October 29, 2020

Studio 2+2 Transforms Apartment in Western India into a Modern Family Home

The windows of the apartment were extended in size to enable more natural light to stream into the home. Photography by Ishita Sitwala.

“We don’t believe in buying furniture,” proclaims Shivansh Singh, half of the design duo behind the boutique India-based design firm, Studio 2+2. For the pair’s most recent residential project—transforming a compact apartment in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, into a multi-functional family home—Singh and his partner Janki Vyas created the furnishings using materials strictly sourced from local artisans.

The vibrant flooring tiles are handmade by local craftsmen. Photography by Ishita Sitwala.

Singh and Vyas’s clients—a pair of artistically-inclined newlyweds with a small family–challenged the designers to maximize every nook and cranny of their 800-square-foot apartment. Studio 2+2’s strategy, developed by Pratik Jethi and executed by Suraj Keswani, involved tearing down walls to expand the living room, creating optical illusions using reflections of light off of mirrors and fluted glass, for example, and infusing the space with unconventional colors and textures.

Layers of textures welcome guests into the home. Photography by Ishita Sitwala.

“Everyone in Gujarat uses blue tones,” Singh explains, noting that cool colors are commonly used in Indian design to combat the heat. “We went with green,” Vyas adds, “because psychologically, it’s a comforting color, too.” Playful accents, such as a stingray fixtures over the main bed, are balanced by grounding materials throughout, such as the stone-inspired wallcovering in the entryway, welcoming visitors into the home with a rustic touch.  

Studio 2+2 used jute wood to create custom bunkbeds in the children’s room. Photography by Ishita Sitwala.
The glass closet in the main bedroom gives the illusion of more space. Photography by Ishita Sitwala.
Built-in desks in the bedroom and living area double as homework and art stations. Photography by Ishita Sitwala.

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