May 19, 2021

Nishita Kamdar Creates a Mumbai Showroom Inspired by Zen Principles

The circular fixed glass and metal partition represents the Buddhist tenet of “a window of spiritual enlightenment,” per Kamdar. Photography by Talib Chitalwala.

In a bustling city like Mumbai, design restraint can be considered a virtue given that finding moments of zen are few and far between. Creating a showroom for Waltz Partitions, a sub sect of JBGlass, local architect Nishita Kamdar of her eponymous studio embraced a minimalist philosophy by making use of natural materials, patterns of light, and a near-monastic rejection of clutter for the 1,200-square-foot showroom. Dividing the warehouse-like structure into four distinct zones—reception, zen garden, conference room, and utilitarian product display area—Kamdar’s design provides clients with a soothing experience of movement through integrated partitions and openings, achieving a cohesive and peaceful aesthetic. In creating a meditative space for Waltz Partitions’s products, the showroom also invites viewers to pause and reflect on the beauty around them, taking a moment to go inward. 

Kamdar was sure to highlight the dynamism possible with Waltz Partitions’ products. Photography by Talib Chitalwala.
A custom built amorphous wooden sofa in the reception area mimics planter beds found in local gardens. Photography by Talib Chitalwala.

The genkan-inspired front-of-store features 12-foot doors that give an illusion of a higher ceiling. Photography by Talib Chitalwala.
A zen garden in an interior courtyard is surrounded by the brand’s various aluminum and glass partitions. Photography by Talib Chitalwala.
Continuous views of rooms flooded with natural light make the showroom feel open and connected. Photography by Talib Chitalwala.
A marquina marble table creates a focal point for this conference room with a geometric lighting fixture hanging above. Photography by Talib Chitalwala.

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