This 980 sq ft by Studio Nishita Kamdar is a minimalistic bachelor pad exuding a bare, raw magnetism
JUL 22, 2019 | By Nitija Shastri
A man cave, nestled right in the heart of Mumbai provides plenty of eye candy and food for thought. Besides being practical and functional, this 980 sq ft, this (smaller) slice of h(e)aven is surrounded by—the towering residential buildings on one side and a solemn training headquarters on the other. Crafted in raw and natural materials, the design of the home, helmed by Nishita Kamdar is all about clean lines, natural materials and subdued tones.
The design brief was simple, “The client wanted a space which felt like a large bachelor pad, enough to give him his own privacy but as well as flexible enough to entertain his large group of friends,” she says. So then how does the material palette realise the brief? “In minimalism, the design elements convey the message of simplicity,” explains Nishita. “Architectural space is about layering for all of the senses—which like a musical composition, spatial features come together into a symphony for occupants to experience. Bringing a space to life means that architectural function and form is not just primarily for the visual sense,” she says.As you enter the living room, you will notice a restraint palette of colours and materials and by simple forms and overlapping materials that add character to the entire area. Colours like beiges and greys with natural materials colours are retained to create a soothing space.
The star of the house—A striking cantilevered black terrazzo table with a metallic brass edging stands like a monolith island in the space. The piece that rests in the dining room, also functions as a modest shelf to the adjoining room, “Exaggerating the connectivity of the space,” says Nishita. “The marble-clad wall, balancing the dining table with the teak wood glass door forms an interesting composition of joineries,” she adds. The kitchen unit is designed in a raw plaster finish looking tiled countertop with pinstriped teak wood battened shutters, maintaining the seamlessness within the space.
Finally, tread a few steps in and you will transition from the media room to the master bedroom through a wooden and fluted glass partition. Enter a very bare rugged and deep-hued room, “Much like the owner himself, a deep thinker but absolutely simple.” The bathroom is completely enveloped with a monochromatic, raw concrete looking vitrified tile, making it look like an almost under-construction plastered wall. Drawing attention to shape, colour and texture of the space inhabited, the apartment proves that a good minimalist house can be achieved through simplicity in forms, materials and details.
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