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This designer's studio in Bangalore is striking and colourful

  • Interior Design
By Nadezna Siganporia
8 min read
Aug 25, 2021
Open plan office space with patterned flooring & dusky mint green wall colour - Beautiful Homes

What do velvet ottomans, banana fibre blinds, floral and striped armchairs, a marble chessboard side table, a Bohemian fringe sofa, golden switch plates and a black and white chevron table have in common? They, along with so many other fascinating elements, all flawlessly fit together in the interior design of ZxP studio in Bangalore.

 

“What I like is tempered layering,” says Smitha Zachariah, interior stylist and creative director, ZachariahXPiers. “I like to use different elements that seamlessly come together but aren’t a visual overload. They might be bold and striking in their own way but it’s not just a whole bunch of colours and texture thrown at each other,” she says, explaining ZxP’s signature style.

 

When Smitha was looking for a space, she realised the fourth-floor terrace of the building she lived in was actually the perfect spot. “There are trees all around and I could build a structure exactly the way I wanted to,” she adds. What she wanted from the very start was oodles of natural light, high ceilings, sloping roofs and every window opening up to the beautiful trees that surround the building. “I wanted a space that reflected my work, who we are as a firm and our distinctive India-modern design style.”

Playing Office

Located in Indiranagar, the 2500 sq ft ZxP office makes an impression at first sight. “The facade takes inspiration from the colonial-style bungalows that I grew up in…with their sloping roofs, tall windows and doors, slatted high ceilings and broad verandahs on the periphery. It brings back nostalgic memories and I wanted a space like that,” Smita explains. The solid white of the slatted façade and columns is only broken by large windows and doors in glass with black frames and a cool grey door. The grey terrace flooring is elegantly paired with a running corridor of patterned tiles while a brick jaali screen on one side is lit up at night.

Grey terrace flooring elegantly paired with running corridor of patterned tiles - Beautiful Homes

You enter into an outdoor terrace surrounded by greenery. The office takes inspiration from colonial-style bungalows Smitha grew up in with sloping roofs, tall windows and doors, high ceilings and broad verandas on the periphery. The grey terrace flooring is elegantly paired with a running corridor of patterned tiles.

Open the door into the main office and you understand just why their tag line is ‘Live the Colour’. “The interiors of the office sit on the cusp of a modern India—our muse—with touches of the Colonial era mixed with Indian accents,” she says. This long, rectangular room features an open layout with the lounge and meeting area to one side and her desk on the other. These zones are visually separated by a buffet cabinet in glossy black backed by a mirrored wall.

 

It’s the walls that are really striking—each given a separate treatment, each working well together to make the whole. “That is what I mean by layering,” she laughs. In the lounge area, one is greeted by a riot of colour and patterns. “Carpets are very important to me and it was the first thing I picked up. I pulled the colour palette of this area from the carpet,” she continues. A black and white, tiled flooring runs the length of the room. Dusty mint green walls with white panelling gives way to a hand painted wall mural topped by a section covered in pale green, patterned wallpaper. A grey, Bohemian style, fringe sofa is paired with brilliant blue, velvet ottomans.

Smitha's open plan office with mint green shade walls topped by patterned wallpaper & chandelier - Beautiful Homes

On the far end of the open plan office is Smitha’s desk area flanked by teak wood bookcases. The walls feature a dusky mint shade and wall panels that are duco finished, topped by a section of patterned wallpaper. ]A glass table with brass legs is illuminated by a custom-made chandelier.

Striped armchair features brass inlay in the room interior with patterned flooring -Beautiful Homes

This neutral, striped armchair features brass inlay on wooden arms; Smitha elevated the design with a striking pink fabric she picked up in Istanbul.

The powder room pairs geometric black & white wall & floor tiles - Beautiful Homes

The powder room pairs geometric black and white wall and floor tiles with a hand painted design. The design is made from router cut MDF and features their logo.

On the other side is her office dominated by dark wood bookcases. A simple glass and brass table is surrounded by contrasting patterned chairs while a beautiful brass chandelier ties it all together. “Designing for yourself really gives you the opportunity to be very creative and do things the way you want. That was really fun!” she tells me. “Of course, there is a lot of confusion also because as designers we are exposed to so many things all the time. We’ve got so many ideas; you have to distil those ideas into actually figuring out what is going to work for your space.”

 

As you head back out, the corridor leads to a modern and playful conference room. The first thing you notice is the black and white chevron table surrounded by eight chairs of different colours, all pulled from their logo. “The backs of the chairs feature our logo hand embroidered into the motif,” she explains.

 

Finally, the powder room is a masterpiece in itself. Including patterned black and white wall and floor tiles, the top half of the wall is covered in router cut MDF that features their logo in the design and hand painted to perfection. “There were two main aspects to this office. The conference room is modern and playful while the lounge area is a little more Bohemian chic. That is who I am and I wanted to show the plurality through those different sides,” she concludes.

Smitha Zachariah, interior stylist & creative director - Beautiful Homes
Smitha Zachariah, interior stylist and creative director, ZachariahxPiers.
Main door with pastel blue colour features a tile embossed with the studio's colourful logo - Beautiful Homes
The main door features a tile embossed with their colourful logo – the lotus as well as the waft and weft to represent Smitha’s love for textiles. Golden switch plates with traditional colonial switches relay her love for this style.
Modern conference room with pale blue walls paired with houndstooth wallpaper & wooden flooring - Beautiful Homes
The modern and playful conference room also opens out on to the terrace. Pale blue walls are paired with a neutral, houndstooth wallpaper. The custom-made chevron marble table and colourful chairs with hand-embroidered flowers and botanical illustrations steal the show. Anchoring the space is the teak wood herringbone flooring.
Open plan office space with patterned flooring & dusky mint green wall colour - Beautiful Homes
You enter into an airy, open plan office space with a lounge area on one end and Smitha’s office on the other, visually separated by a mirrored wall and glossy black cabinet. Black and white patterned flooring and dusky mint green walls tie the whole room together. The lounge area features a hand-painted wall mural with a Bohemian-chic fringed sofa, armchairs in different designs and brilliant blue ottomans.
Striped armchair features brass inlay in the room interior with patterned flooring -Beautiful Homes
This neutral, striped armchair features brass inlay on wooden arms; Smitha elevated the design with a striking pink fabric she picked up in Istanbul.
The bookcase design has custom cast sliding door handles inspired by the ZXP Logo - Beautiful Homes
The floor to ceiling teak bookcase adds warmth and charm to the conference room, replete with custom cast sliding door handles inspired by the ZXP Logo.
The powder room pairs geometric black & white wall & floor tiles - Beautiful Homes
The powder room pairs geometric black and white wall and floor tiles with a hand painted design. The design is made from router cut MDF and features their logo.
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