The Mould House, Kolkata
Fluid, organic and intuitive, The Mould House is a home that defies all limitations.
The structure of the space is moulded into curves and contours--spaces are intertwined rather than separated, and the interplay between them is seamless. The essence of design was to play with asymmetricality, blur boundaries, and create a home in which the occupants could truly feel liberated and at ease.
This project was done by Sahil Jain, the principal architect at Morphlab. He explores design through parametricism and digital fabrication, deriving inspiration through travel and travel photography. He constantly seeks out new experiences to enrich his outlook towards the world of design and architecture, and his award-winning studio has projects across the country.
In The Mould House, the concept was based on abstract, organic forms inspired by local clay-craft techniques. The elegance of modern, minimal forms bring life to the apartment, while a keen eye to tradition and the natural environment soften the space with a sense of familiar comfort.
The Kolkata apartment is home to clients who enjoy travel and have a penchant for bold, contemporary design. The aim was to maximize the floor space and enhance the connection between spaces. The moulded organic formations enhance connectivity and provide seamless transition from one space to the other, without compromising on the warmth or intimacy of either.
White marble flooring underlines the space with a subtle elegance, while the walls have a slight metallic accent that mirrors the metal furniture. The white and brass tones exemplify the idea of elegant, subdued luxury, while the bold blue elevates the space.
Sahil has also shared his top 10 picks for rugs, the variety covering classic rectilinear designs, deco inspired to modern Indian as well as rugs that are abstract and geometry based.
The rugs were chosen as a process of natural selection, a missing piece of the puzzle to tone up or subdue the expression of the space that was envisaged.
The Living & Dining
The living and dining areas are placed within the same open plan room, but have been treated as distinct sections, each of which is accented by a patterned carpet.
The Walls & Artwork
The walls are in lighter shades, and accentuated with pops of colour. The high-rise tower is also surrounded by traditional Bengali houses, which are quite colourful. Elements of those were brought in through the artwork and décor, while reflecting the asymmetrical geometry of the apartment.
While redesigning the structure of the apartment, the connection with the outdoors was the focus. Windows were extended to the edges of the room and to the ceiling, to maximize the natural light.