Modern Mumbai abode
A modern and functional home created for a small business family from Mumbai with basic needs. Designs met their needs and we delivered a designer home in their budget.
Pic Credit: Anil Singh
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In praise of a stand-alone lampA stand-alone floor lamp is a unique decorative element in itself, adding a sense of drama via height, colour and character. It is especially useful in small spaces with low ceilings, as it draws attention upwards and away from the closeness of the room, giving the impression of spaciousness. Tip: For small spaces, rather than going for a tripod floor lamp which takes up more real estate, invest in a small but heavy-based floor lamp.
1. Firm: The Svelte DesignsSize: 70 square metres (760 square feet); 2-BHK; 2 bathroomsInterior design: Somalika Tiwari, founder and interior designer, The Svelte DesignsPhotos by Anil SinghIn this 2-BHK house design, the entrance foyer leads into an open-plan living and dining room combo. The low L-shaped sofa was specially designed to create the impression of more width in the room and to ensure that it doesn’t block the large window that overlooks the lush hills outside. All seaters are upholstered in white so their bulkiness is visually reduced. Individual sofa chairs and a stool kept here are flexible units that can be moved around the house.
4. An elegant affairLocation: MumbaiDesigned by: The Svelte DesignsSize: 71 square metres (760 square feet)An open-plan layout and custom furniture led the design strategy in making this 760-square-foot apartment work hard. Modest hues, soft furnishings and subtle lighting effectively take the eyes away from the tightness of the spaces. Scandinavian-style furniture, meanwhile, maintains a clean aesthetic.
The two bedroom home in an 11th floor apartment of a township in Mumbai is permeated with soft hues and plush seating. Plenty of art adorns its walls. The case of limited space gets masked by use of a restricted palette, an open plan and clever, custom furniture design. “The owners wanted a Scandinavian style in the home – each space, therefore, shows a pulled back, minimal look,” Tiwari says. The entrance foyer leads into the living-cum-dining room. The area has an L-shaped seater and sofa chairs. “We designed a low seater in a curving pattern to create the impression of more width in the room and to ensure that it doesn’t block the large window that overlooks lush hills. We also chose to upholster it in white so its bulkiness is visually reduced, ensuring that the room doesn’t look cramped,” Tiwari says. Against the beige walls, white sofas and wooden panelling, the three paintings and the floor lamp stand out. “We did not want to use darker shades on the upholstery. There were two reasons for this: one, the couple could not decide on a common colour scheme that they both liked and white was the only hue they agreed on. Secondly, the home does not receive any direct sunlight – so we decided not to play with too many dark colours as they tend to absorb light and do not reflect it back, thereby making the room look smaller,” Tiwari says. Lamp: Gleaming Lights; walls: Asian Paints; upholstery: D’Decor