It’s not often that a designer is given carte blanche on a project. So when we heard that Kangana Ranaut’s only brief to Mumbai-based interior designer Shabnam Gupta was a reference image for a timber ceiling, we knew theirs was an exceptional connection. “I trusted her with everything. Later in life, I imagine I’ll have a clearer idea of my taste in interiors, but for now, I just wanted it finished while I was filming,” said Ranaut in an interview with Architectural Digest India earlier this year.
Gupta, who sought design direction from the actress’ nature-loving, pahadi spirit, conceptualized Kangana Heights as a classic mountain home that makes the most of its cinematic location in the resort town of Manali, Himachal Pradesh. For instance, muted-grey, tile-clad exteriors ensure the 7,600-square-foot property blends into its natural surroundings; while French windows visually extend the interiors into the snow-capped Himalayas. Gupta is especially pleased with the lounge room where Ranaut spends some serious downtime. “We created a glass conservatory to make sure she’s close to nature,” says the designer.
“This project is all about weaving a story that has an old soul; a vintage mountain home which has international design sensibilities,” she continues. Gupta achieves this via contrasting material and colour palettes. The heaviness of wood is balanced by a pastel colour scheme. Similarly, the old-world interior design is juxtaposed with modern lines via lighting solutions and furniture. The latter was mainly custom-made on site or sourced from Peacock Life, the furniture label of Shabnam Gupta. The designer also curated a host of high-end lighting and furnishing options from luxury lifestyle labels like Good Earth, Jaipur Rugs and The Kaleido Store.
The result is an abode that’s equal parts sanctuary and party house. More details on the slideshow!
Images: Courtesy The Orange Lane; Lead image: Ashish Sahi for Architectural Digest India.
Ranaut opened her doors to Architectural Digest India for the first glimpse into her home for the magazine's May–June 2018 cover.