Zero9 brings a Mediterranean vibe to this Mumbai apartment
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Zero9 brings a Mediterranean vibe to this Mumbai apartment

Clean open planning, light contemporary styling, and a free reign to express makes this city apartment in Mumbai a special project for its designers Anu and Prashant Chauhan.

by Ronitaa Italia Aug 19, 2019

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.

All the indoor plants have been chosen for minimal maintenance - yuca, ferns, fiddle fig and frangipani are placed closer to the window, while rachis palms are outside, in the balcony | Anu Chauhan, Prashant Chauhan| Zero9| STIR
All the indoor plants have been chosen for minimal maintenance - yuca, ferns, fiddle fig and frangipani are placed closer to the window, while rachis palms are outside, in the balcony Image Credit: Pulkit Sehgal

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.

The moon canvas serves as the backdrop to the living area and is the first thing you see as you enter this city 3-BHK flat | Anu Chauhan, Prashant Chauhan| Zero9| STIR
The moon canvas serves as the backdrop to the living area and is the first thing you see as you enter this 3-BHK flat Image Credit: Pulkit Sehgal

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.

The macramé wall hanging brings in texture and warmth to the dining area| Anu Chauhan, Prashant Chauhan| Zero9| STIR
The macramé wall hanging brings in texture and warmth to the dining area Image Credit: Pulkit Sehgal

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.  

Colours and accessories in the bedrooms have been coordinated with the contemporary Mediterranean feel of the rest of the living areas| Anu Chauhan, Prashant Chauhan| Zero9| STIR
Colours and accessories in the bedrooms have been coordinated with the contemporary Mediterranean feel of the rest of the living areas Image Credit: Pulkit Sehgal

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.

Layout plan| Anu Chauhan, Prashant Chauhan| Zero9| STIR
Layout plan Image Credit: Courtesy of Zero9

Project Details

Name of the project: Once in a Blue Moon
Location: Mumbai
Area: 1,100 sqft
Architect: Zero9
Design Team: Anu Chauhan, Prashant Chauhan, Nirali

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Ronitaa Italia

Ronitaa Italia

A prolific writer and journalist with 20 years of experience, Ronitaa has helmed premier magazines - ELLE DECOR India, GoodHomes, Home & Design TRENDS. She is known for her engaging content, piquant ideas, and reportage of design trends.

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