Mahiman- An Amalgamation of Inherent Art Values and Spirituality | Surat | Kritnam.Atelier


Maher Desai led the architecture and design firm Kritnam.Atelier has conceived and realized this Mahiman- a residential house in Surat for a family, who strongly believes in the values of spiritualism with modern living. Thus, they named it Mahiman - a Sanskrit word which means ‘Increasing values at will’. The house has inherited the values of art, which enhances the beauty of the house. All the paintings that have been kept in the house are almost 30 to 40 years old and done by the late father of the owner. It was the keen desire of the owner to preserve all the paintings in his new house. The designer shared more information about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Read on:

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This home is built with the minimalist concept, and this design language is followed everywhere in the house. The architect skillfully merged the interior language with minimalism and dignity of living with spiritualism.

Moods and Materials  

White ash wood was used as a base material for this house. The idea behind that was to maintain the volume of space and create an ambiance of peace of mind.


The designer used a play of hues in fabric and furnishings and texture on a vertical surface, which gives an earthen taste to it. Everything in the house blends into one language, with the maintenance of its own identity and importance. The language reflects in the center table, wood panel, light fixture, seating elements, etc.  


The design pattern/language is portrayed as creatively as possible such as the black groove pattern of the main door that is reflected from the safety door, the black handle of the stained wood formed from the wood waste. A thin pair of wooden bars have also maintained and harmonized the interior with the floating side table of the sofa and TV unit. 


In the whole apartment, the lighting fixtures developed on the existing slab and pull-out from the pattern so there are no false ceilings at all. 

An Artistic Touch with Black Colour

In this house, a touch of black colour is perceived artistically and well balanced with other compositions. Dining, side table furniture top finish with black stone for maintaining free purpose.  

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The texture paint gives an earthy taste that enhances the ambiance of the house. All wooden handles carved out from wood wastage and boldly expressed with stain black.

The Warmth of Wood

A furniture unit finishes with treated veneer and wood, behind the intense to feel each grain of wood and maintain the material authenticity.


A crafted chair inspired by the Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner enhances the beauty of curves, wood patterns, and craftsmanship. The number plate of the house is inspired by Braille Lippi, just count the circle and you will get the number of the house.


The budget of this house was limited, so everything in the house is made enough of necessities so the idea/design of this house was crystal clear from the beginning, So this idea was developed and finalized in a 3D model. Interestingly, a zero number of drawings had been created for this project, all detailing work has been done through a 3D model and executed.

Project Details

Project Name: ‘Mahiman’
Designing Firm: Kritnam.Atelier, Surat
Lead Designer: Maher Desai
Fabric and Furnishings: Hiral Desai
Mahiman’ name calligraphy and Digitised: Maher Desai
Project Location: Surat
Area: 1350 sqft
Photo Credits: info.yellowframe


Maher Desai, Founder Principal, Kritnam.Atelier

About the Designer: 
A qualified interior designer, gold medallist  from School of Interior Design affiliated with Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat in 2015 by securing the highest merit besides winning Best Thesis in Interior Design with gold medal. Best 3D visualising software skill of the year.and Student of the year 2014. Prior to starting his own firm, Kritnam Atelier, Surat, Maher has worked with Samira Rathod Design Associates SRDA, Mumbai and 6 years with Ar. Snehal Shah, Essteam, Surat. " My vision as an artist, designer [which art legacy inherited from my late father and learnt from my mentor snehal ], is to understand the lifestyle of the society in depth and to enliven each of their spaces with a touch of art, which will strengthen the inner relationship emotionally," he adds

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