Designed by Studio TAB, this 1,450-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment in Mumbai is home to a couple and their four-year-old daughter. The designers fondly call it the Hygge home, where Hygge is the Danish quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality. With this dreamy thought, the designers created a haven for the family while ensuring that the house grows with the child. Ojas Chaudhari, Partner and Principal Architect, Studio TAB says, “The residence presented a unique challenge as the confined nature of Mumbai buildings necessitated innovative solutions to amplify the sense of space. Therefore, the entire project centred on experimentation with layout and colour, seamlessly merging bold shades with functional design. The primary objective was to ensure that even with limited space, the homeowner’s child would have ample room to explore and play, going beyond the constraints of a single small room.”
Given the family’s specific requirements, the layout was reconfigured. Originally planned with three bedrooms and four bathrooms, it was transformed into a more efficient arrangement of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This strategic reallocation allowed for more open spaces, designed to facilitate playfulness and interaction throughout the house. To further enhance the sense of openness, the living room and kitchen were integrated, promoting a seamless flow and maximising available space. The incorporation of a breakfast ledge added both functionality and visual appeal to this unified area.
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The family wanted a vibrant home that accounted for sensory stimulation through colours and textures in the surroundings. Bold hues were incorporated throughout the house, including the living room, where the family would spend a significant amount of time. The soothing blue and green hues of the living room act as a strong visual highlight. Chaudhari explains, “To have those colours stand out properly, we used a subtle grey flooring. For the foyer, we separated the area and added a pattern to make it distinctive. There is a curved wall in the dining space which breaks the rigidness of the surroundings. There is also a grey highlight wall running from the kitchen into the dining wall and to the passage leading into the bedrooms – connecting the space.” Given the bold colour palate, they chose to use timeless wooden furniture to create visual breaks.