This bachelor pad has been one of my favorite projects. I have helped my client Ritesh Dhar with the design of his entire home. This installation features the zen room and den.
The zen room, for meditation, that looks through the french doors that open onto the back patio and zen garden, and to the valley beyond, creates a unity between indoor and outdoor space. I drove that concept home with custom a metal tray for river rock to outline the perimeter of the room and continue out on to the patio. The rusted and sculptural light fixture is centered on the doorway in the the room over a tea table and floor cushions. On the back wall I hung a beautiful slab of Spanish marble called New Verde Chain as art.
The den is the common room where Ritesh wanted to capture the masculine, moody feel of old British colonialism. Think leathers, items collected from cultures from Morocco to India, Persian rugs, rich textures just like you might see in the tents of the the wealthy men who wore pith helmets and hunted lions in the 19th century. Ritesh is a jazz trumpet player and he loves to host impromptu music concerts where he gets to share his music talent with others and hear his friends play. So the space needed to accommodate lots of people, all the while speaking to Ritesh’s eccentric personality. I completely surrounded the room with canvas curtains and wallpapered the ceiling with grasscloth to really bring that cozy tent feeling home. When the curtains are closed the room is intimate and warm, especially when the fire is lit. The custom bar shelves I commissioned further the illusion that they could be taken down off of their leather straps, collapsed and loaded into the steamer trunk for travel to the next oasis.
Photographer: Kerri Fukui
Done in association with cityhomeCOLLECTIVE