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Furniture passed down to the couple from their parents has been chosen to anchor each piece and is set against a neutral background to really make it shine. “Our approach was to tie them together into a cohesive web that tells the same story without overshadowing the sentimental and aesthetic value of any piece,” says Madan. Heirloom sofas, a classic jhoola, and a Burmese wooden chest lend gravitas to the lounge, which also houses the largest display of guests’ art collection. Behind the sofa, brass idols of the Dashavatar (the 10 incarnations of Vishnu) are mounted on floating wooden shelves set against a stucco wall and framed with moldings. Another accent wall bears traditional artwork, including colorful Gond paintings, acquired by the couple over the years.
In the adjoining dining room, a marble table with carved legs and a pair of brass pendant lights lend an equally sophisticated atmosphere. It is here that you realize how much Madan’s subtle interventions go a long way in elevating each beloved heritage while integrating them into a modern Indian setting. The chairs are upholstered in fabric by the designer’s other interior design firm, Kalakaari Haath, the copper hue complementing the warmth of the wood while a botanical print adds airiness. Gold-tinted lotuses, a wooden plank with a brass accent and a matching upholstered panel adorn the wall opposite the table and this is where the sense of continuity Madan sought to create throughout the project stakes.