Located at M3M Golf Estate in St. Andrew’s Sector 65 of Gurugram, Haryana, this duplex apartment is designed by Monica Chawla and Hardesh Chawla of Essentia Environments. Spread over 7,800 sq ft space, the magnificent abode features spacious rooms complemented with luxury marbles, high-quality veneers like Sucupira, wood, Red Oak, fabrics, metal, glass, and other premium materials. The design of this home showcases the design studio's signature style with its clean and minimal look, where an ingenious use of superior materials instills the spaces with lavishness and splendour. We, at SURFACES REPORTER (SR) spoke with the designers about the idea behind the design, their favourite corner in the house, materials and colours used and more. Have an interesting read:
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SR: What was the design brief?
EE: There was no design brief from the client to start with. He just wanted to get the interiors done from Essentia. But there was one instruction from him. That was, "make it pop"!
SR: What was your initial vision for it?
EE: Large spaces and corresponding furniture complement and enhance the environment without much fuss. The home is a contemporary luxury that defines its minimalistic aesthetics. Our design philosophy is very simple, we make sure to follow the minimalistic design, and at the same time, we ensure that no area is left empty. There is nothing left to take away from the décor, it is just perfect.
The design of this home showcases our signature style with its clean and minimal look, where a creative application of fine materials imbues the spaces with luxury and beauty. Especially bathrooms with their expansive spaces, and large windows that allow for interaction with the green exteriors.
SR: Every space has a story behind it. What is the favourite story around the interesting corners in this house?
EE: Opposite the living area, on the right of the passageway is the fireplace. Going forward, you have the kitchen on the right and dining ahead of it, with the bar on the left, next to the living room.
As you go up to the next level, the family lounge on the left side and right ahead is the couple’s bedroom with a walk-in closet, an ensuite bathroom and balconies.
At the other end of the passage, in the corner, is located the kid’s bedroom with an attached bathroom. On the other side of the staircase, diagonally opposite the kid’s room is the grandfather’s bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom.
SR: What is the focal point of the project?
EE: The material palette includes a thoughtful selection of luxury marbles, high-quality veneers like Sucupira, wood, Red Oak, fabrics, metal, glass, etc. In a minimally decorated home, it is the superior quality of materials and the creative manner in which they have been employed that add the interiors to its unique character.
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SR: Choice of materials and colours
EE: The interior colour palette takes cues from the exterior architecture and landscape, while also considering function, aesthetics and durability. It’s a neutral palette of grey and white, with a striking pop of colours that bring in the sudden brightness.
SR: Define the project in one line
EE: There is nothing left to take away from the décor, it is just perfect.
SR: Your favourite part of the project
EE: I would say, the bathrooms are the spaces that we enjoyed designing the most. The big-sized spaces gave us the freedom to design experimentally. It allowed for elaborate space layouts with dry scapes accented with artworks, sculptural mirrors, washbasins, and exclusive bathtubs in blue onyx, etc, adding colour to the pristine white palettes.
Modern pendant lights and chandeliers add sophistication. A view of the verdant green exteriors brings freshness.
SR: What most excited you about this project?
EE: The design of this home showcases our signature style with its clean and minimal look, where a creative application of fine materials imbues the spaces with luxury and beauty.
Especially bathrooms with their expansive spaces, and large windows that allow for interaction with the green exteriors.
SR: Please tell us about the important areas of the house.
EE: We have designed each area differently. While a minimal aesthetic runs through the home, each space features custom-designed sculptural furniture specifically made for the space, specially commissioned artworks, and carefully curated accessories, each of which adds a different dimension to the space. Design relevance is there in each area.
The décor evolved from our belief that the right kind of accessories, even if sparse, speak eloquently. The accessories add an eye-catching element with their unique shapes, silhouettes and textures.
The artworks evoke a certain mood, chicness and a pop of colour against the otherwise neutral backdrops. The scale also adds a surprising element.
SR: Anything else you want to share about the project
EE: Our design philosophy is very simple, we make sure to follow the minimalistic design, and at the same time, we ensure that no area is left empty.
About the Designers
Hardesh Chawla, Director, Essentia Environments | Monica Chawla, Creative Director, Essentia Environments
Monica Chawla, Creative Director, Essentia Environments
As one of India’s leading interior designers. Monica Chawla has been the creative genius behind some of the most spectacular celebrity homes in the country. Her innate design sensibilities backed by sheer talent brings any space alive! Her work ranges through commercial, corporate, hotel and residential designs. In a field rife with change and annihilation, she has emerged as a designer who can deliver the flavor of today and has received accolades from all her clients for her creativity, integrity and professionalism.
Hardesh Chawla, Director, Essentia Environments
One of the founding members of Adrem Group – the parent company, Hardesh holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and has over fifteen years of experience in bringing complex and exciting designs to life. Having lived and worked in number of countries have imbibed a sense of professionalism and integrity that have largely defined his career and an engineering background has allowed him to stay objective and look for elegant solutions to complex problems.
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