Interior designer Ravi Vazirani’s life is devoid of colour. And that’s not a bad thing. He “lives his life in monochrome”, which explains the feta-flavoured palette in his design studio, also extending into a one bedroom bed and breakfast in Bandra.
Point all visiting friends and family to Studio BnB this season, where white walls, translucent curtains, blanched Bandit Queen sheets and marble tables ensure that summer does not make the guest list. “Maybe I’ll use grey or blue, but those are the only colours I know besides black and white,” says Ravi, whose interior design studio caters to fancy clientele including filmmaker Karan Johar, Firdaus Variava (owner of Bharat Tiles) and Royce’ chocolate stores.
Point all visiting friends and family to Studio BnB this season, where white walls, translucent curtains, blanched Bandit Queen sheets and marble tables ensure that summer does not make the guest list.
We breezed through the 500 square feet space to find that everything you touch here will not turn to gold – Ravi and bling haven’t been introduced yet - but it can be purchased. “Most of the furniture pieces are prototypes from my studio, which can be built for you and customised to size.” But here’s the element that will really hold your gaze: the art.
Ravi has curated a small collection of artists, including photographs by Neville Sukhia, Shahid Datawala and Rehaan Engineer; two art pieces from Project88; and Sulaiman Merchant’s series on dogs that Ravi is currently “obsessed” with. The walls will constantly have new visitors, thus introducing Studio BnB's guests to a spectrum of Indian artists, whose works they can buy while checking out. The bedroom and living room spaces are hushed and detailed (spot the baby blue typewriter), but if you cook, you’ll love the kitchen, expansive, light-filled and lined with brown pickle jars.
By adding art, and soon little Bandra guide books, Ravi hopes to create a new space for visitors to Mumbai. “I couldn’t think of a single hotel in Bandra that has any character, and so I started out by renting a guest room in my personal home, and BnB is an extension of that project.”
Studio BnB is a month old, but has already hosted guests from the UK and Australia. Does Ravi have any house rules? Just one. “Don’t be loud and obnoxious.” And probably don’t wear red.
Getting there: 234A,Geetanjali Apts, SV Road, Bandra (W), call 9819661485, check out the Airbnb link here, currently at Rs 5,419 per night.
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