Architecture & Interior Tours

Inside a Hyderabad home with traditional art and nostalgic heirlooms

As architects Nikhil Dev & Kaushik Abhinav recall, there was no brief to begin with, for this Hyderabad home. “It was pretty open-ended,” recalls Dev, one half of Hyderabad-based architecture studio Dev & Kaushik Architects, about the firm’s latest project, an India Modern duplex in the City of Pearls. The carte blanche was rooted in good reason. After all, the clients, a couple with two grown daughters, didn't really know what they wanted their home to look like, but they did know what they wan

The “Stars Aligned” in This Family’s Dream LA Canyon Retreat

For furniture designer Reza Feiz and his wife, television producer Sheila Griffiths, moving to a bigger house had been in the cards for over a decade: “As the kids grew, their friends grew, their collection of instruments grew, we realized we needed a place where we could spread out a bit,” says Feiz, the founder of Phase Design, a Los Angeles–based studio that specializes in artisan-crafted furniture and objects. Mind you, the couple wasn’t keen on shifting just anywhere. They specifically had

Le Marais: A Luminous Apartment in Paris by Studio Haddou-DuFourcq.

‘Le marais’, in French, literally translates to ‘swamp’, but there’s nothing remotely swamp-like about Le Marais, an apartment in Paris recently redesigned by Studio Haddou-DuFourcq. Mind you, the same can’t be said about its state a few years ago. “Everything was dark,” recalls Kim Haddou, one half of the Paris-based interior design practice. “It looked like a dilapidated dollhouse.”

There was one small pink room, one small green room, one small brown room, and a small blue kitchen. Nothing, i

Let There Be Light: Domingo in Barcelona by Aramé Studio.

In the Catelonian capital of Barcelona, sunshine follows you everywhere. Indoors and outdoors. Through summer and winter. From daybreak to dusk. Sometimes, even beyond. But as architects Andrea Arriola Fiol and Adrián Mellado Muñoz of Aramé Studio can confirm, that’s not always the case.

Their latest project, a residence in Barcelona’s Eixample district, used to be in the unlikely list of exceptions. “Gloomy, that’s what it was,” says Andrea of the property, which was as starved of light as of

The White Cashew: A Rooftop Restaurant in Hyderabad by NaaV Studio.

In the leafy neighbourhood of Sainikpuri, in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, is a restaurant that stays true to its name. Shaped like an inverted cashew and steeped in soft, buttery hues, The White Cashew looks no different than it sounds. Inevitable, really, when the inspiration, as Varsha Reddy, one half of Hyderabad-based architecture firm NaaV Studio, puts it, was “slightly nuts.” Her admission isn’t without reason. The 418-square-metre rooftop joint, which specialises in fusion India

This Swedish Island Cottage Grows Out of the Woodland

This is a Stockholm story about the island of Torö, to be precise, although it begins on the mainland where one family—a couple and their kids, aged five and one, and one partner’s mother—is based. Tired of the city and desperate for a mid-pandemic respite, they set their sights on creating a year-round vacation home someplace slower, but in a sustainable, ecological, and cost-effective way. They found their answer in a 1970s two-bedroom cottage situated at the highest point in Torö, an isle on

India’s Hampi Art Labs is a piece of architecture at one with its content and context

When viewed from a distance, Hampi Art Labs could pass for a spectacular riverbank – if a riverbank did such a thing as levitate. Located in southern India near the Unesco World Heritage Site of Hampi, the structure is a sleight of hand by leading Indian architect Sameep Padora (behind numerous Indian houses, such as Lattice House, as well as Wallpaper* Design Awards Best Public Building 2021 Temple of Steps). Hampi Art Labs undulates with the landscape, echoing the nearby Tungabhadra River and

Mumbai: Swiss modernism and Japanese minimalism meet in this seafront apartment

When it came to organising the interior, Rangwala and Pirani, and their team—which included architects Shikha Mehta, Sakina Kothawala and Hussain Mukadam—worked backwards, assessing the spaces available and retrofitting them with special moments. Exhibit A: the living room, which seemingly rings with euphony, thanks to the grand piano that inhabits one corner. Most evenings, it is summoned to life by father or daughter, both equally adept at the clavichord, and when it isn't, it affords interlud

A historic warehouse in Goa is reborn as a zen Japanese restaurant

Restoration architect Rochelle Santimano gave the tumbledown structure a second life with thoughtful interventions that honour its heritage

Goa-based architect Rochelle Santimano believes in reincarnation, but the kind that involves places, not people. “There’s something about bringing beautiful Goan structures back to life; it’s like unlocking a piece of forgotten history,” says Santimano, who runs Studio Praia, an architecture firm that specialises in heritage restoration in the coastal India

Turning Back Time: Bar Nouveau in Paris by Atelier Alma.

On Paris’s Rue des Haudriettes is a bar with a floor intact from the 1970s. Or so a first look would have you believe. In reality, the floor wasn’t laid then, but it was made then. “One of the most remarkable features of this project is the restoration of the original opus incertum flooring,” says Aleksandr Kravtsov, associate architect at Atelier Alma, who, together with fellow architect Lana Kurova, helped bring back the seventies with authentic ceramic tiles sourced from a retailer specialisi

This 800-Square-Foot West Village Apartment Is a Colorful, Shapeshifting Space

Interior designer Juan Carretero isn’t one to settle, least of all in matters regarding his home. So when he came out of a nearly 20-year-old relationship and moved out of the home he shared with his ex-partner, finding a rental in Manhattan he could use as a pièd-a-terre (he had already established a primary residence in upstate New York) was top priority. It was an exercise easier said than done, and the more apartments he visited, the more disillusioned he became. “I toured dozens of dismembe

His Decision to Go Remote Called for a $180,000 Library Remodel

The year 2022 was one of many firsts for 59-year-old entrepreneur and hedge-fund manager Mohnish Pabrai. It was the year he celebrated one year of his company’s relocation from California to Austin, moved into his new home in Austin’s West Lake Hills, and made the decision to work exclusively from home. “During Covid, I was forced to work remotely and I found that I was actually more productive. That carried through when we moved to Austin,” says Pabrai, who purchased the Austin property in 2021

Inside a rustic Hyderabad restaurant designed to evoke a wistful nostalgia

The memories of a grandmother's kitchen linger long after the aromas that inspire them. Pillowy idlis in jackfruit leaf baskets. Ghee in a delicious shade of golden. Gunpowder chutney, freshly made, in empty Bournvita bottles since stripped of their plastic labels. At Telugu Medium, many of these memories, or at least the sentiment behind them, find expression in unexpected moments, evoking a nostalgia that, even mid-bite, eludes your acute consciousness. The authentic Andhra restaurant, located

A Designer Turned a Former Mill Into a Personal Sanctuary

The allure of a property is always that much more when it’s been home to somebody significant. Even if that somebody was a nondescript pig named Hamilton. “He did serve as the mascot for the local NHL team, you know,” chuckles interior designer Robert MacNeill, who insists neither Hamilton nor any of his predecessors had any influence on his and husband Paul Ingram’s decision to purchase said home in Raleigh, North Carolina’s Caraleigh Mills neighborhood.

“We came to find this unit in a roundab

This 1950s Austin Bungalow Is a Sophisticated Slant on Pink

When Taylor took up the design reins, she already had a starting point. The homeowner had worked with stylist Leaia Felder to envisage an initial aesthetic—one that was light and airy, with a decidedly refined femininity. “Together, they had made some preliminary selections that really set the tone for the project,” Taylor shares. But there was still much to be contemplated. Designer and client were keen on achieving a soft, hyper-feminine aesthetic, but with a sophisticated slant. Which meant,

AD100 Shonan Purie Trehan builds a lakeside home in Kamshet where nature never ends

Dance practitioner and educator Avantika Bahl and her husband, consultant Avinash Goyal, knew early on that the parcel of lakeside land they'd purchased in the ghats of Maharashtra's Kamshet was anything but ordinary. For one, it sat by a large lake and was covered with dancing grasses, but equally, and perhaps more importantly, it piqued Bahl's sensory and somatic perception as an artist. It was wild and wuthering, yes, but also somehow the exact antithesis of her life, and so too Goyal's, in M

A California Couple Poured $118,000 Into Creating the Speakeasy of Their Dreams

As people who like their coffee strong and their cocktails stronger, one California couple had a home with a speakeasy on their wish list. That is why the couple, a commercial real-estate broker and a professional organizer, both 42, say they felt like it was fate when a 1930s Spanish Revival with a speakeasy in Redwood City, Calif., came on the market in the winter of 2020.

“We wanted a place where our friends and family could gather to unwind and celebrate. It wasn’t just about the drinks, wh

[Print] Mumbai: Silver Linings Playbook

María Isabel Jiménez León and Kayzad Shroff have an uncanny knack for making the best of a bad bargain. Even if said bad bargain is followed by another, and then another. When the architects and co-founders of Mumbai-based multidisciplinary studio SHROFFLEóN took up the re(design) reins for an apartment on Mumbai’s Pedder Road, they couldn't have imagined the unlikely challenges that would follow. For one, a global pandemic. But also, a crumbling building, an overzealous building manager, and a Vincenzo de Cottis dining table that would refuse to fit through the lift. “Whatever could go wrong, did,” jokes Kayzad. But there were some exceptions, including an interior that took on a life of its own, thanks to some clever sleights of hand and elements that were at once dark and light, easy and elevated, dramatic and discrete.

A Designer Combined Neighboring West Village Apartments to Create the Haven of Her Dreams

As an interior designer, Leigh Kirby Klein is respectful of her clients’ personal space. Unless, of course, that client happens to be her husband. “I’ve never worked with a tougher client,” laughs the AD PRO Directory designer, for whom the line between designer and wife was blurred a few years ago when the couple purchased a home—well, technically two—in a newly built residential building in the West Village.

[Print] Mumbai: Heights of Curiosity

For architect Rooshad Shroff, there are few things greater than a blank canvas. So was the case a few years ago, when he took on the design reins for a new project in Mumbai’s Worli — a 3,500 sq ft seafront apartment, created by combining three neighbouring sea-facing flats. Except, unlike his other projects, this one posed a conundrum or three. “Originally built as a hotel, the building had a very strange layout, terribly low ceilings and ceiling beams that zigzagged across the interior,” shares Rooshad, the founder and principal of his namesake Mumbai-based multidisciplinary firm, whose team also included architect Shonit Kotian. Downsizing from seven bedrooms to two produced another predicament for the architect, who additionally conceived the blueprint to include formal and informal living rooms, a dining room, a study, a gym and a den. The incongruent ceiling beams weren’t just a cosmetic curiosity, they were also a tad too low for their rather tall owner, a gentleman for whom the home was emblematic of a new beginning.

[Print] Inside Art Collector Jaiveer Johal's Chennai Home

Ask Jaiveer Johal how he came to be a collector and the Delhi-raised, Chennai-based entrepreneur instantly answers “I’ve done it for as long as I can remember." He recalls, as a child, he’d squirrel away pretty things: crystal bowls, beautiful briefcases, silver plates. “If anything ever went missing, people always knew where to find it,” he adds, quickly clarifying that said thieved objects “were limited to the confines of my own home”. Before him, no one in the family—Johal’s grandfather, Sardar Darbara Singh was a former Chief Minister of Punjab and his father was a scion of a successful conglomerate—devotedly amassed art. “They bought it to fit this wall or that. If there wasn’t space for it, it was out of the question,” he recalls of his parents and grandparents, who frequently purchased idiosyncratic pieces on their travels.

Art collector Jaiveer Johal's Chennai home is blessed with a magnificent view

Ask Jaiveer Johal how he came to be a collector and the Delhi-raised, Chennai-based entrepreneur instantly answers “I’ve done it for as long as I can remember." He recalls, as a child, he’d squirrel away pretty things: crystal bowls, beautiful briefcases, silver plates. “If anything ever went missing, people always knew where to find it,” he adds, quickly clarifying that said thieved objects “were limited to the confines of my own home”. Before him, no one in the family—Johal’s grandfather, Sard

This Ahmedabad duplex is fifty percent zen and fifty percent zany

When they did ultimately buy a pair of up-and-down apartments in an Ahmedabad skyrise some years later, they already had a starting point. What they didn’t have was an architect to help them realise it—at least not right away. It was a matter of time before a mutual acquaintance introduced them to architect Kshama Parmar of Ahmedabad-based full-service design firm Marigold Interiors, whom they enlisted soon after to bring their unlikely, half-and-half vision to life.

Because this Ahmedabad dupl

This dancer’s 5,000-square-foot Bengaluru villa is her greatest stage yet

Jagannathan may have left Kenya, but Kenya never truly left her. “I love India and its arts, crafts and culture, but there’s an African side to my aesthetic sensibilities,” avers the dancer, referencing her love of prints and patterns. Agarwal, of course, put her own spin on things, bringing to life motifs on floor tiles, across table tops, and up and down wallpapers, all while varying the textures to produce a kaleidoscopic effect. What she also did, not as an ode to any one continent so much a
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