When New York–based designer Aamir Khandwala’s well-traveled clients—a couple who also own two Khandwala-designed homes in New York—requested that he design their third residence in Atlanta, the designer knew he wanted the 2,500-square-foot condominium’s aesthetic to be both functional and unique.
Because the Midtown condo would be inhabited only four days out of the workweek, Khandwala and his clients set out to make it comfortable, stylish and not overly fussy. “We wanted to create spaces that are masculine, eclectic, warm, functional and easy to maintain,” he says. “The challenge was to make this apartment different than the rest of their homes, as I was working on all three around the same time frame.”
Inspired by his clients’ favorite colors, the designer infused the condo with modern touches and a palette of blue, black and white, introducing earth tones here and there to add warmth. In the den, for instance, Khandwala incorporated a deep-brown sectional with soft-gray piping and a modular, custom bookshelf (designed through Atlanta’s Made Again) to create a cozy, masculine retreat.
Here, a felt orange chandelier provides a shock of color, but it allowed Khandwala to carry the warm hue throughout the condo. “It’s the combination of all these elements that creates a fun room that feels modern yet comfortable,” the designer says.
The living room—which received a chic but streamlined makeover thanks to a deft combination of playful patterns—takes a similar approach. “I wanted to keep the palette limited to two to three colors but find the right pieces that have a conversation with each other,” Khandwala says.
An antique black-and-white rug from Mazandaran, Iran, creates a striking focal point, its stripes mirrored in a coffee table inlaid with mango wood and bone. Vintage 1970s chairs (blue, of course) serve as comfortable perches to enjoy the condo’s sky-high views, while a pair of rectangular copper tables adds subtle sophistication.
Khandwala carried this deft use of bold, graphic motifs into the dining room, which he designed with intimate dinner parties in mind. With the help of artist Todd Seay, the designer created a color-blocked wall using various hues of blue and gray—Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, Parma Gray and Skylight.
“Since the palette in the living room was black and white, I wanted a little splash on the main wall in the dining area to wake things up a little bit,” says Khandwala. The wall colors are echoed in the drapery and dining chairs, which sidle up to a glass dining table from Restoration Hardware. “I can live in blue, and luckily I have a client who loves it as much as I do,” he notes.
It was only natural, then, that Khandwala carried blue into the master bedroom via a striking accent wall, painted Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, which he also used in the entryway. “I like to play with similar colors and items that may have the same sort of graphic feel,” he says. “I think that by using one element, the interiors become stronger.”
INTERIOR DESIGN Aamir Khandwala, Aamir Khandwala Interior Design; aamirkhandwala.com