Mumbai: This 450-square-foot 1BHK home in Khar is a minimalist’s haven

Though dubbed the “Man Cave”, Chrisann Rodrigues’ latest project—a 450-square-foot, bachelor pad in Khar, Mumbai—is refreshingly devoid of stereotypically masculine accoutrements such as bulky leather chairs or a larger-than-life entertainment center. “He’s a minimalist by lifestyle and a sucker for detail,” says the founder of Eight Degree Design House of her client, “So we focused on a design rooted in minimalism and comfort.”

Anish Padalkar

Anish Padalkar

The Mumbai home was a “typical 1BHK” when it was handed over to Rodrigues. The architect began by tearing down the wall dividing the living room and kitchen to open up the space. Next, clean lines, a neutral color palette, and sparse but carefully curated decor accents were chosen as the foundation of the design language. “We had to create a space that was clutter free, easy going and yet sophisticated. The client’s love for plants and natural materials was definitely the jumping off point for us,” she explains.

The furniture in the living room was all custom-made in keeping with the minimalist theme of the home.

Anish Padalkar

Swing open the front door and you walk into a living room that’s the picture of zen. The minimalist, crisp-lined sofa and flat screen TV perched on a slim floating shelf offer a subtle, sophisticated air of masculinity, offset by the curves of the coffee table, a pair of planters, and a textured jute rug. Rodrigues replaced the wall that previously divided the living area and kitchen with a slender breakfast table that’s perfect for quick morning meals or as a cozy little bar for two come sunset.

The wall dividing the living area and kitchen was taken down to create an open-plan space. A custom-designed breakfast counter in Canadian pine divides the two zones.

Anish Padalkar


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