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Sometimes, an envious zipcode for an apartment in Mumbai comes with what’s a given: lack of natural light, matchbox sized rooms, and lower ceilings. But, as Zenab Lokhandwala of ZED Designs shows there’s nothing a clever renovation can’t redeem. She gave this 1,230 sq.ft apartment in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai a new lease of life.

Home to the Bhatnagars, the family needed more storage space, a larger functional kitchen, a servant quarter, and of course, modern aesthetics.

The apartment went under the hammer, literally, as Zenab ripped down the apartment for renovation to its bare structure. She then adeptly redesigned the layout making room for customized built-in furniture and utilized every nook to accommodate concealed storage. The biggest challenge, of course, was to deliver it in a short span of time given that this was a renovation project.

Project Details

Project Name: Bhatnagar’s Residence

Who lives here: Mr.Vineet Bhatnagar, CEO @ Phillip capital, Mumbai, his wife and daughter
Location: Cuffe Parade, Mumbai
Size: 1230 sq.ft

Type: 3BHK apartment
Principal designer:  Zenab Lokhandwala, ZED Designs,
Design Team: Himanshu Mewada

Photograph Courtesy: Prashant Bhat

Zenab says

The brief from the client was straight forward. They needed a complete face lift to their existing space with as much storage incorporated as possible. 
After getting a good insight into the family’s lifestyle, I decided to replan the layout more efficiently resulting in a better fully equipped kitchen and servant’s quarter.

Entrance – Living – Dining

The apartment comprises three bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and servant quarter. The biggest constraints were the modest bedroom sizes and average ceiling height. The idea was to not make any heavy furniture noticeable hence large pull out trolleys hidden in walls, thin cabinets for crockery storage behind large veneer panels were added and the finishes of each were blended with the wall. 

A vaulted veneer wrapped door acts as an entryway to the bedrooms.  The grey console with abstract engraved panels in concrete grey finish wrap upto the ceiling,
A vaulted veneer wrapped door acts as an entryway to the bedrooms. The grey console with abstract engraved panels in concrete grey finish wrap upto the ceiling,

The living room flaunts an installation art piece in the niche next to dining table designed by Zenab. The space is done in white lustre walls and white polyurethane finishes throughout broken only at the vaulted veneer wrapped door portal which is the entryway to bedrooms.

Colorful furnishings, accent lights, carefully selected and sourced art and textiles add eclectic flavour to the light scheme. The relief is added on the rear wall where the grey console with abstract engraved panels in concrete grey finish wrap upto the ceiling, offsetting it are the veneer panels on either sides creating great contrast.

Each piece of furniture has been customized to size, specifications and details.

Living room with a custom art installation in the niche.
Living room with a custom art installation in the niche.
The light above dining table is a molecular abstract fixture designed in fibreglass using 3d printing.
The light above dining table is a molecular abstract fixture designed in fiber glass using 3D printing.

Kitchen

The kitchen was upgraded three folds for a better layout from the existing one; it is fitted with all in-built appliances. The modular kitchen from Blum sports a Corian countertop and back splash. Adjoining the kitchen is a better planned servant quarter than in the existing plan. The PU shutters give the kitchen a sleek and stark modern look.

A U-shaped modular kitchen from Blum fitted with in-built appliances, Corian countertop and wall back splash.

Guest Room

The guest room doubles up as the study room. Decorated in warm tones, it is a cozy and comfy place to read and relax. On one side of the guest room is a space-saving, multi-utility fold down hydraulic bed unit attached to a couch.

The accent arm armchair on the marble patterned floor makes for a perfect reading corner in the room. The large bookshelf is a bespoke design spreading on the entire length of the wall.

The book case also has a hidden storage and pull down study ledge.

 The large bookshelf is a bespoke design spanning on the entire length of the wall.  Opposite the book shelf is a fold down hydraulic bed cum couch.
The large bookshelf is a bespoke design spanning on the entire length of the wall. Opposite the book shelf is a fold down hydraulic bed cum couch.
The same color scheme runs in the bathroom as the bedroom.
The same color scheme runs in the bathroom as the bedroom.

Daughter’s Room

The daughter’s room uses brilliant spatial planning. By pushing the platform bed to the window and creating a cozy grey wrapped cocoon, the designer freed up the entire floor space for movement.

The highlight of the room is the accent turquoise slatted oak-wood angular wrap in the center. It brings in a contrast color to the brown. It also added depth to the room by juxtaposing it with large mirrors.

As in other parts of the house, the storage is camouflaged by blending it with paneling. Utilitarian details like handles and lights blend with the color scheme without standing out.

This bedroom has enough storage that is camouflaged. Designer's tip: for smaller bedrooms, pushing the bed to the window frees up the space for movement making the space appear larger when it reflects from large mirrors.
This bedroom has enough storage that is camouflaged. Designer’s tip: for smaller bedrooms, pushing the bed to the window frees up the space for movement making the space appear larger when it reflects from large mirrors.
The accent wall of this bedroom is  a turquoise slatted oak-wood angular wrap that stretches from one wall through the ceiling to another. It offers a beautiful contrast against the brown.
The accent wall of this bedroom is a turquoise slatted oak-wood angular wrap that stretches from one wall through the ceiling to another. It offers a beautiful contrast against the brown.

Master Bed Room

Master bedroom exudes rich elegant textures in an ivory – peach color palette along with exotic Savanah blue marble highlights on wall and fine brass metal details. All of the elements seamlessly blend to give the bedroom a holistic modern appeal blended with a few art deco features.

Ivory + peach colored master bedroom.
Ivory + peach colored master bedroom.

Product Sources:

Flooring

Living-dining and bedrooms – Michelangelo Marble from A-Class marble.

Kitchen – Minta flurry composite stone from CMC

Bathrooms  – Laminam surface skins for floor and walls from STONEX INDIA

Gypboard ceilings in all room except daughters layered with acoustic boards.

Daughter room has layers of patterned custom designed stained oakwood ceiling and panelled ceiling finished with Polyurethane texture coating.

Wall treatments

Living room: Royal lustre paint. Epoxy stucco textures, white PU surfaces and walnut veneer cladded doors and panels.

Master Bedroom: Texture PU finish walls along with Savanah Blue highlighter marble for bedside feature wall from CMC.

Daughter room – Lustre painted walls, patterned custom designed stained oakwook wall battens and Polyurethane texture coating.

Daughters bathroom: Amazonite semi-precious stone wall – STONEX INDIA

Guest Room – Lustre painted walls, Ebony Pu polished veneer and Polyurethane texture coating.

Kitchen – Laminam surface skins for walls from STONEX INDIA and Corian

Lighting Design: Vis a Vis India (@Samta Nadeem) 

Flooring for living-dining and bedrooms – Michelangelo Marble from A-Class marble.

Furniture & Carpentry Contractor – Kamal Interiors

Electrical – Upper India

Loose Furniture – Zeddesigns & Purple9 

Painting and Finishing – Purshottam Goud and Company

Ceiling: Gypboard ceilings in all room except daughters layered with acoustic boards.

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