Tejas Mistry gives an office in Surat an innovative 'raw' finish.
From exposed bricks to concrete designs, the conscious effort to combine unfinished elements to recreate a 'raw' space is certainly new on the block. In line with this trend is Tejas Mistry, who has designed the office of Kailash Seema Steel (KSS Steel) in Surat - a powerful testament of simple yet contemporary design. ''The concept was to establish a modern design which emits natural warmth to create a comfortable and stylish space," says an enthusiastic Mistry.
The office welcomes visitors into a skillfully designed waiting area. What looks like a bamboo screen from the exterior is actually a seating area artistically custom-made from natural wood from the inside! Cement sheets in a brick joint pattern are spread out on the ceiling to further highlight the 'unfinished' effect of the space. With kotah stone flowing beneath, the space spills into a confined yet adequate meeting area, supported by concrete buffed walls in the background to give it a natural and raw look.
Positioned in the middle is a sturdy table made of elegant Indian marble, with cleverly structured legs made from mild steel that support the humongous weight of the stone. Complementing it are wooden chairs designed with jute seats and diffused lights in the form of wall and ceiling lights - a rare feature in office spaces. A storage cupboard, also made of Italian marble, is neatly tucked away behind the table and is cantilevered to the wall in the shape of an elongated triangle for the purpose of optimal space utilisation.
Moreover, to ensure an easy and simple flow of space, areas have been partitioned with the help of clear glass. While this creates a sense of openness and expanse in the confined office, a combination of direct and diffused lights in different areas of the office, makes it seem more spacious.
To the left is the main highlight of the office - the Managing Director's cabin - which has been designed to reflect the occupant's personality and the company's operations.
Adorning the backdrop of the cabin is a customised cutwork of the director's face on raw finished MDF sheet. The unusual use of light underneath it illuminates the image, and showcases a personal and creative touch. With minimal storage required, Mistry has cleverly designed limited storage capacity below the sheet, which is only visible on close inspection.
The table, around 8 ft long and 2.5 ft wide, is a typical rectangular marble box entirely cantilevered from the side wall with the help of brackets. The table, which is lit from inside, accentuates the beauty of the space when switched on.
The intrigue does not end with the artwork and the table! Look above and you will find MS pipes and plates designed to create another art piece. This piece, designed to reflect the company's vision and identity, also acts as an interesting source of light. Another dash of imaginativeness, which has been transformed into reality, is the wooden foldable seating which can be adjusted into different sitting positions!
The office of KSS Steel is an illustration of how 'raw' elements can be woven together with some sassy décor to create unique workspaces.
Total Area: 470 sq ft.Meet the designer: Tejas Mistry
Total Cost: Rs 7 lakh.
Text: Monisha Rao
Photos: Kamal Bengali.
Firm:Tejas Mistry and Associates established in July 2010.
Firm Specialisation: Residential and commercial spaces.
Design philosophy: Simple and natural finishes which remain evergreen.
Philosophy towards life: Simple living high thinking.
Favourite architect/Designer: Sanjay Puri, Samira Rathod and Spasm Interior.
Tejas Mistry and Associates. 1/1156, Dangor street, Flat no 102, Kathorwala Chambers, Timaliawad, Nanpura, Surat-395 001. Mobile: (0) 98794 53181.