This minimalist apartment by The Act of Quad’s Priyanka Itadkar and Falguni Bhatia is reminiscent of a tony art gallery with its undulating curves and popping colour

MAY 11, 2021 | By Pragnya Rao
(L-R) A bright and wavy, partition divides the living and dining areas while injecting playfulness; The voluptuous yet robust, custom circular dining table is complemented by chairs that are so light, they can be lifted using a finger; The dining wall is framed with two, eight feet tall artworks made of gypsum, hand sculpted by artist Vijay Itadkar; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
The semi open kitchen has openable PU finished walls with light veneered strips; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
In the guest bedroom, the starkness of the pristine walls acts as a backdrop for the custom made, layered fluid art, whereas the unusual chair fabricated locally adds a punch of colour. Primarily the room is designed with ample storage; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Deviant shaped light punctures, a simple arch and minimal materiality including a bed made using Eastern white pine veneer characterise this tranquil and expansive bedroom; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
(L-R) The study is finished in muted beige tones. A soft sculptural accumulation of folds similar to those of the handmade curtains are seen on the display ledge that runs across the room; Soft, unobtrusive arches in rust pop at different points in the bedroom, be it in the form of the doorway or as part of the bespoke bed, which is finished in Eastern white pine veneer; The bedroom belonging to the daughter, an architect, is a mix of hard and soft elements including distinct pedestals of varying heights that display her work, uniquely shaped fluted columns made of plaster and linen curtains; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

An eight-bedroom apartment in Mumbai is a dream for many… Add to that, one that’s inspired by Japanese elements makes us wish we were living in such a light and welcoming space. Take cues from Priyanka Itadkar and Falguni Bhatia of The Act of Quad. Pragnya Rao weaves a poetic narrative about this colossal home. 

The dual nature of the bespoke centre table allows it to be used as additional seating in the large living room; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

They tempt you to a play of hide and seek, 
I spy, say these tiny spheres, as they peek
 for a moment you see them here, then they disappear what shall we do, they ask?
 Follow the shadows, chase the sun, 
or just stay awhile now that you are here?

The rhythms fast and slow, the spaces, soft and shy, an open floor, with rooms and stories that overlap, a blank canvas where art and design meet,
 oh, if you would only try.

The home is an ode to the patriarch’s love for Japan and is evident in the muted, minimalist design of the space. Seen in the living room is a textured wall by Kemtex accentuated by the handmade, white rippling sculpture; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Tiny orbs, meandering curves and many a gentle arch restrained, yet so untamed, raw, and so tender, the home, the heart on a happy march.

A rendezvous of contradictory cravings, sweeping forms, and magical rippling. Some theatrical, some with a lot of thought, there’s more if one only sought.

The Act of Quad has designed this powder room in contrast to the rest of the space with bold splashes of colour and using a fluid shaped mirror; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

A slight intrigue, a dual role, the bureaus and the davenports, sometimes a cache, sometimes with soul, to store, sit, study, or just build blanket forts.

At times, fleeting, and still, at some, solitary corners at unexpected turns. But this is so much more than that, it’s a home, a feeling, and everything that you yearn for.