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Virtual World | April 2014

Crisp and Corporate

Designer Priyanka Sethi Puri intertwines luxury with the linear form of design in the office of Sonia Infrastructure Promoters and Developers in Gurgaon.
When Sonia Infrastructure Promoters
and Developers roped in Delhi-based interior designer Priyanka Sethi Puri to do up their office space in the Universal Business Centre in Gurgaon, they gave her a one-line brief: to create an impressive address.

The company deals in high-end luxury homes, and the office had to reflect their specialisation. In line with this thinking, Puri has woven luxury into the linear design of this 8,000 sq ft office by incorporating gold into the colour palette. The triangular shape of the Universal Business Centre also finds a strong mention in the design of the office and has been effectively intertwined by the designer into the thematic concept.

Symbol of luxury
The imposing golden panelling in the reception area is a dominant design theme from where the rest of the office design follows. Its repeated use creates a unitary environment synonymous with luxury, in the context of the Indian aesthetic.

While gold is the predominant colour in the reception, it is complemented by shades of blue and orange in other areas of the office. The blue and orange, while creating vibrancy, also effectively differentiate the open and private work spaces.

Says Puri, ´The basic objective of using gold was to impart a feeling of grandeur and luxury in sync with the client brief. However, it is not an all pervasive, overpowering element. It transitions into yellow in the seating areas in the office.´ The seating area at the reception is in beige with the back in a vibrant, sunny yellow. The seating in the corridor in the triangular office, too, sports bright yellow sofas from Steelcase.

Linear Design
Besides the colour palette, the second basic design element in the office is the linear concept. Right from the lift lobby to the private workspaces, linear lighting has been used to highlight the gold colour as well as the different design elements.

Elaborates Puri, ´The dynamism of the space has been preserved by following the existing lines created by the tri-faceted building in which the office is housed. It is enhanced by features such as the wall to ceiling linear lighting at the reception, linear lighting wall feature in the conference area, linear wooden panelling on the open office columns, amongst others.´

The material pallete consists new age material like vitrified Italian tiles at the reception; carpet floor tiles in grey and blue throughout the office; wood in the MD´s cabins; and gypsum with edging in chic wallpaper in many other areas. Since the company has just 10 employees, it does not require a large work area or too many workstations. Seating is, hence, minimal.

Cabin class
It is in the two managing directors´ cabins that one sees personalisation of space. Occupied by father and son respectively, the two cabins have designs that reflect their ages.

The senior MD´s cabin sports flooring in dark brown, sofas in beige and a black lacquered glass on the table. An aquarium set inside a wood-panelled wall divides the two cabins as well as gives visual access to each other. The son´s cabin has a writing desk, a meeting area as well as a seating area. In contrast to his father´s desk, the son´s desk has a white lacquered glass on it. The ceiling in both the cabins is in gypsum.

The office has two lounge areas a private one, and the other for visitors. The former, overlooking the Gurgaon skyline, is an extension of the senior MD´s cabin and it allows him to relax in a recliner while viewing the landscape. The other has been designed for relaxation and leisure, with beige lounge-type seating and Buddha and Stonehenge wallpapers gracing its walls.

Graphic films on cabin doors, chic conference rooms and a washroom complete with shower and other accessories complete the picture. Indeed, the office has just the right personality for a company that deals in luxury property.

Total Area: 8,000 sq ft
text: Varun Soni
photos: Deepak Aggarwal

Viaanca Interiors,
Universal Business Centre,
2nd floor, Universal Trade Tower,
Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon.
Tel: 0124-469 6007.

Meet the designer
Firm: Viaanca Interiors was founded in 2011.
Firm specialisation: Interior design and execution of commercial and residential projects. Design philosophy: Design lies at the confluence of art, craft and science.
Philosophy towards life: Good life is simple as is good design.
Favourite architect/Designer: Indian architects Morphogenesis and AVA studio, and international architects Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe and Philippe Starck.

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