The recipe of slow living brews at this Indian modern Bengaluru home by Studio KE Architects

OCT 3, 2022 | By Pratishtha Rana
Primary bedroom’s Arava wall finish is by Kemtex Paints with art from Bhavesh Davane, headboard upholstery done in Kilim collection by Azco Fabrics paired with Black-Grey Handwoven Pillow Cover from House of Silko by Jaypore, Off White and Grey Handwoven Naga Cover from Teertha by Jaypore. Splash Vase by Weaving Homes is seen with Ball Mug by Objectry and switchboard and sweep wall lamp by LTBL; Styling by Samir Wadekar, Photographs by Kuber Shah

Brewing the idea of slow living into a solid mood board, a three-bedroom home in Bengaluru becomes the cocoon-worthy cove for a couple and their two kids.

Principal designers Esha Tipnis and Karan Danda of Studio KE Architects imagined the home in their signature theme of SLOW — sustainable, local, organic and whole. “The key was to have archetypal and timeless design moves and interventions, encouraging more family time and moderated time spent on screens, while fostering individuality,” explains Esha.

Giraffe the Floor Lamp and switchboard by LTBL, daybed Rook by Fill in the Blanks (FITB) and Blass CP Collection Turquoise upholstery by D’Decor, art by Curio Casa, Cherry fan by Fanzart; Photographs by Kuber Shah


Refresh accent chair by Fill in the Blanks (FITB) with its Dots collection upholstery by D’Decor; Photographs by Kuber Shah

The curious brief

While slow living and organic innuendos emerge as two of the main characters of the narrative, the space also discernibly lays out the family’s love for the moon, hence naming the home ‘Nelavanka’ (Telugu for crescent moon).

The syncopation of geometric forms of the phases of the moon has influenced the lines and shapes of spatial elements as well as embellishments seen in the house,” reveals Esha.

Switchboard by LTBL, Ebba couch by DTale Modern alongside Peach-Blue handwoven cushion cover from Orna House by Jaypore; Styling by Samir Wadekar, Photographs by Kuber Shah


Stack credenza by Fill in the Blanks (FITB) sits alongside Lune Tune Metal Vase by Freedom Tree, Doppler pendant Lamp by LTBL and Arvan Teak Horse Head on Iron Stand by The Purple Turtles; Photographs by Kuber Shah

Tour the Bengaluru home by Studio KE Architects

Spilling hints of calm and comfort throughout, the 1,550 sq ft residence opens up with the foyer leading indoors. A louvered shoe cabinet with inbuilt seating poses along with an eclipsed moon mirror.

The first sighting of the living room expresses a resounding symphony of simplistic, democratic and minimal design. Observe keenly, and one would find a TV set missing from the scene. The intention? To reduce screen time and foster more off-screen conversations.

Dala Horse rug is by Bareeki, ‘Snow Top’ dining table and ‘Bombay Brass’ chairs by Studio KE Architects’ other vertical Fill in the Blanks; Photographs by Kuber Shah

The living, dining and open kitchen are separated with a retractable screen that can hide behind wood panelling and be revealed as required, designed to offer privacy and some visual outlet parallelly. Esha informs, amidst the dominating palette of minimalism, colour is ushered in through upholstery, accent pillows and art.

A striking mix of conventional and sculptural pieces of furniture find their spaces each, transpiring a balance between classic and statement.

Hot Cross Bun breakfast chair by Fill in the Blanks gazes at the Knurl Terracotta Carafe and Curd Setter by Ellementry with Dew Drop pendant lamp by LTBL; Photographs by Kuber Shah


Knurl Terracotta Carafe and Curd Setter by Ellementry; Photographs by Kuber Shah

Strolling towards the dining zone, a conspicuously textural canvas greets the eyes, with the ‘Snow Top’ dining table and ‘Bombay Brass’ chairs from Studio KE’s other vertical Fill In the Blanks (FITB) bordered by Stack credenza that doubles up as a serving platform and a crockery unit. A ‘Dala Horse’ rug by Bareeki and bespoke reclaimed wood lights further embellish the otherwise neutral area.

Photographs by Kuber Shah

“The open kitchen design continues with the colour scheme of black and white with texture and hue introduced through the wood shutters, shelves and fluted panelling,” says Esha. The custom bar chair like many other decor accessories unveils itself as a subtle but discerning abstraction of the phases of the moon.

Photographs by Kuber Shah

Enter the primary bedroom, and a splash of rustic, organic undertones paired with brass accents demand attention. Dark flooring lays juxtaposed with lighter material tones, that of rattan, wood, brass and so on. The room also hosts not one but two workspaces along with a laptop table titled Flamingo by FITB. 

Photographs by Kuber Shah


Photographs by Kuber Shah

Interpretation of the phases of the moon emerge yet again with ‘The Som’ painting by artist Bhavesh Davane, a brass installation and brass lights from LTBL. “While one of the corners houses a formal study desk, we found a way to have a more cosy and casual workspace overlooking the window,” Esha divulges.

A rather pronounced contrast to the whole understated and minimal interior grammar, the kids bedroom is all colours and vivid alongside a trundle bed with arch-nook headboard and attached study table. The colour scheme takes a leaf out of the kids’ love for Spiderman. The guest bedroom furnishes a clean, rustic appeal and is curated as a multifunctional space to host the couple’s parents and other family members who may visit regularly.

Photographs by Kuber Shah


Photographs by Kuber Shah

Ideas to bookmark – a clever material play!

Indian modernism with a constant touch of slow living wraps around this home. Moving away from any short-lived trends, a sense of timelessness is sewn in with materials such as locally sourced teakwood, brass, rattan and a rough tinted concrete texture.

Photographs by Kuber Shah


Photographs by Kuber Shah

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