The Hutheesing Haveli houses the Hutheesing Design Company (HDC), which offers premium design solutions from the very studios that were established in 1881 by Magganbhai Hutheesing. HDC has painstakingly restored the HDC studios at the Haveli to their pristine glory and equipped them with contemporary facilities to meet design requirements of today.

The Hutheesing Foundation also maintains and manages a wide array of activities on its premises:

  • Museum of Wood Craft
  • Research Centre for Urban Arts / Crafts / Culture / Architecture
  • Art Gallery
  • Resident Programme for Artists
  • Textile Collection

Haveli Restoration Project

Location
Jesingbhai Ni Wadi,
Gheekanta Road,
Ahmedabad - 380001
Gujarat, India.















GROUND FLOOR

The Kamal Kund Chowk - Lotus Courtyard
The flooring of the chowk is in black and white old English ‘carpet tiles’ and the design resembled a water tank filled with blooming lotus flowers, This chowk is often used for performances of classical dance and haveli sangeet, which is enjoyed from the viewing terraces on either side, the grand reception and the sunset veranda. A statue of Ganesha overlooks the chowk from the majestic arch, protecting the haveli and blessing the visitor. There are several offices, surrounding the Chowk and a Puja Room, Treasure and Vaults, which are used for Administrative and official Purpose.


First Floor

The Surya Darbar - The Grand Reception
The main Reception pavilion is painted red and yellow, with a statue of Surya Dev commanding it. The red signifies ‘Agni’– the Fire, and the yellow signifies ‘Prakash’ - sunlight.  Surya Dev was one of our first God, he removes the darkness –ignorance and ego and spreads light - truth and knowledge enlightenment. He symbolizes the beginning of a day and the beginning of LIFE.




The Nav-Graha - Audience Hall
The theme is “Attithi devo bhava” painted in the auspious colours of Gujarat which are Red - fertility and Green – longetivity,. The ceiling depicts Nav – grahas – or the nine cosmic deities - with suryamukhi flowers within gold medallions. On the walls are ‘zardozi’ pichwais’  showing ‘gandharas’ in attendance and ‘apsaras’ playing music. Several marble statues of gods are placed around with ‘deepams’ and ‘pushpams’.

This is my way of interpreting the rigveda saying “the guest is supreme”. To welcome the guest, the room is painted in auspicious colours, the celestial beings have taken their cosmic positions, the devas are enthroned, the gandharas are ready in attendance, the apsaras are playing music while the heavenly beings are lighting diyas and offering pushpanjali! Blessings for a long and prosperous life!


The Padmalakshmi - Dinning Room
The pink colour is of the fresh lotus which Goddess Lakshmi holds in her hand. The ceiling depicts a rich brocade temple sari with lotus buds alternating with gold and magenta strips. The piichwai is of brocade depicting Krishna playing the flute while his cows feed their calfs, there are several wooden flok statues of Lakshmi within the room. The mother feeds and nourishes the family and hence it is the dinning room.






The Narayan Sabha - Leisure Room
The blue colour represents Narayan or Krishna, who is blue! Ceiling depicts waves of the cosmic ocean controlled by his powers and his sudershan chakra! The brocade pichwai on the wall is of ‘Garuda’ in front of which sits a granite statue of Narayan bring peace and justice to the world hence it is the room of rest and leisure during the day.







The Matru Chhaya - Feminine Antechamber
The deep pink, represents the heart of Lakshmi, where the mother nurtures her children and bestows upon them her love and blessings. The painting in the room is of the “fourteen dreams’ that Mahavir’s mother had before he was born, they symbolize every mothers desire for her children to become great human beings. The ceiling has lotus flowers in full bloom alternating with ashoka leaves.







The Pitru Bhava - Masculine Antechamber
The deep blue represents the heart of Narayan - where the father passes on the wisdom, honour and traditions of the family from generation to generation. A room for private discussions.









Prithvi Prabhav - The Study
The green room represents ‘Prithivi’ - The Earth, The ceiling has five golden ‘charkas’ holding four ‘Paath’, these depict the five elements and the four Vedas which composite the Earth. The writing desk and books depict the need and desire for knowledge. The framed brocades have the tree of life in various forms. This room was a favourite of my great grandfather, who would read his books and write poems.







Vidya Sagar - The Staircase of Knowledge
On Earth, it is our desire to achieve ‘Moksha’ and go to Heaven! This can only be achieved by Vidya - knowledge. And as we climb the staircase and get enlightened, we go up and come closer to heaven.









SECOND FLOOR

Utsav - The Morning Lounge
The orange and green pavilion on the second floor signifies the ‘kesuda tree in bloom’ the sign of spring and the blossoming of youth! Birth, Harvest and Prosperity, The time of celebration! - Utsav! It faces east and bursts open with warm sunlight every morning. The oleographs on the walls are by Ravi Verma and narrate scenes from mythical Indian love stories. Reminding us as we worship the first rays of ligh, to live life with love and celebration!




The Sharad Poonam - Evening Salone
The downstairs is dedicated to Surya Dev, and is for the activities of the day, the Upstairs is for Chandra Ma and is devoted to the night. The room is painted in midnight blue suggesting the night, the small mirrors reflect like stars and the Nathdwara pichvais on the wall are of ‘Sharad Poonam’ - the full moon night when Krishna plays the flute and the gopis dance! This is the family room.






The Padma Vibhushan Feminine Suit
Lakshmi rests at dusk and rises at dawn on the lotus, hence the room is painted lavender, the colour of the still lake at this time, the soft pink and green are the colours of fresh lotuses and tender leaves, our offering to our mother for a peaceful sleep and gentle awakening. The ceiling depicts a lake filled with fresh lotuses and tender leaves.








The Shesh Naag Masculine Suit
Narayana rests on the Sheesh Naag, which is depicted by gray and black, the red signifies the ‘tilak’ offered to Narayan and the gold is for his wealth. This brocade more mukut pichvai depicts the peacock feather golden crown of Narayan.








The Sawarna Mukut - Adornment Chambers
The smaller atelier rooms are silver depicting the moonlight with gold brocade canopies, symbolizing the golden crowns of Lakshmi and Narayan. They are fitted with large mirrors and reclining sofas. They are the vanity rooms for introspection, adornment and meditation!








The Naag Narayan Vanity
The black bathroom symbolizes the seven-headed serpent as he entwines around Narayan to protect his modesty during time of his vanity!








Vasant Chowk - The Fountain Courtyard
The open courtyard with a fountain and a Varity of flowers inspire us to solicit peace and happiness. It takes one away form the chaos and commotion that exists outside the estate and delivers one into as Oasis of the heart, mind and soul.

This is how I have tried to tell the legends and tales of our culture, the colours of our life and their significance, the feminine and masculine coexisting in perfect harmony in one entity. The entire haveli is lit by over a thousand diyas and flowers and aggarbattis, these are the offerings from the heart to the evolved soul!