In Focus: Rooshad Shroff's New Gallery in Mumbai
Rooshad Shroff , a boutique firm practicing across the design spectrum, inaugurated their new gallery in November of 2020, ensconced between two clients’ premises; the Hermès and Louboutin Boutiques at Horniman Circle, in Mumbai’s heritage quarter.
It’s worth noting that this recent acquisition is the erstwhile Louboutin press office, which the firm set up a year after completing their store in 2014 .
The new space offers picturesque views of the historic Asiatic Library, and serves the purpose of both a gallery and an office, its layout allowing for two distinct areas. As one enters, it opens out into a large chamber with tall ceilings, used to showcase our furniture and lighting products. Set perpendicular to this chamber is a linear gallery overlooking the garden and the Asiatic Library, with a conference room at one end, an open-design office area in the middle and a cabin at the rear end, which features a corner window. In addition to the heritage views it offers, the entirety of this area is flooded with an abundance of natural light.
In terms of design language overall, the firm tried to retain the architectural signature of the building and introduced the arched elements of the facade into the interior. The material palette employed consists of marble and light wooden flooring, with pale grey walls that provide a suitable backdrop to showcase both the furniture and marble accents. The use of mirrors help open up the space considerably, and they line the inside of all the arched doorways connecting the gallery to the office.
The idea behind the space design was flexibility, allowing for exhibitions and events as required, particularly when collaborating with different designers and artists. The mix of RooshadSHROFF furniture, lighting and products is, of course, a reflection of our aesthetic.
The artwork from Rooshad Shroff’s personal collection has been paired with the furniture to add a slightly residential touch, so clients can gauge the pieces within a similar environment. Artist prototypes — marble inlay plates by Venkanna and Tanya Goel, featured in The Gyaan Project — also adorn the gallery and office areas respectively.
About the Firm: Rooshad Shroff
Founded in 2011, Rooshad Shroff is a boutique firm based out of Mumbai, India. With an established practice across the design spectrum, ranging from architecture to interiors and bespoke furniture, the studio has carved out a niche for itself based on the philosophy of integrated design, with a special focus on artisanry and high end luxury. Cultivating an intimate work ethic, which offers clientele the utmost attention and confidentiality is an absolute prerogative, as is prioritizing quality over quantum of work.
Over the course of a decade, RS has undertaken projects not only across the country, from New Delhi and Jaipur to Hyderabad and Goa, but abroad as well, in cities such as London, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi. Afforded the opportunity to make a mark on such a geographically diverse scale, the practice has won national and international acclaim, with projects featured in numerous media publications across the board. Rooshad Shroff has been named Elle Décor International Design Award (EDIDA) Designer of the Year (India) 2017, is the recipient of the NDTV Architecture and Design Award 2015, the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) Award 2018, and the Good Homes Award 2015, to name a few, as well as a recurrent placeholder on Architectural Digest India’s AD50 and AD100 lists year on year.