This 3BHK flat at Oberoi Exquisite in Mumbai has been designed by Rooshad Shroff and team as an elegant expanse peppered with customised handcrafted furniture and innovative 3D-textured surfaces.
The almost-resplendent calm of this 3BHK show flat belies the frenzied rush that informed its design and execution. “Logistical nightmare” are the words that Mumbai-based designer Rooshad Shroff repeats while describing the 45-day whirlwind of activity that preceded the realisation of this 1200 sq ft of the sublime at Oberoi Exquisite, Goregaon.
Working on a threadbare brief provided by the client, Oberoi Realty, Shroff and his team decided to infuse the project with a distinct character, in spite of the cramped deadline and the Diwali timing. “The show flat was an opportunity for us to have a residential interior where every aspect of the apartment could be custom designed and manufactured by the office using local craftsmen from around India,” states Shroff.
The most eye-catching of these design aspects in the flat are the 3-dimensional textures. This starts with the main door, whose wooden surface is a delightful series of small squares that have imploded at the centre, with their edges opening up and jutting out slightly in the middle. This pattern repeats itself throughout the flat, setting up an interesting visual reference point for the viewers of the show flat.
It also serves as a creative spurt of whimsy in the mostly sedate segments of the house. Look for the gold-bordered 3-D textured wall made of marble that at the same time complements and breaks-away from the ethereal white and dim-blue tones of the living room.
This effect comes together beautifully in the master bedroom, where the bed headboard and the wardrobe doors are clad in similar patterns realised in grey-ish leather. Some of the eye catchers in this room incude the overhead lamps, that resemble luminescent crumpled paper balls. Or the bedside-table installation that is a larger-than-life, slightly well-fed replica of the classic Edison’s bulb.
Another distinguishing aesthetic quality of the rooms is the play of light and shadow, a factor that was deliberately allowed to cultivate by the team as a cause and complement to the varied textures. Adding to the sublime aura of the interiors are the glass and polished surfaces, including the stone flooring and the brass hangings.
The French windows, sheathed in slender curtains or blinds, let in an acreage of sunlight, which then proceeds to light up all the smooth and textured surfaces.
The furniture pieces are extensions of Shroff and his team’s personal commitment to researching on handicrafts. This has resulted in interesting wooden dining chairs with semi-circular and wavy backs. But the strongest evidence of innovation is in the living room. Solid Burma teak wood is the preferred choice of material here, and it has been transformed into unconventional, angular chairs with flat seats and arms that stand out like pincers. The centre table is not even a table but rather a collection of smaller flat-topped stands, which look more like an art installation than a drab utilitarian piece. These are well-contrasted by hand-embroidered cushions. Even the duvets in the bedrooms have been specifically crafted to create themes in the rooms.
This flat at the Oberoi Exquisite may seem deceptively simple on the surface, but it is actually composed of carefully thought-out design elements. The visual humility of the space probably works to its advantage, as unlike putting up an in-the-face show for the visitors, it invites all to explore and infer the various design elements for themselves.
Text By Shruti Nambiar
Photographs Courtesy The Designer