AI4_25_2018_12_51_40_PM_1_UP.jpg
Living Room

Living Room Walls - Matt beige paint | Furniture - Sheesham wood | Flooring - Grey Italian marble | Ceiling - Sheesham wood

Dining Area

Walls - Matt beige paint | Dining table - Sheesham wood | Flooring - Grey Italian marble | Ceiling - Sheesham wood

Daughter`s Bedroom

Walls - Hand textured ochre matt paint | Furniture - Mango wood | Flooring - Grey Italian marble | Ceiling - Matt Paint

Son`s Room

Walls - Hand textured white matt paint feature wall + blue matt painted wall | Furniture - Mango wood | Flooring - grey marble | Ceiling - Blue matt paintWalls - Hand textured dull yellow paint feature wall + blue matt painted wall | Furniture - Mango wood | Flooring - grey marble | Ceiling - Blue matt paint

Master-Bedroom

Walls - Grey matt paint | Furniture - Mango wood | Flooring - grey marble | Ceiling - Grey matt paint

Indian Minimalism

Unlike the global opinion of minimal or modern design, India holds on to its legacy of rich colours, craft and textures and The Matt House echoes this sentiment.

AI4_25_2018_12_51_40_PM_1_UP.jpg
Showcase 25 Apr 2018

Colour Stories: Studio Course formulates some interesting annotations of ‘Matt’ in the Matt House

Even ‘simple’ can be manoeuvred resourcefully and skillfully towards ingenuous design schemes. Architect Kalpak Shah of Studio Course concocted a similar narrative for his project ‘Matt House’, an apartment in Pune wherein the client strongly advocated simplicity over an extravagance. The ‘Matt’ in the Matt House not only refers to the finishes used in the interiors but also the design firm’s inherent principles of “being true to form and maximising the use of natural materials.” CQ investigates spaces within the Matt House through a Colour, Material, Finish & Texture (CFMT) lens.

The Living Room

The walls are painted matt/matte beige with Asian Paints matt finish paint to achieve a dull monotone. This shell enables elements such as the bright upholstery, the veins of Sheesham wood furniture and marble patterns on the flooring juxtapose to prominently emerge against the backdrop. Adhering to the scheme of ‘less is more’, the false-ceiling is done away with and the ceiling has been cladded in solid Sheesham wood panels.

Living Room

Living Room Walls - Matt beige paint | Furniture - Sheesham wood | Flooring - Grey Italian marble | Ceiling - Sheesham wood

The Dining Room

The dining room is an extension of the living room. The aesthetic is similar, but what’s different is the dining table edges were chipped in the direction of its vein with a hammer. The edge is broken and opened manually. The idea came from the carpenter working on site who observed the natural and unfinished textures being used in the apartment and offered the suggestion. The wood is finished with a PU matt coat.

Dining Area

Walls - Matt beige paint | Dining table - Sheesham wood | Flooring - Grey Italian marble | Ceiling - Sheesham wood

The Daughter’s Room

The daughter’s room was given raw and rugged finishes. The wall-plaster is commonly levelled with a handheld equipment to create a smooth finish over which paint has been applied. Instead, the plaster was applied by hand and left in an undulated textured form and painted over in ochre. It infuses a tactile and personal aesthetic, unlike those predetermined by equipment.

The upholstery – curtains, rug and chair fabric – are attired in similar shades of yellow but in varied textures. The use of a single shade of yellow ties the narrative of the space cohesively, and the textures add visual interest. The wood too, wears a rugged appearance. Conventionally, the wooden surface of furniture is smoothened with a planer machine. But here, the Mango Wood furniture was buffed with sandpaper to retain the natural surface of wood sans its abrasive texture.

Daughter`s Bedroom

Walls - Hand textured ochre matt paint | Furniture - Mango wood | Flooring - Grey Italian marble | Ceiling - Matt Paint

The Son’s room

The son’s room follows the techniques and materials utilised in the daughter’s room. However, the tactile handmade texture is deployed on a single wall. It contrasts the other walls and the ceiling, that are finished in blue.

Son`s Room

Walls - Hand textured white matt paint feature wall + blue matt painted wall | Furniture - Mango wood | Flooring - grey marble | Ceiling - Blue matt paintWalls - Hand textured dull yellow paint feature wall + blue matt painted wall | Furniture - Mango wood | Flooring - grey marble | Ceiling - Blue matt paint

The Master-bedroom

The master-bedroom hosts the least colours and textures. The walls and ceiling are painted in grey matt paint. The floor is finished in marble. The backdrop of the walls, ceiling and floor operate in harmony offering a neutral canvas for the vibrant patterns on impermanent elements in décor – the upholstery, unfixed furniture and artwork. Here too, the furniture is crafted from Mango Wood.

Master-Bedroom

Walls - Grey matt paint | Furniture - Mango wood | Flooring - grey marble | Ceiling - Grey matt paint

Indian Minimalism

The textures executed in the apartment were formulated through trial and errors. Kalpak did not wish to use regular finishes available in the market. The objective of maximising natural finishes was established at the commencement. Staying true to the intent, Studio Course created 3-4 finishes for paint and wood textures before narrowing down the ones implemented at site. Kalpak identifies the project as ‘Indian Minimalism’, unlike the global opinion of minimal or modern design, India holds on to its legacy of rich colours, craft and textures and The Matt House echoes this sentiment.

Indian Minimalism

Unlike the global opinion of minimal or modern design, India holds on to its legacy of rich colours, craft and textures and The Matt House echoes this sentiment.

Know more Studio Course and their upcoming works here!