How Upcycled Furniture And Eco-Friendly Choices Shaped The Design Of A Luxurious Penthouse In Cochin | Temple Town

How Upcycled Furniture And Eco-Friendly Choices Shaped The Design Of A Luxurious Penthouse In Cochin | Temple Town

Meera Pyarelal from Temple Town was the designer behind this sophisticated and chic residence situated on the 22nd floor of a tall building in Cochin. The interior of this expansive apartment showcases an elegant blend of exquisite furniture sourced from various corners of the globe, alongside some refurbished antique pieces. This opulent penthouse belongs to Joy Alukkas, a wealthy jeweler. The designer has shared more details about the project with SURFACES REPORTER (SR). Take a look:

Design Brief 

The people who own this place wanted a homey feel for themselves but also enough space to have their big family and friends over. The daughter, who helped with the design, preferred to use old wood and eco-friendly options as much as possible. But the tricky part was finishing all the work in just 90 days.


So, the designer came up with different designs for each room to make sure it felt special. They made a lovely entrance with an old-style table and a sculpture, giving it a formal yet cozy look with antique furniture and lots of plants. There's a pretty chest in the hall with an old mirror and plants that also works as storage. The whole style of the apartment is all about bright colors, beautiful old furniture, and lots of different fabrics to make it look glamorous.

Living Room

In the living room, there's an old door from a building in Jaipur and some fancy chairs with a Kerala style of fabric.

The drawing room has some really comfortable and elegant furniture, including a traditional swing from South India. It's a mix of different classic designs. They added a special touch by including art that's unexpected, making the place more interesting and unique.


The kitchen is custom-made and has a vintage feel, with green cabinets, marble walls, and brass fittings.

They thought the color green would be nice to see in the morning. There's a special area for breakfast that looks really good with nice lights and comfortable chairs.

Dining Area 

The dining room is a mix of classic and fun elements. There's a nice wallpaper and a big mirror that makes the traditional furniture look even better.

They put a special light shaped like a banana leaf over the dining table. The table is set with beautiful dishes, cutlery, and linen napkins.


In the bedrooms, they played with surprising colors and patterns in the wallpapers and furniture. One room has a blue theme with a pretty bed against a tropical wallpaper. There are dried flowers on the wall, giving the room a luxurious feel with silk curtains and velvet seating.

The master bedroom has fancy decorations from Europe, prints from Rome, and lovely bed linens. The balcony has a great view of the city. The guest bedroom has a special wooden panel for the headrest and a calm yet interesting style with beautiful objects and art.

They turned one of the bedrooms into a room for watching movies and studying. It's decorated with old stamps, curtains, and a painted table. It's a cozy place to keep up with what's happening in the world.


The main balcony is filled with potted plants, showing how much they like greenery. There's also a chair that gives a nostalgic feel.

This home is really inspiring, from the pretty decorations to the natural light and lovely furniture. The idea was to make everything feel old, antique, and from around the world, making the space feel special.

Overall, they made a home that represents the family who owns it—warm, welcoming, and really nice.

About the Designer

Everyone thought medicine would be the obvious career choice for Meera Pyarelal, the daughter of a Padma Shri award-winning surgeon; however, destiny had other plans for her. Armed with a Masters in English literature, she discovered her love for interiors while doing up her own apartment way back in 1999. She decided to give it a try and set up a small unit in her husband’s garage 20 years ago, giving wings to her creative side. After two decades of earning a name for herself in the interiors industry, she conceived her own brand — Temple Town — with the aim of designing and manufacturing sophisticated pieces of colonial furniture.

Meera Pyarelal – Founder, Temple Town 

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