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Pronounced as ‘Gen No’ meaning in Japanese THE ORIGINS, the Gen No concept for this 1350sqft apartment dwells on a living lifestyle with a focus on the origins of the souls. It is about being holistic in design bringing attention to all aspects from visual, emotions and function. It is about designing for the soul.

As one steps through the entrance one is greeted with a 20 feet long Matcha Tea counter inspired kitchen cum tea island, with touches of green mosaics, Japanese ceramic display shelfs and soft blush colors. With a focus on creating an interactive space to chill or entertain, this area is for the owners to indulge in his Matcha tea, to relax, detox, and enjoy quality moments right at their own home.

Post pandemic the home is seen very much as not only a private living space but also for entertaining friends and family members over weekends and we wanted very much to design based on this lifestyle of adapting the space in a flexible way whenever the need arises. Here we wanted the owners to interact with friends just across the open-concept, counter to the living and 8-pax dining, creating a cosy and spacious entertaining space even for private chef home parties which is a rising trend now.

A long wall in light wood trellis unfolds on one side keeping the language minimalistic yet visually interesting with the interplay of curves, lines and lightings. This feature wall is elongated to extend the whole entrance and living to create a seamless feel and to make the living room appear larger and spacious. A contrast of textures like linear lines, rough stone textures and timber veins inspired by Japanese ceramics juxtaposed with pastel colored furnitures to create a younger mood living space.

. A multipurpose room cum Craft Room is designed instead of a bedroom to feature the flexibility of space. With a focus on Me-time and Me-space here the owner spends weekends chilling with her hobbies of macrame, flower pressing and scrapbook making or just enjoying family bonding times with young children. When needed it can be converted to a guestroom or home office. We wanted to give emphasis to a balanced organic lifestyle where one focuses on wellness or arts and craft activities and how important small, aptly styled nooks are to one’s souls.

The master bedroom is designed with an open-concept wardrobe and dresser table in a chic sage green and white rattan palette. While maintaining the Japanese ceramic accents, the bedroom has a more calming look as we continue with contrasting different tones of green and natural materials

The wardrobe continues with the bedhead feature wall in soft curved panel, linen fabric, pink textured walls and white rattan to create a more seamless look while keeping the room featured on one side yet uncluttered on the other side. The work cum dresser counter segregates the sleep and storage zones to enhance privacy yet keeping the space open and spacious.

The sons bedroom is designed a young boy aged 6 with a vibrant yellow, blue and natural color tones. A queen-sized bed with a curved yellow feature bedhead panel and dinosaur themed wall is designed

Bedroom 3 is designed with a rustic botany green theme for a teenager girl who is an art and cat lover. By pushing the bed further to one side, we wish to create a larger multi-function wardrobe cum hangout nook for her to have a chill-out space to play with her cats and do sketching. Redefining tradition functions, the wardrobe is designed as a multipurpose 4-in-1 with an integrated sketch table in limestone, a cushion bench, clothes storage and cat play area. This ash timber & white rattan accent wardrobe also comes with a customized round, activity pinboard to pin up doodles or hang teenagers’ stuff like headphones or bags.

A cat corner is designed next to the bench for pet naps or for the teen to have fun time with her pet.

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