Haute Design by Haute Residence caught up with Tina Ramchandani of Tina Ramchandani Creative (TRC), a full-service design firm that creates modern, sophisticated and relaxed interiors, who gives us an inside look at her latest New York City project. Ramchandani worked closely with the client in curating a space that felt sophisticated and modern with a minimalistic and clutter-free design approach.
What was your inspiration for this project?
My client for this job was a finance professional in his early 30’s who wanted a masculine home with space for entertaining. He wanted a sophisticated environment created for relaxing, that could easily be used for entertaining at a moment’s notice. Our goal was to avoid filling the space with too much furniture, ensuring a clutter-free home that was versatile with room to breathe.
Describe the color scheme?
We wanted the open area to be light, airy and inviting, so we painted it in Benjamin Moore’s Super White, and kept the tones serene by using shades of greys with wood elements. Since the client works long hours, our goal for the bedroom was to create an all-encompassing environment, meant to cocoon the client when he retires to the bedroom at the end of a long day.
What was the biggest challenge within this space?
The office/desk area was our biggest challenge and required multiple renditions to design. Due to the open floor plan, we didn’t have a dedicated area for the desk, so we carved just enough space out of the foyer area. We were careful to choose furniture that was the right scale and positioned everything to flow effortlessly into the rest of the living space.
What is your favorite element in the renovated space? Why?
In order to create a multi-use space, we created several custom pieces. We designed a TV Easel on wheels, that can face both the living and dining and can be wheeled to the side when entertaining large groups. We designed a custom ottoman and resin and metal coffee table on casters, that can be used as a coffee table or small desk regularly, and bar when in groups. We also designed a custom dining table and banquette, to maximize dining seating. All of these together optimize the use of the space.
How is minimalism displayed in this home?
Because of our client’s transient lifestyle, we wanted to avoid clutter and decorate efficiently. Everything has its place to ensure that the tabletops are clear of unnecessary items and everything we used was thoughtfully chosen to decrease unnecessary items throughout the space.