This 1750 sq ft house nestled in Uttarahalli in South Bengaluru is designed by Gayathri Padmam H and Pranav Raghunath of Aanai Design Studio. Owned by a South Indian family of a young couple, their infant, father and 2 dogs, this home apartment is located on the ground floor and overlooks the expansive gardens outside hence the name Bhag residence. The design team infused the interiors with locally sourced natural materials like cane and wood while the incorporation of claymen sculptures give the right dose of whimsy and minimalism to the project. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) has received more information about this minimalist, tropical abode from Gayathri Padmam H. Read on:
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“At Aanai we strongly believe that every element in a home must reflect the home owner’s interests and personality and thus our starting point for design has always been long conversations about their aspirations for the space. The materiality is then discussed to weave in a meaningful space which has a strong narration of their beliefs and needs,” says Gayathri Padmam H
Earthy Colour Palette in the Living Area
The earthy colour palette in the living room is driven by the tropical greens outside. Set against soft eggshell white walls, the wood and rattan furniture exudes a warmth that ties the space together.
The Compact TV unit takes care of all the storage requirements of the living area. The brass handles are sourced from Studio Made Chennai and weave a story with the other brass accents used in the home.
Sculptures from Claymen Adds A Whimsical Touch
The Claymen wall sculptures bring the right amount of whimsy and minimalism to the long sofa wall. The South Indian classicism which is so close to the homeowner's heart is brought forth with elements like the wooden chest and tiny bells on the Pooja unit.
Every piece of furniture is designed carefully to not just work aesthetically into the space, but also to function well.
Age-Old Charm of Brass Ornaments
The Brass detailing is carried forward into the dining table legs as well. The multiple brass ornaments around the home have been collected by the homeowner over years and some of them handed down through generations making the space personal and meaningful to them.
The artwork and frames around the house also have been collected over time. The single painting of Shankaracharya in the dining room was commissioned to a local artist specially for the space.
The lush greens and earthy tones are extended into the painting as well the pendant we picked up from Olie Living and Lighting.
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A Splash of Colours in the Kitchen
The colour palette in the kitchen departs from the earthy tones to bring about pop in colour.
However, the dado tiles have a rustic character which blends well with the various terracotta elements in the kitchen.
Warm Neutrals in the Master Bedroom
The master bedroom has a neutral colour scheme accommodating the need to play around with different decor when needed.
The subtle wallpaper juxtaposed with a mid-century modern piece of lighting and family photos makes the room welcoming and personal.
Half Mustard Walls in the Son’s Room
The bright mustard in the son’s room brings lightness and playfulness to the space. The chair from Bamboo Pecker furthers the deliberate use of natural materials. A reading nook is created with this chair to enhance reading habits. The room is sparsely populated so that there is open space to grow, learn and play.
Project Name: Bhag Residence
Design Firm: Aanai Design studio
Founder, Creative Director: Gayathri Padmam H
Furniture and Interiors: Aanai Design studio
Rugs: Carpet Kingdom
Lighting: Olie, Prism
Curtains & Blinds: Petals
Text Credit: Gayathri Padmam H
Photo Courtesy: Nayan Soni
About the Firm
Named after the silent, yet powerful pachyderm, Aanai was started in 2018 as an indigenous furniture studio with a vision of providing personalised designs and furniture solutions to those with a taste for the extraordinary. Today, Aanai has grown to a multidisciplinary design studio in the residential space focussing on three key aspects - Architecture, Interior Design and Furniture. ? As a practice, Aanai aims at working towards sustainable design, keeping in mind the modern context and global perspectives of their clients.
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