Two good to be true—Modern lines meet contemporary curves in this New Delhi home crafted by SAND

JAN 20, 2022 | By Twinkle Tolani
Cushions from Sarita Handa and throw from Artisan Lab add colour to an inviting grey sofa from Nivasa Contemporary. The coffee table custom-made by SAND blends with nested side tables from Gulmohar Lane, pendant lights from Mianzi and Rug from Kaati. The art on the ledge showcases two works from Priyanka Paul’s Artwhoring, one from YSL museum in Morocco, another from Guerilla girls print from TATE, and a tapestry by Jenny Holzer from TATE; Photographs by Rohan Dayal
The rug from Raati engulfs a custom-made sofa from SAND, chairs from The Furniture Republic and coffee table from TheHomeComing Design; Photographs by Rohan Dayal
Art on the ledge by Art&Found and bed cushions by Artisan Lab fuses colour into the second bedroom. Sarita Handa bedding on the bed custom made by SAND speaks of modernity; Photographs by Rohan Dayal

Spruced up with a free-flowing mood of an independent, joyous lifestyle, The Loft in Panchsheel, New Delhi, is a two-bedroom, 2,000 sq ft home for two sisters and their German Shephard. 

Designed by Drishty Vaswani and Sidharth Khanna, Co-founders of SAND, an interior design and styling studio, the home seamlessly amalgamates modern and contemporary styles. Just like the dynamic sisters working as brand leads at Tinder and Ola, the theme of the home cannot be categorised into one box, where it seems ‘monochromatic, but then not quite.’ 

The duo originally resided on the lower floor of the same building with their family but desired to have their own space suited to their lifestyle, be dog-friendly and ideal for entertaining. The two and a half storey building was built in the 1970s, standing as a double-ended sword. Nor was it a blank slate ready to absorb contemporary interventions, nor could the designers alter it to fit their requirements. 

SAND by Drishty Vaswani and Sidharth Khanna
A custom-made mirror by SAND atop a console from TheHomeComing Design features sculptural heads from Artisan Lab; Photographs by Rohan Dayal

Lined with geometric, black and white tiles, the entry passage intrigues with wall-mounted photographs of pets over the years along with the strategically hung cane pendants. As you walk further, the ceiling height seems to rise and get taller. Floor to ceiling wooden beams that form a passageway and provide privacy on the way to the bedrooms stare back in the space.

SAND by Drishty Vaswani and Sidharth Khanna
The ceiling light from Oorjaa looks over the cushions from Sarita Handa and side tables from The Lohasmith in the living area; Photographs by Rohan Dayal

To the right, a geometric mirror accompanied by a striped inlay console is reminiscent of the passageway. Coffee table books, a pair of sculptural and potted plants highlight its quirkiness. 

A television lounge featuring an L-shape sofa having the most inviting, sinkable cushion tempts one to abandon work and kick up their feet. Colour-blocked cushions and framed art on a wooden ledge modernise the space, and a small bamboo chandelier and green plants provide respite from the grey tones. 

SAND by Drishty Vaswani and Sidharth Khanna
The dining table custom made by SAND is paired with chairs from Alankaram. Accentuated by a Masai bowl on the table by Artisan Lab, a brass floor lamp from Jainsons Lights syncs with the vibe of the space; Photographs by Rohan Dayal

To the left, the dining area, dominated by a brass and stone dining table, and a living area resplendent in shades of beige face the luscious terrace garden. 

An angled, framed mirror on the wall adjacent to the dining table reflects all the natural light and verdure from the terrace garden. A soft shaped sofa, two metal chairs and a jute rug coalesce to form the living area. 

SAND by Drishty Vaswani and Sidharth Khanna
Above the dusty pink bar custom made by SAND, Jamba Vases from Artisan Lab make an appearance; Photographs by Rohan Dayal

In the otherwise neutral setup, a few items rebel against the palette. The pastel green upholstery of the dining chair reinforces a youthful aura. A handcrafted inlay coffee table stands out with its patterned top. Black and white pots sit atop an upholstered dust pink bar with a brass frame standing tall against the wall.

SAND by Drishty Vaswani and Sidharth Khanna
In the first bedroom, the bed and bedside tables custom made by SAND sit with a view of
Oorjaa pendant lights. Cushions and bedding from Sarita Handa strengthen the contemporary narrative; Photographs by Rohan Dayal

A metal French window door frames the entrance to the terrace garden. Outdoor furniture surrounded by lush green foliage in hand-painted planters by artists, and diagonal black and white stripes along the boundary walls contribute to a subtly ludic appendage to the greenery. 

Although the designer duo triumphantly arranged a striking layout, they wondered what more they could come up with sans the structural challenges. “There was so much we could do with the layout if there was the option to pull down or lift up some walls. For the living space especially, we went over multiple iterations of the layout till we finally arrived at the option of making the entire seating setting face the terrace space”, reveals Khanna.

SAND by Drishty Vaswani and Sidharth Khanna
A reading rattan chair from Lap and Dado exemplify the soothing quality of a reading corner with potted plants and a lamp; Photographs by Rohan Dayal

From the passageway at the left of the television lounge, two bedrooms reflect the personalities of the sisters. In the first bedroom, the sister insisted on having a four-poster bed. Leading with that, a monochromatic scheme with warm wood accents brought out the novelty of a black metal four poster bed against a deep grey wall with concrete pendant lights. A rattan reading chair paired with a floor lamp punctuates the contemporary aura of the room. 

SAND by Drishty Vaswani and Sidharth Khanna
Wallpaper from Cole & Son plays the backdrop to a cane cabinet from Lap and Dado and ottoman stool custom made by SAND in the second bedroom; Photographs by Rohan Dayal

The second bedroom design is ferociously modern. A brushed brass bed and a bay window nook are heroes of this narrative. Colourful cushions, stripe wallpaper and flora perfectly accentuate the space and shield it from the mundane.

If this home by SAND is your kind of interior goals, then do check out this New Delhi home by Navya and A Quarter filled with old-world charm