By Schenelle Dsouza and Jade Crasto
Take a look at the avant grade homes in India’s biggest cities from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune.
A project partnership with actress/designer Neelam Kothari, BNK Group’s latest project 49 Avigna is a spectacular South Mumbai residence located in the commercial district of Lower Parel. Built for a family of three generations, the home is spread across 3,800 sq. ft. with an additional 1,200 sq. ft. of exterior space in the form of a sweeping deck and a balcony. Although traditionally contemporary in its approach, the home beautifully combines an opulent yet elegant persona.
The living and dining areas are among the biggest highlights of this home. The dining area features a customised metal screen for added space and privacy, with bright colours splashed in subtle elements, creating a vibrant yet muted colour palette. The family is designed for three different generations, and each bedroom reflects a different personality, resembling the respective occupants. However, each of them maintains symmetry through the common use of materials and textures that flow into each space, creating a sense of connection and oneness.
While Inspired by influences that are firmly rooted in both Indian culture and Universal Art Deco styles, this residence showcases both heritage and contemporary craftsmanship at its finest. From woodwork by local artisans to modern brass furniture and mirror installations, which play with natural light to amplify both the interiors and the stunning vistas of the Mumbai Skyline. While art and colour play a huge role in enlivening the apartment, Neelam Kothari added hints of her jewellery design sensibilities giving the apartment certain panache.
Showcasing unique character and design, this 2000 sq. ft. apartment in Mumbai displays a masterful interplay of colours and textures. Straying away from the overly done minimalistic abodes in Mumbai, this home features a warmer palette of colours with hints of gold spread all over in the form of furniture, décor and other embellishments.
A golden-hued metal sheet with an embossed water ripple effect creates a sort of canopy welcoming people into the home. The warm colour tones make an appearance on the walls with grey marble flooring and off-white wall panels in the living room, while wallpaper-cladded walls with gold-painted wooden mouldings make an appearance along the passage. The dining area has quite the ambience. Teal coloured chairs with brown cladding along the walls contrasted by a large wall design featuring a distorted pattern of a tiger walking through the woods.
The wall panelling continues into the den area, where subtle wall panels in a warm brown colour shade are combined with metal inserts and veneer with grooves to highlight the space on the TV wall panel. The bedrooms share a similar aesthetic although one bedroom has a slightly darker personality with deeper shades covering the furnishings and décor. The bathroom takes on an all-black personality with marble cladding and metal inserts creating a pattern on walls whereas the kids’ bathroom incorporates marble cladding with solid surface inserts. The overall design of the home exhibits a delicate balance of materials and textures that add personality to the space while maintaining the eclectic and luxurious vibe of the home.
Martini Design Studio
Finding a home in Mumbai with a view minus the concrete jungles may seem like a tough request. But not for Mumbai-based Martini Design Studio. Boasting an alluring ambience combined with a spectacular view, Martini Design Studio’s Show Home presents a unique walk-through concept with a sharp sense of design, exquisite detailing, and a strong aesthetic vision presenting luxury and elegance all under one roof.
In a city that lives for minimalism and lack of character, this shows home is a great way to introduce the people of Mumbai to the world of maximalism. These include pieces like dual-toned, pendant-lights 3D artworks, and jewel-toned furniture among other outstanding elements. And while piecing multiple maximalist elements in one space sounds like terror, Martini Design Studio manages to piece these elements in a way where they complement each other rather than clashing and seem ghastly.
While playing with standout pieces of art and décor, the studio also incorporates plush materials like silk, velvet and soft carpeting though out the home. The plush jewel-tone seat over the woven silk carpet, clad covered walls and furniture clad in soft materials, all add a sense of sophistication to each and every room in the house. Lighting is another striking aspect of this apartment. The studio selected a collection of statement pieces that are truly hard to miss, like pendant lights in the living room, the crystal chandelier in the kitchen, the shimmering suspension light in the bathroom or the supremely artistic lamp in the master bedroom. All of these elements come together beautifully and make for quite the conversation starter.
Modern luxury comes to life in this understated home designed by Rahul Mistri of Open Atelier. Crafted for a family of four, this 2,200 sq. ft. apartment in Mumbai’s Hiranandani estate maintains a progressive aesthetic while staying rooted in Indian designs. Intended for a well-travelled and distinguished hotelier client and his family, the home named “Suave Suite” is a projection of a hotel suite’s luxury and home fundamentals. With no compromise on decor pieces and conscious mindfulness of the choice of materials and mechanisms – this home is a result of a balanced design process.
Maintaining the indo-classical ambience of the space, the designer incorporated materials like marble, terrazzo stone and veneer in harmony with luxury furnishings like velvet and satin to keep the luxury element of the space alive. Living areas including the dining and living room feature black marble inlay flooring paired with handcrafted rugs. Statement and elegant lighting pieces like the custom-made imported porcelain chandelier in the dining area or the sliding reading lights and minimal nightstands in the bedrooms set the tone of a contemporary, luxury home. Another notable element is the extensive use of built-in décor and furniture pieces like the built-in wall in foil laminate and wood veneer in the dining area, which can be used for personal collections and artefacts.
In its entirety, this living room is a spectacle of diverse detailing with elements like low-height seating, large accent pieces and extravagant intelligent home features. The nooks and nudges of the architectural layout are cleverly occupied with hidden storage, services and wiring conduits to maintain the seamless look and feel. The bedrooms maintain an overall simple design, with a darker aesthetic for the master bedroom and a more vibrant aesthetic for the guest bedroom. Although each room has a different aesthetic, each comes together harmoniously to create the perfect contemporary Mumbai home.
Opulence, luxury and elegance unite under one roof in this 18,000 sq. ft. farmhouse in Chattarpur. Spread across three levels, the house is designed to live, play, entertain and celebrate in style. It boasts grand living and dining spaces, elegantly designed bedrooms, trendy gaming and entertainment areas, and pristine outdoors; the home connects the indoors with the vibrant green outdoors, presenting ample of comfort, functionality and luxury to the homeowners.
Like most of Design Deconstruct’s projects, extravagant décor is the main theme in the home. Exorbitant lights, art installations, exclusive wall art, bold paintings and sculptures all add colour and creativity to the space. Additionally, elements like rich wall panelling and custom furniture made in-house by Design Deconstruct, complemented by a mix of neutral and bold colours add a unique aesthetic to the home.
The upper ground and the first floors house the residential quarters with the casual dining area, lounge and kitchen. The entertainment room in the lower ground floor consists of a formal drawing room, a formal dining room, a bar and an entertainment room. The drawing room features a 55-ft-long jewel-like chandelier along with two repurposed antique doors from the family’s previous home. The bar is designed by us from the bottom and is made with selenite crystals, which add a lighting element to the serene atmosphere. Most of the elements in the home were designed in-house by Design Deconstruct themselves, which helped to introduce a certain grandeur and elegance befitting the luxury home and its owners.
Design Forum International
A classic creation by Design Forum International (DFI), this 18,000 sq. ft. home in South Delhi is a spacious abode spread across three storeys. Despite its massive space, the home is well connected with an open plan exuding luxury and simplicity with a contemporary, elegant aesthetic. The large living room is the perfect example of an open-planned space and is connected to the terrace and the dining space; it boasts a classic modern look and statement furniture designed in deep, rich wood tones, adding warmth to this setting.
The bedrooms maintain a similar aesthetic as the common areas, with pieces of upholstery elements such as curtains, fabrics, and headboards playing a vital role in enlivening the space. Each of the bedrooms are custom-designed according to its inhabitants, for instance, the master bedrooms display a mature theme with deep neutral colours like white and grey, with spacious wardrobes and tasteful decor. Another interesting aspect is that each bedroom has its own individual colour scheme which extends into the ensuite bathrooms.
Functionality is the main theme of the home. All windows in the house are triple-glazed and soundproofed, deflecting sound from the adjoining main road and eliminating the need to add grills. Further, all air conditioning units are concealed with automated ducts in order to maintain the flow of fresh air. A generous utility area has been provided alongside the kitchen. A testament to modern design, Clover House underpins its family’s everyday needs with purposeful planning. With its excellent balance of materiality and visual aesthetic, the house elevates the notion of elegant modern living.
A 15,000 sq. ft. home set on 48,000 sq. ft. of land, this sprawling home in Delhi’s Urban Sprawl, DLF Chattarpur Farms is designer Sanjyt Syngh’s rendition of a Los Angeles home in New Delhi. This was a peculiar request made by the homeowners themselves, who wanted a house with a narrative that resonated with the city of Los Angeles but the carefree atmosphere of New Delhi; from this request came a unique name for the home – the “LA+ND Villa”.
What sets Sanjyt Syngh’s designs apart is his great attention to detail and composition of art in all forms. This could be a vibrant artwork, statement lighting or bold décor elements, all of which, although stand out, still manage to piece the entire project together. A selection of artworks from Sanjyt Syngh: Spaces + Objects, and statement lighting pieces from Masiero are an example of the designer’s creativity. Extending his creativity beyond artworks and décor, Syngh brought in a selection of eccentric furniture pieces from Scarlet Splendour, Qeeboo and Nama Home.
While there are an array of rooms, the home is conceived as a single volumetric form where each and every space is connected to the outdoors be it the lawn, the pool, or the massive balconies. Another fun aspect of the home is the play of colour; bold vibrant hues complement the detailing. Stylish and aesthetic, the home displays a younger personality culminating varied design languages with modern glamour, a perfect LA home!
A privately-owned property in Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone, this 13,000 sq. ft. neoclassical residence was designed by Studio Lotus. The brief was simple, the owners wanted to adapt the original property into a private residence keeping the design alterations to a minimum. The exterior of the home features a wide driveway that culminated into a restored entry porch, while the interior layout includes private and living areas spread across two levels. On the ground floor, public zones such as a meeting area and a formal lounge occupy either side of the foyer, ensuring privacy for other areas. The upper floor is accessed by a staircase and a lift placed at the far end of the east-west corridor. It is designed as a barefoot space—a sanctuary for the family.
The entire home is a culmination of bright airy spaces, with light emitting from skylights in the corridors and wide doors and windows elsewhere. While the design vocabulary of the house is muted and pared down, it features a rich tapestry of paintings, sculptures, and art installations representing the clients’ artistic sensibilities and affinity for art and understated luxury.
The foyer has the richest diversity of art: a bespoke mirror by Filipino artist Vito Selma, a bench by Rooshad Shroff, a woodcut installation by renowned artist Kumaresan Selvaraj, and artwork by Gunjan Kumar, both sourced from Exhibit 320. A similar design approach continues through to the handling of the bespoke furniture, furnishings and millwork by Mangrove Collective. The verandas feature installations by Jop Kunneke and the Man & Bicycle, a collaboration with Pomegranate Design for the charity Khushii. A pair of Chamba Rumal paintings hang in the master bedroom on the upper floor.
Sky Retreat – ADND
Completed in 2016, this 3,600 sq ft. penthouse is in a premium high-rise at Koregaon Park, Pune and is one of the most sought-after addresses in Pune City. This home was designed by ADND, who fulfilled the client’s wishes of wanting a home that doubled as a space to rewind and relax. The elegant yet comfortable home has a luxuriously sized living room which is combined with the lounge area and the dining room divided by a finely crafted screen. A strong sense of style is added to the space by strategically placed accessories and oversized artwork. The door to the master bedroom suite is deftly hidden in the bar-coded dark veneer cladding of the living wall. The client’s intended appearance and feel is characterised by grey walls, stained wooden flooring, and charcoal grey drapes dividing the bed and bathroom area. The parents’ bedroom, to reflect their elegant taste, is covered in subtle beige tones. The daughter’s bedroom, also designed to reflect her personality, has light wood flooring, stained white open-grain wardrobe shutters and white brick cladding.
The towering, double-height patio area that was adjacent to the main living room served as the project’s focal point. Black granite strips with varying textures are used to cover the double-height terrace wall, which serves as the backdrop for an extended island counter with in-situ grey concrete finish. Dark wood decking and stark white outdoor lounge chairs and a daybed contrast with the infinity edge plunge pool. Setting the mood for the area where the lines between inside and outdoors are fuzzy are hanging pendant lights, coves, uplighters for planters, and gentle pool lights.
BEHL House – VDGA Architects
This house, which is situated in one of Pune’s upscale neighbourhoods, was designed as a blend of modern and traditional architectural elements. The client’s request for an 8,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home was relatively straightforward. The bungalow was to be laid out around a series of courtyards, with natural light bringing drama to the rooms.
The entryway to this beautiful plot has a landscape garden and cascading water body right up until the main door. The living room and the office are located on the lower level of the house, which is one metre above the top level. This split-level design preserved visual connectedness between the public and private areas while ensuring privacy for the home’s “personal space.” The dining room is flanked by a completely green court on the upper ground level. Following the dining room, the lengthy hallway opens into a dry, manicured patio decorated with antiques and set against a wooden laser-cut panel. When opened, this pivoting panel links the house’s interior and exterior. The parent bedroom and the guest bedroom are separated by a court that is furnished with traditional Keralan items. The rich colours of the painting and the pedestal lamp, along with the interplay of light and shade, make this area the centre of the house. The staircases are all designed as straight flights in accordance with the idea of uninterrupted visual lines. The master bedroom, sons’ and daughters’ bedrooms, the gym, and the home theatre are all located on the first floor. The house’s interior design plan was not an afterthought; rather, the interior design and architecture processes were integrated.
Residential Home – The Arch Studio
This 1200 sq ft., 3BHK apartment in Sopanbaug, Pune is a resonation of the client’s vision of opulence and minimalism. This is apartment was turned into a place for relaxation and rejuvenation thanks to the restrained architectural ethos and attention to detail by The Arch Studio.
The seamless blending of the living and dining areas gives the impression of a larger space. The dining room’s mirror panelling and decorative chandelier add depth to the room, making them standout features. The rooms are intended to create a cosy and opulent atmosphere with plenty of natural light coming in from the large corner windows and luxuriant bamboo trees outside.
The Arch House – Lahoti and Associates
The beautiful home in Pune by Lahoti and associates oozes Roman charm. When it comes to the type of space they intended to live in, the homeowners had a few preferences. They wanted a home that expressed their strong practical and artistic sides, and the designers made sure it happened. The design explores a multidimensional journey of applying curves and organic features to bring softness and comfort to the interiors against a neutral, muted colour palette that emanates subtle beauty. Here, the emphasis is mainly on Scandinavian influences and welcoming minimalism. The living area has a neo-classical motif and is cosy and friendly. Contemporary furniture silhouettes adorn niches, their exposed metal and wood accents harmonising with the richly textured materials. This home’s ample natural light creates a strong connection with nature in every area. The patio, however, is the main feature of the house and is both simple and bohemian. Cane gives the light grey upholstery a rustic flare while allowing the living area to flow easily outside. The terrace’s distinctive domed structural element stands out and immediately exudes a special formal beauty.
The design of the bedrooms aesthetically conveys a sense of privacy, just like the expressive terrace appeals to new interactions. A play of timber hues with greys and a sequence of fluting bring a traditional flair to the master bedroom and create a voluminous appearance. The children’s bedroom looks more fun with a splash of colour. In the guest bedroom, a restrained colour scheme predominates with a strong Scandinavian influence. Every room in this house features an arch, which acts as a unifying element and unifying design theme.
Brunton House – FADD Studio, Farah and Dhaval Design
This 13000 sq ft. home in Bangalore, designed by FADD Studio is a sight to see. The Brunton House is simply wonderful or breathtakingly simple in its design approach and philosophy in terms of sizes, volumes, and epic proportions. While the home’s materials give it a simple appearance, the volumes elevate it to a completely new level. The use of straight, angular, and parallel lines that appear to occasionally converge produces spectacular geometric optics that border on the abstract. When moving from one level of the house to another, they are felt. Local materials combined with understated furniture and Indian art provide an aura of wealth, history, and timelessness.
The house has a very minimalist approach, using shades of black, grey, white, and brown wooden flooring. The furniture is colourful but subtle. Art, a few planters placed around the house and the sunroofs give life to the minimalist home. FADD Studio has with no doubt crafted a beautiful home that has a whole new level of grandeur.
Nagpal Residence – Treelight Design
On the top floor of a residential building in Bangalore’s greenest neighbourhood, lies a tropical inner city duplex penthouse. In order to define and establish solitude, the penthouse plays with characteristics like new, neutral surfaces and a pattern of walls, yet it nevertheless maintains an open atmosphere and promotes the free flow of natural light.
The upper level of the apartment has a mellow vibe, which is a light-hearted transition from the lower floor’s formal expression. The penthouse’s interior design and features flow together, much like a river does as it passes through different elements. The blue staircase effortlessly connects the apartment’s two levels, giving the impression of a river flowing. White marble flooring dominates the lower level, while playful mosaic designs go up to the upper level. The apartment’s construction and interior design use raw and natural materials like marble, natural stone, mosaic, and others. Through their aesthetically pleasing, finished presentation, these materials produce a soft and neutral effect. Living, eating, and bar areas are located on the lower floor. A bedroom with a front lounge that can be converted into a private area upon request is also located there. The lower level is intended to have an open layout that is maintained by several static and movable partitions. The blue jali wall made of ceramic pottery by the dining area offers beauty and solitude. The upper floor now includes a master bedroom, a sizable lounge area, and a patio that was formerly just one enormous terrace with no structure. Its construction was intended to be both aesthetically pleasing and lightweight. The lounge area’s huge glass windows let natural light flow in. The master bedroom is also built to take advantage of the sunset views and let light freely pass through.
The Saxenas Home – A 360 Architects
The clients wanted a home that would look good in any time period or location that it may be placed in. They wanted a space where they could entertain their guests, Indian and international, in surroundings that exuded a sense of contemporary elegance. The exteriors of the Saxenas home relate to their lifestyle; one that revolves around the latest in the tech world. Subhash, the principal architect, wanted to create an exterior that was seamless; something that would not look out of place no matter where in the world it was placed. The main entrance on the ground floor opens up to a small foyer that leads into a double-height, expansive living room. Based on Vaastu, the frosted double glass doors of the Puja Room are placed to the left of the entrance. This blends well with the design of the outer cantilever and stone finish on the exteriors, which conforms to the Puja Room space on the inside. The living room opens out to the dining room. Large double doors lead to the garden space and the sit-out on the right side. The dining room leads to an open modular kitchen with an island cooking station, offering a complete view of the home, right through the dining room and the living room.
The first floor houses two bedrooms and a lounge which opens out into the balcony. This balcony looks down on the garden to the left of the house. The master bedroom is an expansive space. The next floor is primarily for entertaining visiting guests. The space holds a state-of-the-art home theatre, complete with sound-proof panelling, ambient lighting, Lazy Boys, and an audio-video set-up. The family also entertains guests at the bar and lounge on this floor. This space has a panelled false ceiling facilitating ambient lighting. The colour palette across the house is minimalistic, with whites and browns being predominant. The touch of green on the exteriors completes the beauty of this home which is a pleasure to come back to each day.
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