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Private Quarters | January 2016

Monochrome Magic

Inky blacks and ivory whites with dashes of colour rule the palette of this modern apartment in Mumbai designed by KNS Architects.

Mumbai-based design collective, KNS Architects led by Neemesh Shah, has won a plethora of awards for its interior designs in India and abroad. The firm´s latest project, a residence in the heart of Mumbai, proves how modern aesthetics help in creating a classy home.

When asked about the brief he received from the clients, Shah says, ´All they wanted was a subtle, black-and-white home that would charm anyone who stepped in.´ It might seem simple and easy to follow, but when one has to dress an apartment of 3,500 sq ft in little over two shades, it requires a lot of out-of-the-box ideas.

Combining colours
The layout of this apartment was cohesive with a partial open plan that created a visual connect between the living room and other spaces.

The living room is a harbinger of the classy elegance that is seen throughout the interiors. Divided mainly into three areas, the living room has ´Italian masterpiece´ written all over it. From the sharp, granite TV panel to the vertical garden and from the leather sofas to the marble table, the room is inviting. Each accessory comple- ments the room perfectly. The unique wall clock, the numerous paintings, the laminated tables and the printed wallpaper each have an interesting story to tell. And the grey and blue tones lend a welcoming but cool aura to the space.

The master bedroom of the house follows the same monotone scheme, but with a dash of colour. A unique 3D yellow wallpaper has been applied to the back-wall to give the room a funky, yet fashionable feel. By installing white wardrobes that enhance the space and sophistication of the room, the designers have done justice to the owner´s vision.

A masculine undertone dominates the son´s room, mirroring his personality, yet keeping it maintenance free. The third room, a TV lounge-cum-guest bedroom, does not disappoint either. With its wooden flooring and royal purple wall panel, this room is distinctly earthy and cosy.

Black ´n´ white
Though all the bathrooms of the house follow the same dual-hue pattern, black overshadows the white tone, and the appliances are great buys. Sourced all the way from China, these additions are more purposeful and poised, like the backlit mirrors in unique shapes that adorn the walls of each cloakroom.

The kitchen on the other hand, has been submerged in white to add a sense of space and service. Since its a space generally frequented by domestic help, extra fixtures and handles have been minimised or eliminated. The designer´s expertise in understanding the client´s routine and lifestyle by incorporating smart but stylish design elements in a limited amount of space, speaks volumes.

Featuring outdoors
The owners wanted a modern apartment with open spaces that allowed the landscape to feature indoors as well. The straight line plan ensures that spaces open up to the balconies or terraces that make the indoor-outdoor connect seamless. The vertical green wall was an innovative answer to the demand, since the verde brightens the interiors and adds an interesting dimension to the space. Situated right at the entrance of the home, this beautiful space is the only one that features special text-embossed tiles for flooring.

Another terrace, at the far end of the residence, is a great place to relax after a long day at work. With wicker sofas and wooden flooring, this Zen-zone, as the owners refer to it, is their go-to place. Wooden rafters on the ceiling and potted plants all around, makes it a great indoor ´me´ space.

After sundown
What sets the mood for a space once the sun goes down is perfect lighting. Shah relied heavily on diffused lighting for this project. A laser cut panel with hidden LEDs on the ceiling of the patio sheds light on the entrance. In almost every room, including the bathrooms, subdued lights feature predominantly. Sourced from Germany, these inclusions create a soft and calming ambience. Special colour-changing lights have been installed in the living room to set the tone for different moods. Be it a party, yoga or work, every occasion has a specific hue. Overall, the interiors are refreshing, simple and serene with a sense of clean openness and random bursts of colour that provide the homeowners a chic but comfortable living space.

Total Area: 2,585 sq ft
photos: Sebastian Zachariah
KNS Architects, 304 / 305, Dev Plaza, 3rd floor, S.V.Road, Andheri (West), Mumbai û 400 058.
Tel: 022-6776 5000/ 5035
Meet the architect
Neemesh Shah
Firm: KNS Architects
Firm specialisation: Master plans, architecture and interiors of malls, second homes, resorts, hospitality and retail.
Design philosophy: Always keep exploring.
Philosophy towards life: Live life to the fullest.
Favourite architect/Designer: Charles Correa, Nari Gandhi

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