Something Old, Something Bold — Navya and A Quarter gives old-world charm a new definition in this Delhi home

JAN 12, 2022 | By Twinkle Tolani
Upholstery fabrics from Dreams Fabrics complement the lighting from Dbel Studio, lamp from Orange Tree and table accessories from Suite No 8; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
The guest bedroom is resplendent in natural light and views; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

New Delhi-based design practice Navya and a Quarter typify a fresh interior approach of paying homage to history, but in true-blue contemporary style. This 2,500 sq ft home in Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi makes you nostalgic and appreciate the hints of simplicity by establishing yesteryear decor features in context of the present.

A capacious living area, doused in subtle tones and textures provides a visual treat upon entering. The symmetrically balanced placements of the seats, namely two identical two-seater sofas, two timber accent chairs and one cane seat, spell lucidity. 

The identical olive-green sofas, each paired with inherited artwork from family and single chairs upholstered in a mute printed fabric create a playful camaraderie. 

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A red vase from Murano, Italy and a white one from Aura Pottery create a perfect assemblage with miniature clay figurines by Srishti Dube; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The round coffee table in the centre has been characterized by a unique detail that encloses the stone-top amidst the legs.

The cane seat inspired by MUAR Design, occupies the central placement asserting its dominance despite being dainty. A wooden-framed sliding glass door behind the cane seat leads to a balcony that deluges the space with natural light and grants a scenic view of tall Ashoka trees. 

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A blue vase from Aura Pottery brings out the blue in the family-inherited artwork mounted on the wall; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


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Cushions from Sarita Handa converge seamlessly with the family-owned oriental rug in the living room; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Emphasising the symmetry of the space is an intricately coloured rug crafted in Mcleod Ganj that has been a time-honoured souvenir in the client’s family that flushes the living space with a joyous colour. The plain textures accented by Sarita Handa cushions subtly attunes to the cheery mood.

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The fabric of the chair is sourced from Cottons & Satins, while the tabletop accessories. in the dining area, are from Kolus and Suite No 8; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The hero of the dining space is the rustic tabletop made of Suar tropical wood garnered from Bombay. The chairs upholstered in fabric by Cottons and Satins imitate the colours of the oriental rug from the living room. 

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The mirror and lamp from Orange Tree along with tabletop Accessories from Ellementry jazz up the space; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

In an evident tussle to steal the limelight from the tabletop, a cyan bar unit accentuated by metallic accessories adds a pop of colour.  

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Plants from Jahangir Nursery at Jor Bagh show a contrasting picture against the black granite flooring from National Granite. A side table from Ikea paired with a chair from a local vendor on MG Road provides respite after a chaotic day; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The dining pours into a cosy TV room embanked by a glass partition. “This minimal space narrates the design ideology of the entire house. The black console unit acknowledges modernity, while the classic cane shutters portray the abundance of history”, says Navya Aggarwal, founder and principal designer of the firm.

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The lounge is the ideal amalgamation of the new and the old, exemplifying the aura of the home; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Taking cue from its preceding spaces, the primary room is spacious, clutter-free, muted and mellow. At first glimpse, the elaborate headboard in ashwood texture catches the eye. This organic virtue is layered by circular elements persistent in handles and artworks. A skylight provides the apt illumination for the space and brings out the tiny specks of red spattered around. 

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The juxtaposition of the Channapatna figurines from MuseLAB with cushions from Idam Store pose exquisitely. The Ikea lamp and carpet from Maharaja Carpets ooze old world charm in the primary bedroom; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala


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A vase from Ikea, India, cushions from Sarita Handa and rug from Fabindia bring contemporary panache in play in the Half-and-Half bedroom; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Next, the Half-and-Half room is partly white and partly eggshell white. A family-rooted, cross-stitched artwork successfully becomes a black sheep in this setting. The refurbished furniture retains the teak wood of the headboard that brightens the blue-toned furniture around it. 

The washroom encompassed in blue handmade Spanish tiles, rebels against the existing palette with an awe-inspiring Armani-Brown Italian stone slab.

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The Half-and-Half bathroom exudes truly regal vibes, as compared to its contemporary-inclined bedroom; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Away from the blues, the guest bedroom is paramount in subtle details, moulding, natural and muted tones, making it a warm and welcoming space. The bed is refurbished to build a cane-woven headboard with side tables to match. Modernity infuses with curios, like a striped rug. Two adjacent balconies accommodate large amounts of green into the space.

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A side table from Ikea, India, bedcover from Jaypore and accessories from Nicobar and Oma Living brings the narrative of the guest bedroom alive; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

“This apartment flawlessly reflects the personalities, family histories, and design approaches of the creative minds who inhabit it. At Navya and a Quarter, we believe that homes are not a curation of all new things but rather an abode that is an amalgamation of old and new,” avers Aggarwal. 

If this home by Navya and A Quarter filled you with inspiration, do check out this Bengaluru home by Aanai Design Studio that shows greens and minimalism