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.
The entryway to Bomti's home in Kolkata. A brightly painted wall is a great way to create a focal point. Like him, you can hang your art or pictures to create an interesting entrance.
A collection of masks dots one wall in the hallway of Bomti's home. It shows how a display doesn't always have to be symmetrical. Different pieces in various sizes add to the character of the space.
Bomti has treated each of his walls like an art gallery. Here, a Hussain sits among other maestros in the dining area.
The entire length of the open-plan living-dining is covered with artworks collected over the years. Bomti has created intimate spaces by using different rugs and carpets to demarcate different seating arrangements.
Bomti's mother's room is dotted with antique furniture and classic pieces. Here, they have opted to work with an array of ornate plates instead of framed art on the walls.
The study at the far end of his bedroom. Bomti's collection of art, unframed, sits in a neat pile here adding to the artistic vibe.
Bomti's bedroom is filled with art; on the walls, on the floor, piled on tables. It's a heady experience being in here. An imposing four-poster bed defines itself as a space of solitude in this organised chaos that is his bedroom.
Clustering is a conscious decor choice for Bomti. Be it his art, masks in the entryway, plates in his mother's room or collectibles like these elephants, you will find pieces grouped together to create an interesting display.
Art in Bomti's home is not restricted to canvases. He has carefully amassed an envious collection of crystal and ceramic ware over the years. A console plays host to this beautiful collection, which looks like a display in itself.
Bomti Iyengar in his study. Colour, he says, is the most important element in his home. As is with his cheery fashion choices, down to the florescent green phone cover.
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