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Picture This: Green Edge
vol 16 issue 09
September 2017
Product Designer: Hella Jongerius
total pages 134
My Space: Studio Amita Vikrant
RS 100 HOME-REVIEW.COM
THE POOL RULES
By Shroffleon
Brick by Brick
By DWG Architects
THE TREE
CONNECTION
Sanctuary Architects redefine the perfect office
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Photo: Cyrus Dalal
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spartan material palette and raw appeal is what drives the
aesthetic in Sanctuary Architects’ office in Bangalore. Perched
on an existing building, this twin storied workspace comprises
of large airy volumes and an open-plan construct which allows
for close interaction amongst its associates (and even with the
encircling trees around).
The collaborative space is largely an exposed structure which
allows occupants to experience materials in their bare form.
The team believes that colour emerges from their work culture,
whilst everything else around should be quiet and earthy,
encouraging creativity.
The ability for exposed brick structures to overcome their rather
basic aesthetic is when there is close attention to detail and
the masonry is executed to near perfection. Dinesh Suthar of
DWG Architects does just that by applying the virtues of brick
architecture to create an undulating facade that becomes the
piece de resistance of a home built in Surat.
Kayzad and Maria of Shroffleon design a home in Alibaug
with a striking infinity pool that holds centre-stage in their
design scheme. From this oasis positioned on its highest level,
the owners get a vantage of their surroundings. Blurring the
boundaries of the built and the unbuilt, Shroffleon have created
a sensible space with a timeless disposition that is a welcoming
marvel nestled deep in the hills.
Anish Bajaj, Editor
anish@marvelinfomedia.com
Simple. Sensitive. Soulful.
The Dr. Reddy Memorial
designed by architect
Sanjay Mohe.
Watch #GetInspired on
www.designowl.com/designvideos Presented by Hafele.
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emails + feedback
Story Sculptures
Memories Revisited
Harvey Brown’s book sculptures featured
in Home Review is one of the most brilliant
innovations I have ever encountered.
I thank Home Review for refreshing my
memories of a recent visit to Cape Town
this year!
By Email
Nishpal Kaur Bhat
By Email
Ramanujan T.
Gothic Grey
Striking
Tejal Mathur Design’s wonderful execution
of the grey-scale palette for the Mumbai
apartment left me bewildering at the gothic
overtones of the home.
The refined space created by DIG Architects
using the volumetric approach and the
concealed storage spaces was really striking!
By Email
T. Gangopadhyay
Let us know what you love and hate
about this issue. Mail us at
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Ayesha Menon
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SAV
By embracing the traditional
techniques and collaborating
with the modern-age systems, SAV
constantly strives to push
the envelope
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The team of Parallax Design Studio loves ‘design’ in
all its manifestations and constantly strives to push
its boundaries in both its projects and products
Cover Story
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Bengaluru-based Sanctuary Architects
& Interior Designers have designed the
perfect office for themselves
Nestled among the lush hills of Alibagh,
Aurelia is located on an envious vantage point;
it aims at total serenity, especially the kind that
celebrates its surroundings
SEptember
46
In the ferocious summers of Surat, DWG Architects
zeroed in on a large brick curtain wall as a device to
deflect the heat of the sun from this bungalow
54
art
form
Yoshitoshi Kanemaki is a Japan based
sculptor renowned for his bizarre yet lifelike
wooden sculptures
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59
By Namrata Jain
62
Hotel Moments Budapest sits advantageously
with St Stephen’s Basilica and the Opera House,
both a short stroll away
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Nicobar is a space one needs to visit not merely
for shopping but to experience a beautiful
amalgamation of contemporary Indian style
and a global Indian spirit
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Renovate & Decorate
Renovate your abodes as festive season
hits town with our latest coverage on
products and solutions across categories of
lighting, paints, wall coverings, home decor
and accessories
Designed by Aangan architects, this charming
farmhouse in Dumas, Surat, far away from the city’s
chaos, is designed to bring in whiffs of fresh air from
its ambient orchards
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Designed by C.F.Moller, Villa Rypen is a symphony
composed of nature and raw minimalism
September
108
Queensland’s tropical strip is home to
some of the oldest continuously
surviving rainforests on earth, which
predate the Amazon forest by millions
of years and boast of flora and fauna
not found anywhere else on the planet
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DUBLIN
A DESIGN DESTINATION
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GREEN
PROJECT
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product
designer
Armed with expert craftsmanship, unrestrained
creativity and a commitment to the best
sustainable building practices, Surfside Projects
designs homes that enable clients to engage
with the outside as much as the inside
Hella Jongerius and her team bring in
unexpected dashes of colour, texture and context
to everyday pieces, making them stand out in a
crowd of product designs
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Eclectic styles, varied themes, upcoming trends
come together in our newly launched segment!
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Editor & Publisher
Anish Bajaj
Creative Director
Natalie Pedder-Bajaj
Virupa Kantamneni
Architect And Writer
Based out of Hyderabad, Virupa is an
architect with a Masters’ degree in
Sustainable Design from UK. She is an avid
blogger, and has been exploring writing
as a passion since her college days. Design
and creative activities run her daily life apart from the young spark she has for
a daughter.
Features Editor
Mala Bajaj
Assistant Editor
Shweta Salvi
Contributing Writers
Chryselle D’Silva Dias
Devyani Jayakar
Dhanishta Shah
Himali Kothari
K Parvathy Menon
Kanupriya Pachisia
Ramya Srinivasan
Shruti Nambiar
Virupa Kantamneni
Designers
Asif Shayannawar
Darshan Palav
Pooja Modak
Snigdha Hodarkar
Priyanka Menon
Writer
Priyanka Menon is a copywriter, lecturer
in advertising and English literature,
poet, and author for HarperCollins and
Juggernaut. When she isn’t busy with
any of these roles, she can be seen at
Starbucks, sipping on white-chocolate
mocha, scribbling in her diary. She lives
in Pune.
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This issue has a total of 134 pages
comprising of a 6 page cover and 128
inside pages.
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Sanctuary Architects
The Tree Connection, Page 26.
Anshul Chodha is an Alumni of MIT, Manipal
and founded Sanctuary Architects and
Designers, Bangalore in 2003. Anshul has
worked on a wide array of projects across the
country and abroad on projects ranging from
Hospitality, Residential to Commercial both in
architecture and interior design.
Shroffleon
The Pool Rules Supreme , Page 38.
Shroffleón is a full service design firm led by
Kayzad R.Shroff and Maria I Jimenez-Leon offering
comprehensive architectural, planning and
consultancy services to civic, municipal, institutional
and private clients. Shroffleón continually strives to
invent and innovative, environmentally responsible
design solutions whilst creating spaces that establish
healthy connections; fluid exchanges between
inhabitants and their environments.
Editor Mr. Anish Bajaj. Published and
Printed by Mr. Anish Bajaj on behalf of
the owner Marvel Infomedia Pvt. Ltd,
B-62, Cotton Exchange bldg, Cotton
Green, Mumbai 400 033.
DWG Architects
Brick By Brick, Page 46.
An emerging team of young architects, led by
Jitendra Sbalapara, Dinesh Suthar and Bharat Patel,
DWG has a vast experience in all kinds of projects –
residential bungalows, apartments, commercial and
institutional. Their design philosophy is innovation,
communication and transparency, adopting a clientdriven approach.
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PAST & FUTURE
E V E N T S
07 17 SEP
Shanghai for Furniture China. Where they believe
huge business opportunities and productive
connections will be established, leading to further
and more profound development.
TO
Helsinki Design Week 2017,
Helsinki
Organized for the 13th time, Helsinki Design
Week spreads around the city and features
more than 250 events between 7 and 17
September 2017. Helsinki Design Week 2017
is to launch the DesignCommons seminar that
allows the audience to have dinner and discuss
with international design stars.
The first published speakers include iconic
architect Winy Maas, technology entrepreneur
with a Nokia background Marko Ahtisaari,
landscape architect Cees van der Veeken and
Studio Swine consisting of architect Azusa
Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves.
The seminar is part of the two-day World
Design Weeks Summit that Helsinki is hosting
for design leaders from all over the world. The
installation series consists of works by Finnish
and international designers and architects and
focuses on the theme of a developing city. In
addition, the programme features more than
150 events by independent organizers, filling
the streets, galleries, stores and museums with
architecture, fashion and urban design.
in Paris. Paris Design Week is an itinerary
uniting 250 participants that all proudly
promote first-rate design in Paris. At a time
when new collections are popping up in stores
and the new concepts for the autumn season
are being launched, the event brings together
the talents and forces of retailers, galleries,
showrooms, hotels and restaurants for eight
days to share their experience in design and
creation with the public.
TO
12Furniture
15 SEP China,
Shanghai
London, England
08 16 SEP
The London Design Festival is another city-wide
event that celebrates London’s thriving design
sphere over nine days. The events are staged at
400 different venues across the city, although
the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum is a good
place to start as the festival’s main hub.
Major features of the event are the
extraordinary projects and installations that
are commissioned throughout the city at
inspiring locations. World-leading architects
and designers have worked on installations at
London’s Southbank, Tate Modern and Trafalgar
Square in previous years.
Maison&Objet 2017,
Paris
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TO
16London
24 SEPDesign Festival,
www.maison-objet.com
TO
For eight days, the event invites French and
international professionals and the general
public to discover the best showcases of design
www.furniture-china.cn
Established to mirror the development of
the Maison&Objet Projets show, this new
themed itinerary invites specifiers and private
individuals with development projects to
enter the participants’ showrooms to meet
interior design professionals – a unique earlyautumn opportunity to start planning home
improvement and décor projects.
www.helsinkidesignweek.com
The sixth annual Paris Design Week, scheduled
to overlap with Maison&Objet Paris, will take
place from Friday 8 to Saturday 16 September
2017.
Growing over two decades, Furniture China
is entering into a new realm of pursuing
quality excellence instead of expanding merely
exhibition scale. By having strict quality control
of participating exhibitors as well as continuous
upgrades of hall layout and services, the
organizers aim to provide an ideal trading
platform for global industry buyers to source
high-quality furniture products and to boost
business opportunities through the exhibition.
Furniture China is an international leading trade
show, which provides a one-stop procurement
platform with high quality furniture products,
which are rich in diverse styles and categories.
In close combination with Maison Shanghai and
Shanghai Home Design Week, exhibitors and
furniture traders are accustomed to coming to
The festival seeks to promote London as the
design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth
year, the Festival will be returning to venues and
institutions across the city between 16th and
24th September, 2017.
www.londondesignfestival.com
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PAST & FUTURE
E V E N T S
22 23 SEP
TO
FOAID India,
New Delhi
FOAID started with the idea of celebrating the
glory of Indian Architecture & Design. Since its
inception, it aims to create a benchmark where
the stalwarts & the future designers share a
common platform to discuss how the design
world has transformed & innovated to create a
future of spell bound figures.
FOAID is a festival of creative minds to meet &
discuss the new facets of the design fraternity.
As the world of Architecture is growing leaps &
bounds, FOAID promises to create something
unique & exclusive for the industry. After
covering varied topics in two years, this year we
aim to touch upon topics which will focus the
future of design space.
The Festival of Architecture & Interior Designing
aims to expand its horizon by making a
conscious effort to gather the Design fraternity
together to celebrate the passion of Design.
Team FOAID awaits your esteemed presence at
the largest Design festival of Creative Minds for
the year 2017.
The Facades+ conference series sponsored by
The Architect’s Newspaper is a robust dialogue
encompassing all things building skin-bridging
the profession, industry, academia, operations,
and ownership. We’ve distilled the best of the
Facades+ 2-day event into a quick-take morning
forum with a strong local flair. Facades+AM is
coming to Philadelphia for the first time this
September. See the full program below.
Facades+AM Philadelphia features a program coorganized with Kieran-Timberlake covering issues
unique to the region focusing design innovations
for high performance envelopes and showcasing
firms doing exceptional work in Philadelphia and
the region.
The program for this year includes - Facade
Futures: Computation and the Amplification
of Design, Beyond Form, Data, and Metrics:
Envelope Performance in Context and
Philadelphia’s Design Trajectories: Growing
Beyond Center City.
29Vienna
SEP TODesign
08 OCT Week,
Vienna
25 SEP TO 01 OCT
World Green Building Week,
New Zealand
Vienna Design Week is Austria´s largest
design festival, with a variety of locations and
events in Vienna. The festival, curated by Lilli
Hollein, will enter its 11th round this year.
Opening up creative processes and giving
scope for experimentation on site are core
elements of the festival concept.
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SEP
Philadelphia,
World Green Building Week is an annual
event that empowers the green building
community to deliver green buildings for
everyone, everywhere. Buildings can be
heroes in the fight against climate change –
and so can you.
This year, the activities are designed to share
knowledge and celebrate those buildings
that are helping the fight against climate
change. Green Building Councils will be
hosting a range of events as part of the
week, from the UK Green Building Council’s
10-year birthday party (on 28 September) to
Emirates GBC’s launch of its Net Zero Energy
Report (on 27 September).
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www.worldgbc.org
www.am.facadesplus.com
www.foaidindia.in
Philadelphia
WorldGBC’s partners will also be hosting
events and engaging in the week. JPMorgan
Chase, a member of Corporate Advisory
Board, will be hosting an event at its New
York headquarters on 25 September to kick
start the week. The event will talk about the
company’s recent commitment to renewable
energy and building efficiency, and will
include a panel session with speakers from
the bank, US Green Building Council and
WorldGBC.
During Vienna Design Week, the city becomes
a platform and showcase of design. Design
is more than just a designed object. Vienna
Design Week defines design as an essential
part of the cultural production. The festival
shows that design shapes our material
culture, our every-day life and our world
as consumers. Simultaneously, it influences
our lifestyles and most fundamentally our
aesthetic senses and judgements.
The Vienna Design Week is a festival staged in
various locations in the city. It isn’t a fair or a
sales event and doesn’t have a single central
venue/exhibition location, but a multitude of
locations waiting to be discovered.
www.viennadesignweek.at
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Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas once said,
“If you want to be relevant, you need to
be open to an enormous multiplicity of
values, interpretations, and readings.”
SAV, a multidisciplinary firm, led by Amita
Kulkarni and Vikrant Tike, uphold this
very ideology in their practice. Taking cues
from their work experiences at world’s
leading architectural practices like Zaha
Hadid Architects and Foster and Partners,
Amita and Vikrant have devised their own
typology in architecture and design.
Just six years into practice, this
international contemporary studio has
created a wave in the design domain.
Based out of London and Goa, the studio
often adopts bio-mimicry in its work,
which is efficiently supported by advanced
technology and craftsmanship. By
embracing the traditional techniques and
collaborating with modern-age systems,
SAV constantly strives to push
the envelope.
With practices in two countries and
projects spread across the globe, this
young studio through its relentless study
and research relays a unique narrative in
their designs.
In this interview, they share their love for
the ‘process’ of design and the challenges
of working from two climatically and
culturally diverse countries.
Interview By Shweta Salvi
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Every creative practice is triggered by
an inspiration. What were the guiding
rules that marked the inception of SAV?
SAV is a global studio, how much
focus do you lend on creating a
practice identity?
Our designs are very much inspired from
natural systems which have evolved over
so many generations. Their combination
of ordinary beauty, elegant tactility,
experiential sublimity and meticulous
efficiency shapes our work. Additionally,
constant research and emphasis on
innovative craftsmanship form the core of
the studio philosophy.
Amita: There is a lot of talk as a young
studio on building on a brand identity.
We believe our identity is shaped through
the combination of our innovative design
processes and constant engagement with
diverse cultures. Being based in London
and India we get to bring the best of these
cultures together.
With offices in two different countries,
how do the design methodologies and
work processes vary?
Vikrant: Exchanging and sharing local
skills with global design insights bring a
rich innovation and elegant sophistication
within our creative process and our cross
disciplinary design work.
With two talented architects at
the helm of the firm, how do the
brainstorming sessions play out and
finally reflect in the work?
Our everyday work is an engaging and
collaborative one. We view our studios
as a lateral organisational structure with
open plan office spaces, allowing everyone
within the team to interact on a constant
basis. Our creative sessions happen
mainly during the open-ended discussions
throughout the day as well as during
lunchtimes when the entire team sits
together over a communal lunch table.
The construction processes in both
countries vary greatly. In London, the
emphasis is on standardising details
as well as reducing labour costs. In
India, its mainly about working around
available materials and skills. Our
constant emphasis on design as process
recognises these different methods as
well as the diverse contextual and climatic
requirements in both countries.
We believe
our identity is
shaped through the
combination of our
innovative design
processes and constant
engagement
with diverse
cultures.
Your practice emphasises on the process
of design. How do the geographical
and physical parameters, choice of
materials, construction techniques and
their application finally take shape on
the drawing board?
Vikrant: The traditional notion of the
master architect on a drawing board is an
out-dated one. We believe in collaborative
and innovative methods of design that
reflect the 21st century way of working.
We equally invest a lot of time on
updating skills as well as on research and
observations in a world that’s changing
so rapidly.
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What we
teach enhances
and refines our design
methodologies, and
our practice is a means
to tie our academic
research and design
interests through
our work.
Amita: As said before, considering the
diverse locations of both of our studios
we integrate a variety of design and
construction techniques ranging from
advanced computational programming to
traditional crafts and joinery in our designs
to create fluid working process that brings
the best of the old and new practices.
Both of you are actively involved in
academia and teaching. How has that
helped your practice?
Vikrant: Being actively involved in
academia reflects our constant desire
to learn and innovate, what we teach
enhances and refines our design
methodologies, and our practice is a
means to tie our academic research and
design interests through our buildings
and projects.
Amita: By collaborating with academia
and specialist manufacturing workshops
we are also able to draw in advanced skills
like computational programming and
rapid prototyping to create unique and
innovative designs as well as sustainable
and efficient construction processes.
Your pick of an Indian heritage structure
that displays idiosyncratic construction
techniques and has made an impression
on you.
Amita: I particularly like the Bahai
temple in Delhi, which I visited during my
undergraduate school trip. The progressive
cultural brief mixed with a complex but
elegant structure that is inspired from
nature emulates all that is possible in
architecture within India.
Vikrant: I cannot pick a single structure;
however, visiting the city of Ahmedabad
recently left a deep impression on me. It’s a
unique city combining its lineage of being
a manufacturing hub, the older modernist
building language of Le Corbusier, B V
Doshi and Louis Kahn amalgamating
seamlessly into the contemporary
architecture that I happened to see all
across the city.
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Any current global architectural
practice that inspires you?
We are inspired by BIG, Snohetta
and WOHA architects. These global
contemporary practices combine
conceptually playful ideas with a
strong emphasis on merging landscape
and architecture. They also integrate
innovative new fabrication methods with
contextually relevant low-tech solutions
through a strong rigour within the
design process.
Things you do when away from your
drawing boards…
What immediate goals have you lined
up for the practice?
What are you currently working on?
Currently, we are working on a boutique
masterplan in Siolim, Goa for four unique
houses that merge with their landscape,
both in form as well as function, and are
due for completion early next year. We
are also working on a large masterplan in
Alibaug, office interiors in various Indian
cities, private houses in London and few
research based installations, and product
design projects.
Since we are currently based in India
we are focusing a lot on the process
of ‘making’. Our ongoing boutique
architectural and interior projects are
allowing us the opportunity to fabricate
products using a wide variety of crafts
and materials combining both traditional
crafts with digital technology.
Amita: When we started the studio six
years ago we were totally immersed in it.
Moving to Goa for a couple of years has
brought me closer to nature and allows
me to spend more time with my three year
old son.
Vikrant: I love making and I love music.
Having my own studio allows me to
constantly fabricate things for work and
for research, while equally giving time to
make my own music. I also love cooking
and that allows me to spend time with
my family.
info@studioamitavikrant.com
www.studioamitavikrant.com
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Bengaluru-based Sanctuary
Architects & Interior Designers
have designed the perfect office for
themselves – it is spacious, simple,
sports an earthy material palette,
and is surrounded by trees that are
never out of sight.
This office is made for placid ruminations.
Its design wanted to embrace its
surroundings and its site’s past even while
creating something new. The language
that was used to express this was to be
natural, in celebration of all the essential
textures and patterns.
The team from Sanctuary Architects &
Interior Designers was to sit here to make
the most of its creative energies. It was
decided, then, to keep the workspaces
fluid and the elongated sections were
so designed that they pull in all light all
through the day. “The new structure is
juxtaposed against an angular, plastered
and painted old concrete structure.
Text By Shruti Nambiar
Photographs Courtesy the Architect
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THE TREE
CONNECTION
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The change of materials, scale and volume
in the new structure clearly defines the
transition between the old structure and
the new,” state the designers.
Located in a leafy residential part of
Sadashiv Nagar in the busy city, the
Sanctuary Office is spared the worst of
traffic noise and confusion. It is instead
allowed warm green views of trees,
affording the team members all the
pleasures of a tastefully re-done terrace
of an existing structure.
The 1,700-sq ft area here spreads
across two levels; a folded metal plate
staircase connects the lower level with
the mezzanine where the principal
architects sit. The altitude, understandably,
influenced the form and tenor of the
space as well. “The exposed structure
allows one to experience materials in its
barest form. As the studio is on top of an
existing building, the structure had to be
light, of good thermal quality and easy to
dismantle,” states the team.
The roof is the most visible result of this
strong influence. The two-layered roof
system is topped by a GI sheet - a visual
element that establishes the space’s quasiindustrial aesthetic leanings - while below
it is an independent arch made from
Aerocon blocks.The air gap thus created
allows for the necessary heat loss.
As the team attests, the colour in this
space comes from the work culture
whilst everything else promotes an earthy
ambience to encourage creativity. The
angular leaning of the design layout
reins in any confusions and spill-overs,
disciplining the free-flowing vibe of the
office within professional boundaries.
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There are the tall walls housing glass
doors and windows with knotted pine
frames. Then there are the wooden ceiling
sections where the rafter pattern splits
the illumination from hanging tube lights.
Other overhead lamps are affixed to or
hang down from metal tracks that run
along the arched roof.
The grey cement concrete flooring
stretches across the lower level, reliably
bringing that under-construction look with
it, while the flooring on the mezzanine
changes to a polished wood look.A multifunctional unit sits at one end of the
workstations, smartly gathering up the
files, the printing and the library materials,
and other resources, and clearing up the
main areas for better movement.
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One obviously quasi-casual element is the
outdoor seating scheme in this office. The
lower floor has a lovely green patch that is
linear, open to a close rendezvous with the
trees and the sky, and a surprisingly cosy
place within a work zone.
The office folks can wander into this nook
to relax, eat, or hold meetings, while
sitting at the beautiful, wavy wooden
table. This is also the entry courtyard,
laying out a relaxed welcome to whoever
steps into the main work zones. Attached
to the mezzanine is another outdoor
sitting area where a simple glass-topped
table is accompanied by four chairs and
lots of leafy shadows.
Have we mentioned the trees yet? The
office’s immediate neighbourhood is
dotted with coconut and gulmohar
trees, their visage always visible from the
workstations and their drooping branches
happily invading any open spaces. On the
mezzanine, a coconut tree is part of the
wall, its elegant body snaking into the
room before escaping through the ceiling.
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As the designers have stated, the trees are
part of the scheme and not its fringe. The
smooth dark shelfing, display and storage
cabinets on the upper floor have been
designed to complement the graceful
tree and not to upend it. “The preliminary
concept for the structure and the design
was to rope in the surrounding trees as a
part of the space. Hence the design was
oriented to open up to the west facade;
allowing the trees to become a part of the
space,” the team confirms.
The Sanctuary Office lives up to its name.
It is calm in a self-assured way and is
formed so that open-minded acceptance
of different ideas is ensured.
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The spartan material palette and
the deliberate eschewing of colour
could have easily tipped the space
into mundanity, but that possibility is
avoided by the angular perfection of
the space and the design scheme’s
deep interest in remaining close to its
environs. This is a low-clutter, highproductivity interior design - and it
is beautiful.
anshul@sanctuaryarch.com
www.sanctuaryarch.in
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The design ethos of Mumbai-based
Parallax Design Studio cannot be
forced inside a box. The team loves
‘design’ in all its manifestations
and constantly strives to push its
boundaries in both its projects
and products.
Mumbai-based Parallax Design Studio
harbours a keen interest in exhibitions,
teaching and competitions, a fact that
encourages the team to constantly innovate
and remain keyed into the latest in design.
Founded in 2005, the firm likes to steer clear
of getting stuck in any one style or type of
construction, and instead looks for gamechanging excitement involving multiple
fields of art. Rohit Mankar, a graduate from
the Center for Environmental Planning and
Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad, clearly
inspires the team’s sustainable conscience
as its principal.
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In a city that’s constantly kicking its
perimeter to make more space, Parallax
Design Studio decided to dwell on
discontinuity, specifically of the coastline
that runs along Mumbai and provides it the
most direct nexus with a natural body.
“We began our study with the intent to map
the coastline of Mumbai and identify the
points of discontinuity in its water edges.
These were locations where access to the
water edge is restricted and the connection
with the water is disrupted, and where
we could experiment with a unique mix of
technology and design to rejuvenate the
connection with the water in a sustainable
manner,” states the team.
The Edge + Edge project’s chosen site for
intervention is the Love Grove outfall that is
connected to a waste water treatment plant
and whose low-lying reclaimed land is today
home to slum settlements that grapple with
regular flooding. High-rises have popped
up further south and the encroachments
together establish the disconnect between
the Worli Sea-face promenade to the north
and the Haji Ali promenade to the south.
Considering the sensitive station of
the site, the Parallax team imagined
an intervention on two-levels - an
environmentally-sensitive technological
upgrade that would enhance the 19thcentury water treatment set-up; and an
aesthetic one involving the building of
public recreational spaces.
An additional promenade is imagined connecting Worli Sea face to the Haji Ali
promenades - featuring cycle tracks, parks,
and more, with the 60 m buffer between
the old and the new edges expected to
become a series of multi-height lagoons
across which treated water (both potable
and good for landscaping use) can flow.
The edge along the Love Grove will also be
re-imagined to accommodate a promenade
and community spaces for the benefit of
the residents of the slums. The overall idea
is to plug the gaps that split the waterfront
with sustainable design, and the team deftly
balances the topographical demands of the
job with civil expectations.
Text by Shruti Nambiar
Photographs Courtesy
the Designer
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At first glance, this office for Fine Organics
Laboratories and Office in the Navi
Mumbai suburb of Mahape looks like
a complex grid of building blocks held
together by magic. But there is strategic
method here.
The design team had initially thought of a
rectangular mass, which later was split up
to become a much more visually appealing
system of interconnected and multilevelled mini structures. The connecting
elements are the courtyards and the
terraces that jut out, setting up a wide
swathe of light-and-shadow pockets
that can be taken in at all times from
the tall glass walls.
The structure’s form incorporates a happy
maze worth of walkways and verandas
- running parallelly, sloping down,
enhanced by green patches, or connected
by staircases. The effect that makes an
impact is cumulative, all of the monoliths
surprising you with their commitment to
a disciplined outlay. The outer skin of the
structures features alternating panels in
the interest of both sunlight protection
and visual connectivity with the outside.
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The aesthetic effect of this plan is a
stand-out as well, further reaffirming the
unique brand of assured movement that
the whole project exudes. This could easily
be a sci-fi film set, one that inspires the
viewers to imagine the plates and the
panels shifting any moment, bending the
concept of time. Pretty exciting for an
office space, must say!
Parallax Design Studio’s products
peddle virtuoso minimalism. They aim
to flip conventional form templates
through the use of a chosen few sturdy
materials and a faithful reliance on
geometry. There is the Peel Chair, straight
out of grand origami dreams.
Made from M.S. matt-finished in light green
and grey, the chair was realised by bending
the material along a careful sequence of
folds. The Flamingo Lamp, with its brass
lamp head and M.S. rod frame, is a multifaceted light source that is a perfect fit on
a study table. The cut bamboo stalk-shaped
brass lamp-head passes through an M.S.
ring and its orientation can be gear-adjusted
from here.
The Puzzle’OTable-Chair is wholly fascinating
in this array. Made of black-powder-coated
M.S. and light wood, the pieces again
channel a Jekyll-and-Hyde sentiment,
alternately covering and exposing frames
and surfaces to establish visual excitement.
Trikone questions the ‘mundanity’ of tables
by being inspired by the pyramid format –
its capped base is made of an M.S. metal
pipe on which rests an inverted pyramid
form of veneer-finished plywood box frame.
A patch of matt-finished M.S. metal inlay
on the surface is an indicator that this is not
a normal table. And then there is the Bird
Lamp, its chamfered lamp head capable
of bending and looking upright like a bird
happily pecking at seeds in a park. The
battery-charged lamp can be moved up or
down to form a down light, a wall flush
light, or a reading light, a USB port on its
body ensures the phone-readers are taken
into consideration!
projects@parallaxdesignstudio.com
www.parallaxdesignstudio.com
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Nestled among the lush hills of Alibagh, Aurelia is located on an envious vantage point.
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THE POOL
RULES SUPREME
Nestled among the lush hills of
Alibagh, Aurelia is located on an
envious vantage point; it aims at
total serenity, especially the kind
that celebrates its surroundings.
Text By Virupa Kantamneni
Photographs Courtesy Photographix India
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On a site of 3 acres, absorbed into the
densely vegetated hills, this house has a
modest area of 2000 sq ft. The pool that
doubles as the terrace taps the full benefit
of its natural surroundings. The dictating
element for the design scheme was the
natural terrain of the plot and the designers
at Shroffleon granted its maximum benefit
in the way of splendid views to both the
indoor and outdoor spaces.
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A manipulation of the spatial
arrangement of the enclosed areas sees
that the house keeps its respect of the
micro environment at the fore. Given
that Aurelia is a holiday home, the design
ensures that the owners get to have a
constant taste of its tranquil environs.
Radical as it may seem, the planning of the
house is nothing short of functional while
sticking closely to the contemporary genre.
The upper level houses a magnificent infinity
pool that proves to be the house’s crowning
glory. Minimalistic monochromatic materials
used at this level highlight and yet blend
into the visual theme of the surroundings.
A private corner to share or occupy by oneself - just perfect for a spot of reading or mere quiet contemplation.
The designers highlight that “the pool
being infinity on all sides overspills into a
smaller water-body underneath, forming
a cascading waterfall that becomes the
backdrop of the main living room.” One
element - in this case the infinity pool,
creates multiple spaces to lounge and relax
in, fulfilling an important prerequisite of a
good holiday home.
The cascading water that forms a lounge
pool of sorts lends a bit of drama to the
lower level that is otherwise a straight-cut,
simple, contemporary structure. Large decks
with wooden flooring surround the building
forming the main focal points of the ‘built’
outdoor space. Chic and fluid outdoor
furniture in pristine white automatically
draws ones attention in a rather soothing
way - again highlighting the purpose of
the home.
Large pebble-like seating punctuates the outdoor decks.
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Pathways and peripheral areas are
predominately filled with pebbles creating
a contrast to the smooth wood and
sandstone decking. A patch of manicured
green lawn hosts another gathering spot
that the designers proudly boast about,
calling it “an eco-mesh structure enclosing
a barbecue pit that in time will get taken
over by foliage and will transform into an
outdoor ‘house of purple flowers’.”
The interesting part about the landscape
at Aurelia is that everything is planned in
rigid zones. The hardscaped decks and
pathways intersect with manicured lawns
intermittently, softening the overall look
of the outdoor spaces and also serving as
connections to the unspoilt environment
that surrounds the plot completely.
The building by itself is clean-cut, planned
with perpendicular edges that announce
that there are spaces with maximum
functionality within. Modest in size,
the L shaped house has 2 bedrooms and
large living areas surrounded by glass
ensuring unobstructed views of the valley.
The treatment of surfaces within the living
areas also keeps to the theme of the entire
design and as a result there is a constant
connection with the outdoor spaces. Fabric
for the furniture in the living areas has
been contained to tones of beiges and
greys giving the space a sense of laidback
homeliness while bringing to the forefront
the main aspect of the house - the views
that are to die for.
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Upper Level Plan
The bedrooms nestled into the corner
have their own private sit-outs. Aurelia
has a virtually open plan when it comes
to the common spaces, but the bedroom
planning is another story by itself. Privacy
being the key, the secluded location and
introverted planning ensures the residents
get all the alone time needed.
Calm and soothing colour schemes in tones
of yellows, greens, beiges and cool greys add
to overall appeal of these tastefully designed
spaces. A private sit-out is an added luxury
for one of the bedrooms that gets its own
private view of the hills.
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Jane Austen always said “There is
nothing like staying at home for real
comfort,” and the designers of Aurelia
ensured that the owners are provided
more than enough comfort, and then
some enviable more.
k.shroff@shroffleon.com
www.shroffleon.com
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JAQUAR GROUP
HONOURED FOR
EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
Linea, a product of Artize, the luxury bath brand of the
Jaquar Group has been honoured with the prestigious
Good Design Award.
Linea from Artize has received several
acknowledgments in the past and
was India’s first and only faucet to
win an iF Award from Germany. It
also made its presence felt at the Plus
X Award where it was awarded four
seals of approval under the categories
of Innovation, High Quality, Design
and Functionality. Linea has also won
the Good Design (Chicago) award,
making the Indian Design Mark the
forth award in its winning streak.
“Linea is the epitome of minimalism,”
says Parichay Mehra, Head of Design
at the Jaquar Group. “It eliminates
every inessential layer between the
user and the experience of
the product.”
The sleek, stylish, sophisticated Linea
is designed so that the water always
falls near the centre of the wash
basin, safely away from its brim. The
product’s intelligent design prevents
hot water from coming into contact
with its chrome body, allowing the
Linea basin mixer to remain cool at
all times.
Inspired by the idea of minimalism,
the basin mixer is as stylish and
spectacular as it is impressive in the
advanced technology it embodies.
www.artize.in
The most striking feature of the
award-winning Linea basin mixer is
its spout, which swings elegantly
and also functions as the faucet’s
on-off mechanism.
The faucet’s spout moves in a
graceful arc, controlling the
temperature and flow of the water
as it moves along its curve.
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The living room is an expansive space enjoying a double height ceiling.
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BRICK BY
BRICK
In the ferocious summers of Surat,
DWG Architects zeroed in on a large
brick curtain wall as a device to
deflect the heat of the sun from this
bungalow. The notable architectural
calisthenics superbly combine form
with function.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that
we cannot change climate. Cognisant of
this fact, “we can only react to climate,”
says Dinesh Suthar of DWG Architects.
When Dinesh was asked to design a home
in Surat for a gentleman whose life’s
blood was social work, he realised that the
house should be recognisable right from
afar, since it would be visited by at least
20–50 people every day.
But simply making an empty design
statement bereft of meaning is not
something Dinesh subscribes to. “The plot
faced southwest, but overlooked nothing
significant. There simply wasn’t a view to
look out onto.” So with nothing to lose
but much to gain, he put his mind to a
solution which would reduce the heat gain
from the southwest, even while it became
the very identity of the house.
“The west was exposed to the sun from
11am till sunset. The harsh sun had to be
controlled,” says Dinesh. “In the south, we
could create a 2.5 metre overhang to solve
the problem, but for the design of the
façade in the front, we did a good deal of
research followed by several experiments.”
Text By Devyani Jayakar
Photographs Courtesy IRA + Sebastian
Zachariah
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This involved studying brick architecture…
the way the porous, local material
functioned in traditional structures. “We
conducted many studies with different
sizes of bricks, to determine what was
viable,” says Dinesh. “We also noticed
that in Rajasthan, the jaali is used to great
effect, with a variation in its depth for
different results.
In Jaisalmer, deep carvings provide shade
to parts of the facade. What is important
to remember, is that all these were
responses to climate and function. Taking
our cue from this, we used brick to create
shade, through which 40% of the house is
shaded from the sun.”
The resultant undulating brick wall is the
piece de resistance of the project, with
its surface in the living room reflecting
the exact reverse of its concavities and
convexities visible from outside. The
design responds to the climate at both
micro and macro levels.
“Only the area in front of the balcony
and staircase does not undulate, as these
are open spaces,” says Dinesh. “We
used software to determine the details
of the undulation. Models were made
with different variations, with structural
stability being a primary consideration.
Two I-sections provided strength, with
25mm rods and a net adding support. It
was risky to create perforations as the wall
would be weakened structurally.”
At the entrance of the bungalow, a sit
out provides a space in which the lady of
the house can chat with her neighbour
while chopping vegetables. The area is
shaded all day except after 5 pm, when
the sun is not so harsh. The ground
floor houses the parking and the home
theatre, with living spaces starting on the
first floor.
In the home office on the third floor, openable clerestory windows bring in light and control air.
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The living room is an expansive space,
45 feet long and 25 feet wide, enjoying
a double height ceiling of 18 feet. Light
and air enters from the two shorter
sides, adequately illuminating as well as
ventilating the room. The balcony acts
like a buffer during summer, with the
sun coming in only till the edge of the
living room because of its 2.5 metre
overhang. But in the winter, the sun is
able to come further into the room to
warm it up.
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“Exposed brick and concrete is
often associated with cheap, cost
effective work,” says Dinesh.
“Unfortunately, the perception is
that such work should look cheap
as well…so generally, kota stone is
used for the flooring in such projects.
But here, we’ve tried to overcome
this perception not only by using
Italian marble, but also cutting it
horizontally instead of vertically, so
that it looks different.”
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Along with the living room, the first floor
accommodates the dining room, master
bedroom and kitchen. Three bedrooms
overlook the living room, their doors
hidden from the living room by a long
corridor. The centre of the bungalow
also houses the lift, staircase and the
washrooms, while the third floor has an
office with toilet facilities.
An openable clerestory window brings in
light and controls air. “Throughout the
home, we avoided using hardware such
as handles for the doors. It was either
too expensive or not durable, requiring
continuous maintenance,” says Dinesh.
The result is detailing in the woodwork of
the door which substitutes for a handle,
while adding a sleek sophistication to
the styling.
In the master bedroom on the first floor, a white palette is offset by the beige and brown of timber, adding
warmth to the space.
The staircase in the centre of the
bungalow has a skylight at the top which
coaxes light into the interior. Visually
light, it has no risers but there is a grill
on its side for safety, the design of which
recalls a Mondrianesque aesthetic. Initially
tempted to resist the client’s safety
concerns, Dinesh acknowledged that form
must take a back seat to function - now
the grill connects all the floors from top
to bottom.
“The human faces in its design are an
abstract representation of Krishna’s
Raas Leela,” says Dinesh. “It doubles as
artwork and installation, but we were
concerned about how it would interface
with the undulating wall, which is the
very identity of the bungalow.”
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A calm, uncluttered aesthetic characterises the living room, with the brick wall taking centre stage.
Dinesh readily states that at least half
the effort in the design went towards
the undulating brick wall. Marrying
purpose to aesthetics with aplomb,
this feature achieves exactly what the
architect intended…it wards off the sun,
while making a rather spectacular
style statement.
drs@desingworkgroup.in
www.designworkgroup.in
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Kanemaki calls this ‘Ambivalence’ and we can see why. Think of time passing from the left to the right of the sculpture and notice the change in expressions.
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art form
Metaphoric
Sculptures
Yoshitoshi Kanemaki is a Japan
based sculptor renowned for
his bizarre yet lifelike wooden
sculptures. We dive into his
complex world that questions
both mortality and temporality.
The first thought that hits you when
you first run into Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s
sculptures is a sense of wonderment.
How can someone create something so
grotesque and yet so beautiful at the same
time? And it is this dilemma that Kanemaki
takes full advantage of. Born in Chiba, a
Japanese prefecture, the forty-five year old
sculptor has a degree in fine arts from Tama
Art University and has been the recipient of
several awards and accolades.
Kanemaki’s sculptures are often touted as
bizarre and strange. And that is how he
intends them to be. His primary agenda
is to “stimulate people living in this
age to understand and appreciate the
importance of being alive.”
If you look closely, there are four heads in this sculpture, all representing different phases of life - from
birth to death.
Text By Priyanka Menon
Photographs Courtesy Fuma
Contemporary Tokyo
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Through this, he wants to push further and
make people aware of their humanness and
the transience of life.
Wood carving doesn’t adhere to only one
kind of procedure or method. The craft
and science have been around since time
immemorial. The materials and tools are
also confined to just a few types. Kanemaki
uses camphor wood and chisels out
giant-sized, life-sized as well as miniature
sculptures that question mortality and
are reflective of multiple personalities
and perspectives.
While Kanemaki questions life and death,
he understands and accepts that he may
never get the answers he is looking for. One
particular piece of his which is reflective
of his learning is the multi-headed girl,
titled TAYUTA. A close look at the different
expressions on the multiple heads shows
us the nonchalance we display towards the
passage of time. And this is what Kanemaki
wants to highlight - the ambivalence of that
which is perceived to be mundane, but is
really not.
Another series, titled Memento Mori also
brings Kanemaki’s search for answers to the
fore. Memento Mori is Latin for ‘remember
you’re going to die’. Kanemaki’s sculpture
highlights how life and death reside within
the same body and how it is only a matter
of perspective that makes you choose
either one.
Kanemaki’s process of creation is fairly
simple. He employs old Japanese methods
when creating his pieces and in his
own words, “merely pours time and
questions” into the mix to create art.
Before getting down to working with the
block of wood, Kanemaki sketches the
figure he wants to carve out either onto
sheets of paper or he directly traces them
onto the block of camphor wood. From here
on begins the arduous task creating the
final piece.
Here, Kanemaki depicts how hollow time can be. The detailing on this sculpture is incredible and stark,
forcing you to think and introspect.
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Emotions form an integral cycle in our life. We keep coming back to each. How desperately we cleave towards them is what Kanemaki tries to show here.
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He chisels forms and morphs the characters
he wants to depict, usually two or more,
onto life-sized blocks. He skillfully handcarves figurines in various positions and
postures before painting them in a palette
of colours that complement and highlight
his intention behind creating the sculpture.
Kanemaki says the “irregular shape that
deviates from human form” adds another
dimension - both philosophical and artistic
- to the way the sculpture is perceived. “It
could be you,” he says. And that is what
makes his art so compelling and intriguing
even though their morbidity is jarring at
first glance.
Kanemaki employs various glitches and
abnormalities in his art. Right from
multiple heads and metaphorical
representation of body parts to varied
expressions - each conveying an array
of emotions that is quite commonplace,
and yet when seen in such an absurd
form, makes one think and on rare
occasions, even confront their inner
existential turmoil.
An artist’s inspiration is subjective, almost
personal at times. For Kanemaki, sometimes
inspiration strikes when he is in the middle
of completing the most mundane of tasks,
driving around in the city, or even when
he spends time with his son. As disturbing
as his pieces may be, their relevance and
importance cannot be discounted at any
point, considering how they are forcing
people to question life and come to terms
with its transient nature.
bunkyo-art@wind.ocn.ne.jp
Here we see the passage of time seen through the lens of age; the transformation of child to youth.
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DESIGNQUEST
By Namrata Jain
Accomplishing
Aesthetics
A one-stop solution for home accents,
linens, lighting and dining ware, Home
Artisan has a wide range of products
for the contemporary home. From
candleware, photo frames, lanterns and
vases to bed sheets and cushions and
a variety of lamps and chandeliers, the
brand has all that you need to decorate
or renovate!
Text By Anindita Ganguly
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The core idea behind the brand is to
design and craft home decor products
that reflect global trends for a discerning
audience that is tired of having to choose
between overpriced home décor brands or
poorly-curated collections at local stores.
In the words of Namrata Jain, owner and
CEO, Home Artisan, “Just as an artisan is
guided by a singular passion - a relentless
pursuit of mastery of his or her craft, so
are we. Our mission is simple: to make
everyone’s lives beautiful, one home at
a time”.
Sabrina Lantern
The brand invests an unusual amount of
time and effort in the creative process to
study trends, design languages, colours
and materials, so as to draw from a
wide range of influences. The current
collection is inspired primarily by three
contemporary trends - Scandinavian
and mid-century modern design, gold
colour palettes and geometric shapes,
and natural materials.
Conical Etched Glass Candle Holder
Augustine Stainless Steel Lantern
For Home Artisan, design-centricity is a
key focus areas. Most of the products are
designed in-house, but from time to time,
the brand also partners with suppliers
who share similar design aesthetic and
sensibilities. Adequate care is taken to be
very selective of the designs curated and
the products created, facilitating simpler
decision-making for the customer.
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French Tapestry ambient Cushion Covers
Dark Grey Floral Candles
Talking of the brand’s best selling
products, Jain says, “Our collection of
lanterns and candleholders are our most
loved products. I think what makes them
special is that we’ve managed to hit the
sweet spot when it comes to both form
and function.
Additionally, the brand is looking forward
to enhancing its online presence and
building out an offline presence as well,
for customers who prefer a personalized
and hands-on level of service.
On the design front, we combine
different materials such as stainless
steel, jute, and wood, with unique
colours such as rose gold, white, and
gold, to create something that’s simple
yet stunning. And these products are not
only great for decorating and setting up
an ambience, they make great gifts
as well”!
With an outright focus on offering
amazing products, at wonderfully
affordable prices and an amazing
customer experience, Home Artisan
is a brand to look out for!
hello@homeartisan.in
Arya Nodric Lantern
The brand strives to create a distinct
identity for itslef with its customers - to
the extent that just by looking at one of
our designs, one would instantly recognize
it as a Home Artisan creation. Such is the
level of consistency and perseverance
Home Artisan is striving towards.
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Hotel Moments Budapest,
inaugurated in March 2016 is
situated at the lower end of the
boutique-lined Andrássy út (a
World Heritage site). The hotel sits
advantageously with St Stephen’s
Basilica and the Opera House, both
a short stroll away.
Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy Hotel Moments
Budapest.
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THE PEARL OF
THE DANUBE
The unique atmosphere of the lobby has been laid out like a personal drawing room where guests can repose under the high glass ceiling and old arches.
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Juxtaposed perfectly against the hotel’s 19th century features are some delightful oddities like the down lights made from chests of drawers.
The frescos date back to 1880 and real pride has been taken in the renovation of this former palace.
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The building dates back to 1880 and real
pride has been taken in the renovation of
this former palace. Antiquated frescoes
in the glass-topped atrium lobby have
been loyal to the character of that epoch,
taking many months to paint. Designed
by architect Mr Adolf Feszty, a famous
Hungarian artist, the hotel boasts of 99
contemporary rooms, a wellness area, a
restaurant and even a complimentary tea
bar - the perfect mix of modern amenities
blended with art-deco history.
Juxtaposed perfectly against the
hotel’s 19th century features are wellcontemplated present day design,
including some delightful oddities like
the down lights made from chests of
drawers in the breakfast area. The unique
atmosphere of the lobby has been laid
out like a personal drawing room where
guests can unwind and relax. Reposing
under the amazingly high glass ceiling and
old arches, the lobby is brightly peppered
with informal furniture that you can sink
into after a long day of sightseeing.
Hotel Moments offers its guests
beautifully decorated rooms in three
different categories. But the spacious
“Andrássy Suite” with its astounding view
of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, is by far the
most privileged. Sitting in the ‘cockpitlike’ private living area of the master
bedroom, with the rooftops of the city
forming a picturesque postcard view is
breath-taking. These viewing windows run
though the suite including the bedroom
and bath, giving you the feeling of living
in the sky.
The living, dining and kitchen areas have
charming wooden flooring laid-out in a
Chevron pattern, while the straight lined
modern furniture and leather dining
chairs though extremely comfortable,
are but accessories to the jaw-dropping
panorama outside.
Bistro Fine has some quirky industrial design touches like the ceiling filled with a mix of doors and windows.
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An earthy palate runs through the master
bedroom and connected sitting-area
which is padded with a plush black
and white patterned carpet that is also
reflected in the sumptuous cushions. The
bathrooms are sleek all-glass and shiny
tile, but the pièce de résistance is the
outdoor terrace complete with sun bed
and dining table - the perfect place to eat,
drink or just dream!
The Andrássy Suite has astounding views of the city from its ‘cockpit-like’ viewing windows.
The hotel’s restaurant, Bistro Fine is
located partly on the sidewalk and has
some lovely industrial design touches with
elements signifying Andrassy Avenue. The
bar counter represents a smaller version
of the underground in Budapest, while
the ceiling is filled with an eclectic mix
of doors and windows that are typical
Hungarian. Not only does the Bistro serve
up delicious local food and wine, but the
delightful al fresco patio overlooking the
avenue is the place to people - watch with
a glass of Tokaji in your hand.
This chic boutique hotel managed by the
Continental Group, is an excellent pick
for holiday makers and business travellers
alike. Offering a range of conveniences
from spa services to conference rooms
(they even have three work stations under
a historical staircase) Hotel Moments,
Budapest has something for everyone.
hotel@hotelmoments.hu
www.hotelmomentsbudapest.hu
The bathrooms are sleek all-glass and shiny tile, but the pièce de résistance is the outdoor terrace
complete with sun bed and dining table - the perfect place to eat, drink or just dream!
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Monier Roofing, Part of BMI Group, is the largest roofing company
worldwide, with offices in 33 countries, continental technical centres
and over 130 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Monier, the market leader in premium roofing solutions,
introduces Perspective - the new concrete roof tile for
Indian consumers.
Perspective:
Sleekness Has
A New Name
Present in India since 1997, Monier Roofing (formerly known as
Lafarge Roofing) offers a range of concrete roof tiles, glazed and
matt finished imported clay roof tiles, fittings and roof components;
specifically designed for the Indian roof market.
The unique R&D and product testing capabilities besides the development
efforts of Monier has resulted in Perspective, the new concrete roof tile
for the Indian consumer.
The Perspective roof tile has an ultra-modern geometrical shape that
is dimensionally consistent and lends a sleek new look to roofs. These
elegant concrete tiles possess superior strength, smooth finish, low water
absorption, meticulously finished with glossy coating that delay moss
and fungi formation. It is manufactured in India and is available in stylish
colours including Russet Brown, Silverstone Grey, Graphite, Fiery Red,
Deep Brown and Dark Grey.
The Perspective roofing tile comes with such technical specifications as a
width and height of 330 mm x 420 mm, a minimum slope of 20°, 4.4 kg
unit weight, batten space of 320 mm to 345 mm; three decompression
chambers under the tile improves water-tightness at the tile overlapping
area and a coverage of 0.90 tile / sq. ft. to 0.97 tile / sq. ft.
Monier started its operations in India in the year 1997 and offers a range
of concrete roof tiles, imported clay roof tiles in a wide range of colours
and profiles, specially designed to enhance the modern looks of Indian
homes. The global leader currently manufactures three roof tile profiles in
India - Perspective, Elabana and Plano.
Monier also offers a range of imported high quality clay roof tiles from
Europe and Malaysia. Over the years Monier has sold close to 6 crore tiles
in India. It also has Roof System Components that enhance the functional
quotient of the roof like water- tightness, heat reduction, natural light,
better ventilation, etc. to provide long term trouble free roof.
With state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Bangalore and Nashik, the
leading products from Monier have changed the architectural roofscape
of India over the years.
Monier Roofing Pvt. Ltd.
Email: contact.india@monier.com
Web: www.monier.in
Tel: +91 90191 10303
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The store has earthy Shahabad stone flooring and exudes a relaxed tropical vibe.
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Retail Therapy
Tropical
Paradise
Revisited
Nicobar, the indigenous lifestyle
brand that exudes the vibe of
modern India, has just moved into
a quaint bungalow at Bandra.
Text By Dhanishta Shah
Photographs Courtesy Nicobar Design Studio
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The much-loved travel collection is hosted in the travellers’ room.
Named after its namesake island,
Nicobar has already tasted success at its
first store at Kala Ghoda. The move to
Bandra continues the easy, relaxed and
joyful vibe of the décor, that was evident
in the Kala Ghoda outlet.
The brand now occupies a proud space
on the ground floor of the famed
Patkar Bungalow. At 1200 square feet,
it is quite a roomy area that does full
justice to the tropical design expression
that has become synonymous with the
brand’s aesthetic.
“Built in the late 1920s, this colonial style
heritage villa stands conspicuously alone
in its modern surroundings at the junction
between Turner and Linking Road. The
outside of the bungalow retains its vintage
character with sloping tin roof, grand
archways and shuttered windows, while
inside, expect to be welcomed by earthy
Shahabad stone, warm timber, beautiful
high ceilings and an eclectic mix of found
furniture, all designed to lend character
and add to the store’s coastal appeal,”
explains Simran Lal, Co-founder & Creative
Director, Nicobar Design Studio.
The store is spread over seven rooms.
The tropical ambience is central to
all Nicobar stores, and this one is no
exception. Hence, the design re-imagines
whitewashed walls on holiday, colonial
furniture of the old villas, large tropical
palms (look out for the potted ones as you
enter the store!) and exotic safaris.
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A statement wall has a tiger and the moon are
hand painted on it.
Since Nicobar has a beautiful store at
Kala Ghoda as well, it is natural to wonder
how this one is different. What makes
the Bandra store unique in terms of
décor? “Nicobar Bandra abandons the
conventional open plan retail space for
a quainter and cosy home experience
where one moves from chamber to
chamber (or as we call it ‘from island to
island’) as if moving through one’s own
personal space,” says Lal.
The entire store has the Shahabad stone
flooring, except the menswear room
which has a walnut wooden floor to
distinguish it from the others.
The garments section looks like an expansive
open wardrobe.
The bar-ware display in the special section for men supplies an apt finishing touch!
A statement wall immediately catches
attention - a tiger and the moon are hand
painted on the wall. These graphics have
been developed by the Nicobar home
design team. “We are obsessed with both
tigers and the moon so this was a natural
coming together of the two,” says Lal.
The wide-ranging arrays of baubles that are
designed to fit every lifestyle, seamlessly
occupy the varied spaces. The garments
section looks like an expansive open
wardrobe with custom-made fittings for
hanging the latest designs. The ‘Home’
area makes use of wooden shelving
and a center table to display neatly
arranged tableware.
Each room is a small unit of discovery
in itself, unravelling little elements of
surprise. Indeed, there’s something for
everyone in this restored Bandra home!
You will find several spots to lean against
and cosy corners to nestle into.
The much-loved travel collection is hosted
in the travellers’ room. In keeping with the
theme, here, the windows overlook lush
palms, a library of books and a community
table, where one can settle down for a bit
of work or a chat! This is definitely a room
for lingering around. Another noteworthy
section is the menswear room. Put simply,
this is a man’s cave. This is the room that
hosts the signature hand-painted tiger and
moon wall. The bar-ware displays and a
styling area supply the apt finishing touch!
Nicobar introduces new collections month
on month and each time there is a new
collection, it is a cohesive capsule across
categories. There are three product
categories: Clothing, Home and Travel.
Across all these, one will always find
similar influences be it in terms of colour
palate, concept and inspiration.
Nicobar is a space one needs to
visit not merely for shopping but to
experience a beautiful amalgamation
of contemporary Indian style and a
global Indian spirit. It is like a refuge in
the midst of the urban chaos…or to put it
simply, a tropical paradise!
www.nicobar.com
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Designed by Aangan architects,
this charming farmhouse in
Dumas, Surat, far away from the
city’s chaos, is designed to bring
in whiffs of fresh air from its
ambient orchards. As its moniker
‘Nirant’ aptly suggests, this is a
perfect place to discover serenity
and peace.
In coastal Dumas, around twenty
kilometres away from the heart of
Surat city, there exists a quaint world.
In this tranquil world is a farmhouse
that was constructed way back in 1937.
Surrounding the farmhouse is thick
vegetation comprising of mango and
chikoo trees, and beautiful orchards
bearing other delicious fruits. The setting
seems to present an Austenesque ethos
customised for Indian sensibilities.
Text By Ramya Srinivasan
Photographs Courtesy Tarak Shah
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OF AUSTENESQUE
ETHOS
To retain the authenticity of the 1930s farmhouse, none of the trees have been cut; instead they have been
neatly integrated into the construction. One can see them popping out of the roof in many places.
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“What originally began as an effort to
renovate the existing structure soon
turned into a project to extend the space
with an additional unit,” explains principal
architect, Vishal Shah. As the client set
about using the farmhouse as a weekend
retreat, there was an organic need for
more space, to be able to spend more
time here and to also socialise. And thus
began the design and construction
of Nirant.
There is a modern touch to the farmhouse, too! Beside the pool, tall metal doors lead into a spa area
with steam and sauna rooms, and a small gym space.
“The clients are a lawyer couple in their
forties with children in their teens. They
prefer to socialise a lot, and use Nirant for
parties and gatherings during weekends,
or to even just come and watch a cricket
match or a movie on TV,” says Shah. To
provide the perfect platform to entertain
guests and relatives, the living room opens
up to the outside backyard. Here, an
open court paved with concentric circles
of Kota stones works as the party hub.
When cleared of furniture, this makes for
a dance floor, too.
A gazebo here not only adds to the
aesthetic charm, but also lends itself as
a great spot to convene and have lazy
laid-back conversations over a cuppa.
“Due to Surat’s hot and humid weather,
it was always important for us to design
ample covered spaces. But we also wanted
to take advantage of the natural breezes,
and hence we went with a semi-covered
gazebo,” explains Shah.
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To retain the old-world charm and
heritage value of the previous building, it
was decided to leave it undisturbed, and
instead extend it with a new unit. The
old and the new are connected by a
metal bridge, and this partially covered
common area makes for an ideal
setting for relaxed meals. This space at
the ground level leads into the new unit,
welcomed by an expansive living room,
attached to a kitchenette and bath areas.
The first floor above houses two bedrooms
with the old unit topped with a bedroom
of its own.
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One of the challenges in designing this
project was to carve out separate identities
for the old and the new structures, and
to still make them appear as one cohesive
unit. Various elements in the new block
have been inspired by the ‘heritage’ theme
of the older counterpart.
The wooden decking on the bridge and
the engineered wood cladding on the
exteriors along with a sloping roof without
any concrete slab is a brilliant example
of deliberately imparting an ancient
appearance to the new part. “This gives a
rustic look and also makes sure that the
farmhouse does not stand out like a sore
thumb amidst the landscape. We wanted
to keep it easy on the eyes,” says Shah.
The open court in the backyard, paved with concentric circles of Kota stones, doubles up
as a spacious party hub.
Louvered doors at the entrance of the
living room are another facet inspired by
the old-school coloured glass windows
with wooden frames. These doors along
with large glass pane windows have
their functional value as well, along with
maximum vision to the outdoors and a
way for breezes to seamlessly flow inside.
The interiors have a chic design, and
the furnishings are in a vibrant mix of
finishes, colours and styles from various
eras. Colourful, elaborate floor rugs
with intricate weaving patterns rest on
top of terrazzo tiles lined in concentric
squares with characteristic grey lines.
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There is a minimalistic approach to the
interiors because the focus is to have a
huge space that is set for leisure, and not
for everyday use. The idea is to leave a
lot of open and flexible space for people
to even spread out a mat and relax on
the floor. However, this minimalism is
balanced by murals, colourful accessories
and fabrics that see a dominance of
floral patterns.
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There is a deliberate attempt to retain the ‘heritage’ theme - intricate patterned rugs, poster beds,
armchairs and the sloping roof all come together to tell an ancient story.
Describing his favourite aspect of
the farmhouse, principal architect
Vishal Shah says, “The best thing
about this place is the effortless
connection between the indoors and
the outdoors. The lush green lawn,
paved party space, gazebo and dining
area all come together to provide a
feeling of freedom.”
In the process, it lends a sense of
abandon stripping out pretences
and making you feel one with the
surrounding nature.
aangan.architect@gmail.com
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Starting by adding a bit of new to your home will go a long way.
EMBELLISH AND
ENRICH
The festival of light marks the beginning of a new year
for some, but for all it means light, energy, positivity and
happiness. Starting by adding a bit of new to your home
will go a long way in how your home looks and how it
will feel to you as a homemaker. A home renovation or
up-gradation is no easy task and definitely not for the
faint heart.
Smaller changes to furniture and furnishings come
under the category of “re-decorating”.
Keeping in mind your budget limitations, space constraints
and time lines, planning your renovation is something
that has to be done with an achievable goal in mind and a
practical dream to implement.
Smaller changes to furniture and furnishings come under
the category of “re-decorating” while larger civil work
changes, plumbing disruptions and completely overhauling
your home’s look and feel is called “renovating”.
Practically, the best way to approach a redecoration is
to start with a particular motive that can be driven by a
particular style or era, a colour scheme or even a particular
inspiration and move towards it. Haphazard choices
must be avoided, but when sticking to one theme but
introducing a few eclectic elements is totally acceptable.
Umpteen options exist today that will fit every purse
and every taste.
While renovating your home, budget plays a driving factor
following the necessity for renovation. Umpteen options
exist today that will fit every purse and every taste so
renovation is much simpler than what it used was, be it
for your bathroom fixtures, kitchen utilities or your ceiling
designs. So this Diwali make a change, take a chance and
brighten up your home.
Text By Virupa Kantamneni
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2017
September
2017
RENOVATE & DECORATE
Renovate your abodes as festive season hits town with our latest coverage on products and solutions
across categories of lighting, paints, wall coverings, home decor and accessories.
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Soak Up The Luxury
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Dress It Up
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Soak Up The Luxury
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A Utilitarian Makeover
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Bright And Eclectic
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No Glue - No Screw
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Confinement With Class
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Green Thumb
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Articulated Minimalism
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SOAK UP THE LUXURY
Often, your home is judged based on your bathroom. Investing in good sanitary ware will go a long way
be it in aesthetics or in functionality.
VITRA
ZEST SPACE
VitrA Zest Space is a unique showering area with a stunning look. Its black
Eloxal aluminum profile and elegant glaze are highlighted by LED lighting
that uses chromotherapy to help balance your body’s physical, emotional,
psychological and mental energy.
www.vitra-india.com
DIAMOND SPAS
SOAKING TUBS
DESIGN OWL
BATHROOM IN A BOX
Deviating from purely utilitarian and functional satisfaction, the
Japanese soaking tubs give you tranquility. Making sure your
bath gives you every penny of luxury you have paid for. The
unconventional soaking tubs from Diamond Spas feature tubs
made out of copper and steel, giving your bathroom a very
contemporary lift.
The latest innovation from Design Owl is ‘Bathroom in A
Box’ - a ready to install designer bathroom that comes
with the best products, detailed drawings in accordance
to the bathroom dimensions and an easy to follow stepwise installation guide. Design Owl also provides expert
advice online to help with its easy installation.
www.diamondspas.com
www.designowl.com
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NOKEN
“MOOD BY NOKEN”
Energy efficiency and sustaining natural resources is of top priority. In this
evolving age, digital faucets lend a much needed efficiency-hand to the
world of utilities. It detect the necessity and adjusts the speed of water
flow, as well as adjusting temperature that can be set before turning on
the tap.
DURAVIT
The Starck 1 series is probably the most versatile
component when it comes to bathroom
renovation. Planning your storage to work with a
pre-designed sink is quite a challenge especially
with plumbing coordination playing a key role.
These sinks from Duravit come with in-built storage
that will cover all your needs. Aesthetically designed
the models come in varying finishes that will
complement pretty much any surface treatment
you choose for your renovated bathroom.
www.noken.com
www.duravit.in
GROHE
AQUASYMPHONY
AquaSymphony embodies ultimate relaxation. Being the
perfect fusion between latest SPA technologies and digital
innovations, it transforms the present concept of showering
into the ultimate luxury SPA experience. AquaSymphony
blends the most exclusive natural and man-made SPA
environments into one holistic shower experience for all
the senses.
www.grohe.co.in
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A UTILITARIAN MAKEOVER
To enjoy a good kitchen, make it look spanking new always but make sure it works always.
H&R JOHNSON
NOBILIA LINE N
In partnership with Germany’s Nobilia, H&R Johnson offers high-end kitchens in
India. The recently launched handle-less kitchens, Line N, comes in high quality
lacquer or perfectly crafted matte fronts with laser-welded edges. Ergonomically
shaped recessed handles made of anodized stainless steel allow comfortable
access to doors, drawers and pull-outs.
www.hrjohnsonindia.com
HAFELE
HAILO CARGO-SOFT PULL OUT BIN
Hailo is a complete waste bin system that includes soft close
covered runners for fixing to cabinets and door front. Automatic
closure and soft close is enabled by the Smooth-Tec mechanism.
Silver epoxy coated steel bin holder accompanies light grey
plastic bins. With a total capacity of 25 litres, this is most
suitable for under-sink applications.
FABER
3D HOOD
Faber introduces world’s first 3D Chimney with T2S2
technology using 3-way suction. Its unique filters on
the sides of the hood extract any smoke that escapes the
bottom vent, ensuring 15% better smoke and grease
reduction in the kitchen. Available in black and steel
options, 3D hoods come adapted to latest designs and
finishes from Europe.
www.hafeleindia.com
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www.faberindia.com
HAECKER INDIA
The vast world of modular kitchens can be daunting. But when it
comes to choosing the right kitchen, remember that practicality
is of utmost importance. Stick to sleek no fuss surface treatment
choices and angles that can be cleaned easily. One of the latest
options available is the Concrete finish handless modular kitchens
offered by Haecker India that will give your kitchen a very
contemporary uplift while keeping your cleaning woes at bay.
ACRYSIL
CARYSIL SWAN GRANITE SINK
www.haecker-india.com
Swan is a remarkable combination of beauty and
performance. It has distinct spaces for preparation,
clean-up, and wet and dry work. The back half of
the platform curves, allowing more space in the sink
basin, making it perfect to hold large kitchenware.
The design also ensures that the dishes drying on
the platform stay out of sight. Truly suited for a
busy kitchen!
www.acrysil.com
HETTICH
PRO-DECOR HANDLES
Ranging from classic steel handles, this line gives you the
option of finding what really suits your new kitchen - a good
one at that. The Touch-In handle from the Pro-decor series
combines purist, handless design merges to give you superb
functionality with a casual slickness to it.
www.hettich.com
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CONFINEMENT WITH CLASS
The walls that enclose the space, the floor that contain the space and the ceiling that encapsulates the
space, for these let’s think out of the box. Let’s live.
KLINDEX
SUPER CONCRETE FLOOR SYSTEM
Super Concrete floor system: Slick and hassle-free, this flooring system has
everything going for it. Be it a contemporary look or to uplift your traditional
or eclectic redecoration, this polished concrete flooring with take care of all
your aesthetic needs while keeping it virtually maintenance free. With a curing
period of 2-3 weeks, time is the only thing that his flooring asks for - not even
all your money!
www.klindex.in
HUNTER DOUGLAS
NATURA NEO
This wooden false ceiling gives you the option of including a
contemporary organic element to your ceiling. The Natura Neo
uses linear-spaced wood slats for ceilings and wall applications
that gives you easy access to your services while using FSC
certified wood as its base.
www.hunterdouglasarchitecural.com
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ARMSTRONG
SOUNDSCAPES
When designing our acoustically sensitive spaces in your
home, introducing a few such elements will make a world
of a difference. Soundscapes Acoustical Clouds are designer
acoustic panels that are pre-formed into various shapes.
They retrofit to to most ceiling systems in minutes and are
ideal for renovation projects with limitations.
www.armstrongceilings.com
JOHNSON
Engineered Marble and Quartz: Often, for a conventional mindset marble
is the preferred choice of flooring and rightfully so given its versatility in
appearance. But given its pricing, high maintenance and lesser workability
the vitrified tile competition zoomed past this conventional material. Now
the nice folks at Johnson Marble Quartz have what is called “engineered”
marble and this option gives you the choice of using a flooring or counter
top material which looks exactly like conventional marble but with the added
perks of low maintenance, high workability and a lot of colour options.
FUNDERMAX
MAX EXTERIOR
www.johnsonmarblequartz.in
Choosing the right material when renovating your
exterior however small it may be, the exterior panels
from Fundermax cater to your wall cladding needs,
rain screen and balcony applications. Made from
extremely durable material, these panels will not
compromise on consistency while giving your home
a lifestyle statement and protecting it from the
natural elements.
www.fundermax.at
ASIAN PAINTS NILAYA
SABYASACHI FOR NILAYA
Sabyasachi designer wallpaper collections are as rich and
layered like the vast and varied theatre that is India. Add
to that a sublime eclecticism, an original eye and a design
instinct that is in a class by itself.
www.nilaya.asianpaints.com
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DRESS IT UP
Selecting the right furniture and furnishing will directly reflect on your personality and taste. If you are
looking to make a comfortable statement, then have a look at the products recommended by us.
BENTCHAIR
KIPLING CHAIR
Styled after an iconic Harvey Probers Design, this over half circle chairs is a
masterpiece of mid-century design and craftsmanship. The back is done in
classic Singapore cane providing airy comfort and elegance. The seat is covered
in an abstract embroidered velvet and the frame is constructed out of kiln
dried Rosewood.
www.bentchair.com
KALAKAARIHAATH
HANDCRAFTED COFFEE
Handcrafted Coffee, is quite literally a side coffee table
handcrafted by the finest craftsmen of Rajasthan. Designed with
ergonomic sensitivity, this furniture piece accommodates your
favourite read accompanying the perfect cup of coffee.
www.kalakaarihaath.com
DESIGN OWL
HANDMADE NATURAL WOOL
OVIS RUG
A sheep’s story indeed! This rug has individual sheep with
individual textures. The flatwoven base and raised sheep give
the rug an interesting multi dimension that is sure to draw
your guests’ attention. Suitable for youngsters or even for
young at heart who love the creativity of a quirky design.
www.designowl.com
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ZYNNA
Zynna has launched the exquisite fabric and astonishing lavender
wallpaper range. The new range of contemporary lavender fabrics
and wallpapers are befitting to give your abode an aristocratic
semblance for the monsoon season. Shades of lavender are a
perfect backdrop when paired with gold and the collection has
a distinctive variety of shades to choose from along with the
wallpapers to make your walls look splendid.
www.zynna.in
U LIKE FABRICS
FLORID COLLECTION
Florid collection from U Like Fabrics redefines
tradition with a contemporary stoke. Highlighting
all-season flavor, it revolves around an ethnic feel
that casts a bold and deep effect in its design.
It masterfully displays the contrasting upshot
with geometric stripe and abstract patterns that
blends well with plain, free-flowing textures.
www.ulikefabrics.com
TUNI TALES
OCEANIC TEXTURES
These sorbet coloured quilts made in pure cotton are
perfect for your bedroom. Inspired by the blues of the seas,
these quilts can be mixed and matched with pastel hued
cushion covers.The size makes it perfect to use in the living
area or to curl up in in the lounge or patio.
www.tuniinteriors.com
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BRIGHT AND ECLECTIC
Let your inner personality shine with the accessories you choose for your redecoration.
From contemporary to downright conventional, see what you can experiment with.
AJJI
THE KIKU CHANDELIER
Kiku Lamp takes a mighty form in a giant, atomic- like structure to illuminate
the space to the next level. It enlarges itself and engulfs the space with its
multiple nuclei like form uisng over a hundred bulbs that come together to
light up the space in all possible directions. The chandelier provides an infinite
number of possibilities as you play with multiple arms to lose yourself in a
wonderland of lights.
www.ajji.in
THE WHITETEAK COMPANY
LIVING THE DREAM TABLE LAMP
CuroCarte is a pioneer in curating and designing luxury
products made by hand that are a result of seamless
collaboration between their designers and craftsmen from
all over the world. Their Spain Collection revolves around the
theme ‘Bring art to life’.
Penthouse living takes an upward swing with this beauty
poised to take center stage in your daily life as well
as swish soirees! A streamlined design is intercepted
with crystals in a crescent shape that leaves you deeply
intrigued with the simplicity and complexity of this
artwork inspired by nature in true abundance. A beige
fabric shade in a rectangle shape provides the finished
look to this aesthetic beauty.
www.curocarte.com
www.whiteteak.com
CUROCARTE
SPAIN COLLECTION
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DESIGN OWL
MILANO METAL AND GLASS
CHANDELIER
Low-maintenance and the ability to adapt to different spatial
themes is a quality few products have. Shaped like a faceted
jewel piece, this chandelier brings contemporary style to a
room and adds added dimension to the light from within. The
brass metal frame is finished in nickel and the glass is given a
smoked finish to add that vintage look and feel.
STUDIO COPPRE
COPPER POD
www.designowl.com
The beautiful Copper Pod from Studio Coppre
is perfect for a windy evening running late into
the night. It is made out of copper, with a clear
lacquer coat. It lights up and highlights the
skilfully rendered beaten work of the Tambat
artisan and his craft.
www.coppre.in
THE BRIGHTER SIDE
AURA ETCHED TABLE LAMP
The Brighter Side Aura etched table lamp gives soft ambient
light. It can be used as a single unit over a table or multiple
units to give dramatic effect. The intricate pattern on the
surface creates beautiful ambience. The lamp is made of iron
and high quality CE wire for suspension.
www.thebrighterside.co.in
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GREEN THUMB
Marrying your taste and standards when refurbishing your outdoors is what will set your home apart.
Quirk it up or tone it down, our products will let you decide which way you want to lean.
CCHAJED GARDEN
FAUX VERTICAL GARDEN
The relief a “green wall” provides to an otherwise static and confined space is
remarkable. For those of you who are looking for that relief but have restrictions
of space and budget, the faux vertical gardens are you solution. They come in a
variety of colours and types so you get to pick what your vertical garden looks
like permanently - without any of the maintenance hassles!
www.cchajedgarden.com
SOMANY CERAMICS
DURASTONE
MY BAGEECHA
ARCTIC FOREST TERRANIUM KIT
Refurbishing your outdoors requires a few main criteria to be
satisfied and one of them is durable flooring options that will
go the distance. The stone paver tiles from Somany promise just
that. Flaunting the natural stone-tile look, they come in attractive
designs and colours. Durastone is ideal for outdoor floor tiles or
parking tiles.
The Arctic Forest Terrarium Kit takes you to a magical snowy
forest! The colorful plants with the white pebbles are a classic
combination in themselves! Use your artistic skills to turn this
DIY Kit into the terrarium you dreamt of! Make it a centre of
attraction in your home and watch your guests go green with
envy. Living in urban flats is no longer an excuse. Go Green.
www.somanyceramics.com
www.mybageecha.com
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NOTION
OUTDOOR WOODEN FLOORING
The exquisite collection of Outdoor Wooden Flooring, by Notion is sure to
let you infuse one of the key trends of contemporary outdoor flooring while
capturing the beauty of sumptuous floor surfaces. Making a compelling
fashion statement while raising the style of your exterior spaces this Outdoor
Wooden Flooring collection comprising of the Harwood flooring as well as
Deck tiles can bring life and add character to your outdoor areas.
FERROUS CRAFT
WICKER GARDEN FURNITURE
www.notion.net.in
Focussing on the dying world of handmade art,
Trove India specializes and takes pride in its hand
painted products. Most products are customized
and commissioned based on the client but what
stands out is the wall art comprising of multiple
hand painted plates in traditional indian motifs.
These plates are perfect to add class to those
blank and newly renovated walls.
www.facebook.com/troveindia
EARTHLY CREATIONS
GARDEN ACCESSORIES
Come along to Earthly Creations and get mesmerising cute little
garden accessories for the show. The pots are designed using
terracotta and resin to create a buzz with kitchen gardening
techniques and accessories. The pots are hand - sculpted by
around 40 potter families and are available at economical prices.
www.earthlycreations.in
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Ayush Kasliwal
SOAK UP THE LUXURY
The handicrafts of India survived
through the bleak period of invasion of
modernization, just barely. Thanks to
the new generation’s conscious tussle to
safeguard what little has been left behind
of the glorious crafts, slowly but steadily
the skilled craftsmen of India are being
given their due. One such dying art is the
art of blue pottery.
Famous for its intricate designs and bright
blue colour over stark white, the blue
pottery of Jaipur has Turko-Persian roots.
Due to the fragile process of low baking
temperatures and being almost semi
transparent to provide the perfect canvas
for intricate motif decoration, blue pottery
is restricted to smaller decorative objects
such as coasters, small vases, small tiles
and tableware.
Entering this dying craft into fair trade can
be credited to the two young entrepreneurs
Ankit Sharma and Rohit Khandelwal
from Blue Decor. Home Review had the
opportunity to ask these young men a few
questions on their aims and aspirations to
bring this craft out into the open.
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What is the genesis of the brand Blue
Decor?
When I was perusing my MBA, the idea
of Blue Décor Came into my mind and
we started Blue Décor in 2015. The main
reason of selecting Blue Pottery is because
this traditional art is on the verge of dying.
Blue Pottery should get its past glory back
again. We aspire the acknowledgement
of this art in every corner of the world.
What is your main mantra and aim for
Blue Decor?
Blue Décor is all about showing the world
the blue shades of pottery. Our aim is to
shrink the gap between the admirer and
the art work
What helped you decide that Blue
Decor will make it in the big retail
world?
Our main strength is all the artisans
who work for us and helping us preserve
this art.
How long does the manufacturing
process take?
Making Blue Pottery is a time consuming
process. It depends on weather condition.
Moreover, it is a completely hand-made
process which takes nearly twenty to thirty
days to complete a single piece.
Is it possible to mass produce such
a skilled craft?
We can customize products according
to the demand of the customer. Initially,
we create a sample for the customer.
Thereafter, on the approval for the same,
we go ahead with mass production.
bluedecorindia@gmail.com
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NO GLUE - NO SCREW
Everyone looks for exclusivity. In the world
of growing trends, product designers are
aiming towards creating products that
would let you have your piece of exclusivity
without killing your budget. Enter LiGHTFiSH, a company founded by designer
Samvit Blass native of the art nucleus of the
south - Auroville in Pondicherry.
Staying in touch with his client base’s
thought process and their expectations is
what he uses as his basis for designing as
he puts it, “As a designer one must be open
to all design opinions before one can form
one’s own. Consumers today expect more
from a product. The question a designer
should ask is not ‘how do you feel about
the product’ but rather ‘how does the
product make you feel about yourself?
Do the values of the product reinforce
the values of the user? This shift in focus
helped me to dig deeper into the emotional
connection the user has to the product.”
Speaking to Samvit, the responses to these
few questions itself told me one thing passion driven.
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When and how did the idea of LiGHTFiSH come about?
Starting my own company before the age
of 30 was my childhood dream. After 10
years’ experience in the US, China and
India, I returned to Auroville and started
LiGHT-FiSH with the help of Rishi, my
younger brother. I love to understand,
invent and most of all, to create. I
have been engaged in the business of
designing sustainable products for more
than ten years. The products are a result
of a defined approach towards design.
How does the process of creation work
in LiGHT-FiSH?
Having the design team and the
production team working together
using the latest in prototyping tools
gives us the ability to quickly work
through problems and come out with
original, beautifully made and innovative
products. A lot of the principals I apply to
my work I owe to Auroville and its vision.
How long does sourcing/manufacturing
the products take?
Our design philosophy is to use
sustainable and up-cycled material and to
minimize waste. Our products are locally
made in our own facility.
In exchange for this natural resource,
LiGHT-FiSH provides financial support
year round to help maintain the forest
and keep it protected.
Process of customising products.
At LiGHT-FiSH we’ve come up with
creative ways to make products at a
small scale without a large assembly
line. Wherever possible we follow a
philosophy of ‘No Glue-No Screw’ to
design beautiful products. Having the
tools to work hands on with these
materials has allowed me to experiment,
improvise and acquire a better
understanding of their varied uses.
This has helped me greatly to find
innovating solutions and developing
customised products.
Depending to the type of product and
the materials required for it sourcing and
manufacturing can take from a week
upto 3 months.
When you mention sustainable
approach, what exactly do you
do that gives back directly to the
environment?
We recycle material as much as possible,
such a bottles, and use wood from
naturally fallen trees from a forest called
Kamataru, North of Auroville. Our
designs are made to last and are energy
efficient. The fallen trees in certain
sections of the forest are cut into logs
and seasoned before being sent to
our workshop and turned into lights.
Finally what in your opinion is your
mantra for LiGHT-FiSH?
We use sustainable and up-cycled
material and to minimize waste. Our
products are locally made in our own
facility. We recycle material as much as
possible. It is important to us to keep
things clean and simple, to think of
lighting as a design element and not
just as a utilitarian need. The best way
to get in touch with your own personal
taste is to do things yourself as much as
possible, let your intuition guide you.
www.light-fish.com
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ARTICULATED
MINIMALISM
In this world of ever evolving
home decor, minimalism is the front
runner for today’s lifestyle.
The industrial revolution gave us a very
prominent influence of modernization but
what it did quietly in the background was
inspire designers and home owners to lean
towards a very rustic, unfinished and
minimalistic approach to home and office
decor. The lofts of New York stand out as
prime inspiration for this new growing
trend. Dominated by exposed high ceilings
and floor to ceiling windows, the
proposition of getting inspired by the
undressed concrete walls and simple
flooring appeals to this current
contemporary generation.
Living Spaces
Keeping in mind the need to declutter
and have a low maintenance upkeep, the
prospect of exposed walls and floors is quite
refreshing. Today many tiling companies
have concrete and wood look-alike tiles that
are fast selling and fit most budgets.
Colour punctuates the monotony
Kitchen
Remember those heavy wooden cupboard doors and
shelves so dark and deep that finding anything is virtually
impossible? Well, lucky for us those days are long gone.
Investing in a good sleek kitchen is common these days.
Stainless steel and Engineered Marble counter tops have
replaced the conventional granite ones upto a large extent. LED-lit shelves and lacquered doors ensure your time
spent in the kitchen is efficient and the clean up
session after is hassle-free.
Furniture
Light weight organic furniture and accessories keep to
the sidelines of this theme. Luckily for us the options now
are plenty. With product designers and furniture designers churning out amazing exclusivity. Keeping in mind
the practical comfort of a piece of furniture is important
and the extent of its wear and tear are all defining factors
when choosing the right pieces so you must ensure that
the swanky contemporary appeal does not let you get
carried away.
Small attempts to make a change
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Furnishings
Staying within tones of grey and white can
sometimes be too pale for the conventional
taste. Introducing colour and textures in fabrics to dress your windows and furniture will
give your spaces a multidimensional look
and the option of upgrading them gives you
the allowance to let the inner art lover in
you to shine!
The Outdoors
However small your outdoor space is, be it a
balcony, a deck, a courtyard or a big terrace
having your own small “living patch” makes
a world of a difference. The trend of
introducing a green living wall with live
plants and herbs gives you a multi-use
sustainable approach to decorating your
outdoor space.
Lively and rustic
Wooden flooring for the decks can be
high in maintenance and cost you a whole
lot more than the new wooden vitrified
tile options.
These come in long sizes that look like
genuine Parquet floor, but without the fuss
of installation and maintenance. Sticking to
native species will keep your outdoors green
always and the plants may even take care
of themselves while taking care of you.
Go quirky on the outdoor furniture and
accessories. Build a terracotta zoo if
you’d like!
Sleek to the top
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An inter-disciplinary
industrial design studio,
working across architecture,
furniture, product design,
lighting, motorcycle design,
automotive racing, craft
and even jewellery design,
Saif Faisal Design Workshop
synthesizes design as craft
with technology.
Bidriware from Qaiser Series are crafted by the process of selective oxidation.
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The
Essentialist
TEXT BY ANINDITA GANGULY
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Blub Candle Holder has soft and clean curves of solid wood and metal dish.
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As a design firm, the main focus of the
studio has been on design consultation
to different manufacturers. The selfinitiated designs that were made into
prototypes, were acknowledged and
people got really interested in buying
them. Initially, manufacturing began on
a small scale.
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Eventually things really changed when
Saif Faisal, Owner, Saif Faisal Design
Workshop, pursued Bidriware after an
enlightening conversation with Patricia
Urquiola. The studio developed some
interesting and innovative techniques in
the almost stagnant 700 year old craft to
create accessories, jewellery and a series
of tables - 'Qaiser series'.
Saif Faisal is an 'Essentialist'; with
his focus on beautiful, sensitive,
thoughtful and meaningful design
with sustainable aesthetics; design
that doesn't follow any fads
or fashions.
In his words, “I would like to surprise
myself from time to time exploring
some new dimension. Working in
different typologies and scales keeps
things interesting and adventurous.
I'm quite intrigued by anything that
could be interesting and creates a
curiosity, be it a necessity, an interesting
process, a beautiful material or a
social concern. I have vested interest in
philosophy, cultural anthropology and
sociology, which plays a huge role in my
understanding of a project beyond the
corporeal aspects”.
Alhazen LED Task Lamp has an aluminium bracket and brushed clear LED acrylic tube.
Saif always had a deep admiration
and fascination for Japanese and
Scandinavian design sensibilities
and Italian passion, paired with the
frustration and dissatisfaction with
the local “design", which inspired him
to pursue design in a meaningful and
poetic way.
Currently, the brand is extensively
engaging with self-manufacturing its
pieces whilst handling small scale batch
production, besides looking at fullfledged mass production. The team of
Saif Faisal Design Workshop has been
working on several designs they wish
to develop and put in production and
also some projects in collaboration with
international manufacturers.
Blub Vide Poche is a soft and minimal versatile bowl.
Hemi Candle Holder is a remarkably elegant addition for any space.
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Recently, the brand has launched a
product with ground-breaking home
ware company, Othr from US and
couple of others are in development.
These remarkable products are 3D
printed and made in New York. Another
recent innovation is a collection with
the Danish Brand, Bolia. Additionally,
the team is working on a series of
kitchenware for a new brand from
the US and a wrist watch for a brand
from UK.
The most admired and best-selling
products from the brand are its lights,
especially the Poise lamp and the
Counterpoise lamp. These lights are
interactive, playful and poetic. Moreover,
the uniquely crafted Bidriware pieces are
also extremely popular.
The Nour Mirror has a minimal soft shape and a mesmerising appeal.
The Fuse Casting is reminiscent of the fractals in nature, like a shoreline.
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The way in which Saif Faisal Design
Studio approaches design is unusual
when compared to popular stuff around
which puts this brand in a unique place.
According to Saif, "Good design is
something that is not just functional and
addresses a practical need, but one that
goes beyond the physical and material,
it is poetic. Design has the potential to
shape us as a culture, so it is a social
responsibility".
Saif Faisal Design
Workshop.
#202, 6th Cross,
J.H.B.C.S Layout,
J.P Nagar Post.
Near Kadrenahalli Cross,
Bangalore - 560111,
Karnataka, India.
shop@saif-faisal.com
+91 7829820809
BLURRED
BOUNDARIES
Designed by C.F.Moller, one
of Scandinavia’s leading
architectural firms with 90 years
of award winning work behind
it, Villa Rypen is a symphony
composed of nature and raw
minimalism. With its quirky shape
and modular scheme, it stands out
for its one-of-a-kind design.
Text By Ramya Srinivasan
Photographs Courtesy Julian Weyer
The porch is the connector that merges the house with the bordering forests; the overhang acts as a shade and provides a cover for rains.
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Aarhus, Denmark, is the European culture
capital for 2017. For a year long, the city
will be in the limelight showcasing its
prime attraction, the Old Town, along
with many coveted art museums. While
Copenhagen is the capital, Aarhus is the
second largest city in Denmark, and is
often referred to as one of the happiest
cities on earth.
On the quiet forest edge of this charming
city lies Villa Rypen. The first thing
one observes about the house is its
asymmetrical shape, angled, much like a
parallelogram. Julian Weyer, one of the
partners in C.F.Moller acknowledges that
this house is built on a “unique plot”. He
explains, “It’s a rather narrow plot (158
square metre), and not entirely levelled
and so it just wasn’t possible to fit the
house into this plot in a traditional way.”
Villa Rypen in Aarhus, Denmark, is designed by C.F.Moller, which was been named one of the top 10
most innovative companies in architecture in 2015.
As is often the case, the key challenge
turned into an inspiration. Here, the
design creates a sense of wrapping around
everything – the building does not look
like it’s planted in a plot, but something
that merges with its ambience, reaching
out effortlessly to the abutting forest.
Weyer explains, “The building and the
terraces are lifted off the ground to
create a beautiful ensemble. The shape
encompasses everything around, and even
extends into the landscape.”
Another distinctive feature of the villa is
its openness; the design invites the forest
in, and the house stretches its terraces to
reach out to the forest’s tall trees and to
the garden. Large window sections in a
serrated design idiom ensure an inflow of
light from several directions, and the view
of the forest provides an organic backdrop
to the living space in the house.
Large terraces, access to the outdoors and a modular design form the crux of the design of Villa Rypen.
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There is also a sizeable porch that brings
a poetic sensibility to the residence,
elevated by its proximity to nature. Weyer
describes, “The idea was to create a space
that connects to the forest; the porch
not just opens to the forest but includes
it completely. The house is at a slightly
higher ground level, so you get a beautiful
view of the forest from here. Sitting there,
you’re in a space that the house and the
forest have built together.”
The living and kitchen spaces are positioned perfectly with access to a south-east facing terrace towards the
garden, and a north-west facing terrace towards the forest.
While it is refreshing to have this
openness, it is also necessary to
ensure the privacy of its residents.
Huge glass windows render a
brilliant view, but are offset with
wooden walls. Weyer explains
this clever execution, “If you look
obliquely from the neighbouring
plots, then these walls restrict the
view. The parallelogram shape is
part of the concept, so there is no
straight view from outside; the way
in which the outside of the house
envelops and overshoots the glass
provides privacy.”
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In continuity with the unconventional
nature of design choices, the inside
layout of the house has a stark
structure that demonstrates the
concept of modularity flawlessly.
Centred on an airy living and kitchen
space, the house has a flexible layout that
can be configured in any way the client
chooses to. Currently, it is built to be a
three bedroom setting, but this can just be
changed easily.
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Weyer says, “We wanted to keep
to a simple, basic structure with
‘interchangeability’ being a key feature.
Just by adding a sliding door, for
example, the purpose of a room can be
easily changed.”
This can be quite shocking at first sight.
For, when design has come to mean the
expression of the individual, here in Rypen,
a lot is unsaid and undefined. “The clients
are a middle-aged couple, who wanted
a house that can adapt to their current
lifestyle, but would also be a place where
they can continue to stay as they age,”
shares Weyer. Individuality is essential, but
it could often create a sense of rigidity as
the needs of the residents evolve. And this
is something that the C.F.Moller team has
managed to evade in this design.
Simplicity and clarity have been the
underlying themes in many C.F.Moller
projects, winning them acclaim for
several international projects such as the
University Campus in Aarhus, the National
Gallery in Copenhagen, the Darwin
Centre at the Museum of Natural History
in London, the2012 Olympics’ Athletes
Village in London and many others.
Ground Floor Plan
In Villa Rypen, too, this unpretentiousness
comes through. As Weyer explains, “Doing
private residences can be challenging as
it’s very personal. However, we resort to
simple ways for doing things.” This has
led to the house possessing a timeless
quality, ready to evolve with time, adapt
to different needs and perhaps, even
different residents.
jw@cfmoller.com
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The Skyrail at Kuranda offers a unique aerial view of the many shades of green and types of trees found in the region’s tropical rainforest.
Australia's Green Edge
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY
KUNAL BHATIA AND
SHUVAJIT PAYNE
kunal@kunalbhatia.net
www.kunalbhatia.net
This is the second of a two-part series on
Australia’s unique geological formations.
Look back at the August issue of Home
Review for part-one, featuring the redlandscapes of the Australian Outback.
In a stark contrast to the arid sprawl
of central Australia is Queensland’s
tropical strip. Stretching along the
Pacific Ocean, it is home to a wealth
of ecological treasures including
the UNESCO World Heritage Listed
Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree
Rainforest.
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The latter is home to some of the oldest
continuously surviving rainforests on
earth, which predate the Amazon forest
by millions of years and boast of flora
and fauna not found anywhere else on
the planet.
The isolation of the continent allowed
the forests to be undisturbed over
the centuries, leading to some unique
formations such as the 500 year old
Cathedral Fig Tree in the Atherton
Tableland region. It’s a prime example
of a sapling taking birth on the branches
of a host tree only to eventually surpass
and kill its host.
The diversity of tree cover is however
best appreciated above. This is possible
at the forest near Kuranda, thanks to a
Skyrail that offers sweeping aerial views
along a lengthy ropeway stretching from
the mountains to the coastline.
The forests are also home to a variety of
water bodies including dozens of rivers
and waterfalls. Many of these are of
mythological importance to the native
tribes that were the traditional owners
of these lands and inhabited the forests.
Amongst such sites is the Babinda
Boulders - home to a legend involving
the lost love of a young woman from the
local Yidinji tribe.
For further insight into the ways of life
of the Aboriginal people, the Tjapukai
Cultural Park in Cairns preserves
and showcases their rich culture and
traditions through performances
involving music and dance, exhibitions
of their arts and crafts along with a
chance to interact with members of
the community.
Top and Bottom:
The roots of the cathedral fig tree
drop down from its highest branches and
spread across a staggering 39 metres
in circumference.
The rainforests of Queensland extend all the
way to the coastline and meet another World
Heritage Site - the Great Barrier Reef.
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A portion of the Skyrail glides across the
sweeping Barron River.
The Millaa Millaa Falls in the Atherton Tableland
region derive their name from a forest vine
that was a source of seasonal food for the local
Mamu Aboriginal people.
A gurgling creek flows in between
granite rocks at the Babinda Boulders, part of the
many water systems found in the rainforest.
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Paronella Park is a vintage amusement
park from the 1930s that had been abandoned
and taken over by the forest. Reopened to the
public, its ruined structures and gardens make
for interesting explorations.
Artefacts and performances at the Tjapukai
Cultural Park offer an insight into the life of the
native Djabugay people.
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DESIGN
DESTINATION
DUB
WHERE
Located in the province of
Leinster on the east coast, Dublin
is the capital and largest city of
Ireland. It sits at the mouth of the
River Liffey that divides it into
two. Bordered by a low mountain
range towards the south, it is
surrounded by flat farmland in the
north and west.
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LIN
WHEN
WHY
The best time to visit Dublin is in
the summer when temperatures
are warm and festivals fill the
streets. While June to August
experiences a cool summer and
commands the best time to visit,
September is warm and sunny.
The months from November to
February are cold but dry. May
sees rain and sun.
A small capital with a huge
reputation, Dublin’s mix of
heritage and hedonism will
not disappoint. Known for its
cobbled streets and classic pubs,
travellers can expect to experience
the traditional alongside the
contemporary.
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BOUTIQUE
BEAUTY
Located in Dublin’s nightclub district,
the Dean Hotel spells hipster luxury at its
finest. Giving the boutique hotel scene of
Dublin a much needed kick, it mixes urban
chic with retro vibes and a rock-n-roll spirit
to perfection. The result is a sassy abode
with loads of surprising features, like
mirrored ceilings, geometric floors, neon
lights and street art. The hotel offers a
taste of vintage inspired delights.
The 52 bedroom accommodation with 2
suites, The Devlin and The James invests
heavily in emerging Irish artists. It boasts
of a rotisserie, a function room called
‘The Blue Room’ and The Loft - a two
bedroom penthouse with a huge living
space for luxury seekers. Spread across
floors of Georgian and contemporary
architecture, the history of Harcourt
Street enters through its Georgian
doorways that help establish a unique
frontage for the hotel.
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A limited palette of materials and colours
has been combined in various ways
to create interest. Struck by ambient
lighting as you enter, you witness a lobby
illuminated by the downstairs bar’s radian
golden glow from one side and the
reception’s cool neon glare which reads, ‘I
Fell In Love Here’ from the other. Its café
and restaurant are equally photogenic.
The rooftop bar is decked out with
swings and plush booths that offset the
very best of modern Irish interiors.
DRAMATISING
THE DOCKLANDS
The Grand Canal Theatre is a powerful
cultural presence expressed in dynamic
volumes, sculpted to project a fluid and
transparent public dialogue as it adds
drama to the Dublin docklands. This
composition creates a dynamic urban
gathering space cum icon mirroring the joy
and drama symbolic of Dublin itself.
The 2000 seat theatre is an architectural
landmark with three prominent entrances.
It comprises mainly of three stages - the
stage of the theatre, the stage of the
piazza and the stage of the multiple
level theatre lobby above the piazza. The
theatre forms the main façade of a large
public piazza that has a five star hotel
and residences on one side and an office
building on the other. The piazza often
converts into a stage for civic gatherings
with the dramatic theatre elevation as the
backdrop offering platforms for viewing.
Its rooftop terrace offers 360 degree views
of the Dublin Harbour.
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THE HOME STORY
As simple as its name the store
‘Article - items for the home’ flaunts
a simplistic interior in its rawest form.
Located in Powerscourt Townhouse
Centre in the heart of Dublin’s boutique
shopping centre, it resides in Lord
Powerscourt’s former dressing room
with its original plaster work ceiling
dating from 1780. It is the perfect
backdrop to showcase the beautifully
edited selection of items for the home.
Simple white casement windows read out
‘Article’ in a blue coloured unassuming
stencil font as they attract passers-by to
glance at the display inside. The windows
itself are used as quirky display shelves.
Housing everything from the practical to
the whimsical, artefacts adding colour to
the plain white interiors are centred on
geometrically simple, wooden shelves
and tables.
LITERARY
DUBLIN
Founded in 1592, The Trinity College is
Ireland’s oldest university. The compact
design of the college is based on its main
buildings looking inwards arranged in large
quadrangles. The college grounds witness
works ranging from older architecture to
modern buildings.
The western side of the college is older and
houses the Chapel and The Examination
Hall, The Graduates Memorial Building, The
Museum and The Rubrics spread across
five squares. An art gallery and theatre are
also located here which host national and
international exhibitions and performances.
Externally, The Examination Hall and Chapel
display a classical temple front. The chapel
is elaborate in its detailing with three large
round headed windows; the interiors of
The Hall are lit by semi-circular windows
set into the ceiling. Complete with
wooden arches, railings, columns and
balustrades, the Library is the largest
and oldest in Ireland.
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Text By Kanupriya Pachisia
GREEN
PROJECT
The junction between the public living spaces and the green turf of the courtyard is marked by decked terraces.
SMALL ON FOOTPRINT,
BIG ON DESIGN
Armed with expert craftsmanship,
unrestrained creativity and
a commitment to the best
sustainable building practices,
Surfside Projects designs homes
that enable clients to engage with
the outside as much as the inside.
Text By Ar. Priti Kalra
Photographs Courtesy Darren Bradley
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Nine-foot tall sliding glass walls and continuous clerestory glazing allow for the curved profile to be experienced indoors.
“My residential designs aren’t stock
standard, nor are they conservative,” says
director Steve Hoiles. “I care about context
and my homes are always respectful of their
surrounds.” An ardent believer in the notion
that architecture can positively impact the
way we live, he takes on only one project at
a time and devotes his entire time to it.
Since the inception of his firm 14 years ago,
his efforts have centred on the idea that
sustainability is the only logical solution for
new buildings. Each of the homes he has
designed is certified by California Green
Point Rated, a third party, unbiased rating
system. Further, he completed one of the
first platinum rated LEED homes on North
America’s West Coast in the year 2010.
Floor Plan
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Flexible living spaces and unhindered outdoor accessibility form the soul of the design.
Located in Encinitas, California, Avocado
Acres House is a 2800 sq ft residence that
is the outcome of collaboration between
Surfside Projects and architect Lloyd Russell.
In plan, three pavilions generate a U-shaped
layout with a central courtyard. Flexible
living spaces and unhindered outdoor
accessibility form the soul of the design.
Completed in 2016, the construction of
the coastal infill project was executed by
Alliance Green Builders, a fact that bears
further testimony to the design team’s
environmental objectives. While the project
takes its aesthetic cues from LA’s famed Case
Study Houses, its essence lies in addressing
the conditions that plague our planet today.
“It’s a healthy home perfect for a modern
family,” says Hoiles. While the first pavilion
is occupied by the living, dining, kitchen and
garage, the second pavilion is where the
threshold for the private enclosures begins.
A master bedroom suite with a luxurious
bathroom and walk-in closet occupy the
third pavilion.
By incorporating sustainable materials,
energy efficiencies and environmental
sensibilities, the house attempts to
minimise its carbon footprint and give
back more than it consumes.
A bold sloping roof - one which displays
a dynamic intermingling of rectilinear and
curvilinear geometries - caps the single
storey structure from above. An inwardlooking scheme ensures privacy from the
street, and creates an interior that is in
constant engagement with the outdoors.
Thus, the house is lent a grand sort of
scale and seamlessness of space, despite
its small footprint.
In response to the pitched roofs of
neighbouring houses, the street elevation
of Avocado Acres House reveals stark
straight lines and an angular profile.
What appears from the outside to be a
rectangular roof plan is ultimately exposed
as something much different. Inside, a
circle of vast proportions intersects the
rectangular roof headlong.
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The interior palette juxtaposes muscular concrete walls with
natural wood tones.
Since the inception of his firm 14 years ago, Steve Hoiles’ efforts have centred on the
idea that sustainability is the only logical solution for new buildings.
The trace of a semicircular arc is left behind,
one that hovers over the courtyard. Ninefoot tall sliding glass walls and continuous
clerestory glazing allow for the curved
profile to be experienced indoors. “Despite
the dramatic expression of the roof, it’s the
clerestory windows that define the overall
scheme. They amplify the internal spatial
volume and elegantly allow another visual
connection with the outside,” says Hoiles.
The expansive glazing brings in abundant
natural light while the clerestory
windows create a stack effect. Thus,
energy loads are minimal for long periods
of the day.
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The junction between the public living
spaces and the green turf of the courtyard
is marked by decked terraces. The interior
palette juxtaposes muscular concrete walls
with natural wood tones that clad the
vaulted ceiling, flooring and cabinetry.
The decision to select organically
harvested wood over tree trunks from
virgin forests adds to the sustainability
quotient and builds the case for the green
building certification.
An inward-looking scheme ensures privacy from the street, and creates an interior that is in constant engagement with the outdoors.
“When Lloyd Russell took my original
design concept and presented a curvilinear
roof, it was an instant decision to press the
go button,” says Hoiles. Though he was
impressed with how well the unique shape
complemented the rest of the aesthetics,
articulating the geometry of the roof and
detailing out its construction was not an
easy task. “The roof ended up generating
some mental gymnastics during both design
and construction phases. Curved details
seem to inherently create special hurdles.”
With a design that is rooted in the
architecture of the past, yet focuses on
addressing the environmental concerns
of the 21st century, a California Green
Point Rated certification becomes a given.
Further, a passion for mid-century
modernism, and a design mantra of
fun and functionality form the core of
Hoiles’ practice. “Modernist architectural
principles are timeless after all, so why not
incorporate them into everything I do?” he
questions playfully.
steve@surfsideprojects.com
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FAKRO
INSULATING
WINDOWS
Insulation refers to an energy savings
measure, which provides resistance to heat
flow. Naturally, heat flows from a warmer
to a cooler space. By insulating a house,
one can reduce the heat loss in buildings
in cold weather or climate, and reduce the
heat surplus in warmer weather or climate.
Insulating a house has several benefits such
as energy savings and therefore cost savings
and increased comfort.
There are several types of insulation against
heat loss in cold climates, each with its
own technical characteristics and financial
costs and benefits. Insulation measures are
generally one of the most cost effective
energy savings measures.
Text Compiled By Mala Bajaj
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Thus, insulation limits the need for
heating or cooling the house. Heat
losses or heat surpluses arise because
of differences between the indoor and
outdoor air temperature. Heat, normally
flows from a warmer to a cooler space,
and the temperatures will converge to
an equilibrium temperature, a physical
phenomenon based on mechanisms
like transmission (the heat flow through
materials) and ventilation (heat flow by air).
Insulation aims at reducing the speed of
this convergence of temperature in order
to decrease the need for heating or cooling
and thus a lower dependence on the use
of energy.
Fakro roof windows are designed not
only to provide a focal point for any room
whether you use them individually or in
combinations, but also promote saving of
energy. Their stylish appearance is matched
by the highest standard of manufacturing
and finishing which means one can rest
assured they will go on looking good
apart from accruing savings for years to
come. Fakro windows offer the perfect
combination of style, sustainability, security
and long life.
To achieve such high performance involves
ongoing refinement and improvement to
every roof window that is designed
by Fakro.
What really sets Fakro windows apart is
their low level of heat loss. Unlike some
manufacturers who provide U-values just for
glazing units, Fakro provides information for
the whole window. When comparing their
performance with other products you will
see how their non-vented, quadruple glazed
FTT U8 Thermo, with a U-value of 0.58 W/
m2K, leads the market. Their standard FTP-V
centre pivot windows also offer a level of
performance which competing windows
invariably fail to match.
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The FTT window with innovative structure
ensures excellent thermal insulation
performance and large energy savings.
The FTT U8 Thermo window featuring
Uw = 0.58 W/m2K is the most energyefficient roof window with a single glazing
unit available in the market. It already
significantly exceeds the energy-efficiency
requirements for roof windows which will
become effective from 2021. The FTT U8
Thermo complies with passive construction
requirements, which is confirmed by the
Passive House certificate.
Application of comprehensive solution
ensures a fulfilling of the energy-efficient
function of the window which in turn
reduces heat loss as well as bills for heating
the building.
The FTT U8 Thermo window is equipped
with a glazing unit consisting of four
toughened panes featuring increased
resistance. This improves safety of use in
the attic even during heavy rain or hail.
Therefore, these windows come with a
lifetime warranty against hail.
www.fakro.com
Triple chamber glazing unit U8 with
Ug = 0.3 W/m2K is set in a specially
designed sash frame, which offers
wider wooden profiles in comparison
with standard windows. The window is
equipped with five seals. Such a structure
minimises thermal bridging and provides
improved insulation.
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The FTT U8 Thermo window is supplied
and installed with EHV-AT Thermo flashing,
which enables window insulation above the
roof surface. Flexible insulating material is
glued to the inside of the flashing which
adheres tightly to the window frame
forming thermally insulated frame.
As standard, the window is equipped with
XDK insulation flashing kit, which enables
fast and proper installation of thermal
insulation, air permeable membranes and
air tight membranes around the window.
HELLA
JOn6ERIUS
Hella Jongerius and her team bring in
unexpected dashes of colour, texture
and context to everyday pieces,
making them stand out in a crowd
of product designs.
Text By Chryselle D’Silva Dias
Photographs Courtesy The Designer
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At first glance, Berlin-based designer Hella
Jongerius’ website itself is a reflection of
the products from her studio. The look is
mostly traditional but there’s a twist. The
website has a topsy-turvy menu just like
her products that have an unexpected,
unfinished edge.
B-set series
Born in 1963 in The Netherlands, Hella
founded the Jongeriuslab Studio in 1993
where products are created for the studio’s
banner and also for major clients such as the
United Nations, the airline KLM and design
house Vitra among others.
Hella’s earliest designs are full of gorgeous
porcelain pieces, a result of her collaboration
with Royal Tichelaar Makkum. The Big White
Pot and the Red White Vase (1997) stands
out in Toyota Red; the choice of colour
was also a statement about the toxicity
of the earlier existing paint, now replaced
by industrial spray paint. The Seven Pots
series (1997), the clay-textured Extended
Jugs (1997) and the B-set series (1997),
an “imperfect” set of tableware, all follow
similar lines and principles.
Red White Vase
Items in the B-set series are fired at a high
temperature which causes each element to
be slightly deformed. This series was the first
porcelain to be produced by Royal Tichelaar
Makkum, who until then worked with only
earthenware and stoneware.
Hella continued with the industrial theme
with Repeat (2002), “an upholstery
textile with an unusually long cycle of
repetition, introducing random order and
the opportunity to create one-offs within
a family of furniture items. The pattern
refers to silk ties in the archives of the Swiss
weaving mill where the fabric is produced.”
She has created several designs for textiles,
especially rugs, since then.
Repeat
The studio has diversified into many
products including furniture. One of her
earlier designs is also one of her popular
ones. The Polder Sofa (2005) for Vitra
is inspired by the typical Dutch ‘polder’
landscape which includes land reclaimed by
means of using long horizontal dykes and
intersecting canals.
Polder Sofa
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Polder Compact
The long sofa has unusual proportions but
looks extremely comfortable and is perhaps
wide enough to double up as a bed. Ten
years after the Polder Sofa was created,
Vitra has introduced the Polder Compact
(2015) which brings new colour, shape and
materials to the older version. Textiles for
the upholstery were designed and created
by Jongeriuslab.
Also taking inspiration from nature is
the Frog Table (2009) which explores the
relationship between the user and their
products. The table has a prominent 3D frog
figure which can be viewed as playful (if you
like the amphibian). Either way, this is not a
piece of furniture that can be ignored
or overlooked.
Frog Table
In 2009, Jongeriuslab was commissioned
to remodel the North Delegates Lounge at
the United Nations Headquarters in New
York. Hella designed two new furniture
designs for the lounge - the UN Lounge
Chair and the Sphere Table. With legs of
dark brown wood and steel and “UN blue”
fabric with leather patches on the armrests,
the UN Lounge Chair was made for informal
discussions where furniture could be moved
and reassembled without trouble.
North Delegates Lounge
The Sphere Table has a large half-sphere of
acrylic glass (also called the “Bubble”). The
sphere can be adjusted on either side of the
table this making it a versatile design. The
Bubble gives the user a semblance of privacy
in an otherwise open design.
The UN Lounge also featured a Knots and
Beads Curtain featuring traditional Dutch
fishing knots and handmade beads with all
their imperfections thus bringing a slice of
the Netherlands to New York. In 2014, the
studio designed the East River chair for the
UN Lounge “to facilitate conversations in a
casual atmosphere”.
Sphere Table
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The East River chair is a cheerful looking,
sturdy armchair with practical colours
and upholstery. The strap handle on the
rear of the backrest also makes it easy to
move around.
More recently, the colourful Tile Table (2017)
has garnered attention. The wooden table
has a hand-glazed ceramic top in fresh and
cheery colours. This attention to colour is
the result of an extensive colour research
in ceramics and it shows up in her other
work as well. In 2006, Hella experimented
with colours for the B-Set resulting in the
‘Coloured B-Set’.
In 2010, she made 300 vases for her
‘Coloured Vases’ series. Each series had a
range of colours, “an investigation into the
perception of colours that optically merge”.
All colours were based on old mineral
recipes and the intensity of the hues is
reminiscent of old paintings.
Tile Table
From vases to rugs to interiors, Jongeriuslab
has created beautiful, useful designs for
everyday living. The unexpected touches
like colour, shape or texture only serve to
enhance the user’s experience - much like
the upside-down menu of her website
which will bring a quick smile to your face
before you click and turn things the right
way again.
www.jongeriuslab.com
Coloured Vases
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Mr. Dilip Kumbhat, National President,
Indian Society of Lighting Engineers
the smart city electrification concepts
in India through seminars and product
display is organised by the Indian
Society of Lighting Engineers (ISLE),
with event management executed by
i ads & events.
MARCHING AHEAD IN LIGHT
YEARS WITH K-LITE
K-Lite introduces efficient and cost-effective LED bollards and gears up
for Light India International 2018.
K-Lite has launched efficient and costeffective LED bollards with rotationally
symmetrical illumination for ground
surfaces. The photometric design
of these luminaires is based on LED
integrated with K-Lite’s precision
reflector module.
On another note, a major lighting
exhibition under the banner Light India
International 2018 (Lii 2018) is to be
held in Mumbai. The exhibition will be
held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre
during 19-21 January 2018. This ‘mega
event’ which is configured to address
According to Dilip Kumbhat, President,
ISLE, Lii 2018 will cover all segments
of lighting. The event aims to not only
highlight the latest, but also present
the futuristic trends in all segments of
lighting. The theme of the event is LED
& SOLAR- A Sustainable Development;
and Lii 2018 will mark the participation
of prominent frontrunners in the field.
These speakers will share their expertise
during the technical seminars and
introduce their latest products in
the market.
www.klite.in
www.isleind.org
Consistent implementation of new
technological developments combined
with the highest technical and
structural quality have resulted in these
state of art luminaires. These luminaires
are characterised by their high luminous
efficiency, extremely long service life
and the uniformity of the degree
of illuminance.
These luminaires are available in Ø100
and Ø166, three different heights to
suit the installation site. Their sturdy
construction makes them especially
suitable for areas in which considerable
robustness is required to ensure vandal
proof service. They are ideal for the
illumination of footpaths, entrance
areas, driveway, private and
public areas.
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Design
Jalaram Timber
Store, Mumbai
Considered to be one
of the city’s largest
wood marts, Jalaram
in Prabhadevi, Mumbai
provides a great customer
experience. For over 40 years,
architects, interior designers
and proud homeowners have
trusted the brand for high
quality products and superior
service. Offering a wide range of
products in decorative veneers,
woods, plywood, solid surfaces and
floorings, Jalaram stands apart in
quality and sheer variety of products.
Designed by the versatile, Minnie Bhatt,
the timber store follows the science of
Vaastu while keeping the brand’s legacy
and contemporary aesthetic intact.
The experiential space has been designed
in a manner that ensures a patron see their
vast range of veneers on display.
They have a separate section where the live
tree veneers, measuring 10-12 ft. in height
have been displayed and also has a section to
showcase the wooden flooring retailed by the
brand. The display here is visually simple, giving
visitors an idea of the entire flooring range in
a glance.
The Director Mr Suman Shah’s leather and solid
wood office in the same premise reflects his
personality and yet continues to be in sync with the
aesthetic of the rest of the space.
minnie@minniebhatt.com
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Intelligent design need not be restricted to
mammoth-sized spaces. Sometimes,
even a small idea can lead to stunningly
brilliant interior themes.
Mixology
Design Mixology spotlights innovative
design in various domains
such as showrooms, bars, clinics,
spas and much more.
Enrich Salon,
Mumbai
The Enrich brand owns the
largest chain of salons in
the country. DCA Architects
led by Amit Aurora and
Rahul Bansal with Neha
Singhal as the design team
have built a continuous space
encompassing all required areas.
The hair-cutting section is placed
in open sight to the pedicure,
manicure and hair spa zones that
are semi private and housed next to
the windows. The windows open to
the outside and a conscious attempt
has been made to bring in a lot of
greenery into the salon.
Also corroborating the continuity
of space, the private rooms have been
placed separately to provide a tranquil
and serene environment - relaxed and
away from the world.
Task lighting and mood lighting are enabled
for all services. The lighting, music and
fragrance are harmonized to evoke sensory
pleasures. Every space has been treated
individually to create a visually appealing
experience incorporating elements that are
soothing to the eye. The articulate core values
have been incorporated through an honest use of
materials that enhance visual appeal.
dcaarch@dcaarch.com
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Raheja Exotica Sorento, Mumbai
With state of art
amenities ‘Raheja Exotica
- The Ocean City’ is well
connected to the mainland.
The serene expanse of the
Madh Island is mapped and
connected to Versova by ferry,
along with 25 minutes of drive
through greens by road from
Mindspace, Malad (W).
Equipped with 37 amenities,
in 5 demarcated branded Zones
to provide a holistic lifestyle, The
Ocean City promises consistent
extravagances in all aspects.
For a lifetime experience and to
retire into the lap of luxury, the twin
towers of Raheja Exotica Sorento create
extravagance with hi-rise above 36
storeys into the sky.
The towers with 376 apartments are
spacious perfectly styled apartments with
a spectacular view of the calm and peaceful
Arabian Sea.
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