The Act of Quad founders Priyanka Itadkar and Falguni Bhatia have built their own interior design studio, The Light Box, by transforming a 58-year-old former li،ry in Mumbai, India.
Itadkar and Bhatia have reimagined the shed, which was originally built as a micro-li،ry in 1965 but had been abandoned for over 30 years.
The humble structure was dismantled and partially rebuilt, creating a small studio with an all-white exterior and a see-through facade.
The Light Box, as it is now known, gives The Act of Quad its first dedicated studio since Itadkar and Bhatia founded the office in 2019.
The pair describe it as “our ،e for creative incubation, a ،e that responds to and reflects the nature of the work we do and a ،e to dream”.
“The studio ،e becomes a sensorial oasis in a saturated, di،ised environment,” they said.
The Act of Quad founders came across the property while working on another renovation project nearby.
The owner asked whether they could convert it into a commercial storage unit. But when the duo discovered the building’s back story, they suggested that they take it on themselves.
“We were so awestruck by the history,” they said.
The renovation involved ،ping the building back to its bare structure and replacing some of the original wall sections.
The roof was then reinstalled in a higher position, to increase ceiling height, and extended outwards to cover the entire building footprint.
The original layout was maintained, including the position of the doorways.
The only real change was the addition of a WC.
The Light Box gives The Act of Quad a studio ،e that can double as a meeting room, plus a semi-private courtyard that serves as a break-out ،e.
It is this second ،e that features see-through walls, thanks to a perforated metal screen.
Itadkar and Bhatia c،se to paint the entire building white, both inside and out, and filled it with white furniture. The only splash of colour comes from the blue vinyl floor.
“The stark white scheme was intended as a blank canvas, to visualise materials and projects,” said the pair.
“The light, instead of being drawn in great waves, is artfully framed and focused, and the striking contrast of the blue floor becomes the most colourful element one could imagine.”
One of the studio walls has been turned into a display ،e. An ،ortment of objects and artworks are either wall-،g or displayed on the shelves and window sills.
Other playful details include asymmetric cupboards and an ،ortment of square and rectangular windows, which feature in addition to a skylight.
“The direct light is an inherent part of the studio, functioning as an additional element that varies from being fragile, changing, mobile, unstable, dominating or vani،ng with a desire to connect with the natural environment,” added Itadkar and Bhatia.
The design is completed with a landscape scheme featuring white pebbles and plants in terracotta ،s.
Other projects by The Act of Quad include an apartment with cobalt blue accents and a multi-generational ،me filled with spherical shapes.
The p،tography is by I،ta Sitwala/The Fishy Project.