Design Basics brings style and warmth into a typical office space aided by colours, textures, materials and a fine attention to detail.
Lines, above and below, greet you when you enter this stock broking firm designed by Mumbai based interior design and consultancy firm – Design Basics. Principal architects of Design Basics, Rohit Ghuste and Dipali Ghuste mention, “When we were approached by Mr. Baheti to design his office, he had placed down all his requirements for the various departments. Along with that he had also mentioned that he wanted a straight-lined, contemporary, open office with ample storage; this proved to be our biggest challenge for the space.”
The designers neatly demarcated the functional zones in pockets, sans walls, with the reception acting as the node. The only ‘walls’ in the entire space are of the cabin partitions, which are made of glass and provide a feeling of lightness along with a visual connect throughout their length. Says designer Rohit Ghuste, “The full height glass partitions and doors help to blend the spaces and balance colour throughout the office.”
Because storage was a point stressed by the client, the designers made ample provisions for it along the entire length of the walls and windows. This has been addressed in such a way that it does not hamper sunlight from permeating into the interiors like the general office spaces and cabins.
General office spaces – the accounts, administration and dealing departments are planned as open cubicles, with lime green half partitions, which infuse a fun factor into the volumes. Says Dipali Ghuste, “Most of the spaces are designed smartly in tones of grey, white and black – lime green is used in a controlled manner adding to the detailing of the office.” The full height glass partitions too have lime green shades, which blend into the general decor, while also giving privacy to the cabin spaces.
The design style deviates from the open public decor to a warmer and cosier tenor in the main cabin where wood as material dominates and glass complements it adequately.
“Our favourite space is the M.D’s cabin and his personal trading area where the engineered wooden flooring adds to the warmth of the huge space,” chip in the designers while explaining the cabin’s detailing.
One of the most striking features of the M.D’s cabin according to the designers is the nine feet wide mirror door that slides between the television unit and library to reveal the personal trading area. It is a narrow space also with wooden flooring and seems more like an extension of the cabin itself. “By sticking to a similar style, though understated, the two spaces have been blended skilfully and aesthetically”, points out Dipali Ghuste.
Yet another space, where wood dominates is the conference room, which is designed keeping complete privacy in mind. The other cabins predominantly in grey tones take their style from the cement bonded particle boards, the contrast between its rough surface and the transparency of glazed walls. Binding all these zones is the reception area, a warm space where one sees a beautiful contemporary ‘Krishna’ painting by Ramesh Gorjala.
“Over a decade since our inception, we have continued to follow our belief that consistent attention to detail is required to ensure excellence in design,” say the architects.
This very quality of theirs has made the stock-broking office an unassuming space which shines bright with clever solutions. The designers, Rohit and Dipali Ghuste, together have given the volume a distinct identity which not only satisfies the client’s prerequisites but also satiates the designer’s ambitions.
Text By K Parvathy Menon
Photographs Courtesy Ravi Kanade