Perched on the 17th floor of a high rise, this 4,000-square-feet penthouse is home to a young couple. The idea behind the design was to create a space that evokes the senses. “We wanted to design a home with art pieces that draw the eye to a monochromatic yet rich, textural base with each room glorifying a different 19th to 20th century artist, be it painters or sculptors,” says the principal architect, Amitha Madan of Treelight Design. And so, Helen Frankenthaler’s rich colours, Franz Kline’s textural lines, Piet Mondrian’s geometry, Jackson Pollock’s coloured strokes were some of the reference points that were translated into different elements throughout the home.
Another distinctive element is the ample natural light streaming in which adds to the home’s character. “The dwelling was designed as a space to enjoy conversation and views with the stunning sunrises and sunsets. This was also driven by the fact that the owners of the home are a young couple who love to entertain and socialise with their large group of friends and family. The space acts like a weekend home in the city where they relax, rejuvenate and make great memories,” further shares Madan. The angled windows and walls enhance the stellar views—these prompted the design team to place the furniture in a way that the outdoors can be enjoyed from the comfort of the home.
The focal point in the living room is the sofa that Madan describes as “edible.” The sculptural piece inspired by Bellini’s iconic Camaleonda is by Magari Furniture, Bangalore and is set against an exposed concrete staircase. The staircase in question has a rugged charm with its raw finish and metal wires that work as the railing. A double height mirror along the landing adds more depth to the space. The sitting area is further accentuated with side tables, a rug and three angular reflective lights custom made by Purple Turtles. The living room also features a bespoke 300 kg wooden Moai sculpture by Art Lab Chennai.
The dining room is divided into two zones—both offering two completely different experiences. The first space rather interestingly features a pool table that can be converted into a dining table. The second is a zen-like haven with a low monolithic stone table and solid wood, grounded chairs. The space also features a wood and cane installation, reminiscent of the abstract brush strokes of Franz Kline. The piece acts as a screen and creates an interesting play of light as it streams in.
The upper floor houses a cosy lounge area. The space features comfortable, low seating and a hand-painted ceiling inspired by Jackson Pollock. There’s also a wooden coffee table that is embellished with black metallic studs which add texture and an edge to the piece.
The master bedroom has large floor-to-ceiling windows that are balanced with a Mondrianesque pattern using different fabrics. The solid wood bed has attached side tables and is offset by the soft, textural rug at its base. The wallpaper (together with other furnishings in the house) are by Yavanika furnishings.
The kitchen is clean and minimalistic—the space features wood and bevelled mirror panelling that add more depth and dimension to the room.
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