There was a time in the pre-Corona era when we all had the freedom to go on long expeditions across the globe. Mr. Manish Dua is one such person who has always loved traveling and appreciated the art and architecture of European cities. In the present era of a fast-paced lifestyle and persistent stress, our client wanted a snug weekend getaway to host his kin. His taste is heavily influenced by his travel odysseys over the years.
This 1,200 sq.ft. apartment, situated on the rear end of the hustling city, is the perfect place for the family of five to relax and rejuvenate themselves in the current stressful times. The spaces draw influences from the Scandinavian school of design and Indian traditional furniture. We have incorporated a muted finish palette along with open space planning and maximum use of natural light in the entire house. The minimalistic design approach with added greens, carefully selected artwork and antiques enhances the pizzazz of the space.
The spaces and its paraphernalia
Entrance, living, kitchen and dining
The white french doors open up into the living room which has mostly loosely kept furniture giving more fluidity to the space. The house has hints and traces of antique wooden furniture procured from a local antiquarian. One of the center tables was an old swing which was restored on-site and used as a center table by adding ornamented wooden legs. The focal point of the room is not the conventional TV unit wall, instead, it has seating on three sides and a bar cabinet on the other end. This is done by keeping the user function of the house in mind, solving the purpose of hosting gatherings, and allowing having interesting conversations. The walls are kept bare and grey with small artwork, paintings all over the house. The house has a free-flowing nature with spaces transitioning seamlessly.
The dining area and kitchen effortlessly transition from the living room. The dining table and its chairs are also antiques that have been restored and reupholstered on site. The bold stripes of the upholstery and colorful rugs merge with the quaint furniture language adding a little drama and intrigue. The existing storeroom which was adjacent to the dining area has been transformed into a crockery unit with a small antique temple unit on the wall. This piece of furniture is kept in a pastel blue tone which beautifully compliments the overall white and wood furniture language. The kitchen area is kept minimal and functional. It has simple white surfaces with moldings which can be seen in the entire apartment.
The master bedroom exudes sumptuousness with simplicity. Being an outhouse, the room has minimal furniture with clean, crisp lines. The bed, side tables, and wardrobe have elements of cane weaving which add warmth to the otherwise grey and white color scheme. The paintings on the bed back wall being monochromatic are also in sync with the overall design language.
The grandparent room is yet another example of minimalism. There is only one single cupboard with a chest of drawers on the side. The TV unit is also elementary and uncluttered. All the elements combined give out a simplistic, calm ambiance to the space. Here again, the combination of wood and white finishes can be noted.
This room is for the young adults of the house. The client has two daughters who share the bedroom. The vision for this room involved creating a youthful and chic character. The bed back is done in cane rods and wooden crown molding. The room also adorns a study corner where the study table is an antique procured specifically for the corner. The twin wardrobes with molding detail cater to the storage needs of the siblings. The room overlooks the central garden area of the apartment complex adding a little tropical essence to the space.
Location: Surat, Gujarat
Carpet Area: 1,200 sq.ft.
Designed by: Ar. Devyani Minocha, Ar. Karan Ganji
Design Firm: HIDDEN ARCHITECTS
Photo Credits : Prachi Khasgiwala