Aamir Khandwala and Atif Toor’s Updated Post-War Cooperative Tour

The living room wall on the left is now painted in Farrow & Ball’s “Vardo,” replacing an earlier David Hicks mural for the walls. The brass coffee table combines an Italianate base from the 1950s and three round metal trays from Morocco, Egypt and Iran.
Photo: Jacob Snavelli

The idea of ​​a frozen home in time … is very attractive to me, because that is how I was brought up, ”admits the interior designer Amer Khandawala. “My parents’ house in Karachi hasn’t changed in 43 years.”

However, after living in this one-bedroom co-op in Cape Town for over a decade with his partner, artist and creative director, Atif TourAfter making mostly minor tweaks, they decided it was time to really change it.

The place’s first renovation, in 2008, was really more of an intrusion into the design. There were heavy moldings, terracotta-colored walls, an orange kitchen with Formica green countertops, a gold bathroom, and unattractive fixtures in the bedroom. “When we first saw the apartment,” Khandwala told me when I spoke to them. After renovation in 2013“It was cluttered and cave-like, with brown plaster walls and heavy molds of lace. He begged to be stripped until his bones were clean and fresh.”

Which they did. Then, last year, they decided to reconsider what they had done before. He started with a clearing adjustment of all the artwork, furniture, and little things. Everything they didn’t keep was donated or handed over to family and friends, so nothing was thrown away. Then they took a closer look at not only what the apartment looked like but also how it feels, inspiring new furniture choices, and how to use the built-in space. For example, “We had these chairs that were not comfortable, and we had these sofas that were not comfortable,” Khandwala says; Everything has been replaced.

Khandwala has recently begun to practice and practice Urdu calligraphy every day, and Toor paints his paintings – “Atef’s artwork is the product of his mental practice,” Khandwala notes – on their dining table.

Khandwala says the apartment’s story is “the story that we as creators live in New York City,” “thriving in our ever-evolving space and using it as a haven to inspire and energize.”

“It is a very rich moment upon entering this dark sea lane,” Khandwala says of the reconstructed entry hall depicted in Benjamin Moore’s “Gentleman’s Gray.” He designed this aluminum wall hanging cabinet that does double duty for extra storage. The artwork above the cabinet is a piece of resin on a painting of their late friend Dan Blair. “We call the runner the Rothko runner,” Khandwala says of the rug found at the Hibson Art Gallery in Lahore, Pakistan.

The custom-designed daybed inspired by Donald Judd is now a proud spot in the living room and can be used as a guest bed for visiting nieces and nephews. The wall was intentionally left open to make space for Toor to create new art for their home. The modern chairs of the 1950s are Italian and purchased from L’Art de Vivre.

Tor, left, works on an iron table created as a gift from artist Cristina Z. Antonio. Khandwala, right, is pictured working on his calligraphy on a mid-century modern desk from Good Dog Antiques in Providence, Rhode Island. Large mixed media artwork on the wall by Toor.

The bedroom wall is decorated with a Toor mural created with Sumi ink and Japanese calligraphy brushes. “These drawings are inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s botanical prints,” Khandwala says. The bed cover is a red Suzani car purchased in Lahore. He painted Toor miniatures in the style of Kangra during a RISD semester abroad at the National College of Art in Lahore.

The kitchen cabinets are now painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. Cabinets are manufactured by Michael Lyon, which has been completely renovated. Calcutta marble countertops. Magnetic panels make it easy to display inspirational materials.

The bathroom was redesigned with a dark gray waterproof plaster finish on the walls and floor by Philip Vuletic. “It reminds us of our free time in Morocco,” Khandwala says. The sculptural light above the sink is from Conran Store.

Pictures Jacob Snafeli

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