Wabi-Sabi Interiors

Designer Sathvika Ketha has initiated the Wabi Sabi concept to emphasise simplicity with the use of eco-friendly and earthy material to elevate this home interiors.  

Open hallways, a swing to demarcate private and semi-private spaces, age-old teak accents, wooden furniture intertwined with jute in made to order designs, clay tiles in delightful patterns and colours and large rustic clay pots brimming with bright flowers define this 2500 sq ft house in Hyderabad. Sathvika Ketha, the architect and owner of the eponymous studio, has resorted to sustainable materials and eco-friendly techniques to alternative quick and budget friendly factory-made solutions using synthetic and artificial materials neglecting the fact that such methods often have adverse environmental impacts.

Sathvika names this residence the Wabi Sabi home. “With roots in Zen and the Way of Tea, Wabi Sabi teaches you to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity, and accept the transient nature of all things. It inspires you to simplify everything and concentrate on what truly matters,” she explains.

From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to aging with grace, Wabi Sabi teaches you find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life. And it is this simplicity that the designer aims to highlight with the design of the interiors here.

The tile design with encaustic full-body tiles has been custom made to match the colour scheme and concept of the house providing connectivity between the spaces in the common area.

To make the space feel lively and energising, a bright colour palette has been chosen for the kitchen where home makers spend most of their time, explains the architect. “We have used fluted glass shutters for the storage shelves for the space to feel visually lighter along with strip lights that highlight the crockery placed inside,” she says.

The main bedroom has a DIY wall art piece made out of a tree branch covered in a fabric with kalamkari art composition with wildlife theme.

“Each space in this house has a different story to tell. Here in this bedroom, the theme revolves around natural fabric, adding different textures to the space. Wardrobe shutters made out of jute, cane woven bed headboard, hand embroidered curtains, ikkat wall decor pieces, recycled bottle lamp and other soft furnishings and decor used in this space complement one another in their colours as well as textures,” says Sathvika.


PROJECT TYPE : Apartment
LOCATION : Kondapur, Hyderabad, Telangana, 500033
AREA : 2500 Sq.ft, 3bhk

All Pics Courtesy: Sathvikala Studio

Photography Courtesy: Ricken Desai