Private Quarters | October 2016
The Villa life
Designer Gaurav Kharkar juxtaposes colours with materials to lend an eclectic look for a villa in the mountains.
Nestled amidst mountains, the Chandan Villa is a tasteful mix of minimalism and contemporary elegance, which is reflected in the spacious rooms of the house. Designed by Gaurav Kharkar, the home exudes a feeling of serenity and calmness. A weekend home, this villa has a lot of visitors and yet is fairly low on maintenance as per the client´s requirement. With a brief to design a space that is minimalist and fresh and combines luxury with comfort, the home uses simple design elements highlighted with statement furniture pieces and artefacts.
Playing around with the available space, which was built as a standalone property by the developer, the designers have combined wood with furnishings in pastels and white and grey flooring to create a soothing ambience. ´Effort was taken to optimise the ceiling height and to keep ample open space. Small green nooks were created around the house to lend freshness to the décor,´shares Kharkar.
In spite of the overall minimalist theme, each room in the villa is uncompromisingly different. Custom designed furnishing, furniture pieces, artwork, automation for mood lighting and a striking colour palette are the differentiating factors.
You enter the villa through a 4-feet long lobby, which has a translucent blue tinted glass fixed in a geometrical panel. This acts as a screen to the open kitchen. In the living room most of the furniture is lightweight, to add to the openness of the space and facilitate easy movement. The anti-skid flooring is light grey in colour.
Experiments with seating arrangements are reflected in the tangerine leather sofa, which is paired with the black fabric high back arm chair and a brown 4-seater sofa. One can enjoy the garden and swimming pool view from the dining and seating areas.
The seating area in the living room is kept flexible, with furniture that can be re-arranged any time as per the client´s requirements. The center tables are kept minimal with hues of beige, white and brown. A wavy print rug with contrasting hues of grey, cream and yellow add interest to the décor while a white floor lamp and a white horse add to the visual appeal.
The ground level also houses the guest room. Offering easy access to the in-house garden through the French windows, the guest room has oak engineered wood flooring and yellow furnishings. A cluster of pulley lights and the horse painting add an inquisitive element to the room.
A staircase finished with Jaisalmer stone stands out against the white wall. It leads to bedrooms on the first floor and then onto the terrace. The parents´ bedroom has subtle hues of aqua on the cushion covers, while the rest of the room is in beige, black and white.
The kids room is fresh, spacious, funky and playful. The highlight here is the series of colourful and bright funny animal pictures fixed on the L-shaped white wall. A play zone and additional sleeping area has been created on an upper level in the room, taking full advantage of the double height. The room has a small cupboard, finished in walnut laminate and a grid patterned shutter with mirror. The pop of bright blue on the bed back adds liveliness to the room. This blue theme is further continued in the attached bathroom, with black glaze tiles offering a contrast.
The master bedroom has a wardrobe and a bathroom in the 8-feet-long passage. Two fancy hanging lights above the side tables create a perfect symmetry over the bed. Monochromatic artefacts are displayed in a three-tiered corner table, while blue scenic picture frames adorn the walls.
As a weekend home, amidst the lushness of the mountains, this villa completely fulfills the client´s needs for luxury and comfort.
Meet the designers
Gaurav Kharkar & Vidhita Parekh Kharkar
Firm: Guarav Kharkar & Associates founded in 2008.
Firm specialisation: Residential, commercial, retail and hospitality interiors and architecture.
Design philosophy: Functionality is the spine of any design.
Philosophy towards life: Believe in yourself and challenge your limits!
Favourite architect/Designer: Charles Correa and Tadao Ando.
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
Gaurav Kharkar & Associates,
Block No. 304, 3rd Floor,
Srishti Square, Next to Jalaram Park, Near Nirmal Lifestyle, Mulund - Bhandup
Junction, LBS Road,
Bhandup-West 400 078.
Tel: 022 - 2566 9613.
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