This Tropical-Style Penthouse Showcases An Old Meets New Design Aesthetic

  • 28 Mar '24
  • 3:49 pm by Pallavi Mehra

The Home of an Urban Nomad in Noida, a penthouse previously, has undergone a major renovation. To meet the family’s needs and preferences, the entire space underwent extensive civil work with a change in layout. Walls were relocated and bathrooms were repositioned. Spread over two floors, the lower level houses the social areas alongside two guest bedrooms. The primary suite, two children’s bedrooms, a study, and a lounge area occupy the upper level. The clients desired an inviting abode, which showcased their creative personalities and that was a tranquil sanctuary. Hemant and Nandita, a creative duo approached Navya Aggarwal, the principal designer of Navya And A Quarter to conceptualise an 8,500-square-foot duplex penthouse in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. 

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The apartment’s living room is a bright and airy space with modern furnishings from ​​Gulmohar Lane and Dtale Modern, a neutral colour palette, and elegant lighting fixtures from Oorjaa and Colortale. Image Credit: Ankush Maria

Old Meets New

The ‘Home of an Urban Nomad,’ houses decor pieces from the couple’s ancestral homes and travels around the world. The apartment exhibits an old meets new design narrative. 

“Multiple breakfast dates, car rides, and a huge directory of images inspired this new home. The brief wasn’t a statement, but several conversations on how the clients envisioned spending time at home. During extensive brainstorming sessions with Hemant and Nandita, certain keywords consistently emerged, setting the tone for the abode. It was evident that they wanted the penthouse to reflect their individual and shared journeys. Elements from their ancestral homes were integrated into the space, with a modern twist, to represent their current lives,” mentions Navya Aggarwal, principal designer of Navya And A Quarter.

Left: The inviting dining area with chairs from Dtale Modern and a tabletop from Parman Design. Right: The outdoor patio with plenty of potted plants in pots from Stone Art and a wooden dining table and chairs from Home Canvas. Image Credit: Ankush Maria

Modern Appeal

The serene apartment’s living room is a bright and airy space with contemporary furniture, a neutral colour palette, and elegant details such as mouldings, fluted patterns, a fireplace, tropical-style lighting fixtures, and ceiling fans. The mouldings used as wall panelling add a sophisticated touch to the space and the fluted ceiling adds depth to the overall setup. The living room opens into the dining area in an open layout, making it ideal for hosting. The eight-person dining area features a dining table with a concrete and brass tabletop and an arresting contemporary chandelier

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The emerald-green family lounge with a sofa from ​​Gulmohar Lane, a coffee table from Portside Cafe and a rug from Obeetee. Image Credit: Ankush Maria

The home also boasts an emerald-green family lounge with a gallery wall of family mementoes and a comfortable sofa. “This design narrative unfolds in materials, colour tonality, and composition. The home features highlights of terrazzo, brass, mulmul, lime-wash textures, and more. In addition, the carefully crafted colour palette aligns with the clients’ association with resort wear—colours that are easy on the eyes yet fresh in their appeal. Brighter tones were chosen for the children’s areas, reflecting Gen Z aesthetics, while a darker tone was used in the lounge, where the family enjoys cosy movie nights,” adds Navya Aggarwal.

The primary bedroom features a wooden four-poster bed with bedding from Belleven Home and a dedicated workstation from Dtale Modern. Image Credit: Ankush Maria

Tranquil Sanctuary

The primary bedroom is a warm and welcoming space with the same tropical vibe as the rest of the home. Its highlights include a wooden four-poster bed, ornate chandeliers, bay window seating, and a workstation with a rattan chair. The abode’s furnishings are a mix of leading Indian brands such as Gulmohar Lane, Dtale Modern, Obeetee and Oorjaa, bespoke pieces, and the clients’ family heirlooms. Most of the tropical-themed lighting fixtures are bespoke. “The ​​old meets new narrative flows all through the house. Our journey to find the right furniture and decor pieces took us to various cities, including Jaipur, Kochi, and Moradabad. A significant highlight is the wide range of lighting fixtures sourced in materials such as cane, brass, jute, and beads, strategically placed throughout the house,” remarks the designer.

The son’s vibrant bedroom with wardrobes from Raem Design, walls by Colortale and bedding from Belleven Homes. Image Credit: Ankush Maria

Drama And Whimsicality

​​In addition, the designer experimented with different design styles for the guest bedrooms. One guest room showcases a minimalist aesthetic with lime-wash walls. The second guest room is a dramatic one, with a metal poster bed, a dramatic jungle-themed wallpaper, and a plethora of indoor plants. The children’s bedrooms are practical, masculine spaces, rendered in vibrant tones. 

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Left: The minimalist guest bedroom with furniture from Dtale Modern. Right: The dramatic wooden staircase from Span Floors overlooking the charming patio. Image Credit: Ankush Maria

Moreover, the home’s two floors are connected by an eye-catching wooden staircase overlooking the charming patio with an outdoor six-person dining table and plenty of plants. “​​One of my personal favourite spaces in the apartment is the staircase corner. It features a solid wooden staircase with a detailed metal railing, and a cluster of jute chandeliers suspended in front of an expansive arched window,” concludes Navya Aggarwal.

The second guest bedroom and bathroom exhibit striking jungle-themed wallpapers from ​​​​Design By Metamorph. The bed is from Gulmohar Lane, the coffee table is from Dtale Modern, the fan is from White Teak Company and the rug is from Obeetee. Image Credit: Ankush Maria