Bharuch based design firm, P&D Associates was commissioned with the task of reinventing the space of a flat in Mumbai. The main aim of the intervention was to showcase their client’s personality without concealing their proclivity towards simple living.
The coming together of art and philosophy is one of the most calming influences; the former aesthetically enhances the surrounding spaces, while the latter brings about a balance between the exteriors and interiors that are fundamental to a living space. This is exactly what P&D Associates have managed to bring about in their latest residential project.
Founded in 2009, by NIFD, Baroda, graduates Pratik Siddhpura and Devang Patel believe reworking and creating modern spaces that serve as an extension of their client’s personality. Along with Shruti Siddhpura, they form the core of P&D Associates and are the principal designers of the firm.
The client’s brief was fairly simple they say. The existing architectural layout already had room for “elite living”. This along with the client’s insistence that their home should be reflective of their lifestyle made P&D keep their comfort and convenience paramount, and “only then make room for aesthetical preferences.”
This was achieved through a pattern of aesthetics that flowed seamlessly from one space into another without obstructing the purpose and functionality of each individual space. This principle is illustrated in the placement of the kitchen, which is one of the first spaces coming into view upon entering the flat. The kitchen then seamlessly connects to the living room. However, both spaces remain “visually detached.”
If one takes a closer look at the layout of the flat, one is reminded of the classical Japanese homes in Kyoto. Every living space in these homes is treated as a breathing entity, with full open spaces for fresh sunlight and air to filter through. Even the washrooms – which also served as a place for meditation given that they faced the exterior and had thus more natural light – were a part of this more naturally viable arrangement. Therefore, “the colour scheme and material palette is much inspired by the Zen philosophy”, with minute variations in texture and natural sunlight as part of the visual aesthetic.
So, what was the central idea behind redesigning the flat? One of the most distinctive features of the flat is the unprecedented view of Mumbai’s skyline on both sides. “All inter and intra circulation has been directed towards the central axis of the flat. With such a layout, the manner in which various spaces open out to the axis decides its nature of privacy.”
Natural light and ventilation are critical to the flat’s structural design, which is linear and seamless. The windows in the living room and bedrooms are designed to filter in maximum sunlight. During the day, even the bathrooms are flooded with plenty of natural light. At night, the city lights takeover!
When it comes to the furnishings, P&D were clear – “design constants that alter the design equation with every new light condition.” And this is evident in the colour palettes, textural variations in terms of flooring, artifacts, and furniture pieces that reside within the walls. The living and dining areas are contemporary and warm with light pastel tones and a minimal shock of pastel blue, leaving the imbalance more appealing aesthetically. In these rooms, eclectic light installations augment the modern overtones of the layout without coming in the way of natural light.
The bedrooms are singularly unique and each reflects a different kind of style – varied colour palettes, knick knacks, art installations and furnishings. Our favourites are the white chairs in the master bedroom. They serve as throwbacks to a childhood spent in swings made of cane, and suspended from the balcony ceiling. The bathrooms are replete with state of the art fittings contrasted with textured flooring.
What P&D Associates has done with this simple flat in Mumbai is convert it into a haven. Keeping their clients’ comfort and convenience as a priority, “simplicity and elegance” have always been paramount to any project they undertake. This one is no different!
Text By Priyanka Menon
Photo Courtesy P&D Associates