A revelation to the conventional, U and I Designs offers an eclectic take on Japandi design in this Bengaluru home

FEB 16, 2023 | By Siddharth Babani
The living room is a collection of beautifully selected objects— floor lamp from Orange Tree, fabrics from Home stories, wallpaper from Curtain Avenue and art by Studio Artemist; Photographs by Nayan Soni

Inspired by the confluence of Japanese and Scandinavian architectural styles, ‘The House of Forms’ crafted by founder, Aniketh Bafna, principal designer, Sonal R Mutha and design lead, Khusbu Murarka of U and I Designs manages to deliver a precedent with their contemporary interpretation of Japandi Design

With a penchant for organising lively get-togethers, the young couple who own this 1030 sq ft Bengaluru home, envisioned a space that is both informal and approachable. Subtle yet sophisticated, the house is designed to suit their needs. The expansive and uncluttered design is a reflection of their warm and easy-going personalities.

The application of simple white tiles and concrete textured walls are a pleasing combination of matter and materiality; Photographs by Nayan Soni

Taking the tour

As one strolls through the front door, one is greeted by a cosy niche that provides seating for the foyer. The monochromatic and teak palette at the entrance is a prelude to the elements prevalent through the rest of the home. 

Conceptualised, built, and delivered by U and I Designs’ in-house furniture studio, the Scandinavian style dining table is made from a single slab of polished quartz. It is encircled by a set of wooden chairs and a bench upholstered in a rich, chevron-patterned, blue fabric. A triplet of arched shelving units sit behind the dining table. The open shelf through the middle, is flanked by two encased in fluted glass on either side. 

The dining table and chairs have had to be explicitly designed to complement the curves of the shelving unit; Photographs by Nayan Soni

The living room is a celebration of light, featuring rich tones of dappled grey and organic brown accents. Large windows offer plenty of natural illumination, and are draped in a blend of sheer and solid grey curtains. A sense of continuity is maintained throughout the house by the concrete textured paint extending from the foyer to the living room leading up to the kitchen. 

A rounded rectangular archway divides the space between the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is a tidy space with clean lines, and flat-panelled veneer cabinets. A black sink and faucet produces the much needed contrast—a pleasing silhouette against the vertical sea-green subway tiles.

The minimally designed kitchen featuring beautiful sea green subway tiles from Ceramique opens up the space to further extend the living room; Photographs by Nayan Soni

An elegant opera mauve, paired with ivory furniture and teak accents creates a vision of muted elegance in the master bedroom. A series of familiar elements and textures like the ribbed headboard behind the bed and an organic frame of the mirror incorporated, is a pleasing nod to the Japandi style. 

Enriched with bedding from Home Stories and cushions from Studio Covers, the bedroom is a soft and comfortable place to unwind; Photographs by Nayan Soni

Ideas to keep in mind

Any piece of furniture that is incorporated within a space needs to be cohesive and adhere to the narrative. Certain elements of the home should be custom-made without which the space would lose its sense of identity and create a divergence of styles.

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A collection of stone squares carved from Agra red stone showcasing the couple’s heritage sit above a sage green console built by the U and I Design’s fabrication team; Photographs by Nayan Soni


The mauve-tinted walls create a soft and calming atmosphere, to promote rest and relaxation; Photographs by Nayan Soni


The study room with the monochromatic colour palette features a custom sofa with a matching carpet from Jaipur Rugs; Photographs by Nayan Soni

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