“Parisian Twist” | Studio Unbox | Gurgaon
A stroll through the lanes of Paris has influenced each tourist far and beyond and penetrated their mind with a dream to take a part of it back home. Unlike many, this home brings that dream to reality for a couple enticed by their travel to Europe. With a dash of contemporary, a slice of French design, a dollop of the luxuries of Art Deco style and sprinkles of bold and glam nuances, this Gurugram home displays a splendid play of warm colours and plush materials.
Located in the quiet neighborhood of Sushant Lok, Phase 2, this 1700 sq ft two bedroom apartment overlooks a stretch of lush green plantation. The owner’s articulation towards a reflection of French culture, minimal colour palette, a touch of green and coalescence of old and new shaped the interiors from the entrance to each space. White walls with a grey undertone form the entrance. Posters of French architecture captured on their travel to Europe on the walls sets up a walk down memory lane. The wall lights render accents of antique gold in this black and white frame.
The living and dining space is an ode to the “Fall in Paris” aesthetic, with black representing the iron structure of the Eiffel Tower, green the blooming trees, and peach representing the shredding of leaves. The comfort of sage green walls ties all the elements together and the wall moldings is a classic element of Parisian aesthetics. Retained from their previous home, the emerald green L-shaped couch bestows a bold character. With the gleam of gold, the linear bookshelf with the owner’s collection of decor pieces, custom wall lights and bar shelves serve as a glam quotient, ideal to host social tea gatherings or entertaining friends for drinks and game nights.
This home came with a tight budget, owing to which most of the furniture was made on site. A custom made coffee table blends greens and charcoal blacks. Peach tones of the cushions and curtains bring in a color pop. The curvilinear pedestal base with a slatted form and chamfered edges manifest an essence of a typical Art Deco style to the dining table. Peach and white overtake the kitchen. A part of the kitchen wall was brought down to emphasize openness. The breakfast counter doubles up as a bar when required.
Powder blue dominates the couple’s bedroom. Tones of grey and black occupy the other parts of the room, from the bed to the couch to the console cabinet. The chic couch inspired by a typical French daybed craft a seating for the couple to snuggle and watch a movie together. A black console placed on the side not only functions as extra storage space but also furnishes a flair of panache with an ornate mirror finished in gold, placed on top of it.
Maintaining symmetry, doors with fluted glass and aluminum frames on both sides of the television exhibit a strong Art Deco influence. A structurally challenged pillar was transformed into a personal gallery wall, consisting of pictures from the couple’s wedding shoot, to make the space blend in.
The walk-in closet is an L-shape extension, highlighted in powder blue to maintain the continuity of the room. A free standing vintage mirror manifests the charm of traditional design. Attached to the room, a small nook, earlier planned as a mandir, is transformed into a home study for the couple. A small circular cutout repurposed as a bookcase overlooks the walk-in closet.
A simple and minimal canvas, the guest room is crafted around the rose pink bed reused from the owner’s old home. Grey tones form the background form the grey panelled bed back to furniture to furnishings. Pendant lights, decor pieces and photo frames bought from the couple’s travels in India bring black accents to the room.
With a chic pastel palette complemented with subtle hues of glam, the brief was to allow the peace of green in the surroundings to drift inside the house. Natural and artificial planters at every corner make the space feel more intimate. Each space was given its own unique identity by bringing in furniture pieces from the couple’s previous home, adding different hues and reminiscing the art and architecture of Paris through curios and design inspiration. The home is imagined as a French country house of contemporary times with a twist of Glam of an urban sanctuary. With classic furniture and mellow tones, this Gurgaon home could well be situated on the outskirts of Paris.
Project Name : Parisian Twist
Design Firm : Studio Unbox
Principal Designer : ID Sonalika Dhand
Project Type : Residential Interior
Project Year : 2023
Project Duration : 5 Months
Project Area : 1700 Sq. Ft.
Project Location : Sushant Lok, Gurgaon
Photography Credits : Palak Mittal Productions