Studio Osmosis weaves a tapestry of Indian modernism in a Mumbai home

JUL 18, 2023 | By Rajlakshmi Dastidar
With a chandelier bracing the ceiling to complete the overall look, a window peers into the city below. The bathroom has a double basin countertop and black shoji glass partitions. Styled by Shreya Bhimani; Photographed by Kuber Shah
The living room is awash in natural light through the 550 sq ft balcony. The grey sofa is from Chesterfield and coffee tables and corner tables are by Encasa. The hand-painted Kalam tables are by Anantaya. The vase set has been source from Cotton and Satins; Photographed by Kuber Shah
Oceanic ceramic artwork is by Shayonti Salvi. The earthen lamp is from Harshitha Jhamtani, and the rug is by Mirzapur Rugs; Photographed by Kuber Shah

Where life races ahead at a rapid pace amidst the clamour of modernity in the city of Mumbai, Studio Osmosis beckons you into a 2,400 sq ft home on the 15th floor of Windsor Grande Terrace, where time slows down and aligns harmoniously with the universe. The essence of Shunya, the eternal circle of life, permeates every corner while the abundant green views embrace and nurture the soul.  

The multidisciplinary design firm helmed by Sameer Balvally and Shilpa Jain Balvally, their creative directions seep into this abode, where serenity allows nature to find expression through captivating prints, patterns, motifs, wallpapers and artwork. The balconies, adorned with lovely Champa trees and thriving herb gardens, seamlessly blend the beauty of nature with the cosy comfort of the indoor sanctuary.

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The karigari art piece at the entry is a collaboration with Studio Avni, inspired by the love for Pichwai. The handmade Pichwai painting has been sourced from Nathdwara, Rajasthan. The living room has a Hatsu light. The furniture is from Chesterfield and Encasa. The hand-painted Kalam tables are by Anantaya. The rug from Jaipur Rugs is Kolam inspired. Cushions are from Kanchi and Sarita Handa; Styled by Shreya Bhimani; Photographed by Kuber Shah


Studio Osmosis has designed the custom marble art with metal inlay using the inlay pieces of the floor.  The chair is from West Elm. Side table is sourced from AFKD Studio and the sofa-cum bed is from Chesterfield. The hand-woven art is by Sarita Handa, and the Manchaha is a rug from Jaipur Rugs; Photographed by Kuber Shah

In momentary glances

“We instantly fell in love with the homeowners’ brief, though challenging, and the space that this was going to evolve into as we could visualise it become something truly interesting, meaningful with every element for a reason, a story, a memory,” says Shilpa

Standing as silent witnesses, the family’s dreams, values, and firm beliefs weave a visual narrative of breathing life into the space. In a palette of soothing neutrals and anchored with a subtle infusion of green accents, allowing a sense of contemporary serenity, the furniture and art pieces have been meticulously chosen for their plushness and ergonomic design. 

The den or guest bedroom has oceanic ceramic artwork inspired from the Japanese artist style Hokusai by Shayonti Salvi. The side table is from AFKD Studio. The earthen lamp is from Harshitha Jhamtani, and the rug is by Mirzapur Rugs; Photographed by Kuber Shah


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The passageway leading to the dining area has the brass dokra mural narrating the story of Dashavatar from Baaya. The dining console, tables and chairs are by Chesterfield. The serigraph painting is by Hussain and Vaikuntham. Contemporary lights are by Arjun Rathi. Artefacts are from Cotton and Satins; Photographed by Kuber Shah

At the entry screen, as sunlight romantically draws the eye to a handworked karigari art piece in woven and dyed wool, in collaboration with Studio Avni, a custom-handmade Pichwai painting from Nathdwara, Rajasthan against the wall adds a splash of colour to the room. Each corner of the balcony keeps you seated on a bench and a swing accompanied by a coffee table and a hand-knotted Jaipur Rug inspired by Kolam art.

A serigraph painting in the dining room stands as a reflection of the family’s love for India’s rich cultural heritage. The moon-phase circular marble table entices your gaze, while the veneer-clad ceiling makes it feel more special and inviting.

The guest bedroom has a study nook with a metal lattice open bookshelf. A glass partition in PU and metal finish peeks into the living room. The sliding glass door system is framed in shoji black; Photographed by Kuber Shah

Moving into the primary bedroom, fluted PU panels, a reading ledge and a monochromatic palette bring in a lively aura. The floor-to-ceiling walk-in wardrobe system by Collins, breaks away from the softer tones to a more sombre palette, gently illuminated by internal lights. But the panoramic view by the bathtub and panda white marble as its backdrop sets the primary bathroom apart. With a chandelier embracing the ceiling, the black shoji partitions create a sanctuary of semi-privacy.

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The primary bedroom has soft furnishings and art pieces sourced from Nawalgarh, Rajasthan; Photographed by Kuber Shah


The dresser nook has a pouffe and a mirror that is partly a shelf to display art and decor pieces; Photographed by Kuber Shah

Through a symphony of colours and textures,  each corner of the kid’s bedroom sparks limitless potential. Like a cavern, the inbuilt wardrobe hides away all the tent-role play, art supplies and painting furniture when space is needed. Mirroring the character of the bedroom, the bathroom has a touch of playfulness — coloured lighting and patterned Piccolo tiles radiate a contemporary and offbeat atmosphere.

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The kid’s bedroom is a bright splash of yellow with soft furnishings blending harmoniously. The layout maximises the space considering how one needs to learn and unlearn through art, play and imagination. The bedroom has a shelf for all the trinkets and readings to be stacked on; Photographed by Kuber Shah


The study corner in the kid’s bedroom has a top white table and a light blue upholstered chair by the balcony. The floor-to-ceiling curtains act as a cover from the harsh rays of the sun; Photographed by Kuber Shah

Inside traditional whimsies

The mandir visually bifurcates the house with a traditional handmade Thikri pattern shutter with an intricate metal lattice screen. The floor-to-ceiling layout is adorned with a brass dokra mural representing the Dashavatar from Baaya, the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. Plus, Arjun Rathi’s sleek contemporary lights and the circular Hatsu light in the living room adds architectural flair to the space.

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The mandir has a traditional and handmade Thikri pattern work by Swati custom designed with a metal lattice screen; Photographed by Kuber Shah

Carved from a bedroom and bathroom, the den is a multipurpose room with study and chill zones. It’s also a guest room with a sofa bed. The mood is zen with blush PU and metal finishes, Japanese-inspired artwork, and a cosy rug by Mirzapur Rugs. The study nook rocks a sleek leather table and open bookshelves. A fancy black sliding door adds openness to the living room corner.

“The idea of introducing almost an invisible loop as a feature throughout the house is to express this idea of continuity or ‘flow’ of energy which was also enhanced by the correct Vastu-based planning,” states Shilpa.

The 550 sq ft balcony offers breathtaking views from the 15th floor. A bench, swing, high stools and concrete coffee table by Vakr complete the balcony setting. The ceramic pieces have been sourced from Defurn,while the cushions are from Sarita Handa; Photographed by Kuber Shah

In this home, simplicity reigns supreme, and every element has been thoughtfully chosen to evoke a sense of rustic beauty and mindful appreciation for the imperfect. It is a haven where you can embrace the transience of life and find solace in the harmony between man-made objects and the ever-changing natural world.

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The primary bathroom offers a panoramic view by the bathtub. The white panda marble poses as the backdrop while the black shoji partitions create zones for privacy; Photographed by Kuber Shah


The kid’s bathroom has customised patterned Piccolo tiles and quirky, colourful lighting, which is also customised; Photographed by Kuber Shah

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