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Friday, August 16, 2013

Living in Style

By Marina Correa
Photography: Courtesy the architect

Residential Project by Ar. Behzad Kharas of The BNK Group
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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…

Residential Project by Ar. Behzad Kharas of The BNK Group
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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.
 
Residential Project by Ar. Behzad Kharas of The BNK Group
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Residential Project by Ar. Behzad Kharas of The BNK Group
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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.
 
Residential Project by Ar. Behzad Kharas of The BNK Group
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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.

Residential Project by Ar. Behzad Kharas of The BNK Group
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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.

1 comment :

  1. I use a professional stylist routinely, on a home-interior shoot for the magazine features I produce: a really good stylist is an invaluable asset, bringing her (it's always a "her") own creativity to the props she brings and how she arranges them - in consultation with me, naturally. I would hate to do an important shoot without a stylist.
    I know too little of interior design to speak with authority, but I had not previously come across the notion that designers might work with a stylist: for the interior designers I know, it would be superfluous, since "styling" is an integral part of the designer's brief.
    I followed the link here, and I have to say this "high end residential project" in Mumbai is not to my taste! The text claims that "An opulent material vocabulary abounds but is handled with restraint and constancy," which is somewhat arguable to say the least: many would describe the interior shown as wildly OTT, kitsch, and tasteless - an exuberant, undisciplined over-use of clashing styles, garish finishes and incompatible materials... It would be an interesting challenge to photograph. In response to IAnD's discussion thread "What are the advantages of having a professional stylist assisting an interior designer?"

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