A house becomes a home with its “D’well”ings and that’s what the architects at D’well have tried to achieve with this 2200 sq.ft. apartment. Done-up to commemorate the homecoming of their beloved sons whenever they visit, the apartment belongs to an old couple. The brief called for a minimalist approach to designing each space with a subtle yet significant ambience. The 3-bedroom layout with a kids’ nursery is meant to be a retirement retreat for the couple which doubles up as a family space when they all get together.
The minimally simple interiors evoke a sense of ‘peace and calm’. The colour palette has been chosen tastefully to create a tranquil environment; while the blue undertones break the monotony, the beige exudes warmth. Black stained wooden texture has been used to break away from the conventional brown of the wood. The “less is more” approach not only keeps the spaces DE-cluttered but makes them relatively maintenance-free in accordance with the brief.
Nonetheless, the element to look out for is the copious use of the shapes in the properties, be it the furniture, consoles, the wall decor or the mirrors, each being placed meaningfully. This adds to the ambience seconded by the play of lights each of which has been meticulously designed and placed. The natural light coupled with the carefully crafted artificial lighting lends character to the entire unit. Light fixtures have been designed in a way so as to highlight certain features in each area while adding to the aesthetics. The customized light element in the entrance corridor appears to be a skylight; the pockets of concealed lighting seeping in through the pergolas make it a fascinating entrance element.
Not confining to a particular language of contemporary design has allowed each space to have a unique quality. The design manages to demonstrate the adage “God is in the details” because it’s these little things which speak volumes about the sensitivity and thoughts behind it all.