Design Anthology

Ahmedabad: A Restrained Retreat

In a city like Ahmedabad, where traffic and people are always aplenty, a quiet escape can be a rare luxury. This multigenerational household — a couple, their two grown-up children and the husband’s mother — wanted a home far removed from their busy surroundings. ‘They wanted a space that provided a sense of escapism, where comfort and quiet would reign supreme,’ says Rajesh Sheth, founder and principal of Ahmedabad-based interior architecture firm Designer's Circle, who was hired by the family

Victoria’s Historic Portarlington Grand Hotel Gets a Modern Revival — Design Anthology

The Portarlington Grand Hotel has long been an architectural hallmark of its namesake town. Perched on the town’s main street, opposite a ferry pier, the sea-facing hotel was originally built in 1888 to support the swell of beach-seeking holidaymakers arriving via the novel steamer service. However, its allure as a coastal getaway had faded in recent decades and its century-old bones were in dire need of a facelift. Enter Technē Architecture + Interior Design, the Melbourne-based firm called on

Mumbai: A Desert-Inspired Home in the Mangroves

Situated amid Mumbai’s historic mangroves this apartment both reflects and resists its surroundings. The interior holds a mirror to the desert, with earthy shades, jute and linen textiles and oak and teak grains dominating the palette. ‘The home nods to the shifting nature of sand, suggesting a space that can evolve along with its inhabitants,’ says Nishita Kamdar, founder and principal architect of her eponymous studio, whose team was tasked with designing a minimalist home for a mother and dau

Mumbai: A Celestial Apartment in the City

In Mumbai's upscale Hiranandani neighbourhood, this apartment is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. 'The client wanted a modern, minimalist aesthetic rooted in high function and low maintenance,' say Raj and Roshan Tatia, co-founders and principal designers of White Luxury Studio, who were brought on board by the homeowners to help give the property a facelift. With moon-inspired forms and artworks and pearlescent finishes, the home is characterised by cosmic references. 'The

Taiwan: A Sanctuary-like Villa Near the Highway

Situated just off the thoroughfare in Tainan City, this home — named Eden Oasis — is well connected to arterial roads yet cocooned in luxurious nature. ‘The home is held in by a U-shaped glass enclosure, making nature a neighbour and offering the illusion of living in a forest as opposed to just off an urban highway,’ says Keng-Fu Lo, founder and managing director of Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute, who was enlisted by the homeowner, a young professional, to give the villa a san