When fashion designer Ranna Gill launched her label in 1996, she did a bit of everything. “I did odds and bits, even bridal wear,” she says. But today her design sensibility has evolved and her three-storeyed villa in Gurgaon bears testimony to these developing tastes. The first floor—where her parents spend their time—and the ground floor, which houses the formal sitting, dining and kitchen areas, are similar in style and décor, where old-world charm marries contemporary design. The basement, “the newest part of the house”, where Gill and husband Jason Holland spend most of their time, is very modern, done up in Gill’s all-time favourite hue—chocolate. “I like a contemporary look in terms of styling; things which are stylish and a bit feminine,” says the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York graduate. “However, I don’t like minimalism. That look was very 1990s.” She feels a home shouldn’t be too stiff and antiseptic. “It shouldn’t be all white so you’re always worried about it getting dirty.”
Ochre hues: (from top) A Sanjay Bhattacharya watercolour and a pair of tall lamps from Artfield, Hong Kong, find space in the living room; the horses, the Buddha and the tree are all from Lladro, a store Gill is partial to; and cushions from Ankasa, a soft furnishings brand owned by Gill’s US-based sister, are placed all over the house, including the bedroom.
Clever use of dark colours—lots of brown interspersed with yellows and creams as accents—ensures stains and dust stay out of sight. The highlights come from cushions, bought from Ankasa—Gill’s sister’s soft furnishings firm in the US—a wide range of art, photographs, and Gill’s self-confessed fetish: lamps.
Splash of colour: (top) This painting by artist Om Prakash was bought with the idea of adding colour to the living room; and Gill picked these Fornasetti plates in Rome.
When it comes to art, she feels that you “should have art which is parent- and adult-friendly. I can’t have big penises and breasts on the walls. That would work if I were living alone in a loft in SoHo but it doesn’t work here. You live with a support system which includes staff and you have to be sensitive to other people.”
In India, the designer frequents stores such as Moon River, Apartment 9, fcml, Lladro, Vis-à-vis and Urbanist, and art galleries such as Arushi Arts in Delhi and Gallery Chemould in Mumbai. But she overdoses on lamps from Flos and Kartell, especially when she’s abroad. The cynosure of her lounge area is the iconic Arco from Flos. And her latest purchase is a yellow La Bohème bench with a coordinated hanging light from Kartell.
Photographs by Anay Mann;
Styled by Ragini Singh/Better Homes and Gardens;
Make-up and hair by Ashima Kapoor
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