Jan 03, 2024

This 1,200

By Aditi Shah-Bhimjyani

The entrance vestibule of this Mumbai apartment is designed to create a sense of arrival and transition – with a semi-open unit of playfully arranged teak cube shells that also acts as a room divider to cover a birds-eye view of the living room that lies immediately beyond.

A sinuous flow of open spaces – subtly and individually framed – defines this modern and unfussy Mumbai apartment where restrained aesthetics and functionality are paramount. The overarching theme of this home, titled project Grey Wash, is minimal intervention.

The living area framed from the low height niche of the central passage.

Located on the 13th floor of a newly built high-rise in a lush residential neighbourhood of suburban Borivali in Mumbai, this 1,200 square feet three-bedroom flat belongs to the Mishra family. The stark, clean aesthetic of this home is actually solely courtesy Mrs Mishra, a hygiene freak who also pays great attention to ergonomics. That is actually why all the furniture and appliances for the house were customised for multi-purpose needs.

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Each furniture piece of this entire home has been custom-designed by atArchitecture. All the lights of this home are Perdu from Focus Lighting & Fixtures Ltd.

And Mrs Mishra’s vision was skilfully executed by Avneesh Tiwari and Neha Rane, lead architects of the Mumbai-based design firm atArchitecture. “The arrangement of furniture and furnishings in the home is thoughtful to maximize the use of space, thus creating a harmonious flow,” explains Rane.

The swing in the open plan living room adds a playful touch to the otherwise minimal space, and is a great favourite with the family. Then there’s the monolithic kitchen where the worktop, dado and storage area blend seamlessly with the help of sintered stone. A flexible dining-cum-study table is most utilitarian, while security and ventilation doors are strategically placed to enhance functionality while ensuring safety and comfort. “Our design aims to redefine the spaces within the home while maintaining a sense of continuity and coherence,” explain Rane and Tiwari.

The kitchen, dining and living areas flow sinuously into each other. The kitchen fabrication is by Makwana. The kitchen and its island counter is made in Neolith artificial stone and teak wood.

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Much attention to detail has been paid in the making of utilitarian objects and furniture such as partitions, tables, doors, handles carved in solid teak – all by the team at atArchitecture. With this, the measured use of reclaimed wood in certain spaces like the bedrooms adds a touch of sustainability.

The dining table folds and becomes a study table when needed.

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The master bedroom with plush teak interiors is sleek and simple, finished with white furnishings. While the solid teak flooring is by HKS, the wardrobes are reclaimed teak fabricated on site.

The smaller bedroom is in a monolithic lime shade with a floating wooden bed.

A dash of colour in a monochrome home, the common bathroom is finished in a salmon kota and ceramic Piccolo tiles.

The master bathroom is clad with kota finish in the dry areas and ceramic tiles from Piccolo in the wet areas – this combination is durable and practical. All the bathrooms are fitted with Hansgrohe and Duravit.

Tiwari and Rane deliberately chose a subtle tone of grey throughout the home, to balance out the intense sunlight that filters in through the windows on three sides. “This home is generously washed with air and light. The medium greys actually reduce the glare,” says Tiwari. “Complementary lime tones, instead of traditional whites, create a warm and inviting atmosphere,” he adds. And so a grey kota flooring is predominant throughout the home, except for the liminal spaces where yellow flooring in stone belonging to the same kota family is combined with Burma teak to create a low height circulation area that connects one space to another.