The ‘Canopy House’ In Pune Exemplifies Mindful Living
- 22 Nov '22
- 2:45 pm by Sneha Shah
The city of Pune combines an old-world heritage with striking urbanity. Here, the homes tell the story of each of its inhabitants, often comprising a locally rooted material palette, the warmth of wood, and timeless sensibilities. The ‘Canopy House’, designed by Mind Manifestation is a luxurious four-bedroom home in the city that brews the idea of slow living into a solid mood board; becoming cocoon-worthy for an intergenerational family of five.
While simplistic and organic elements emerge as the main characters of the design narrative, principal designers Anand Deshmukh and Chetan Lahoti discernibly lay out the family’s love for clutter-free and tidy spaces. “In terms of the design strategy, we have experimented with the volumes to allow for both tactile and visual interaction within the spaces, fostering a sense of connection that lasts forever. The interior areas of the house are designed to connect with the core green space on the north side, which is purposefully drawn inside,” explains Anand.
With a simple contemporary elevation, the front façade is characterised by cantilevered canopies resting over natural basalt stone cladding walls; creating an interesting play of compositions. A paved front yard skirts the entrance gate, with covered parking on the left and cool tones of greenery on the right.
Spilling hints of calm and comfort, the foyer opens into a double-height living space with timeless design moves and interventions that foster family time. The furniture sourced from Phantom Hands and Defurn add elegance to the living room. A lantern-inspired sculptural hanging light from Oorjaa, offers a striking embellishment to the space.
The kitchen and dining areas are designed to offer privacy. The decorative hanging light from Orange Tree adds a touch of elegance to the dining area. The kitchen continues through a muted colour scheme with a mix of warm wood and grey shades on shutters, and an island counter with fluted panelling.
On the first floor, the lift lobby opens into another double-height family lounge, with furniture from Red Blue Yellow and Tianu; flanked by two master bedrooms on either side. Lucidity and understated elegance typify the theme of the bedrooms with furnishings from Altrove; textured flooring lays juxtaposed with lighter organic material tones, that of rattan, wood and metal accents.
The perforated partition screen in charcoal hues in the guest bedroom forms the space’s focal point. “Most of the indoor areas are kept neutral with fresh white backgrounds. A splash of colours in each space is achieved with the colours of natural materials such as brick, natural oak wood, black basalt stone, precast terracotta jali modules etc. The use of locally available natural materials is prioritized along with customized furniture in interiors”, reveals Anand.
A multipurpose space on the second level with furniture from Defurn, opens into the terrace on the north and east side; allowing maximum interaction with nature during the day. And during evening hours it is an equally engaging spectacle for leisure activities and entertainment. Quietly luxurious and characterised by attention to detail, this home embodies a sense of timelessness moving away from any short-lived trends.