Friday, September 1, 2017

Every inch counts!

By Savitha Hira
Photography: Tejas Shah; courtesy the architect
Read Time: 1 min 30 secs 
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Ar. Parth Chitte uses design as a differentiator to enhance a compact 334 sq. ft. salon into a chic business proposal…

Small spaces command diligence and detail in design to authenticate business viability. Mihir’s Hair Studio in Vadodara, Gujarat, came with a list of requirements that exceeded not just the floorplan, but also the expectations of a booming business in a vicinity that already had many of its ilk.
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Staying in business is at one end of the spectrum and garnering business by blatantly luring clientele is at the other. Parth opted for the latter. He has not only opened the compact space with an intriguing ceiling design, but captures passers-by attention via the glass-fronted fa├žade that gives a tantalising glimpse of the interiors.
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Starting out by conceptualising a dramatic attention shift from the street, indoors – he designs the ceiling with exposed patterns and distorted light troughs that pop with bright colours, drawing eyes upwards from the streets, creating an illusion of height and depth. Having caught one’s attention despite its first-floor location, he proceeds to cull out an interior envelope that takes off from the same geometric distortions as complementary wall niches, angular furniture, stations reclaimed with edged mirrors… following a pattern in almost every function of the salon.
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Keeping the colour palette light and reflective, space is enhanced and an aesthetic use of mirrors at intervals, further augments it. Mood lighting is strategically introduced especially in the spa area, seemingly adding volume. Whilst the compactness and linearity of the space is effectively broken by the arresting ceiling, pops of colour in the products on display add a playful feel, making up for the functional neutrality of the interior - carefully anointed with P.U. coating, laminates, bevelled mirrors and toughened glass. A semi-leather finish in a soothing shade of pearl makes the final contribution to the soothing and refreshing ambience!

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Fact File:
Name of client: Sandeep Limbachiya
Design Firm: Chitte Architects
Principal Designer/Architect: Ar. Parth Chitte
Design Team:  Aishwarya Karve, Karan Patil, Vrushali Jadhav, Vishal Chitte, Parth Chitte and Devendra Chitte
Area: 334sqft.
Location: Channi Jakatnaka, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

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