KNS Architects prove the equation between brown hues and cosiness in the décor of a Mumbai apartment.
Choose the colour brown for a home and you know you are aiming for a warm and cosy setting that exudes elegance. KNS Architects opt for décor in brown tones for their client who demanded a relaxed, lounge-like ambience that is unconventional and graceful.
The intent of the design was to create a mood space that calms the senses with its simplicity without appearing minimalistic. ´A wow factor was desired but the final result had to be soothing,´ shares Kanhai Gandhi, Principal Architect, KNS Architects. Thus, simple lines and a spacious layout were created to articulate the spaces of the 2,000 sq ft apartment in Mumbai. Dominated by shades of brown that create an interesting texture when combined, the home feels like a warm shell you would love to retreat to at the end of a tiring day. Smaller nooks and corners have been created throughout the house for a comfy feel, and a unified language is achieved through the use of colour and texture.
A beautiful example is the dining area created near the entrance. A circular nook, with gold and brown leather wall paneling, the space doubles up as a lounging and dining space. A touch of opulence is added with an ornate chandelier. As one progresses to the living room, the shades get deeper. An exotic burl veneer cladding on the feature wall complements the pearl white Armani marble that flows seamlessly throughout the house. The dining area expresses plurality in texture while maintaining continuity of the overall colour scheme. A bar counter in the corner overlooks the view outside.
The master bedroom has been envisioned as a suite with a sit-out and the layout was altered to fit in the requirements. Lacquered finishes and an elegant black and brown wallpaper give the space a swish look. A separate dressing area has been created for the lady of the house with a brush of red to rev up the look. The master bathroom with its black interiors stands out due to its stunning red and black glass mosaic flooring. A mix of black granite and pearl, the Armani patterned flooring on the terrace adds an interesting dimension to the space.
Adding personal accents
The son´s room posed a challenge with many beams running through. To counter this, the ceiling was treated with wooden fins with recess lighting lending the space an interesting visual dimension. This also ensured that though the room stayed in tune with the overall design language of the house, it possessed a certain edginess that´s in sync with its occupant.
The look for the daughter´s room was soft and feminine. The upholstered bed is a modern twist to the Renaissance look with finer details. Noche travertine fills the room with a soft golden glow. Oak species veneer was bleached to tone down its yellowness. Violet accents in the upholstery add vibrancy, whereas brass lamps create an interesting illusion of light and shadow.
As Kanhai rightly points out, ´There are very few clients in India who are willing to experiment with dark colours.´ And the challenge has been beautifully overcome by KNS by merging the dark tones with bright colours like red and purple and using light tactfully.
The final result is a home that has individual spaces, each with an identity of its own reflecting the personality of the occupant, within the broader frame of a unified design language.
Total Area: 2,000 sq ft
Principal Architects: Kanhai Gandhi, Neemesh Shah, Shresht Kashyap
Design Team: Kanhai Gandhi, Mansi Sangoi
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
photos: Sebastian Zachariah
KNS ARCHITECTS, 304-305,
Dev Plaza, SV Road, Opposite Andheri Fire Station, Andheri-(West), Mumbai-400 058.
Meet the architect
Firm: KNS Architects, founded in 1997.
Firm specialisation: Masterplan, residential and commercial architecture, re-development, residential and commercial interiors, restaurants, spas, retail outlets, etc.
Design philosophy: Not to keep to one style; take every design as a challenge. Philosophy towards life: Live and let live.
Favourite architect/Designer: Santiago Calatrava, ZFrank Llyod Wright, Antoni Gaudi and Frank Gehry, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Sanjay Puri.