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SENSE OF SERENITY

The owners of this one-of-a-kind home in Kerala, India, brought together their three favourite designers to create their dream residence: Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, the English landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith and the Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt.

When homeowners discovered their ideal plot of land in their home state of Kerala, the young family dreamed of bringing together three designers whose work they’d always admired. And when their dream became a reality, they couldn’t be more delighted with the results.

The family’s sitting room is open to the elements and faces the reservoir.

LAZIZ HAMANI FROM AXEL VERVOORDT: PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS, FLAMMARION / © ADAGP, PARIS, 2019 FOR PIERRE JEANNERET AND © SADAHARU HORIO AND © BØRGE MOGENSEN

Steps leading to the family’s bedrooms are made with reclaimed wood.

LAZIZ HAMANI FROM AXEL VERVOORDT: PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS, FLAMMARION

A sense of wonder

Rather than focusing on any particular era or interior design style, the homeowners rather wanted to create a space which felt more like ‘a response to the natural world.’ Having both grown up in Kerala and wanting to return after years spent away in Hong Kong, Mumbai and Dubai, they hoped to pay respect to their home state’s beauty as well as the tumultuous weather and nature that reigns in the area.

View from the pool house overlooking the garden, reservoir, and home

LAZIZ HAMANI FROM AXEL VERVOORDT: PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS, FLAMMARION

The residence that resulted from this dream partnership boasts large windows, gazing onto the reservoir that lays alongside it. Studio Mumbai used traditional Indian building techniques in combination with innovative technology to create a home that both catered to the family while paying homage to its location. The home’s private bedrooms and four communal spaces allow those inside to look out and enjoy Stuart-Smith’s landscaping outside.

Tom Stuart-Smith’s garden design

LAZIZ HAMANI FROM AXEL VERVOORDT: PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS, FLAMMARION

Serene interior stylings

Axel Vervoordt’s interior design styling brings elements of wood into the home, to make this new residence feel lived in and familiar from the onset. The family felt that designer Vervoordt brought a largess, and comfort into the space, creating each space with heart. The idea was that the home would be a space that became more interesting with age, displaying beauty without the need for the family to exercise caution while in their own home.

Original 1950s desk and chair designed by Pierre Jeanneret for Chandigarh, India

LAZIZ HAMANI FROM AXEL VERVOORDT: PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS, FLAMMARION / © ADAGP, PARIS, 2019 FOR PIERRE JEANNERET

Surrounded by nature, yet protected from Kerala’s intense weather, Vervoordt incorporated copper mesh screens and wooden frames and furniture to bring warmth into the space. The kitchen’s incorporation of solid granite and the black concrete floors throughout the home create an effortless blend between serenity, strength, luxury and comfort.

LAZIZ HAMANI FROM AXEL VERVOORDT: PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS, FLAMMARION

A home that was created to truly be lived in, this trio’s project incorporates all those things that were important to the homeowners. Building a dream home is never easy, but the hard work is worth the result, especially in the case of this perfectly balanced Keralan home.

A view of the home and reservoir

LAZIZ HAMANI FROM AXEL VERVOORDT: PORTRAITS OF INTERIORS, FLAMMARION

 

Source: House & Garden

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