Sophistication for Kochi home
Thrissur-based Temple Town has designed A Modern Classic, which is a penthouse for a jeweler depicting refined luxury. Spanning 5000 sq. ft., the home is located on the twenty-second floor of the Gold Tower in Kochi and features beautiful period furniture and classic designs against a colorful palette. The client wanted a homely space that was large enough to host their extended family and friends, and the daughter insisted on using reclaimed wood and sustainable options albeit within the 90-day handover period.
The reception has a Queen Anne console and a sculpture from Anthropologie UK against a backdrop of plaster moldings, antiques, and lush greenery. A cane and wooden chest in the foyer are set with a vintage mirror and botanicals that offer storage. The drawing room has a Chesterfield sofa in heavy green velvet, a Dutch colonial divan with silk cushions, a traditional South Indian oonjal (swing), and a set of brass and wooden center tables. Other pieces include a console table with ornate brass mirrors and a charcoal-on-silk artwork by award-winning artist Suneesh.
The dining room uses Lewis & Wood wallpaper and a brass mirror, with a bespoke brass pendant light shaped like a banana leaf. The ten-seater dining table uses crockery from the Rosabagh series from Good Earth, brass cutlery, and customized linen napkins. A bespoke lacquered pastel green kitchen with a Statuario marble backsplash and brass fittings lend a timeless quality, along with scaled door panels, cane lights, and bar stools in Ajrakh print silk fabric.
Bedrooms reveal bold patterned wallpapers and furnishings, with the master bedroom featuring European-inspired plaster moldings, black and white prints from Rome, and tropical-patterned bed linen. The blue bedroom has a handsome cane bed against a kalakaarihaath wallpaper, and the opposite wall has a collection of dried flowers, velvet seating, and silk curtains with crochet embroidery. The guest bedroom has an antique wooden panel for a headrest, layered textiles and art, and lamps.
The firm converted one of the bedrooms into a media room with a wall of antique stamps, velvet drapery, and a painted console. The main balcony has a wall of potted plants and a plantation chair, bringing in natural light.