Vinita Chaitanya crafts a luxurious yet sustainable, India modern home in Bengaluru

AUG 9, 2020 | By Nadezna Siganporia
The top floor opens out to the terrace through this imposing carved teak door; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

In a quiet street of Bengaluru’s upmarket Indiranagar area lies a sprawling corner property surrounded by old trees. It’s a view the residents—a family of four—bask in daily. Spread over three storeys, the interiors of this 15,000 sq ft abode are a melange of luxurious marble, earthy wooden accents and art.

“For me, this is a timeless combination,” beams designer Vinita Chaitanya. “We’ve used a dramatic amount of wood in a myriad of treatments from carved and fluted to decorative panels and upcycled accents. We were also really fortunate to find a translucent onyx like marble that works wonders to elevate the decor.”

This combination is evidenced just beyond the main corridor on the ground floor. Flanked by handcrafted teak sliding doors, the passage culminates at Kalighat paintings especially chosen by Chaitanya for the family.

The Indonesian tribal backdrop is the main highlight in the living room. On the Michelangelo marble flooring from Stonex India are textured, custom sofas and a carpet from Jaipur Rugs. Elevating the decor are cushions from Versace Home and Pieter Adam table lamps; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

Behind these floor to ceiling, fluted wood partitions lie the public spaces. The living room is dominated by a tribal inspired, carved wood panel, set against a neutral palette of grey textured furnishings. This space is decked with metallic accents and luxe features like malachite topped side tables. In the adjoining formal dining space lie custom marble furniture, a dramatic chandelier and a vibrant piece by Suresh Kumar.

The first floor opens up into a family lounge featuring Burberry Beige flooring from Stonex India, customised couch, upholstery and furnishings from D’Decor and Jonathan Adler, a Jaipur Rugs carpet and the Golden Galaxy console from Viya Home. Details like a Suresh Kumar artwork, decorative ceiling moulding, Scribble cocktail tables from Viya Home and curios from Lladrò and Baccarat complete the look; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

This is not a home that comes to mind when you think of an eco friendly lifestyle but scratch the surface and there exist elements of sustainability. A home does not have to be a microcosm of the entire ‘green’ lifestyle; sustainability comes in various forms. Chaitanya brought in energy efficient features like solar panels, LED lighting and home automation. She also favoured single wall mounted units for air conditioning over central ducts that cool down the entire home even when not needed. “They are a down to earth, soulful family with modern and traditional sides,” says Chaitanya. “The home displays its occupants’ eclectic style—a traditional Indian sense complemented by a contemporary feel.”

The living room leads to this formal dining room zone, which is replete with custom furniture—from the chairs to the marble topped table and the console with metallic accents. Accessories such as a horizontal Baccarat vase, an Arte Veneziana drop light from Defa solutions and a Suresh Kumar piece are seen; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

Take the wife’s love for gardening, which is a recurring theme throughout the abode by way of motifs and colours. You notice subtle and strong veins of this everywhere; ora, fauna and botanic elements weave their way into the decor scheme. “When I meet a client, I delve into their lifestyle, understand their habits and movements. I knew I had to open out a few spaces yet divide other areas. We also used a lot of upcycled wood and sourced local raw materials. This home is primarily made in India, something both the owners and I are very proud of.”

The terrace is brought to life by a tropical decorative wall created using digital tiles by FCML. A custom teak and glass pergola and a gold granite bar add a luxe feel to the space. Bover pendant lamps from Defa Solutions and Ethimo Nicolette barstools from Ventura make it the ideal setup for a sundowner; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

The first floor moves into private spaces, opening up into a family lounge that’s accented by a decorative ceiling, eclectic art, and a combination of brass and wood. Nearby are two bedrooms and a study dominated by timber. The teak floor features marble and brass geometric inlay patterns, while the walls are clad with fluted wood panelling.

The main corridor on the ground floor displays a classic combination of handcrafted teak, marble and art. Vinita Chaitanya especially chose these Kalighat paintings from Beyond Designs for their connection to the family’s native Kolkata; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

Meanwhile, the prayer room is characterised by marble inlay craftsmanship in oral patterns, silver leaf furniture and jaali doors. The second storey has more of a youthful vibe with warmer tones and sand finished flooring. It’s also planned for the son’s future family with two adjoining bedrooms for a growing unit.

Viya Home’s Lotus Filigree door conceals the prayer room. Here, Classic Quartz with Rose Quartz and jade inlay from Viya Home is employed in a Tree of life pattern. Adorning this space are a custom silver leaf table and a Schonbek chandelier from Defa Solutions; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

Accessed through an imposing hand carved, wooded door with botanic motifs is the vibrant terrace on the top floor. The customised tropical wall mural, made using digital tiles and vividly patterned flooring, are the backdrop to a gold granite bar topped by a bespoke teak and glass pergola.

The soft pink guest room on the ground floor is decorated with a subtle, striped wallpaper from Harlequin, contemporary custom furniture, textured furnishings from Vaya, Pottery Barn and Jaipur Rugs as well as a Villari drop light from Defa Solutions and gold accents; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J

A spa like powder room adds to the earthy palette accented by wood detailing and slate finish tiles. Though the house is filled with timber, Chaitanya used wastage reducing features like a metal framework clad with solid wood for the terrace pergola. The end result is an elegant mix of influences in a classy and comfortable home filled with luxurious touches and sustainable features.

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This bathroom on the second floor features a warm palette of Patagonia marble from Stonex India for the walls and counter and wooden finished tiles from FCML for the wall panel. A Viso illuminator from Defa Solutions, Valdama Trace washbasin and Gessi fixtures from FCML pair well with the bespoke fluted wood cabinetry; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J


A spa bathroom on the upper most floor displays a warm, earthy palette of slate tiles from FCML, Patagonia marble counter from Stonex India, customised fluted wood and brass vanity unit, a Valdama Seed washbasin and Gessi fixtures from FCML, as well as a pair of Eichholtz wall lights from Defa Solutions; Photographs by Shamanth Patil J