The Duplex at Queens Park by A Square Designs is a composition in luxe materiality and juxtaposing yet harmoniously curated textures. Featuring a central staircase and atrium, the refined interiors are awash with natural light. Bespoke chandeliers and furnishings are complemented by elegant architectural detailing and a selection of artworks by the likes of Vinita Karim, Seema Kohli, Manu Parekh and Umakant Kanade. Scroll down to read the designers' description of the project.
The clients, a young family with a kid and their parents, wanted a clean, modern look with lots of natural light in their new abode. Founder Ajay Arya also designed the layout of the residence, and made sure to infuse ample light into the interiors. The home is spread across three levels with the top two floors combined as a duplex unit. An atrium featuring the staircase in the middle of the home creates a wondrous vertical volume which is lit by a magnificent double-height window by day, and a charming Klove chandelier by night.
The first level – with an exquisitely designed lounge, a bar and a gaming zone –is set aside for entertaining. The lounge is done up in charcoal grey and tobacco brown with dark wooden flooring from FCML and plush seating giving it an intensely stylish appeal. The chandelier in the corner is by Klove. The squarish dining table is used by the family for playing poker. The next level houses the main living areas – a formal living, dining, powder room, kitchen and the parents’ bedroom. The top most floor consists of two bedrooms, one for the young couple and another for the guests, and a family lounge, which also serves as media room, library and study-cum-home-office.
All furniture for the residence was custom created by Ochre At Home, a by-appointment-only bespoke design studio, another venture by Ajay Arya in collaboration with his wife Sweta. It is known for its cutting-edge, forward-looking designs that celebrate a diverse material palette, avant garde forms and shapes, which is evident in the furniture created for this home.
The exclusively designed contemporary furniture, meticulously selected accessories and carefully curated art lend the home its distinguished look. With their shimmery, tactile textiles and sophisticated contours, the loungers and sofas in the lounge, living and family rooms impart a luxurious vibe to the space, while statement coffee tables and side tables add an exotic touch.
Selected works by prominent artists like Vinita Karim, Seema Kohli, Manu Parekh and Umakant Kanade adorn the walls across the home elevating it with a discerning look. Ajay stressed the importance of art to enrich the interiors, and introduced his clients to several artists so that they could make an informed choice, turning them into collectors in the process!
An eye-catching console stands in the lobby of the top most floor, right below the painting of Umakant Kanade, looking like a work of art in its own right, with graceful arches and architectural nuances. On the same floor, on the right hand side is the family room, which is separated from the atrium by a glass wall, allowing a glimpse of the glorious chandelier at eye level.
Done up with subtle design elements in soothing colours, the bedrooms are elegant and calming spaces. The master bed room is accompanied by a spacious en suite bathroom and a walk-in closet. Elegant wall mouldings and paneling, and impressive ceiling designs lend the home an extra dimension of depth and richness. Conceived in stunning minimal aesthetics using gorgeous stone claddings and high quality fittings, the bathrooms are luxurious rejuvenating zones.
The expansive, state-of-the-art kitchen with an island counter showcases a two-tone surface detail – a beautiful wood tone and glossy grey. All kitchen appliances are from Siemens. With utmost ease, designer Ajay Arya enunciates harmony and balance among diverse elements to achieve a visually striking, yet calming environment. And the beautifully planned layered lighting simply enhances the details and mood of each space.