This Kolkata home embraces clutter-free design in a dark palette

This Kolkata home embraces clutter-free design in a dark palette

The earliest recorded use of dark-yet-muted shades in all things design and art can be found in the prehistoric paintings dotting all the caves from Bhimbetka to the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in France. Across centuries, the usage of darker colours with a neat finish entered the realms of interior designing too. Often, the offshoots of this design approach would give rise to schools such as gothic architecture and art that also reflect the sociopolitical hues of the time. 

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The space makes use of the existing civil structure that ensures efficient utilization of the space. The arch panel is in grey texture wallpaper with decorative light and supplemented by a white oak veneer in the passage wall and pelmet. It is accompanied by an upholstered sofa with an accent chaise lounge along with a veneer finish centre table.   

Ravi Kanade

In India, a country that has avowedly celebrated maximalism, the history of design must be understood in the context of the colonial gaze centering on it. While some of us may gravitate towards the IKEA-toned, Scandinavian aesthetic, there is often a lot that gets lost in the way we approach colours. In his book Chromophobia (2000), Scottish artist and writer David Batchelor argues that “colour is often represented as feminine or Oriental or primitive or infantile”, and that this colour bias is linked to “issues of race, culture, class and gender”. 

The dining space creates a micro-environment in itself with astute material exploration and defining forms. Adorned beautifully in grey and neutrals, the dining area is highlighted by leather-finished statuario marble and embellished with glass finished table top with a solid base and a mid-century upholstered dining chair along with an old chest of drawers blended with the new décor.         

Ravi Kanade

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