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Two different worlds

Monica Kamal has incorporated different interior styles for the Slovenian Embassy as well as for the official residence of the Counsellor, Charge d? Affaires.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2003 14:38 IST

The residence and the official premises both sport a different look. While the former displays a distinct Indian appeal, the latter has a very European feel about it — in effect, keeping the private as well as the public separate. However, the interiors of the first ever Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in India (and the residence of Tomaz Mencin, Counsellor, Charge d’ Affaires a.i.) were not decided in a day. It took a national level competition to find the right person to execute the plans — in this case, interior designer, Monica Kamal.

The Vasant Vihar located diplomatic mission has a Continental aura about it. You get a feel of it as you walk past a small seating (that includes two chairs with the Slovenian flag as a backdrop) and into the formal drawing room. The drawing room includes two two-seaters in a green print, two chairs in blue and gold and an additional two two-seaters in a golden print. The other items in the room include a big centre table that displays a number of glass items, two side tables with lamps that sport golden shades, a wooden console and a cabinet full of Slovenian crystal objects.

The room also has a mock fireplace with a Slovenian graphic gracing the white wall above. But, by far the most eye-catching aspect in the room are its golden curtains, sheers and chiks sporting a motif in green. Next to the drawing room is the conference-cum-dining room which showcases a 12-seater wooden table with chairs upholstered in a green print as well as window coverings in gold.

Says Mencin, “For the Embassy, we wanted interiors that represent our country and are more office-like. For the home, however, the Indian influence was the most suitable, taking into account the surrounding environment.”

A visit to the Counsellor’s Malcha Marg located apartment will only strengthen this viewpoint. Entry to the second-floor apartment is through a small lobby which displays an elegant, wooden chest of drawers with a mirror above. A dried flower arrangement on the chest of drawers adds an artistic touch to the whole area.

The living room is a story in rust and gold. It includes a small dining area to the right of the entrance (through an artistic stained glass door) that has an eight-seater wooden table with chairs upholstered in a rust print. A well designed cabinet full of glassware holds the visitor’s attention.

The seating in the room includes a chaise lounge, two two-seaters and two one-seaters — all upholstered in different rust and gold prints. While the centre table is in wood, Slovenian paintings and planters lend grace to the room. The lamps on the side tables also sport rust coloured shades. The chiks — that form a backdrop for the seating area — are in gold with rust borders. Breaking the monotony are two scarves in white and saffron respectively, draped around one of the wall lamps.

The lobby leads into a small breakfast area that houses a four-seater wrought-iron table, a planter and colourful dried flower arrangements. Wrought iron is the mainstay of the Mencin’s bedroom as well with its wrought iron bed, two lamps and a mirror made out of the same metal. The red bedspread matches with the red shades of the lamps, adding a dash of colour to the whole room. The warm appeal of the red tones are nicely offset by white and cream curtains.

Catering to two worlds!

First Published: Nov 28, 2003 12:26 IST