Teak Chic

P&D Associates draw inspiration from their clients’ penchant for wood to craft a contemporary 3BHK haven that’s luxe yet cosy.

Shruti Siddhpura, Pratik Siddhpura and Devang Patel

When it comes to interiors, the word ‘luxury’ usually brings to mind a sumptuous spread of semi-precious materials, designer furniture, intricate fixtures, the works… Above all, the word triggers imagery of vast expanses of space. Thousands-and-then-some-square feet of space. So you can imagine our surprise (tad snobbish, we admit) on hearing of a luxury residence that measured a mere 1,000-odd sq ft. “Creating a home which had a feel of spaciousness and luxury in a 1,500-square-foot apartment was no mean task,” confirm the designers. The clients’ preferred choice of material, wood, complicated things a little further. Effecting an ‘open’ ambience with a material that tends to be visually overwhelming is definitely tricky territory. Nonetheless, interior designers Shruti Siddhpura,

Pratik Siddhpura and Devang Patel of Bharuch-based P&D Associates were up to the challenge.

The trio responded to the brief with a design concept they refer to as ‘sparse luxury’; that is, minimalist interiors detailed with luxurious elements and plenty of mood lighting. Before we elaborate on the finer things this apartment has to offer, a minor digression. “The clients wanted a bigger kitchen. For this, we extended the common wall that separates the living room and kitchen. The extended wall space in the living area was used to create a decorative niche. This was the only structural change that we made,” says Devang.

The living cum dining area exudes a luxurious vibe, thanks to a rich material and colour palette: teak and brass with shades of gold and deep reds.

The interior design of the residence is set against a monochromatic backdrop — white painted walls and cream vitrified tiles underfoot. This created a sense of seamlessness across areas, thereby addressing the clients’ need for a spacious-looking home. The next step was deciding on how teak, the theme material, would be incorporated into the design. The obvious answer was in the form of furniture.

Yes, all furniture in this apartment was made onsite, by P&D Associates, out of solid teak. The designs, clean-lined; the upholstery, creamy hues with blushes and burgundy thrown in for visual variety.

However, the designers weren’t through with their star material. “We went through many options to create a design that wouldn’t make the room look cramped. We finally arrived on the panel,” explains Devang. The teak panel in question borders the main entrance and wraps all the way around a toilet block that extends rather awkwardly into the living area. “The panelling is a design highlight; a feature wall that actually hides the toilet block,” he continues. Capitalizing on the visual distinction, they have located the dining area against the teak-clad block, simultaneously optimizing on every inch available. This ensures easy access to the kitchen, constant interaction with the living area and privacy from the odd nosy-parker or two at the door.

The dining space straddles the kitchen and living room. A lesson in space-smart design, this compact area is defined by a solid teak panelling. A pair of geometric charcoal paintings and a black switchboard provides visual relief from the otherwise wood-filled setting.

Teak plays a lead role in all three bedrooms as well — as a floor-to-ceiling cladding around the dressing area of the guest bedroom; a sturdy backdrop for the bed in the son’s room where it extends to become a bedside table; and finally, as the headboard in the master bedroom. In the last case, teak has been used together with highly polished, lotus-shaped brass motifs that have been inlaid into the wood. Brass elements also feature in other areas — the door handle at the entrance; a band across the length of the coffee table; graceful bells that adorn a fretwork screen in the puja area; and a brass lamp (handpicked by the clients while vacationing down South) in the aforementioned ochre-painted niche in the living room. Although used sparingly, the glossy texture of the golden-toned brass set against the warm grainy feel of teak makes a luxurious impact.

The master bedroom flaunts a minimalist design. Brass makes a comeback as lotus-patterned cut-outs, neatly inlaid within the wooden bed-back.

Mood lighting, within wall niches and along the ceiling, helps draw attention to showpieces as well as balances out the heaviness of wood. Flashes of colour appear in the form of throw cushions and rugs. Besides this, a charcoal painting over the dining area and a primarily black-and-white photographic print in the living room are the only pieces of wall art in the home.

A well-planned home crafted out of the richest of woods, modestly sprinkled with one of the most ancient metals. Now that’s what you call sparse luxury!

The brief was to create contemporary, luxurious interiors within a 1,500-square-foot space.

Flooring Vitrified tiles Walls & wall treatments Paint and teak panelling Furniture Teak furniture, custom-designed onsite

Owners Pillai Residence Location Surat, Gujarat Area 1,500 sq ft Project duration 8 to 9 months (from 2000 to 2001) Design team (P&D Associates) Devang Patel, Pratik Siddhpura & Shruti Siddhpura Site coordinator Rameshbhai

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