Charu was born in Delhi, went to school in Singapore and is now a Riba-registered architect whose practice capitalises on historical and cultural influences. With commissions ranging from London to Shanghai, she creates bespoke interiors for private clients, residential developers and boutique hotels. She has worked with Savills on Elicyon’s projects at the Chelsea Barracks development.
Where do you live?
My partner and I moved to Chelsea in 2015 after living in Notting Hill. We had a clear vision of what we wanted and were lucky enough to find our lovely home after looking at 16 properties on a whirlwind tour in a single day. I’d realised that to balance taking care of my son and growing Elicyon, I needed to be in an area that was better connected both to my studio and to my parents.
Can you describe your house?
It was an interesting challenge to create a home within 12 weeks that we were going to live in for the next few years – a family home, first and foremost. It was a great opportunity to design something new that symbolised a personal journey and showcased our small art and ceramic collection, particularly some of the pieces I have from Indian artists. By using wallpaper, artwork and headboards to create a focal point in each room, we really made it our own.
Do you have a signature design style?
I aim to create considered, curated and characterful spaces. This doesn’t limit us to one aesthetic in an Elicyon scheme, but instead encompasses a standard we use to build on our clients’ vision. Our work is inspired by the story of the property and the people who occupy it. I want to bring exquisite interior couture to life, something that really speaks to a client’s dreams and aspirations for their home, full of personality. Above all, a design must be authentic to the client.