Priyanka Singh of Chalk Studio dons the hat of both the designer and the client for her firm’s palatial yet cosy workspace in Gurugram

FEB 20, 2023 | By Tamanna Doctor
A customised design desk in Corian Quartz with bevelled edges has been coupled with a head chair by Haworth and visitor chairs by Shearling; Photography by Ishita Sitwala
The Hatsu pendant stretches over the discussion zone, enunciating the expansive table’s geometry; Photography by Ishita Sitwala
The custom white marble topped conference table is paired with the light terracotta Shearling chairs, forming the spatial nucleus; Photography by Ishita Sitwala
With a monochromatic colour palette and minimal aesthetics, the workstations are brought to life by greenery all around; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Every stroke of a chalk transforms its being while leaving a trace of creation over a canvas. Carrying this nascent sentiment at heart, the Chalk Studio Office that is designed by Priyanka Singh, the Founder of Chalk Studio herself, is a 3000 sq ft office in Gurugram that has a workspace that establishes an equilibrium between functionality, interaction, and an empowering milieu.

Inhabited by the company’s senior officials, these zones offer privacy to their users within acoustically-panelled enclosures while ensuring that they remain a cohesive part of the larger layout; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The idea of an open office with informal breakout spaces allows the occupants of the space, the designers, to explore and work in an active and creatively stimulating environment. The space was designed and executed with the thought of blending the workspace with a cosy environment and creating a surrounding that not only motivates but provides a warm essence for the team as well. 

The meeting room houses a custom round discussion table spanning 5-feet in diameter, built in Neolith tile for a seamless finish. A deep blue hue debuts in the suede-upholstered shearling chairs, echoing the cobalt blue of the coffered ceiling that displays a bold dose of colour in an otherwise minimalist space; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Entering the studio, a quaint reception welcomes one into the space. Fluted panels envelop the area and exude a sense of tangible warmth. The bespoke desk is an in-house creation, showcasing the recurring theme of curved and linear silhouettes. 

Storing everything from 4-foot tile samples to the tomes of swatches, the library houses pragmatic storage provisions for materials belonging to active projects at the studio; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The reception area is flanked by two meeting rooms, enabling easy access for studio members and visitors alike. Surrounded by a potpourri of warm tones and endless metropolis views, the meeting rooms have a physical mood board that is of utmost utility for client meetings and presentations. Another meeting room, right across the corridor, within a brushed brass and clear glass partition system, dons with the same design sensibilities. 

The workstation bay hosts the team members together. This area is peppered in tones of grey through the shell, light- shaded wood furniture by Haworth to simulate a zen and focused environment.; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

An interesting intricacy is that the same pocket door system leads to a secret room, “meditation/scream room,”. Acoustically-panelled, the studio members use the space to find some peace after a long day.

A coffee machine is placed in the office to get the creative juices flowing; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

The studio head cabin, a refuge for the Principal Designer, elegantly reflects the firm’s design persona. The area blends into the bigger meeting room on one side and the common hub of the office on the other. The workstation bay, which represents the centre of the studio, houses the team members and brings all the departments together.

A trio of identical open-plan cabins punctuate the perimeter of the space, the veneer-panelled unit is occupied by the COO particularly; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Creating a peaceful and concentrated atmosphere, the spaces are dotted with shades of grey and white throughout the shell with tiny plants. 

Due to its visually porous envelope, the room is always tethered to the larger construct of surrounding zones while preserving a feeling of privacy; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

Tucked away from the office are the archives room, an open pantry, a coffee station, and a staff dining area. The physical vastness of the Chalk Studio Office successfully reflects its collaborative culture. It gives a nod to the Chalk Studio Tribe, which promotes the idea of residing in and daydreaming about flawless design for years to come.

A petite deep-blue, upholstered bench by Hatsu rests in this nook. The wall sculpture by White Domus crowns this spot evocatively; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


Imbuing a dynamic look and feel, the Hatsu Swirl pendant fixture doubles up as the objet d’art in this area, adding a luxe touch with its entwined gilded structure; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


Fluted EvoWood panels envelop the area and exude a sense of tangible warmth. The textured and umber finish meets the veined Statuario marble flooring, fabricating a timeless visual. The bespoke desk is an in-house creation crafted in Corian, underpinning the recurring theme of curved and linear silhouettes; Photography by Ishita Sitwala


The studio head cabin gracefully emulates the firm’s design persona. The light-suffused room is swathed in herringbone flooring by Inaaya Homes and fringed by the skyline’s ever-morphing views, lending it a charged milieu; Photography by Ishita Sitwala

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