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Homegrown art and design as the hallmarks of this South Mumbai apartment by Ashiesh Shah

This is a lockdown house. It started and ended in the lockdown, and has been crafted almost entirely with home-grown art and design,” says Ashiesh Shah of this sky-grazing apartment in a tower in Mumbai’s Worli neighborhood. There is really no upside to being cut off from the rest of the world, a state of being during the pandemic. Everything that was once accessible is suddenly not. But that constraint didn’t restrain Shah’s ability to design the home from scratch. All it took was turning inwards.

A Rana begum artwork, Hatsu rug, and potted plant add color to the otherwise sombre entrance, which has an oak wall and ceiling, and fusana beige flooring. The main door has a metal frame and alabaster panels.

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He pulled the design for this house together by collaborating with local artisans and brands and leveraging the offerings from his atelier to custom-make this house of four bedrooms, an expansive living room, a professional-grade kitchen, and sea views. “It is 100 percent made in India except for a living room carpet, which is a Moroccan import.”

That the homeowners trusted Shah’s judgement is evident in their carte blanche brief. “It was very open ended. The only thing they were firm on was a neutral palette and no wooden flooring. Apart from that, being art enthusiasts, they wanted me to make sure there was room enough to accommodate more art in the future.” Into this framework, he poured interesting shapes, created a play of materials, used a mix of handmade flooring tiles and marble across the apartment, and added color with the lightest of touches.

Inside a Mumbai home crafted with homegrown art and design

the other side of the living room has a separate seating area; the pillar between the two spaces features a Lucio 2 wall lamp by Atelier Ashiesh Shah, and a Ravinder Reddy sculpture to the right. The Oculus Center Table (far end), console, and Damroo Stool (left) are also from Shah’s Atelier. The bookshelves by Hatsu feature a Dilip Chobisa artwork; on the right is one of Shah’s signature monoform totems.

Ashish Sahi
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