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Arzan Khambatta: A home sculpted to perfection

arzan_khambattaSculptor Arzan and wife Khushnuma Khambatta along with their two kids Pezanne (14) and Tianna (11) occupy an 850 sq ft apartment with a small garden. “Our home seems small now that the kids are growing up because they want more space,” says Arzan about his cherished space in Dadar Parsi colony.

By Marina Correa / DNA

The home has seen much transformation from being only a one-room apartment when Arzan used to study for his SSC exams to becoming his studio years later and finally, a ‘propah’ home with four living members occupying it. The living room is understated because the sculptor creates art which he doesn’t want staring him in his face in his home too. Faun faux leather sofas, a tree-bark shaped dining table base with a six-seater, a Sunil Padwal painting with a casually draped rope light makes for an interesting talking point in their living room.

At the entrance of his house lie a wooden elephant and a frog statue picked up from Bangkok which actually croaks when you stroke its body with a wooded bar. A Tanzanian ebony figurine displaying tribal folk art has a base which Arzan made because it was “light-weight and would topple over”. Since the drawing room is small, a cleverly placed mirror covering one entire wall makes the space appear larger than it is.

The bedroom walls are maroon with one wall painted a deep purple, showing off the couple’s funky side. An 8,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that took Arzan almost a year to solve has been stuck onto a board and framed on one of the maroon walls!

The house sports yellow halogen lighting and there’s metallic Spanish tiles in the drawing room, whereas the Khambattas have warm wooden flooring in their bedroom. The grill design on the main door matches with the palm fronds outside. The children’s bedroom has become a storage room with them sharing the master bedroom.

So what is the family’s Sunday routine? “We all enjoy a home-cooked dhansak at a leisurely pace. After that I go to the workshop and then go cycling around the neighbourhood. In the evening our family either watches a DVD or we all play board games,” he says.