The project, a 2 BHK apartment is located in Mumbai’s prominent luxury high rise residential building- The Lodha World towers, Lower Parel. Having worked at the Lodha World Crest before, the Lodha team recommended us to the client who had just taken possession of their home. We shared our ideas for their apartment which were coherent with their requirements and we had the opportunity to work with them on this prestigious project. Elegance is being able to create a space which is classy yet simple. It makes the space mature, and sophisticated while still making it approachable. The Clients resided in the Middle East and had invested here in Mumbai where they could feel at home during their extended visits to the city. While they purchased a three-bedroom apartment, they wanted to convert it into a luxurious two-bedroom. They expressed their desire to have an open kitchen which merged with the living space with an elaborate foyer space.
The entrance door was shifted from its initial location by knocking off the servant’s room and the servants toilet. The demising wall in between the living room and the kitchen was also demolished to further make room for the open and interactive kitchen with emphasis on a breakfast island. The three bedrooms were converted into two giving a larger master bedroom with a walk in closet and an elaborate bathroom while the guest bedroom was maintained compact. The access to these rooms were maintained by the existing corridor.
Design is collaborative. We had multiple design sessions with the client. We understood their lifestyle, the cultural influence and their interpretation of luxury which was a crucial influence and stimulus for conceptualising their abode. Understated luxury was the driving concept for the project. The house exemplifies sophistication, in the form of rich materials with bold yet modest patterns composed with a sense of proportion, balance and minimalist elegance. Every detail and need had been thought out and designed to take the concept to the next level of luxury, practicality and optimization.
We absolutely love how surfaces are the highlight of this project. From the flooring,the ceiling, the furniture surfaces- it became an important narrative of the design story.Material application and adaptation defines this project. Marble has been extensively used throughout the flooring, which has been laid with contemporary inlay patterns. High gloss polyester finishes have been applied on the veneer, which is well-adjusted with softer fabric wall cladding. Patterns are the high point of the design element yet not loud at all. Wall to wall carpeting in the bedrooms makes them plush and warm. Every material is used in various patterns and carefully laid as to not be boisterous but visually tie the spaces together. The furniture has been detailed out carefully with the fused resin and wood dining table being one example and the continuation of the same language on the bedroom doors.
In this project, having an open kitchen with an added foyer with an improved entry location required some alterations to be done in the base layout. The servant’s bathroom and Servants room were knocked off along with the demising wall that separated the living and the kitchen areas. The only obstruction was the building internal shaft which was used to our advantage and treated it with patterned mirror transforming the scale of the foyer area. All storages were planned along the walls keeping the entrance and kitchen area clutter free.
Similarly having two bedrooms carved out of three meant demolishing one bedroom and one bathroom. Maintaining the services lines of the building, we could carve out adequate storage along the shaft walls located in the long corridor wall. All the shutters were concealed and designed to blend into the panel design. These hidden storages makes the house seem bigger with minimal furniture pieces around the house.The house is located on the fortieth floor providing a view of entire Mumbai skyline and gorgeous sea views. Any home in Mumbai with such a view itself embodies luxury, lavishness and pure warmth which has been incorporated within the interiors of the house. The continuous glass façade lets in the hues of the sunlight through the day transforming the mood and ambience of the house throughout the day.
Material diversity, its application and adaptation defines this project. Marble has been extensively used throughout the flooring, which has been laid with contemporary inlay patterns. High gloss polyester finishes have been applied on the veneer, which is well-adjusted with softer fabric wall cladding. Metal inlays breaks the monotony while adding finesse to the wall surfaces. Wall to wall carpeting in the bedrooms makes them plush and warm. Patterns are the high point of the design which can be seen throughout the house. Every material is used in various patterns and carefully laid as to not be boisterous but visually tie the spaces together.
The world towers interiors have been designed by Armani Casa. We wanted the design principle of the home to be an extended arm of the tower yet a few notches ahead in the drama and story. The intention was to be intricate in detail and materials as well as textures which are used in a complex manner yet exemplifying a serene balance. We wanted to enhance the sense of space with a harmonious colour palette of neutral colours augmented with detailed furniture.
Photographs : Ishita Sitwala