Within the hustle-bustle of Mumbai, Kasturi Relekar designs a private, calm, and aesthetic dwelling for the creative inhabitants and their young son. A contemporary space with a streak of Indianness, art-deco style, and biophilia represent the look and feel of this house that is truly inviting. The conceptualization of this 1650 sq. ft. apartment at Rustomjee Paramount was done keeping in mind the likings of each of its occupants, and still and all creating a unified style.

An expansive Living Room combined with dining at the heart of this residence has a vital spark. Exhibiting great style with its artistic wall accents and simple furniture that has traces of gold in different forms. The traditional bench swing provides an elegant partition to the living and dining area. This room is a perfect welcoming space with multiform seating for the comfort of all. The subtle hued upholstery with a profound use of colors is timeless, and evince the cheerfulness of the family. 

Home theatre decor with neutral hues and minimal furniture
A chic Home-Cinema experience with classy interiors

A walk into their home theatre unfolds an esthetic room with exquisite wall paneling that creates a perfect backdrop for an impeccable home-cinema experience. With just the right amount of natural lighting penetrating into the room, this space with its sheer minimalism defines elegance.

Powder Bathroom design with stone washbasin
Stone washbasin enriching the look of a basic Powder Bathroom

Replacing the mundane ceramic washbasin with a stone washbasin has done a resplendent transformation to the Powder toilet. It has given the space an admirable charm. 

Bedroom for the elderly designed in an elegant fashion
Grandma’s bedroom designed with clean lines and simple motifs

Grandma’s room is infused with a blend of subtle hues and simple motifs. The clean lines of the wardrobe with a pristine toned wall and basal wall decor blend modern eclectic style with a classic touch. Trifling factors like the comfort of the headboard, the traditional rug, and a quick reach to storage relate well with the elderly in the house.

Master Bedroom in Earthy hues by Kasturi
Earthy hues with an attractive Teal Wall to magnetize the space

The master bedroom is interestingly designed. Complementing the black and brown veneer is a beautiful wallpaper behind the bed. An abstract headboard with colors from an earthy palette is a huge turn-on. The teal wall grabs your attention and breaks the monotony of the neutral hues. The rocking chair, bench, and sleek finish from end to end give this room a tranquilizing feel.

Boys Bedroom with sporty decor
Son’s Room dominated by Royal Blue

For his love of sports and reading, the son’s room has an edgy design. The upper bunk to his bed serves as a cozy reading corner, while the little passage beside the bed accommodates his sports interests. A lego effect wardrobe shutter resonates with his affinity towards the game. The brown veneer balances the royal blue, imparting a rich and elegant look to the room. Simple detailing in wood has resulted in smart and practical handles to the storage. Innovative use of linen, pillows, and curtains augments the style of this space.

While each room in the house is custom-designed the continuation and cohesiveness of the space is splendid. This house greets you with a lot of thoughtful layering, styling and use of soft furnishings that reflect the personality of its inmates.

Kasturi Relekar - Interior Designer
Kasturi Relekar

Kasturi Relekar has design experience of over 15 years. “We create spaces understanding Indian sensibility and soul while giving the user a unique experience. I believe in minimalism, where well-thought details serve function without losing their aesthetics. I appreciate clean and sleek design where form defines beauty, but I also believe that layering of materials and patterns is the key to achieving ultimate luxury”, expresses the lovely and creative designer.

Designed by: Kasturi Relekar Designs ( @kasturirelekardesigns )
Executed by: Racheta Interiors
Photographed by: Prashant Bhat

Disha Bhavsar & Shivani Ajmera are the Principal Designers and Co-Founders of Quirk Studio. Prior to crossing paths, each of them had an inherent penchant for design. The influence that physiognomy of a home has on one’s quality of life inspired them. Working for renowned studios and design publications across the country for over 10 years has given them immense knowledge and experience. This experience has been beneficial in their consociation for Quirk Studio.

They attribute their success to their passion for design and impacting people’s lives with their work. There has been no looking back for this duo ever since the start of their design journey.

Apart from the love for design what spurred your decision of interior designing as a career?

Disha: I grew up watching my aunt who belonged to the sphere of Interior Design. The creativity and work were so inspiring that it got engraved into my thought process to opt for designing as a career. Thence I pursued my Graduation and Masters in the field of Interior Design and Design Management Respectively.

Shivani: I believe that the realm of interior design came to me as a ‘disguised opportunity’ of sorts. Back in 2004, I had the window of opportunity to design a space as a media student. There has been no turning back since! I have also had the privilege to work with industry connoisseurs and went forward to acquire my Master’s in interior design.

Well Lit Office Space

 From where do you draw inspiration for your designs?

Inspiration is truly an unrestricted concept for the girls. It does not just manifest in one’s day-to-day life but is also derived from places where you would least expect to find it, they say.

“Our cardinal source of inspiration is the surrounding space and environment, our travel experiences, and the study of art across disciplines”. In the process of designing, the client’s persona and sentimentality also develop into inspiration.

The secret they believe is to remain curious and hungry to evolve – “it always does bring us closer to things that motivate us creatively”!

Stylish Walk-in Wardrobe with Bath Area
Voguish Walk-in Wardrobe with Bath Area

Tell us about a project that has been close to your heart

Each project at Quirk Studio is a craft of passion, panache, and a keen eye for detail. Nevertheless, ‘House No.12’ is a project that has played a vital role in our journey as designers. A project that has been emblematic of our expertise. The home evokes a sense of exuberance, color, and eclecticism through elements like art, accessories, accent furniture, and curated lights.

Classic, Contemporary and Modern Blend of Style
Classic, Contemporary, and Modern Blend
Pic Courtesy: Studio Kunal Bhatia

The design brief was to create a home that suits a young couple in their early 30’s with a toddler. And, the aim was to create a space that was aesthetically classic, contemporary, and modern. Catering to the design brief and working in tandem with the client’s objectives House No. 12 is an idyllic residence amidst the bustle that surrounds Mumbai.

We visualize this project as the creation of a sanctuary for a young family embarking on their new journey!

Classy Living Area
Classy Living Area

While designing a house what are the things you take under advisement?

Being an end user’s oasis every residential project has to consider the functional, emotional, and spatial needs of its inmates. It is going to be the space they will inhabit for years to come. It is imperative to understand the client’s brief and personality at a deep-rooted level! Residential spaces designed at Quirk Studio are user-centric; they place great emphasis on spatial planning and circulation. We envision homes to meet every need and be a safe haven for our clients.

Wallpaper for bathroom
Prints and Patterns with Wallpaper

Here are some of our favorite design trends that we believe have the inherent capability to add character to one’s space!

Concrete: As a material, you can use concrete in a plethora of forms. With its array of finishes, it evokes a sense of minimalism and rawness. This makes it a key material in most design palettes!

Mixing Metals: Making a cameo sporadically, the trend of mixing metals is truly an eclectic practice that complements a space regardless of its genre. A traditional or contemporary space can celebrate the blending of various metals through accessorization, styling, or statement pieces.

Biophilia in office
Indoor plants placed aesthetically

Blurring Boundaries between Indoors and Outdoors: This is a timeless trend that we can vouch for! Biophilia certainly elevates and invigorates every space. Opening spaces into green spots like yards, balconies, or terraces adds to great appeal. Bringing the outdoors in, with a healthy dose of indoor plants is the quickest and most pocket-friendly makeover.

Grey Sofa with Metallic backdrop
Subtle Hues giving a Grand Appeal

Aside from creating artful spaces the pretty ladies invest time nurturing various hobbies that keep them mentally stimulated!

For Shivani Ajmera it is revelling in the brilliance of Theatre and Music. For Disha Bhavsar it has got to be travelling and pursuing fitness!

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Website: https://www.quirkstudio.in/