A whiff of slow living waltzes through this high-rise Mumbai home crafted by Studio NM

JUN 17, 2022 | By Pratishtha Rana
The dining area is characterised by dining table and bench by Durian Furniture, chairs from Red, Blue and Yellow, curtain fabric from Bharat Furnishings and designed by Studio NM, dining lights by Terra Trading and sculpture accessories by Claymen; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi
Custom designed curtains by Studio NM and bed linen by Monica Doshi add subtle colours in the primary bedroom. The fabric of the curtains is from Bharat Furnishings; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi
The primary bedroom accommodates custom designed bed, curtains and marble platter by Studio NM, ottoman from Phantom Hands, armchair from Primo Furniture, side table from West Elm, rug from Hatsu and Claymen teacup and kettle; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

How does one make a home, nestled right in the heart of the city and surrounded by all that defines its endless clamour, rooted in slow living and quietude? Exemplar of this very sentiment, Studio NM charts a soothing but striking story of design in a Mumbai home.

Perched high up on the 38th floor of Oberoi Esquire, premised in the city’s suburb of Goregaon, the home rings synonymous to comfort and a happy recluse.  

The creative behind Studio NM, its Founder and Principal Architect Nishant Mehta, crafted this 1,500f sq ft apartment for a family of three, parents and their 10-year old son, who before moving to Mumbai lived in Vietnam and Calcutta. 

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Rug from Hatsu, throw from West Elm, curtains and cushion fabrics from Bharat Furnishings complement the diwan from Tranceforme, sofa from Red, Blue and Yellow and centre tables from Sarita Handa in the living room. The accessories include Salvatori marble ball and Claymen sculpture; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

Outlining a clear, ingenue brief for the architect, the homeowners demanded a space to unwind after long work hours. The catchphrase here though is, slow living, amid the constant buzz of city life. Nishant elaborates, “They wanted an uncluttered space with clean simple lines, and a provision for surfaces that can be embellished with objects acquired from their travels around the world.”

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Armchairs from Magari, white side table from West Elm and accessories from Claymen add a creative element in the living room; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi


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Clean lines and warm wood finishes govern the living room; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

As you promenade indoors, a warm wood finish door opens into a veneer lined vestibule, finally unravelling to a spacious living room that also hosts a dining zone. 

The living extends and trickles out to the balcony through sliding glass shutters affording endless vistas of the neighbouring skyscrapers, skyline and the many shades of sun rising and setting. 

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Candle stands and side table from West Elm along with teacup, kettle and sculpture from Claymen adorn the balcony next to the living room; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi


Dining table and bench by Durian Furniture, chairs from Red, Blue and Yellow and lights by Terra Trading and sculpture accessories craft a fine dining ambience; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

On the other corner of the living room, a wood lined coffee bar unit looks over to the kitchen. Further inside, the son’s bedroom plays with a combination of birch ply and blue paint.

The primary bedroom is swathed in wooden fluting and an elegant egg white wallpaper, while the guest room breathes a toned down, beige tone, hosting a pooja alcove as well.

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The son’s bedroom houses designed in-house bed and cushions by Studio NM with bedding by Monica Doshi, cushion fabric by Bharat Furnishings, designed by Studio, Claymen sculpture and vintage aeroplane clock sourced from Vietnam; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi


The stunning TV Unit and curtains are custom designed by Studio NM. The rectangular rug in the son’s bedroom is by Hatsu; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

On a closer glance, the home finds its personality in the details derived throughout, more so in the ways the little soldiers of Claymen bring life to every corner here.

Nishant further divulges, “We were conscious of the surfaces the user comes in contact with. The main door handle was designed as a ‘handshake’, a sculpted teak wood handle was designed for the same. This theme carries forward through the entire house, each door handle is sheathed with sculpted wooden fascias.”

Armchair from Primo Furniture, side table from West Elm, rug from Hatsu, teacup and kettle from Claymen and planter from Gaia Pottery create a cosy spot in the primary bedroom; Photographs by Yadnyesh Joshi

A design grammar that revels in the love for less is more, Nishant reveals that the home indeed breaks away from the typical design intentions of just decorating.

Instead of letting the home shape around a certain theme, the architect let the space converse in the personalised language of its users, the family. 

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