Residence 747 by Noor Dasmesh Singh in Chandigarh is a reflection of his love of craft, detail and antiquities. Apart from restoring the wire-cut exposed brick facade of this 1980’s-built structure and the removal of some inner walls to facilitate a more open plan design, the original architectural form of the space has been kept intact. Vernacular design elements have been interspersed in a largely modernist framework, with traditional Indian design meeting contemporary abstraction amidst an earthy palette. Scroll down to read more about the space.
Featuring a studio space on the first floor, a meeting space on the ground floor and a long and thick outdoor table crafted from granite, there is fluidity in the way the rooms are laid out according to their function. Subtle detailing in the decor such as a fluted glass screen and chandeliers help segregate the various rooms in the open plan design of the home.
Kota stone, brass detailing, various types of teak wood, marble, Jaisalmer yellow stone and blown glass are just some of the diverse range of materials that comprise the eclectic residence. The highlight of the bedroom decor is ‘Jharna’ – a sculptural book unit made in Indian Kota stone as a self supporting structure without the use of any other carcass material. Brass metal inserts are carefully curated in the entire composition in terms of forged knobs, reading lamps and wall scones. Wicker beds and fans complete the bedroom decor.
Art Deco chairs coupled with a marble table and Jean Prouve’s Potence light, as well as a contemporary artwork that holds photographs of family and friends is another standout set-up. The living spaces are emboldened by elements such as a bone inlay heritage furniture set against Sikh miniatures and makrana white marble lamps, blown glass lamp suspensions and fishbone wood flooring. The iconic Anacleto Spazzapan chair and a Kathakali mask from Tamil Nadu are noteworthy facets of the interiors as well.