Sunday, March 6, 2016

Bespoke Design By ZERO9 (Home Tour)

I cannot emphasize enough on how “Good Design” can enhance the quality of everyday living. Good design has the ability to magically transform square footage into comfortable, functional and stylishly livable spaces. The Mumbai based multi-disciplinary design studio “Zero9" is adept at balancing cutting edge design with traditional interpretation of comfort and function. I was particularly blown away by their design approach adopted to stylize a 950 sq.ft. apartment in Mumbai owned by a young couple. The design team lead by Prashant Chauhan and Anu Chauhan completed the project within a time span of 5 months. Logically altering the walls that existed in this Mumbai apartment, the team successfully maximized space utility and created a home that exudes contemporary flair integrated with a rustic+homey vibe. Clean lines and simple design is brilliantly combined with old décor elements to create a sense of history in this new Mumbai apartment.
Firm Zero9's strong design beliefs have steered them in the right direction since launching their firm in 2005, "We believe in an evolving and long lasting relationship with the people we connect. We place our client’s virtuous sense and taste as the focus of our works. Our sensitivities translate the client needs to reality by using innovative and state of art mediums like digital art, photography, new-age technology and material analysis. Each of our projects with a unique style has a story to tell." It's no surprise that the distinct design style of the firm is much sort after by young home owners and design enthusiasts who second Zero9's design mantra, "Design is boundless.", and are "aesthetically inclined towards integrating art and space converting it to refined design solutions."
I reached out to Prashant Chauhan to get my answers on latest design trends and how he and his team managed to achieve the design feat in a 950 sq. ft. space. His answer to the latter is straight forward,"It's all about keeping it simple. The lesser the clutter, the bigger the space. Another prerequisite included to see as much as the floor as possible. That makes a space look bigger.” Quoting Prashant on following design trends in the industry, "We believe good, efficient design defining the user and his lifestyle is timeless. Trends are temporary.” 
Characterized by beautiful turmeric colored Jaisalmer stone floors (etched with silhouettes of frangipani leaves in brass) and textured white stucco walls with carved geometric niches,  the space sports a warm rustic vibe with an open airy floor plan. Niches created in the wall along with wooden shelves serve as the perfect display platform for interesting decor accessories and quirky collections. The decor accessories seen in the home are a combination of those that the owners had collected themselves and others that were sourced by the Zero9 design team from Oshiwara Antiques Market in Mumbai and Good Earth. 
The palette of sea foam blue-greens, ocher and nut brown come together in the most charmingly eclectic way to punctuate an otherwise white backdrop. 
My absolute favorite spot in the house, has to be this antique painted "parsi style" day bed tucked close to the window, a perfect spot to curl up and read a good book. 
The colors flow unhindered from one space to the other thus keeping the look cohesive  and creating photogenic corners in every room in the home.
Design challenges to keep the kitchen looking fresh and unique were tackled by thoughtfully combining real wood cabinets, modern G4 stone platform, cheerful ocher colored tiles and wooden carved jali that are lit to emphasize their design presence. All in all, the kitchen is the perfect model of how form and function can come together to create stylish interiors.
Won't you agree when I say that it's all in the details?
As we transition to the master bedroom and bath, the mood is intimate and inviting. Departing from the rest of the design style at home, the master bedroom and bath have a more contemporary, modern, clean line approach to it. White flooring and wardrobe shutters in brown mirror, create that sanctuary spa like feel.

Zero9's services are not limited to Interiors for commercial & residential projects.They are proficient in the areas of advertising, exhibitions and architecture too. You can get acquainted with their range of skill right here. Should you wish to stay abreast of their latest projects and work, follow them via FB or Instagram

Thank you Prashant for taking the time to connect with TECD. We wish you and Zero9 all the very best!

(Image credit: Sebastian Zachariah and Rashmi Mallaya, Image Copyright: Zero9. The images may NOT be reproduced with the prior permission of Zero9) 


  1. Thanks for another wonderful Home tour,Shruti. The space looks awesome, each detail is beautiful - I especially love the tiles in the kitchen and all of that in 950 sq. ft. ! that's some seriously efficient space management !!

  2. It looks really amazing Indian style,
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  3. That painted daybed is gorgeous! So much color and pattern in that corner. I like how they flowed colors throughout the home to tie it all together.


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