When one thinks of the British Colonial aesthetic, it harkens back to a more relaxed and technology-free era, inviting you to relax in a plush chair and idle away the afternoon.
Bringing together these divergent ideals in a home office, Suvidha AG of Papersky Studio designed a 650 sq. ft. space nestled in Santacruz, Mumbai. While the office is reminiscent of a more refined, historically-aligned narrative, it still effortlessly encompasses a casual and comfortable mood.
Design details to know…
“It was essential to design a space that could be used both during the day and at night. Since the lines between the office and the home no longer exist post-COVID, the design needed to accommodate work, meetings, collaborations, and even some downtime,” explains Suvidha.
When the initial layout proved insufficient, the primary wall separating the lounge and office had to be torn down to create a larger room that could be used for both purposes — creating a fresh canvas for subtle tonal variation of the light rattan to warm brown of the local teak furniture. Then there’s the classic mix that gives the plantation style chair its distinctive appeal, creating an appearance of graceful formality in an otherwise cosy and pièce de résistance inviting space.
Hop on and tour the office by Papersky Studio…
Entering through a sliding door, the design of the space immediately transports one to the regal age. Treading towards the living area, which features a large window wall with wooden fixed chairs, allowing natural light to wash over the room, the space is complete with a coffee maker and a separate bathroom for the client. From the main living area, visitors have access to a TV room with an en suite bathroom that may be used as a bedroom at night.
We love the subtle colours and materials!
The browns and neutrals of the materials—wood, cane, rattan, bamboo, and black accents—defined the grid of sliding soundproof windows to space being layered with foliage creating a very classical aesthetic that is essential to the British Colonial Style.
Lichen green, with its underlying blue tone, was used to bind all the heavy tones of wood and feel one with nature, and it was used both inside and out to add texture and depth to the space.
Furnishings and carpets were selected from a colour palette of rust, ochre, ecru, and taupe, all inspired by the English colours seen in the artwork, making it a love affair to convert a 2 bedroom apartment into a flawlessly cool, chic lounge and home office that evokes the colonial atmosphere.
Conceptualised to offer a redesigned lifestyle where luxury does not need to be explained is Viceroy SAVĀNA, located in Thakur Village in the suburb of Kandivali, Mumbai.
Designed keeping in mind a need for a balanced lifestyle and offering an experience of sensorial luxury, space, and exclusivity, this is a home built on the philosophy of quality and elegance.
“The residences at Viceroy SAVĀNA demonstrate that true luxury living does not mean filling your house with the most expensive things. It is not about what you put in, but how you feel inside your home and how that improves your quality of life,” elaborates Cyrus Mody, Managing Partner, Viceroy Properties.
Design details to know
The Sanskrit phrase “सव न” which means “one with the forest,” and the English word “Savannah,” which means “grasslands,” served as an inspiration for the architectural concept of VICEROY SAVĀNA and creating a residential cove that conveys a sense of a tranquil oasis in the midst of the bustling city. Each home was designed to encapsulate volume and airiness to provide the ultimate form of relaxed luxury.
Touring the home at Viceroy SAVĀNA, Mumbai…
Given that ‘privacy’ is essential in a metropolitan city like Mumbai, the foyer is designed to slow down the arrival and transition into the room while establishing a boundary between the public and private spheres.
On entering, the view of the living room is not apparent. A glance at the open area ahead acts as a magnet and is inviting. The living room and entryway are separated by a fluted glass screen that obscures the view but lets in light that encourages exploration. Continuing forward, the kitchen, living room, and dining area become visible.
Contemporary cornice design is employed to visually translate the emphasis on volume and to define the ceiling in the living and dining areas.
The living area is characterised by furniture and artwork that is oriented vertically, with the ceiling decorated in marble, the same as the walls and metal screens, while the ribbed wall design goes all the way up to the ceiling as well.
A sense of expansive grandeur is conveyed as the lines lead the viewer’s gaze skyward. Every room feels more expansive because of the French windows that run the length of the building.
The 10-ft ceiling height in the kids’ room is the hallmark as it acceded to implementing a bunk bed, which allowed for flexibility in the use of the space as it is used as a lounge during the day.
Ideas to bookmark – colours and materials
“We wanted to give a connotation of nature, which is missing in urban living, but still keep the space modern and luxurious,” reveals Cyrus Mody.
Stepping away from the canvas of earthy tones, a lighter palette was fused into the spaces. The dominant materials used are marble, light wood, and glass, while the gold and various shades of green found in the upholstery exude a sense of nature that is often missing from city life without sacrificing the sleekness and opulence of the design.
The veneers in lighter shades of tone are used to muffle the overall colour scheme to maintain the uniformity and continuity of the apartment, which adds to the impression of tranquillity as you go around the spaces.
“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words” once said Barry Dixon, an American interior designer. What starts a conversation within the glistening four walls of a retail, designer store is its carefully thought out, interestingly curated personalised interiors that truly give the ‘first impressions’ that are meant to impress.
ELLE DECOR India charts out a bookmark-worthy edit of designer stores in India across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and other cities that are a ‘must visit’ for not only their wide range of product offerings but also their ‘cool interiors’ that outline Art-Deco inspirations, metallic finishes, pastel colours, latest trends paired meticulously to candidly please the customer’s eyes.
Confession No. 1: Ashdeen, Mumbai by Ali Baldiwala
Crafted by Ali Baldiwala of Baldiwala Edge for fashion designer Ashdeen Lilaowala’s eponymous label the 1700 sq ft. store layout is nostalgic of the old structure’s rich roots and pre-existing natural wood floor which is polished to reveal its original grain and patina is refurbished to add a decidedly luxurious effect to.
Just like the set of a movie which keeps changing, through the changing seasons, the floor transforms to reflect the change in seasonal merchandise. The Ashdeen store is divided into distinct sections the main reception, the display racks, the centre housing sarees, bags and some more jewellery and the bridal zone features lounge seating and a display of lehengas and Parsi wedding sarees with an end result of glamour and sophistication.
Confession No.2: Raw Mango, Chennai
The Raw Mango store in Chennai is a sizeable 5400 sq. ft and set within a lush garden complex. Sanjay Garg worked closely with the architect and visual creative director Adityan Melekalam for over 8 months to bring alive this vision for the store.
Their Summer 2022 collective CHORUS relays design aesthetics of the Rococo period through woven ornamentation like birds, flora & ribbons but in a more vibrant colour palette. What makes it unique is the inspiration drawn from the property’s original structure and draws inspiration from the history and context of the bungalow it resides in by creating rooms and adding windows and chajjas. This screams minimal, modern Indian which is the overall aesthetic of Raw Mango as a brand.
Confession No. 3: Fizzy Goblet, Mumbai by Checkered Spaces
Fizzy Goblet is a designer footwear and accessories brand, which newly opened a duplex boutique store in the eclectic suburb of Khar, Mumbai. Neha Vikram, Founder and Principal Designer of Checkered Spaces has articulated Fizzy Goblet in muted tones of warm greys and soft lilacs with furniture pieces and metallic luxe, exuding a sophisticated connection between the product and the patrons
In contrast to the lilac tones, Neha has added curvilinear walls with splashes of blush, flushed with flutes and rose gold etched quotes and mirror frames for the bridal collection, making it a bridal dream.
The trending Fizzlet collection consisting of quirky and fun items carries you on a tropical beach and is enclosed by a pebble bed with green patches of ferns making the store a balance between its diverse collections embedded into the well-thought-out interiors.
Confession No. 4: Ensemble, New Delhi by Vertex Inc.
The new outpost of Ensemble at Emporio, New Delhi by architect Abhhay Narker, the Principal Founder of Vertex Inc. is the perfect amalgamation of built heritage and natural materials. To stay true to Ensemble’s design he retained some old features with their raw finish and paired them with sleek details.
Something unique about this store is the addition of new materials that were specially developed in coherence with the brand’s aesthetic. The wall texture and a chic double metal grid partition are examples of the same which pair well with the Baswara marble in shelving and door windows and rich woodwork. A touch of greens adds life and positivity to the space.
Nowadays, the bathroom is considered as a place of retreat and rituals. It can be your own relaxing home spa or a joyful space designed to energise your morning routine. With balanced shapes and colours, the Zencha bathroom series designed by Sebastian Herkner for Duravit appeals to the senses.
Inspired by traditional Japanese rituals and craftsmanship, Sebastian has created a bathroom series that combines heritage with a contemporary allure. The unusual above counter basins and free-standing bathtub with minimalistic furniture crafts a feel-good ambience to the space.
Designed as cambered squares and rectangles, it is time to update your space with fluid curves with Zencha. With the rounded shape being one of the most striking design features, the basin and bathtub end in a graceful, softly curved outward edge.
The above counter basins, inspired by Japanese tea bowls, are slightly bulbous at the bottom and taper with a subtle curve to a slightly outward sloping rim. Sanitary objects made from DuraCeram consist of two differently shaped above-counter basins: a curved square and a rounded rectangle, available in colours White, White Satin Matt, Gray Satin Matt, and Anthracite Matt.
Offering a break from strict, straight lines and grounding the space with a softer touch, is the free-standing bathtub from the Zencha collection. The square version of the bathtub is drawn from the square above-counter basin and made from DuraSolid.
It is available in two compact versions in different sizes with an option of air whirl system integrated into the base for a gentle massage effect. Immerse yourself into the deep water and savour a blissful experience reminiscent of a Japanese Onsen bath.
Similar to the zen appeal of basins and bathtubs, the furniture of the Zencha collection is designed in a modular fashion. The straight-lined design of the furniture creates an intriguing contrast to the organic sanitary objects and complements the collection’s subtle material and colour concept. Deployed in a variety of ways, the storage units can be customised as open shelves or drawers with push-open and self-closing technology.
The surfaces of carcass and frame come with anti-fingerprint effect and are available in several subtle colours—White Super Matt, Taupe Super Matt, and Graphite Super Matt. The cabinet fronts add a playful element, while the options in Natural Oak and Oak Black produce a warm and tactile effect. White plate glass and black textured glass introduce a degree of sensual elegance into the bathroom.
Add these statement pieces to your original decor for an eclectic style overhaul or mix and match elements of the collection together. Bring in the zen of Japanese rituals and render a fresh appeal with the Zencha collection by Duravit.
Living and retreating picturesque villas tucked away from the bustle of cities is a coveted dream. Be it the shores of Goa or overlooking the mountain ranges at Nilgiris, the concept of second homes is on the wishlist of many. Bringing to India the concept of co-ownership of luxury residences, YOURS, a Bengaluru based company has introduced a socially and economically pragmatic way of owning a luxurious home in a beautiful destination.
Co-founded by Shravan Gupta, Sudeep Chandran, Naresh Nagaraj and Shalini Gupta, YOURS curates and manages villas at scenic locations starting with Goa, Alibaug and Nilgiris. The desire for a simpler, cleaner, stress-free life is driving people to invest in additional homes far from the metros’ madding crowds—be it as a primary residence, portfolio diversification, aspirational lifestyle choice or an investment in the current real estate market. This introduction of co-owned additional homes in India is establishing as a relatively uncomplicated way of owning multiple homes in different destinations.
Design and Decor
Good design goes hand in hand with functionality. A subtle palette with occasional pops of colour, cosy furniture in cane and wood and charming decor pieces furnish these properties with a soft appeal. A relaxed vibe brought out through the surrounding greenery, style of furniture and decor, outdoor seating spaces and private pool with basic principles of vaastu is a common thread that ties the design of all properties.
Site, setting and size being the key—each villa should have a unique aspect to it. Shalini Gupta, Co-founder and Head of Design says, “We want our villas to have a reflection of the local area that the villa is located in. We try to capture that essence in our interiors combined with modernism.”
YOURS Fonteira is a three bedroom villa set within a gated community in the verdant village of Assagao in North Goa. With a contemporary appeal, it is furnished in a sophisticated palette and abundance of greenery. Within walking distance from restaurants and shopping areas, the property is still tucked away to enjoy the peace and privacy. The upcoming Moira villa in Goa is a four bedroom expansive villa set within close proximity to a Goan Chapel and another one at Mandrem, Goa located near the beach. Under construction, the villa at Nilgiris will have stunning views over the winding roads and tea estates.
All about investment and sale
Resale is one of the biggest advantages with YOURS. Along with assisting owners’ in resale through the investor’s dashboard, the company offers the liberty to do a private sale and sell their fractional ownership to anyone subject to KYC and other regulatory guidelines. In comparison to supply, the soaring demand for these fractional ownership homes presents an investment opportunity for owners to take advantage of rising real estate values.
Forseeing the future
With all the properties sold out at the pre launch phase, this concept of fully managed second homes at a fraction of cost is gaining traction. The owners just need to pack their bags and head out to their holiday home without having to worry about home setup, security, staff or even groceries. With a concierge in place, experiences can be booked in advance too. Shravan Gupta, Co-founder and CEO, states, “Going forward, we are confident that within this space, fractional ownership will be a more practical and affordable mode for investors/buyers, as they can own multiple holiday homes at different locations at a fraction of a cost. When we remove the ‘pain’ aspect of ownership, it’s like a dream!”
When ‘Soft tofu, satay sauce, spring onions, cucumbers, and purple cabbage’, along with minimalistic traditional interiors, make up a restaurant’s canvas, one might immediately think of a cuisine that hints at Pan-Asian flavours. Designed by NEOGENESIS+STUDI0261, restaurant SOY in Surat, Pal, embodies interiors that are the outcome of precisely researched social, historical, and cultural contexts, offering Asian cuisine inspired by the diverse but flavour-rich lands of Japan, Korea, China, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
It’s all in the minimalism
This 2,470 sq ft space took three months to retransform into a fine-dining restaurant with a composition of minimal materials and muted colour palette.
Based on Zen Buddhism, the concept of Japanese minimalism focuses on needs more than wants, keeping life uncluttered. This inspiration moulded the very idea of a space away from the distraction of excess items beyond the requirements. Hence, SOY becomes synonymous with all that minimalism encompasses in it.
Homage to Japanese traditions
Beyond the scrumptious Pan-Asian food, an onlooker’s attention would move to what’s truly magical at SOY, creating a space with the most minimalistic colours and themes and yet casting an impression with meaning and substance.
The kitchen platform, made of black granite, is the appropriate monochrome fit for the subtle background, tactfully designed to give the food a spotlight. Grey and brown tones, textural walls, and bold, curvilinear forms cohesively blend and transcend visual fluency, thereby creating a refreshing aesthetic.
In addition to these subtle aesthetics, NEOGENESIS+STUDI0261 brought out references to Hanswagner’s chairs. As a case study for the design, it was redesigned according to the anthropocentric requirements and context with a teak wood modification. What is unique about their furniture is a combination of wood and metal with traditional Japanese joineries to add to the whole distinctive canvas of the restaurant.
Food meets interiors!
SOY intends to become a trademark for its aesthetics and relaxed luxury, offering a sense of earthy rawness fused with a memorable Asian dining experience.
What comes down to making a restaurant extraordinary is pairing its interiors with its offerings: food and drinks.
Starting with a traditional twist to the classics, from Hibiscus Iced Tea to Vietnamese Iced Coffee, SOY is one to impress. The Avo Crispy Rice, Kwispy Tofu Bao’s, Mango Sticky Rice, Not a Bounty, and Gianduja Black Forest on the menu fit a food lover’s palette, too.
Overall, if something marinates with the phrase opposites attract, it’s the minimalist interiors at SOY, which are the appropriate backdrop to the seasonal, unique Asian food and beverages at SOY inviting the patrons to soak in the design delight that spills an understated charm of a kind.
What is my favourite thing to do? What do I wish I could do in excess and not face the repercussions? What is the best part about exploring new cities? So many questions, a straightforward answer – good food!
Sometimes, a craving for scrumptious delicacies is not enough. We say that because, with an elevated ambience, the food becomes more than just a meal. It becomes an experience. ELLE DECOR India’s curated list of restaurants brings forth a range of flavours that marinate well with their unique interiors.
Diona at The Grand Anukampa Hotel, Jaipur
Diona by Chromed Design Studio is an amalgamation of volumes, niches, rounded curves, and monochromated themes. The stones and marble used, emulate the layout and dynamism of Santorini. The white-painted wall made of broken marble complements the labyrinth of arches and vaults creating a captivating contrast against the pink city scenery and making its eccentric design stand out.
As one exits the elevator, a gleaming crystal ceiling is covered by a massive green wall with an artful emblem that is now buzzing on Jaipur’s social media. However, Alfresco, the outdoor area has cabana seating, ivory gazebos, and natural ambient lighting which is a complete contrast to the crystals. Alternately, Diona hosts a dining space overlooking the infinity pool with an Instagrammable bar in the middle which gives a whole other luxe side to the space, alongside a private lounge that witnesses heightened views of the Jaipur sky.
The Olive Cafe & Bar, Chandigarh
Embarking on an all new journey of newer design aesthetics and a refreshing table of gourmet food by chef Jyotika Malik, The Olive Cafe & Bar unfurls its latest outpost in Chandigarh helmed by founder and MD AD Singh of The Olive Group of restaurants. White washed walls, tropical settings, sun-bathed courtyards and a breezy mood altogether, the new avatar of the restaurant in Chandigarh is one to gaze at.
As you trail through the space, coastal elements layered in gorgeous sober tones, arched windows, bamboo baskets, hand-finished terracotta tile covered patio and more such details reveal themselves – a design canvas directed by Sabina Singh and executed by architect Vivek Popli. “With two bars and one giant kitchen, Olive’s feast-friendly!” And that’s how the restaurant likes to sum itself up in a nutshell.
Bar Stock Exchange- Vashi, Mumbai
Bar Stock Exchange (BSE) crafted by Saniya Kantawala of her eponymous firm Saniya Kantawala Design encompasses a large outdoor seating area and an expansive indoor section. What makes the exteriors truly exquisite are the glazed openings with layers of coloured film, evoking traditional stained glass windows. The interior is almost as intriguing if not more than the exterior. It’s dressed in shades of red with a black and white bar counter in piccolo tiling spanning the room and forming the centrepiece. The bar counter too features a free-flowing painted pattern in nature-inspired shades.
The hues, patterns, and playful installations overall create a lively, youth-centric ambience that is a perfect reflection of what BSE brings to the table!
Mensho Tokyo, Greater Kailash, Delhi
The sense of interiors of this four-walled restaurant by Architect and Interior Designer Paushika Gupta, Founder of Paushika Gupta Architecture+Design is all about experiencing a modern take on a traditional Japanese-style ramen shop.
The interior design of the space aligns with the restaurant’s ever-evolving yet simple and traditional Japanese cuisine who’s primary focus is food, and the harmonious combination of traditional Japanese design elements with contemporary twists provides guests with a refreshing open-dining atmosphere wherein one can view the skills of the chef preparing food.
Dobaraa in Mumbai likes to call itself a design agnostic venue! A sense of dramatic liberty captures the space with an aim to create a vibe that would push you to take on the world. To represent this, the restor-bar has inscribed unabashedly on their wall, ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’. Their interiors are a blend of both worlds, elegant in some corners, and grunge in others, still being easy and fluid to the eye!
Their cocktails aim to please as they offer ‘Not just mixed beverages but moods’ which sounds perfect for a heavy work day or a chill day with your gal-pals. They carter to calm, frolic, frivolous, walking-on-the-ceiling! They invent, reinvent and observe new ones every now and then at every table or corner making this place ideal for any time and any day.
Ombré (BarBar), Varanasi
The ancient city of Varanasi exudes a laid back, cosmopolitan but free-spirited mood. Located here is a cosmo-resto bar, Ombré, a rooftop bar along Mint Road at Subroto Chowk designed by Urban Mistrii Studio’s Ritika Rakhiani. It is one to please as it embodies the tranquil and powerful identity of the city while giving it a strong, modern interpretation.
The ombre colour palette goes from soft powder blue to a strong navy blue–signifying the river Ganges–its calm yet powerful charisma. Complementing the scheme, are the fluidic light fixtures transcending into the river like holy lamps. The light frame arches anchor the space–an expression of the built character of the city.
Overall, minimal additions to the walls, such as a wire-framed sculpture and wall quotes along with the ombre shadings break the monotony of the place. The gold bar furniture plays an essential role in harmonising the visual experience along with the overall vibe of the venue.
YOUnion, Kamala Mills, Mumbai
‘Young’ and ‘Wild’ are two words that accurately outline the mood that captures YOUnion. Keeping the jungle theme in mind, restaurateur Zorawar Kalra aimed at creating an ambience that translates for and pays homage to the millennials. The all-day gastro-bar encompasses a carnival-like vibe created in line with dramatic interior elements like neon green lights behind the bar, green veils that dive into the idea of wilderness, and gold furniture that transpires a sense of easy-luxe.
Beyond decor, YOUnion has the country’s largest menu dedicated entirely to 300 types of shots including a ‘Make Your Own Shot’ option. They also have fifty different types of Long Island Iced Teas, which is truly a dream for anyone who enjoys a glass (or more) of drinks.
Butter Bar & Kitchen, Pune
If that glaze-y, smooth texture of butter could be translated into a restaurant, it’d be Pune’s new hotspot Butter Bar & Kitchen, a project by Meraki Hospitality and partners Hrishikesh R. Shinde, Sangram Shirole and Suryabhan R. Shinde. Designed by Minnie Bhatt, the 8,000 sq ft restaurant brings to the table a modern European-Asian fare amidst what feels like a rustic hideaway wrapped in elegance.
Minnie muses, “The word Butter speaks of a feeling of fluid ease, warmth and joy. The interiors have been conceptualised to bring to life this feeling—one that has an easygoing casual vibe.” The menu is devised by chef Shailendra Kekade, while the drinks curation comes from the mixologists Nitin Tewai and Suyash Pande
TKYO is imagined by Chromed Design Studio’s Abhigyan Neogi and Ankita Mehra, and this is the place to be at, when in Goa! It is nested in the heart of Anjuna inside a century-old Portuguese house, which is miraculously preserved as it yet retains the verandahs and patio seatings from that day and age. It is a whopping 11,500 sq ft property that can house more than 200 guests and offers both indoor and al fresco dining options, inspired by Japanese architecture and house elements like a conventional Tori entrance, an impressive pagoda-style illuminated island bar, a prominent sake barrel wall and several wall murals painted by local artists, authentically emitting the venue’s essence.
TKYO is the crossroad of Japanese & Portuguese architecture with seamlessly integrated Goan design elements that makes the place feel refreshing and equally refined!
Silly, says a grand off-white door in one of the lanes of Khar in Mumbai, inviting one to its gorgeous 4,700 sq ft venue filled with whiffs of contemporary-vintage interiors, scrumptious food and a rather refreshing escape from the industrial moodboard of the city life.
The all day cafe and bar crafted by interior designer Keith Menon of Spiro Spero also hosts a 65-year old mango tree and a striking white-grey gravel pathway that nestles an outdoor garden seating. While the bar incessantly stirs up some of the coolest drinks and cocktails, a swing set inside the venue poses as a sweet spot to lounge at, with the mezzanine floor housing two long co-working tables for guests to relax at!
Movement is hypnotising. In the ways an element manoeuvres with a certain resounding rhythm, it absorbs your attention completely. For Rimzim Dadu, one of India’s trailblazing fashion designers, this sense of movement finds a galvanic life in her luxurious garments. Who knew the strength of ‘steel’ could be flattened and flattered into a limber textured textile?
Rimzim Dadu discovered it and made the blockbuster metal wire saree out of it that soon reached the red carpet of Cannes, draped delicately on actress Sonam Kapoor.
Dadu, who launched her eponymous label in 2007, marks a celebratory 15 years and recently unveiled a collaborative presentation of her art of fashion and vice versa at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in New Delhi.
ELLE DECOR India jumped right in to exchange five questions with the progressive experimentalist, Rimzim Dadu herself, on all things art, design, fashion and beyond…
1. Rimzim, tell us your most memorable highlight(s) from when you began your label 15 years ago?
The first highlight has to be my first show back in 2007 at Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. I vividly remember the moment the first model walked onto the ramp, and nothing comes close to the adrenaline!
Another highlight would be showcasing my Leather Patola textile for the V&A Museum in 2015 for their exhibit titled Fabric of India.
Another favourite moment is ‘the saree moment’. I had not done saree until 2016. A year before that, we had been trying different ways to see how steel could become malleable enough to create a textile surface. After several failed experiments we found our textile made out of steel. It was structured yet very fluid and easily malleable. When I told my team that I wanted to make a saree out of it, they were excited but thought I was doing it only to show it on the ramp. They didn’t think anyone will actually buy it. But I was convinced that it would do well. Then Sonam Kapoor wore it at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year (2016) and it went viral. The steel-wire saree has become the brand’s most iconic product.
2. What was the idea behind exhibiting your works to KNMA. And tell us about the ‘wall of failed experiments’ – how did it take shape?
I have always liked the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art’s endeavour to make art more accessible to people, so the museum became a natural choice for me to present a retrospective exhibition of my work.
In one of my shows, I actually brought my karigars onto the ramp to mimic my studio. People could interact with them and see how the textiles were made. So, I followed the same format for the exhibition.
My team likes to call my studio “the Lab” as we are constantly trying new things. But the world gets to see only a fraction of the textiles we make. Over the years, I ended up collecting a rich repository of textile experiments that never made it to the world. The failed wall brought some of these experiments to the world. I also wanted to showcase that successful designs and experiments don’t happen in a vacuum. The creative process often involves failed experiments and I believe in honouring success and failures in equal measure.
Right in front of the failed wall, we had another set of exhibits titled ‘the ones that made it’ – I like the idea of juxtaposing the two to see how people perceive success and failures.
3. From past to present, which are the three names in design and art you admire?
Refik Anadol for mixing technology and design so beautifully.
I love Ayesha Singh’s sculptures.
I also love studio drift for their interactive installations.
4. Tell us of some innovative materials, textiles and techniques that you have experimented with, throughout your many collections.
The list is long! I have experimented with paper, silicone, acrylic, steel, bronze and even brass to just name a few. It always thrills me to approve a textile after many round of experiments – which sometimes can take years. The second part is also crucial for us – it involves studying the textiles to understand how it falls and takes shape on human forms. The idea is to create wearable art that is technically perfect but also very easy and comfortable to wear.
5. We hear the shaping up of a new development of home textiles. What can we expect in the future?
I have done some furniture, sculptures and home textiles for private collections, even used our steel-wire textile in it. One can see a sculpture made out of the same textile in our DLF Emporio store. It represents oceans and waves.
Outside of the private collections, the work (on home textiles) has been ongoing for a few years but I would say we still have a while to go. I don’t have a launch date in mind but hopefully, it will be sooner than later.
Reimagining modern living with a sense of exclusivity and grandiose, Century Ethos is one such residential project that lets its homeowners belong to the inner club of connoisseurs and be a part of an exclusive league right in the nexus of the city yet away from the bustling noise.
Located strategically on NH 44/KIA Main Road, Hebbal, in North Bengaluru, Century Ethos offers resplendence for its true connoisseurs. The various design aspects and architectural elements come together to accentuate the lifestyle of its residents.
Luxury living at its finest
With its green golf zones, lake-view pier, leisure venues such as the pool area and party zones, including curated spaces for elders, Century Ethos’s new address in Bengaluru exudes the quintessential air of panache.
Club Cobalt, the clubhouse, is an ensign that features amenities judiciously spread indoors as well as outdoors. Designed by Morphogenesis, it incorporates modern elements while still evoking the traditional aspects through the use of craft, material, process and design.
The experience is further enhanced while promenading through the double-height lobby, doused in the earthy palette of Turkish Travertine, Dyna Royal, and Dark Emperador marble, which instantly captivates attention. Defined by large stone tables, artwork and a tall metal screen (jaali pattern), highlights the region’s storied past conveying Vijayanagar’s architectural style.
Looking closely, the design grammar of Club Cobalt conjures up a fine distinction between business and pleasure to sketch comfortable spaces for rejuvenation, relaxation and social meetings and congregation.
Breathe in the ambience of exclusivity
Tread through the wellness centre and the purposeful Daffodils Creche, take a pit stop at Bistro Cafeteria and indulge in the extensive array of elevated amenities at Oasis Pool, Contours Gym, Contours Spa with Steam and Sauna, and Aurum Banquet.
A blended working style has been adopted in the quest for an indoor and outdoor co-working space. Mindfully laid out design for the business centres, conference rooms and co-working zones ensures that one can host meetings and discussions while being close to home—all this, with the seamless assistance of concierge services. Elevating the very idea of elite, the clubhouse at Century Ethos is equipped with an AV room, a private party room, and a banquet hall, which can be used to entertain guests. And that’s how, Century Ethos poses as a pièce de résistance in the world of residential spaces, unfurling lifestyles that spell true splendour!
Establishing a visual hierarchy and communicating the flow of spaces from one to another, while subtly weaving in a lingering mood is a skill, and a very important one at that!
Evoking these elements is Shaentelle Chapman of Space Styling at the DSR Head Office in Hyderabad.
The goal with this 6,000 sq ft office was to create magic out of the predetermined detailed design plan instead of experimenting with radical ideas—all to deliver a thoughtful project that does not deviate from purpose.
Design details to know…
Describing the design process, Shaentelle shares, “The office visitors fall into an exclusive, highly social niche. So we constructed a brief by first drawing a clear picture about their nature, the purpose of their visits, our overall plans for the styles and colour palettes and the reaction we expect to induce from them.”
The earlier layout required minor changes in circulation and space demarcations that the firm achieved by adding metal partitions and redesigning the branding in all the areas for easy recognition. Additional details like wall-to-wall carpet in the conference room, honeycomb blinds, modified lighting system with highlight lighting and wallpapers were incorporated.
Hop on and tour the office…
Enabling an ambient natural light flow, wooden ledges are added to the windows. A quick glance outside reveals the lush backdrop of the Jubilee Hills Club. The Executive Business Lounge is offset from the main area by a metal partition allowing privacy and a relaxed waiting area complete with reading materials and light refreshments.
The Executive Business Lounge is an assortment of six separate conversational areas with diverse combinations of chairs, sofas and tables. Each private seating space is demarcated by a carpet and wall art, while a large TV screen finds space too for dynamic entertainment.
We love the subtle colours and materials!
Keeping up with the Art Deco decor, the space revels in muted shades of light cream, greys, greens and whites. The materials palette borrows from the existing black and white marble skeleton and adds fluted wooden panels from floor to ceiling. The revamped furniture dons a similar colour scheme with coordinated carpets.
What Space Styling fell in love with…
“Selecting the art for the project and infusing a classic art deco aura into something this modern was the high point of the project for me. Breathing warmth and life into the stark existing contrast really sparked my creativity as never before,” she concludes.