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At an all the high

Rohina and Vivek Kakaria?s high-rise apartment has been designed by Alpana Gujral keeping in mind the constraints of space as well as the height.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2004 15:40 IST

She had to change the upholstery after moving in the furniture! Surprised? Don’t be. The reason was simple enough. Changes had to be made in the colour combination owing to the “great amount of sunlight that streamed in through the apartment’s large
windows.”

“This was the first time that I was designing a high-rise apartment and I never realised that sunlight just streamed into it,” laughs noted interior designer, Alpana Gujral, while recounting her experience of designing Rohina and Vivek Kakaria’s 14th floor apartment at Windsor Court, Gurgaon.

Gujral’s touch can be seen as soon as you enter the Kakaria’s apartment. The walls of the corridor are hued in purple and the front door has been given an antique silver pewter finish from within which adds the old world effect to the whole space. Rajasthani paintings, ceramic plates, framed works in zardozi and wrought iron wall lamps complete the picture. “As the space was narrow, I decided not to clutter it with any kind of furniture. Only one small wall console with a green marble top has been put up to act as a base for the intercom,” says Gujral.

The guestroom is to the right of the corridor and includes a sofa-cum-bed in a grey floral print, two old lounge chairs, side tables with lamps and a green wardrobe. Pink walls showcasing lithos of birds from Jaipur are nicely offset by the light wooden flooring.

The corridor opens into a living-cum-dining room that runs perpendicular to it. It has three seating areas and walls coloured in green. The main seating area includes two large three-seaters in beige with maroon cushions, a big glass and wrought-iron centre table showcasing a mariner’s instruments, artefacts from Bastar and photo frames as well as crystals bought by the Kakaria’s on their various travels abroad. The seating arrangement also includes two side tables that are draped with a maroon cloth and lamps with shades in the same colour. Green silk curtains form the perfect backdrop.

Next to the main seating is a wrought-iron console with a painting above it. The second seating area comprises a two-seater in blue with colourful cushions and a glass and wrought-iron centre table showcasing lots of artefacts. Opposite this are two chairs in a blue and red check. The table between the chairs is covered with a Jamawar that is replete with zardozi work. Above this are two ivory paintings and a mirror with Banarasi borders. Satish Gujral and Manjit Bawa prints add to the artistic effect.

A mirrored cabinet separates the living from the dining area. Says Gujral, “It was an ugly piece that was restored. This serves the purpose of a bar as well as a divider between the two spaces.”

The dining area includes a six-seater table with a glass top and a wrought-iron base. Prints of costumes from around the world add a touch of the exotic. The other items in the dining area include a wrought-iron mirror and a fan “painted to suit the décor”.

A passage from the living room leads to the three bedrooms that have been converted into two after making certain structural changes. The master bedroom (which is a story in lilac, right from the bedspread and the curtains to the lamps) has been merged with the third bedroom, which now serves as a den for Vivek, who is a great sports buff. A reason why the room has photographs of the Australian as well as the English cricket teams. Other items in the room (that has a wooden floor) comprise a three-seater and a two-seater in black leather, a one-seater in beige, a centre table that is a combination of wood, glass and leather, a Satish Gujral print as well as trophies won by Vivek. The Kakaria’s son’s (Karan) bedroom next door is hued in blue. The bedspreads on the twin beds as well as the chiks set off the steambeech veneered furniture rather nicely.

Fitting nicely into the scheme of things!

First Published: Dec 26, 2003 16:14 IST