A sophisticated aesthetic wields the baton in this apartment designed by Gaurav Kharkar & Associates. Plenty of eye-candy here – employing a contemporary vocabulary, all functions and conveniences have been stylishly put in place.
This home is ‘all new.’ Unless a client has a significant A-list collection of art, artefacts etc., architects and designers must love the blank canvas of a project such as this.
Such homes bring with them the advantage of being able to use a slick design in which every element can be hand-picked and coordinated, down to the last orchestrated detail.
Which is exactly what Gaurav Kharkar has done, with an extremely chic, spiffy design for Sanjay Mehta’s home in the premium Raheja Vivarea building at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai.
Starting from the entrance lobby itself, the impression is of a bespoke space, enticing one to explore further. Visually appealing, the ‘floating’ shoe rack is evidence enough of thoughtful detailing, as is the white panelling on the opposite wall which conceals doors leading off the corridor.
“There were four doors in this corridor, creating a visual interruption in the continuity. The white PU panelling on one wall provides a uniform appearance,” says Gaurav. A crouching white figure atop the louvered shoe rack creates interest. Further down the corridor, an artwork created out of 40 horse heads mounted on wood, is illuminated with LED lighting.
The living room has a muted colour palette, with the home theatre storage customised to accommodate the equipment, which was picked up in advance to facilitate the design. In the dining area, a large mirror on the wall doubles the space, while a clock with Roman figures appears to float on it.
The master bedroom is endowed with a panoramic view of Mumbai’s race course and the painting behind the bed echoes the association. The headboard itself extends up to the ceiling, as do the shutters of the wardrobes, to emphasise the height of the ceiling.
The parents’ room uses subdued colours, with the suspended bedside lamps freeing up precious space on the small bedside tables. On one side of the bed, there is a full height dressing mirror. A Corian panel around the TV also conceals the bathroom door.
The children’s bedroom is meant for three children, with a pull-out bed concealed beneath the bunk bed. The wall behind the beds is composed of cement sheets, which continue onto the ceiling to create a canopy.
Since there are two girls and a boy, unisex colours were chosen, with a happy sunshine yellow adding the colour pop. The entrance to the room is a narrow passage, widened visually by a specially commissioned large painting which uses perspective.
A rug on which are placed three chairs creates a kind of a cameo; the pattern on the rug echoes the lines of the legs of the chairs and the accent chair adds the perfect contrast. “We just got lucky when we procured this chair,” says Gaurav. A storage chest painted with pirates, a sculpture atop a stand and pictures of ‘funny faces’ complete the look of this room.
The study was originally meant to be the room for the hired help, but since the family doesn’t have any live-in staff, this space became available for reinterpretation. Lime green chairs and a red table lamp create a chic ambience, while the ceiling is covered in customised flex printed with comic book strips. The busy look is offset by white walls and shelves.
Throughout this home, mirrors are artfully used to create the illusion of space and the design does all it can to emphasise the height of the ceiling. Sometimes, the mirrors are not instantly recognisable, since their placement is unconventional and achieves the objective of appearing to look into a space beyond the one the viewer is occupying.
In the parent’s room, for example, the mirror is behind the headboard and goes all the way to the ceiling, with a painting mounted on it. The impression is one of a room beyond the bed – enticing one to investigate, as much as the design successfully accomplishes.
Text By Devyani Jayakar
Photographs Sebastian Zachariah;
Courtesy The Architect