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India’s first Conceptual Art Home in Lonavala, available on rent, is simply gorgeous

Schenelle Dsouza 
Le Sutra, a brand distinguished for its creative art hospitality has several boutique art hotels, art residences and acclaimed restaurants in and around Mumbai. The brand recently launched the Great Escapes, a collection of minuscule art homes in scenic locations around Mumbai.
Their first project Geometrica, which officially opened earlier this month, is India’s very first conceptual art home in the picturesque hill station of Lonavla.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
A 2,100 sq. ft. property, the villa features spaces designed entirely around geometric art themes. The space has a recurring geometric pattern that blends a visual narrative with varied art forms designed with materials such as metal, stone, ceramic, glass mosaic, wood, etc.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
Each work of art in the space is orchestrated in ways to produce visual symphonies that take us beyond just the concepts of Geometry. The entire art collection has been curated on the theme of geometry in the Indian context. The art is strategically placed to allow each painting, sculpture as well as installations to dictate the flow of the space.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
The dining area is designed with two artworks. One is a stunning painting symbolising the origin of the universe and the forms within. The circular artwork is an essence of Mandala in minimalist and non-manifest form.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
On the other hand, the rectangular painting on the adjoining wall takes inspiration from Celtic knot, bell and feet from Buddhist art to make this highly textural breathtaking artwork.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
The lounge area features some striking designs in the form of geometric eye installations. These symbolise the seven chakras in the human body and the infinite, cyclical nature of energy. Made from hand-cut glass mosaic, the installations feature gold leafing accents that add a dramatic touch to the art pieces.
The bedrooms, all feature different themes, colours and patterns with distinguished headboard designs.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
The first bedroom features a Stepwell Headboard inspired by India’s stepwell or ponds, which were used to store water. The structure has a precise geometrical pattern, a magical maze that narrows towards the bottom, crisscrossed with double flights of steps and the consequent play of light and shadow.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
The second bedroom features a headboard inspired by Sound Waves. Exploring the patterns created through the visible vibrations of sound waves, the headboard features geometrical patterns with four- and two-fold symmetries formed by the varying frequencies of vibration in each panel.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
Inspired by the imagery of master Indian artist S H Raza, the headboard in the third room represents the five natural elements air, water, fire, earth, and space. Showcasing geometric abstraction, the design consisted of various shapes including circles, triangles, straight lines etc. that were hand moulded in ceramic.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
An Islamic symbol Hand of Hamsa is a popular amulet used to ward off the evil or envious eye and bring good luck, protection, good health, and abundance. Designed as an open hand with an eye in the palm and the 5 elements from nature, the hand is carved from basalt stone with an inlay of copper and brass with a patina effect.
Photography Credits: Indrajit Sathe
The pool area features two dramatic hand-carved stone sculptures inspired by the neo Tantric style of Indian art. Showcasing the union of the male (Purusha) and female (Prakriti), the sculptures are hand-carved, made with basalt stone for a naturally elegant look.
The Geometrica can accommodate up to 9 people. Its rent starts at Rs. 36,000 onwards for six persons.
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