Pathan vignettes, European details and Balinese influences coexist in this Mumbai home
After spending nearly fifty years in a secluded, dimly lit apartment, the Shahs had a simple but non-negotiable vision for their new home in Mumbai. They wanted an airy space flooded with natural light – open, spacious and unrestricted – a true luxury in Maximum City. Farheen Nanji and Nashish Nanji Reshamwala of FN Design Studio executed this brief they were assigned, and the result is a truly spacious interior with materials, colors and shapes that enhance the feeling of airiness, allowing the flow of sunlight to guide the design.
The lounge displays an elegant tapestry of colors and textures that come together to create a cohesive and charming interior. However, the real piece de resistance is the gorgeous pool table, complete with a stunning gold leaf base. To its side, a marble center table sits next to a faux fireplace made of the same stone, evoking the charm of traditional European dwellings. Olive and sienna seating adds a pop of color to the space, while a rug from Rosetta Carpets provides textural nuance. Sculptural wall artwork by Prityanshi Shah enhances the decor. Ornate overhead chandeliers light up the room, and decorative accents from Claymen, HM Home and Address Home complete the look. The lounge exudes a subtle neoclassical feel, setting it apart from the rest of the house.
In contrast to the unmistakably charming lounge, the living room appears as a sanctuary inspired by the openness of Bali villas. Within an interior filled with shades of white and beige, wood accents and natural textures create a welcoming, homely atmosphere. A signature light from the Kaleido Wall hangs from the ceiling, along with stunning artwork by Kippie Leonard via Calcuttan. The set of sculptural chairs is an interesting visual highlight, offsetting the timeless Ecru sofa. A neutral Rugberry rug lines the floor.
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Monochromatic, high-gloss, and utterly luxurious – the dining area and bar take on a life of their own. Unique dining chairs are paired with a curved table made of solid black marble lined with white veins. Balance in this elegant setting is achieved by a custom marble bar, meticulously crafted from rare Calacatta Viola marble. Dusty purple bar stools add a pop of color to the black-and-white frame.
The master bedroom embodies a harmonious blend of cultures. The clients’ desire to infuse their heritage from Patan, Gujarat was expressed in custom-made, intricately hand-painted wallpaper by Design by Metamorph. This gorgeous backdrop showcases UNESCO World Heritage Site Patola, a double ikat fabric handwoven by local artisans, among other details meaningful to the family. Curved furniture adds a sense of softness to the bedroom. A spacious walk-in closet with stained glass shutters and stark monochromatic tiles is designed to act as a world of self-contained opulence.
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The den is a stylish, multi-functional space decorated with a Natuzzi reclining sofa and a patterned rug from Jaipur Rugs. Neutral colors and light wood elements create an airy atmosphere, allowing a distinctive black custom-made desk to take center stage. This iconic home in Mumbai is ultimately an effortless balance between the clients’ individual tastes and the designers’ sensibilities, with unrestricted space as a common denominator.
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