The Aparna Kaushik Design Group’s new Noida office is a striking example of the firm’s distinctive design aesthetics. The four-story structure holds a graceful, symmetric silhouette composed of clean lines, large balconied windows, and a subtle exterior palette of warm grey and antique brass hues. Meticulously curated elements of Gothic, Belle-Époque and mid-century design are customised to pair with sleek contemporary layouts. The balanced use of discerning variations of fine metal, glass and stone frame serene, museum-like interiors. Hints of classical stylisations are brought together by tailored selections of fabrics and furniture that exude an inviting ambiance of modern regality. Read more about this stunning and spectacular workspace project in detail below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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Modern vintage elevation, manicured Bejaminatrees, black Baislana marble planters. The driveway is decorated with black Baislana marble trays creating a strong vista directing to the elevator lobby of the office.
Conceptualised to represent the firm’s versatile talents and serve as a creative sanctum for its designers, the office embodies the classically elegant and thoughtfully calibrated spaces that the group consistently creates for its discerning clientele.
Use of Larger-Than-Life Sculptures
The intimate premises, ensconced by manicured Benjamina Weeping Fig trees and black Baselana marble planters, emanates calm seclusion. The entryway, hallways and lobbies are a study in interaction between light and colour.
The Calacatta gold marble floors are beset by delicate gold-framed canvases of architectural art and attentively placed bronze sculptures. One such sculpture of a pensive, seated man bears the Sanskrit words, Vasudev Kutumbhakamb- “The world is one family”: a phrase that defines the firm’s philosophy and design ethos.
The hallway perspective adds depth to the elevator lobby of the principal architect’s office with a girl sculpture inspired from visits to New York art gallery.
Another bronze sculpture, inspired by the principal architect’s own love for modern and impressionist art, depicts a ponytailed girl dressed much like the ballerinas in paintings by Edgar Degas. Contrary to the stance of poised dancers, however, her upward gaze and unrehearsed demeanor symbolises the childlike wonder of free creative thought.
Mid-Century Design Gets Modern Touch
Further emphasizing the firm’s inventive and transcultural design culture is a pagoda chandelier in the elevator lobby. The mid-century design was inspired by a vintage book discovered in the bazaars of Daryaganj, an old Delhi flea market.
The elevator lobby welcomes with a man sculpture writing on a tablet “Vasudev Kutumbhakamb”. The logo in made in antique brass along with directional marble flooring and custom wainscoting revealing a well-carved space that gives it an inherently appealing quality.
Intimate spatial nooks clad in neutral colours and fitted with generous bookshelves are designated to be private work forums or discussion rooms. The designers employed clever styles of spatial reformation to deepen a sense of seclusion and retreat in these areas.
The artwork depicts a roman soldier taming a horse at the entrance with an antique folded paper reception table – our custom design. The wall has souvenirs collected and framed from travel across many places and the wainscoting in its intricate detail has evolved from classic paneling.
First, they choose large artworks featuring trompe-l'oeil to hang on the neutral-coloured walls. Translated as “to deceive the eye” the perspective-play of this technique was made popular during the Renaissance to add illusory depth to closed spaces.
Second, ceiling heights were scaled down to an intimate level using simple wainscoting, which was then carved with intricate detailing that mirrors the classical panelling depicted in surrounding paintings.
Classy and Functional Workstations
The workstations and conference rooms, to account for long meetings with large groups, are designed primarily around principles of stylised comfort and seamless functionality. Devoid of partitions to enhance collaborative interactions, work zones are defined only by furniture placement. A teardrop chandelier with antique brass stems hangs from the ceiling; reiterating the firm’s thematic focus on fusing contemporary form with classical materials. Carpet floors, soft-toned fabrics and swathes of natural light further add warmth to these areas that accommodate a majority of daily operations.
The principal architect’s office has curated custom furniture like vintage-inspired skirted sofas, custom design sandcasted brass lamps, sunburst light disc in antique brass and an Alexander Theodore coffee table. The carpets are sourcedHands. The Georgian sliding pocket doors and its proportions create a refinement in the space.
More distinguished spaces within the office include the principal architect’s chamber, rooftop client lounge and an exquisite skyline room with panoramic views.
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Master Suite Oozes Elegance With Multi-Era Elements
A master suite, which serves as Aparna Kaushik’s office features a trompe-l'oeil painting of a domed palatial banquet hall in the backdrop. An antique-style desk by Alexander Theodore includes accent legs joined by a sharp crossing stretcher, reminiscent of colonial-era regency. Gold lighting accents, tall, lush plants in beaten brass planters, silver-grey upholstery and a subtle-toned Persian rug strike a compelling balance against dark wood floors and a collection of seasoned books gathered from years of travel and research. Together, this assemblage of artfully chosen multi-era pieces adds an effortless yet dignified character to the room.
Lounge on the roof top is set against the expressway skyline. Furniture is custom made from Alsorg India. The artwork is a collection of sketches and prints collected through years on various travels to Europe and some very interesting flee markets. The gothic lantern inspired from the Palace of Versailles was custom-made by local craftsmen from Delhi.
The ornate rooftop client’s lounge is set against an expressway skyline and arresting views of the city. A skylight ceiling window channels diffused natural light into the room adding further elevation and warmth to the distinguished space. A lantern-style chandelier embodies the tailored blend of Late-Gothic pointedness and Baroque opulence. Designed to match lighting silhouettes seen at Palais de Versailles, it was hand-crafted by seasoned artisans in India. Wall-to-wall bookshelves and an assortment of small, framed prints and illustrations pair with the inviting comfort of plush-cushioned furniture. Chinese-style porcelain vases on a marble mantle beset with a rich-coloured painting of a leopard bind the room’s intricate collections of artworks, artefacts and memorabilia - drawing a sense of being in the private gallery of a curious, creative and well-traveled resident.
Enjoy Panoramic views Through From The Skyline Room
The skyline room is perhaps the most unique of all the spaces in the office. The rectangular space wrapped in wall-to-ceiling windows, a sweeping balcony with emerald foliage and unparalleled views of the horizon is left largely empty.
Looks like a Manhattan skyline, this place is purposely kept empty with just an armchair, an ideal place to create new ideas!!!
Against one discreet corner, atop a Persian rug sits one muted grey armchair framed by a palm-like indoor plant and flanked by a circular side table featuring a stone portrait sculpture. The expanse of the space along with the immensity of its skyline views and its bare minimum furnishings evoke a resounding aura of peace - which aptly makes this room a sanctuary for focused work, new ideas and creative sojourns.
The principal architect’s office showcases the artwork made by the artist- Devesh Patel as a backdrop. the bookshelves boast books collected from all over the world through years of travel and research. Custom furniture with sand-cast brass lamp with metal shades and a coffee table in the antique brass finish add subtlety and detail to the space.
It is in some ways a misnomer to label this abode of defining art and novel architecture an office. The space aptly speaks to the spirit of an innovative firm devoted to placing historic and global design heuristics within exceptionally crafted spaces that nurture immersive experiences: including an effortless retreat into the imaginative, elevated and bespoke.
Project Type: Office
Architect: Aparna Kaushik
Interior design firm: Aparna Kaushik Design Group
Completion Year: 2022
About the Architect
Aparna Kaushik is a leading designer of ultra-luxury estate homes in India. Her versatile projects span a comprehensive range of luxury lifestyle creations. Infusing her experimental processes with scientific clarity and pragmatism, Aparna creates exemplary spaces that range from awe-strikingly expansive to stylishly intimate. She is the founding principal and design director of a multi-disciplinary firm that works across architecture, interiors, furniture, lighting, product design, and landscaping. She has handled a variety of projects including residences, commercial developments, retail outlets, restaurants, spas and pubs. Her partnerships with prominent International designers fuel a vibrant design ethos built on globally venerated standards and trends.
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