This compact Mumbai home by Ali Baldiwala of Baldiwala Edge turns to the 1980s Memphis design movement not just for its colour leitmotif but also the overall aesthetic

MAR 4, 2021 | By Ali Baldiwala
The living room features wall art by ZaWorks, Jaipur Rugs floor covering, Memphis styled pouffes in Cottons and Satins fabric and side table by Baldiwala Edge and Wood’n Design, Arjun Rathi’s Channapatna ceiling lights, Bent Chair sofa, chaise in fabric from Nikita Mehta Shah’s House of Designery, Ikka Dukka and Idam cushions, Splendour Living centre table, crystal glass jars from Sources Unlimited, diver’s helmet from Essajees and No-Mad’s Ryka embroidered fabric curtains; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Ali Baldiwala of Baldiwala Edge shares insights into the interior design for this bijou apartment… This is a home that sparks curiosity and is layered with cosy textures and colours.

Our client’s request was simply to maximise the layout and give it an eclectic aesthetic. So, we’ve realised the space as a two-bedroom apartment with a living area, a den and an open pantry that especially highlights the unusual design of this apartment. And that’s how the abode got its moniker: Quirk Box.

Breaking away from what we’ve previously done at our recently rebranded practice Baldiwala Edge, this home mixes bright colours with unusual finds and custom embellishments to match the homeowners’ personal preferences.

The diver’s helmet from Essajees is placed on the side table conceptualised by the practice; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Right from the living room to the master bedroom, you’ll find a spectrum of tints, intriguing artsy pieces and designer furniture that uplifts spaces and lends them a luxurious yet homely look and feel. As if in throwback mode (don’t we all love everything vintage?), what’s old is new again. We’ve turned to the Memphis design movement, which served as the inspiration for the use and play of colours.

Memphis styled pouffes designed by Baldiwala Edge and manufactured by Wood’n Design feature upholstered seat in fabric from Cottons and Satins. Behind is a cabinet with tribal art by ZaWorks; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Each room is playfully designed without losing the focus on functionality and tells a tale all of its own.

Arjun Rathi’s Channapatna ceiling lights are in keeping with the theme of the home; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Take, for example, the living room that’s anything but boring. It is a colourful representation of the 1980s Memphis design movement complete with funky accessories.

Flute patterned wardrobes in the master bedroom are given brass handles from United Trading. Other accessories include an Objectry clock and an inhouse carpet design executed by The Weaver; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

We’ve placed several statement pieces here that balance perfectly and create a cohesive look such as the candy-coloured Jolly Rancher console, Channapatna lights in vivid lacquer shades by Arjun Rathi, a tribal patterned cabinet curated by ZaWorks and a geometric Jaipur Rugs floor covering.

Studio Avni’s cork pouffe is reflected in the mirror; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Meanwhile, the master bedroom is conceived as a customised warm nest, a dedicated space for leisure and relaxation. It is bold with patterns dominating the room. While it features softer hues, it is still in sync with the theme of the home, where nearly every surface is saturated with colour.

The pantry features a Georg Jensen jug, Seletti whale fruit basket from Fenny Ganatra, a Hatsu rug and terrazzo vitrified tiles from Caeser; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

The flooring is elevated with a plush, colour-blocked carpet that adds character in calmer tones. Here, the wardrobe is reflected in the Memphis inspired mirror, and its funky, fluted pattern and elegant brass handles are revealed as a never-ending rhythm.

Baldiwala Edge designs include the master bed, side table and The Weaver carpet. Also seen here are No-Mad and Ikka Dukka cushions, bedding from Synergy Fabrics, headboard by Cottons and Satins, framed artworks from Art&Found and vases from BoConcept; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

On the other hand, the guest bedroom is in stark contrast. It is far removed from the apartment’s overall aesthetic and instead depicts an old town in Gujarat with an ethnic, authentic vibe familiar to the clients.

The arch in the den is fitted with contrasting shelves that hold knick-knacks such as the owl jars from Sources Unlimited, Self-Reflection sculpture by Claymen, marble candle stands from KOY, concrete bookends from Bharat Floorings, a Seletti World robot, clock from Modern Quests, Coca-Cola thermos from Chor Bazaar and a plant from Rising Gardens. While the background peeks into the master bedroom with a carpet by Baldiwala Edge and made by The Weaver, in the foreground is Jaime Hayon’s T Table for Bosa from Sources Unlimited; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

Finally, the den of this diverse abode also opens up to a distinctive arch (another nod to the 1980s Memphis) with shelves, a matte blue library that’s dotted with books and designer tchotchkes, and a world map puzzle procured from Ukraine.

The world map procured from Ukraine uses blue-hued cork with a plywood base; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

The pantry alongside is also bathed in the same hues as the shelving unit for a touch of nostalgia.

The den uses a study chair from SÁR Studio, KOY marble tray, Carafe glassware from Sources Unlimited, grey floriana marble top from Elegant Marbles and blinds from Cottons and Satins; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala

In all, the apartment exhibits the homeowners’ personal style and their openness to experimentation, mixing cultures and themes through their unique choice of art, colours and furniture—adding a flavourful and fearless quirkiness to the home.

Surfaces in this bathroom include a faded glass partition from Khozem Glass, peach floor tiles from Fondovalle, terrazzo vitrified ones from Iris Ceramic and 3D wall slabs from 41Zero42. Also seen are shower fittings by Fima Carlo Frattini and Jaime Hayon’s T Table for Bosa from Sources Unlimited; Styling by Samir Wadekar; Photographs by Talib Chitalwala