Shreya Kanoria summons the spell of sea and mid-century design in this home in Malabar Hills, Mumbai
AUG 10, 2023 | By Bhipasha Hinduja
With the calming sounds of the waves and the gentle serenade of the wind playing in the near background is a home wrapped in a restful state of mind in Mumbai’s southern neighbourhood of Malabar Hills. A rapturous conclusion of Shreya Kanoria’s creative decisions, who helms her eponymous firm Shreya Kanoria Interior Design, the home brims with clues of art, literature, and a melange of eclectic and mid-century-inspired elements, seamlessly melding a multitude of ideas on the canvas. An abode or a retreat? We say this home plays both roles effortlessly!
With a calculated 2,000 sq ft area, what stands out amidst the trove of design curios here is the vistas of the sea that the homeowners soak in day through night.
Surroundings and solitude
As Shreya iterates, “To enhance the connection with the surrounding environment, the design incorporates an abundance of natural textures and elements. Large windows frame the breathtaking views of the sea, allowing an influx of natural light and creating a seamless integration between the indoor and outdoor spaces.”
Deviating from the rule of traditional mid-century styles, Shreya delves into a redefined mood board, where bookcases and a slew of decor pieces have been thoughtfully brought together. While the use of wall panelling, inlay and mosaic adds depth to the space. With an experimental approach, the furniture has been carefully curated and exists in sync with the chosen warm colour palette.
The sun seeps through the nooks
Entering the abode, a cascade of design-led glimpses pull you in. The living room is designed using materials like light wooden casing, which is the perfect canvas for the accompanying furniture and art. One of the masterpieces, the Finn Juhl chair, plays with the geometry of curves, symbolising a modern flair of mid-century design. Embracing the views of the ocean is as simple as sinking into the chair and just taking it all in!
The dining area is a blend of style and functionality, this ensures the culinary experience is seamless. While the balcony a cosy space to unwind is an extension of the family room designed using marble and forming a mosaic.
The family living room has a tall origami bookshelf submerged in the idea of knowledge. Adjacent to it is a rattan-panelled powder room designed using Baroda green inlay which adds vibrancy and depth to the space. The bedrooms have followed a neutral colour palette, which creates an atmosphere of relaxation. The master bedroom has explored different forms of design using walnut panels and marbled walls. The guest bedroom has embraced textured cream walls and light furniture, which is complemented by a Persian rug and textile art. The large windows transpire as the perfect frame for the ceaseless sea views.
Absorb elements from the space
The compilation of marble, wood, metal, mosaic, and inlay is seen throughout the house. The warm, neutral colour palette and cream texture walls add a calming element to the space while being the perfect canvas for art pieces throughout the home. Weaving in the threads of sustainability, they have incorporated the marble wastage for the flooring of the powder room, decking up the powder bathroom with a custom-made brass basin. At the same time, the side tables in the living area are repurposed pieces.
As Shreya sums up, “A cosy space, the house was meant to feel like a home,” an informal space, full of books, art and objects that weave a timeless tale of comfort and design inclinations that promise each day to be full of solitude and surprises!