A unique architecture and design firm in Kozhikode – The New Indian Express

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When architecture and interior design firms are inspired by the tropical modernism of (Sri Lankan architect) Geoffrey Bawa and the spirit of experimentation of (American architect) Frank Gehry, you know exactly what awaits you when you invite them to design your home. So when Kasaragod businessman Abdul Ashraf and his housewife Shahnaz approached Mohammed Afnan and Arun Shekar of Humming Tree in Kozhikode, all they asked for was a house that reflected their love for the art and architecture. The rest was left to the talented architects, winners of the IIID Young Practice of the Year 2020 award.

“We wanted to tell a story about each space. As you can see, every part of the house has a distinctive character, be it materiality, texture, style, color, mood or fabric,” says Shekar, adding, “Our customers have given us a lot freedom to play with shapes and colors. We decided not to follow any standard, which allowed us to mix and match and try to establish a new vocabulary in the creation of space. This is how we designed the whole house together.

The only thing the clients specified was that they wanted a colorful and chic home with a contemporary feel, and without a typical traditional Kerala feel, so Afnan and Shekar worked towards that. Consequently, the decor is cosmopolitan, with a design language that combines funk and functionality.

From furniture to art and accessories, everything stays true to the modern aesthetic. Almost all of the furniture has been customized and has distinct looks like exotic marble tops and matte finish brass legs. Upholstery fabrics come from Ralph Lauren, Zara Home and West Elm, but artifacts were hand-picked at Mattancherry Flea Market and Timothy’s in Kochi. All in all, a house that is at home in any part of the world.

When architecture and interior design firms are inspired by the tropical modernism of (Sri Lankan architect) Geoffrey Bawa and the spirit of experimentation of (American architect) Frank Gehry, you know exactly what awaits you when you invite them to design your home. So when Kasaragod businessman Abdul Ashraf and his housewife Shahnaz approached Mohammed Afnan and Arun Shekar of Humming Tree in Kozhikode, all they asked for was a house that reflected their love for the art and architecture. The rest was left to the talented architects, winners of the IIID Young Practice of the Year 2020 award. “We wanted to tell a story about each space. As you can see, every part of the house has a distinctive character, be it materiality, texture, style, color, mood or fabric,” says Shekar, adding, “Our customers have given us a lot freedom to play with shapes and colors. We decided not to follow any standard, which allowed us to mix and match and try to establish a new vocabulary in the creation of space. This is how we designed the whole house together. The only thing the clients specified was that they wanted a colorful and chic home with a contemporary feel, and without a typical traditional Kerala feel, so Afnan and Shekar worked towards that. Consequently, the decor is cosmopolitan, with a design language that combines funk and functionality. From furniture to art and accessories, everything stays true to the modern aesthetic. Almost all of the furniture has been customized and has distinct looks like exotic marble tops and matte finish brass legs. Upholstery fabrics come from Ralph Lauren, Zara Home and West Elm, but artifacts were hand-picked at Mattancherry Flea Market and Timothy’s in Kochi. All in all, a house that is at home in any part of the world.

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