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23 [ News & views ] 17 NEWS Kartell’s sumptuous sofa, Montegrappa’s collector item, Giorgetti’s parasol, Mikasa’s hardwood veneer, Keha Casa’s treasure of bathroom products... designs to blow your mind

20 ART Senior artist Lalu Prasad Shaw unveils his first sculptural show, Priya Ravish Mehra talks about her latest show, while you feast your eyes on designs fashioned out of cement

73 Environment Day Special As climate change becomes more real than ever, find out what you can do at macro and micro levels to reduce it

170 AT HOME WITH Bengaluru girl Spandana Gopal on setting up her studio inspired by Indian designs,Tiipoi, in London 6 I Livingetc June 2017

22 TREND Marble Marble and its myriad patterns are on many a designer’s mind... see our compilation of designs to believe it!

23 THE SHOPPING EDIT Neutral White From cool classics to fun


contemporary pieces – check out our selection for the purist within

39 DECORATING ETC Rough Cut Forget the trad look – this season’s timber furniture and accessories feature unusual grains and finishes

47 SHOPPING ETC Ways with grey Move over beige, Parisienne grey is the new neutral – from ceiling to wall, flooring to furniture and to accessories!

57 DECORATING ETC Global print Give your space an edgy, cosmopolitan vibe with funky African motifs, hot Latino patterns and sensual oriental designs

65 BUYER’S GUIDE Flooring What goes on down below should be high up on your priorities. Make the right choice with the help of our extensive research


COVER OV STORIES Our cover stories are highlighted by a spot. Cover photography: Max Zambeli


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26 [ Modern Homes s] 26 MIAMI NICE A Floridaa apartment is designed with a cocktail of colour and pop-art styling to reflect the vibe of beach-side


82 A SLICE OF HISTORY Eleonore Cavalli and Marco blend art, fashion and design in their Milan home that embodies the values and aesthetics of their label, Visionnaire 91 A LITTLE PATCH OF SKY Rahoul and Lakshmi give a nod to their beautiful surroundings in their New Delhi home that celebrates outdoor living 102 THE WHITE HOUSE Jo and

[ Edited Choice ] 38 Candle stands Wax eloquent in the glimmer of these stick holders

56 Coffee machines Smart and efficient machines that get the day started 132 Shower heads Let it rain like never before 8 I Livingetc June 2017

Charlie’s white-on-white home by the river in British Berkshire, stuns with its neutral appeal

110 A LIGHTER SHADE OF PALE Despite living with four children and two dogs, Raegan and Markos feature elegant white with arty twists in their Brooklyn apartment

119 NEUTRAL ZONE As an antidote to her high-octane job, Rebecca designed her Scandi-white-meets-luxe apartment with calm in mind





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130 [ Design Ideas ]




[ Food & Travel ] 154 SUMMER COOLERS

Check out the latest designs, including those for your bathrooms, that have hit the market


139 PROJECT INSPIRATION Bathrooms that inspire A palatial space that bathes you in luxury, a soothing spa, a quiet sanctuary... whatever that you covet, there are enough clues here to pick up



Summer drinking goes ballistic with these easy-to-prep refreshing concoctions

home decor destinations, the architect and designer talks about his latest project


130 DESIGN NEWS 133 DESIGN PROFILE Vikram Phadke Known for designing luxe


Connect with Nature in the purest way at these eco-resorts spread across the world

165 WEEKEND ESCAPE Explore a 300-year-old fort, get a glimpse into ancient treasures and bird watch from the lap of modern luxury at this heritage hotel

166 CITYETC Discover and relish the rare and exotic blends in the best tea rooms of Mumbai

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EDITORIAL EDITOR Philip Mathew SENIOR ASSISTANT EDITOR & DIRECTOR Riyad Mathew EDITOR-IN-CHARGE Mridula Sharma Deputy Editor-in-Charge Malati Kallapur Vijay Art Editor Jayakrishnan M T Asst Art Editor Prerna Jha Artist B Manojkumar, Sujesh K Editorial Coordinator Rinaa Peter Contributor (Mumbai) Pavitra Parekh Online & Social Media Ranjunee Chakma

BUSINESS OFFICES Vice President Marketing, Advertising Sales Varghese Chandy Deputy General Manager, Marketing Oommen P Tharakan New Delhi Chief Marketing Officer (North) and Head Special Projects R Rajmohan Senior Manager, Marketing Supreet Singh Bedi Mumbai Resident Chief General Manager Marketing Shree Kumar Menon Head (Sales), Luxury Magazines Parna Chatterjee Assistant Manager, Marketing Shine Joseph Chennai Regional Chief General Manager, Marketing Suresh K C Manager, Marketing John Sudhir Abraham Bangalore Regional Chief General Manager, Marketing Ranjit Kurian Senior Manager, Marketing Praveen Gopinathan For marketing inquiries: +9895395097

Agnello, Bartender, LIMA restaurant Your morning fix... The gym Music—classical or rock....? Classical What is the latest thing you did for your pad... Installed a hi-tec music system. The last book you read.... ‘Che’ (Ernesto) Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries

CIRCULATION Chief General Manager, Sales & Distribution Anand Mathew

EDITORIAL OFFICE Andhra Vanitha Mandali Building, 2, Azad Bhavan Road, Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi-110 002, India, Telephone: 011-23370930, Fax: 011-23370020, email:

BUREAU Mumbai-022-22004358 Bengaluru-080-22867050/22867345 Kolkata-033-24198344 Chennai-044-28190132 Hyderabad-040-23324692

CIRCULATION Bangalore: 080-22247735, Bhopal: 0755-2557937, Chandigarh: 0172-2724699, Chennai: 044-43181402/43181405 Coimbatore: 0422-2241911/ 2245470, Delhi: 011-23379718/23379719 Hyderabad: 040-23314168, Kolkata: 033-24198233 Lucknow: 0522-2341576, Mumbai: 022-24901331/39495969 Patna: 0612-2233809, Jaipur: 0141-2368360

Dipendra Bartender, NRI restaurant Your morning fix... Yoga Music—classical or rock... Rock What is the latest thing you have done to your pad... Built it new! The last you read... Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat

SUBSCRIPTIONS Manager, Circulation, Malayala Manorama, PB No. 4278, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi-686 036 Kerala, India. Cell: +919895395024 Printed at Rajhans Enterprises, 134, 4th Main, Industrial Town, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru and published from Manorama Buildings, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi-682 036 by Jacob Mathew, on behalf of the Malayala Manorama Co.Ltd., Kottayam - 686001. Editor: Philip Mathew.



LIVINGETC UK EDITOR Suzanne Imre INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR Lisa Fenner-Leitao, 2017 All Rights reserved. Livingetc is a registered trademark of Time Inc UK

Summer drinking goes ballistic with these easy-to-prep refreshing concoctions Cooler preparations/Agnello & Dipendra at LIMA & NRI restaurants, BKC, Mumbai Photography/Divine Food Photography by Payal Choksi

Mango Batida * 45ml Cachaca * half a fresh mango * 20ml raspberry puree * 1 scoop ice cream * 30ml fresh cream * Blend with 3 to 4 cube of ice

In a cocktail blender, blend the mango and raspberry puree. Add the Cachaca to this and pulse it. Add 3-4 ice cubes and blend further. Add the ice cream and cream and pulse once more. Pour it into a brandy balloon glass. Garnish with raspberry puree drops and fresh mango cubes. Serve chilled.

Emandem * 45ml Tequila * 20ml green melon juice * 1 wedge fresh melon *half a slice mango *melon ball for garnish *crushed ice

In a cocktail blender, blend the mango and melon wedge. Add Tequila and melon juice to this and pulse in the blender. Add crushed ice and pulse once more. Pour it into a margarita glass. Garnish with melon ball. Serve chilled.

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Happy Homes


sense of humour is all that it takes to transcend the mood in a home. It is perhaps for this reason that the ‘quirky’ is everywhere. Like in everything else, the differentiator is the trick of pulling off the quirky. One name that sits tall in this category is Nendo’s Oki Sato. The way Oki introduces humour into everyday products is a matter of sheer delight. To describe his style the word that comes to mind is ‘cerebrally funny’ which is quite different from being witty. The perfection in execution of design is a matter of yet another excellence. His tongue-in-cheek approach stays clear of trivialising. When it is not humour, he lends his finesse to modernise traditional crafts, as seen in the rug series, done in Rajasthan.

Nendo’s designs never fail to bring a smile Seen here, the latest from ‘Tent’ series; set of tables for Cappellini; and a rug crafted in Rajasthan.

In this issue we celebrate homes that exude warmth and cheer and have a happy vibe. We also take a hard look at how we can make our built environment more eco-friendly. Time has come for harsh measures and we can no longer pretend that the issue is not a grave one. Efforts, from macro to the micro level, need to be enforced. We spoke to five different people who are actively involved in their respective spheres to make the difference. From designing corporate buildings to using yarn made from pet bottles to conducting research on banana fibre which apparently has antiseptic properties, they share with us their take on how we can contribute ‘our little bit’ towards the cause. In the Travel section, this month, find eco lodges that combine luxury with environment responsibility and indulge in cooling concoctions to breeze through hot summer days. All this and more…

Mridula Sharma, EDITOR-IN-CHARGE

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The spring prints in pastel and rounded contours of the Largo sofa by Kartell create a soothing and relaxing vibe. It’s a modular system of sofas of various sizes designed for flexible composition. Its generous proportions add to its comfort quotient. (

Bag it With its exquisite design, the Montegrappa pen is a collector’s delight. (montegrappa. com)

[Chill factor] With its light structure in white, the Mirto outdoor lounge chair is a picture of relaxation . ‘Idea was to give it the same quality as high-end furniture,’ says designer Antonio Citterio. (

WHITE BEAUTY We are intrigued by the inspiration ffor this classic beauty, named Nanook. It’s named after the master bear that decides the fate of hunters in the Arctic regions! (

Quirky lamps Curious are the shapes and forms great design minds think up! You will agree with us when you see these Kartell Aledin LED table lamps. (

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PA STEL COOL With its soothing shades, this kids room by MYA by MAB helps your tots relax instantly. Its space-saving layouts pack in beds, desks, chairs, wall units, wardrobes and accessories neatly. (


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The Giorgetti Gea Parasol comes with a 360-degree swivel frame. Its structure is made of protected stainless steel and is powdercoated in carob colour. The perforated cloth for outdoor use is removable and guarantees breath-ability. (

Timetoadd somemeasured elegancetoyourlook.The LonginesConquestQuartz stainlesssteelwatchallowsyouto dothatwithoutmuchfuss. (

Chip of the new block We are impressed by the unusual texture of the chip jug by HIIH, a design-led brand founded by interior designer Reshma Chhabria Kumar. `2,680 plus taxes (

GLORIOUS VEINS Distressed is the flavour of the season, so here you have distressed oak veneer by Mikasa showing off its glorious veins. They only offer hardwood veneers that defy age. (

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COOL COCOON Inspired by the Namib desert, this cocoon-like two-seater sofa is conceived to offer protection from the elements. Made of wood and satin cotton, it employs a classic design. (




@Bengaluru # WE ’RE ADMIRING the feeling of grandiose conveyed through a simplistic transparent design. The re is more than n just a thing to be noticed at every turn of the head, from wall and floor tiles, the ceiling lights and not forgetting the e sanitary-ware the store’s raison d’etre. #WE’RE EXCITED that these art pieces for our bathroomss are so much closer home. Art pieces, yes,that is what the curated collection at Keha Casa is all about—the gorgeous looking pieces from leading international brands will be available right here.

# WE’RE NODDING at the way sanitary-ware is becoming more of a ‘lifestyle thing’ than a mere utility based category. That our bathrooms are truly becoming ‘glamour rooms’. Soon we will have a new name for them.

Regal touch Go for an opulent addition to your bar with this Adarsh Gill ice bucket in sterling silver. (adarshgill. com)

A simple bedframe is combined with a headboard made of woven, large strip hide in tthis Cestone bed, giving it a unique character. Cestone tables can easily become handy side units. (

# WE ’RE HAPPY THATthe store is in the heart of the city. We won’t need to drive out to the suburbs to get our design fix. That the Bengalureans and those from surrounding areas will not have to jet-set to Mumbai for the latest in the market, because they have their own and better. # WE ’RE TAPPING OUR FEET for Antonio Lupi bath tub, for the Introverso wash-basin by Paolo Ulian which has to be broken-to-shape (the new kind of de-re-constructivism) and GiovanniBarbieri’s fun 3-D surface tiles. # WE CAN’T PEEL OURSELVES AWAY FROM the Devon& Devon signature parlour-cum-bathroom look. We could easily grab a magazine and spend an hour here; from Sicis’ new size and shape of gold tiles; and the new azure shade and shape of wall mosaic tiles.

[Keep guessing] Is the vase leaning against the panel, or vice-a-versa? That’s the idea of the design by Akihiro Yoshida– to create ambiguity . The two elements together achieve a beautiful equilibrium.(

# WE ’RE IN LOVE WITH the glass staircase that sits in the middle of the store like a grand old lady beckoning one and all. # WE ’RE WAITING to see what the next round of art show is going to be about! June 2017 Livingetc I 19




hen a senior artist like Lalu Prasad Shaw unveils his first show of sculptures, it evinces much curiosity. Much like his paintings, his sculptures capture the essence of the middleclass Bengali community that he is surrounded by in Kolkata where he lives. And with their perfect contours and evocative mood, the sculptures strike a chord. Titled Babu and Bibi, the collection encompasses 12 Limited Edition line of lifesized bronze sculptures. ‘In my 60-year career as an artist, I’ve tried my hand at many mediums and tested my artistic boundaries in various ways. I’m influenced by the daily lives of ordinary people around me. For sometime now, I have been thinking, how about bringing these two-dimensional characters to life by giving them a three-dimensional form and structure?’ says the 80-year-old artist.

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Sculpture is not a new medium for him though. While teaching at the Krishnanagar School in the early 1960s, he would teach his students clay modelling and he had even created a few models. After moving to Shantiniketan, he created scrap metal sculptures for the Nandan Mela. Though painting and print-making had become his main stay, he created a sculpture, `Gandhare’ for the show at CIMA Art Gallery and some sculptures for Society of Contemporary Artists Art Camps. ‘Beyond that, I had not had the time or opportunity to pursue it,’ says the artist, who has participated in prestigious international shows. These are, to name a few, the second British Biennale in London, 1970, two Norwegian Print Biennales in 1974 and 1978, the seventh Paris Biennale in 1971 and the second Asian Art Biennale hosted by Bangladesh in 1984. His works are a part of permanent collections of various institutions like the Birla Academy in Calcutta and the Art Forum in Singapore. These sculptures reinforce his belief that ‘art needn’t be realistic, but it absolutely must be truthful’. Presented by Prashant Tulsyan and curated by Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, the show closed at Gallery 7, Mumbai, recently.

Artist Lalu Prasad Shaw (far left) and some of his sculptures from the Babu and Bibi collection




Artist Priya Ravish Mehra and her work, Untitled – Palm bark with daphne pulp, from her Presence in Absence


CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Cement jewellery; basket and jar; side table; leaf tray; bar stool and honey comb lantern


ement is the hottest new medium of expression for creativity. With Craft Béton, a range of functional art pieces, launched by Dalmia Bharat, the basic building material b of modern times takes on an artistic dimension o and becomes aspirational. Beautifully shaped a lleaf tray, dainty jewellery, funky soap dispenser and toothbrush holder, trendy platters, knives a a and knife holders, jars, containers, stylish lights and clocks, fully functional and elegant furniture a p pieces... the versatile ways in which cement can be moulded, cast and shaped is astounding. It b changes your perception of the material forever. c The creative minds behind these fine art pieces are Iti Tyagi, founder of Crafts Village, New Delhi; Somesh Singh, senior adviser, CoCreando, Italy, and former Director of Institute of Apparel Management, both from India, celebrated sculptor Mirslow Baca from Poland and award-winning industrial designer Alan Saga from Mexico. With their background in art and design, they bring to life the grey material into stunning objects of desire. The over 50 high-end luxury products ranging from lifestyle to home to accessories – were created at a residential programme at Craft Village, New Delhi. The Craft Béton Collection 2017 is available online for purchase at

atural fibres of cloth and paper fuse together with no trace of individual existence forming a new idiom of symbiosis in the mixed media works of Priya Ravish Mehra. Her latest show, Presence in Absence at Gallery Threshold, is inspired by the traditional darning method, rafoogari. ‘These works are based on an ongoing stage of my personal journey. I use the metaphor of visible and invisible rafoogari/traditional darning to invoke sudden, unexpected and violent rupture in our daily experience of the apparently stable order of things,’ says Priya. As a kid, she was introduced to the beauty of textiles when antique Kashmir kani shawls and other precious fabrics were brought to her family home in the north Indian town of Najibabad by local rafoogars, expert darners. She began creating woven fabrics in the tapestry technique. ‘My early tapestries were inspired by nature, they followed a formal order and innate symmetries,’ says Priya. She then moved on to study the art of the rafoogars, who, through their mastery of the woven pieces, reconstructed the original form using invisible stitches. ‘My initial smooth, harmonious aesthetic then developed into a phase of narration via open warps to express my increasing sense of the ambiguity, unpredictability, as well as unforeseen possibility, inherent to the pattern of any life,’ she says. In her current work, she uses fibre from the stem of a plant, the bark of a tree, the nest of birds and cocoon. ‘There is a thorough symbiosis – they completely inhabit the paper and vanish into the cloth, leading to an organic fusion,’ she says of her mesmerising creations. Untitled – indigo fabric with paper pulp (left) and Untitled – palm stem with daphne pulp

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MARBLE Of late marble and its myriad patterns have been on many a designer’s mind. We love it for two big enough reasons - one, that it lends a quiet luxe touch, no matter which one you use, black or white. Every other colour in between has a special mood to convey. Secondly, for the unpredictable patterns that are thrown up either in its natural form or in marbling as a printing process. Though traditionally a Japanese art, marbling started as a hobby in 1965, at the Aurob d bindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which is now a specialised d business activity. In fashion, the ease of the patte ern lends itself well to the ready-to-wear lines of seve eral fashion houses including Jill Sanders and Stella McCartney. Making use of technological advancements in material handling, of late, many renowned interior designers and fashion forward furniture companies are excelling in creating stunning products with itt. This h is one case of arguing whether the egg or the chick came first. Was it fashion that influenced interiors s, or was it a building material that influenced fashion? ?

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NEUTRAL WHITE From timeless cool classics to fun contemporary pieces, our selection for the purist within

SFERA shower, `85,000, Fima i a

Chiara planter, `30,000, Idus

Tent table, price on request, Nendo

Instax mini camera, `5000, FujiďŹ lm

Tic-tac storage, price on request, Campeggi

D Doubleu bags, `3,499, Woodland W

Iride cocktail table, `2,36,197, Roche Bobois

Cuscino Bianca, outdoor bench price on request, ALL+ Orchid Lamp, `76,528 approx, Axolight

Stripe cushion, `1,150, Nicobar June 2017 Livingetc I 23

NEUTRAL WHITE Origami radiator, Tubes,

Rug, Gabbeh, Deco owers, `1,995, Tresorie

Armilia, price on request, Venetia Studium

LP CITE, `1,29,000 Loius Poulsen at Vis-A-Vis

Eddie egg cup, `1,280,Ikka Dukka Buddha statue , `1,500 onwards,Tresorie Figaro, price on request, Devon&Devon

Coffee table, price on request, Ashley at Dash Square

Kettle burner, Royal Mousseline, `800,Tresorie

Garden daybed, Fast,

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Electa, `1,51,973, Calligaris at Studio Creo


miami NICE David designed his Florida apartment with a cocktail of colour and pop-art styling to reflect the vibe of beachside living Photography ⁄ Matthew Williams 26 I Livingetc June 2017


Words ⁄ Andréa Childs

* Indian research ⁄ Rinaa Peter

HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS David Stark, an event producer, and his husband Migguel Anggelo, a performer and artist. THE PROPERTY A third-storey apartment in Miami. There’s an open-plan living/dining area/kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, guest bedroom and bathroom, WC and large terrace with an outdoor kitchen.

LI V ING A R E A Vibrant colour punctuates the space, which features curtains and cactus sculptures in an eye-popping acid green – a signature shade of David’s. Get the look Find a similar glass table at Indi Store and colourful cactus sculptures at Scarlet Splendour. Try Jaipur Rugs for a striped rug like this one.

wanted a sunny, happy, casual beach house, where you can sit on the sofa in your swimsuit and throw your feet up on the coffee table,’ says David Stark about this Miami apartment, his Florida home. (He and his husband Migguel Anggelo divide their time between here and an apartment in Brooklyn.) ‘I love, love, love New York, but I don’t care for it in the winter, so this place was conceived as a warm, tranquil escape from the cold. But then I found I liked it all year round. It feels like a glamorous, tropical defence to New York. My shoulders drop the instant I get on the plane to come here.’ David is one of the Big Apple’s top event producers: the go-to guy for a beyond-fabulous party. For a Huffington Post ball, he designed jumbo laptops with live Twitter feeds for the 3,000 guests; for The Metropolitan Opera’s 125th anniversary, he suspended giant graphics of theatre programmes from the ceilings; for a children’s charity gala, he created towering trees from Post-it notepads. That showmanship is there in his private space (spot the huge white cactus sculpture), but it’s toned down for a more laid-back, liveable vibe. ‘It’s harder to create an impact for myself,’ he says, laughing. ‘An event is more theatrical and the design decisions I make last for six hours versus ten years in my own home. Ultimately, my goals are the same; it’s just that my strategies are different. I want to create an environment unlike any other; with layers of interest; where you don’t see everything all at once. It’s one part about desires and dreams and one part about the architecture. I take my cues from the space itself.’ The space is a two-bedroom apartment built eight years ago on Miami’s Bayside. (‘The beach is where the tourists go.’) David spotted the development just as construction was nearing completion and was able to take his pick of the properties. ‘I fell for the apartment’s terrace, which wraps around the corner and is as large as the entire interior. It was all about that indoor-outdoor experience for me.’ From the start, he was determined that his home was going to look different from his neighbours’ places. ‘There’s a look in Miami that comes from Philippe Starck’s designs for the Delano hotel. Everyone has white sheer drapes! I set out to find ways to bring in beach culture and colour.’ It was also important that this Miami apartment looked distinct from his home in New York . ‘That’s more subtle and refined, decorated in muted shades of grey, cream and ivor y. This is definitely more casual; the slip covers on the sofa are made from towelling. I couldn’t throw my New York fabrics in the washer! What remains constant is a sense of proportion, layering and texture. I think of it like having clothing for different occasions. My homes are just dressed up differently.’ Here in Miami, his starting point was the Marimekko fabric for the curtains in the main living space – deckchair stripes with an added squiggle. ‘That bright lizard green is a signature colour for me,’ David says, ‘but I also spent a lot of time thinking about what would work with the sandy-coloured floor, which was already laid in the apartment. Neutral tones and the white walls stop the bright colours looking too shrill and circusy.’ It’s not all Day-Glo and technicolour. There’s a small hall behind the dining area and between the two bedrooms that David’s painted a brown so deep, it could almost be black. ‘I’m a big believer that every home should have a dark space,’ he says. ‘It makes the bright spaces even brighter and the transitions between them more dramatic.’ David admits to taking the lead on home design, but says that Migguel’s artwork, such as his chairs made from pegs or matchsticks, elevates the look to a whole new level. ‘I set the scene and he layers in his magical moments,’ he says. ‘Our home is a collage. It starts with a big idea, but there’s always something new to add to the picture.’ See David’s work at

HOMES / ETC LI V ING A R E A ‘I love the open-plan layout,’ says David. ‘In New York, we live in tight, compressed spaces, so I was attracted to the flow of the room and its relationship with the outside.’ He had the sofa covers made from towelling, so he and Migguel can flop on them in their swim shorts. Get the look A sofa like this one can be customised at Red Blue Yellow. Find a similar pendant light at Lightbox.

DETA IL A birdcage, painted citrus yellow, takes on a new life as a storage place for ceramics. Next to it is one of Migguel’s chair artworks – it’s covered in thousands of coloured drawing pins. Get the look Find antique birdcages on eBay.

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HOME TRUTHS What superpower would you like to have? It’s a toss-up between extraordinary intelligence and special healing powers. Greatest fear? I don’t know if it’s my absolute worst fear, but I’m not wild about squirrels. Tip for the best party? A good host who makes the effort to introduce guests and keep the conversation flowing. Describe your style in three words. Fearless, refined and playful. Favourite book? Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Who would play you in a film of your life? Migguel says Kevin Spacey.


‘I’m never in a rush to “finish” because there’s always more to add. Homes should be living, evolving spaces’

DINING A R E A Most meals are eaten on the terrace, but this striking woven metal-mesh table is there to be used on the rare cool days. Get the look The green Wishbone chairs are by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, available at Defa Solutions. The table lamp is a vintage find.

K ITCHEN The simple units and island were in place when David moved in. He added graphic purple wallpaper and home-made artwork and now the effect is anything but minimal. Get the look Find similar bar stools at Anemos.

K ITCHEN DETA IL ‘I made these cans for a pop-up store we created for US retailer Target,’ says David. ‘Each can’s “flavour” represents one of the partnerships with designers that Target has done over the years.’ Get the look Get stainless steel cabinets custom-made at Arttd’nox. June 2017 Livingetc I 31


‘My style comes from an interest in the handmade, a sense of texture, layering and proportion from deep within me’

M A STER BEDROOM DETA IL ‘Migguel adds his magical moments to the décor with his artwork,’ says David.

M A STER BEDROOM The décor is dialled down in this room, which takes its colour cue from the ocean and sky of Miami Beach – via the green and black tones of the curtains. Get the look Find a similar floor lamp at Apartment9. Geometric rugs can be found at Jaipur Rugs.

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M A STER BEDROOM A relaxed, holiday vibe is maintained throughout the apartment, as shown here by the Post-it Notes on the wall, used to create a personal message. Get the look Find a similar table lamp at Ivanka. Check out Furniturewalla for a similar bed-side table.



A message from David and Migguel on a board above the bed gives their friends and family a warm welcome when they come to stay. Get the look Find similar curtain fabric at Seasons. The bed linen is from Pottery Barn Kids. The table is from Ikea.

Tall, lush plants make this a cool green haven. ‘I’d wanted a place in Miami for years and when I saw this terrace, I knew I’d found what I wanted,’ says David. ‘It doubles the size of the apartment and is my tropical escape from New York.’ Get the look Check out World Bazaar for a range of hammocks and Nurturing Green for plants and planters.





The huge terrace that doubles the size of the living space, with luxuriant tropical plants that create a micro-environment on the doorstep. Surfer-style Day-Glo colours that give a new take on coastal-inspired interiors. Heavy hits of brown-black in the kitchen and hallway that add depth to the scheme. The holiday vibe and fun-house humour of the accessories. Post-it Note art, faux cacti and plastic fried eggs? You betcha. Disco-mix patterns – all polka dots, stripes and squiggles – that layer interest on to a plain background.







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Fun polka dots, stripes, faux cacti and super cool spaces brimming with humour HOMES / ETC

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THE OWNERS David Stark, an event producer, and his husband Migguel Anggelo, a performer and artist. THE PROPERTY A third-storey apartment in Miami. There’s an open-plan living/dining area/kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, guest bedroom and bathroom, WC and large terrace with an outdoor kitchen.


Vibrant colour punctuates the space, which features curtains and cactus sculptures in an eye-popping acid green – a signature shade of David’s. Get the look Find similar glass table at Indi Store. Find similar catus at Scarlet Splendour. Exotic Green at GK-1 has a range of cactus plants. Try Jaipur Rugs for stirpe rug like this.

d designed his Florida apartment with f colour and pop-art styling to reflect be of beachside living y ⁄ Matthew Williams


Words ⁄ Andréa Childs


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Oak plank, `250 per sqft, Pergo; blue wallpaper, `120 per sqft onwards,; smoke blue white rug, `16,000 Jaipur Rugs

CLOCK WISE FROM FAR LEFT Chimney, `16,990, Pigeon; stripe rug, `16,000, Jaipur Rugs; hanging lamp, price on request, Moooi at Lightbox; hammock, `75,000, World Bazaar; cake stand with cloche, `2,000, Elvy Lifestyle; glass lamp, `22,626, Apartment9; planter, `1,200, Greenish; Carl & Hansen chair, price on request, Moroso at Defa Solutions

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CANDLE STANDS Wax eloquent in the glimmer of these stick holders ers

Twisted, `12,000 for set of 3, Tresorie

Rose candle stand, `2,695, Elvy Lifestyle 38 I Livingetc June 2017

Black & Gold, price on request, Apartment9

Tanjore , `6,800, Goodearth

Golden twine, price on request, Visionnaire

Silver, `2,200, Episode

Bougeoir, price on request, Lalique

Silver stand , `10,732, The Great Eastern Home


Crystal, `4,500 Tresorie


ROUGH CUT Forget about trad looks – this season’s timber furniture and accessories feature unusual grains and offbeat finishes Photography – Paul Massey Styling – Hannah Franklin Indian Research –Rinaa Peter



Chop chop Raw leather and alder wood work an artisan vibe – perfect lines are strictly out to lunch DETAILS Find similar breadboards, `990 onwards, Sham Di Hatti or CCDS Shop. Find similar a neem pencil, `50 onwards, Anand Stationers. Find similar bowls, `2,300 onwards, INV Home; Expedition glasses, `1,299 each, Decathlon. For similar pocket knife, `2,000 onwards, check out Victorinox. For a similar toy, `500 onwards, try Funskool at Babyoye. Baker’s scoop, `375 onwards, CCDS Shop. Artificial plant, `300 onwards, June 2017 Livingetc I 39


Stripe show This bamboo pendant raises the style stakes a notch or two – its irregular shape adds extra edge WALLS Rotvik pendant light, `3,732 approx, Plank dining table can be customised at Red Blue & Yellow. Find a similar chair, `6,499, at Inliving. Patola PDG64507 wallpaper in Celadon, `7,382 per 10m roll, Palsini collection at Designers Guild available at F&F. Curtains made in Antica whitewash cotton-mix, `10,780 approx, Romo at VFM Designs.On dining table Flask and water bottles, `1,000 onwards,Appliances India. Wooden trivets, `2,700, 40 I Livingetc June 2017

Solid style A smoked-oak table and burnt-wood bench are teamed with an angled chair. Let’s not play it straight‌ WALLS As previous page. FURNITURE Plank dining table can be customised at Red Blue & Yellow. Find similar solid wood chairs, `6,499; solid wood bench, `12,399; solid wood stools, `3,500, all at Inliving. DETAILS Pendant lights from Bocci, `47,839 approx, Lightbox. Wave vase, `3,069 approx, BoConcept. Find a similar Ikat rug at Carpet Cellar.


Techno craft Thought this stool was sculpted by hand? Think again – it’s digitally designed and laser cut. Had us fooled… FURNITURE Customised saddle stool, Differniture Studio. DETAILS For hand-knotted carpet viscose and polyester rug, check out Cocoon Fine Rugs. Chopping board, `990, Kamala, the Craft Store of Crafts Council of India. Hip flasks, `849 each onwards, Happily Unmarried. Pocket knife, `2,000 onwards, Victorinox. 42 I Livingetc June 2017

Deep impact Steam-bent furniture goes large with oversized cushions – echo the sofa’s design with a curvaceous screen WALLS as before. FURNITURE find a similar nest sofa in beechwood at Warisan. Screen can be customised at NG’s Designs. Get wood block stools customised at Knock On Wood. DETAILS Colour Essentials woven fabric for cushions and sofa, price on request, Season’s. Find a similar wall mirror with fused and back silvered glass, price on request, Stanley boutique. Find a similar bronze chandelier with candle holder, `17,500, at Anemos. Tripod wood floor lamp, `9,974, Chess set, `7,500 Designer Collectibles Studio. Rug, `14,000, The Rug Republic. For customised giant knitting needles check out Artesenia at Mehar Chand Market.


Good morning! An egg and soldiers brekky in bed is a breeze with a stylish side table that includes a removable tray WALLS Get a similar customised wall panel at Spacewood. FURNITURE ICS side table, `57,895 approx, Porada at Metzli Design. Stilt toast rack, `3,308 approx, LSA International at FCML. Everyday egg cup, `300 onwards, Elvy. Cobalt tray, `1,200, Appliances India. Customised wooden headboard – check with Knock on Wood. Solid wood breakfast table, `5,000 onwards, Fabindia. Find similar natural linen king-size duvet, `16,541 onwards, Hugo Boss Home at Surprise Home Linen. Ballpoint pen, `7,500, William Penn. Toy soldiers, `400 onwards, Funskool. 44 I Livingetc June 2017

Bark up Varied textures on the wall, oor and on furnishings create interest WALL Wall panel as before. FURNITURE Headboard as before. Find a similar light, `6,500, at Ivanka Lumiere. Naxpa stool, `61,535 approx, Terry Dwan for Riva 1920 at Zolijns. Curtains made in Lizong NCF4160-02 velevt in lime, `7,361 approx per m, Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little available at F&F. Find similar trunks at Nappa Dori.

Hero status This tall, dark and handsome cabinet features hand-scorched cladding – playing with fire never seemed so cool WALLS As previous page. FURNITURE Get a similar customised charred wood cabinet at Differniture. Oscar coat stand, `64,429 onwards, Cattelan Italia available at Idus. Find a similar upholstered daybed at Sarita Handa. DETAILS Knitted woollen shawl, `6,990 onwards, Fabindia. Find a similar classical wooden bust at Asian Treasures. Stone flower pots, `1,800 onwards, Stone Art. Silk curtain, price on request, Zynna. Tweed rug, `4,500 onwards, Qaaleen.



WAYS WITH GREY Move over beige, Parisienne grey is the new neutral. All the way from the ceiling, to walls, flooring, furniture and accessories.


Styling ⁄ Mridula Sharma ✳ assisted by Devika Diwan & Rinaa Peter✳ Photography ⁄ Arya Arora

Eclectic vibe The story travels a long route with marbled leather coffee tables, floor paper, the buttoned seat and wall cladding gathering for a bit of green cheer. FURNITURE, Bunching coffee table set, covered in grey marbled leather, `2,53,000; Portside Cafe. Slipper chair, `49,975, Iqrup+Ritz. Sola chair, `38,926, The Hidden Gallery. Sofa `3,00,000; Console large by Momenti, `79,375; Console small by Momenti, `53,500, all from Ottimo. DETAILS Leather lamp, `8,200; lampshade, `1,000, both from Portside Cafe. Fazor mirror large, `24,846; Fazor mirror small, `20,705, both from The Hidden Gallery. Cow head artwork, `35,000, Devika Diwan. Storage boxes, `1,290 each, Muji. Leather bag, `2,800, Portside Cafe. June 2017 Livingetc I 47


Green up Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? FURNITURE Glass table, `2,50,000, Ottimo. Leather chair, `29,000, Portside Cafe. DETAILS Leather bag, `3,800, Portside Cafe. Clay planter, `20,000, Hidden Gallery. Platina side plate, `1,050 each; Platina dinner plate, `1,650 each, oval platter, `3,950; Sherry glass, `5,895 for set of 6; Flute glass, `7,020; Grey tumbler, `4,595 for set of 6; Cutlery, `18,995; all from INV Home. Grey and gold table runner, `3,590; Napkins, `1,550; Napkin ties, `2,800, all from Shades Of India. 48 I Livingetc June 2017


Swish splash Sometimes all you need is a narrow patch over the cooking counter to make your style statement FURNITURE Kitchen, price on request, by Aster Cucine, available at Ottimo. Sola chair as before. DETAILS Basket, `2,790; Sauce Pan, `4,490; Acacia bowl large, `1,990; bowl medium, `1,490; bowl small, `1,290, all from Muji. Dew drop large, `16,900; dew drop medium, `12,700, both from Portside Cafe.

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Farm to table No apologies for feeling sheltered by this contrived flora FURNITURE Chair as before. DETAILS Crockery as before. Table runner as before. 50 I Livingetc June 2017

Green equals happy ‘Touches of greenery can be very uplifting’, so say the researchers. We are not arguing the point FURNITURE Kitchen as before. Canvas pouffe, `29,500, Portside Cafe. DETAILS Cutlery as before. Vases, `3,800, Ottimo. Sauce Pan as before. Toy bicycle, `3,000, Devika Diwan.

Straight thinking For those suffering from nostalgia, the wall panels are back FURNITURE Wing sofa, `4,99,000; Swivel chair, `1,71,500, Wooden table, `3,00,000, Side table, `45,000, all from Ottimo. DETAILS Opium cushion, `2,999; Tray, `6,599, both from Casa Pop. Blue cushion, `1,450, NUR. Blue cushion, `4,975, Iqrup+Ritz. Flat weave rug, `13,500, Hands Carpets. Blue ceramic vase, price on request, Iqrup+Ritz. Round vase with lid, `9,000, INV Home. Book-end, `6,500, Furniture Library.


All in a bag Interchangeability gets a new meaning when a briefcase becomes the desk and vice versa FURNITURE Study desk, `1,14000, Portside Cafe. Grey door by Lualdi, price on request, Ottimo. DETAILS Artwork by Abhimanyu Sekhon, `25,000, Art & Aesthetic gallery. Polka planter, `20,000, The Hidden Gallery. Flat weave rug, `13,500, Hands Carpets. Stripe cushion, `1,744, Iqrup+Ritz. Cocoon tripod lamp, `18,500, Indistore. Stone ball, `7,000, Devika Diwan.

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All in a day’s work More than just all work and no play FURNITURE Writing desk, `95,000; Chair, `38,000; Mirror, `2,97,000, all from Ottimo. Bean bag, `3000, Muji. DETAILS Lantern, `9,000, Casa Pop. Wall light, `1,38,500, Ottimo. Leather bottle, `9,600, Portside Cafe. 54 I Livingetc June 2017

For the cause of privacy Cosy comfort at the end of a long day begins here FURNITURE Bed, `3,35,000; Bedside table, `1,90,000; Chair, `1,80,000, Ottimo. DETAILS Flute glass as before. Book-end as before. Duvet cover, `32,000; Red check pillow cover, `5,000; Anatomical pillow, `26,000; Night suit, `16,000, all from Hastens. Scarf, `7,500, Viraj Mahajan Couture. Fabrico pendant light, `5,000, Gomaads.

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COFFEE MACHINES For that perfect cuppa to start the day

Boho, `14,995, Bonhomia

Necta, `1,66,733, Krea

Prima Donna, price on request, De’Longhi

Steel plumbed, `3,69,990, Miele

Benvenuto, price on request, Bosch

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Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker, `5016, KitchenAid

Pour over, `14,990, KitchenAid

Sleek, `1,33,990, Faber


Coffee maker, `1275, Prestige


GLOBAL PRINT Give your space an edgy, cosmopolitan vibe with funky African motifs, hot Latino patterns and sensual oriental designs Indian Research/Rinaa Peter

Earthy shades Create a scheme fit for a chief with feathered fabrics, naturally textured walls and earth-coloured flooring WALLS Covered in Hobie Z430/03 cotton-mix in Natural, FURNITURE Shadowy chair, `1,22,195 approx, Tord Boontje for Moroso available at Defa Solutions. Table can be customised at The Hidden Gallery. FLOOR Find similar tiles at Nitco. DETAILS Find a similar cushion at Nur. Curtain made in Tissu Voile Plume Rive PRN28571330 polyester and feathers in Gauche Naturel, Find similar art print, `3,000 onwards, at Cassoway skeleton, `2,47,740, Andrew Martin at Apartment9. June 2017 Livingetc I 57


Patterns galore Go wild in the country with tribal-and animal-inspired textiles. Ground the dĂŠcor with rich organic hues before layering up the look with complementary fabrics in the same embracing palette WALL Covered in Hobie cotton-mix, as before. Find a similar rug, used as a wall hanging, at FURNITURE Wing chairs, `86849 approx each, Werner Aisslinger for Lema available at Spazio. Bamileki stool, `32,828, Andrew Martin, at Apartment9. FLOOR Casa Terre tiles, as before. DETAILS Cushions upholstered in, left, Kanoko ZATM322438 linen-mix; and, right, Kanoko ZATM322435 linen-mix, both `6,233 approx per m, Zoffany; trimmed with Genoveva P029-02 polyester-mix, `3,989 per m, Ulf Moritz at Sahco available at Valia Retail. Picture frame, as before. SWATCHES: from bottom left, hemp rope; viscose-mix; Hobie cotton-mix; Keystone M455/06 linen; and Kanoko linen-mixes. For linens and linen-mixws check out RR Decor. 58 I Livingetc June 2017

Tan tones Animal prints, multiple patterns on textiles and accessories stand out against a tan backdrop WALLS As before. Black Palms Bambara Cloth LFY67240F cotton/linen-mix in Ebony, FURNITURE Tribeca sofa, `11,09,754, Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform. Find a similar pouffe at Idus. Similar stool can be customised at Knock on Wood. Table can be customised at AKFD. FLOOR As before. DETAILS Throw made in viscose-mix, `2,827 approx per m, Black + White collection, Clarke & Clarke available at Maishaa.

Oriental touch Get in touch with your inner geisha with soft, harmonious shades. Up the glamour factor by dressing the walls in swathes of silk MAIN PICTURE: WALLS Curtain made in Palmetto 131651 silk in Dusk, `3,825 approx per m, Harlequin available at Zoffany. Papered in, above picture rail, Watered Silk wallpaper in Salmon, `5,404 approx per roll, Cole & Son available at F&F. FURNITURE Prado daybed, `4,24,161, Christian Werner for Ligne Roset available at Ventura Interiors. FLOOR Vinyl flooring in Pebble, check out options at Armstrong. INSET PICTURE: WALLS For similar wallpaper, try Elementto; and Watered Silk wallpaper, as before. FURNITURE Ester chair, for details, see opposite page. FLOOR As before. DETAILS Akari UF3-Q floor lamp, `66,438 approx, Isamu Noguchi for Vitra. SWATCHES: For similar looking wallpapers, try Villa D’Este.


Face it Pops of fuchsia in the soft furnishings add to the pampering effect… WALLS Papered in Watered Silk wallpaper, as before. WINDOW Find similar curtains at Season’s. FURNITURE Dining table can be customised at Knock on Wood. Ester dining chairs, `91,966 approx each, Stefano Bigi for Porada available at Meztli Design. FLOOR Vinyl flooring, as before. DETAILS Longue Tige Ephaïstos mirror, `5,08,062 approx, Baker available at Mon Chateau. Find a similar tea pot, `1,800 onwards, at Ikka Dukka. June 2017 Livingetc I 61


Happy mix Make like Frida Kahlo and mix brash colours with eye-catching shapes for an indulgent, celebratory mood PICTURE: WALL For similar matt emulsion paint, try Asian paints, `650 per Lt. WINDOW Curtain made in Nymphea Memphis 37290297 cotton/linen-mix, `8,731 approx per m, Casamance available at F&F. FURNITURE Find similar bed, `1,14,000, Iqrup+Ritz. FLOOR For similar porcelain tiles head to Intersekt. DETAILS Peruvian bedding set, for details, see opposite. Bedspread made in Fombelle MLF2284-02 cotton-mix, `7,899 approx per m, Lorca at Osborne & Little available at F&F. Panel made in Papagayo wallpaper, `9,978 approx per linear m, Pierre Frey, available at Le Mill. Faux cacti, `490 onwards, SWATCHES: from bottom left, Papagayo wallpaper; Porthmeor Beach silk/linen-mix; viscose-mix in Peony, Romo available at VFM Designs. 62 I Livingetc June 2017

Graphic details Channel the carnival spirit against a backdrop of vibrant blue and graphic tiles WALLS and WINDOW As before. FURNITURE as before. FLOOR Tulia tiles, as before. Jute rug, `21,000 onwards, Jaipur Rugs. DETAILS Peruvian bedding set, `4,906, Cushions, `2,250 each, Nur. Bedspread, as before. Find similar lamp shade , `1,100 onwards, at Inliving. Comtoise wall clock, `4,906 approx, Alessi available at Fcml. Faux cacti, as before.

Jungle look Bring the steamy, Central American jungle into a luxe bathroom setting with an exotic, panoramic mural. Team with a red-hot tub – its high-gloss lacquer finish makes a stunning statement WALLS Papered in Incroyables et Merveilleuses Bagatelle wallpaper, `4,1326 approx per roll, Christian Lacroix Maison for Designers Guild available at F&F; and painted in Ultra Blue matt emulsion, as before. FURNITURE Find a similar free-standing bathtub at Villeroy & Boch. FLOOR Tulia tiles, as before. DETAILS Peruvian bath mat, `1,579, Find a similar mirror at Vetromoda. Faux cacti, as before. 64 I Livingetc June 2017




Stone is as natural a material as you can get. It holds appeal mostly due to its unique physical properties and looks. No two types of stones are alike and are thus inherently subject to variations and unpredictable characteristics, such as veining and mineral deposits. Usage and application may therefore vary from stone to stone. You can use almost any type of stone as long as it is properly laid, polished and sealed. Marble: Strong and durable, this stone is a favourite, mostly due to its distinctive veinous patterns and lustre. It is usually heavily veined, shows lots of grains, has a smooth texture, and comes in a variety of colours. The unique trait about natural marble is its unpredictability – no two slabs are ever exactly the same, and there’s a great variation in design. This is more so in the case of Italian marble, which has stronger veins and more vivid patterns. Although Italian marble is softer and more expensive than Indian marble, it is more popular among consumers for its sheer visual appeal. Natural marble often cracks and so it is usually sealed with a layer of fibre after the fabrication process for strength and protection. However, its main component being calcium, it is susceptible to acids such as vinegar and citrus. Granite: Granite is the hardest of all stones (second only to diamond) and has the highest load-bearing capacity among stones. Its durability and resistance to weathering make it a popular flooring choice. It has visible crystalline formation and texture and comes in a range of colours. Some pits and fissures on the surface are normal and can be evened out by applying sealer. Unsealed granite could absorb stains leading to dark spots or discolouration. Granite is not easily damaged, unless great force is applied, and chips can be sealed with a mixture of epoxy and granite dust. As it is a slippery stone, a glossy finish is not recommended for flooring. It is best to go for a textured or blasted granite. Travertine: A type of limestone that is usually cream, beige and yellow in colour, travertine is characterised by small pits and troughs on the surface, which give it a natural coarse texture. This porous stone can be used in its natural state on walls but if it is to be used as flooring, it is imperative that the pitted surfaces are filled with epoxy or resin. Unsealed travertine equates to a maintenance headache, which is best avoided. Besides, sealing and polishing give the stone a finished and

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Other stones SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES: Apart from natural stones, you can also opt for fossilised stones (such as petrified wood) and semi-precious stones, such as Mother of Pearl, Agate, Onyx, Jasper and Rose quartz. Mostly imported from Europe and the Middle East, these stones offer a range of colours and opacity and translucency. Although visually appealing, these stones are not as hard as marble and are generally used for highlighting rather than complete flooring. Price wise, they are on the expensive side. ENGINEERED STONES: These are man-made products derived from a mixture of natural stone chips and acrylic or polyester resin or cement. Because their properties and production can be controlled, these stones have several advantages over natural ones. Cultured stones are available in many textures, designs and colours, weather very well, retain their colour and are maintenance free. Moreover, they are easier to install because they are lighter than natural stone. Some common types of engineered stones are terrazzo, agglomerates and engineered marble.

Statuario marble from Classic Marble

Travertino by Antica


Natural Merbau strip from the Pergo Wood Parquet Collection

Oak Stain wood flooring by Mikasa Floors

Notion Fineline flooring

Antique white and black oak planks floors at Junckers

Bisazza’s range of wooden tiles sit in pretty mosaics reflecting moods that range from sombre to vivacious

refined look. Travertine is not as strong as marble and tends to get etched with acids, leaving marks and rings. Kota: This is a fine-grained variety of limestone quarried at Kota district in Rajasthan. Its many positive physical properties make it an excellent material for flooring. Apart from being tough, Kota is non-porous, non-slippery, acid and alkali resistant and forgiving towards stains. It is quite affordable, too. Although it lacks the lustre of marble or granite, Kota is a popular choice and can be used both outdoors and indoors. It can be processed in different sizes and thicknesses and can be finished as desired, whether honed, polished, brushed or tumbled. Cuddapah: This is a black limestone with a smooth granular surface that is quarried in Cuddapah district, Andhra Pradesh. Very hard and brittle, this stone can be used in extreme temperatures. However, with prolonged exposure to the sun, it tends to decolourise and take on a greyish black tone. There are many finishes possible with this stone. It takes on a nice dull black colour when polished.


Whether it is dark cherry or light ash, wood flooring has a timeless look and gives a house a warm feel. There are many wood types of different hues and grains to choose from. Wood floors are warm

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Ceramic floor tiles by Ceramica Gomez at Intersekt

underfoot, fairly easy to keep clean, long-lasting if properly sealed and maintained. Hardwood: This is solid wood with no additional materials. Hardwood flooring comes either unfinished or pre-finished. While unfinished hardwood requires sanding, staining (optional), and sealing after installation, pre-finished hardwood is ready to use upon installation; it has a stronger coating and wears better than unfinished wood. Unlike other wood flooring options, hardwood cannot be installed straight on top of concrete or your existing floor. It must be nailed or glued to a sub-floor and this can be a messy affair. Hardwood floors face various issues like expansion and contraction, and are prone to scratches and dents. On the bright side, it can be re-sanded numerous times, thus extending its life. Engineered wood: This flooring type is made of several layers of plywood topped with a veneer of real hardwood. The base layers are laid in perpendicular directions, giving the wood dimensional strength and stability. Due to its stable base, it stands up to moisture better than solid hardwood and works well in kitchens, basements and bathrooms where light moisture might be present. ‘Engineered wood floors have a longer life. Solid wood floors need to be re-polished, re-oiled and re-lacquered more frequently as opposed to engineered wood, which require minimal maintenance and need to be re-sanded and polished after about 10–12 years of usage,’ says Parul Mittal, Director of Marketing & Design at Greenlam Industries (makers of Mikasa Floors). Engineered wood comes pre-finished (sanded and sealed) in strips or planks. Installation is much easier as compared to hardwood floors. This type of flooring is usually installed as a floating floor on top of the existing floor, which should be level and stable. There are now advanced joint systems, such as Pergo’s PerfectFold click technology and Mikasa’s PlankLoc, which make the installation process simple and quick, without having to use glue or nails.


Ceramic & porcelain tiles

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are popular options for flooring and are available in a wide range of colours, designs and sizes. Ceramic tiles are hard-wearing, stain-resistant and don’t need sealing, so they are easy to look after. They are fairly durable and moisture-resistant. Porcelain tiles, which are made from high-fired, refined clay, are denser and more durable (and more expensive) than ceramic tiles. Porcelain is also much harder than natural materials like marble. Being a non-porous material, it does not absorb any liquids, and is a versatile, hard-wearing choice for flooring. ‘Ceramic and porcelain tiles are a popular choice among buyers who are always concerned about maintenance of materials they use in their homes,’ say Ridhi and Vidur Arora, co-founders of Intersekt, a home décor

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Porcelain floor tiles by Porcelanosa at Intersekt

Floor tiles at Intersekt


Epoxycoating A good way to upgrade your concrete floor is to apply epoxy floor coating over it. The result will be a high gloss, smooth, hard-wearing and durable surface. It comes in a variety of colours so you can choose one to match your home’s design scheme. Epoxy is made by combining resins and hardeners to form a rigid plastic material that is strong and bonds well to its substrate. Because of its strength, it is often used in heavy-use areas, such as garages and kitchens. Epoxy floors are highly resistant to heat, water, oil, bleach and chemical cleaners. They are also resistant to bacteria and germs, which makes them very easy to sanitize. The smooth and even surface is easy to clean and maintain. Moreover, the ease of installation makes it an affordable flooring option worth considering. Although durable, it’s not a permanent solution. Everyday wear and tear can take its toll on epoxy floors in the long run. Cracks may develop and chipping may happen over time. These can be fixed with a fresh coat of epoxy.

Cement tiles by Bharat Flooring

Cement tiles at Bisazza

Cement tiles -Sandeep & Tanya Khosla for Bharat Floor Tiles

boutique offering premium floor coverings from exclusive brands, like Porcelanosa and Florim, among others. ‘Tiles are the easiest material to install and maintain as compared to wooden flooring or marble. Therefore, clients are moving towards tiles to avoid polishing and buffing hassles. They are also becoming increasingly environmentally conscious and opting for these man-made products.’ These tiles are quite versatile and can be used anywhere in the home. However, Ridhi and Vidur suggest that you keep certain things in mind while doing so. ‘Pick the finish after careful thought: matte, polished or semi-polished. Even within matte, there are some choices to make: rustic matte or smooth matte depending on which area you’re planning to use. You must always think of the utility; for example, in a kitchen floor, a smooth matte or polished finish would be great as it would be the easiest to maintain, whereas in a shower area a rustic matte would give you a stronger slip resistance.’


Tough and able to withstand pressure, cement is a durable flooring choice for the home. It can resist wear and tear, heavy foot traffic, stains and moisture, if properly sealed. Cement floors are easy to maintain and will need to be sealed or waxed every 3–9 months depending on the level of traffic in order to maintain the protective layer over its surface. It is also versatile enough to give you the option of installing any other floor covering over it, if you wish. Cement floors are not all plain and grey, and there are many design options available. Improved technology of concrete mixing and setting means a variety of colour, design and textures, as can be

Vinyl flooring from Armstong

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Cork flooring from Wicanders’

Deco Click vinyl flooring from LG Flooring

seen in the range of concrete tiles available. Concrete tiles are a popular choice as they are easy to install and lend themselves to immense design possibilities. Bharat Flooring, for instance, can customise tiles to any design that the client has in mind. Their cement tiles are made by hand, one at a time, using mineral pigments, cement, a mold, and a hydraulic press. This is an artisanal product made by craftsmen using traditional methods.

Cork flooring from Wicanders’

Leather floor tile


Vinyl flooring is a good choice, especially for utility and heavy use areas. It is durable, water- and stain-resistant, easy to install and maintain, and affordable. Moreover, because of its cushion layer, it is comfortable to walk on. However, it is prone to dents and tears. Vinyl flooring comes in the form of sheets and tiles, and in a variety of design options ranging from stone and wood to graphic patterns. LG Flooring and Armstrong are good brands to try in this segment. Sheets are usually 12 ft wide and can give a seamless look to the floor. Standard vinyl tile sizes are 12”x12” and 12” x 24” and are available in low, medium and high gloss. Tiles are easier to install than sheets and many come with an adhesive backing. But care should be taken to ensure that the tiles butt up against each other properly to prevent dirt or moisture from collecting. Moisture may lead to mildew and lifting.


Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree and has natural qualities that make it ideal for flooring. Not only is it flexible and comfortable to walk on, it also absorbs sound and provides optimal floor temperature throughout the year. Because it is non-slip and has good traction, it is especially suitable for kids’ play areas. 70 I Livingetc June 2017

Cork comes in sheets or tiles, which may have an adhesive backing, and is easy to install. It is available either unfinished or sealed with polyurethane and is fairly affordable. It may require regular surface sealing to prevent water damage. Wicanders’ is a good brand that has a lovely collection of cork flooring. You can find these at CCIL, among other places.

Leather tiles

Although not a conventional choice of flooring, leather tiles are an option worth exploring if you love the rich look and feel of leather. With use, leather takes on a natural patina, giving it a luxurious look as it ages. Scratches and natural marks enhance the look. Leather tiles are not as high-maintenance as you may think; they can be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and require buffing once every three months, depending on usage.

Look for tiles that are made of genuine leather. A good place to start is Baron Leather in Mumbai, which specialises in high-quality leather upholstery, panels and flooring. Their tiles are cut from the middle portion of superior hides, which have strong fibres and even thickness. They recommend that ‘prior to installation, tiles should be opened from boxes and allowed to acclimate for at least two days. Leather tiles should be installed on a clean, unfinished surface, preferably plywood with a good-quality, non-flammable contact adhesive. After installation, leather floors need to be waxed and buffed.’


Glass flooring holds both an aesthetic as well as a practical appeal. Not only does it impart a modern and clean look to a space, it also allows light to enter areas that don’t get enough natural light. Glass flooring is commonly used


Creative Floor paper from Momenti at Ottimo

Glass flooring from AIS

Creative Floor paper from Momenti at Ottimo

Glass flooring from AIS

as transparent cladding between floors, treads in staircases, and in walkways. Glass used for flooring must be laminated or toughened to withstand load and to provide safety in the event of breakage. It should also be slip-resistant as an additional safety measure. Internal floors can be single-glazed or double-glazed, designed to sit flush with the floor covering. Glass manufacturers like Saint-Gobain and AIS have a range of laminated and toughened glass that can be used for flooring.

Floor paper

Creative Floor paper from Momenti at Ottimo

Another unconventional flooring choice for those who like to experiment is floor paper. Like its wall counterpart, floor paper has the advantage of lending itself to endless design possibilities, including customisation. Some brands even offer the option of having a picture lithographed on it. Floor paper is designed to be tougher and more resistant to wear and tear than wallpaper, but is as easy to install and clean. It can be applied to any surface – cement or tile surface, floors with underfloor heating, and so on. In this segment, what’s worth checking out is the Creative Floor collection from Momenti, available at Ottimo. The floor paper is made of a glass-fibre cloth with HD print, which is later covered with resin. The resin does not turn yellow and the print does not fade due to in-built UV protection. It is 100 per cent hygienic, antibacterial, hypo-allergenic, and comes in different finishes, such as slip-resistant and sanitised.

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Outdoor tiles

The outdoor area can get a unique stunning look with the right choice of tiles. Outdoor tiles undergo a lot of weathering and pressure. Therefore it becomes important to have tiles that are scuff resistant as well as having flexural strength to enable them to withstand the pressure. The tiles should have benefits like neutrality to the UV effect and have that super grip for safety, and require minimal maintenance effort. The natural stone-tile with attractive designs and colours crafts a rustic look which is currently the trend. These add an earthly vibe to porches, staircases, gardens, lounges, terrace and the driveway. These tiles are combined with natural stone and have a better traction, are more durable and slip-resistant. The latest choices of terracotta and porcelain are pretty stylish; the travertine and limestone tiles impart a very warm and homely feeling. One needs to take into account the traffic and usage of the area, and the choice therefore, needs to be an informed one.

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Useful contacts

AIS Accord Floors Antica Ceramica www.anticaceramica. in Armstrong Baron Leather Beautex Bharat Flooring www.bharatfloorings. com Consolidated Carpet Industries Ltd.

Outdoor tiles at Intersekt Classic Marble Intersekt Junckers Leatherite LG Flooring Mikasa Floors Nitco Tiles Notion Ottimo Pergo Saint Gobain

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Purple Ink Studio shows how to green a high-rise

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Technopark Phase III in Thiruvananthapuram, built by Iyer & Mahesh, uses green tech to conserve power and water.The V-shaped buildings are designed with a reverse cantilever concept to reduce heat penetration into the upper floors

A design that can incorporate solar panels is the need of the hour

Plan for natural light and ventilation Architect N Mahesh has designed three platinum rated and two gold rated Green Buildings under IGBC – LEED Programme. Each project encompasses at least 20 to 30 ‘green’ and energy-saving features He talks on eco-friendly architectural design

WHILE PLANNING BUILDING, plan for ample natural light and ventilation by providing windows for cross-ventilation on external walls and by using ‘skylight’ roof. EMPLOY LOW ‘E’ GLASS for window glazing so that the headload is reduced and ‘cooling’ is economical. Use locally available materials, as far as possible, which require least ‘energy’ for the manufacturing process. Install LED lamps, VRV air conditioners to reduce energy consumption. Employ solar power and other naturally sourced energy at the design level. THERE ARE SEVERAL guidelines in LEED and GRIHA for converting a building into an eco-friendly green-rated building. Conservation architecture and re-use of old structures is gathering momentum. It’s important to reuse dismantled timber, broken bricks and ceramics and retrofit through clever design ideas.

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Go Green

A double-height courtyard in the basement is designed to get enough natural light

Reduce and Regenerate Nilanjan Bhowal, Design Consortium, has designed a 100-per cent carbon footprint-free resort and a residence in Delhi, among many eco projects. He talks on how to live a sustainable lifestyle



reducing wastage of all natural resources, reusing all possible resources and regenerating energy and water. At least 25 per cent energy and water consumption should be off the grid. WE CAN REGENERATE water through harvesting or by using ‘used’ or grey water. Placing water bottles in cisterns reduces the water flushed by the same volume as the bottle. If you place a 2 L bottle, you save that much water as basically the cistern tries to maintain the same water level. The modern flushes are already efficient, but remember to use the half flush option wherever necessary. TO REDUCE ENERGY wastage, use LED lights with motions sensors that use radio frequency to sense and off lights whenever walks out of the room. Lights with photo sensors go off on their own when there’s enough natural light. Solar energy and portable lanterns go a long way in reducing the use of electricity. Efficient use of AC can be achieved by using insulation of external windows, doors and roof.

By using local raw material and man power, it is possible to build with zero carbon footprint Brooks Arthaus villa complex in Bhimtal, a green structure by Design Consortium

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This house also uses a filler slab of keyboards, which replace concrete needed in the slab below the neutral axis. They make the slab lighter and help save some reinforcement

Share and pay back Chitra Vishwanath, advocates using ecological methods in the construction industry. Her firm builds with earth sourced from the plot and designs intelligent water and sanitation systems. She talks about what the construction industry can do

THE CONSTRUCTION industry, the second

The concept behind this home was to be a waste sink. ‘In order to create a positive impact on the environment, a built space has to incorporate the waste it may generate during its lifetime. This square living room has a dome ceiling, which is filled up with waste and a thin 2-inch thick RCC slab laid to get a floor above it. This way the ceilings too are of earth,’ says Chitra

largest employer after agriculture in India, contributes 22 per cent of total annual emission of CO2. In a country like ours, where 70 per cent of infrastructure still needs to be built and housing is a dire necessity, it is imperative that architects think ecologically. Construction, as done in the business sense, damages eco systems. It’s essential to include eco-system intelligence in construction process. THE TIMES ARE BEYOND the three ‘R’s – reuse, recharge and recycle. These three Rs need to become a way of life, at the same time, we need to add an ‘S’ to it – sharing. The existing projects need to think in a drastically different paradigm wherein sharing should take precedence over storing.

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Vertical gardens are the way out when there is not enough ground space


Green your life Purple Ink Studio promotes self-sustained, regenerative architecture through their projects. Principal landscape Architect Aditi Pai talks about bringing foliage into our surroundings

MAKING GREENERY PRODUCTIVE is a good step towards sustainable living. Any ground space is a boon to start a home farm. With space constrains that most city people have, there are trends like ‘Square feet’ Gardens and Pocket Balconies and Vertical Gardens that add greenery and also act as design entities. The focus is also on soilless culture like ‘Hydroponics’ that most people are experimenting with. WITH A BASIC KNOW-HOW about plant life, the right selection of plants, use of good soil, manure and water with regular monitoring are key elements to be understood to make the maintenance an easy process. LOW-MAINTENANCE USING native species of plants rather than exotics naturally makes the garden low on maintenance. It is a good practice to have three-tiered vegetation – trees, shrubs and ground covers to maintain the biodiversity of the landscaped area. Allowing the garden to form an ecosystem of its own is of the best ways to make it low maintenance.

Rooftop greenery helps insulate spaces from heat while also creating more lung space

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Using pet yarn in textiles is a good way of recycling plastic waste

Banana fabric has natural antiseptic properties & a beautiful sheen

Reuse and go ‘bananas’ Manika Walia, apparel designer, research scholar and head of Fashion & Textiles Department at the Sushant School of Design. Manika talks about using pet yarn and banana fabric with anti-bacterial herbal finish to create home textiles

MANIKA USES PET yarn manufactured in China along with jute and other indigenous yarn to create upholstery fabric, table linen, mats, runners. ‘Pet yarn is generated by melting plastic waste. Using pet yarn is a way of recycling waste to create something beautiful. Since pet yarn is a bit stiff, mixing it with jute or silk gives it better malleability, while also adding a good sheen,’ she says. THE BANANA FIBRE has been her PhD research subject. ‘Banana fibre (Musa Paradisiaca) is a natural bast fibre which has a wide range of uses in handicrafts products. It is bio-degradable, weather-proof, provides protection from moisture absorption and UV rays because of lignin content. If it is treated with herbal anti-bacterial finish, it becomes invaluable in home furnishings. Using it innovatively will open up markets globally and also generate livelihoods,’ she says. Banana fabric has a natural sheen which further lends itself to many uses in decorative objects. The outer strands are coarse and can be used for furnishings and accessories, while the inner fibre is finer and smoother with a more natural shine. 78 I Livingetc June 2017

Table runner made of pet yarn

Go Green

From bricks to roof tiles to washes for the walls, everything was made of natural materials

A panoramic view of the farm house, ‘Swarnga’, meaning paradise


A charming mud house near Bengaluru, built by Architect Ajith Andagere, uses locally available earth, wood and natural resources

The lotus pond was artificially created; (BELOW) natural dyes were used for the walls

ARCHITECT AJITH ANDAGERE has built a farm house near Bengaluru for Shivaprakash, which is essentially made of mud and other natural materials. The roof tiles are all handmade in terracotta through an ancient method of making tiles. He has used natural dyes for the walls – bricks and lime were soaked and the dye was used as a wash for the walls. The house has 21 pillars, out of which, six were bought and the other 15 are trunks of Eucalyptus (Nilgiri) trees. Coconut tree wood is used for beams. ‘THE CLIENT’S PASSION towards farming, simple lifestyle and earthern materials inspired us to use local materials to create a seamless relation between the inside and outside spaces,’ says the architect. THERE ARE ALSO FACILITIES created to generate solar and wind energy. The owners store 7.5KV of energy on batteries, which can power the whole house for two days in case of a power failure. Local plants have been planted on the farm for low maintenance and better chances of survival. The architect has also created a water body, a lily pond, which was originally supposed to be a pool, and it has increased the flora and fauna in the area.

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91 LITTLE PATCH OF SKY Rahoul and Lakshmi give a nod to beautiful surroundings in their home that celebrates outdoor living

82 A SLICE OF HISTORY Eleonore Cavalli and her husband Marco blend design and art in their historical apartment in Milan

102 THE WHITE HOUSE Jo and Charlie’s white-onwhite home by the river in British Berkshire, stuns with its neutral appeal

110 A LIGHTER SHADE OF PALE Despite living with four kids and two dogs, Raegan and Markos use elegant white with arty twists in their home

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A SLICE OF HISTORY Eleonore Cavalli and Marco blend art, fashion and design to create a home that embodies the values of their luxury home label, Visionnaire. Photography ⁄ Max Zambelli


Words ⁄ Mridula Sharma

HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Eleonore Cavalli, Creative Director, Visionnaire; her husband Marco an art curator; their two children Matteo Maria, 19, professional ballet dancer and Guglielmo,15, a passionate wind-surfer and skier. THE PROPERTY A fourth floor apartment in the historical heart of Milano city. Spread across 350 square metres, it has four bedrooms with four bathrooms, a huge living-dining and a kitchen.

LI V ING ROOM Numerous internal walls were brought down to create this large open living room. ‘Bright and airy it is the heart of the house.’ Get the look The scones on the wall are Visionnare signature lights. Visit Kaaru has executed SS Pebble art works for many high end interiors and exteriors. The Hidden Gallery has grey coloured clay planters.

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‘Overlooking a park, the stillness of the area and the tolling of Basilica bells creates the illusion of living in the countryside while being in the centre of the city.’ Eleonore, her husband Marco Morandini, an art curator, (both are architects by training) and the children moved to Milan two years ago from their country home near Bologna. Evidently, the family still misses the ‘wild life, such as deer and wild boar that inhabit the countryside’. The decision to move was both personal and business — ‘our eldest son Matteo who is learning dance at Academia del Teatro alla Scala and of course Milan being the most dynamic and international city in Italy has a special focus on business and social relationships. In any case, we were always travelling twice a week to Milan!’ quips Eleonore. here is something special about living in a house steeped in history. Located in central Milan, a part of the city that was heavily affected by the bombings of 1943, it is also the part where cultures congregated over the centuries, leaving their pug marks. ‘One gets to admire and revel in being surrounded by a range of architectural styles from different periods that co-exist with the Roman remains’, says Eleonore Cavalli, Creative Director of luxury home brand Visionnaire.

‘The house, when we bought it, though well sized and in a good condition did not get enough natural light. So we decided to knock down a few walls to create a nice and large living room, which was earlier equal to four rooms divided by a corridor’. A large open living area has given the home a very contemporary vibe. It is the part of the house that is used and valued the most. Here we share different moments of the day from breakfast to reading, to study and work. It is the heart of our home!’ tells Eleonore. In the rest of the house, big white walls work as buffers in interiors, mediating between the furnishings and their very special art selection. ‘It took us only a few months to restructure the house as we had a clear idea about the dialogue that we wanted to create between the spaces and design.’ ‘When we were deciding how to furnish it, Marco and I agreed to create a neutral space with a strong personality through furniture and lighting. For example, the Galahad chandelier made of aluminium bars is based on classical forms but interpreted in an absolutely contemporary way. It always amazes me how Visionnaire pieces are easily adaptable to different architectural styles and designs.’ ‘Our home is an amalgamation of art, history and design sprinkled, with the avant-garde. I have many pieces of Visionnaire’s “best sold pieces” collected over the years. Obviously spanning a number of years the styles are varied. We like to combine pieces and juxtapose vintage designs, such as the brass cabinets with bronzed mirrors, that are in our bedroom, with the contemporary accessories in polycarbonate; creating a sort of confrontation. I chose the pieces that reflect my home’s proportions and the family’s lifestyle and taste. At Visionnaire we work closely with artists to create the complete home philosophy. Almost a fanatic art-lover, when Eleonore says that ‘everything we love and live by, be it fashion or design has art at its core’ Visionnaire designs flash in the mind’s eye. ‘Art movements have been at the core of classic and visionary design. Everything in our society, be it fashion, architecture, industrial design is an expression of human psychology, imagination and necessities. Art is what drives our society, as such artworks are very important to us.’ And that explains the sculptural designs in their collections, especially the easily recognizable lights.

DINING ROOM This dining room is a clever mix of the classic with the modern. While the chandelier is an unmistakable Visionnaire piece, it is paired with a contemporary straight-lined table and the polycarbonate Ghost Chairs by Kartell. Get the look Visionnaire lights can be sourced from Fcml has Kartell chairs. Mukul Goyal’s intertwine candle stick holders are similar and also available at Fcml.


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R E A DING ZON E IN THE LI V ING A R E A Mirror framed book-cases line one part of the large living room to mark the reading zone. With ample natural light streaming in and comfy cosy velvet dressed-sofas it is a popular hangout for the family. Once again the classical chandelier takes centre-stage with art following suit. Art, warm velvets sit against the cold steel and concrete. ‘Pure and minimal forms are in dialogue with the more complex ones.’ Get the look The furniture and lights are from the Visionnaire collections. Visit La Tendenza for interesting one-off accessory pieces and Cocoon Fine rugs for plush carpets.

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HOME TRUTHS What’s your favourite summer activity? Working hard as usual! That aside, every now and then, I love to run away to the island of Sardini in southern Italy. Favourite tipple? Natural juices for me Favourite beauty brands? Sensai from Japan and Dior For inspiration, you....? Turn to the world of art. I love visiting exhibitions, fairs shows and collectors. Actually, its gotta be any form of creativity such as cinema, literature and architecture. What was the last book you read? The Wolf Border by Sara Hall. Beautiful! A quick fresh prep for kids.....They are young men now! Kids always love pasta al pomodoro, of course pizzas, and tiramisu for dessert.

BEDROOM Plush fabrics and simple designs are the keywords. A well-sized window by the bed side brings in ample natural light and views of the historical part of the city. Lights remain centre-stage. Get the look RR Decor has a range of luxe Italian velvets. Check out Gallery Espace, Gallery Threshold and DAG for contemporary art.

DINING A R E A Simple straight lines of the table are coordinated with look-throgh Ghost chairs by Kartell. A strong artwork sits in mute company as the family gathers around at mealtimes.


BEDROOM All the rooms have natural light streaming in. The windows also bring in the city vistas with all their historical wrappings. Get the look Carpet Cellar has similar black and white carpets. This is a Visionnaire bed.



The art of mixing styles - plush fabrics, strong art and the avant-garde HOMES / ETC

A SLICE OF HISTORY Eleonore Cavalli and Marco blend art, fashion and design to create a home that embodies the values of their luxury home label, Visionnaire.

Photography ⁄ Max Zambelli


Words ⁄ Mridula Sharma


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Wooden flooring, `350 onwards, Mikasa; blue fabric,`2100, Nirmals; Bellotto platinum rug,price on request,Designers Guild


CLOCK WISE FROM FAR LEFT Erte chandelier, price on request, Visionnaire; Champagne rug by Ashiesh Shah, `2,95,000, Cocoon Carpets; Table lamp, price on request, Visionnaire; Cushion, `2750, Nya Nordiska; Artwork by V Ramesh at Gallery Threshold; Sofa, price on request, Visionnaire; Vase, `87,360, Qrator; Chair, `64,145 approx, Kartell available at Fcml.

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Sun-bathed and plenty of fresh air; Rahoul and Lakshmi give a nod to their beautiful surroundings in their home that celebrates outdoor living.

Photography/Atul Pratap Chauhan


Words/Shigorika Singh


HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Rahoul Singh and Lakshmi Chand Singh, partners at RLDA design studio and in life, and their son Kabir. Having worked on multiple residential and commercial properties across the country, they bring their expertise together to build the ultimate oasis in the centre of Delhi. THE PROPERTY A three bedroom apartment on the third oor of a residential building in the heart of Delhi; with central courtyard, a living-dining-library, three bathrooms, kitchen and terrace.

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ultiplicity of space usage, is the first thing that Lakshmi and Rahoul both envisaged for their home, when they decided to get married. ‘Cross-functioning rooms, natural light and cross-ventilation were the keywords,’ tells Rahoul. It helps hugely that both of them are young architects who appreciate and embrace traditional spatial layouts which were designed around ‘our kind of lifestyle’. Given our climate, verandahs, so to say, are needed because they work like a second skin, providing insulation from the elements. ‘For our home, we created an outer skin by keeping a three feet space between the inner and outer walls, on the living area side.’ The first layer of glazing protects from street sounds and the dust, and then come the glass windows which are further three feet inside. ‘Rahoul was so adamant on doing this and I am glad we did; it makes cleaning the windows much easier and more importantly, doesn’t feel like we live on the street where everything is visible’ says Lakshmi. Open on two sides, with courtyard on the one and large windows on the other, the living room feels like a covered verandah that doubles up as a study, dining or a lounge. The living space does not have an assigned function, it’s so versatile that the room becomes what it’s being used for. Believers of the adage ‘bedrooms are for sleeping’, most of the living happens here. Clever design seamlessly breaks the living room in three parts: The dining section, the library and the lounge with TV. It opens up to the courtyard via sliding doors – the focal point of the house, which Lakshmi calls ‘our own little patch of sky’. An open courtyard is such a typical Indian feature in houses and yet so rarely seen in urban design that too, on the third floor—it is in equal parts surprising and not. Being in the centre of the house, it has direct access to the living room, the kitchen on one side VAULTED CEILING The roof vaults are made in a and the bathrooms on the other via manner that the construction sliding doors. Like a jigsaw puzzle one technique becomes the décor. can open and close whichever space ‘Because of its shape and geomone wants to and extend it to the etry, the ceiling is stronger than centre of the house. it would have been if it were flat.’ Rahoul explains how having ‘this Less concrete and less steel have been used, so it absorbs less heat kind of void in the centre creates and keeps the room cool. opportunity, for outdoor living in a dense urban space.’ One can extend the kitchen by open the sliding doors for a cook-out. The void space (courtyard) becomes an extension of whatever room it is attached to, allowing the spaces around it to be used in combination. ‘These are not isolated rooms; they connect and create,’ he says. It feels like a home that is ‘completely’ lived in. Every inch of space in the expensive Delhi real estate is utilised, which effectively means, that they will forego three feet of precious floor space in the living room that would otherwise have been used for a balcony. And it’s still a real home that is a sum of all the parts picked up on travels and not a heavily stylised. You will find shoes lying askew, the generous host Lakshmi apologising for an invisible mess, and the largest carpet in the living room thread-bare. ‘Rahoul’s nana (grandfather) was throwing this carpet away and we asked him to give it to us. He has so many memories attached to this carpet’ says Lakshmi. ‘There’s also a kilim that is square in shape which is not very usual’, says Rahoul ‘It’s an Iraqi tribal one’. By and by, with a framed calligraphy sign in Arabic that says Rahoul and Lakshmi (a wedding gift) two chairs that were made by a friend and given to them, a gargantuan collection of books (with The God Delusion twice!) and cookbooks; Rahoul’s favourite who claims ‘we both don’t cook but like the idea of cooking’ and Kabir’s make-believe cakes that he shyly offers guests the home becomes a “museum of innocence” that marks little things which become part of every day life. June 2017 Livingetc I 93

LI V ING A R E A Lime coloured metal door is the lift gate. The space outside the lift would generally be used as a lobby but here it is utilised for a bookshelf and a bar that closes out. You walk out of the lift and you are directly in the house. Get the look Portside Cafe has saddle leather dining chairs and other leather furniture. Find flat weave durries at FabIndia and hand woven table cloths at Tulsi. Find interesting espresso cups at Moonriver and table lamps at Kapoor Lamps.


COU RT YA R D The courtyard is an ecological choice that ensures cross ventilation to all rooms. It has direct access to providing passive cooling in the summer and cosy sun and warmth in the winter; which in turn conserves a lot of energy wasted in ACs and heaters. Everything from workouts to cook-outs happens here. Windows and apertures on exterior wall were calculated as per the view outside. Here the treetops are framed in the wall opening that also helps with cross-ventilation. In the corner is the composte unit. All kitchen waste goes into this to make manure for their plants on the terrace. Lakshmi had it colour coordinated with the rest of the interiors. The space under the bench also serves as a storage.

THE STA IR S Yellow accent on gray wall was recently changed from lime green on white. The stairs fulfil the functional need of providing roof access without being intrusive. These also act like an element of flair in it’s minimalism and choice of colour, besides the fantastic shadows they cast.

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HOME TRUTHS What’s your personal fashion style? Comfortable, Quirky and Colourful! A design aesthetic that you can’t identify with or like at all... Over stylisation Favourite holiday destination, and why? Bali - we love the south Asian design sensibilities. Favourite late night snack you make… Aalu pyaz paranthas - yum yum! What’s on your playlist right now? Juno soundtrack, Leonard Cohen and Pink Floyd Best place to buy decor products… I like Ikea for their affordable good design. Favourite design properties in India… India International Centre Amphitheatre, The Lodhi Hotel, IIM Ahmedabad campus. One thing to keep in mind while making a home...It’s your home, get it designed as you’d like to use it, not as you see in design magazines!



The kitchen island is mobile. ‘We got a local carpenter to put wheels under it so it can be taken outside if required’, says Lakshmi. The windows on the outer side provide cross ventilation. The pots and pans hanger was bought in the US. Get the look: The modular kitchen has been provided by Emporus Kitchens in GK 2, New Delhi. FabIndia has runners and platters like these. The coloured bottom glasses are Riedel and Nicobar has distressed ceramic ware.

The kitchen opens up but if you want it to feel like a conventional kitchen when you are doing the tadka style home-cooking, it can be closed in. The folding glass doors have been customised for the site. The kitchen island has back-painted glass recessed enough so the knees don’t knock when seated around it.

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M A STER BEDROOM The ceiling is a regular RCC ceiling, which looks as bare as when it was cast in concrete. One can see the imprint of the trays it is cast in. This runs throughout the house. The entire idea is to get the design component of the real stuff being used and not have any added flair for the sake of style itself. Even for the closet we decided we didn’t want any handle, we did an inbuilt one. The only thing we wanted to celebrate was this tree (the view). Get the look Sarita Handa has similar benches. Find a wooden clothes stand at FabIndia and a similar bedside lamp at Kapoor Lamps.


POW DER ROOM ‘All the stone in the house is Indian; in this image it is brown Kota from Rajasthan, which has been painted over. You paint and varnish and paint and varnish to get this alabaster kind of finish.’

COR R IDOR The corridor is decorated with prints brought back from travels. One is a poster of ‘Museum of Innocence’ from the actual museum in Istanbul, based on Orhan Pamuk’s book of the same name. Also, a photograph of a train in Darjeeling, where Rahoul was born. Get the look Carpet Cellar has a wide variety of kilim runners.














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COMPOST POT This is a compost khamba from www. ‘It is very easy to do and your own way of making sure that your garbage does not go to a land fill. You just take your kitchen waste and in 40 days you get compost of very good quality,’ says Lakshmi.

BU R MESE WOOD All the materials used in this house have to come from within the Indian subcontinent. This is Burmese teak.



Design around the orientation, and work with elements that support daily living


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Durrie, `25,000, The Carpet Cellar; Bedcover, `12,000, Goodearth; Kota stone, `92 sq ft, Stone Impex.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Saddle chair, `18,500, Portside Cafe; Blue bowls, `950each, Ikka Dukka ; Wall divider, `12,000 , Inliving; Cushion, `2000, Address Home; Cleo lamp, price on request, Sanctum; Placemat, `2250, Homestore ; Cup & saucer, `750 onwards, Le Creuset; Wash basin, `5930, Kohler; Stool, `2499, Inliving.

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THE WHITE HOUSE It may look like it’s straight out of New England, but Jo and Charlie’s white-on-white home nestles by the river in very British Berkshire

Photography/Paul Massey

Styling/Jo Hollingsworth Indian Research/Rinaa Peter



Words/Bea Beresford


HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Jo Hollingsworth, an interiors stylist and writer, her husband Charlie, a pilot, and their daughter Aiella, 13, plus Barnaby the cockapoo. THE PROPERTY A detached house in Berkshire, built in the Twenties and extended in the Seventies. On the ground floor is the living room, kitchen, conservatory/dining room, pantry, garden room, laundry room, family room, den with sleeping loft, office, bathroom and two bedrooms, one of which is en suite. The master bedroom suite occupies the first floor.

GA R DEN ROOM White-oiled oak boards and white-painted wood panelling on the walls unify the open-plan spaces. All rooms in the house have access to either the garden or river. Get the look Check out for hardwood flooring. Pepperfry has a range of rocking chairs.

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his is the kind of home people in Martha’s Vineyard dream of. And in Nantucket too, we imagine. But the big surprise is that Jo and Charlie Hollingsworth’s clapperboard house is British born and bred and perches happily by the River Thames in Berkshire. ‘We’re the first to admit that the inspiration for this place comes entirely from New England,’ says Jo, laughing. ‘We spent a long time there taking snaps of everything from weatherboarding and picket fences to verandas and outside lanterns. We’re so in love with the style because it shouts “holiday” all year round.’ When the couple bought the property 15 years ago, it was a tangle of architectural eras – ranging from original Twenties to a Seventies add-on – which they planned to unify with the tricks and ideas they’d seen in New England. ‘The house is long and low, so we thought it would lend itself to a whitewashed clapperboard exterior and wraparound verandas and balconies,’ says Jo. The East Coast style is echoed inside with exposed rafters, panelled walls and driftwood furniture, all in shades of white-on-white with a few neutral textiles thrown into the mix. So what makes a Home Counties-based couple design their home around US colonial style? ‘With Charlie being a pilot, travel is in his blood,’ Jo explains. ‘He’s lived in Kenya and California and before we had Aiella, we went backpacking for six weeks every year. So when we finally settled down, we decided to create a home with a permanent seaside feel as compensation for fewer holidays!’

EXTER IOR The outside of the house is clad in cedar weatherboarding painted with Sadolin Superdec, which doesn’t peel… ‘We’ve tried to keep it as low maintenance as possible,’ says Charlie, ‘because living by the water can be quite a harsh environment.’ Get the look Find a similar chair at World Bazaar.

Such a brilliant idea – but does it work on grey days when the wind is howling and the heavens open? ‘Actually, that’s when it’s exciting and dramatic, with the river looking wild and beautiful,’ says Jo. ‘We stay cosy thanks to underfloor heating, the range cooker, open fires and plenty of sheepskin throws.’ The house flows from room to room, with distinct zones among the open-plan spaces, many of which can be closed off with wide doors. ‘We found that totally open plan means you need to be incredibly tidy all of the time, which we’re not,’ admits Jo. ‘When we had visitors, we made sure the house looked super-tidy, but to achieve that, we ended up throwing so much stuff into the cupboards that if anyone opened one, it would all fall out on top of them!’ When it came to furniture, beach-house chic was the order of the day. ‘Nothing too “perfect” and manufactured-looking,’ says Jo. ‘We wanted a driftwood style – as though it had been weathered and bleached in the sun.’ Ingeniously, the pair developed a way of achieving the look without sunshine. ‘We’d rescue pieces off skips and rub white chalk paint into them, which gave the same sun-bleached effect,’ Jo explains. Not everything in the Hollingsworth household is pre-loved – the kitchen is a classic Shaker style from deVol, with hard-wearing white Silestone worktops; the floors are white-oiled, wide-plank engineered oak and cedar doors and windows open up on all sides of the house to connect it both with the river and with the swimming pool on the other side of the building. ‘As Aiella is an only child, our home is often full of friends and their children, so to create a separate teen space, we converted the old garage and linked it to the main property with a garden room,’ says Jo. This enabled the couple to create a den and a sleeping loft too. The house was designed as a ‘five-year fun house’, admits Jo. ‘We never dreamed we’d end up staying this long, but living by the water is difficult to give up.’ The island opposite is a nature reserve and has horses grazing – they come down to the water to drink – and the view from the windows is constantly changing. ‘You don’t need artwork on the walls here,’ she says. ‘The view is the art.’ In summer, the family are always outdoors. ‘We invite friends over and barbecue, which lets us off the hook having to be grown up and cook properly,’ Jo says with a laugh. New visitors always say they feel like they’re on a mini holiday. ‘That makes us very happy,’ she adds. Mission accomplished. Jo and Charlie’s home is available to hire through

LI V ING ROOM The coffee table was made from reclaimed scaffold planks. Get the look Find a similar sofa at Gulmoharlane and cushions at Address Home. INV Home has lamps like this one.


DEN Large glazed doors open up this space to the garden. The vintage wood ladder, inherited from Charlie’s father, leads to the sleeping loft. Get the look Find a range of bean bags at Limeroad and a similar basket at The Shop. The Hidden Gallery has large grey earthen planters.Find similar storage baskets at Muji. Maison 15 has a range of black and white art frames.

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K ITCHEN The range cooker can be turned down in the summer and cranked up during the winter. ‘We don’t have another oven,’ says Jo. ‘We just barbecue outside in the summer.’ Get the look Find similar lights at Kapoor lamp.

PR EP A R E A The 3m prep table is open underneath to preserve the sense of space and does duty for everything from homework to art and craft. Get the look The prep table and oak stools can be customised at Knock on Wood. Find glass storage jars at Amorino. For bigger storage pieces head to Home Stop.

V IEW TO PA NTRY The pantry has concealed, built-in cupboards at the side for basic staples; everything else is decanted into storage jars.

HOME TRUTHS What’s the most memorable place you’ve visited? Probably Varanasi in India – it’s surreal, magical, chaotic and extreme all at once. Do you have a dream home? Diane Keaton’s beach house in Something’s Gotta Give. What was your most romantic day? Charlie and I got married in the Maasai Mara in a hot-air balloon. Once we were back on the savannah, the burners were turned upside down to cook the wedding breakfast. That was really special… If money was no object, what luxury would you choose? First-class air travel and fresh sheets every day. What’s your worst tendency? To say yes to everything – and then drive everyone mad trying to fit it in. And your most hated chore? Pairing odd socks – I swear one day I’m going to buy 30 matching pairs!

‘If it’s a casual occasion, we eat at the prep table – it’s a great spot, as the doors open out on to the veranda’


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M A STER EN SUITE The bathroom is semi-open plan. ‘We didn’t close it off, because we wanted to keep the sense of space and openness from the back of the house to the front,’ Jo explains. Get the look Laufen has a similar bath tub and Dornbracht a similar free-standing mixer. Find a whole range of storage boxes at Muji.

GU EST BEDROOM This space is an all-white sanctuary – it’s easy to cosy up in winter with sheepskin rugs and candles, but in summer, it’s simple and fresh. ‘It’s really good to wake up here with the light flooding in and the river almost at the foot of the bed,’ says Jo. Get the look Find natural wood furniture at World Bazaar and Asian Treasures. The wood-framed mirror and the wooden bed can be customised at The Hidden Gallery. 108 I Livingetc June 2017






Playing within a calm and neutral palette lends an air of sophistication HOMES / ETC



THE OWNERS Jo Hollingsworth, an interiors stylist and writer, her husband Charlie, a pilot, and their daughter Aiella, 13, plus Barnaby the cockapoo. THE PROPERTY A detached house in Berkshire, built in the Twenties and extended in the Seventies. On the ground floor is the living room, kitchen, conservatory/dining room, pantry, garden room, laundry room, family room, den with sleeping loft, office, bathroom and two bedrooms, one of which is en suite. The master bedroom suite occupies the first floor.


White-oiled oak boards and white-painted wood panelling on the walls unify the open-plan spaces. All rooms in the house have access to either the garden or river. Get the look Check out Pergo for flooring. Pepperfry has a range of rocking chair.

It may look like it’s straight out of New England, but Jo and Charlie’s white-on-white home nestles by the river in very British Berkshire

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Words/Bea Beresford

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Wooden plank, `250 per sqft onwards, Pergo, painted in white; Oak plank, `800 per spft onwards, Squarefoot; white fabric, `1,375, Nirmals

CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEFT White pendant, `7,000, Splendour Lights; white bedsheet set, `2,500 onwards, Homestop; sofa, price on request, Essentia Environments; kitchen tap, `15,685,; Bath ` `1 ub, price on request, tu Olympia, available at O Etreluxe; planter, `1,200, Greenish; ceramic mug, G `1,350, Ikka Dukka; ` `1 mirror, price on request, m Roche Bobois R

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A LIGHTER SHADE OF PALE Despite living with four children and two dogs, Raegan and Markos were intent on featuring elegant white with arty twists in their beautiful Brooklyn apartment Photography/Matthew Williams Styling/Beth Flatley Indian research/Rinaa Peter


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HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Raegan Moya-Jones, founder of nursery brand aden + anais, her husband Markos Moya, MD of a telecommunications company, and their daughters Anais, 12, Lourdes, ten, Arin, eight, and Amelie Rose, five, plus bichon poodles Gypsy and Amber. THE PROPERTY A singlestorey apartment in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York. It has an open-plan kitchen/dining/ living space with an adjoining family room, five bedrooms. The guest bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom – a playroom, three bathrooms, a WC and a laundry room. There are two terraces with views of Manhattan.

TER R ACE Raegan loved the Manhattan views so much, she bought off-plan.


K ITCHEN ‘When I first saw the kitchen island, I made the builders reduce its size by a foot and a half. My husband went mental, but I couldn’t have lived with it looking out of proportion,’ says Raegan. Get the look Try Stonex for marble worktop. Check out Mikasa for similar flooring.

H A LLWAY This was the external corridor between the two separate apartments. Now it links the bedrooms to the main living space. Get the look Find similar paintings at Art Collective. 112 I Livingetc June 2017


’m mad on white!’ says Raegan Moya-Jones. ‘Its lightness and freshness has a physiological effect on me. My life is so busy that I need my home to be serene,’ she says. ‘At the same time, I’ve got four kids, so nothing is off limits in this apartment. If something gets dirty, I just clean it!’ Australian-born Raegan doesn’t divulge the size of her cleaning bill, but this self-confessed ‘neat freak’ seems unfazed by the impact of children and dogs on her home in Dumbo, Brooklyn, decorated as it is in elegant shades of oyster, white and grey. She and her husband Markos Moya moved into the then two-bedroom apartment in 2005, when they had only one child. Eight years and three children later, they bought the neighbouring property and combined the two to create a five-bedroom super-apartment, with astonishing views across the East River to Manhattan’s towering skyline. ‘We got lucky,’ admits Raegan, whose day job is running nursery brand aden + anais, which she founded nine years ago. (Since then, it’s grown from muslin swaddling blankets to a whole range of baby items, now available worldwide.) ‘We’d lived in Manhattan for ten years, but were looking for a bigger home to raise our family in. Being Aussies [Markos’s job in telecommunications brought the couple to New York in 1997], we also wanted outside space. We loved that this apartment had a huge terrace looking on to the river and bought it off-plan, before the developers had even started work. In the time between purchase and it being completed, the property market exploded and Dumbo suddenly became a hotspot for real estate. This is a landmark building and the apartments had been promoted as luxury developments, but they were actually pretty poorly designed and the finishes were cheap. I think the developers were hoping that the original purchasers, like us, would drop out and they could sell the apartments for a higher price to new buyers. But we hung in there!’ Given their good fortune in finding the apartment, it’s no surprise that Raegan and Markos wanted to stay as their family grew. When the adjacent apartment came up for sale in 2013, they snapped it up and immediately began the process of combining the two spaces. They kept the kitchen and living area in the original apartment and converted the existing two bedrooms into a playroom and guest room. They then turned the second apartment into a four-bedroom wing for the family to sleep in. ‘We took the opportunity to do a complete gut job and remedy the flaws of the original development,’ Raegan explains. ‘We took out the industrial air-conditioning and installed an integrated central-air system. When we took down the ceilings, we discovered structural beams and a metre of wasted space that we opened up to add height and architectural detail to all the rooms.’ In a separate transaction, the pair also purchased the external corridor between the two apartments and incorporated it as part of the living space. The conversion was projected to take eight months, but took more than a year and a half. ‘It seemed to go on forever,’ admits Raegan. ‘We were lucky again, in that our downstairs neighbours moved to California and we were able to rent their apartment while they were away. But all six of us were crammed into a two-bedroom apartment. The girls slept together, on metal bunks I’d bought from Ikea. They couldn’t stand each other by the end, but we made it through!’ The couple called on designer friends Juan Luna and Douglas Coffin to help them make sense of the space. ‘Markos is obsessed with storage and lighting, so the closets and lights were his big input,’ says Raegan. ‘I wanted to make sure we were making the most of the space, so we decided to scrap the original plan for a formal dining room that would be used only occasionally and instead turn it into a family room where we watch TV and hang out every day.’ The huge open-plan kitchen and living area is the heart of the apartment and manages to combine a practical cooking and eating space with the elegance of a hotel lounge. ‘I wanted it to be welcoming and homely, but I’m so Type A, I didn’t want to compromise on the beauty of the furnishings – I knew I’d regret it if I opted for practicality before aesthetics,’ says Raegan, laughing. ‘Of course, I worried about choosing marble for the kitchen and white upholstery, but I couldn’t do it any other way! And it works. We cook here all the time; the dogs are on the sofa and the kids scatter their toys around. It’s a home. We got it right for our family – that’s all that matters.’

K ITCHEN/ LI V ING A R E A Dark-oak flooring and a rich blue sofa ground the open-plan living space, with its white walls and ceiling. ‘I was worried that marble wouldn’t stand up to hard use in the kitchen, but I cook in here every day and it still looks great,’ says Raegan. Get the look Iqrup+Ritz has a similar buttoned sofa. Get a similar brass table customised at AKFD. Try Abaca for a carpet like this one.

H A LLWAY Family photographs line the hallway that leads to the children’s bedrooms and master suite. This ‘wing’ sits in the second apartment that was incorporated into the property. Get the look Find similar chandeliers at Jainsons. Get family pictures framed as art frames at Sharma Framers.


HOME TRUTHS What’s your life mantra? Leap and the net will appear. What are your three best qualities? Humour, loyalty, drive. And your three worst? Foul-mouthed, impatient, perfectionist. You have an hour alone; how do you spend it? Can I please have more than an hour? A massage or sitting by the ocean, staring out to sea, while drinking champagne. What do you miss about Australia? The beaches and the beautiful fresh food. Who would play you in a film of your life? Tina Fey, with an Aussie accent, because she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

FA MILY ROOM ‘We carved out this room from the main living area. It gives us a cosier space to relax as a family or gives an independent place for the kids to hang out when we have friends over,’ says Raegan. Get the look This is the Boffi sofa available at Studio Creo. The three Raimond pendants were designed by Raimond Puts for Moooi available at Lightbox. Find a similar carpet at Cocoon Fine Rugs.

DESK SPACE ‘We don’t know the artist, but we found this painting on a family trip to the Dominican Republic,’ says Raegan. Get the look Studio Creo has similar desk and chair. June 2017 Livingetc I 115

A NA IS’S BEDROOM Chic brass fittings create a sophisticated look. Get the look The metal bed and bookcase can be customised at The Great Eastern Home. The walls are painted in Dove Tale estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. Find a similar coffee table at Furniture Library and study chair at Anemos.


BATHROOM Marble upgrades the humble metro tile and adds an extra level of interest to the allwhite scheme. Get the look Subway tiles at Intersekt are similar to this. Check out Rajiv Sanitations for similar bath fittings.

M A STER BEDROOM ‘Home is my sanctum and I need calm colours to keep it serene,’ says Raegan. Get the look Get a similar bed customised at Nivasa. House of Heirloom has similar lights.




















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IDEAS TO STEAL Choosing aesthetics over practicality, this white house stays warm & welcoming HOMES / ETC


THE OWNERS Raegan Moya-Jones, founder of nursery brand aden + anais, her husband Markos Moya, MD of a telecommunications company, and their daughters Anais, 12, Lourdes, ten, Arin, eight, and Amelie Rose, five, plus bichon poodles Gypsy and Amber. THE PROPERTY A singlestorey apartment in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York. It has an open-plan kitchen/dining/ living space with an adjoining family room, five bedrooms – the guest bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom – a playroom, three bathrooms, a WC and a laundry room. There are two terraces with views of Manhattan.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Oak plank, `350 per sqft, Mikasa; Shaggy rug, `25,000, Qaaleen; Blue velvet fabric, `4000 per m, RR Decor


CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Calacatta tiles, `3,000 per sqft, MS International; Arche shower head, price on request, Dornbracht; artwork, `4,500, Art4u. com; antique rust lamp,price on request, Timothy Oulton; scooter lamp, `13,500, Cellar Door; sofa, `1,15,975, Iqrup+Ritz; brass bed, `2,50,000 onwards, the Great Eastern Home


N EU T R A L As an antidote to her high-octane job, Rebecca designed her Scandi-white-meets-luxe apartment with calm in mind

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Production ⁄ Mary Weaver Words ⁄ Jenny Tucker and Caroline Phillips Indian Research/ Malati Vijay & Rinaa Peter


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t’s all about the light,’ insists Rebecca Wakefield. ‘I need it! Don’t we all? A simple thing, but it makes me happy.’ This explains why, as the owner of this sunsaturated ground-floor apartment in southwest London, Rebecca’s smile is rather bright and shiny too. As flats go, this one is huge. A converted space in a Victorian bakery factory, which after spells as a children’s nursery and an architect’s studio was discovered ‘unloved, but full of so much potential’. With her background as an architect, Rebecca knew from the off what she wanted to do. ‘It has these amazing big arched windows and high ceilings, but it was configured into poky sections,’ she recalls. ‘I wanted to strip it all out, back to the shell and keep it open plan. It’s vast and normally, you’d fit in a lot more than two bedrooms into such an expansive floor space, but I wanted a gigantic living area instead.’ And, yes, there is enough room to swing a hundred cats and almost enough UV to warrant sunglasses, but there’s also a serene quality to this home that hasn’t happened by accident. ‘I have a high-octane job and personality,’ admits Rebecca, ‘so I wanted somewhere to balance that out. I’m on building sites most days, running around like crazy, so I’ve chosen white as my base colour mixed with natural materials to give an overall calming effect. Keeping a neutral feel is therapeutic.’ It certainly is a haven. Rebecca doesn’t even own a television. ‘I don’t watch TV. I just read anything and everything,’ she says. Her other passion is cooking, which explains why she insisted on this significant kitchen/dining area, with its dramatic bespoke dark oak units, a central island that’s nearly four metres long and an expansive table that can seat up to 14 guests. ‘It’s my favourite room,’ she says. ‘Josh (Fortnum, her partner) and I love having friends over. I hate to be shut away while I’m cooking and here, there’s tons of space for prep, but my friends can sit watching me and chat while I’m putting things together. The kitchen is the hub of any home and I wanted mine to be practical, but also to look amazing.’ There are dynamic touches everywhere in this apartment, though. Daring shadowy wood panelling in the hall counteracts the brilliance of the main rooms, statement steel-framed glazed doors accentuate the drama and a beautiful chevron f loor spreads underfoot. ‘I sourced local people for a number of my materials and bespoke designs,’ says Rebecca. ‘Because I deal with suppliers day to day at work, I have built up a great relationship with them.’ Her statement artwork is also a particular passion. ‘As the interior is so muted, it works really well with bold photography,’ she explains. She’s opted for fashion industry heavyweights: David Sims’ ‘Horse and the Walking Lady’ in the dining room and Nick Knight’s innovative photographs in the living room. ‘Their work adds a touch of femininity,’ she says, smiling. Rebecca’s also keen on feature lights. ‘Look at this Lindsey Adelman one above the dining table. She makes these amazing sculptural designs – you just can’t help staring at them.’ As if on cue, Mavis, a rescue dog from Dogs Trust, trots into the living room and sits looking at Rebecca with It’s-walk-time eyes. ‘There’s a huge park just 30 seconds away, so this is an ideal location for Mavis,’ Rebecca says with a laugh. ‘She’s such a placid dog, but loads of my friends can’t believe I’ve got a dog and white upholstery. The other day, I realised she’s got similar colouring to the tones I’ve chosen in the flat. I suppose that makes her part of the furniture.’ Lucky Mavis. See more of Rebecca’s work at

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K ITCHEN-DIN ER Entertaining is a priority for Rebecca. ‘It’s rare to have such a big dining area in most London apartments, so being able to create this room was the deal breaker for me,’ she says. Get the look The bespoke dining table was constructed by a local joiner and welder and these are Normann Copenhagen’s Knot chairs. Check out Calligaris for similar table and chairs. Similar wooden flooring is available at Beautex.

HOME PROFILE THE OWNERS Rebecca WakeďŹ eld, creative director of Banda, a boutique property search and development company, her partner Josh Fortnum, a quantity surveyor, and Mavis the rescue dog. THE PROPERTY A ground-oor apartment in a renovated Victorian bakery factory in southwest London. There is a large open-plan kitchen/ dining space, living area, two en-suite bedrooms and a WC.

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‘I couldn’t resist choosing natural materials. They create the perfect combo – warmth and drama’


M A STER EN SUITE Carrara marble teamed with black brassware adds drama to the classic design. Get the look The matt black brassware is from Dornbracht available at C Bhogilal. The steel-framed doors can be custommade at local metal furniture makers.


K ITCHEN-DIN ER ‘I love all the natural materials used here and everything has been so beautifully handcrafted,’ says Rebecca. ‘It took me weeks to decide on the stain colour for the oak units, but I’m so happy with it – worth the deliberation!’ Get the look This is bespoke solid-oak joinery from Aldworth James & Bond – find similar oak flooring at Mikasa Floors. The worktops, splashback and island are all Carrara marble – check out Stonex for a variety of woktops and splashback. Get the Dornbracht tap from C Bhogilal. Find a similar stool at Stanley.

‘This room is so relaxing and calm, but when it has to step up to the mark, it does a good job! At a push, we can get ten on the sofa and at our biggest party, we had 50 in here for drinks,’ says Rebecca. Get the look The bespoke sofa was designed by Rebecca and upholstered in Clarke & Clarke – get yours customised by Nivasa. The leather Falcon chair by Sigurd Ressell is an eBay find. The overhead light is Lindsey Adelman – get similar ones from Klove Studio. Get similar flooring from Mikasa and rugs from Hands.

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HOME TRUTHS What’s your favourite breakfast? Eating it at night-time. There’s something so satisfyingly wrong about cereal for supper. And favourite body part? Hands. As a designer, they come in quite handy. Ha! Who would you most like to be reincarnated as? Mies van der Rohe – a true visionary and pioneer; his designs will be eternally appreciated. I’d love to have his brain. Top weekend activity? Walking to New Covent Garden flower market on a Saturday morning through Battersea Park, followed by a peaceful, tasty brunch in my kitchen, followed by hosting a dinner party for friends, lasting into the early hours. What would be your alternative career? I love my job, but I’d be a florist. I adore flowers and I’d love to see all the private messages on deliveries! Five dinner party guests dead or alive… Dolly Parton, Bradley Cooper, Marie Antoinette, Sir Alan Sugar and Kevin McCloud. What an epic party that would be, with a great mixture of music, history, design, business and glamour.

DINING ROOM Rebecca believes it’s important to make a statement with either lighting or art. Here, she’s used both, but unites the two by maintaining her monochrome colour theme. Get the look The black and white photograph, Iselin, is by David Sims. The lights are by Lindsey Adelman – find similar ones at Ivanka.


LIVINGETC LOVES The expanse of open space for single-level living, which is practical and totally dramatic. Layers of natural wood in every shade from moody to golden, seen in the herringbone floor, bespoke cabinets and statement furniture. The monochrome palette, which gives an elegant and modern quality to the environment. Lighting as a show stopper. Classic designs with added edge. The specially created wraparound headboard on the bed that provides privacy and unique elegance. Industrial steel-framed doors, which put a contemporary twist on a traditional feature.



The moment visitors walk through the front door, they’re wowed by the décor that greets them. This distinctive lobby makes the most of the high ceilings, impressive dark wood walls and herringbone flooring. Get the look Get a mirror like this one made at Glass Concepts.This is the Originals love seat in Black by Ercol – get a similar one custom-made at Furniture Library.

V IEW TO M A STER EN SUITE The master bedroom flows through the dressing room to reach these glass and steel industrial doors into the en suite. Get the look The whitewashed oak wall panelling was made bespoke by Aldworth James & Bond – find similar wall panelling at Beautex.

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M A STER BEDROOM ‘This is somewhere I really only spend time getting ready and sleeping,’ says Rebecca. ‘So I love the fact you walk through the dressing area to the en suite and that there’s so much cupboard space.’ Get the look The bespoke wraparound headboard is in Romo’s Launay linen in Silver Birch. The IC pendant is by Michael Anastassiades for Flos – available at Vis-a-Vis.








Multiple shades of wood and luxe touches on a neutral canvas HOMES / ETC

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Oak plank, `350 per sqft onwards, Mikasa; carpet from Montage collection, `1,80,000, Carpet Cellar; Coffee oak wood parquet, price on request, also from Mikasa.


CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Heracleum Endless suspension light, `1,56,295 approx, Moooi; pendant lights, `2,75,000 for an installation of 48 lights, Shivangi Shah, Hive; ceramic jugs and vase, `1,800 onwards, Claymen; Gold luster vase, `3,200, Cellar Door; sofa, price on request, Essentia Environments; Croc black pot, `15,000, Hidden Gallery; Soren chair by Calligaris, `11 ,700, Studio Creo; Aida Ottoman, price on request, Ace Maison; Pippa stool, `37,800, Idus

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139 PROJECT INSPIRATION Bathroom designs that take the rituals to another level besides being more than just functional

130 DESIGN NEWS Our latest selection of designs, including a special edit of bath accessories

132 SHOWER HEADS Let it rain like never before in myriad cascades

133 DESIGN PROFILE Vikram Phadke on designing yet another drop-dead gorgeous retail destination, this time in Bengaluru June 2017 Livingetc I 129

DESIGN NEWS Discover the latest in the market for your big-ticket buys and more...

Style spin A wave of uniformly twisting blades create a curious circular form in this Spin lamp for Kartell. (


The Minotti sofa with its soft and rounded curves is a picture of style and comfort. Its modular design allows you to arrange it in varied ways giving you different views. (

Back up After a long day, when you need help to relieve you of the tensed muscles, this massager has your back. Osim’s uCaress 3D massager is powerpacked with warmth and is ergonomically designed to provide deep tissue massage. It offers kneading, rolling and swing massage and many other options. Go ahead, give it a try. (

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Cera has opened its Style Studio in Cochin. The spacious, beautifully designed store has on display the entire range of wares the brand has to offer. ( 130 I Livingetc June 2017


Light up! Add some instant glitz to your interiors with this glow furniture. The LED fitted Colour Art TV unit lights up any space. The Home Studio unit comes with both soothing and vibrant options to suit your mood lighting. And there are five finishes, four wood textures and white high gloss finish. Price ` 1,10,177 (

TWO TIMER Small spaces seem fun when you have the Ito sofa from Clei, that converts into a bed. The sofa stays underneath the bed base when the bed is opened. No need to remove objects from the shelf as it stays as it is. What’s more, the bright coloured sofa covers can be fully removed and spare covers can be bought separately. (

Good wood Slender S e e b beauty y Light, gh long-limbed l g l b d Plume floor lamp p by y Christophe Pille et uses u e the e latest a e LED D technologies and g minimal approach pp to design, y yet exudes s luxury. l y ( p p om)

The quest for sustainability gets a boost with Reliance Industries tying up with Resysta International, Germany, to produce and market RelWood™ – a natural fiber polymer composite in India. The cutting-edge product works as an alternative to natural wood. This compound can be the raw material for sheets and various profiles used in place of wood and plywood. (

For the best brews Tassimo, `21,999, Bosch

Genio2 Piano Black, `11,950, De’Longhi

FLEXI FURNITURE A flexible piece of furniture for buffets, TV units or any other purpose, this cabinet has been designed keeping in mind the versatile needs of varied spaces. The Flexform Century is made entirely of aluminium, with a wide range of pieces with different heights that can be put together to form an infinite possible configurations. Available in warm burnished or delicate white finish of the aluminium with marble or glass top. (

Piccolo Red, `19,990, Krups

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AGENDA / SHOPPING Shower with LED, price on request, Treemme

Hole rain shower, `1429, Lime Road

MEM, `2,08,129 approx, Dornbracht

Platina Mat, `2,02,956 approx, Dornbracht

The Edited Choice

SHOWER HEADS Let it rain like never before Shower, `2,03,100,Treemme

Raindance, `89,304, Hansgrohe

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Cleo, `3,52,200, Etreluxe


A Life In Design

VIKRAM PHADKE Known for designing luxe home decor destinations, Vikram Phadke shapes the latest luxury address for bath and surfaces in Bengaluru

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP The Introverso washbasin by Paolo Ulian for Antonio Lupi; glass staircase that sits in the middle of the store, like an ice cube, by Carlo Santambrogio; Vikram Phadke in the process of shaping Introverso at Keha Casa.


he spotlight on architect-designer Vikram Phadke, known for creating drop-dead retail experiences just got a whole lot brighter with the opening of Keha Casa, the latest and swankiest store, for bath and surfaces in the country.

Words/Mridula Sharma

What was the genesis of the concept? The concept of the project was to create a world class immersive design centre that would take care of the needs of professionals and clients alike for their requirements of bath fittings, material and surfaces. Did the design meander... from what the first thought was? The design did not meander. Sure, some of the spaces designed did undergo changes that were dictated by the products themselves, but the overall design held. How much of this design was dictated by materials to be showcased? The fundamental design came out of the needs of the client. The overall space did define the limits of the design...for example, how much of product could fit per floor. Lastly, the product itself had a major part in dictating the design. Sizes, colour, volume...all had an impact. But the biggest task was the curation of the product line! Each brand has hundreds, if not thousands, of products to choose from. To showcase the best was the toughest challenge but the team has pulled off this feat with aplomb! Keha Casa is a an experience that showcases  rich and luxurious lines on the ground floor, semi classic brands on the mid-level and contemporary cutting edge material and finishes on the upper level. And all this is done seamlessly with the help of ethereal, never before seen, floating glass staircases. You are known for drop-dead retail experience, what’s next? Well, currently I am busy with the makeover of Evoluzione in Delhi, so one can look forward to the new look!  June 2017 Livingetc I 133

DESIGN / PROFILE FROM BELOW LEFT Boutique facade as seen from the road; the Keha Casa men Hameed Khan, Kekin Shah and PC Mallappa; the ground floor is dedicated to SICIS topline products; Antoniolupi section on the first floor.

THE PATRONS OF HI-DESIGN Any grand project is the coming together of many brave and bold minds. Keha Casa is the brainchild of three such people: ( l to r) Kekin Shah, who has a 100-year-old family legacy in sanitaryware; Hameed Khan, a design professional who has worked diligently to bring bath and surfaces into the lifestyle segment in India, and their local partner in Bangalore, PC Mallappa. You’ve been among the pioneers to introduce luxury bath brands in India. What is the criterion for you to select the brands that you present, here and elsewhere? The first and foremost thing that we look for, in a company, is its consistency in developing designs. Every company that we choose has a strong design philosophy and a story to tell along with an indelible history which is backing them. Some of these companies are family run and have been in business for a very long time; their main objective is to have a unique voice and are known in the industry for it. They have invested copious amounts of time and energy into creating new concepts, designs and product lines. These companies are the real movers towards change; they drive the industry by setting exceptional standards, for others to follow. That done ( brands’ selection), what were the next thoughts? We wanted to develop an experience centre that captures the true essence of luxury in the domain of bath and surfaces. Since the customers today are very well travelled, we wanted to take the

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THIS PAGE Design of the boutique showcases the surfaces and products that are its business; from floor and wall tiles to bath fittings and vanity units. Seen in the picture: Lithos Design, Antoniolupi shower-heads and Devon&Devon vanity unit, Mutina tiles and 3-D tiles by Giovanni Barbieri.

experience of buying bath fittings to another level and elevate it many notches. We set out to showcase each brand in an international setting which is well coordinated and represented by the ethos that each of them represent. The last two years have been spent studying the many brands before bringing them home. What, to your mind, is the absolutely top-end in luxury bathrooms? In India what we perceive as luxury usually refers to the most expensive; but luxury is an experience. It means indulging in a space that you love and enjoy. Luxury to us means priceless; something that is beyond valuation and that only comes from experience.. What about the expertise in installation and maintenance? Top notch brands work very hard to keep the quality standards high as they are dealing with customers globally. Similarly, Keha Casa is all about promoting experiences and services. Once we adopt a new brand—from setting up the installation to post sale services—it is all part of the Keha Casa experience that we provide. Given the Indian conditions, water quality, housekeeping, etc, what would you want your customers to be careful about? Since our customers believe in us and the brands we represent, we are also aware and conscious about the maintenance of these products. We provide them with guidance not only in terms of maintenance but by giving them all necessary technical details and guidelines, from the installation to the maintenance. Which are your personal favourites? It’s difficult to choose. Each and every product that we have included in our portfolio is because we love them and believe in them. Each one is unique and special for us!


Soothing escape Escape into an exhilarating new world every time you experience a shower courtesy Grohe Spa Aqua Symphony. A beautiful interplay of softly coloured light soothes you with relaxing sounds. Whether you like the drizzle spray or rain spray, water curtain or pulsating water, it offers infinite ways of enjoying shower. (

GLOW UP! Bathe in some light as you shower, courtesy Treemme. Its shower heads from the Light series are made of an Entite body that envelops the free-falling water, all immersed in a bright, full-colour experience, thanks to its multi-functional chromotherapy system. Available in different shapes with different coloured LED lights. (

Fluid flow Make the routine act of bathing a unique experience. The Gessi Cascata shower allows you to enjoy water as naturally as possible. Its flow follows the fluidity of water. The wall-fixing water shower spout takes away the mundane from your life. `1,14,560 approx. (


Imagine being able to enjoy the joys of rain right in your ou bathroom? Jaquar Artize Rainjoy is all about that pure pleasure. Combin ning the latest in material aqua pressure science and hydro flow design with the best a ure therapy, the experie multifunctional shower offers the most rejuvenating rej eriences. (

Bright spot Wanna add instant colour and panache to your bathroom? Install ll phosi an Olympia Ceramica Metamorph n counter washbasin that comes in several bright shades, shapes and sizes. (

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Cubism With their pure geometrical compositions of cubes, rectangles and right angles, the Graff Solar faucets are a stand-out element of any bathroom. They come in the traditional chrome and steel finish, as well as matte black. Here you have a single lever basin mixer and a three-hole basin mixer. (

CEMENT STYLE Chorus, the soap dispenser and brush holder, fashioned out of concrete impresses with its unique design. It’s inspired by the designer Iti Tyagi’s memory of over-full sacks arriving in Indian markets. `5,000. (

Multi-tasker M This Graff Aquasense Dual function ce eiling-mounted showerhead is fittted with body sprays, touch pad an n nd handshower, performing many fu u unctions. (


GET INTELLIGENT Minimalism and ergonomic comfort are the hallmark of the sculpted Veil Intelligent Toilet by Kohler. It offers ultimate hygiene with features like integrated bidet, LED nightlight, hands-free opening and closing, all of which can be controlled on a touchscreen LCD remote control. The stainless steel bidet wand offers adjustable spray, position, water pressure, temperature, pulsating and oscillating functions. The self-cleaning function uses UV light and electrolysed water systems to sanitise the bidet wand surface. Price `4,00,000. Turning on a faucet can be a calming experience. The Kohler Beitou faucet is designed to allow natural cascade of water leading to a serene feeling. (

Design with green intentions. Fima’s HC faucet is a modular system that regulates flow and temperature of water. It has a minimal design with a rectangular geometry. The handles allow an intuitive movement – by pulling them to yourself, the flow of water can be opened, regulated and diverted. It also offers a shelf or a flat surface to keep small objects. (

Jewellery in the bath Innovative design is the crowning glory of Jaquar’s Artize Tiara and Tailwater faucets. With its unusual form of echoing ovals, Tiara looks more like a jewellery. Tailwater is inspired by the fluid lines of contemporary architecture. Designed to be deck-mounted, the tap widens and curves slightly at the base in a delicate balance of curves. (

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CRYSTAL GAZE For a complete hedonistic appeal, turn your entire bathroom into a stunning piece of jewellery with Bianchini & Capponi’s crystal vanity unit. The perfect proportions of the vanity unit in crystal with white Cristallino marbletop console are sure to turn heads. (

Marble marvel Crafted out of one of the world’s most valuable marbles from the Val Venosta Alps, Old Macchia or Old Spot, is a sculptural washbasin that mesmerises with its fluid lines. The Bianco Lasa / Covelano marble is known for its translucent, uniform appearance. The handmade natural stone washbasin is a collaboration between Alberto Antolini and Alessandro La Spada. (

White magic Slim rims, sharp lines and precise aesthetics create perfectly hygienic surfaces in VitrA’s Mineralcast Washbasins. Mineralcast is a composite material composed of 80 per cent natural minerals like marble, sand and quartz and 20 per cent a special resin and is manufactured in Germany. A special process keeps the washbasins as white and shiny as the first day of use. (


We love this quirky interpretation of a wash basin. It’s a suitcase, an easel put together that you can carry with you! Gianluca Paludi’s design for Olympia Ceramica offers lot more than just surprise element. Basin suitcase comes with mirror with led lights, cover with make-up mirror, folding tap, handle towel rail, leather bag with hook for storage. (

BE SMART Auto open seat covers, heated seats, the night light, auto flush and flushing options that can be controlled with an iOS app... the Roca Smart Toilet Collection is a dream to use. Equipped with an InWash technology, the range boasts deordorising D-Tim technology that sanitises the nozzle before and after each use. The In-Tank Soft Air Vortex technology ensures optimal flushing under all water pressure conditions. (

Shape shifter


A hand shower that doubles up as a massager! We are totally floored by this brainwave. The WaterCandy showerhead by Zucchetti can also be used to massage the body. Its back strap allows the shower to fit into your hand ergonomically, while the silicone nozzles can be used for a gentle massage. (

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It’s refreshing to see a new design in WC. Not only does the Johnson germ-free sanitaryware offer superior hygiene with its anti-bacterial silver nano technology, it also impresses with its innovative shape. The rain shower panel features inbuilt FM Radio and touch screen technology, LED light on top and multiple body jets. (


BATHROOMS THAT INSPIRE A palatial space that bathes you in luxury, a soothing spa experience that pampers you, a quiet and elegant sanctuary where you can channel your inner calm... whatever that you covet, there are enough clues to pick up


Words and picture research/ Malati Kallapur Vijay

1 HUSHED LUXURY It looks delicate like a broken egg shell and proves that you need no extravagant measures to make a mark. The hushed luxury of the Lunetta bathtub by Antonio Lupi is palpable in its stunning shape. Simplicity and minimalism do all the talking. The oval stone bathtub is complete with drain and pressure plug, siphon and flexible hose. Lunetta plays a dual role – it’s both a bathtub and a shower. Its size and sculptural shape allow for a free installation anywhere.

2 QUIET SANCTUARY Muted shades and clean lines create a quiet space that is soothing to the senses. Boffi’s Sabbia bathtub, made in Crystalplant is majestic and is accompanied by a floor mounted filler/ mixer. The faucets are made of satin finish stainless steel. There is an idea behind each of the products. The Pianura basin, with its smooth curves, is made in Corian.

3 ROYAL TREATMENT When you live a life fit for the royals, this is the kind of bathroom you would want. King-size in dimension, lavish and opulent in design, this is part of a farmhouse located on a 2.5-acre property, and is designed by Raseel Gujral Ansal. The pistachio green interiors create a refreshingly elegant and soothing environs. ‘The project’s main objectives were to give the grandest experience while keeping the site in mind. Inspired by palaces and Indo-saracenic elements, the entire complex has a symmetrical layout and an absolute orientation to the North-south axis,’ says Raseel. The flooring is in white marble with MOP inlay and a clawfoot free-standing tub sits majestically. The crystal chandelier was custom-made for the room. This one is for those who seek the ultimate in indulgence.


PHOTOGRAPHY PALLON DARUWALA The world is indeed made of small parts that fit together in harmony and in an aesthetic manner. The Sicis creations mimic a pictureperfect painting or a sophisticated wallpaper at the Keha Casa store. Matching floral patterns on the bathtub and wall create a mesmerising ambience. Known for reinventing the art of marble and stone mosaics, Sicis keeps taking the craft to newer heights and leaves us breathless each time.


5 PLAYFUL HARMONY Quirky prints on wall tiles and surfaces for the storage units by Momenti create a uniquely vibrant space. True to their belief of adding edginess to design, brothers Alexander and Matteo Bagnai of Momenti create these crazy designs that are a fusion of a myriad of art works, patterns and graphics. The good thing is, it all comes together in a playfully exciting harmony.

‘The bathroom is where you spend some of the precious alone moments. Make sure it allows you to relax and rejuvenate. Choose the colours, textures and materials that help you do that’

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6 BEAUTY WITH FUNCTION While this bathroom catches your attention with its soft sinuous contours, what truly impresses you are the many practical solutions it offers. The large mirror comes with a built-in wash basin and a vanity cabinet on castors which can be transformed into a comfortable seat when necessary. Olympia Ceramica’s Beauty vanity is a complete bathroom that offers immense versatility. The wooden compartments are designed to house a host of accessories. The overall elegance of the modern and contemporary bathroom make it must have.

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7 STARK STATEMENT A stark palette of black and white wall tiles by Porcelanosa form a dramatic backdrop to an elegant bathroom. ‘When doing our product selection for this particular bathroom mock up, we were envisioning a vintage, Victorian vibe. We love the monochrome look and think this is a timeless set-up that one can never get bored of,’ say Ridhi and Vidur Arora, co-founders of Intersekt. Floor tiles are by Ceramica Gomez, Spain, bath fittings are by Zucchetti Kos, Italy; vanity, basin unit and sanitaryware are by Villeroy & Boch, Germany.

8 THERAPEUTIC MONOTONE The monotone use of statuario Italian marble on the floor as well as the walls creates a serene and therapeutic feel in this bathroom. ‘The idea was to give a royal and luxurious feel to the client as per his requirements. Keeping in mind the concept of the over-flowing bathtub by Kohler, we gave it an elevation from the floor. The classical gilt-edged artefacts from Villeroy and Boch and the paintings resonate with the opulent factor,’ says Sanchit Arora, Studio Head, Renesa. A wall-mounted TV takes care of entertainment needs as you lounge in luxury.


9 VINTAGE CHIC A contemporary bathroom with a touch of the vintage, this is part of a home for a young single woman with a distinctive whimsical aesthetic preference. ‘It was conceived as a striking space that is a study in delicious contrasts. A palette of copper, teal and black were the starting point. Despite the fairly compact size, we chose a mix of country, industrial and vintage styles to create depth of character,’ says Swanzal Kak Kapoor of Saka. The wallpaper is a vintage advertisement print that sets off the black walls and copper details. Its rhythmic texture links the other strong elements together. ‘The copper basin was sourced from Dream Home and the stand was fabricated by Sharma Farm with a metal unicycle base and wooden planked top,’ she says. The oval mirror is custom-made, while the metal birdcages were sourced from a local store. The teal cabinet with the sleeper wood top conceals a washing machine.

10 WELLNESS LOUNGE Having the Hoesch Whirlwanne Water lounge is like having a bathtub and wellness center in one unit. It allows you to dip into a fascinating experience that goes beyond the conventional. You lie down on a comfortable transparent glass cube and let the light, water and delicate air massage rejuvenate your body and mind. The swivelling tray made of glass keeps your favourite drink or book handy. The integrated lamp also works as a water inlet. The Water Lounge concept by NOA design bureau totally redefines the concept of bathing. The whirl jets in the back and side walls of the tub are used for massaging and hence for relaxing the muscles of specific body parts. The air jets placed throughout the tub floor vitalise the entire body and stimulate the circulation. By combining the two kinds of jets you can obtain the best results. Price `67,00,000.

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11 WALLPAPER POWER The monotone floral wallpaper sets a serene backdrop to a stunning Devon & Devon bathroom. The Ginko wallpaper grabs attention with its simplicity and unobtrusive presence. The breathtaking contrast of colours and materials make for an exciting space. With the dreamy look created by the flowy curtains skimming the floor, it hardly looks like a bathroom. The gorgeous setting curated by the brand’s architect and art director Paola Tanini includes an extensive area dedicated to the latest collection designed by Devon & Devon with other designers, and displayed in New York.

12 SHOW STOPPER Sitting on the axis of a master bedroom suite with floor dimensions of 20ft by 12ft, this bathroom shines with its subdued opulence. The Villeroy and Boch bathtub takes center stage in the middle with a cast iron chandelier from Klove hanging overhead. There are no doors to access this bathroom as it is the extension of a the bedroom for an elderly couple who live in a villa in Civil Lines, Delhi. ‘The double-side wardrobe opening from both sides acts as a partition between the bedroom and the bathroom. Since it’s an extension of the bedroom, not much stone cladding has been done on walls. Only the shower area gets some intricate cladding of statutorio stone. The curtains continue in the toilet area as well. The lighting, the colour scheme, furniture pieces and the detailing make it look part of a dry space than a conventional wet area,’ says Dinesh Panwar of Urbanscape Architects. The twin basins are mounted on a high-gloss wooden cabinet with metal legs. It’s a double layered mirror with mirror detailing.


13 BATHROOM WITH A VIEW A pool right across the window and stunning views beyond... you have a bathroom like this one, you never want to come out of it. To top that are the Sternhagen Düne suite collection’s alluring undulating surfaces and glossy finishes. The soft curves mimic the natural ripples in rocks created over ages allowing the water to flow freely. Made of Sani Quartz, the tiles and basins are available in black and white colours. Go for it for a highly sophisticated look.

14 SPALICIOUS! A lavishly laid out space to create a spa ambience, this second floor bathroom includes several areas within it. The bathtub reflected in the mirror is on an elevated three-step platform with fixed glass on either sides to bring in the vistas of the farm around. It is sunken into the stone-cladded platform with artefacts and candles placed nearby setting off the spa mood. A recliner sits facing the bathtub in the backdrop of a mirror-cladded wall, which also holds a five-inch television. A bold artwork adorns the adjoining wall which is finished in wood. Most of the walls are covered with mirror to double up the luxurious feeling. ‘It’s about relaxation and rejuvenation, the artwork suggests the same,’ say the designers Monica and Hardesh Chawla.

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15 BRIGHT AND UPLIFTING It’s a mood-uplifting bathroom with the freshness of orange tone and lightness of high-quality plastic by Kartell, Italy, together with the innovative edge of Laufen, Switzerland, leading producer of ceramic sanitaryware. Award-winning designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba have come up with a unique space that effortlessly rejuvenates you. It features the revolutionary SaphirKeramik, a material that allows performance characteristics that are unbelievable - the washbasin material can be made as thin as blades and can exhibit extreme lightness – not only visual, but actual. SaphirKeramik weighs half of normal ceramics – equal only to its inimitable mechanical resistance. Innovation has no limits.

‘Aside from putting together the mood that suits you, be wise to create enough storage for all the essential paraphernalia’


Summer drinking goes ballistic with these easy-to-prep refreshing concoctions Cooler preparations/Agnello & Dipendra at LIMA & NRI restaurants, BKC, Mumbai Photography/Divine Food Photography by Payal Choksi


Mango Batida * 45ml Cachaca * half a fresh mango * 20ml raspberry puree * 1 scoop ice cream * 30ml fresh cream * Blend with 3 to 4 cube of ice

In a cocktail blender, blend the mango and raspberry puree. Add the Cachaca to this and pulse it. Add 3-4 ice cubes and blend further. Add the ice cream and cream and pulse once more. Pour it into a brandy balloon glass. Garnish with raspberry puree drops and fresh mango cubes. Serve chilled.

Emandem * 45ml Tequila * 20ml green melon juice * 1 wedge fresh melon *half a slice mango *melon ball for garnish *crushed ice

In a cocktail blender, blend the mango and melon wedge. Add Tequila and melon juice to this and pulse in the blender. Add crushed ice and pulse once more. Pour it into a margarita glass. Garnish with melon ball. Serve chilled.

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Lima Paloma * 45ml Tequila Bianco * 150ml grapefruit juice * 1 sprig fresh rosemary * 1 orange wedge * crushed ice

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Paloma are cocktails made with Tequila and grapefruit and are a substitute for Margaritas. Pour the grapefruit juice into a cocktail shaker. Add Tequila Bianco and crushed ice to this. Close the lid tight and shake vigorously. Add the sprig of rosemary and give it another shake. Pour into a hiball glass. Garnish with orange wedge. Serve chilled.

Blueberry mojito *45ml Bacardi carta blanca *5 fresh blueberry. *5 to 6 mint leaves *20ml lime juice *20ml sugar *4-5 ice cubes

Muddle the blueberry and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker jar. Shift it to a blender. Add Bacardi, sugar and lime juice. Blend with 4-5 ice cubes. Pour into an Apsilon glass. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve chilled.

El Matador * 45ml White Rum * 60ml fresh cucumber juice * 60ml fresh pineapple juice *1 pineapple slice for garnish *crushed ice

Make fresh cucumber juice by blending two medium sized cucumbers. Pour the pineapple and cucumber juice into a cocktail shaker. Add the white rum to this. Add crushed ice. Close the lid tight and shake vigorously. Pour into a Pisco glass. Garnish with pineapple slice. Serve chilled.

Mango basil gin tonic * 60ml Beefeater Gin * 100gm freshly purĂŠed mango * 1 can tonic water * 4 pcs fresh basil leaves * crushed ice

In a hiball glass, pour in the gin. Next pour in the purĂŠed mango. Add crushed ice. Top with tonic water. Garnish with basil leaves. Serve chilled.


Jalapeno cucumber Aguas Frescas * 45ml Tequila Bianco * 120ml fresh cucumber juice * 5 slices jalapeno * cucumber peel for garnish * crushed ice

Aguas Frescas are known as Spanish cool water cocktails made from fresh juices, cereals and blended with sugar and water. Make fresh cucumber juice by blending four medium-sized cucumbers. Pour the juice into a cocktail shaker. Add the Tequila Bianco to this. Add crushed ice. Close the lid tight and vigorously shake the liquids in the shaker. Add the jalapeĂąo slices, and shake once again. Pour it into a Pilsner glass. Garnish with cucumber peel. Serve chilled.

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GREEN ESCAPE Choose from our selection of eco-friendly luxury resorts and connect deeply with nature


f you are an eco-conscious traveller, you may feel guilty about the environment impact you cause while holidaying. Let that not stop you from travelling. You only have to plan your holiday well and choose your destination wisely. Here are five resorts located amid some of the most delicate natural environments across the globe, but they are designed to cause least harm to their surroundings. They are, in fact, established with a green mission to create awareness and promote eco-sensitivity. An organic coffee plantation that has won awards for sustainability in Costa Rica, a wilderness retreat that sits close to a world heritage site in Australia without disturbing the natural habitat, a nature reserve on a coral park in Tanzania, an award-winning resort on a private island that promotes conservation of natural resources in Cambodia, a ski resort in the picturesque Swiss Alps that teaches you all about living a green life..... The options are irresitible. While pristine nature itself is luxury, these retreats offer the best of modern amenities as well!

Words/ Malati Kallapur Vijay


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP View of the hotel; Guarumo bathtub; Poas volcano close to the hotel; and Ranchito master suite

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The lowdown An organic coffee plantation and a luxury inn, crowning the central valley mountain highlands of Costa Rica, it’s located close to the San Jose International Airport. It has been offering eco-tourism for several years. Best for Coffee lovers who crave adventure and natural wonders. There are three active volcanoes within a few miles. The hotel features four master suites and villas and ten elegant junior suites. The well-appointed rooms come with jacuzzi baths, king-size beds, private verandas and decks overlooking the green Central Valley, the volcanoes above, and secluded patios surrounded by tropical gardens and flowers. Not to forget their traditional Costa Rican fare.Barva Volcano lies directly above the resort and is considered to be the largest in land mass of all the 292 documented volcanoes in Costa Rica. With its elaboarate system of recycling and regeneration, Finca Rosa has been awarded the first certified sustainable hotel in Costa Rica. Go on coffee tours, cultural highland tours, exploring the famous masks of Barva and the giant puppets that dance through the streets to wild music, and taste exotic fruit and fresh tortillas at the open air market. The hotel also offers a myriad of Costa Rican nature experiences from cloud forests to rain forests. Try Hot Stone Aromatherapy Massage, or organic coffee body scrub at their elegant El Targuá Spa. It’s an experience! Book it From `17,943 approx per night for two (


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[EYE SPY] The floor-to-ceiling windows of the luxury tents at Longitude 131 offer the majestic views of the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park as it changes its colour through the day



Aust ra lia The lowdown Located in close proximity to the World Heritagelisted Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the resort offers modern desert camp accommodation. Best for Those who enjoy wilderness retreats as natural as they come, but with a sumptuous dose of luxury. Each tent has been meticulously designed to have minimal impact on the environment. Renowned as the spiritual heart of Australia, the Red Centre in the Northern Territory is rich in Aboriginal culture and rugged outback beauty. There are 16 tented pavilions with balconies from where you can have unmatched views of the natural phenomena. The balconies offer all modern facilities like, a daybed, armchairs and eco-smart fire places. The resort has added artworks and artefacts from indigenous artists. All suites feature king-size bed, floor-toceiling windows offering outback views, complimentary in-suite bar and wireless internet. The food is contemporary Australian cuisine with a fusion of modern and indigenous flavours. You can enjoy your meals at the Dune House within the resort or take your dining experience outdoors under under the stars. Go for a sunset walk at the base of Uluru as the Kantju Gorge is bathed in vivid evening light, or a sunrise expedition among the dome formations. We bet, you have never seen anything like that before. Book it From `66,494 approx a night for two (

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Aerial view of the retreat; The Dune House dining area; a view of a luxury tent; contemporary Australian cuisine offered at the resort; inside view of a luxury tent

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Chumbe Island Coral Park Za nziba r, Ta nza nia

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Chumbe Island forest and resort view; inside view of a room; bungalow front view; ingredients are sourced locally for the food s d; livng room served;

The lowdown An idyllic tropical island situated about 6 km from the larger island of Zanzibar and about 30 km off the coast of Tanzania. Best for Exploring stunning coral reef sanctuary and coral rag forest that are privately managed by a non-profit organisation. Around 90 per cent of Chumbe is covered by one of the last undisturbed tropical dry forests in Zanzibar, that are replete with rare wildlife. The resort offers accommodation in seven eco-bungalows, perfectly blended with the surrounding nature and situated between the beach and the forest. Each bungalow is equipped with double or twin beds in the sleeping area under the palm thatched roof, a self-contained bathroom with hot and cold shower, a large living room furnished with handmade furniture and decorated with African art, colourful fabrics and a comfortable hammock. As there is no ground water source in the rocky substrate of the island, each bungalow collects its own fresh water from rainwater that has been filtered and stored. While here, you can savour the traditional Zanzibari cuisine.The resort offers guided snorkeling, boat rides to the edge of the Coral Reef Sanctuary that beholds a world of breathtaking sights and a trail circling the southern part of the dense coral rag forest. Book it From `17,933 approx for a night for one (


Chumbe’s high standards in sustainability through the balance of conservation and commerce, while also fostering community and cultural development, have been recognised at many prestigious platforms.

TRAVEL / ETC CLOCKWISE A view of three pods; inside the hotel; the dining area; snow-covered pods

Whitepod Eco Retreat


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The lowdown A luxurious private ski resort in the picturesque Swiss Alps, it offers igloo-like pods atop snowy hills with all modern facilities. Best for Those with kids who get excited at the site of round pods that resemble igloos against the ethereal Alps. Designed to combine ecology and luxury, a pod is a sphere composed of triangles – a self-supporting framework which provides a solid structure while using minimum of material. Each of the 15 pods is designed to be like a luxury suite is connected to the water system and heated with a pellet stove. In order to stay green, the resort controls the use of energy and water, recycles waste, uses renewable energy and relies less on motorised transport. The staff lives nearby and simply walks to work. So you have to walk from the reception to your pod, enjoying the breathtaking ski slopes, which is part of the Whitepod experience. They also purchase local and regional ingredients for cooking. Their private dining room offers a romantic space for a memorable experience. During winter, you can try activities like skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding and snowshoeing. In the summer, you can go for outdoor adventures like mountain climbing and hiking and thermal baths, karting, bowling or a game of pool in the nearby facilities. With its thoughtful design and processes to remain eco-friendly, the Whitepod eco resort was awarded the World Prize for Sustainable Tourism in 2005. Book it From `22,680 approx a night for two (

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CLOCKWISE Aerial view of the island; over-water villa; a glimpse into a bathroom; outdoor spa area; over-water villa deck

Song Saa The lowdown An award-winning resort on a private island in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago, it promotes conservation-based luxury tourism Best for Those who covet a far-away paradise amid turquoise seas and pristine wilderness. Its design, though contemporary, is inspired by the beautiful and serene surroundings. There are 24 spacious luxury villas, each featuring a private pool and spectacular island and ocean views. Each villa was constructed from recycled and reclaimed timber and decorated with repurposed items and local materials. The Vista Bar and Restaurant offers global cuisine with a local touch. Check out their twist on traditional Cambodian Khmer and international fares. They use wildlife-friendly rice and produce is sourced from within the island. They use organic ingredients from their own gardens too. Want a memorable dining experience? Try their Destination Dining. You can enjoy a lot of exciting activities here — diving, kayaking to hidden coves, hiking through rainforest trails or excursions across the waves. Song Saa Sanctuaries offers world-class spa facilities. Do yoga on the beach or enjoy an invigorating massage to the sound of crashing waves. Through The Song Saa Foundation, you can also be a part of its community and environment programmes aimed at preserving the natural environment and improving the welfare of local communities. Book it From `80,339 for a night for two. ( 164 I Livingetc June 2017


Koh Ouen Private Island, Cambodia



Fort Jadhavgadh

Rough, rugged, relaxing Explore a 300-year-old fort, get a glimpse into ancient treasures and bird watch from the lap of modern luxury at this heritage hotel


ear Dive Ghat on the Pune-Satara Road, from amid a dusty village rises a majestic fort on a small hillock. Built by Pillaji Jadhavrao, a Maratha General in the army of Chatrapati Shahuji, grandson of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji, in 1710, Fort Jadhavgadh has been restored and converted into a heritage retreat by hotelier Vithal Kamath. At the grand entrance, you receive a royal welcome by a trumpeter (tutaari player) in Maharasthrian attire. Stepping across the large threshold into the fort is like going on time travel. The pillared pavilion on the left which serves as the reception has the crew in traditional clothing. The pavilion on the right

displays some antique paraphernalia including huge drums which have been taken over by the excited kids. Inside the sunlit open courtyard, a niche on the right holds a huge stone plate which was elephants’ feeding place. A small flight of stairs takes you to the main complex that houses the guest rooms and restaurants. There are many nooks and corners, mysterious stairways that invite you to explore the fort that retains its character after all these years. Well-appointed rooms line the inner wall of the fort at various levels. The rooms are modern with a deep stone niche created in the wall that remind you that you are inside a fort. The bathroom is spacious and has a rain shower facility that is truly enchanting. Lunch at the multi-cuisine restaurant throws up many options. On the fort’s right are rolling lawns, at the end of which is a row of beautiful white tents with all modern amenities. The surroundings are a bird watcher’s delight and if you’re lucky, you can spot deer and rabbits as well. The open-air restaurant offers live music in the evenings. Payatha, the foothill restaurant, serves a predominantly Maharasthrian cuisine, authentic and robust. The mornings are perfect for a dip in the rooftop pool by an ancient Champa tree. A narrow stone stairway from the rooftop leads you to the Maharaja suit. Below it is the Maharani suit with an elaborate steam bath and shower attached. The revelation is the museum, Aayi, that displays the personal collection of Vithal Kamat built over decades. It’s a holiday that urges you to explore.

Weekend Essentials AROUND THERE: Once here, you don’t need to drive out any where for entertainment. Go on a jaunty bullock cart ride. Get a glimpse into ancient artefacts at the museum– from ornate combs, nut cutters and such used in everyday life, to bullock carts and royal carriages, to ancient pieces of clothing. Watch birds, catch a stunning display of martial arts from Shivaji’s time. ACCOMMODATION: The hotel offers 58 rooms comprising three suites, 12 royal tents and four neem cottages. The interiors are a blend of contemporary and old-world charm. The Maharaja suite allows you to indulgence in royal lifestyle. Right below is the Maharani suite with direct access to the swimming pool and the spa. Located on top of the museum with its own private entrance, the Museum Suite is one of the most sought after rooms. The Hill View Daalan rooms, located on the top level of the main fort, have balconies overlooking the lawns. Rooms start at `13,999 a night ADDRESS: Jadhavwadi, Hadapsar Saswad Road, Jadhavwadi, Pune, Maharashtra 412301 Ph: 02115 305 200,

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Tea Rooms MUMBAI CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The XVII has a Parisian bistro vibe about it; San-Cha is said to be country’s first tea boutique, the rich velvet upholstered and curtained interiors of XVII; San-Cha, however, doesn’t function like a regular cafe, but offers sampling of teas.

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WHAT? As the monsoons get ready to arrive, here is where you can go for the best mood-uplifting brews in the city.

SEA LOUNGE : Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal Hotel could not have been better located. It offers a stunning view of the Arabian Sea and the art deco furniture combined with colonial influences add to the vintage charm of this space. It is a luxurious experience overall, with the perfect brew, delicate accompaniments, and a pianist to play the most soothing music. The lounge is considered a landmark in the city as far as English tea goes. What is interesting is that this largely English tea spread now has elements of Indian cuisine woven into it. They have all the classic tea time foods from scones to sandwiches, tea cakes to salads. You could pick from the simpler afternoon tea option or go for the much wider high tea spread. SAN-CHA : Touted to be India’s first ever tea boutique, San-Cha is situated in Kala Ghoda, the art and cultural centre of Mumbai. As the city’s only gourmet tea boutique they have on offer around 60 types of professionally selected black, white, green, oolong and flavoured tea from every corner of the country. This boutique takes the love for tea one step further with its beautiful mugs, infusers, tea sets, kettles and other accessories that are all available for sale. San-Cha doesn’t function like a regular cafe in that there is no detailed menu and you can’t sit down and order your drink. But you can sample all their teas and the staff will help you make a pick. No wonder, San-Cha is a favourite with tea connoisseurs. TASTING ROOM Above the gorgeous Good Earth store in Lower Parel sits one of its own restaurants, the equally gorgeous Tasting Room. The eatery transforms into an intimate tea room at 4 o’clock and brings with it, all the elements of a high tea spread.


The contrasting grey and pink walls, numerous paintings and silk cushions all spell luxury and manage to transport you to a different era. They have on the menu a large bouquet of teas and a whole lot of accompaniments. Each variety is served in a unique tea set and they even have a few in-house concoctions that are crafted specially for Good Earth. The food is simple, but comes sitting on delicate three-tiered stands. In keeping with the Good Earth tradition, there is of course a stunning selection of China that you’re served in.


BROOKE BOND TAJ MAHAL TEA HOUSE Located in a beautiful old Parsi bungalow in Bandra, the Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House offers 40 different types of teas and an elaborate food menu. Many of the food items are teainfused. The spacious halls and rooms with vintage styling and the classical music playing at the background, make this the perfect spot to unwind with a book picked off their shelves. The royal interiors and warm lighting make this tea house look all the more inviting. They have the full high tea experience on offer complete with scones et all, in the main tea room. The typical Irani style chairs, cast iron and enamel teapots add to the perfectly designed setting. They also have on display a tabla gifted by Zakir Hussain. While all their food and teas are worth checking out, the Malabari Vanilla Coconut Tea is a must-try.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP The Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal Hotel has the stunning Arabian Sea views; the high-ceiling interiors of Good Earth’s Tasting Room boasts beautiful decor and exquisite crockery; the quaint Arch Room at the Brookebond Taj Mahal Tea House – their Mwalabari Vanilla Tea is a must-try; the Sea Lounge’s sumptuous offer of nibbles on a golden three-tiered platter.

THE XVII This suburban tea room feels like an intimate Parisian bistro. Its extensive tea collection served with traditional snacks, makes for a winning tea time spot. The chandelier, wall paintings, ample amounts of purple velvet and huge windows to brighten up the space, create a look of opulence. Attention to detail is visible in the brass edges of the tables and the framework for the glass windows. There is a basement seating also, which works well for cosy gatherings.

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LIFE / ETC London since it’s been my home for the last 12 years. But we manufacture in India. OUR DESIGNS ARE INHERENT to everyday life in India. A product just needs to do what it does well. Sometimes we overcomplicate things, but I think our customers love simple things made sincerely with good materials. We have been part of the London Design Festival. CREATING TIIPOI’S MIRROR 6, the largest cast metal mirror from Aranmula, Kerala, has been an uplifting experience. It took us over three months to make it. We showed it at one of my favourite museums in London, Sir John Soane Museum. We were also invited by Vivienne Westwood to show the collection in their Milan store during Salone.

MY LIFE Bengaluru or London? London Tea, filter coffee or cappuccino? French press, with a dash of milk, filter coffee when mum is around. Where do you go to rejuvenate? I go home. Cook or create kitchen accessories? Both!

At Home With

SPANDANA GOPAL Bengaluru girl, founder of London-based lifestyle brand Tiipoi, that’s making its mark with India-inspired designs MY JOURNEY

[CLOCKWISE FROM TOP] Spandana Gopal, Tiipoi mirror, pink glass jar; Kannadi – jewellery box; Ayasa storage jars; Loha – container with lid; soapstone candle holders; Sama colour trays; handwoven cushions and rug

I CAME TO CENTRAL St Martins here in London to study art. I did an MA in Contemporary Art and worked for a few galleries, an auction house and a collector. Design was incidental to my vision of creating something that spoke of India differently – just opening a new window to it. DESIGN FOR ME isn’t a reflection of the designers’ ego. Anyone can choose to make anything they like – but what’s the point? On the contrary, objects and things that come out of a studio are born from a focused brief and address an idea or solve a problem. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THING when you create something that serves a purpose – whether it’s immediately tangible or not – and creates its own relationship with the people around it. Like the way nature does.

MY STYLE NATURE INSPIRES ME, so do geeky films about the universe and some from David Attenbourough. I LIKE PHYSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, especially when they come together. I like knowing about people who’ve explored things that we can’t quite understand. People outside the design world are inspiring! MY DESIGN STUDIO was a response to this big space—where time had almost stopped and all that we were talking about was celebrating ethnicity and diversity that India has to offer. These became something of a crutch that people relied on to sell a brand or product. I wanted to find that idiom that really needed expression. DESIGNWISE, in our own homes and the way we live, there is so much that could be translated into products that tell a new story. I started out in

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ADDRESS: TIIPOI, 34 Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, W2 5EU London.