Architectural Digest

A 110-year-old Portuguese bungalow in Bandra gets a new lease of life

In the bylanes of Bandra, around the corner from the suburb’s bustling beachfront and scintillating fashion streets, is a home that dwells in the past—in 1910, to be precise. By the time the owners inherited the ground floor of the Portuguese-style bungalow a few years ago, it had already travelled down three generations. But the 110-year-old structure was now weathered and old and the couple desperately needed help to bring it back to life. After casting their net deep into the design seas, the

This 645-Square-Foot Rome Apartment Is a Maximalist’s Dream

Italian interior architect Mirta Ottaviani and her partner, construction entrepreneur Augusto Carchella, hadn’t always expected to rent an apartment, much less one in Rome’s Parioli district. “The plan was always to buy a place, but we needed somewhere to stay while we searched for our dream home,” says Mirta, who worked at several interior design studios in Italy and France before setting up her own firm in Rome in 2021. Plan B was leasing an apartment in Piazza Venezia, Rome’s historical city

[Print] Touch Wood

For Saurabh Dakshini, childhood memories bring the best inspiration. His latest hardwood furniture collection, titled ‘Alpha & Beta’ is an embodiment of this nostalgia, harking back to a time when objects were thoughtfully handcrafted to stand the test of time. “There’s something special about hardwood furniture. Most often, changing the finish or making some minor repairs is all it takes to bring them back to life,” says Dakshini, founder and principal of AD100 firm Studio Organon.

[Print] Drawn to Clay

As a child growing up in Germany's Black Forest, Kai Zimmermann would fashion sculptures out of pine cones, twigs, and stones scavenged from the nearby woodlands. "It became my medium of personal expression," recalls the New York-based designer and founder of ceramics atelier Makepeace United. After art school in Stuttgart (where he studied graphic design), Zimmermann embarked on a career in advertising and design across Rotterdam, New York, Paris, and New Delhi. Then on a whim, one day in Paris about sixteen years ago, he decided to make a foray into clay.

[Print] Return of a Favourite

Since its inception in 1912, Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau has produced designs that have far outlived its makers. Its 2023 Pleasures Collection, unveiled at Salone del Mobile 2023, held a candle to this legacy, with the re-edition of the brand’s historic “Dezza” armchair, designed by late Italian architect Gio Ponti and named after the Milanese Street where he once worked and lived. Dezza’s latest avatar—which joins present variants Dezza 12, Dezza 48, and Dezza 24—is the result of meticulous archival research of Ponti’s wide-ranging oeuvre, conducted using insights from the Archivio Gio Ponti database.

[Print] Return of a Favourite

Since its inception in 1912, Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau has produced designs that have far outlived its makers. Its 2023 Pleasures Collection, unveiled at Salone del Mobile 2023, held a candle to this legacy, with the re-edition of the brand’s historic “Dezza” armchair, designed by late Italian architect Gio Ponti and named after the Milanese Street where he once worked and lived. Dezza’s latest avatar—which joins present variants Dezza 12, Dezza 48, and Dezza 24—is the result of meticulous archival research of Ponti’s wide-ranging oeuvre, conducted using insights from the Archivio Gio Ponti database.

[Print] Touch Wood

For Saurabh Dakshini, childhood memories bring the best inspiration. His latest hardwood furniture collection, titled ‘Alpha & Beta’ is an embodiment of this nostalgia, harking back to a time when objects were thoughtfully handcrafted to stand the test of time. “There’s something special about hardwood furniture. Most often, changing the finish or making some minor repairs is all it takes to bring them back to life,” says Dakshini, founder and principal of AD100 firm Studio Organon.

[Print] Drawn to Clay

As a child growing up in Germany's Black Forest, Kai Zimmermann would fashion sculptures out of pine cones, twigs, and stones scavenged from the nearby woodlands. "It became my medium of personal expression," recalls the New York-based designer and founder of ceramics atelier Makepeace United. After art school in Stuttgart (where he studied graphic design), Zimmermann embarked on a career in advertising and design across Rotterdam, New York, Paris, and New Delhi. Then on a whim, one day in Paris about sixteen years ago, he decided to make a foray into clay.

Nostalgia is what inspired Saurabh Dakshini to craft timeless furniture

For Saurabh Dakshini, memories are the best inspirations. His latest hardwood furniture collection, titled “Alpha & Beta”, is the embodiment of this nostalgia, harking back to a time when objects were thoughtfully handcrafted to stand the test of time. “There’s something special about hardwood furniture. Most often, changing the finish or making some minor repairs is all it takes to bring them back to life,” says Dakshini, founder and principal architect of AD100 firm Studio Organon.

The collec

Nostalgia is what inspired Saurabh Dakshini to craft timeless furniture

For Saurabh Dakshini, memories are the best inspirations. His latest hardwood furniture collection, titled “Alpha & Beta”, is the embodiment of this nostalgia, harking back to a time when objects were thoughtfully handcrafted to stand the test of time. “There’s something special about hardwood furniture. Most often, changing the finish or making some minor repairs is all it takes to bring them back to life,” says Dakshini, founder and principal architect of AD100 firm Studio Organon.

The collec

House of Masaba’s Bandra store is a meditative sanctum

Colour creeps in here and there, bashfully doffing its hat to the brand’s vibrant spirit—and its bindi-embellished logo. At the entrance, a sculptural mosaic bindi, made out of scarlet tile chips, masquerades as the main door handle, while inside, four-foot-tall aerial installations hold a mirror to the circular leitmotif.

“For me, that bindi is not just a circle. It’s a centre of consciousness. It serves as both a nazar ka tika as well as something that can immediately ground you,” avers Gupta

Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar’s Mumbai apartment is designed without doors

In nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar and Himalayan trekker and entrepreneur Gaurav Punj’s Mumbai apartment, the bedrooms don’t come with doors. It’s not that they were forgotten, or that they broke free and went on their way. It’s that they were never intended in the first place. “The interior evokes a monospace, where loose thresholds merely suggest realms for various activities,” says Krishna Mistry, co-founder and principal of Surat-based multidisciplpinary collective DOT, who along with his co-founder and fellow principal, Anand Jariwala, was invited by the couple to transform their Bandra home into a calming retreat. The architects collaborated with Mortar Construction, Vishwakarma Furniture and Nashwin Electric for the build, furniture and electrical blueprints, respectively.

This Thane apartment plays out like a black-and-white movie

Unlike many of us during the pandemic, Shraddha Shah wasn’t baking banana bread or figuring out the perfect milk-to-water ratio for her Dalgona whipped coffee. Instead, she was feverishly working on design concepts that she hoped to put into practice when the pandemic blew over. One of those was a sailor's den—with earthy tones, floral prints and lots of reclaimed wood. “I imagined it as the home of a sailor who was always travelling, either for work or with his partner,” recalls the co-founder and principal of Mumbai-based interior design firm Olive Roof. Some years later, she found her sailor. And his partner. (In reality, they found her on Instagram.) Their names were Andreaz D'souza and Reema Christian and they had a lot in common with the make-believe seafarers she had dreamed up in her head.

This architect’s home in Karachi, Pakistan is an oasis of peace and calm

In a megalopolis like Karachi, colour and chaos are par for the course, and the pursuit of calm is an ongoing quest for most. Architect Aleeya Khan is the exception. Her home, situated on a 2,000-square-yard lot in one of the city’s prime neighbourhoods, is a sanctum where Japandi style meets minimalist flourishes, and everything is governed by a signal sense of order. “In Karachi, homes with ornamentation and maximalist palettes are the norm. Ours upends convention,” admits the founder and principal of Karachi-based multidisciplinary firm ALEEYA. design studio, who built the residence as a peaceful escape for herself and her husband, and their future family, while also positioning it as a model home for her firm’s growing design portfolio.

This Bengaluru office is a ‘zensorial’ sanctuary

Restorative. Sensorial. Zen. These aren’t usually adjectives that come to mind for an office, much less the office of a developer. Yet, when Gaurav Panjwani and Santosh Belani—co-founders and principals of Studio GSA Architects—received the brief for a workplace for Bengaluru-based real estate development company Vista Spaces, those were the only words that jumped out. “The office had to reflect the ethos of the company and the vision was to create a sustainable, ‘zensorial’ space that was one w

Inside a Filmmaker’s Zen 727-Square-Foot Weekend Retreat in Laguna Beach

Somewhere inside filmmaker Gregory Caruso’s weekend retreat in Laguna Beach, California, is an empty wall recess that once housed a vintage can of Coke and a set of teeth. To clarify, the teeth weren’t real, but they were intact—up until the day they were excavated during a remodel last year, along with the complete dental supply kit belonging to the the traveling salesman who once lived there. For design duo Scott Jarrell and Kristan Cunningham—the husband-and-wife team behind Los Angeles–based

This lakeside bungalow in Maharashtra's Kamshet channels a dazzling glasshouse

The 10,000-square-foot Maharashtra home for the family of five—including parents Shailesh and Namrata, Wagh herself, and her siblings Sharvari and Arnav—was meant to be an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life; a place to reconnect with nature. But it was also intended to be a place where the family could host get-togethers and happily let loose. That said, each member had an opinion on the design. "I really loved the lake and the surrounding landscape and wanted to do justice to both,"

A Mumbai home that is a half-basic, half-bohemian jewel box

As real estate professionals, Sonal and Varun Kapoor had spent the bulk of their careers helping clients find their dream homes. So when they finally put down the deposit and signed the papers for a skyrise Mumbai home in the suburb of Wadala, they knew their moment in the sun—or rain, or really any other weather—had finally arrived. "Being in real estate, we've always had an eye for detail, and we were keen to give our home a fun spin," says Sonal. In a bid to manifest some inspiration and shor

This Tropical Hawaii Bathroom Brings the Jungle Indoors

Oahu is known for many things: endless coastlines, lush rainforests, and magical nature trails that seemingly extend to infinity. For one couple from the Bay Area, capturing some of this magic in their new apartment in Waikiki was key to making it feel like home. And yet, the existing shell—a standard ’90s selection with yellow walls and maple floors and cabinets—was far from entrancing. “Everything felt old and dated. It just didn’t match their vibe,” recalls Oahu-based interior designer Shaoli

This villa on Tamil Nadu’s Sayalkudi Beach is an ode to coastlines familiar and faraway

Less ‘brief’, more biryani, and equal parts beach and beer. That's what Nithin Lakshamanan recalls of that first meeting. It was with close friend and interior designer Sonal Chordia of Hohm Design Studio and it was to discuss the design of his and his wife Sindhuja's new beach villa at Sayalkudi Beach, less than two hours drive from Madurai. The home had been conceptualised and executed by architect Dinesh Kumar S. of Senscape Architects, and the meeting with Chordia was a fitting prelude to th
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