Wood and Beige Interiors Make An Elegant Statement in This Private Residence Designed by Pencil and Monk | Chennai

Wood and Beige Interiors Make An Elegant Statement in This Private Residence Designed by Pencil and Monk | Kerala

This private residence in Chennai was meticulously planned and designed by Siddarth Chandrasekar, Founder and Principal Designer, Pencil & Monk. The interiors depict well-connected spaces and generous wood accents. Further, warm beige tones blend seamlessly with wood, leather, and concrete textures that give a refined and opulent appeal to the abode. Christened Amara Avana, the four-bedroom house sprawls across 4500 square feet and has been crafted to maximize comfort and evoke luxury. Plush furniture, cascading crystal curtains, eye-catching artworks, a magnetic kitchen wall, and state-of-the-art speakers are also incorporated in the design to give the house a luxurious and contemporary feel. The design team has shared with SURFACES REPORTER (SR) more info about the project. Have a delightful read:

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High on Art and Technology 

Amara Avana is a combination of seamless elegance and art-filled grandeur which is high on art, and technology. It was designed by Pencil & Monk, a studio known for its work in personal space design.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterAn exclusive private residence in Chennai, this contemporary design showcases the skill of studio founder Siddarth Chandrasekar and his team in tailoring thoughtful design with consummate skill.

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The four-bedroom house sprawls across 4500 square feet and has been crafted to maximise comfort and evoke luxury. Guided by the homeowners’ lifestyle, personality, and personal tastes, the design studio built a visual narrative of a warm material palette, muted colours and layered with rich ethnic accents.

Striking Sculptural Wooden Wall

When you step over the threshold, the high-octane design makes an immediate impact with an eye-catching sculptural wooden wall lit artfully to capture your attention.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterThe entry foyer is done by using a collection of woodworks put together creating a masterpiece entrance. The design story slowly unfolds, creating a sense of discovery.

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Open Concept Living and Dining Area 

Beyond the louvered slats of a wooden screen lies an open-plan living and dining area. The fluid transition is facilitated by the uninterrupted botticino marble flooring and the generous flow of natural light, which was achieved by breaking open the layout.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterThe luxury is undeniable and articulated in subtle and grand ways: in the plush furniture, the rich material palette and through the cascading crystal curtain suspended from the ceiling.

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Taking the idea of comfort and ease into high gear, Pencil & Monk’s design team built state-of-the-art speakers into the walls of the living room. It has the perfect touch of technology to provide an immersive, surround-sound theatrical experience right at home.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterEnhancing the design further are the various objects d’arte and a vast and diverse personal collection of artworks throughout the house. Either hanging on walls or strategically placed in nooks and alcoves, the artworks make the space more inviting and add a personal accent to the design.

A Magnetic Touch to the Kitchen Wall 

Art, in fact, also makes its way into the well-equipped kitchen in the most innovative way, with a magnetic kitchen wall. "We want a space for our magnetic spice jars, that not only makes it easy while cooking but also adds aesthetic appeal to the kitchen", says Divya.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterThe team chose not to use the regular approach of using a magnetic strip, instead the wall was magnetised by incorporating a mixture of metal grits (used in grit blasting) with cement and plaster. Thus came the beautifully finished magnetic cement wall.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterThe allure of the magnetic wall, an artwork in itself with its Indian block-print impressions, is inescapable as it becomes a backdrop for an array of spice jars. The wall has been built us in such a way that it can be used as a spice and condiment mount.

Organic Materials With Warm Colour Palette

Organic materials – cement& concrete textures were used for the design of the interiors. Textured wood, leather, reclaimed wood, and other unconventional organic materials were also used for the project.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterThe colour palette was kept neutral. The colours were let to blend in with the furniture& paintings. Warm tones like beige merge gracefully with the wooden textures. Most of the colours pop in through the paintings.

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Role of lighting 

A lot of indirect lighting has been used in the house.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterAs the homeowner and designer Siddarth Chandrasekar wanted to give the feel of natural light, just like the way the sun’s rays fall in with the shadows.

Stylish and Functional Floor-to-ceiling Wardrobes

The four bedrooms, distinctly designed to be spaces of peace and solitude, are minimalist but distinct design touches are evident in the floor-to-ceiling wardrobes with patterned surfaces.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterMeticulous design and a sensitive approach to customising design and going beyond the brief is a firm hallmark.

Amara-Avana- Pencil-&-Monk-surfaces-reporterAnd the finely made Amara Avana with its rich, textured opulence is yet another testament to the firm’s innovative design approach.

Project Details

Project Name: Amara Avana
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Interior Design Firm: Pencil & Monk
Principal Designer: Siddarth Chandrasekar
Info and Photo Courtesy: Pencil & Monk

About the Firm

Pencil & Monk is an Interior Design firm, based out of the city of Chennai. The firm is known for its experiential designs. The team has to its credits many projects such as the Taj Sheraton, American Consulate Library, and many other residential projects where the interiors have been designed not just for style and look but also for the comfort of the people dwelling there.

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Siddarth Chandrasekar, Founder and Principal Designer, Pencil & Monk.

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