The BNK Group lends this Mumbai duplex apartment a warm yet trendy look.
A duplex apartment may appear to be an extra large canvas for the interior designer to create his artwork on. But it comes with its set of perks and challenges. While it offers the flexibility to experiment more in terms of colours and materials, it also poses a huge challenge for space planning. Therefore, designer Behzad Kharas, Principal Architect, The BNK Group, thought it best to use a fusion theme here. ´We wanted to create a modern contemporary house with hints of fusion design. So, essentially most of the design is in straight lines, except a few instances like the mother of pearl inlay in the floor, the riveting done on the crockery unit and the use of pattern on the upper level floor lobby,´ shares Kharas
The lower level of the house comprises the entrance lobby, dining, kitchen, living, study, powder bathroom and mother´s room. A central staircase with a lift connects to the upper level. The upper level has the master bedroom and kids´ room, which is inter-connected with the guestroom. These bedrooms open up to the terrace, with an outdoor jacuzzi.
With the use of back-painted glass, artificial leather, smoked teak veneer, white Australian marble, silver leafing and lamination, Kharas has managed to create a unique design palette.
Detailing the design work
The entrance passage acts as a lobby, which flaunts a passage door of laser cut corian with mirror inlay.
The living room with its gypsum ceiling covers the expanse of the space and lends texture to the décor. The adjoining study is separated with a glass book rack, which segregates it while keeping it visually connected with the living room. The TV unit wall is finished with smoked teak veneer, which is replicated on the bedroom doors and the double height area of the staircase. Two columns separate the dining area from the living room where indirect lighting is used to highlight the space.
The area between the columns houses the crockery unit.
A pair of hanging lights cum fans with silver leaf motifs is the highlight of the dining area, which also showcases a contemporary Indian art painting.
For the mother´s bedroom, the original bathroom was demolished and relocated to a niche in the duct area behind the bed, making space for a sit-out area. The room was kept simple with chamfered leather walls and a series of cove lights. The wardrobe has been tucked into a niche to give more space. The bathroom was clad with hot dipped Roso Chigani and Dyna Italian marble.
Connecting the levels
The staircase and lift, which leads to the upper level lobby, has an inlay of Grey William and white Australian marble with a hint of mother of pearl. The lift´s opening has a 3D geometric screen as opposed to a clichTd glass look.
The entrance foyer to the master bedroom creates a sense of arrival. Wardrobes are tucked away into the sides with one highlighted using veneer and grey back- painted glass, while the other has a lighter veneer with white back-painted glass. The bed area has a stucco ceiling. Here too, the bathroom has been shifted into the duct behind the bed.
The children´s bedroom and guestroom were kept interconnected with a large sliding partition so that kids could use both the spaces. The bed area was kept white with the mirror and headboard highlighted using 3D Glo panels and only the wardrobes and study area have been highlighted with bright colours. The guestroom flaunts an exotic veneer background behind the sofa-cum-bed.
The terrace has peripheral landscaping with a customized gazebo to house the metal Buddha statue. A combination of artificial and natural vertical green walls helps in creating privacy for the terrace and jacuzzi.
With a nice European colour palette and spaces that effortlessly flow into each other, this duplex has a sense of warmth in its modern looking avatar.
Total Area: 3,500 sq ft
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
photos: Sebastian Zachariah
The BNK Group, PNB House, 4th Floor, Sir PM Road, Fort, Mumbai-400 001.
Tel: 022-6610 0313.
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Meet the designers
Firm: The BNK Group founded in 2005.
Firm specialisation: Architecture and interior designing Consultancy, interior design and build (turnkey) solutions.
Design philosophy: We are very value-driven and ensure that our success allows us to hold our heads high and feet firmly grounded.
Philosophy towards life: The difference between history´s boldest accomplishments and its most staggering failures is often, simply, the diligent will to persevere.
Favourite architect/Designer: Raj Rewal & Santiago Calatrava