Sana Shaikh and Rishita Ojha of Studio Aten design a monochromatic marvel in Pune

JUL 29, 2020 | By Vedika Nair
The monochromatic living room features a combination of contemporary seating with a Chester sofa and ottoman. On the wall are multiple canvases, including Shabnam Sirur's Oriental Ink Painting; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
Another view of the living room showcases the staircase with conceal storage and a corridor with vintage prints and chandeliers from Phillips Antique in Mumbai; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
The homeowner's collection of art punctuates the entire 4,000 sq ft home; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
The regal study features an antique refurbished desk, wooden console and dark tan leather chairs and armchair; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
A modular kitchen from Panchshil Lifestyle; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
The expansive master suite is accessed through French doors; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
The lounge in the master suite is furnished with a classic club sofa set, glass and metal side tables and a wrought iron pendant lamp in the centre of the room; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
A wooden palette dominates the master suite, owing to the classic four poster English style bed, side tables, vintage desk and chair; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
The marbled master bathroom is decorated with an oval mirror over his and her vanities, vintage scones, a glass pendant lamp and a wooden towel holder; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
A contemporary bathtub and hammered brass side table stand on black smoked granite flooring. Beyond is a sliding glass door that opens onto an open-to-sky shower; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva
The parent's bedroom is minimal with a toffee coloured bed and midcentury furniture; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva

American designer Nate Berkus famously said, “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love under one roof.” It is something that Sana Shaikh and Rishita Ojha have imbibed into their practice Studio Aten and into this marvellous residence in Pune that fuses the owner’s heirloom and vintage furniture with contemporary aesthetics. 

The roomy 4,000 sq ft condo is done up in natural and artificial stone in shades of white, black and grey, while wood is the material of choice for the furniture pieces. Various textures are employed across the house—from leather to linen (including the white sheers for the windows), from suede and chiffon. Yet, the space is homogenous owing to its use of earthy tones. For the lighting, the designers have chosen brass wall lights, ceramic and wooden table lamps, and black metal and glass pendants. 

“We’ve gone with a warm and rich colour palette by infusing the space with leather and wood, while grey adds depth and offsets the use of black and white that pervades the home. Majority of the walls in the house are white to amplify natural light, while warm lighting brings an ambience of intimacy. Artworks, wallpapers, hand painted furniture pieces and bed linens add colour in the otherwise neutral space,” explains Shaikh.

A space in the dining room is elegant with aesthetic vintage decor elements; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva

One look at the double heighted lobby through the entrance, and we’re hooked! It leads us to a corridor decked with vintage brass lights and a series of paintings along the wall. We love the checkered black and white marble floor used across all the common spaces. 

The dining area features a table, console, wallpapers and curtains from Plank and Weave in Pune, while the chairs are from Chesters in Bengaluru. The room is illuminated by a light from One Pearl Creative; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva

As we linger inside, glass french doors open up to a regal study, where a captivating refurbished 100-year-old desk is surrounded by memorabilia and vintage lights. A wooden console, dark tan leather chairs and a leather armchair complete the room. Nearby is the opulent, Satvario clad bathroom.

The guest room is chic with soft furnishings, a side table from Artisera and bed from Gulmohar Lane; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva

The corridor plays a dual role—it houses cleverly concealed storage spaces, while also serving its basic purpose of connecting to the double heighted living and dining rooms. Contemporary seating, suspended wrought iron lights and marble centre tables holding lamps and vintage artefacts characterise the living zone. In the dining space, a sleek metal and glass light from One Pearl Creative hangs above the table, which is made using a single block of wood and paired with a wrought iron base. Against the walls here are consoles with primaeval paintings and decor elements.

A sleek side table with a lamp from Oma is seen in the master bedroom; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva

A simple wooden stairway supported by metal balustrade (and with concealed storage) takes us to the floor above. On the right of the landing is the parent’s bedroom, cloaked in white shades and embellished with midcentury furniture, with the ensuite that uses wood and stone elements. Also on this side of the floor is the media room that’s accented with table lamps and murals of Indian deities as well as a minimal and elegant guest suite, complete with a white moulded wrought iron bed, sleek side tables and a hand painted armchair.

The cutesy children’s room features a bed from Gulmohar Lane and side table from Artisera; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva

The master bed chamber on the floor above is segregated into zones. It has a seating area, an ensuite with indoor and outdoor facilities, a walk-in wardrobe, a seating area and an attached terrace. The checkered flooring appears here and, like the parent’s bedroom on the level below, large windows allow daylight in. French doors connect from one end to the spacious closet and lead to the bathroom, which is designed using marble, vintage lights and oval shaped sinks. We love that all it takes is a sliding glass door to make the shower an outdoor one.

The master bedroom hosts an antique stark brown study table with vintage wall prints; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva

Also on the uppermost level is a cutesy children’s room. The pristine space gets pops of colour through soft furnishings, wallpapers and wooden flooring. “The design of this home breaks away from a singular, specific theme. We’ve used a variety of tones, textures and themes all across to create a space that highlights the client’s exquisite collection of furniture, artwork and artefacts. We’ve only added elements that complement as well as play a functional role. To create a truly unique home, we’ve also meticulously customised every piece of furniture, art and furnishings in line with the client’s vision,” adds Ojha.

A peek into the parent’s room reveals the use of hardwood floors from Symphony Wooden Flooring; Photographs by Ritika Shaiva