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Designing lifestyles

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First Published: Wed, Apr 07 2010. 06 17 PM IST

Faiza Seth, CEO, Casa Forma
Faiza Seth, CEO, Casa Forma
Updated: Wed, Apr 07 2010. 06 17 PM IST
The interiors of luxurious Indian homes are going through a rapid transition, with international designers bringing in global designs and trends. Faiza Seth’s Casa Forma at Kensington in London is going to launch its show house at Chattarpur in Delhi by year-end. Seth tells Lounge about the design trends for luxury homes. Edited excerpts:
What are your prospects in India? Is India a big market?
Of course. The plethora of home and lifestyle publications have increased tremendously in the last 10 years and made Indians aware of global trends. They don’t just want an “Indian style” any more. This global style is precisely what we offer. We have done projects that range from penthouses to bachelor pads. We’ve completed four projects in Delhi and taken on three more clients. We are making our show house in the Chattarpur area of Delhi. It’s necessary because people need to come in and feel and sense the style, which is very critical and doesn’t come through in pictures; there needs to be a tangible space.
What do you keep in mind while introducing a luxury element in a home or office space?
Faiza Seth, CEO, Casa Forma
It just depends on the client’s personal style and if they want something (specific). If a client is a socialite, someone who’s always shot by the paparazzi or someone who cares about their clothes, we can make them a luxury closet and put in a lounging chair, purse cabinet, etc. If another client likes gold accents, some gold accessories in the bathroom or the tiles is a great idea. The trick is to be subtle, not overwhelming.
What are some of the ultra-luxury touches you have given to the properties you have worked on?
The master bedroom we’ve designed at one of our properties in London is pretty dramatic; it has a huge walk-in closet, 24-carat gold accessories, a copper tub, a TV built into the bathroom walls. The floor is heated from underneath. One can have plain or textured walls; like in this bedroom (in the property), one wall is made of dark pearls, another made in wood and the third made of silk. Having different textures on the wall in the same colour palette adds interest to the room without being loud. That’s what I mean by subtle glamour.
At our property in London, we wanted to bring in as much light as possible and thought we should make the ceilings higher. But we couldn’t raise the height of the ceilings because of the rules and regulations and did it visually by increasing the height of the doorways. This created an illusion. We also try and do a lot of stuff to make the areas look more spacious and uncluttered. I think it makes you feel calm.
What is a must-have luxury element in your view?
I love shagreen, which is made out of ray fish skin. Anything made out of that material looks fabulous.
What are the ‘in’ colours this year? Any shapes that will dominate interior design?
A lot of natural colours are back: beiges, creams and pistachios. There’s also a big trend towards products made from environmentally friendly, recyclable material. For example, if you want a nursery with a crib, we’ll make it in such a manner that you can convert it into a desk once you’re done using it. Furniture made of something recyclable can be gorgeous and look high-end at the same time. I love organic textures like cashmere, leather and silk, on walls as well.
One of our properties has a marble floor with inlaid wood on the side. We do a lot of plain textures. It’s a clear trend for next year.
varuni.k@livemint.com
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First Published: Wed, Apr 07 2010. 06 17 PM IST