By Marina Correa
Photography: Courtesy the architect
Ar. Behzad Kharas of The BNK Group articulates a high-end residential project that pulsates with myriad design styles and a sumptuous material palette…
Besides the innate strength of optimum space planning, interior design is characterized by its aesthetic appeal; incorporated either as an integral element of design or as add-ons in terms of the décor. In this project, the design brief stressed on “opulence with storage aplenty” and uses the former approach to luxurious living…
As you step through the bevel-edged copper mirror and smoked-veneer main door, you are greeted by a passage with a champagne-leafed ceiling. A laser-cut vinyl sheet stuck onto bent glass and coated with gold makes for an eye-catching feature in the living room; this not only softens the edges but adds buoyancy to the volume.
An opulent material vocabulary abounds but is handled with restraint and constancy. For instance, one wall in the dining area is completely clad in onyx and back-lit – making it glow like a jewel in the night. Perlato chips and dark Emperador flooring is seen in the powder bathroom, while the paneling is done in various shades of veneer like walnut smoked, burl, venge and smoked ebony. Similarly, leather-clad walls - for the TV and Master bed, back-painted glass, laser-cut Corean, laser engravings in Teakwood, and a soft colour like beige used in varying degrees, is seen ubiquitously in the house.
Highlights include, bevel-edged veneer-over-veneer and mirror-over-mirror surface finishes, fabricated motifs, crystal studs, back-lighting, cove lighting, and alabaster and smooth Italian Bottocino marble amongst others.
Effecting strategic structural changes, specific niches are created for artefacts and a marble wall in the living area optimizes space in this 1,500 sq ft apartment, where the ambience pulsates with an animated play of light on the design features.