An Art-Filled Contemporary Executive Apartment in Mumbai by ZZ Architects

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The Gupta apartment, on the 31st floor of a luxury building, is the work of ZZ Architects, in response to a client brief that requested “the refinement of a luxury residence in the interior space…to be designed, created, and delivered in a span of four months.” No small feat — but helped along greatly by some wonderful art pieces in the client’s collection; the art could then become a focal point for both the color palette and the general tone of the dwelling. The living room backdrop is a painting of the Final Supper with “South Indian Kathakali Performers” (a limited edition print) by Vivek Vilasini; another important piece is the Velay Shende “Dabbawala” sculpture. But there’s more here than simply a great place to enjoy great art: the home is a work of art in itself.

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In the dining room, backlit onyx highlights a custom-made table of marble and synthetic glass, and a hanging chandelier that reflects from the ceiling. Seating is light leather to complement the neutral palette; the foyer is also in braised leather and white Italian marble, while the flooring in Bianco Neve brings in a warm, dark wood accent. Present everywhere in the apartment is blue — in all varieties and shades. You have a blue lounger in the living room, while vivid blue sparkles in a bathroom. Blue also gives a shot of color to the dining area and curtains either side of expansive bedroom windows. Perhaps the blue is a nod to the 360-degree views from this soaring luxury apartment — a fitting backdrop in its own right to a home filled with treasures.

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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).