National award winning filmmaker Ravi Jadhav’s earthy hermitage, imagined by Amoeba Design is a melange of colours and charming curios

AUG 29, 2018 | By Satyajeet Patwardhan
Repainted in bright red, a 35-year-old Bajaj Chetak scooter that originally belonged to Ravi’s father takes centre stage in the modern yet rustic living room. A reclaimed, antiquated wooden ceiling from a 100-year-old wada, cast iron window railings, cement plastered bare walls and cement tiles with graphic patterns sourced from Bharat Floorings and Tiles lend a warm, countryside appeal; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri
Featuring a brick wall, the master boudoir overlooks the distant Yeoor hills. Traditional materials, heritage cement tiles with hints of green from Bharat Floorings and Tiles and a vaulted ceiling complete the setting; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri

When we first met Ravi Jadhav and his wife Meghana, we only knew of their filmography. Little did we know that during this encounter they would let us in on their humble story. From a 1BHK on the outskirts of Mumbai to their current 2,500 sq ft, four bedroom apartment in the city, their graph has been remarkable. This was our cue of what the space had to be – glamourous yet grounded, borrowing from both their personal and professional lives.

On one end of the passageway that leads to the bedrooms and a common bathroom is a custom, hand painted mirror and lights bought from an antique shop in Pune; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri

Setting The Tone: The design process began by us connecting the dots of each phase in their life. We interpreted this through the rustic wooden ceiling, cast iron window railings, cement plastered bare walls and cement tiles that hearken to their past. The graphic floor tiles and the colours used represent Ravi’s academic term at the JJ School of Applied Arts and years in advertising and cinema.

Complementing this informal sitout is a classic chandelier from an old market in the city, a teak wood coffee table and custom made accent chairs upholstered in fabric from The Pure Concept. Awards received by Ravi and artworks from the couple’s travels are displayed in wooden niches; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri

They wanted to hold on to their roots, while also embracing modernity. An apt representation of this is the old, red scooter, the only vehicle his father owned that now stands gracefully in the living room. It took us roughly 10 months to complete the home. Ravi wanted the space to remind him of the earthiness of his hometown. So, the living room has a reclaimed wood ceiling sourced from an old wada (a traditional mansion). We consciously preserved the 100-year-old weathered surface for a rustic charm.

A customised teak wood centre table with brass legs flanked by a midcentury yellow sofa and a blue daybed covered in fabric from The Pure Concept. Standing on the brass and marble side tables are lamps from a South Mumbai antiques shop; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri

All the furniture was custom made to complement each area. A study table in the master bed was refurbished and painted vermilion. A mid-century yellow sofa lends an old world charm, while the lights and accessories were picked from local stores and high-end shops. One of our favourites and the most stylish space is the kitchen, bathed in olive green.

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Green plants sit atop an old, refurbished study table that is one of Ravi’s most treasured pieces; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri


Part of the younger kid’s room, the bathroom reflects his love for graphics and pop culture; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri


Dominating the neutral family room with engineered wooden flooring is a vibrant blue bookshelf where the filmmaker hoards his collection of cinema and artefacts; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri


A sliding teak wood door leads you to the kitchen awash in warm tones. Deep olive green Victorian-style artisanal cabinets with hints of gold contrast the brass finish backsplash. A set of table and chairs custom designed by Studio JSR and a radio bought by the homeowners adorn the space; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri


A scuba diver and virtual artist, the elder son’s bedroom is embellished with furniture crafted from pine wood juxtaposed with an eye-catching zigzag patterned flooring from Bharat Floorings and Tiles. The plank ceiling, white brick cladding on the wall and an industrial light fixture give it a contemporary edge; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri


The younger son’s bedroom has a striking graphic flooring by Bharat Floorings and Tiles complemented by grey walls and a white wooden plank ceiling. A minimal light fixture and knick knacks are perfect additions; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri


In the master bath, a custom teak wood and marble vanity, and flooring sourced from Pune based tile store Elaar; Photographs by Jignesh Jhaveri