Contemporary Classic

The Residence based in the outskirts of Delhi was indeed a large canvas to work on. It has a Zen sensibility to it with a soothing visual appeal, yet is opulent in the picture of vastness it creates, allowing ample opportunities for embellishment.

The brief given was to work on a contemporary feel with some amount of magnificence. Gold Leafing, gold tiles, precious stone inlays and reflective furniture are used liberally within the residence. The residence spread across 2.9 acres boasts of beautifully landscaped gardens, and a swimming pool that intercepts the blanket of greenery. The two storey house is also a haven for artwork. There is a stark contrast as one moves up a level in the house – from the contemporary yet conservative look of the home one graduates to darker colours, artwork with skeletal portrayals betraying an almost Gothic-meets-punk space spread out in a comfortable and luxurious manner.

Elements such as meticulously curated art showing a uniformity of theme unite the fine creative threads meshing together. What emerges is really a fusion. While one might refer to the style as a mix of tradition and funk, Raseel Gujral Ansal herself is happy being called a "contemporary classic" interior designer and as an artist, someone who's ever-changing, forever absorbing and in a constant 'osmosis' mode.