Friday, May 13, 2016

Multifunctional Spaces

By Sonal Mamoowala
Photography: Deepshikha Jain; courtesy Gesamt Design

plush living room with sliding cabinet

Komal Vasa of GESAMT Design renders a typical compact Mumbai apartment into an “emotion-arousing experience through coherent spatial design crafted with perceptible human energy.”

A trip with the family and an exercise in emotional responses to artwork is undertaken to help understand the family values, lifestyle and visual preferences for a headstart on conceptual designs.

plush living room
sliding walls

In response, emerges a solution, with a sensuous free-flowing space, powerful yet subtle, evoking intimacy and warmth for the integrated, introverted soulful ‘dream house’ desired by the family.

open plan living dining
dining area

Neat, simple straight lines rule this visually well-connected space for a total integration of different activities in the entire house. Segregation of certain areas for privacy is a matter of just sliding some panels into place! Knock-down walls create additional storage space cum dividers.

ethnic design elements

A neutral backdrop of whites, beiges and similar light colours on the floor, walls and ceiling, table tops and doors provides the perfect canvas for bright  multi-coloured accessories like cushions, table runners, lamps etc.; period-styled ethnic wooden furniture  adds warmth,  whilst  textured tapestry and the greenery around and within, pleases the eye.

ethnic and quirky curios as decor elements

Traditional Indian Kota stone against white PU-coated cabinets and patterned pastel coloured mosaic tiles enliven the kitchen. The children’s room comes alive with the paintings pinned on soft board and graffiti across the whiteboard-finished wardrobe shutters.  Vibrant soft furnishings add cheer.

Curios outsourced from the homemaker’s ancestral homes take one back in time, while modern artifacts narrate their travel tales.  Quirky knick-knacks scattered all over vie for a glimpse and closer look, lending a personal touch to the house.

vibrant children's bedroom full of ideas

However, illumination is the soul of this space - a fusion of eclectic chandeliers, indigenous light fixtures, antique pendants, wall brackets and of course modern concealed fittings, all sensitively juxtaposed to enhance the quality of the space and create a little drama too. A perfect retreat for the artistically-inclined explorers.


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