– 4th AUG 2017 –
Spanish expat and luxury furniture designer Patricia Fernandez’s sprawling Alipore home occupies the ground floor of an old, colonial-style bungalow with high ceilings, large French windows and retroesque black-and-white chessboard floor. The dramatic interiors-moody, mysterious and bold, brilliantly showcase Fernandez’s creations for her brand Sibarita, while cleverly combining them with collector’s pieces from around the world-a vintage Timothy Oulton chair, a wood-and-lacquer Mongolian cabinet picked up in Singapore and a mirrored mahogany sideboard revived from a crumbling North Kolkata mansion. The space is speckled with bold, statement pieces like an enormous wood-carved statue of an anonymous king from Srilanka that stands near the bar, an 18th century papier mache Buddha from Burma, and a giant, architectural bird-cage (a Sibarita signature piece) imaginatively used as a candle holder.
Done predominantly in black and white, the sizeable bedroom with its lacquered wood Art Deco four-poster bed from luxury furniture house JC Passion, a black Louis XV sideboard with gold trimmings, a burly, dark wood study table and plush black leather chesterfield is decidedly Parisian with a touch of Goth. On the wall behind the bed hangs a particularly striking piece, a black-and-white abstract nude on canvas. “On one of our trips to Brazil, my husband and I spotted a local artist adding finishing touches to this painting, inside a small art gallery tucked in an obscure lane in Salvador de Bahia and I simply couldn’t resist it,” says Fernandez, 38.
The house is a treasure trove of eccentric accessories ranging from dramatic Venetian Mardi Gras dolls and anthropomorphic rabbit dolls to flamboyant hats, a reindeer hide rug from Finland, smiling human skulls (thankfully, an imitation) and a spraypainted door lifted out of Fernandez’s previous apartment. A series of artist Bakula Nayak’s quirky and endearing doodles on vintage papers ranging from old legal documents and store receipts to love letters adorn the walls in the stunning bar-cum-lounge.