The best of both worlds
From statuesque antique furniture pieces to quirky posters, retailer Samir Sahni’s house is an artful mix of vintage and contemporaryindia Updated: Oct 13, 2012 00:43 IST
Mixing antique with modern is an art that can either go horribly wrong or beautifully right. The Sahni family home in Noida is an example of the blend done right. Samir Sahni, who runs a garment retail chain, moved into the palatial bungalow last year. But the labour of love took five years in the making.
The hard work’s certainly paid off as every room in the house has nicely mixed contemporary pieces with vintage ones. For instance, an antique telephone is perched on a table that is cut along modern lines. “My wife Pooja is very fond of vintage furniture and wanted to give the house an old-world feel. A lot of inputs were given by her. But, the kids wanted their own inputs which have also been taken care of,” says Sahni.
The house comprises three floors and a spacious basement. “We live in a joint family. I stay on the first floor with my wife and daughter, while my son and nephews live on the second floor.” His brother’s family, too, will move into the first floor in a few months.
Wooed by wood
What instantly strikes as you enter the house is the presence of extensive wood work and detailed wood panelling, right from the lobby door to the curtain pelmets and furniture. “Our interior designer likes to use to wood as it adds warmth and heightens the vintage look,” says Samir. Also, mirrors in the living hall add a lot of volume to the room.
Designs tell a story
Noted interior designer Manjeet Bullar, who designed the house, believes designing a house is as much about the architectural concept as it is about the family that will stay in it. “It’s a joint family that has come a long way. When we design a house, we see the architectural aspect as well as the interior. But, we also see the family environment. What the family wants, their emotional and practical needs need to be given prominence too,” says Bullar.
What a family wants
While Sahni’s bedroom is muted and formal, his 21-year-old daughter Parul has a splash of red, her favourite colour, in her room’s upholstery, besides a walk-in-closet. Sahni’s 18-year-old son, Raghav’s passion for music dominates his living space. Posters of legendary music bands and musicians such as Guns N’ Roses, Metallica and Kurt Cobain adorn each door and the couches are low floor, giving a relaxed vibe to the room. The room has an array of small blue lights, that become disco lights during a party. In a nutshell, the house exhibits old-world charm, modern hues and family warmth.