Bomti Iyengar’s art gallery-like home in Kolkata

 

Bomti makes full use of the double height, 1901 construction, filling up all his walls with his favourite art – oil, water, ceramic. If you ever needed inspiration on how to live with art, this home is all you need to see

As we made our way up the old elevator, on to the never ending wooden corridor painted a shade of bottle green, we couldn’t help but marvel at history unravelling itself. It was in 1901 that this Chowringhee property was home to Asia's largest departmental store, Whiteways Laidlaw & Co. At the door is Surajit, (Bomti, to most) with a large smile, and dwarfing him is a wall full of masks, with pieces he’s collected from places as far as Guatemala and Ivory Coast. Bomti himself wears many; an interior designer, an art consultant, and a food tour exponent.

Having moved here as a 10 year old kid in 1970, Bomti has kept most of the original 1901 construction intact including the Burma teak flooring, and a 20 ft high ceiling. Bomti has treated each of his walls as though it were an art gallery. A Hussain and Raza sit huddled close while works by Paritosh Sen, Jamini Roy and Sunil Das dot this artistic landscape.

A maximalist heaven, this 3,500 sq ft apartment with its art, colour and antique furniture is a heady mix of the old and the new. Just how we like our home to be.

 

Production

Pragnya Rao

Photographs

Prachi Damle

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