The Minimalist Luxurious Interior of This Show-Flat in Surat Oozes Understated Elegance, Subtle Colours, and Less Visual Clutter | Utopia Designs


The client of this 4BHK show-flat for Tower B of Sangini Arise in Surat desired clean-lined and fuss-free interiors, which gives a sense of expanse. To meet the client’s requirements, Ar. Apurva Desai, Id. Bhavin Swami, Id. Urvakhsh Chichgar and Id. Vipul Nakrani of Surat-based Utopia Designs opted for a minimalist luxurious interior dotted with a subtle colour palette, simple geometric forms and slim profiles. The design team shared more info about the serene and restful warm interiors of this home with SURFACES REPORTER (SR): 

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The programme of this open-plan crafted narrative was kept intact. Rather than the more popular sequential orchestration of public, semi-public and private zones, this one splits the linear site lengthwise into a public/semi-public zone to the left of the entry and a private zone to its right, resulting in a more interactive environment. 

sangini-arise-utopia-designsThe former, comprising the living-dining and kitchen, are constituents of a unified volume in which demarcation of different functionalities has been achieved primarily with the help of furniture grouping. In the case of the living and dining areas, spatial segregation is also effected through a half-height partition featuring a solid lower half supporting a simple frame at the top.

Minimal Material Palette

Materiality is commensurately restrained and minimal but employed using a variety of surface finishing techniques that create striking tonal and textural shifts.


White Ash, mild steel, and Italian stone dominate the selection in which glass and concrete micro-topping play supporting roles. The material articulation is confident and striking, expressed as clean-lined, light-profiled forms that adhere to the central idea of simplicity and minimalism. The application also serves to unite different functionalities, creating cohesive sub-plots within the overall narrative. 

On the wall common to the entrance foyer and the living-dining section, for instance, White Ash unfurls its subtle beauty, installed as a grooved surface punctuated by inlays of metal strips. In the cantilevered TV console placed against it, a slim MS plate functions as a top, while sleek metal frames support wooden display shelves.


Similarly, in one master bedroom, a texturally-rich, fluted Italian stone expanse travels from the bed-back wall, across a glass wall, into its ensuite bathroom, while in the other, micro-topped concrete performs the function of tying the sleeping area to the respective bathroom.

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sangini-arise-utopia-designsThe modern-contemporary shell rendered by urbane material applications holds within it a layered, nuanced narrative composed of a curated selection of furniture, artwork, light fixtures, and textured soft furnishings. This line-up was painstakingly vetted and handpicked after ensuring that it was in harmony with the decided design theme.

The Living and Dining Area

The highlight is the wood-clad wall with metal inlays. This primary design element also functions as the TV unit wall with slim metal-and-wood shelves and an MS plated- topped console.

sangini-arise-utopia-designsThe living area is separated from the dining area by a simple frame, with a solid lower half.

First Master Bedroom

Positioned near the entrance, the master bedroom features a continuous fluted Italian stone wall running from behind the bed to the bathroom.


This functions as a unifying element. Another highlight is a swivelling partition with mirror, also clad in Italian marble, that stands at the junction of the dressing area and the bedroom. This way, the unit can be used from both areas.


Second Master Bedroom  

This private space with a balcony is distinguished by the generous use of micro-topped concrete on the walls of the sleeping area as well as the vanity of the bathroom — an example of using materials to establish linkages between areas, again.

sangini-arise-utopia-designsThe series of metal strips running on the wall near the bed conceal a built-in light — exemplifying practical style.


The wash basin area of the ensuite bathroom features a bespoke basin crafted from Italian marble.

sangini-arise-utopia-designsThe shelves of the vanity are topped in micro-concrete.

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Third Bedroom

A grooved wall with intermittent inlay of metal strips anchors the narrative of this room. Metal also makes an appearance in the shelves of a sleek, lattice-like display unit complete with an obround mirror.


Guest Room

The room is geared to put the pickiest of guests at ease. The pale blue wardrobe conceals ACs behind grill-like shutters overhead.

sangini-arise-utopia-designsThe TV/display unit is fashioned out of metal and features a louvred section mirroring the wardrobe.

About the Firm

Utopia Designs is an architecture firm set up in the year 2007 in Surat, Gujarat. The practice is a group of concordant professionals with the dynamic thought process to achieve the goal of the utmost importance “Customer Satisfaction” in the field of residential, commercial and institutional projects. It has built up a profound feeling of comprehension of customers’ needs and also developed an inventive methodology, blunder-free tasks and frameworks have brought about financially reasonable arrangements.

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(From L-R) Ar. Apurva Desai, Id. Bhavin Swami, Id. Urvakhsh Chichgar and Id. Vipul Nakrani 

Project Details

Project: Tower B Show-flat for Sangini Arise
Location: Surat
Area: 2,900 sq ft
Principals: Ar. Apurva Desai, Id. Bhavin Swami, Id. Urvakhsh Chichgar and Id. Vipul Nakrani 
Design lead: Shivani Mehta Desai and Mitali Desai
Photography: Ishita Sitwala

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