Sankraman Design Studio sculpts a Mumbai home with a tapestry of commanding contours cloaked in monochromes

AUG 16, 2023 | By Rajlakshmi Dastidar
The bedroom has a study corner with furniture and wall decor from Ikea; Photography by Archit Jain
The dining area has furniture from Meuble Craftsman Co. The doors have a black glossy PU finish and the fluted glass sliding door leads to the kitchen; Photography by Archit Jain

Woven with distinctive features, this home in Mumbai, crafted by Rishita Sekhani, design lead and architect duo Sapna Lakhe and Shewtambari Shinde of Sankraman Design Studio flows with a balanced blend of materials, colours and patterns. Spanning 1,470 sq ft, the cool, muted tones such as pine, sage, and beige, along with monochromatic elements fill the space, creating a soothing ambience.

“By embracing minimalism, the home breaks away from excessive ornamentation and emphasises functionality, resulting in a timeless and understated sense of luxury,” share Sapna and Shwetambari.

The sofa, bench, single seater sofa and inlay coffee table are from Meuble Craftsman Co set against a wall paneling with veneers; Photography by Archit Jain

Less clutter meets more charisma

One of the notable features here is the home’s strategic orientation that allows abundant natural light to flood the living space. The interaction between light and shadows accentuates the textures and materials used throughout. As dusk settles, multiple light layers play, enhancing the peaceful atmosphere. Warm light emanates from wall and downlight fixtures, enveloping the interior in a visible sense of tranquillity.

The dining table and chairs are from Meuble Craftsman Co while the Mahaba and Juju wall art is by Taho Living from The House of Things; Photography by Archit Jain

Dwell-ightful wonders

As you traverse the threshold of this dwelling, the corridor serves as a thread of narratives, guiding footsteps to the culmination of its story, where an entry console extends its salutation. A choreographed pivot leads you into the living room where a sage green sofa from Meuble Crafstman Co. dances with pine-tinted veneer panels. 

The dining space has furniture from Meuble Craftsman Co. The Mahaba and Juju wall art by Taho Living is from The House of Things; Photography by Archit Jain

The living room orchestrates a seamless transition, a pas de deux, into the dining area posing as an art gallery with Juju and Mahaba wall art by Taho Living from The House of Things and a painting from Artvenue. The protagonist of this space is an organic masterpiece — a live-edged wooden table, its undulating contours, a testament to nature’s artistry. As you soak this in, the kitchen stands like a laboratory of flavours, poised to conjure delectable spells.

On the opposite side of the living room is the guest bedroom and the primary suite. With a flourish, the primary suite has the bed reposed in obeisance to the luminous soliloquy of the window. A console mirrors the composition across, a dialogue of forms that transcends the realm of utility into the precincts of art.

The study table and chair along with the decor wall art within frames is from Ikea while the wallpaper is from Kalakaari Haath; Photography by Archit Jain

An adjacent threshold invites you into the primary bathroom with sanitaryware from Kohler, a vestibule of self-indulgence. Here, wardrobes line the passage, with one wall yielding to the siren song of mirrors, enriching the senses with illusions of space unbound.

Turning the corner, the space again metamorphoses — a passage leads into the child’s bedroom and bathroom. At its side, a platform bed gazes through the window, an amphitheatre of dreams. A study desk from Ikea emerges, against the wall that is draped in a Kalakaari Haath wallpaper, nurturing visions and ambitions with studious serenity.

The wallpaper by Kalakaari Haath adds a sense of play to the bedroom; Photography by Archit Jain

Inventive urban dreams 

“Careful planning and optimisation of the space ensure efficient utilisation, minimising waste and unnecessary use of materials, thereby reducing the overall environmental footprint of the home,” reveals Sapna and Shwetambari. 

The bathroom has sanitary ware from Kohler; Photography by Archit Jain

It may have seemed, not long ago that reductive, stripped-down minimalist interiors represented a stylistic cul-de-sac. But Sankraman Design Studio demonstrates how a minimalist home can combine clarity with comfort and practicality with style through this home.

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