HOUSE OF QUIRKS / AKAD



This sprawling 4 bedroom apartment overlooking a stretch of green land is designed for a young family. Every corner has been accessorized to give it that fun quirk feel. Play of colors through furniture or accessories brought in the quirky, fun element.


LOCATION: ANDHERI (W), MUMBAI


DESIGN FIRM : AKAD (Amritha Karnakar-architectural design)


PRINCIPAL DESIGNER : Ar.Amritha Karnakar


PHOTOGRAPHY : Studio Kunal Bhatia


FURNITURE :


LIVING ROOM SOFA : GULMOHAR LANE

DINING TABLE , BENCH : MAGNOLIA

DINING CHAIRS : BLUE LOFT

KIDS BEDROOM - YELLOW LAMP : MOTHERGONEMAD

YELLOW CONTAINER SIDE TABLE : GLAMOUR INDIA


CLIENT BRIEF:


The key words used were young, fun and energetic.The common living room must be in a neutral palate yet fun. Every corner needed to have a color pop.


Every family member has his own identity and needs. Master bedroom needed to have a vintage yet bright feel.


The younger kid’s bedroom needed to be pink and have a bunk bed. The son wanted a batman theme. The eldest daughter wanted a clean yet summery vibe.



CONCEPT NOTE:


Keeping the living room in a neutral grey tones of concrete feels. A raw feel with the finishes and material. Reuse and upcycling products for accessorizing and décor. The master bedroom had the vintage theme with color pop through the furniture.


The younger daughter’s bedroom had a cotton candy sky –up in the air theme where the predominant color is onion pink. The son’s bedroom has a batman theme where the colors grey, black and yellow would be the predominant colors.


Upcycling container boxes as a side table. Reusing old study tables and revamping them was the idea.The eldest daughter’s bedroom had a summer calm theme. The idea was to highlight the wall with a beautiful summer blue paint with yellow floral and a lot of green feels. A very minimalistic yet stylish vibe.


DESIGN PROCESS:


Every room was color coded and then emphasis was given to search for contrasts or elements of color pop to stand out. As one opens the door a pine wood vertical barks are placed as a divider to create privacy.


The living and the dining all focus towards the balcony and the beautiful view. Using of old elements, furniture pieces have been quirked up and reused. Using old bench benches to cupboards as balcony décor elements.


Son’s bedroom was spruced up by using old container boxes and specialized airplane shaped storage unit out of wire mesh. All furniture was ergonomically designed for the youngest daughter.


DINING :


The large round drift wood chandelier over the dining table is a statement piece emphasizing on the simple wooden dining table. The wall art by clay men is subtle yet playful with pop of green from the plant placed near the crockery unit.


The concrete look is accentuated by the red bold console table.Every corner has been accessorized to give it that fun quirk feel. Play of colors through furniture or accessories brought in the quirky, fun element.


YOUNGER DAUGHTER’S BEDROOM :



“Up in the air” is the concept used for the small girl’s bedroom.The young girls requested to have a bunk bed where she could go up and play or hide and the secondly to use her favorite color pink.


The immediate image that popped up is cotton candy clouds. The walls are thus painted in a lovely soothing onion pink. White cloud shaped storage boxes for her soft toys along with star shaped decals all over to give it the dreamy floating feel.


The bunk bed is designed as a white house shaped bed with the bed being below and upstairs as the play area. The cupboards are in shapes of houses with a shades of pink, greys and white.The central light is in the shape of a balloon giving the image of the balloon flying amidst the cotton candy star light sky. A girl’s quirky dreamy bedroom.

SON’S BEDROOM


The boy expressed his love for batman, planes and cars. Instead of literally taking batman images, the use of colors derived from the batman logo - black, grey and yellow were incorporated.


Main walls are textured in a concrete grey with the furniture in all black. Quirkiness is introduced as hints of yellow in the form of container boxes as side tables, details in the cupboards and the study chair.


MASTER BEDROOM:


The brief given to us was vintage yet elegant. Blue leather side tables with dark wood beds create a bold statement against the vintage floral wall paper. The blown glass hanging light create an interesting feel with the creamy wall.


The big brown leather lounge chair overlooks the green window views. The walk in closet built in along the bathroom with just glass partitions to make the space feel bigger and luxurious.

ELDER DAUGHTERS BEDROOM:


A second girl’s room needed to have a calm yet positive, productive vibe. The brief was ‘summery’. The sea foam blue on the walls complement the large industrial mirror on one side and a white suitcase side table over which hangs a caged light with a planter in it, on the other side. Hints of yellow through the soft furnishings add a pop of color.


ABOUT TH FIRM :


Ar.Amritha Karnakar, is the founder of the firm AKAD (Amritha Karnakar-architectural design).Graduated from Kamla Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute of Architecture in 2008.Selected for an exchange programme with the Berne University and worked as an intern at Aebi+Vincent Buro, Switzerland.


She Specialized in Interior design for Hotels from Domus, Milan. AKAD was formed in 2010, since then they have worked on many interior, architecture, landscape projects.


Her Work has been featured in magazines like Design Matrix and Inside outside.


The designs are a concoction of symmetry and elegance with a dash of quirkiness. Believes she is a dreamer, an artist, a part time teacher and a full time student.