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Corners Calling: Inspirations from TFOD Profiles

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Once more, we go exploring the abundant TFOD galleries for treasurable design inspirations... and come loaded with ideas. This time around, we have dug into the corners of every type of space to examine what mantra the design gurus offer to use, liven up and invigorate the nooks and crannies into charming magnets that attract the eye and the soul. Left unimaginatively treated, corners have the power to undo the effects of an otherwise well-designed space. So, we’d best take some lessons from the experiences of professionals on how not to ‘cut corners’ and spoil our perfect décor.

Be it the lobby of a hotel or an office, or our own kitchen and bath, corners demand attention for the décor to be effective. In fact, sometimes, the corner details themselves carry the décor of the entire space on their shoulders, as can be seen in this atrium and lobby of a large office building designed most charmingly by Ar. Bhavya Kenkare.(cover image) The corner to one side of the large glazed entrance has the wall and ceiling decked in brilliant white backlit contours sculpted from POP. The other corner, across the grand white Italian marble flooring furnished with a circular white couch, has a pair of handsome reindeer, all-white from antlers to toes. They stand facing the interior of the lobby with their backs framed by a circular piece of glazing cut into the wide expanse of contrasting dark wood panelling which runs through the height of an atrium in that part of the lobby. To add cheer, red and white circular cutouts rise as bubbles on the dark wood in the atrium and you can almost hear the jingle of bells from a bunch of teardrop pendants hanging from the snowy contoured corner. Just the attention to the detailing of these two corners has enhanced the lobby space to a magical winter wonderland!

This wondrous effect which elements from nature can have upon a space, be it a corner as the case is, presents itself through a mind-boggling range of applications. We have many examples of the use of various natural elements being used in the detailing of corners. Take Ar. Pavan Kakade’s (group image 2) treatment of a similar corner atrium, but in a residential living room – the full height carved stone mural meets a large floor-height window at the corner. They are fronted by an endearing little landscape of a pebbled bed with a petite tree, the entire ensemble articulating a perfect balance between the scales of the exteriors and the interiors! 

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Ar. Aparna Ram’s vivacious design for a co-working space has a vibrant corner with a lush green wall meeting a wide framed glazing wall. The flooring is covered with printed paving with a sun-kissed effect thanks to the spotlights above; bean bag seats that look like rocks and the surrounding grey turf carpeting complete the natural ensemble.Ar. Neilesh Kenkare the meditative aspect of nature into a dining room furnished in dark tones of wood where tall bamboo shoots stand fronting a grey stone-clad niche wall, complementing the good-luck bamboo perched on a window ledge in the other corner, and has a wind-chime ringing in adequate Zen. 

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Usine Studio’s office reception décor is bathed in grey with a large wall clad in exposed concrete panels occupying a conspicuous corner at the entrance, adorned with a collage of black-and-white images of the office’s works framed in bold black. This outdoorsy aura is enhanced by the underlining lightly lifted concrete ledge at the bottom holding a little potted green and paired with a blue-grey painted wooden bench. This grey collection exudes inexplicable warmth which is heightened by the inviting pile of books lying casually on the bench! In another space, a residential living room, Usine Studio brings in the entire lush outdoors into the house through the floor to ceiling corner glazing framed by warm wood louvered windows on either side. The pretty colours on the pair of armchairs seated at the corner add vibrancy to the otherwise meditative natural set-up.

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Ar. Manish Patel uses a cladding of bamboo slats to decorate a bedside corner in this home (group image 1), illustrating yet another simple use of natural elements. As we talk of bedside corners, we have Ar. Trupesh Purohit and Ruchita Mehta’s bedroom design where the symmetry resulting from the bed placement has been broken aesthetically by a full-height panel of decorated tiles adorning just one corner behind the bedside. Ar. Ranna Parikh’s unique design for her son’s bedroom has an unusually long seating ledge stretching across the wall and sloping up near the corner window in bold articulation. 

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This classical bedroom designed in shades of grey byThe Workroom takes advantage of a niche formed at the corner by placing a couple of brightly coloured and patterned ornate fairy-tale chairs coupled with a log-stool carved into a face on a light carpet. The next bedroom, a riot of yellow ochre and candy pink balanced by muted beiges and matched by a unique assembly of elements by Trupesh Purohit and Ruchita Mehta, has a corner made charming by the simple woody ledges lined up to the full height of the adjoining window to house cheerful nick-knacks and books. Ar. Puran Kumar adds value to a simple bedroom (group image 4) by tucking in a little work-desk into a corner wall-niche, without forgetting to add a pelmet for indirect light which also serves as a mantle for curios.

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Ar. Anuradha Shah gives this living-room window a polka-dotted curtain and a bespoke polished wood seating ledge and completes the corner by hanging a swing-chair – a corner embellishment that never fails. The lobby or ante space that negotiates the entry to a series of living areas in this residence designed by Ar, Manish Patel has a calming expression. The corner, in particular, has a peaceful aesthetic with a sea green painted panel intersecting with a circular mandala-like ornament forming a background for a minimally carved wooden bench coupled with a tall slim ceramic vase. The slender runner mat placed at the foot of this seat perfectly complements the porous matted installation that screens the interiors notionally.

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Ar. Hussain Ratlamwala’s kitschy creation (group image3) brings up the other end of the spectrum with a shelf-cum-screen designed as a collage of colourful solids and vacant voids is matched by the cushions on the lounger at its feet, the heavy abstract mural on the other wall serving to contrast. A similar yet different storage informs the corner of this dining room designed by A Design Studio, with a large solid white shuttered cabinet surrounded by dark wood cubbyhole shelves. 

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Anuradha Shah delights again with her details for this living room’s corners (group images 5, 6)applying a profusion of elements like colourful silk cushions and curtains, delicate pendant lights, large potted plants and customised nesting side tables. Some residences designed by Ar. Rajnysh Rami also have interesting yet simple corner details, like an ‘inverted’ corner (group image 8) going around a small room is adorned with a mantle, backed with white marble and brightly spot-lit for displays, mounted on useful storage going right around with it; and a salmon pink bedroom wall  (group image 10) decorated with a motif transferred on it above the bedside table.

 
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The elegance of a bathroom designed by Ar, Manish Patel is enhanced by the décor in its corner where a fresh bamboo shoot in a tall wooden vase stands under the light of a cane lamp in front of a solid stone corner cladding etched with fascinating geometrical patterns in an indigo hue. The same designer adds aesthetic value to a kitchen corner with an elegantly crafted wooden breakfast counter supported on a wrought Iron patterned leg coupled with a modernist wooden high chair (group image 7). Ar. Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand sprinkle a dash of antique chic to an austere corner (group image 9) of this exquisite décor with a wooden mantle supported on a pair of quadri-pods, topped with little antique brass and other metallic pots and sunshine yellow blooms.

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Some special corners include the one behind the entrance door of a textile studio winsomely designed by Ar. Vipin Bakiwala (group image 11), where a delightful outfit of relevant articles like colourful rolls of fabric and spools of yarn, framed hand blocks and pouches of sewing accessories dot a variety of shelves and wall-space. Another one is Manish Patel’s traditional installation (group image 12) at a residential entrance lobby which spells sublimity through a complete set of brass lamp, floating flower crucible, carved wooden bench topped with a traditionally crafted runner and candle holder, backed by a bespoke glass screen.

To sum up we have corners that liven up at night, as Ar. Mayur Shah’s creation of a decorative backlit partition which houses little spot lit corners for displays like this figurine lost in thought. Ar, Rumy Shroff gives the spread of lighting for his corner a playful twist in his floor to ceiling light installation! 

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