Vicksit’s Vintage Love Apartment in Ahmedabad

Vicksit’s Vintage Love Apartment in Ahmedabad

(Image credit: Aditi Shukla Fozdar)

Name: Vicksit Mehta
Location: Ambawadi; Ahmedabad, India
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years; Rented

It’s nearly six in the evening and in the torrid heat of Ahmedabad’s unrelenting summer, Vicksit Mehta- clad in a tweed jacket and deep-blue silk neck scarf- seems like an aberration. It’s an effect that continues when I step into his modest apartment. He is the Creative Director of one of the world’s largest textile companies, yet there is an unassuming charm and quaint familiarity to his home.

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From the handlebar mustache painted on the front door to the miniature wooden-handled iron propped next to an Yvan Rodic tome, Vicksit’s home is a veritable extension of who he is. His passion for all things vintage has translated into an aesthetic that clothes not just the space and nooks of his home, but also its spirit.

Everything here – from the upholstery ( from flea markets in London) to curios (from antique dealers across the world) and from the crockery (Noritake) to the green tea that he offers me (New English Teas) – is a journey back in time. “I integrate my personal inspirations and my Buddhist spirituality of cause and effect with my work and home. As Jim Jarmusch said, ‘It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to’,” Vicksit says.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Can be summed up in one word— vintage. I love everything that has a heritage, that is classical. Vintage is both a foundation for my personality and a playful punctuation on how I live. I’m both eccentric and authentic, and vintage fits that best.

Inspiration: Old architecture and cultures. Also textiles. I’ve studied fashion, and textiles are the most rewarding part of my work. And I would be incomplete without art, nature, movies, people, and travel.

Favorite Element: The textiles that serve both functional and vignette roles, while adding color to the neutral canvases of the walls and upholstery.

Biggest Challenge: To combine comfort with aesthetics.

What Friends Say: Well, my friends call my apartment the "Mecca of antiques." It makes me feel both invigorated (because my people are important to me) and inspired.

Biggest Embarrassment: That I don’t own the house I’ve lived in for 9 years now!

Proudest DIY: That’s a difficult question. I’ve put together a lot– as a designer, I ‘do it myself’ every day at work and at home. Whenever I’ve accomplished a process to my satisfaction, it brings me an abundance of joy. I can’t quantify joy.

Biggest Indulgence: Antique shopping.

Best Advice: Your home should make you feel happy. Do what you love and what you need to get to that happiness.

Dream Sources: Flea markets and vintage dealers in London/ New York/ Tokyo/ Amsterdam.

Resources

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PAINT & COLORS

Came with the apartment

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LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM

  • Wrought iron furniture: locally sourced
  • Framed textiles: antiques from flea markets in India and Japan
  • Wooden and metal trunks: vintage from flea markets in India
  • Cabinets: salvaged from flea markets, reconditioned for a distressed look
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BEDROOM

"An altar signifies your inner home/heart, and that’s why my prayer altar is in my bedroom," says Vicksit. "The floor lamp enhances the focus on the Gohonzon (object of devotion), while I chant my prayers daily, morning and evening, sometimes as long as 10 hours."

  • Wrought iron bed and side tables: locally sourced
  • Cabinets: salvaged from flea markets, reconditioned for a distressed look
  • Floor lamp, bed linen, and curios: vintage sourced from flea markets in India, London, and Paris
(Image credit: Aditi Shukla Fozdar)

GUEST ROOM

"I love the fact that my guests can see both the day life and night life of Ahmedabad, because the windows overlook the main street. Sometimes, on full moon nights, I sleep here," says Vicksit.

  • Wrought iron bed and side tables: locally sourced
  • Cupboards: came with the apartment
  • Cabinets: salvaged from flea markets, reconditioned for a distressed look
  • Bed linen and curios: vintage from flea markets/antique dealers in India and Tokyo
(Image credit: Aditi Shukla Fozdar)

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