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Jeweler’s Apartment in Mumbai

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In 2009, when Barack Obama hosted a dinner in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the first lady impressed the guests with her earrings made of amber, diamonds and pink tourmalines designed by Anuj Shah.

Anuj Shah's apartment in Mumbai

Anuj Shah’s apartment in Mumbai

Anuj Shah, a jeweler from Mumbai says, that  it was the best advertising, he could not even dream of. The passion for jewelry is “in his blood”. He grew up in a family of gems merchants. And among their customers was Harry Winston company.

The brand of the young jeweler is called Barmér (in honor of one of the cities in Rajasthan), and his studio is located in a former mill, not far from the apartment where he lives with his wife Amrita and sons Arjun and Shivini. Shah has chosen an unusual place for their home – a skyscraper in Worley district, downtown Mumbai. One of the advantages of the building is the presence of the atrium, which is very rare. The land here costs big money, and usually developers tend to build up every square inch.

The apartment was bought not only without finishing, but also without interior walls, which, according to the owner, was a big plus. According to Shah, the more room for creativity, the better. Anuj invited his longtime friend and his namesake Ashish Shah to arrange the interior. He wanted something like a New York loft.

The starting point for the decorator became a bare concrete ceiling in the apartment. The decorator suggested not to hide it to create the spirit of the Bauhaus. There is a network of copper pipes, which hides the wiring everywhere on concrete ceiling and walls. Among the pipes there are gleaming mirrors that reflect light ceiling spots, and at night create a mysterious shimmer.

The apartment walls are covered with matte, slightly rough plaster. Perfectly smooth surfaces look plastic. To avoid the impression that it is a brand-new apartment, the designer used antique furniture and doors made of the old Burmese teak. Wooden sculptures of horses in the living room are also old. Anuj bought them in Hong Kong, and has spent three days for this.

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