Every single feature of this 1,100 sqft home in Mumbai speaks the same language. It is open, it is inviting, and it reflects its owners’ style to the T. When designers Anu and Prashant Chauhan of Zero9 first got the brief for this three bedroom-hall-kitchen apartment, it sounded like the ideal project. “The clients had seen our previous work and gave us complete freedom to come up with a concept for the design. All they insisted on was for us to maintain the third bedroom,” explains Prashant.
The designers have taken a Scandinavian approach to the design, and kept the spaces light and open, using a variety of materials to enhance the feel-good factor in the house. As you enter, you are greeted by a spacious living area done up with vibrant colours. The warmth here is unmissable. The custom-designed yellow couch draws the eye into the design. Potted plants breathe life into brooding corners and concrete balconies.
For a project that took a good part of 15 weeks to complete, the only challenge that the design team faced on site was the breaking of an internal wall - which they, in a way, replaced with a glass partition that visually connects the living room with the lounge area, which can be enclosed, if required, for privacy. A day bed and swing chair rustle up an easy-chic vibe in the lounge, where a stunning moon canvas serves as a striking backdrop to the living area. And if you look at the place as an organic whole, it seems to set the tone for the entire home.
“We wanted to keep the living room as visually open as possible, so the family gets more than enough space to host and entertain guests. The adjoining bedroom was, hence, designed in a way that it can be opened up visually as a library-cum-lounge,” explains Prashant.
Interestingly, the moon print on canvas is the very first thing you see as you enter, and of course, the yellow couch steps in as anchor for the entire living space. Together, they seem to sum up the impression of the entire home. The dining area is clearly marked with an alcove for the table. The macramé wall hanging works in an element of light texture, washing the section in its warmth.
The kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms were structurally maintained, and designed keeping in mind the light, contemporary feel in the rest of the house. Colours, furnishings, prints and patterns were all carefully curated to give the rooms their own distinct personality, with a cozy vibe. “The bedrooms and kitchen were intended to be simple yet stylish,” says Prashant.
The best part about working on this project, says the designer, was the fact that “…The clients took our suggestions very positively and gave us total freedom to reflect their personalities in the home.”
Practical design and the reflection of one’s identity unite to create a space where it feels good to be home.
Project DetailsName of the project: Once in a Blue Moon
Area: 1,100 sqft
Design Team: Anu Chauhan, Prashant Chauhan, Nirali