Charles Correa loathed curtains. He did not much care for conventional seating either, but was particular about the way spaces were lit, preferring natural light to filter through traditional bamboo blinds. As the day wore on, his attention would turn to dimmers to soften the shapes of interiors. Little escaped his exacting eye; it was typical of his creative energy that often, on entering the homes of friends, he would offer to adjust the lighting scheme. And such was his persuasive charm that he would then coax them to rearrange the furniture and objects as he imagined their placement. Inevitably, the result looked better.
Many of the design principles espoused by this visionary modernist architect—who passed away last year at the age of 84—are visible in the three-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot apartment that he and his wife Monika, magical weaver of art tapestries, acquired in 1968 and where they raised their two children. It is in an early Malabar Hill residential cooperative, which Charles was commissioned to build. Despite the area’s altered appearance—and his own zest to constantly adapt and experiment—it has survived with remarkable elan. Their home brims with memories and memorabilia, the abiding love of family and friends, and the ritual of Sunday lunches, when he would whip up a chicken dish of his own invention, made with beer, vegetables and rice, triumphantly served alongside White Russians.
Here is a Sneak peak into Charles Correa’s home in Mumbai. See Inside Pics:
Behind a living-room divan, terracotta sculptures from Gujarat stand against a photograph of the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ahmedabad, designed by Charles; flanking a cushion made from a Picasso print are others made by Monika from political banners of Indian prime ministers.