CW Interiors |
Private Quarters | December 2013

The White House

Chic, classy and contemporary, this holiday home has been designed by FADD Studio to be just like a hotel, ready to plug and play whenever the owners decide to visit.

Everyone loves a great vacation. It's not just the scenery or the night scene of a place that determines your dream destination, but also the comfort factor of your accommodations the plusher, the better! This NRI client wanted to recreate this swish experience in her Bengaluru apartment by designing it just like a stylish hotel.

Designed by FADD Studio, the spacious three-bedroom apartment flaunts the aura of a luxury hotel, and is equipped with all the important amenities required for a short, convenient and hassle-free stay in Bengaluru. An Indian herself, the client has given her home in North America a classic and opulent look and feel with Indian accents. For her Indian home, though, she chose to go with the modern look. "Our inspiration came from the brief contemporary and clean lines with bold accents. Interestingly enough, our starting point was a pure white leather sofa from Ligne Roset and the newspaper print curtains. The whole design revolved around these two design elements," shares Dhaval Shellugar, Partner, FADD Studio.

Interior check
As one enters, a semi-modern chandelier casts a welcoming light in the foyer, where some high back chairs sit against a gauze-like wallpapered wall. A small, narrow passage connects this quasi-opulent foyer to the massive, high-ceilinged living and dining spaces.

A stylish curtain with an abstract of newspaper print makes a bold statement in its own right. Farah Ahmed, Dhaval's partner at the firm, "Unlike the clichTd set up of a formal and an informal living room, a single arrangement of four solid white sofas from Ligne Roset and grey Scandinavian styled single seaters (from Le Mill) was chosen. The sofas act as colour blocks to offset the black and white newspaper print."Rust vintage rugs with a little distressed grey perfectly bridge the warmness of the beige marble floor with the cool starkness of the blacks and whites of the curtain and the furniture.

Moving in On the opposite side, in the dining area, the dining table's base creates a play of geometry with an array of slanting lines and foam circles. Leaning mirrors on one side reflect the black leather console and cabinet, even as they create an illusion of space and double the natural light flowing in from the two sides.

The bedrooms are minimal and warm, with neutral upholstered beds and complementary lacquered furniture with only subtle colour coming through from the wallpaper and rugs. The fancy furniture and other dTcor accessories throughout the home remind you of a luxurious hotel setting, keeping in mind the client requirement.

Light it up!
Lights are used to create a variety of moods in any living space. Here, the backlit laser-cut jaali on either side of the fixed window of the living room creates delicate shadows; the tall floor lamp emanates soft and romantic light. The dining room has two Bloom lights by Ligne Rose, which act as foam sculptures over the dining table. The bedrooms, are illuminated by simple architectural lights and bed lamps. The careful selection of light fixtures gives character to the entire space.

Design highlights
The whole apartment has a cosy yet invigorating feel, thanks to the fact that all the rooms have been kept spacious and airy. The design elements enhance the interiors of this apartment with both colour and style. The minimalist aura of this design approach is mirrored in the accessories.

A few simple but carefully placed items blend seamlessly with the dTcor. "Practicality and functionality was the key, especially from a maintenance point of view, as the client would be using the house only once or twice a year. There isn't any piece of furniture without function," explains Dhaval.

For this apartment, FADD Studio has achieved the best of both worlds clean and neat look of a hotel and the personal touch and bespoke feel of a home.

Total Area: 4,500 sq ft
Total Cost: Rs 90 lakh
text: S Iyer
photos: Manoj Masand

Meet the designers
Dhaval Shellugar & Farah Ahmed
FADD Studio founded in May 2012.
Firm specialisation: Interiors.
Design philosophy: To not just be different from everyone but to also constantly reinvent ourselves from our past projects; to never repeat and to strive to create something unique in all projects.
Philosophy towards life: "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish. Stay Inspired!รถ...Steve jobs
Favourite architect/Designer: Sandeep Khosla, Bijoy Jain, Serie Architects, Phillippe Starck, Kelly Hoppens, Marcel Wanders and Patricia Urquoila.

FADD Studio, 102, first floor,
Sophias Choice, No 7,
St Marks Road, Bengaluru-560 001.

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