The design team at Graphite SDS designs a penthouse in Baroda, where each element comes together in perfect balance.
With good design comes great responsibility. In good design, the balance of materials, textures and colours becomes paramount. This is evident in a penthouse in Baroda, which is designed by Manish Patel, Principal Architect, Graphite SDS. Spread across 2,730 sq ft, the home can be divided into 2,300 sq ft carpet area, and 430 sq ft of a sprawling terrace garden that doubles up as a spa area.
The interiors flaunt modern furniture, creative use of materials and colours and Moroccan influences. The owner of the house is a young developer and partner of one of the leading developer groups in Baroda, Nilamber Group.
According to Patel, ´This was the client´s dream home. Hence, he found it rather difficult to enlist all the intricate details that he had envisioned.´ However, what took priority was the need for a spacious, well-ventilated home. Patel and his team whipped up a design spiced with the romance of vintage colours, set within a combination of earthen textures. A selection of hand-picked accesso¡ries and custom-made artefacts adorn every corner and add to the warmth of the place.
The penthouse includes a foyer, living room with balcony, dining area and kitchen. The private area has the master bedroom, parents´ bedroom, guest room and leisure-cum-home theatre room. The flooring across the house is predominantly white, allowing the colourful furniture and furnishings to hold centrestage.
The foyer is an explicit introduction to the language that is beautifully played out in the rest of the house. A shoe-cupboard, with customised Moroccan-style artwork on its shutters, is complemented with a high-back chair with bright upholstery.
Full-length windows at the entrance afford a view of the living space. that houses a three-seater sofa facing an L-shaped six-seater one that shows off a Moroccan print fabric. The custom-made silk cushions are in sync with the silk and velvet curtains.
The open dining and kitchen area are behind the living room. The dining table is a bright combination of hand and ready-made ceramic tiles with a glass top. A wallpapered backdrop with a wooden sideboard adds to the Moroccan inspiration. The kitchen, too, is in hues of brown with hammered wood used on the top and sides of the breakfast counter. The fatade of the breakfast table is in MDF with a brass panel made of Moroccan-style cut-out motifs.
The oomph factor
From across the living area is the corridor connecting the bedrooms, which offers a spectacular view of the terrace garden. Colour takes the limelight here, which is used to generate flow of energy throughout the space.
In the master bedroom, the bed and its back panel is made of veneer with customised artwork. The parents´ room has a block print pattern on the wall and jute-finish wallpaper on the ceiling.
The master bedroom leads directly to the terrace garden-cum-spa. Here, the flooring is a combination of vitrified tiles and artificial grass. The wall is clad in slate and stone and painted in yellow texture paint. Bamboo along the pergolas creates a delightful play of shadow and light. While the grassy area has artistically designed chairs, the area that is tiled has an open-to-sky jacuzzi.
Looking at nuances
Across the interiors, lighting is subtle. Open windows allow natural light to stream in during the day, while in the evening, surface-mounted ceiling lights, han¡ging and spot lights create a dramatic ambience.
In spite of the open layout and freedom to design, the team faced a few challenges. The main one was to combine two floors to form the pent¡house, while maintaining continuity. With the use of colours, warmth and materials the designers were able to successfully create one fluid space.
Meet the designer
Firm: Graphite SDS, founded in 2005.
Firm specialisation: Architecture and interior design.
Design philosophy: Creativity with simplicity.
Philosophy towards life: Always be creative.
Favourite architect/Designer: Sandeep Khosla and Guz Wilkinson.
GRAPHITE SDS, B-24 Krishna Duplex, b/h Taksha Classic,
Vadodara, Gujarat- 390 015.
Tel: 0265-6554 434.