Monica Chadha and Rishabh Kapoor
Interior Designers Monica Chadha and Rishabh Kapoor of Design Deconstruct have created a luxury farmhouse with a distinct appeal.
Design Deconstruct (DD), a multi-disciplinary build and interior design firm was founded by Monica Chadha in the year 2005, which later expanded into construction with Rishabh Kapoor in the year 2014.
The firm handles the designs and execution of architectural, landscape and interior design projects, along with the manufacturing of their own refined and customized furniture. The firm has practical experience in the designing of residential and commercial projects promising to bring the best visually and aesthetically appealing spaces created with some of the best quality products. Their new project, a luxury farmhouse in Chattarpur Farms, Delhi, brings the individualistic style of its owner, Rishabh Kapoor, Director of Design Deconstruct.
The house displays a certain flamboyance and larger-than-life attitude, peppered with unorthodox design elements. Think of a floating crystal art-piece on the ceiling, paintings hanging from the ceiling, ceiling-to–floor chandeliers and statement-making furniture pieces, life- sized paintings and sculptures. Bold architectural features like massive double-height decks with balconies within, offering an airy feel, as well as panoramic views; and double-height ceiling on the second floor introducing enormous spatial volume within, give the home, an extravagant character. “We wanted a space that is opulent, yet practical,” says Rishabh, about the inspiration behind this five-level sprawling farmhouse. Monica Chadha, Director and Principal Designer, Design Deconstruct worked with Rishabh to create its unique aesthetics. “We aspire to create spaces which are a delight visually, but also relatively easy to maintain in the long run. Our focus was to have clean aesthetics and an uncluttered space,” she says.
The space is designed keeping the family’s requirement to entertain guests in small and big numbers, both formally and informally. The family also wanted clear demarcation between public and private spaces to ensure privacy, and as well as efficient management of the house-keeping duties by the staff. Entering the home on the upper ground level, a giant meditative Buddha statue welcomes the visitors. This floor comprises a study, pantry and a small lounge.
With its bare plastered walls, open ceilings exposing the HVAC ducts and an epoxy finished flooring, the lounge exudes a chic urban industrial charm. The first floor houses the formal drawing room, dining and the main kitchen. The drawing room is fitted with two clusters of seating, with a grand piano lighting up a corner. Paintings by senior artist Thota Vaikuntham are displayed here. To the right is the dining room with a 10-seater dining table made out of a single piece of white onyx. The floating crystal art piece on the ceiling over the dining table, which glows up with the light falling on it, is a stand-out element of the room. It’s features like this one and artworks by Ramachandran that add an exclusive touch to the decor.
There is also a stunning console made of brass and amethyst with a glorious chandelier hanging over it. Two consoles decorated with malachite adorn the first floor foyer. The powder room is in a discreet corner. With a neutral backdrop, the designers add exquisite furniture pieces, fantastic lights and artworks to decorate the spaces. A huge balcony that serves as an extension of the dining room stretches right next to the front greens allowing for outdoor lounging. The residential quarters are housed on the second and third floors. The second floor has two master bedrooms both of which have separate walk-in wardrobes and washrooms. The rooms are well above 60 sq meters each, plus the wardrobes and dressers.
The master bedrooms are adorned with artworks by Seema Kohli. A double-height family lounge which allows access to the serenely done up pooja room is the highlight of the second floor. A 26-ft wall paneling comprising marble, veneer, steel, solid wood cornice decorates the lounge, while wooden flooring adds warmth. The third floor houses a master bedroom with en suite bath and walk-in wardrobe. It also has two guest rooms both overlooking the beautiful landscaping. The passage on the third floor looks down to the lounge on the second floor that allows for a constant interaction between the two floors.
The lower ground floor is set aside for recreation and entertaining with an indoor swimming pool, a party hall with a massive drop-down screen and a karaoke system, a bar, a full-fledged gym with a steam and sauna, a salon with a massage bed and a shampoo station and also a 10-seater home theatre with automated recliners, where the family catches up over its love for the movies and major sporting events. Finished with statuario marble, the staircase has lean rose gold railing, and is illuminated with elegant cove lighting. Most of the furniture has been custom made by Design Deconstruct at their in-house manufacturing facility, which allows flexibility in style and proportion. It is with this kind of control over every area of the design process that the designers achieve a distinctive appeal.