We can’t resist the cosiness of this abode, which is suffused with the Danish concept of Hygge, by Studio Osmosis
NOV 13, 2020 | By Vedika Nair
Shilpa Jain Balvally and Sameer Balvally of Studio Osmosis decided to give their concept for this Mumbai home with awe-worthy views a cosy twist. While everyone loves a stylish house, a comfortable home wins the popular vote. And this 2,000 sq ft abode, perched on the 25th floor of the World One towers, is a warm space, testament to the Danish concept of Hygge—which is more of a lifestyle, mood and vibe.
Imbuing the homeowner’s aesthetic with functionality, furniture and art, the designers created a cocoon away from the city’s bustle.
The home opens up from a cocooned foyer to the living area on one side and a long corridor on the other. A curved wall leads to the balcony that offers captivating views of the maximum city and also makes for a lovely, Mediterranean-styled outdoor bar. Inside, a plush sofa is seen adjacent to soft coral pink chairs in the dining zone and pastel print bar chairs, while an artistic rug binds the entire colour palette.
A bedroom-turned-lounge is planned next door to the living room. “We had the most fun designing this den,” says Shilpa. Perfect for all kinds of informal gatherings and even lazy days, this space comes with a balcony, an adequate bar area, a nook for reading, gaming consoles, a counter for antiques and artefacts, and a number of storage drawers and cupboards.
Furnished with the client’s original leather-clad lounging sofa and dark wood flooring, the den becomes the perfect space to unwind at. All the shelving spaces that conceal the bar, books, etc, come with shutters that feature moveable, printed art-like graphics in bold colours—making it an interesting and variable element.
This abode is inspired from the lifestyle of its residents and follows the Hygge theme…of creating joy and cosiness in the everyday moments. The designers connected this theme with the homeowners’ memories and collectibles and gave the residence a happy, homely and warm vibe with colours and textural elements.
A uniform palette of neutral shades with soft pastel furnishings accented with colour pops makes the house lively, bright and vivacious. Bewitching art, paintings and artefacts, which are part of the family’s personal collection, add character to the home.
The master bedroom is amplified with glass panel divisions in the bathroom. A custom-made, mustard bed becomes the hero, while art and plants supplement the look. Cloaked in neutral grey tones with pops of coral and pastels, the other boudoir is perfect for a preteen. It is accessorised with art and memorabilia, while an attached balcony serves as an ideal spot for some outdoor relaxation, complementing the hygge theme.
In the making of this home, one element that’s been paramount is to customise all aspects to the family’s requirements. “As designers, we strongly believe that personalisation is what always turns a house into a home, one that owners love to go back to each day. A home should always tell the story of its occupants in the way they have lived and their own aspirations, dreams and should give them a sense of belonging,” concludes Sameer.