A tale of two languages.
Very rarely do we find a client that starts off a conversation with " I want a house that is minimal in its core and yet makes a glorious and recurring statement to every one who visits ." The challenge here was to make an abode that showcases two sides of the same coin; Simple yet grand ,comfortable yet elegant and bare but vibrant . Hence , like any other project we took this challenge head on, resulting in something unique .
Starting with the living room , it was imperative that the room be left free to the users thoughts but at the same time has elements that keeps them engaged in the background . To address this, we came up with a very European molding framework behind a plush Amelia Sofa . A small tri-legged side table completed the pretty picture perfectly .
The dining area had to be a stand alone component that aesthetically disobeyed the dominant language of the hall . To complete the warm white look of the room , we came out with a technique to do up a wall with shades of blue . A blue that when you enter the house, brings to mind the deep blues of the ocean. A blue that plays the role of a silent companion during a blissful dinner conversation. The dining table in itself is a perfect example of harmony between form and function . The dining table caters to the lovely couple who were adamant that they have an intimate dining corner . However, it can open out to seat four, when the occasional happy campers drop by!
The limitations of space in terms of width available in the kitchen were addressed by going for a grey blue finish for the base units and a light wood finish for the wall units . To maintain a seamless visual, we incorporated single shutters that covered both the wall and loft unit simultaneously. We also eliminated the use of handles for cabinets that complimented the brief of being minimal brilliantly. The handles for the base units were customized 'L shaped' brackets made of burnt copper . A finish that gave the whole kitchen a stamp of sleek ! Inspired by the Japanese elements, we made a sliding door of solid wood frame and frosted glass . A seemingly modest entrance to a room that was painstakingly detailed in its simplicity.
Since the brief was all about making statements, we chose to do up the guest bathroom as well . In complete contrast to the prevailing languages in the house , we went for a neutral black and sand theme in the bathroom . The whole idea of tiling the wall till the ceiling rather than only the beam level, made the entire 8*4 feet bathroom look really grand. The biggest challenge here, was to envelope an AC duct pipe that ran the whole length of the bathroom, making it a real eye sore . A simple solution is what did the deed for us . We wrapped the entire AC pipe in normal coir rope which effortlessly camouflaged with the sandy tiles under. It was also the most economic option, unlike paneling, which was important to us at this point.
The guest bedroom was a room that would seldom be used through the year. So the resourceful thing to do here, was to leave the room simple and delicately touched . This would also in turn naturally appeal to all types of occupants. The curtains conjure up a floral summer time, that lures you in for a lazy afternoon. Coupled with the curtain is a built in wardrobe, with a neutral teak finish that silently brings out the homespun warmth of the room
Lastly the master bedroom was tailor-made to make the smaller private and personal trinkets in the room take center stage . Everything in the room was given a dark walnut wood finish along with a very cheerful teal wall behind the bed, that acts as a statement in the room. The low lying bed feels like it is gently floating above the ground, making the entire space look relaxed and casual!