Kavya Sheth of Studio Ruh contrives a culturally rich home for art connoisseur and curator Radeesh Shetty.

Spread over the second floor and terrace level, the Open-Plan Residence is the resultant of a tryst with Tropical Modernism. Adding much-heightened character to the outdoor terrace are a bespoke red cow sculpture and suspended bronze horse figure alongside furniture by Beruru and The Purple Turtles.

All photographs are styled by Samir Wadekar and shot by Gokul Rao Kadam. Content reference: Lavanya Chopra

At Studio Ruh, every design journey is speckled with a myriad of experiences, a penchant for impeccable detail, and the zest to create sensorial narratives. Founder Kavya Sheth pursued her Masters in Interior Design at her alma mater Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milan. After being mentored in the light of industry stalwarts across Milan, Reggio Emilia, and Bangalore, she founded Studio Ruh in 2018 with the predilection to create meaningful spaces that bear and exude soulfulness, devoid of mundane trends.

An evocative jewel box for culture and memory, this renovated townhouse by Studio Ruh in Bangalore is all about creating a tropical modernist aesthetic. Home to co-founder and director of The Purple Turtles, and Beruru, Radeesh Shetty, it is layered with impeccable finds and tranquillity in every corner.

Sprawled over the second floor and terrace level, the Open-Plan Residence has been breathed to life with an articulate penchant for detail, art, heritage, and is the resultant of a love affair with Tropical Modernism. Celebrating the owner’s love for travel and priceless curios, the home has been reimagined from the grassroots level by Studio Ruh’s Kavya Sheth, Vasundhara Shiva Kumar, and Priyanka Singh.


“The guiding impetus was to create a haven where warmth and comfort assumed centrestage”, says Kavya Sheth. In the living space, a sofa by Create your Couch and centre tables by Portside Café are defined by a textural rug from Jaipur Rugs.

Each design move was made in tandem to create a space that was an extension of Shetty’s requirements and identity, allowing the Open-Plan Residence to reveal itself as a true labour of love. Reminiscent of the design geniuses of Geoffrey Bawa and Minnette de Silva, this home derives its inspiration from the mystic islands of Sri Lanka. The intent was to allow nature to devour the home in its entirety; a residence where the glinting sunlight, pattering Bangalore showers, fluidic spaces, and lush indoor landscaping embellish the home lusciously.


The residence frames arresting vignettes of the inside and outside coupled with the client’s comfort at its heart. The live-edge table has been sourced from Puducherry, while an asymmetric chandelier from The Purple Turtles hangs above.

“We reanalyzed the spatial layout of the residence wherein the living spaces, dining, kitchen, and stairwell to the terrace have been physically connected; this allows the blueprint to unveil itself, drawing a fresh breath and opening its arms to a complete transformation,” shares Kavya.

The home breathes an anomalous vignette framed by a balance of indoor and outdoor spaces, keeping the homeowners comfort at its heart. Solid wood, natural cane, concrete, and stucco on the walls are the leitmotifs in the design fabric of the home that renders it an earthy look. Celebrating raw and tactile materiality, the space is dotted with artefacts, planters, and statement objects, coming to life amid lush greenery speckled both indoors and outdoors.

An avid art collector, Radeesh’s curatorial escapedes have taken him far and wide; his love for heritage and artistic elements is mirrored in this home. Radeesh’s homegrown brand The Purple Turtles and Beruru were instrumental in sourcing statement furniture, bric-a-brac, and other décor objects adorning the corners of his home. For example, the cane and dark wood stained bed and the reimagined nightstand has been curated from Beruru, while the plush upholsteries, and antique trunks have been curated from The Purple Turtles.

The home’s design metamorphosis is driven by harnessing maximum natural light, creating a seamless flow between zones, and keeping a fluidic atmosphere alive.


The neutral canvas of the space is punctuated by rich hues of maroons, olives, and the warmth of rattan in the form of artifacts, upholstery, and indoor greens.

Congruent with the overruling Tropical Modern theme, this open-plan residence packs in impactful design with a spirited ode to the homeowner’s experiences, wistful design ethos, and an artistic identity that is an honest expression of the connoisseur’s reflections.

“This project is a testament to the fact that a trust-driven collaboration and a shared vision for spaces can manifest into a physical resultant that redefines what the quintessential abode is for a user. This home is for the heart and eyes of a connoisseur of craft and needed to be the most honest expression of all that Radeesh finds his calling in. It is an ode to his practice, his experiences, and all things that are meaningful to him as a homeowner, all swathed in bespoke tropical prowess,” concludes Kavya.”