Interior designer Ashiesh Shah has been in and out of homes of actors, designers and restaurateurs. He is now ready to spill some beans about them.
L’Officiel Décor 165 What should one keep in mind while doing up interiors?
Create a brief for yourself and stick to it. As an interior designer, you have taken up some interesting projects. Yes. We recently designed Chef Hemant Oberoi’s new restaurant in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai. We had a few meeting with him and agreed on something formal, elegant yet modern. The inspiration came from food and the experience that Hemant wants to create for his guests. We have used veneers, wood and stones, and brightly coloured printed fabrics such as velvets. Since layout and lighting are two important things, we have used natural light for daytime and architectural lighting for evenings to create a soft glow, along with some dramatic chandeliers.
What is your home like?
My home is an expression of what I do and who I am. While designing my home, I could take artistic freedom that one can’t fully use when working on someone else’s space. The staircase is a pivotal point of my house. Made mostly from a monolithic piece of marble, they pull the rooms in with their sheer impression of weight and gravity. The stairs open into individual drawers that hold delicate works of art. I call them ‘curiosteps’. There is a massive sculpture by Max Streicher that looms over them, something impossible not to notice the minute you step into my house.
Who all are you going to visit on Design HQ, the show for Fox Life?
They are all my friends. Some of them are Hrithik Roshan, Masaba Gupta,
Pernia Qureshi, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, among others.
Who has the most dramatic interiors?
I have spent so much time on the projects that they all feel very close to me. I love Hrithik’s study, Jacqueline’s day bed and Aditya’s main living area.
Tell us something about Hrithik Roshan’s house?
I love the energy of Hrithik’s apartment. I fell in love with the space on my first site visit. It’s large but feels cozy and intimate. The view is amazing and we have tried to bring in nautical elements into the space. It’s hard to pick a favourite spot, but if I have to, it would be the study that reflects his personality...well balanced between serious and fun.
What about Jacqueline Fernandes’ house?
It has a home-meets-garden feel. It is filled with natural light, plenty of greens, pastel hues, and knick-knacks that Jacqueline has collected over the years.
How would you describe Aditya Roy Kapoor’s house?
I would call it a fantastic bachelor’s pad. It is very versatile with each room having a distinct character. His bedroom is minimal with white and green interiors and the dining area is vibrant blue. The den is grey, but we have
played around colours through products.
What is your impression of Pernia Qureshi’s house?
Pernia and I have very similar aesthetics, as we both love neutral palette. I love the way she has done up her space. It is full of whites, beiges and earthy tones. She has styled it well adding colours through flowers and artworks.
Is it difficult to recreate interiors of celebrity homes?
Not at all. In fact, in the show, we have demonstrated how easy it is to recreate these styles. All you need is a discerning eye for chic and sophisticated elements, just like the celebrities. In the show, we will decode how to get the perfect interiors with DIY tips. We will also engage with Hrithik Roshan, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Pernia Qureshi, Suzanne Roshan, AD Singh & Sabina Singh, Masaba Gupta in candid conversations at their homes.
The show, Design HQ premieres on September 7 on Fox Life and will air every Thursday at 10pm.