Esha Pandya Choksi and Aashni Pandya, Principal Designers at Flamingo Interiors

March, 2017

With a design brief that encapsulated the client’s philosophy of an effortlessly minimalistic home with an influence of the Indian Arts, Esha Pandya Choksi and Aashni Pandya, Principal Designers at Flamingo Interiors, relied on the use of vibrant and quirky furniture to bring an eclectic vibe to the 5,000 sq ft home. “The design brief for this project required us to explore innovative ideas to create a lifestyle that fits the client’s personality, therefore transforming a house into a home. From the old to the new, and from the classical French to the mid century modern style, all pieces interact with each other in an easy, effortless and fluid manner to create an eclectic result,” said Esha and Aashni. In line with the design brief, the designers used flexible furniture pieces that could easily be moved around to create an artistic yet effortless feel, perfectly adaptable to the inhabitants’ moods. “For example, a modern piece of furniture which seamlessly ties in the French elegance

Each room’s furniture consisted of individualistic pieces that were from different design eras and different decades in history.

with the use of striped linen fabric”, the designers explained. The walls, floors and ceilings were left neutral, while the colour was brought in through the timeless furniture pieces. They used a colour palette of whites, hues of warm linen, dry sage, ivory, or grey and interspersed it with Prussian blues and deep purples. “Each room’s furniture consisted of individualistic pieces that were from different design eras and different decades in history. A J-77 Hay chair interacted with a Neo-Classical day bed, while a sofa reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance period interacted with mid-century modern pieces from the 1950s”, elaborated the designers.

Completed focussed on mixing the traditional with the modern in their designs, the designers personally love the corner in the living room which brings together a Neo-classical daybed, a mid-century modern chair and modern boxy side tables. They used art, accessories and a seamless blend of varied materials to realise their design vision. “An obvious interaction was created between different types of wood, steel, brass, leather, linen and plastic.

The seamlessness amongst these was created by the repetition of colour palettes. We were also able to give the home a finished look through the selection of coffee table books based on their interests, lithographs of Old Delhi and the clients personally created Gond artwork”, they said. Set against a cold, shiny statuario and a warm teak flooring, the diverse furniture and accessories pieces have been curated from across India, as well as Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Florence and Hong Kong. The designers look up to Tadao Ando and Geoffrey Bawa for their ability to create a pointed design concept in a minimalistic and non-intrusive manner with “an interaction between the spaces or buildings with nature created in its rawest format.” They also applaud Pantone this year’s colour Greenery, for its ability to bring awareness to nature and incorporate it into design. “As believers of colour therapy, we think that the green can be used to bring one subconsciously closer to nature, it being extremely therapeutic when you live in a concrete jungle”, conclude Esha and Aashni.

An interaction was created between different types of wood, steel, brass, leather, linen and plastic. The seamlessness amongst these was created by the repetition of colour palettes.