DESIGN FIND: LAKSHMAN SAGAR

I’m unlikely to find myself in Raipur anytime soon but if I were, this Sewara property is exactly where I’d be taking up residence. A once 19th century hunting lodge of its namesake, the Thakur of Raipur, Lakshman Sagar was restored and designed by architects Vasant and Revathi Kamat with interiors by Sahil Bagga and Sarthak Sengupta.

A haveli and veranda were turned into the mardana and zenana (men’s and women’s quarters), though in this case gender-inclusive public areas of the resort while 12 new mud and stone cottages were built to accommodate guests. The gorgeous pool is carved out of rock literally guided by fissures in the geological formations.

Taking inspiration from day-to-day life in the crafts heavy region, the materials used for both building and interiors were sourced locally, as Lakshman Sagar adopted an eco-sensible “zero kilometre” approach in its design and ethos.

Design duo Sahil & Sarthak created hand crafted furniture that reflects the village of Raipur such as chairs based on clothing worn by women from the Raika Rabri community and hunting trophies made from plough ends and a grain strainer, both seen above.

Though Lakshman Sagar offers glimpses of local culture and traditional Rajput customs in its design, the luxurious heritage resort feels fresh, young and modern.

Images © Anshuman Sen / Tanuj Ahuja for Elle Decor / Sahil & Sarthak / Sewara