“At the end of a tiring day when we come home, we like to relax in an ambiance that soothes us and gives us a serene feel,” says artists RM Naeem and Sadaf, his wife.
From a four Kanal house, the couple has moved down to a smaller one of 10 Marlas only. “No issues!” the couple says. Situated off the canal, the house is constructed in square shape that makes the place look big and spacious. Their brown brick house is built at the end of the lane, giving them independence. The glass French windows are constructed perfectly opposite each other permitting cross ventilation, letting the cool breeze from the canal freshen the house effortlessly.
The house has its own unique beauty. When I visited them I expected a huge bungalow with an expensive gate. I thought the drawing room would be styled with Victorian furniture and glass tables fully adorned with crystal pieces from around the world.
The moment of truth; there are very few artists whose place I have seen such as that of Collins David – (very contemporary mostly in blacks and whites), but somehow I’ve always had this one picture in my mind – the house of Frieda, crazy Mexican artist – as shown in the Hollywood blockbuster based on her life. Somehow I expected the same at Naeem’s place; maybe a courtyard with a fountain and sculptures all around bringing life into the ambiance.
“You must have noticed we’ve kept no crystal decoration pieces. In fact, some of the stuff we have actually cost us PKR 10 only. What we look for is beauty, aesthetics and that has nothing to do with buying expensive stuff” – R M Naeem
Their philosophy is ‘less is more’ although the house is not at all the minimalist type – its very artistic and quite contemporary – no Mughal / Victorian touch to it. As you enter the wooden door – a small foyer decorated with small decoration pieces opens into the hall that is practically divided into a drawing room and a dining room. Everything in the house is made for comfort – besides them they have their son, niece and nephew living there. The interior is arranged in such a way that it gives maximum space to move around easily. The design of the furniture is Japanese inspired – the height is comparatively higher so that it doesn’t give stress to those with knee or back problems and wide enough to sit comfortably.
Warm colors are used to create an aura of serenity. Every piece of furniture, blinds and decoration complement each other in perfect harmony. Two sculptures placed near the French-type windows feel as if they are guarding the house.
This house is a complete art gallery. Each masterpiece breathes life into the overall design. An antique radio, about 80 years really stirs the moods with its technically amazing sound. A center table in the drawing room with square divisions in it is a masterpiece for sure. Each division is a storeroom of precious mementos including an old watch of Naeem’s father, some trinkets, personal relics from nowhere and a small teddy. This is not all. While their lifestyle philosophy is ‘less is more’ they intend to load this particular table with mementos as years go by. Warm colors and Artistic touch makes this house a master piece in itself but this piece of furniture will live on to tell the story of Sadaf and R M Naeem