The desire to create a unique, eclectic home can often result in a gaudy ambience with a clash of colours, textures and other elements. And while some might find it endearing, one can’t deny the charm of a minimalist home. Minimalism need not always be boring, and The Concrete Story’s latest project in Noida is proof enough.
Modern Antiquity was perhaps the perfect name for this vintage-inspired penthouse in Noida. There is a seamless integration of modern design and vintage charm which gives the home a warm, inviting ambience. Subtle tones of luxury do, however, percolate through the cracks of the home’s minimalist aesthetic. Built for a family of six, the penthouse is spread across 6,500 sq. ft. with a glorious view of verdant green lawns from the 25th-floor balcony.
The main entrance sets the tone for the entire home, telling you exactly what the idea behind the design was. While not exactly quiet luxury, Modern Antiquity displays hints of the previously popular Instagram trend. The foyer instantly grabs your attention with hand-carved PU brackets clad in travertine stone. Custom artworks featuring the birds of India line the walls of the foyer. These were procured to match the details of the home.
The large floor-to-ceiling windows in the drawing bring in ample of natural light to complement the soothing tones of the space. Moreover, the cream and white colour palate extends from the walls and interiors onto the decor with statement chandeliers, plush sofas and a striking coffee table. High-back chairs draped in Sabyasachi fabric sit elegantly near the marble-clad mantlepiece while a trio of wooden candle stands looks sharp against the floral wallpaper above the mantlepiece. The designers also used indoor plants in plenty to further invigorate the home.
Moving further, the drawing room extends into a cosy family lounge which, according to the designers, is the heart of the home. This room features a more versatile palette of colours with muted pinks and wine hues. The designers played with textured surfaces throughout the home, although the family lounge is where it is most evident. There is a small bar with 360° rotatable bar shelves dressed in leather swivel shutters with wine-coloured glossy PU on the outside.
Despite the large, open setting of the drawing room, the living room is where all the light is kept. Reminiscent of olden-day Calcutta, the arched windows are decorated with large shuttered windows that invite plenty of natural light in; a cosy swing sofa sits in the centre of the room with tufted rugs laid under. Breaking in between the seamless design, the home features an impressive amount of textures and shapes, a recurring element being vertical indents as seen on the furniture, shutters, and cabinets.
The bedrooms are endearing with their vintage, minimalist elements. Each room has a distinct character that still manages to fit into the main theme of the home. The guest bedroom, for example, displays an earthy summer theme. A floral, yellow wallpaper vitalises the room, whilst matching the yellowish-brown tones of the room. There is a subtle rustic aesthetic in the room, displayed through the rattan furniture and distressed vanity.
The master bedroom in contrast has a cooler tone compared to the guest bedroom. The room attests to the client’s love for luxury and comfort with a modern teak-brass bed, plush bedding, and gold-toned lighting pieces. The tech-friendly automated blinds are a modern touch for the windows, which provide a stunning view of the family’s private garden. Adding to the room’s comfort, a curved day bed sits elegantly in the corner. It is a great spot to curl up with a book or a movie.