With three varied design briefs from the clients, what Anish Motwani and Associates did for the interiors of this office in Mumbai is truly a creative tale.
Three different bosses, three different design ideas, one space and one designer. That was the math for Designer Anish Motwani from Mumbai, as he got down to design an office space for his clients, which comprised a father, a son and his wife. Apart from the personalized cabins, the workplace area had to be designed as a business centre, which would be rented out for use.
The diversity of briefs made this project interesting for the designer. ´The father wanted a cabin that exuded class and had a traditional wooden touch,´ says Motwani, who likes diversity in design and avoids standardization. So, for this cabin he created a classical look with a desk with hand carved elephants and a typical Indian motif. The result is a rich vintage look, which is complemented by the leather-and-wood chair and dark wood veneer cladding. The seating arrangement has classical styled sofas on dark wood flooring that are reminiscent of the colonial British era.
A touch of the modern
The son demanded a glass desk as it would not interrupt the beautiful view the cabin offered. It was balanced with steel and leather chairs, a wooden cladding on the walls, a funky red couch and wooden louvers. There was minimal requirement for furniture in this room as the son preferred having his meetings in the adjoining conference room that boasted of an exotic wood veneered table.
The son´s wife who belonged to the media fraternity required an office space with a chilled-out feel to it. She opted for white with bursts of pastel colours peeking out from the moulded desk, accompanied by bright hued wrought iron chairs and old style French window panes that opened inwards. A sea green, patina-finished lamp adds a touch of freshness to the cabin while a bookshelf on the opposite wall showcases the lady´s love for books.
Defining the work space
The reception area, furnished in wooden tones but with modern silhouettes, is warm and welcoming. Engraved ochre yellow seating adds a burst of colour to the space.
The workstation area or the business centre is custom-designed for various configurations. An interesting wallpaper is used to clad the columns, giving them a graffiti look, while back painted glass is used on one side to double up as a scribble pad for the occupants of the desks. Inserts of back painted glass are used on the desks to give a unique touch and break the monotony of wood.
In spite of a diverse brief, the designer has created an office space with a dramatic look ´ one that blends well with the modern concepts of working life.
Total Area: 3,300 sq ft
Text: Sumisha Gilotra
Anish Motwani & Associates,
Sai Chambers, 2nd floor, Opposite Gulmarg Society, RC Marg
, Near Chembur Police Station, Chembur, Mumbai´ 400 007.
Tel: 022-2528 2506.
Meet the designer
Anish K Motwani
Firm: Anish Motwani Associates (AMA) established in 2006.
Firm specialization: Interior design.
Design philosophy: Making sense out of space.
Philosophy towards life: Do what you love and love what you do.
Favourite architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid, Karim Rashid, KLove Studio and Sahil and Sarthak.