Spread across 2,500 sqft, the home designed by Architect Harsh Vardhan Jain and Saurabh Jain proves how luxury and functionality can blend perfectly to craft a space that is both timeless and fresh
Carried out with a single brief – fluid spaces filled with ample lights, the interior spaces were planned along a simple diagram where walls in one direction were kept as masonry and the perpendicular ones took on various forms such as cabinetry, screens, partitions as well as furniture. “Our design efforts while working with standard functional requirement of each spaces were towards minimising the number of walls, increasing flows between spaces and yet give each space its distinct character,” shares Harsh Vardhan Jain of Harsh Vardhan Jain Architects. The designers achieved this through the use of colours, partitioning systems and varying forms of fixed and loose furniture. The entrance foyer and the living room are actually the core of the house and also from here all other rooms are accessed directly. The home welcomes you with a large solid wood door; comfortable George Nakashima style chairs sit stylishly with an interesting coffee table by Ayush Kasliwal.
The focus of the space is the metal and cane mesh screen that separates the entry foyer from the rest of the room and acts as mirror on one side and the TV console on the other. The designer followed the rhythm on the opposite wall with a shoe cabinet designed by them with the same cane mesh shutters. An interplay of wood, black granite and neutral white describe the tone of the walls of the living room. Decorative brass wall lights are mounted on the black granite that contrasts with the light while softening its glow. Mid-century modern style furniture pieces from Iqrup+Ritz and Differniture as well as Nakashima-esque solid wood custom furniture pieces, table mounted lamps, and a large Kashmiri rug give the living room the right amount of intimacy and eclectic style.
An art by Nirakar Chowdhury dominates the main wall of the living room and adds abstraction and colour. The dining room is directly connected to the living space. The only separation is a traditional swing that works as both partition and a seat. “We have customised and fabricated the dining table in a live-edge solid wood plank suspended on a light and airy steel frame. The idea of keeping plants was to infuse a sense of outdoors indoors and since this space has an advantage of receiving natural light from both the kitchen and the living room, it will allow the greens to grow well,” shares Harsh Vardhan.
The yellow painted wall becomes a receptacle for the morning sunlight and is enhanced by signed prints of M.F. Hussain’s Ganeshas. From the dining room, a custom fabricated steel stairs take you to lounge area, which is at the stilt level. This lounge, which catered to the owner’s requirement for entertaining his private guests, exudes a warm ambience of a ‘den’ through its leather furniture, wooden paneling and an art work by Nupur Chaube.
Each bedroom in the house gets its own character and identity based on its size, function and location in the house. Placed towards the front, the master bedroom gets fenestration on two walls, which gives it most amount of natural light and a view to the trees outside. In fact the green painted wall in this room is inspired by the view of the greens. The bed and other pieces of furniture are all made of wood and placed against a backdrop of wooden wall paneling, creating a landscape of levels, that gives this room its feeling of warmth and intimacy. To feel the quirkiness, enter the guest room with a small seating area besides the bed and colourful artwork by Arjun Sara representing local architecture. This whole set-up has been curated through furniture pieces by Iqrup+Ritz and a custom designed console in addition to the Arjun Sara artwork.