When Form Fuses With Function

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Hameeda and Aamir Sharma

Interior Designers|AANDH www.aandh.in

Often people complain that an aparment is too restricted to stretch the limits of their imagination, to add equal doses of theatrics and glamour. They could not be more wrong. In fact this is when, as designers we have to be at our creative best. To use the space optimally without compromising on the aesthetics. A good example is this four bedroom apartment in Hyderabad. The basic concept was to keep it contemporary with Art Deco elements, which were characterised by rich colours, bold geometry, and decadent detail work. The signature aesthetic still evokes glamour, luxury and order with symmetrical designs in exuberant shapes. You will notice that the prominent colours are black, chrome, silver, yellow and red. Although the use of beige, cream, off whites, oysters and shades of green and blue can be found as well.

FOLLOWING THE BRIEF

It was a renovation project. The clients were not satisfied with the existing interiors and approached us since our design sensibilities matched. This young couple wanted a warm and cosy space to entertain their family and friends. Our main challenge was to work with an existing structure. Since it was a high rise building we were restricted and could not make any structural changes to the apartment.

EXECUTING THE CONCEPT

A stylish, modern way of decorating with Art Deco in mind is to include just a few touches and not overcrowd the room with geometric elements. It's all about creating discrete look with rich colours or elegant materials with zigzags and sharply angled and cubist forms. This is true for every room in this home.

FURNITURE HELPS ZERO INTO THE LOOK

This apartment was revamped with furniture customised to our specifications from Italy to give a retro feel. The sofas were upholstered to give a new look. The bar, living room sofa and dining space were customised to our taste as well. The bar cabinet with the veneer inlay was inspired from the 50s. Another interesting element is the combination of modern furniture with antiques from the 40s and 50s. A lot of additional artefacts were purchased from Chor Bazar in Bombay.

DECODING THE LAYOUT

The foyer opens into the heart of the home, a large space designed in such a way that it accommodates the bar, dining table and chairs, and formal and informal living areas. (A screen cleverly divides the two living spaces). The rest of the rooms such as the guest bedrooms, balcony, master bedroom, kitchen, home office and home theatre all open into this large space.

SPACE CRAFT

In the four bedroom apartment the master bedroom along with the his and her walk-in wardrobe was completely transformed, whereas the study area along the walk-in and the other three bedrooms were renovated minimally. The balcony previously had an existing lap pool, which was demolished to add to the space of the existing balcony to create a casual sit-out area. The balcony was transformed using multicoloured Bharat tiles. Two chairs from an old movie theatre from Italy were added to finish the space. The pump room was concealed by panelling using old sketches and prints from Chor Bazar.

MATERIALS USED

The materials mostly used were a combination of concrete and wood. White concrete panelling was added in the living room to create more depth and combine all the different spaces. The ceiling was a smart combination of wood and plain false ceiling. The lights were also placed very thoughtfully to create interesting shadows. Mutued hues, dramatic accent pieces, mood lighting and most importantly, clever spatial planning gives this apartment the right contemporary vibe.

 

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