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Having an interest outside of your day job is not unusual. However, it gets rather interesting when the two are remarkably divergent. Munesh Khanna, a name in the investment banking community, is a fine example. When Khanna isn’t working on a big buyout, he becomes an interior designer. His craft took him around the world, exposing him to contemporary design and architecture, and that’s how he was drawn.

In 2019, he started working on his second home. About 100km on the Mumbai-Pune highway is Karjat, and it became the base for what is now Khanna’s labor of love. “My appreciation for design and architecture gave a deep sense of individuality and what one wanted from a second home,” says Khanna. The property, called One Tree Farm, was designed from scratch with the help of his wife and daughter, an architecture student. One Tree Farm sits at an elevation overlooking a bend in the river. “The name comes from a peepul tree that stood on the plot. We had to make sure every room had a view of her and the river,” says Khanna, who completed the design in early 2020.

The house, inspired by Scandinavian architecture, uses design elements such as the fusion of the structure with the environment, the integration of wood and natural materials, natural light, clean lines, neutral colors, etc. . with nature. There are lots of windows. The floor is made of the cheapest Tandur stone in Rajasthan, with the only indulgence being an infinity pool and a Japanese onsen,” says Khanna, a chartered accountant by training. Moreover, although the house is built on two levels on an elevation, only the first is visible. Speaking of home design, he says, “You have Pinterest to thank. It can help you get anything from designs to floor plans.

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