When Vicky Jumrani, founder and principal designer of Kolkata-based VJ Design Studio was approached by his client, the brief was clear: there was space for all kinds of improvisations as long as the number of rooms remained the same and the basic structure of the home was retained. The choice of design scheme was solely left to the discretion of the designer. “The client wanted a house that was ultimately easy to maintain and navigate,” says Jumrani. “We decided to play with neoclassical interiors because it so easily lends itself to the sheer expanse of the space.”
The home took the better part of two years, from the planning stage to the execution. Because the client had given Jumrani a free hand in the design process, the project ended up becoming personal. “I’ve squeezed the essence of all my travels in this project,” he explains. “For instance, the Japanese flowers that have always fascinated me find a muted place in the living room’s wallpaper, and the ornate design of those massive Italian palaces and churches find a muted manifestation in almost every corner of the house.”
Since the client is well-travelled, the challenge was to avoid forcefully cramming the space with curios that would appear out of place or colours that could come across as too jarring. The result is a delicately crafted home that balances a wide range of design sensibilities.
Kolkata Home: Understated Luxury
The main entrance of the house takes you to the foyer with a wall clad with leather-textured marble. From there, almost every space takes on a unique personality of its own. The living room is furnished with a sophisticated leather sofa. A pair of armchairs, in an accent shade of orange, is flanked by centre and side tables finished in stone and veneer, which enhance the texture of the space. Rich Bronze Armani marble, placed in a diagonal pattern on the floor, runs through the entire apartment and imparts a certain sense of warmth to the home.
“The area is infused with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the city,” explains Jumrani, “And the windows not only provide ample sunshine at all times but also enhance the dynamically changing nature of the space.” The white-and-grey veined marble cladding behind the sofa wall—with a matte rose gold metal profile—adds heft to the decor.
The extended balcony, which contrasts artfully with the living room window, runs across the length of the living area. The balcony floor is completed with cement-finished tiles and an ipe wood-louvred pergola. On the terrace, the vertical garden is finished in an ipe wood grey matte. The wall cladding here is travertine stone, punctuated with the usual outdoor accessories.
Kolkata Home: Classical Elements
The simple design of the kitchen is offset by the colour and texture from the muted grey lacquered glass cabinetry that runs across it. Modular units straddle the kitchen in neat rows with Caesarstone quartz overlaying the counter platform in a fitting flourish.The theme in the dining room is a subdued yet rich neoclassical take, best indicated by the stellar hand-painted wall covering that took years to make. It depicts foliage employing the chiaroscuro technique which emerged during the Renaissance. The brick pattern adorns the matte ceiling of the space and the gold matte chandelier with metal and crystals complete the grand look.
“At the centre of the space is the dining table, with curved dining chairs, topped with raw, untreated stone,” says Jumrani. “The warm colour palette and rich textures are the key elements to my designs and offer a great sense of luxury while also making you feel at home.”
Kolkata Home: Daughter’s Room
The stunning matte gold-fluted glass panel behind the leather-padded bed, complemented by the grey honeycomb blinds, makes the daughter’s room a cheerful place. The muted turquoise colour scheme enhances the liveliness of the room. A cosy armchair accompanied by a natural, burgundy wood finish coffee table makes for the perfect spot to curl up with a book. The walk-in closet, dresser and bathroom are all finished in pink, white, and grey marble. A multilayer vanity unit with a pentagon-shaped mirror stands out in the powder room, which is further enhanced by an Axor designer basin and rose gold matte mixer.
Kolkata Home: Main Bedroom
It features reflective artwork on the sliding panel which opens into an outside window and is finished in a two-tone texture canvas. A contemporary leather padded bed is complemented by a veneer-finish wardrobe with coordinated metal handles and a touch of fluted wood on the ceiling that ties the room together.
The walk-in closet and washroom feature white and reddish-brown marble with a stone-finish wardrobe shutter. The washroom also includes a double-layer marble vanity unit and dresser drawers in a matching shade.
Kolkata Home: Son’s Room
Here, the headboard and pop-up TV unit divide the room into three parts— the bed, sitting area, and walk-in closet behind the partition. The headboard is completed with buffed leather cladding, i-mesh textile and a multicoloured glass pendant light. The sitting area has a charcoal grey and tangerine recliner and a wooden wall panel in a dark, muted grey. The chandelier is finished in matte gold, crystal embellishments and orange leather. The ceiling Laser Blade downlights are by iGuzzini.The sweeping bathroom here runs the length of the room, separated by a DGU glass-blind partition. This too has a rich marble finish. The walk-in closet has been finished with a matte European veneer with Alex Turco copper matte finish inlay.
Source: Architectural Digest