Spaces we Love: Arif and Inderjit's Mumbai Studio

studio space

arif and inderjit chandni posterYou loved the home of artist-duo Syed and Inderjit  that was featured on this blog recently. Today, I bring you the much-awaited tour of their studio, housed in a 1 BHK Mumbai apartment.

While many of us have seen and admired this Chandni poster (right) Bollywood corner, the rest of the studio is also worth exploring! I had the opportunity to meet the talented duo at a local event in Pune (they jointly run a designer apparel brand called Item Number), and I feel this kitsch-retro yet arty funk style in their studio's interiors is so them!

Says Arif, "It's a tiny one BHK apartment in the suburbs of Mumbai. The best thing about this place is it does not have any high rise/building/house or any structure on one side thus making it look big, spacious and so unlike Mumbai congested apartments."

Inderjit and he were very clear about turning their studio into a colour riot palette. Rich, colourful and fun! No wonder they say, they chose the colour Yellow as it represents sunshine, happiness and warmth.

 It also compliments lots of fun arty stuff that they bought for the studio. They have also done a few doodles of Cat, Mouse and Monkeys, with marker pens on the walls while the shifting was taking longer than anticipated. They complimented the yellow walls with transparent camera print curtains to give enough light and protection from the dust while they worked. Neat, I say!

studio space monkeys on wall

The living room is converted into  their brand Item Number's work station cum storage place. They commissioned a row of drawers (the sea blue one with their brand's cushion covers on it) which doubles up as a seat when they entertain clients and guests. It has Arif's  favorite Sridevi starrer Chandii poster on one-side and Inderjit's Oil painting on other. The work table and the chair with complimentary pink faux leather upholstery is from Mumbai's Chor Bazaar.

Arif adds, "The bed room has been converted into my painting studio consisting of my small and big canvases, frames, books, colour tubes, brushes and other material".


I am quite a fan of their work!This is Arif 
at work on one of his paintings
An assortment of painting painting paraphernalia



Religious frames and interesting finds
make for interesting table-top
vignettes



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(Left) Pretty drawer knobs, and (top) Ajantha door handle are some
of the pretty door embellishments the duo has picked on their travels
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The loo is cutesy kitschy with these messages on elephants' behinds

Here are the takeaways from this awesome workspace:
1. Decide the mood you want to set
2. Then decide a color that you think best represents the mood.
3. Accessorize accordingly
4. And if you are into collecting things, incorporate them into your decor - this is what will make your space all yours! Say nay to cookie cutter interiors, especially if you are into a creative line of work.
5. And finally, pour your talents into your space.

What did you like best about Arif and Inderjit's workspace? You were so generous with your comments on their home, and now do the same for their studio!

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