The client has a large family with people in different parts of the world who come together several times a year for celebrating birthdays and special occasions. The clients wanted to build a home near Auroville as a second home for themselves and their family plus hosting a large number of guests on a regular basis.
French Town, Pondicherry
Architectural Design, Heritage Restoration, Interior Design, Bespoke Woodwork
The client is the head of an investment group and a connoisseur of collector’s items. He had bought a large dilapidated French Villa in the White Town of Pondicherry and invited us to refurb the entire Villa alongside designing and handcrafting all the woodwork in seasoned Burmese teak.
We were allowed to use only those materials that were available in colonial times. This meant that we couldn’t use several modern finishes. We weren’t allowed to use plywood either. The final challenge was to refrain from using freshly milled timber.
We sourced several tons of a variant of rosewood and authentic Burmese teak from old homes. Since the timber came from multiple sources and was painted over, we had to sand it down to reveal the grain of the wood. We created multiple batches based on the matching patterns of grains and colour. We used this material to create several beautiful items.
A love seat, an exquisite conference table, several designer chairs, wood storage bins, hand-crafted mirrors, a suspended wooden floor throughout the home. The centerpiece of the home is a 15 feet tall Burmese teakwood Library! And the piece de resistance: a staircase handrail that looks like an unfurled cloth frozen in time!