The industrially produced Dilip Surana says of his neighbourhood: ‘There are a lot of trees, a lot of greenery.’ There is a lot of activity and traffic on the outside, but it is entirely quiet once inside; you won’t know that you’re in the city centre.” This is a suitable description, and in the manor in Bangalore he built for himself it is reflected and amplified. The space is normally associated with temples with rising ceilings, wide open surfaces and spotless white walls—if a temple houses a kind of grounded couple and her daughter as well.
Vinita Chaitanya, best known for adding some vert-corded glitter to the rooms, designed this excellent residence. So how did this highly ascetic practise of restriction arise? “They wanted to be very calm,” she laughs, “but once I’m on board, I take over—what that’s it’s for better or worse.” Despite Vinita’s diva-like statement, the House is truly a designer’s job that understands the needs of their customers.
The Suranas are renowned for their works in the fields of education and philanthropy in the Bangalore community of Jain, which have built a series of temples, educational institutions and various activities of social welfare.
Vinita explains from their initial brief that, “For me, the colour is huge, the whole house was white; the marble, the walls, the steps.”
The taste of the designer for colour, craft and opulence is well-known, but perhaps less well-known is its ability to find common ground as demonstrated here. She proposed contextualisation of the space with craftsmanship and with elements of its ancient Rajasthani background, while taking the preference of Suranas for a white palette as a basis into account. “They went crazy once I persuaded them of this aesthetic and flavour!” she exclaimed happily.
The almost 12-foot-high doors of brass are now opening in a soothing white area, enhanced by light, streamed through huge glass windows and jalousy. The spaces are so fusing that it’s hard to say where you start and where you end. “In the house we grew up, we were used to huge, wide areas,” Surana said. His brief to Vinita also included an application for high ceilings which stand at their highest point about 14 feet above the floor. Without being too ornate, they add wealth to the rooms.
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