Done up in a crisp contemporary-meets-industrial theme, the two-bedroom home of comedian Rohan Joshi by Quirk Studio stands out for its coherent visual language and chic aesthetics.
Often when we speak about contemporary homes, brilliant aesthetics and modern design come to mind, for they sync together to create elegant residential properties that represent luxury living spaces and Pinterest-worthy ideas. However, the essence of the user is often cast aside when designing these luxury homes with spatial volumes. They tend to lack character, and the stories behind the collectibles such as bespoke furniture and art, are often lost. Standing out amidst this crowd of contemporary spaces is the residence of popular comedian and writer, Rohan Joshi.
Warm, cozy, modern and chic—and truly representative of its owner, this 1,400 sq ft residence in Mumbai was designed for the 37 year old client, keeping in mind the succinct brief provided by him: A space that is contemporary, open, inviting, and crucially, one that resonated with his personality. The residence features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, den, powder room and a kitchen.
Keeping in mind the design brief as well as the personality of the client, it was decided to keep the shell of the home neutral and monochromatic, with punches of colour emanating through fun patterned tiles, art, accessories and rugs. The house is designed to optimize the influx of natural light, while also creating highlights via the lighting fixtures throughout the space. The entire house is designed with a crisp contemporary-meets-industrial theme, whilst also incorporating elements that resonate the most with Joshi at a personal level.
While sticking to the core theme of a modern and minimal Indian home, the designers have experimented with various elements, such as the flooring in the lobby that features an effervescent patterned tile by Bharat Flooring. Maintaining a neutral shell for the space, the main flooring in the living room and kitchen is done up in a neutral, stone-finish grey tile, whereas the three rooms feature a wooden flooring that adds a soothing, warm feeling to the space. The kitchen stands out vibrantly with its convivial combination of blue and white, with diagonal stripes running across the hexagon tiling on the floor.
The master bedroom radiates a sense of comfort and relaxation with its familiar, homely yet luxurious aesthetic. A minimal grey bed offsets the white interiors of the room, flanked by the simplistic bedside lights, which add a refined sense of luxury to the space. The aesthetic quality of the space is reinforced by the white-brick back wall, which adds to the congenial feel of the space. A recessed storage unit also punctuates the bedside, adding functionality to the room, while ensuring that the space remains clutter-free and spacious. This theme is carried forth in the study and the guest room, thereby creating a cohesive experience for the viewer.
The two bathrooms are distinct in their own way, but have a common theme of coloured tiles, patterns and wallpapers over a neutral backdrop. This theme is repeated across the entire home in different ways—through the vibrant décor and artwork juxtaposed with the neutral, unassuming interiors. With a liberal usage of Joshi’s collection of posters, art, books and memorabilia across the residence, it manifests as a complete reflection of his personality and as a space that represents home for him and his cats, as well as a space that can host friends, family and loved ones. Through its seamless and vibrant design, every room in the house contributes to a coherent visual language, wherein the house has the aesthetic and exuberance of a luxurious bachelor pad, yet doesn’t fail to feel like a home.
Photo credit: Kuber Shah
Project: Residence for Rohan Joshi, Mumbai
Architects: Quirk Studio, Mumbai
Typology: Interior Design – Residential
Client: Rohan Joshi
Design Team: Quirk Studio
Site Area: 1,400 sq ft
Built-Up Area: 1,100 sq ft approximately
Completion: January 2020