The brief for a duplex apartment for a couple and teenage son was to be inspired by a modern French style with a touch of lavishness. The design incorporates the old with the new. At the same time it lets unique pieces complement one another and stand together. It attempts to display an interior that has grown and been collected over the years.
A collection of subtly detailed wall panels of custom proportions define the classical idiom. These details repeat throughout the house while changing in material and colour as the space demands. While a common lineage defines the detailing of every room, each one has its own unique character as well. Often the differences are subtle, but sometimes they are dramatic. It emphasises the cohesive quality of each space. It turns this house into a collection full of rich experiences.
One of the most dramatic spaces in the apartment is the staircase. A sinuously curved timber clad staircase winds up 210 degrees to turn back at the landing. A white closed railing offset the deep blue panelled wall on the perimeter of the staircase. In a compact space a rich spatial experience becomes the central focus point of the house.
Each room is defined by encompassing architectural detail, material and colour scheme. An obsessive compulsion for symmetry has created a unique layout. The technique of modulating the leftover space in between self containing rooms, “the poché”, enables the symmetrical layout of internal elevations. However this in between space has not gone to waste in an apartment like this. In a city like Mumbai every square inch counts. Everywhere you will find hidden pockets, invisible doors, a secret bar or wine cooler, niches, cupboards or wardrobes to fully optimise the poché. However all these utilities are hidden from sight by the extensive and elegant millwork.
Apartment Design JNSH
Tardev, Mumbai, India
Interior, detail, poché
213 square meters
Interior design of an apartment for a couple and their young son
Ground floor Plan.
First floor Plan.
Looking up at the staircase winding its way with a contemporary chandelier adorning its place in the space.
The powder room is a dark space. A solid Nero Marquina marble wainscotting surrounds a patterned floor of small black diamonds and white squares.
Opening the doors to the dining room.
Twin doors from the Stair Hall
The bathroom floor combines three different marbles in a hexagonal mosaic floor in the shower. A switchable glass brings much needed natural light from the brightly lit bedroom into the bathroom space.
The walk in wardrobe in all surrounding louvered shutters. They are finished in a distressed white paint finish. A light from Ralph Lauren Home decks the ceiling and lights up the space elegantly.