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A tranquil minimalistic Keralan home that came to life during a pandemic

Carpet from Rug Republic and Artworks from Espravo art collective to give a Modern Touch to your Living Room - Beautiful Homes
By Aditi Maheshwari

Jan 11, 2022

Designed for an NRI family, this restrained, elegant space was executed in record time because of the implicit trust between designer and client

Undertaking a home décor project is a paradoxical feeling; it’s both exciting and nerve-racking. And here’s another condition—having your home designed in your absence. A situation of this nature could send many into a worry spiral. Not these home owners though. A family who visits India occasionally entrusted their home in the hands of architect Avinash Joshy of Studio Nirvana. With the looming pandemic and remote monitoring, their tranquil, monochromatic nest came to life, during peak lockdown. We asked Avinash about the project and the process to complete it.


Beautiful Homes: Tell us the story of Studio Nirvana.

Avinash Joshy: After working in Bangalore for a while, I started Studio Nirvana in the monsoon of 2015. We are a small team of designers and architects, and largely work on residential spaces. We believe in creating blissful and zen spaces.

BH: Take us through this project.

Aj: This is a 1,200 sqft, three-bedroom apartment in located in Kakkanad, Kochi, Kerala. It is a second home for an NRI family, a place they can spend time in when they visit Kerala, their hometown. The idea was to have a minimalist design theme—one that would make the compact square footage feel more spacious and less cluttered. We wanted the residents to feel peaceful and warm in this family home. We decided to use bedroom design to open it up to make the common spaces larger. We used fabric partitions so that the space could be converted again, into a temporary bedroom.

Flooring from Vitrified Tile and Sofa Cum Bed from Ikea in the end of Room to Make it More Spacious - Beautiful Homes

The home features vitrified flooring, and at the end of the room is a sofa cum bed from Ikea.

BH: What are the core materials you've worked with in this home?

Aj: The colours were kept neutral with half-black walls, eggshell whites, polished cement surfaces and wood. We finished the sofa and dining table in polished cement. We choose complementing colours of brown and smoked red for the furnishings.


BH: Tell us about the furniture, and how it was woven into the design story.

AJ: A few of the furniture pieces were in-built like the black console units in the foyer and prayer area, which blend in with the black wall. We have a large cement finished sofa that runs along the entire wall. The dining table was tucked into a corner to open up more space in the public area. In fact, we planned the furniture in such a way that we could maximise open spaces.

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The dining light is from Gulmohar Lane.

Sideboard designed by Décor Ideas  to make your Living Room Look more Lavish - Beautiful Homes

In the living room, the sideboard is custom designed by Décor Ideas.

BH: Was there a specific colour palette you had in mind?

Aj: While the idea was to keep things largely neutral, we did play with the possibilities of black and how it reacts to natural light.


BH: What sets this project apart from all others you've done?

Aj: It's interesting how this project was conceived. We met the clients for a design presentation, and once they went back, the pandemic took over the world, and they couldn't return to India. But they commissioned the project regardless, and while it's completed, they still haven't seen it or lived in it! It's humbling to know see they trusted us with their home, without physically being present. We proposed black walls, unfinished textures, and they were still on-board. We hope we get to work with such clients in the future.

Avinash Josy, founder, Studio Nirvana - Beautiful Homes
Avinash Josy, founder, Studio Nirvana.
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In the living room, the sofa is custom made with cement polished base and fabric upholstered cushions.
Wooden Chair from Gulmohar lane to make your Room more Attractive - Beautiful Homes
The wooden chair from Gulmohar lane is offset against the deep-toned walls.
Carpet from Rug Republic and Artworks from Espravo art collective to give a Modern Touch to your Living Room - Beautiful Homes
In the living room, the carpet is from Rug Republic and artworks from Espravo art collective.
Enhance your Dining Room by Painting it with Asian, Paints and Dining Table and Chairs can be used - Beautiful Homes
In the dining room, the walls are painted in Asian paints. The dining table was made on site with concrete slab and polished afterwards. The dining chairs are custom-made by a local furniture store.
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The area is illuminated by cove lighting installed in the ceiling.
Mirror by Studio Vinton for Relatively Dark Space - Beautiful Homes
In this corner, the custom made mirror by Studio Vinton helps reflect light into this relatively dark space.
Flooring from Vitrified Tile and Quartz Stone to Enhance your Kitchen Style - Beautiful Homes
In the kitchen, the flooring is vitrified tile and Quartz stone is used as backsplash.
Paint-Finished Wood Paneling and Side Table made with a mix of Metal and Wood from SPIN - Beautiful Homes
The bed has paint-finished wood panelling behind it. The side table is a mix of metal and wood from SPIN.

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