the living room, which has a geometric pattern in taupes and greys. All in all, the deck surrounds the home with light, liveliness and style. 

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