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IN THE CLEAR Enveloped by neem trees, architect Ashish R Kesurvala’s eco-conscious residential project in Ahmedabad is a wooden, glass and stone villa with expansive decks

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WILD & FREE Located on the periphery of a tiger reserve in Nainital, Jim’s Jungle Retreat is a special sustainable treat for those who love and appreciate wildlife

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FROZEN IN TIME British photographer Derry Moore shares a few select images he shot in India back in the '70s and '80s – part of his travelling show In the Shadow of the Raj

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A PLACE IN THE SUN Sucheta Potnis and Hans Tuinman’s self designed homestay in Goa is a honeydew toned homage to tropical Bali

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LIFE BY THE BEACH Celebrity designer Jade Jagger’s villa in Formentera, Spain is the essence of a bohemian lifestyle filled with wanderlust

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WABI SABI GARDENS Let the flora grow wild turning your backyard into a utopia with weathered planters and natural surfaces

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POOLSIDE PARADISE Please the water baby in you with luxurious baths, loungers and accents for the ideal summer blue lagoon

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HAVE A FIELD DAY Multi-hued wallpapers, bright floral textiles and cheery prints amplify the playful mood of summer

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TROPICAL MODERN Soothing greens blend with bold patterns and contemporary furniture to invoke the rejuvenating outdoors

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PASSION FLOWER Find a ray of hope in the brightest and most resplendent colour of summer, also Asian Paints Colour of the Year 2018

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DECOR WISHLIST Get a dose of the freshest furniture finds from India and around the world. Plus, lamps that look up to the sun, keeping your patio well lit

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FROM THE GROUND UP Imagined by Bengaluru firm Kumar La Noce, Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club is set amidst a lush spice plantation in Thekkady, Kerala

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OASIS OF PALM Interior designers Shonali Mahajan and Shafali Choudhrie Diwanji describe their vision behind an exotic themed show apartment for Naman Group, in Mumbai

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THE CABIN IN WOODS Woods at Sasan near Gir is an eco-friendly forest retreat that redefines the idea of luxury

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GREEN SCREEN Envisioned by Surat based Parekh Collaborative, this quaint family residence in Burhanpur is enveloped in an intricate stone facade and calming verdure

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IN CONVERSATION WITH SIMON VELEZ The Colombian architect and speaker at India Design ID 2018 is pushing boundaries with his innovative "vegetal steel" creations

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DESIGNER TIMELINE – JEAN NOUVEL A snapshot of the impressive design chronology of Pritzker Prize winning Frenchman

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AT WORK WITH RED ARCHITECTS Their industrial themed, expansive Prabhadevi studio in Mumbai used to be an old garment house

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AT WORK WITH NACHIKET BARVE The couturier's tastefully done atelier reflects his glamorous yet modest lifestyle

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TOP OF THE CLASS A look at the winners and nominees of the 6th edition of The Park ELLE DECOR Student Contest

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FLOE INSEL BY PATRICIA URQUIOLA FOR CASSINA The making and coming to life of this three dimensional sofa that mimics sculptural icebergs

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TRACING THE HISTORY OF SELETTI The 53 year old Italian brand has been a pioneer of creations that ingeniously blend pop art with everyday objects

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STREETS, STORES AND SIGHTINGS The latest trend in products and lifestyles in India

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THE BIG REVEAL What you missed at the launch of Asian Paints ColourNext Trends at India Design ID 2018, New Delhi

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ULTIMATE DESIGN HERO Ismet Khambatta on one of India’s most respected modernist architects who passed away recently, Hasmukh Patel

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Design to me Is an inquiry, ingenuity and inspiration Comfort food Khichdi and kadhi Destination I want to visit Barcelona

Home to me Is a celebration of life and being one with nature Treasured home purchases Wishbone chairs for my dining room and a Vitra chair for my balcony

In this issue Describes the making of a Buhranpur residence with a jali stone facade, that is climate responsive in “Green Screen”, Pg 98

My idea of a cool summer An iced drink, a book and piano music playing in the background on a deck in Santorini

DERRY MOORE

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This renowned photographer’s works can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, among others

The Italian architect-urbanist and co-founder at Kumar La Noce Studio, Bengaluru holds an MA in Housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association, London

Home to me Is London

Comfort food Masala dosa

Alternate profession Cook

What I do to unwind Listen to music, mostly jazz and U2

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Currently reading PG Wodehouse In this issue Discusses a few curations from his travelling exhibition in “Frozen in Time”, Pg 164

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Shafali started the design firm Studio SCD, while Shonali is the founder of Studio Wodehouse, a one stop solution for all interior related services

Leisure to me Is a good book, freshly brewed coffee and quiet

Design to us SCD: Is a journey of discovery SM: Questioning the details usually taken for granted

Dream holiday destination Kenya Favourite fragrance My mother’s chicken curry

Designer we admire SCD: Richard Neutra SM: Christian Liagre

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In this issue Walk us through a tropical themed Mumbai show flat in “Oasis of Palm”, Pg 90

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Home to me Is where my family is Favourite movie Blade Runner The most unusual gift A voucher for free hugs from my daughter In this issue Gives us a glimpse into a Bali inspired Goan villa in “A Place In The Sun”, Pg 170

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EDITORIAL

MAKING THE OUTDOORS GREAT AGAIN For this special, the Chipko movement served as quite the inspiration (did you catch Google’s sweetest doodle tribute to mark its 45th anniversary too?). The forest conservation initiative created quite a stir in 1973, when India was still young, grappling with widespread deforestation to make way for a menacing urban skyline. At the forefront of this non-violent protest were the brave women of Chamoli district, Uttar Pradesh, who defiantly wrapped their arms around trees, putting themselves in apparent danger before the chainsaws of industrialisation. Not only did this andolan pave the way for awareness on forest rights; the babus that be took notice and worked to fix the country’s loopholed environmental laws. Forward to today though, are we really better off? While every major city’s green cover is being held to ransom, allowing glass towers to thrive and multiply, maybe it’s time to reinforce Chipko now more than ever. Fortunately, there are designers and architects, who strongly believe, their structures and nature must coexist...this edition recognises them and their projects. For starters, read about Colombian native Simon Velez, a speaker at this year’s ID Symposium, India Design ID, whose “vegetal steel” bamboo architecture is totally biodegradable. From ecoconscious homes in Goa, Ahmedabad and Formentera (Jade Jagger’s beach villa is a dream) to remote getaways in Nainital, Thekkady and Gir forest – these stories will inspire you to tread your own path to grassroots activism. Also, congratulations to the legendary green hero, Prof BV Doshi – the guest editor of our 17th anniversary issue was just announced as this year’s Pritzker Prize laureate! His friends and family share why he deserves the honour on Pg 104. More power to him! Of course, you can’t miss our summer kissed trends: Tropical Modern that lets the outside in, in unexpected ways and Passion Flower, Asian Paints’ sunny Colour of the year. Our Focus is packed with essentials to tend to your wabi sabi or poolside garden; highly recommended for those who plan to stay within the periphery of their home, this unforgiving summer. Go on, embrace all of this goodness (pun totally intended).

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LOOK OUT The stilted timber cabins, rooms with spacious decks and views of the surrounding dense spice plantation... sensitively imagined by Bengaluru firm Kumar La Noce, Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club is unlike your typical weekend escape. Read the full story “From The Ground Up” on Pg 86


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Have A Field Day

Keep your sunny side up – multi-hued wallpapers, bright floral textiles and cheery prints amplify the playful mood of summer PHOTOGRAPHY BY GIOVANNI GASTEL STYLING BY MICAELA SESSA IN COLLABORATION WITH NICOLO MILELLA

Out of Line: Punch restrictive geometry with a burst of colour. Cecile Rose fabric from Sanderson’s Vintage Print collection features stark lines combined with traditional bouquet patterns and is complemented with an embroidered Pariaba pillow from Missoni Home. The clash of dramatic stripes and colourful blossoms sets the stage for a stunning dress and Lady Dior bag, both from Christian Dior 40


The Bee’s Knees: Start the buzz around your love for botany with two contrasting variations of the Tulipan fabric from Osborne & Little’s Pasha collection. Pedrali’s Zippo sofa stands like a solitary ladybug amidst a surreal garden landscape. The amorphous and vibrant print of the dress, jacket and boots from Chanel blend harmoniously with the setup 41


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Garden Variety: The striking Gucci Dress, Francesco Ballestrazzi cap and Pierre Hardy shoes strongly contrast with the soothing Bamboo Trellis linen from Designer Guild’s Shanghai Garden collection and the monochrome Tudor cupboard by Joost & Kiki for Moooi For details, see Address Book 42


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TROPICAL MODERN

This trend forecasted by ELLE DECOR India at India Design ID 2018, blends a verdure palette, bold patterns and contemporary furniture to invoke a rejuvenating scenery TRENDS AND STYLE DIRECTION BY SONIA DUTT PHOTOGRAPHY BY S THIRU ASSISTED BY TANAYA LAL

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produced by stylist “CRYSTAL GREEN” ROYALE ATMOS from Asian Paints ARTWORK, GRAPHIC WALLPAPER both produced by stylist BASE GEOMETRIC CARPET from The Carpet Cellar FOREGROUND, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT SMOKE COLOURED GLASS WITH BLACK MARBLE BASE “STOCKHOLM” LAMP from BoConcept “FLORENCE” CHAISE LONGUE from Nivasa PRINTED CUSHION from BoConcept POLY-SUEDE CUSHION from Nivasa COFFEE TABLE BOOK from CMYK STONEWARE “MARRAKECH” TEACUP AND SAUCER from Suite No 8 STAINLESS STEEL WITH GOLD FINISH “AGAVE PLANT”, “THALI” TABLE both from Indi Store by Alex Davis CERAMIC BLACK PINEAPPLE from MoonRiver BLACK AND WHITE GLASS VASE from INV Home GREEN HEXAGONAL BASE GLASS VASE from Marina Home COFFEE TABLE BOOKS from CMYK STONEWARE “MARRAKECH” TEACUP AND SAUCER from Suite No 8 WOODEN SIDE TABLE from Nivasa Contemporary. All prices on request For details, see Address Book BACKGROUND, FROM LEFT CUSTOM MADE WOODEN BEADING

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Transform your study into a quiet hideaway with clean lined furniture in warm tones and metallic highlights TRENDS AND STYLE DIRECTION BY SONIA DUTT PHOTOGRAPHY BY S THIRU ASSISTED BY TANAYA LAL

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CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT COTTON “OLYMPIA” FABRIC by Rumours from Villa D’este, `1,550 per mtr PORCELAIN “AGATA NERO” TILE by Roberto Cavalli from Rajiv Sanitations, price on request POLYESTER “MURANO 295” SHEER FABRIC from Seasons Furnishings, `995 per mtr WOOD CURTAIN ROD from Tulips, `850 per ft SCREEN PRINTED CROSS COTTON “MULTIPLE CHEVRON ROW” FABRIC from Cottons & Satins, `785 per mtr HANDPRINTED LINEN “DESERT SPRING” SHEER FABRIC from Tulips, `2,900 per mtr GLAZED CERAMIC “LUNA 08” TILE from Keramos, `282 per sq ft HANDLOOM COTTON “RACING STRIPES OCHRE” FABRIC from Tulips, `1,800 per mtr GLAZED CERAMIC “RHOMBO YELLOW” TILE from Intersekt, `340 per sq ft CERAMIC HANDMADE YELLOW TILE from HMD Design Studio, `250 per sq ft ORGANIC TURMERIC SOAP BARS from Navya, `200 per pc LEFT “BACKGROUND OF BRIGHT YELLOW INFLATABLE BALLOONS UP IN THE AIR, BACKLIT BY SUN” by Logoboom/Shutterstock For details, see Address Book

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Break the monotony in classic, neutral bathrooms with a punch of bright yellow. Russian decorator Elena Gorenshtein injects whimsy in a bath space of a Moscow apartment with a vintage “three-shaded” lamp that takes centre stage in an otherwise monochromatic setup. Photograph by Sergey Ananiev

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The best way to play around with a patterned monochromatic room? Try an accent wall or even a part of the floor with a contrasting colour to create a setup that is playful yet sophisticated. Take cues from the lobby of Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Marrakech, designed by French designers Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier. Photograph by Romain Ricard

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IN CONVERSATION WITH

SIMON VELEZ The esteemed Colombian architect

and speaker at India Design ID 2018 is pushing boundaries with his innovative bamboo projects TEXT BY NISHITA FIJI PHOTOGRAPH BY PEDRO FRANCO COURTESY SIMON VELEZ

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“I THINK LIKE AN ENGINEER...I USE THE MATERIAL FOR ITS STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES AND NOT SO MUCH FOR ARTISTIC EXPRESSION”

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ith an architect father, a paternal grandfather who worked on urbanisation projects and a maternal one who built many structures on his farms for personal use, it’s clear that Simon Velez grew up surrounded by role models. As a boy, he often played at construction sites and interacted with the workers. Little did he know that his childhood fascination would turn into a long, inspiring career. “My first architectural project was a small home for my grandfather on his farm on the Carribean coast of Colombia,” Simon revealed. “About the same time, I also made a little wooden house that is still standing and is an important part of my garden.” Today, the Colombian creative, with over 35 years of experience, is known for being one of the most innovative sustainable architects of our time. The biggest turning point occurred decades ago, when he encountered a client who asked him to erect an edifice using bamboo – something he hadn’t done before. Over the years, with trial and error, he mastered the art of working with the hollow material and went on to build iconic structures with it. Simon revealed that bamboo has the tensile strength that rivals steel. Plus, you cannot deny its charming aesthetic value. All of his projects are uniquely beautiful, but he will confirm that visual appeal isn’t high on his list of priorities. “I think like an engineer...I use the material for its structural properties and not so much for artistic expression.”

Some of his most memorable works include the intricate Zeri pavilion for Expo Hannover, Germany in 2000, the India pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai, China (where he worked alongside a team of architects including New Delhi based Pradeep Sachdeva) and the most recent version of the Nomadic Museum in Mexico City in 2016. Despite the fact that he has been involved with prestigious international projects, a bulk of his work can be found in the rural areas of Colombia. “I’m not a rural architect,” he clarifies. “I prefer urban projects but they are hard to come by. When you work in the countryside, building private dwellings, they are hidden works only enjoyed by few people.” You mustn’t, however, mistake him for a bamboo fundamentalist. “In my next life, I’d like to be a stone architect. I have nothing against concrete either,” Simon asserts, assuring that he does utilise it in his work along with wood, glass and steel. But he firmly believes that architecture must incorporate other elements, or as he likes to put it, it must be “vegetarian”. He compares it to a recipe that only tastes good if there is a harmonious mixture of components. “Modern structures, as seen in Colombia and many parts of the world, are dominated by minerals. I think it’s just like cooking a dish – there must always be a balance of ingredients.” Currently, he is working on a hotel in The Galapagos Islands and a large temporary bamboo pavilion, which

he is designing with his partner Stefana Simic. The latter is especially exciting, as it will be prefabricated in Colombia and assembled in France, again something he hasn’t attempted before. Simon admits that over the years he has found ways to assemble bamboo to produce voluminous, modern spaces with large overhangs and wide spans, but there is still much to experiment with. Laminated bamboo and high density beams are additional uses to tap into. Luckily for us, the visionary presented his ideas, the evolution of his creations and how challenging it can be to work with bamboo in other countries sometimes, at this year’s ID Symposium, India Design ID, in February. “At the moment we have a factory that produces laminated bamboo boards, and we consider that the real future of the material,” he concludes.

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LESSONS LEARNED A bunch of young architects across the globe have had the honour of learning from the master himself. Simon has conducted a total of five workshops with Vitra Design Museum in Germany and the Georges Pompidou Centre in France, where he imparts his knowledge to budding creatives. “I don’t consider myself a professor,” he admits. “I work side by side with the students. It’s a hands-on approach, and I believe you learn more that way.”

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DECOR PEOPLE CHURCH WITHOUT RELIGION The structure in Pereira was built in 2008 as a temporary shrine for a cathedral after it closed for reconstruction post an earthquake. It was built primarily out of culms of Guadua bamboo in just a few weeks, at very low cost. The interiors resembled that of classical Gothic churches and the structure was dismantled more than a year later.

HOLLOW TALES

Some of Simon’s best work in Colombia revolutionised the use of bamboo as a useful and desirable building material

COLD WEATHER MOUNTAIN HOUSE This was designed in 2015 for a musician. Its roof is a bamboo rhizome assembly on the upper floor, whereas the lower one has flat ceilings made of bamboo boards

PRODUCED BY NISHITA FIJI PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEFANA SIMIC COURTESY SIMON VELEZ

ELLE DECOR LOVES

ELLIPTICAL KIOSK HOME

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PRIVATE HOME Situated on a steep hill overlooking a forest, the stunning residence was constructed in 2014. It has a semi-elliptical roof utilising the natural curves of the bamboo rhizomes, and an exterior one using straight bamboo poles that create a generous overhang to protect from the harsh tropical sun.


DECOR PEOPLE 1993

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Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris: The edifice features a southern wall with camera-like diaphragms that facilitate a mesmerising interplay of light and shadow

1996

Galeries Lafayette, Berlin: The luxury department store has a glass facade that progressively becomes opaque and two large mirror cones in the central space

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Opera National De Lyon, France: Located on a prestigious site, the landmark structure follows a contemporary design vocabulary and features a monumental glass arch and glass louvres

DESIGNER TIMELINE

JEAN NOUVEL

Burj Tower, Doha: Cylindrical and approximately 45 mtrs in diameter, the building is made of steel and concrete with a diamond grid curving on its surface, overlooking the serene waters of the gulf

This Pritzker Prize-winning Frenchman is famed for his exploratory outlook, boundary pushing designs and the ability to infuse his eccentric signature style in every creation. Armed with an avant-garde approach, he integrates light, shadows, colours, landscapes and cultures to envision numerous contemporary structures. We track his impressive career trajectory through just a few of his most inspiring edifices

2015

Philharmonie De Paris, France: Imagined to offer a unique visual and sensory experience, the concert hall boasts a spiralling aluminium form that envelopes the central area and contrasts the angled matte mosaic finish

2017

Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE: A geometric patterned dome spanning 180 mtrs brings in natural light and shelters precious artworks at this cultural hub that stands on a man-made island. The design combines light and shadow, reflection and calm

PRODUCED BY DELILAH RODRIGUES PHOTOGRAPHS BY GASTON BERGERET, GEORGES FESSY, MOHAMED SOMJI and STEFANO CANDITO COURTESY CSCEC and JEAN NOUVEL

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Customised sliding partitions provide visual segregation. One, made from woollen yarn, takes cues from age-old weaving techniques, while the others are created from rubber bands

QUICK WORD PRIZED POSSESSION Apoorva Shroff: Faber Castell clutch pencil Ekta Puri Parekh: My handbag Maithili Raut: My little notebook Rajiv Parekh: My phone FAVOURITE AUTHOR AS: Roald Dahl EPP: My favourite books are Catch 22 and The Unbearable Lightness of Being MR: Orhan Pamuk and Bill Watterson RP: Atul Gawande FAVOURITE DRINK AS: Chai EPP: Italian red wine MR: A good Barolo RP: Single malt

From Left Ekta Puri Parekh, Rajiv Parekh, Apoorva Shroff and Maithili Raut in their new Mumbai studio; Rajiv’s cabin features artworks in crayon, pencil and oil paint and craft by his daughters, a comfy sofa by CraftreD alongside a sculpture by British artist Beth Carter

AT WORK WITH

RED ARCHITECTS We take you to the drawing board of your design favourites, giving a glimpse of what keeps them ticking – tatty postcards, invaluable scribbles, priceless notes and more PHOTOGRAPHY BY PULKIT SEHGAL PRODUCED BY ANCHAL KAUSHAL

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Lit, lamp shaped niches that were the brainchild of Ekta and an interactive artwork by Kunal Naik make intriguing elements in Rajiv’s cabin that overlooks the front garden and receives ample natural light

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In Maithili’s cabin, an eye-catching light fixture designed by her, composed of brass pipes and elongated tungsten bulbs, lends an industrial vibe. A painting by Sri Lankan artist Pramith Geekiyanage enhances the aesthetic of the space

ucked away in a quaint bylane of Prabhadevi in Mumbai is the chic, industrial atelier of reD Architects. As soon as you walk through the iron gate of the compound that houses the office, you see a scene of contrast – a space bathed in natural light with an exposed rafter ceiling, a glass and metal facade and arches. Apoorva Shroff, Ekta Puri Parekh, Maithili Raut and Rajiv Parekh envisioned this expansive space both to stimulate their imagination and act as a cultural hub. Ekta confesses, “It’s the ideal studio by day and lounge by night!” They take us through their space that reflects a refined work ethic, which is a seamless blend of diverse ideas. A BUMPY RIDE The design journey was full of hiccups, starting from when Rajiv initially had plans for the first floor that was already rented out. He explains, “Apoorva saw

Monochrome beveled shutters of the storage units crafted by Ekta for her own cabin. A pinboard with memorabilia act as the backdrop for an eclectic desk with a base made from a repurposed metal railing

A part of the original brickwork of the warehouse was retained for Apoorva’s cabin and offset against a floral wallpaper. A self-designed desk with a graceful curve complements the space that faces the courtyard

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The workstations have fun yet minimalistic task lights designed by Ekta and movable multifunctional storage units that double up as extra seating

Bold, rich colours and powerful imagery suffuse this work done by Chintan Upadhyay

Called the Arc, the conference room has a magnificent mild steel table imagined by Rajiv that gives perspective to the arched windows

The Lounge houses furniture pieces envisioned by various architects and product designers and produced by CraftreD

potential in the ground floor instead.” Apoorva recollects, “When we first visited the place, there was a wall between us and the garden – it felt like a dungeon.” The architects took a fair amount of time to iron out all issues. That wall was torn down to bring in the garden; generous landscaping and courtyards allowed ample sunlight to seep through. Though the warehouse had numerous drawbacks like dilapidated partitions, muddy foundation, and a false ceiling infested with white ants, the firm struck gold with finds like the solid wood ceiling and sections with kota flooring, which they retained. LABOUR OF LOVE As you walk through the sprawling 10,000 sq ft space, you notice the fine detailing that has gone into crafting their dream office. Each of the partners designed their own cabin with elements to suit their personalities. They mutually agreed on the blueprint for the conference rooms, pantry, courtyard and the open bay. Ekta adds, “Our messy pantry in the previous office was Rajiv’s pet peeve. So, instead we put up the self-service Slate Bar.” What adds to the unique story of their space is the fact that the architects moved in while work was still in progress, enabling the studio to take shape organically. Maithili adds, “The process gave us a bird’s eye view, rather than looking through a drawing and panel section.” Delilah Rodrigues

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A swatch board with embroidery samples, fabrics and sketches by the couturier

QUICK WORD DREAM STUDIO LOCATION On a farmhouse or somewhere surrounded by nature DESIGN ICON Coco Chanel for modernity, Madeleine Vionnet for adding ease to dressing and Valentino for adding beauty to fashion DAILY SOURCE OF INSPIRATION It could come from anywhere because inspiration is not about what you see, but how you see it

From Left Fashion designer Nachiket

Barve in his modest studio peppered with knick-knacks from his many travels and an envious collection of inspiring design books; The usual suspects on his

work desk keep his ideas flowing: A fine selection of wooden, hand painted animals and birds from India and Argentina, a coaster with inscriptions from Sri Lanka, a book on Van Gogh’s paintings and a sketchpad with colour pencils

AT WORK WITH

NACHIKET BARVE We take you to the drawing board of our favourite design connoisseurs, giving a glimpse of what keeps them ticking – tatty postcards, invaluable scribbles, priceless notes and more PHOTOGRAPHY BY PULKIT SEHGAL PRODUCED BY ANCHAL KAUSHAL

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Nachiket’s most prized piece of furniture is his work desk in polished white marble with bold, organic grains

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et deep within a bustling industrial estate in Mumbai, Nachiket Barve’s unassuming and tasteful studio is a reflection of his glamorous yet modest life. Originally a plastic factory with bulky machines and grimy black and turquoise walls, the space had to undergo a holistic transformation to transition into this neat workspace for the couturier. The man himself tells us more about his atelier that not only gets his creative juices flowing, but also acts as a calm oasis amidst the chaos.

The free flowing, fluid workshop boosts creativity, while also promoting transparency among the artisans

Framed images of icons like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, among others form a monochrome backdrop for the vibrant masterpieces envisioned by the designer

An artisan working on an intricate embroidery inspired by Grecian wreaths for the Theia collection

HUMBLE BEGINNING The designer initially started operating out of a small unit. He reminiscences, “My first collection was done from some random workshop. Then, we worked for a year in this space above my dad’s hospital in Juhu. We’ve spent eight years at this place now; I love the high ceiling and the openness.” Apart from the organised office space that is perfect for his many meetings and fittings, the designer also has a few factories where his creations take shape. Taking into account the craft intensive work of the artisans, he conceptualised the workshop to be free flowing and fluid to boost their imagination and aid transparency. ALL IN THE DETAILS For the creative it was essential that the interiors had to be versatile and adaptable to his dynamic personality. “I think I am allowed to change my mind every six months,” he says. Nothing is permanent, the racks are movable, the walls pristine white and the clothes showcase ever changing. His love for materials and textures is also noticeable – the beaten finish of the metal cupboard handles, grains of the wooden bookshelf, organic veins of the marble tabletop and tiny trinkets from his travels. All elements blend well, highlighting a grounded appeal with a hint of modernity. Delilah Rodrigues

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For the first time, the Winners of The Park ELLE DECOR Student Design Contest were felicitated in an intimate ceremony at The Park New Delhi in February. They’re seen here with the jury, mentors and nominees

HONOUR ROLL

TOP OF THE CLASS

The 6th edition of the The Park ELLE DECOR Student Contest recognised the best upcoming talent across four categories, handpicked by a distinguished jury comprising ELLE DECOR India’s Pramiti Madhavji, Priya Paul of The Park Hotels, designer Ria Talati, architect Romi Khosla and former finalist Ranjan Bordoloi. Here’s all who made the cut... PRODUCED BY NIDHI UPADHYAYA

INTERIOR DESIGN – WINNER WON AN INTERNSHIP WITH ARCHITECT AND INTERIOR DESIGNER ASHIESH SHAH!

HIDESIGN KIOSK

PREEYANKA GANDHI, RAFFLES DESIGN INTERNATIONAL, MUMBAI

INTERIOR DESIGN – NOMINEE

THE COUTURE ATELIER

NITHIN K, RV COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, BENGALURU In this innovative retail space, customers can use virtual reality displays that project clothes onto them and immediately alter the image when some changes are made to the outfit by the stylist.

INTERIOR DESIGN – NOMINEE

The kiosk, imagined for the brand Hidesign, uses the concept of creating a forest-like path. This is achieved by using a single free-flowing curve, in the shape of a tree, which forms the display shelves, ceiling, seating and eventually the flooring.

HATTA – AN URBAN MARKETPLACE KADAMBARI KOMANDUR, RV COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, BENGALURU

The project features a hybrid model of sale and work functions in a market-like environment, exploring modularity and street-like circulation.

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PRODUCT DESIGN – WINNER

PRODUCT DESIGN – NOMINEE

SPLIT ACRYLIC CHAIR

ABHISHEK KUMAR GAUR, NID, AHMEDABAD The form features a joint free structure, starting from a single pipe at its legs, splitting to form a base and then reuniting at the rear legs, along with a base created from a single sheet of acrylic, bent using heat.

THE PIECE

SHRAVANI JOSHI, NID, AHMEDABAD

The Piece, inspired by 3D paper origami, is made up of individual foam modules locked together to form a single entity. The entire structure stands on the strength of the folded and interlocked foam. This technique can be used to create several other forms and can have numerous applications.

WON AN INTERNSHIP WITH ARCHITECT AND PRODUCT DESIGNER ROOSHAD SHROFF!

PRODUCT DESIGN – NOMINEE

HALO

NAYANA RAGHAV, NID, AHMEDABAD

The foldable and height adjustable design allows flexibility of usage and reduces the number of furniture pieces in the household.

PRODUCT DESIGN – NOMINEE

PRODUCT DESIGN – NOMINEE

KULFI

BOOFY STOOL

Kulfi was crafted with the intention of using glass reinforced concrete to make sustainable furniture or lifestyle accessories that can be easily manufactured. It can serve as a coffee table as well as a side unit.

While the stool looks like any jute fabric soft seater, it is actually made of glass fibre reinforced concrete. It is meant to be outdoors, changing your perception of concrete. Its tactile feel makes it inviting and comfortable.

BHABANI SHANKAR NAYAK, NID, AHMEDABAD

RAMAYUDH SAHU, NID, AHMEDABAD

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DECOR PEOPLE TEXTILES DESIGN – WINNERS

I STAND ALONE

AMISHA SHARMA, BANANI DAS AND IVY CHAKMA, NID, AHMEDABAD

The eco-friendly and biodegradable floor lampshade is made of jute wire material and offers flexibility of form as well as intensity of light emitted. Due to its lightweight character, it can also easily be transformed into a table lamp or a suspended fixture.

WON AN INTERNSHIP WITH TEXTILE POWERHOUSE SARITA HANDA!

ARCHITECTURE – COMMENDATION

SALVAGING SWADESHI

DANAY KAMDAR & PARTH RATHOD, KAMLA RAHEJA VIDYANIDHI INSTITUTE FOR ARCHITECTURE, MUMBAI

The idea of the project was to relook at the Swadeshi Market in Kalbadevi with the intention of preserving the building as well as its identity. This led to redesigning the structure with an existing material palette in order to retain the essence of the original construction.

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DECOR INSPIRATION Envisioned by Patricia Urquiola for premium Italian furniture maker Cassina, Floe Insel is a three-dimensional sofa that mimics sculptural icebergs

CASSINA

FLOE INSEL BY PATRICIA URQUIOLA Go behind the scenes to the sketchpad of global designers: Discover the stimulus of inspired creations and the brands supporting them PRODUCED BY DELILAH RODRIGUES PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY CASSINA

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DESIGNER SPEAK: PATRICIA URQUIOLA OF STUDIO URQUIOLA

INSPIRATION Icebergs MATERIAL Foam and leather

GIANLUCA ARMENTO MANAGING DIRECTOR, CASSINA “Patricia has been Cassina’s art director since September 2015. Our main aim was to create a complex sofa that was sculptural, striking and fresh. The composition consists of an asymmetrical polyurethane surface, which constantly changes in gradient and curvature, and has impeccable straight stitching on its leather upholstery”

THE INSPIRATION Floe Insel is a floating island. It’s inspired by a personal journey in the sea around Iceland and Greenland, and also by Swiss symbolist artist Arnold Bocklin’s painting The Island of Life. The iceberg, for me, is emotional. When we were sailing on a boat along the coast, I instantly understood the complexity of the beauty found in the hardness of this piece of rock. The upholstery has been designed in a diagonal manner with stitching that further highlights this encounter. THE PROCESS My aim was to create a more organic product among the collections that the brand and I already collaborated on. I wanted to design a material object that you can approach from all sides, conceived in a three-dimensional way, where no right angles meet. Elements that resemble floating ice pieces were brought together to form an island

or a small archipelago. The shape of the back is unique, with its own form, like it’s almost born from the meeting of chaise longue-like volumes, which are actually like large rocks or more like standard sized seating units. I enjoyed experimenting with a style that I feel is my own, and this can also lead to a new wave of research over the next few years. THE DETAILS The soft, multifaceted structure comprises different geometric shapes positioned at various angles, evoking the idea of irregular masses of ice. Its unique shape is emphasised by the intricate diagonal stitching that follows and highlights its many sides, bringing movement to its form. The result is a sofa with a system of flexible and comfortable seats, made possible because of the relationship between the elastic straps and the empty internal foam.

FLOE INSEL IS A FLOATING ISLAND. IT’S INSPIRED BY A PERSONAL JOURNEY... PATRICIA URQUIOLA The Spanish creative and EDIDA International 2017 winner started her own studio in 2001 in Milan. Her work ranging from architectural projects to product design is playful and poetic, yet pragmatic, functional and creative. Photograph by Clive Howes courtesy Cassina Website: www.patriciaurquiola.com; www.cassina.com

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DECOR BRAND TRACING THE HISTORY OF

SELETTI

ELLE DECOR salutes excellence and innovation: Each issue, we bring you the progressive path of a well-known make. Here we profile Seletti, the 53 year old Italian brand that has been a pioneer of creations that are beyond convention and ingeniously blend pop art with everyday objects

Above, from Left The showroom inside its headquarters in Viadana, Italy spans more than 75,000 sq ft and has the brand’s impressive product ranges on display (Photograph courtesy Seletti); Stefano Seletti, CEO, in his Milan studio (Photograph by Vanni Bassetti courtesy Seletti)

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n 1964, from the quaint Italian village of Cicognara, Mantova, Romano Seletti started importing home decor products and tableware from China. He was one of the very few who dealt with the trade of typical Chinese goods. Little did he know then that this venture would lead to the inception of a revolutionary home decor brand. The business started with the sale of products to wholesalers and gradually moved to creating individual packaging for them to be sold in supermarkets. Stefano soon joined his father and developed their own designs, while also getting his suppliers to manufacture new products. All this soon snowballed into ingenious, bigger collaborations. THE GENESIS The journey wasn’t an easy one for the founder, especially at a time when accessibility was a challenge. Stefano shares, “When my father started travelling to China in the late ‘60s; it was not an easy journey. He would go with a business partner who knew the country

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and spoke the local language. And today, I work with his son, who heads production for us!” Stefano’s father’s drive to take on new challenges and visit far away places inspired him to join the family venture. “I was overwhelmed by the satisfaction that you get when someone buys a product you created. It feels great to see them in homes around the world.” RAPID EVOLUTION Their first big success was the Estetico Quotidiano series, a porcelain tableware collection that mimicked disposable plastic plates and cups. The collection signalled the beginning of a new era for Seletti. This was followed by other joint ventures with some great names in the world of design like Amsterdam based atelier Studio Job, lifestyle brand Diesel and others. Since the beginning, their development has been quite unique. “Up until 10 years ago, I would have never imagined our products could be viable for concept stores or museum shops around the world,” explains Stefano. Some

of their bestselling creations till date include the Monkey Lamp by Italian designer Marcantonio and the fun Un_limited Editions collection with Studio Job, among others. STRENGTHENING THE BOND The brand’s success story is intriguing; both in terms of their growth and the great associations they formed during the process. “I usually work with friends, people I feel connected to. Take for instance Marcantonio; I share a great bond with the designers I collaborate.” says Stefano. It was the other way around with Studio Job, who was introduced to the CEO by Italian architect Fabio Novembre. He adds, “I wanted to develop a crazy Victorian garden set and thought they would be perfect!” With the launch of their newest flagship store in Milan, they plan to enter markets around the world, enlarge their distribution network, open monobrand stores and also explore the e-commerce space. Delilah Rodrigues

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DID YOU KNOW u All products are planned at their headquarters, located in a small Italian village in Pianura Padana in Milan, where the company was born and where Stefano still lives with his family u Their warehouse has a large private solar panel installation in Northern Italy to promote sustainability u During the Milan Design Week in April 2017, Seletti inaugurated its first flagship store in Milan, the interiors of which were done by Italian design studio BBMDS

Clockwise, from Top Left The Estetico Quotidiano series, designed by Selab and Alessandro Zambelli in 2007 recently completed ten years; A joint effort with lifestyle brand Diesel Living in 2014, Cosmic Diner tableware line is inspired by the universe; Envisioned by Toiletpaper Magazine, the Armchair Lipsticks launched in 2017 has iconic imagery taken from the magazine; The Hybrid collection by design studio CTRLZAK in 2014 reflects the present and the past (Photographs courtesy Seletti); Their first flagship store opened in April 2017 in Milan (Photograph by Chiara Quadri courtesy Seletti)

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FROM THE GROUND UP

Bengaluru based Italian architect Nicola La Noce recounts the making of Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, set amidst a lush spice plantation in Thekkady, Kerala

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ocated in Thekkady, Kerala, a region known for its steep terrain and formidable monsoons, Cardamom Club was designed as a response to the spectacular plantation setting with utmost restraint. The guest cabins were imagined as light, floating volumes that seem to emerge from within the landscape. Inspiration also came from quaint shops with framed glass enclosures and simple wooden furnishings, dotting the surrounding villages. The units, crafted primarily out of rich, reddish hardwood sourced from sustainably managed plantations, feature floor to ceiling wooden frame openings that were envisioned to enhance the impact of the dramatic views while ensuring privacy between the rooms. They open out to spacious decks, creating the experience of belonging to the surrounding vegetation. The interiors are minimal yet sophisticated, keeping the focus on the dramatic setting. Handcrafted teak, rattan furniture and rice paper light fixtures complement the rich wood panelled surfaces. The en suite bathroom is compact and raw, with locally sourced black granite counters and a shower area with a porthole window that frames the views beyond. Set within a functioning cardamom plantation, the overall scheme was an exercise in balancing luxury with quietness and discipline. The property comes alive during the rains, surrounded by a rich glistening sea of green, a feast for the senses. Nicola La Noce

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Clockwise, from Top Left The interiors of Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club feature sophisticated furniture crafted from teak and rattan; The cabins were designed as light, aerial units that appear to be a part of the natural landscape; Openings within luxurious wood panelled surfaces frame the stunning green views outside. Photographs by Vivek Muthuramalingam courtesy Kumar La Noce

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NEW LOOKS A balanced mix of metals, solid wood, veneers, tiles and mosaics make this space eclectic and glamorous Below, from Left A contemporary chandelier by Arjun Rathi Design Studio suspends above the sleek dining table from Furniturewalla; Some rooms feature wallpapers with exotic palm prints, accentuating the overall tropical theme

OASIS OF PALM

Interior designers Shonali Mahajan and Shafali Choudhrie Diwanji describe their vision behind this exotic themed show apartment for the Naman Group, in Mumbai

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he Naman Group brought us on board to envision a scheme that “draws visitors into the space” while ensuring that their potential buyers spent time enjoying the ambience of the apartment. We decided to go bold, showcasing a look that reflected a combination of our personalities as creatives and also resonated with a more design conscious clientele. The concept arose from the idea of giving this project the look of a real home, not just a space for mere display. The theme was mid-century modern meets Indian contemporary. An existing skeleton was elevated with sophisticated elements like Indian inspired wallpaper in the guest bedroom and a suspended, brass pendant light in the dining area. Our main challenge was to design a cohesive space that was classy and alluring on a low budget. We took inspiration from Mumbai’s tropical weather and used elements of the palm tree as inspiration in certain zones, whereas others were more tranquil and serene. We wanted to create a home that a more traditional as well as a younger audience could appreciate and relate to. Shonali Mahajan and Shafali Choudhrie Diwanji

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Clockwise, from Top The warm toned bedroom features a botanical wallpaper custom designed by Studio SCD; The lounge chair and footstool from Urban Ladder are paired with an American walnut table from Defurn; While some areas flaunt bold colours and patterns, others are composed of clean lined furniture and accents. Photographs courtesy Studio Wodehouse


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A CABIN IN THE WOODS

Redefining the idea of luxury, Woods at Sasan near Gir forest is an eco-friendly forest retreat that lets you connect with the environment

Clockwise, from Top The reception area of the resort is decorated with beadwork panels, inspired by torans from Saurashtra, and an assortment of cushions covered in patterned khadi textiles; The entrance to Swadeshi restaurant, that serves decadent Gujarati thali meals, is adorned with unpolished brass vessels and lamps, handwoven seaters and natural stone furniture; Each Woods Pavilion has an extended veranda enveloped in rich, green shrubbery. The ELLE DECOR team travelled to Woods at Sasan, Sasan-Talala Highway, Bhojde Village, Sasan Gir, Gujarat 35 courtesy Woods at Sasan. Website: www.woodsatsasan.com 94


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hat nature enthusiast wouldn’t want to start every day with lush green vistas, the chirping of birds and perhaps even the rare sighting of spotted deer? Located within a mango orchard fringing the Gir forest in Gujarat, Woods at Sasan is a sustainable boutique resort that transports its visitors away from the frenzy of city life, to a picturesque haven that embodies a unique identity. A flagship venture of 1000 Island Hotels and Resorts, it is designed by the company’s in-house team headed by Mishal Shah and Saloni Gajjar, in collaboration with Barcelona based consultant Maria Portela. Staying true to the identity of the surrounding area, the construction is primarily composed of reclaimed wood, lime plaster finishes and natural stones found in the Saurashtra region. Maria reveals, “We wanted the space to have a contemporary language infused with local knowledge. With the help of native craftsmen, we included details like intricate macrame panels, rich khadi textiles, threaded artwork and decorative murals that narrate stories of their culture.” Guests can also make use of the open library, an organic garden where they can pick their own vegetables and create personalised meals or indulge in the Woods Signature Massage at their one-of-a-kind Som spa. Nidhi Upadhyaya

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Clockwise, from Top Walls in the bedrooms of the Woods Villa are either panelled with locally mined stones or plastered with lime and most of the furniture is created using reclaimed wood. Details like vintage switches and doorknobs lend local flavour; The bathroom in the Woods Pavilion, tiled with unfinished mint sandstone, opens out to a courtyard fenced with bamboo; Som spa, located at the highest point of the property, offers massage sessions accompanied by unhindered views of surrounding foliage 96


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STIPPLED SURFACE

GREEN SCREEN

What goes into planning and executing an architectural marvel? Envisioned by Surat based Parekh Collaborative, this quaint family residence in Burhanpur is enveloped in an intricate stone facade and calming verdure

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ambaugh is an ecological vision, where the climate and the client’s brief translated into a house. We were asked to build a home for a family of six that overlooked a courtyard towards the South. We envisioned a design with a singular lawn area of 3,000 sq ft supported by several informal spaces in and around the structure. Teak and sandstone were used as finishing materials along with climate responsive techniques like stack ventilation with a centrifugal exhaust ventilator. A hand cut stone jali acts as a protective envelope on the South-west facade and can be opened or closed as per convenience. The recessed court reduces the heat at the southern end, while a tamarind tree on the South-east side forms a natural barrier that also helps lower the temperature of non-air conditioned spaces. Every element within and outside, including the landscape, was handcrafted on site with a focus on simplicity and function. The private living space and dining area sit between lush yards, creating a spatial relationship between the indoors and outdoors. A dialogue between the house and landscape is established using Mughal garden planning techniques. Ankit Parekh

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Clockwise, from Top The use of an openable jali and an envelope of vegetation around the structure helps reduce the temperature of the interiors by a minimum of six to eight degrees; Ankit Parekh; The home exhibits a material palette of raw stone and teak; Its natural sandstone facade was hand cut on site Photographs by Nachiket Gujjar courtesy Parekh Collaborative

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Our heartiest wishes to legendary architect Prof BV Doshi – the guest editor of our 17th anniversary issue, December 2017-January 2018, was recently announced as this year’s honouree of the Pritzker Prize, the first Indian to receive the prestigious accolade. The protege of Franco-Swiss visionary Le Corbusier is known for designing iconic buildings in India like Mill Owner’s Association, IIM Bangalore, Amdavad ni Gufa, among others. In his career spanning six decades, the 90 year old has been a trailblazer in his field. With his childlike, boundless enthusiasm, vigour and determination, he continues to practise at his office, Sangath in Ahmedabad even today, inspiring generations to follow in his footsteps Photograph courtesy Fabien Charuau

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HERE’S TO THE GENIUS

Hot on the announcement of Prof BV Doshi being the Pritzker Laureate for 2018, his closest friends, past students and contemporaries tell us why he makes a worthy candidate for one of the world’s highest honours in architecture PRODUCED BY DELILAH RODRIGUES PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY PROF BV DOSHI and FABIEN CHARUAU

Mill Owner’s Association Building, Ahmedabad Clockwise, from Right Prof Doshi with his mentor Le Corbusier; Villa Shodhan; Amdavad Ni Gufa Left The cover he illustrated for ELLE DECOR’s December 2017-January 2018 issue, which he guest edited

I was sitting in the garden with my wife when I got a call from the Pritzker committee announcing that I have been selected for this year’s Pritzker Prize. I was surprised and touched by this significant recognition of my work. This award will awaken and encourage professionals in our country... PROF BV DOSHI 104


KHUSHNU PANTHAKI & SONKE HOOF

RAJEEV SETHI

ROLF FEHLBAUM & FEDERICA ZANCO CHAIRMAN, VITRA &

ARCHITECTS, SANGATH

CHAIRMAN, THE ASIAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION

“Very often he asks, ‘What is architecture? Is it separate from our being? Should it affect us emotionally?’ From him we’ve learnt to share experiences, not profess theories but ask questions, to look at architecture as a living entity not as an object, to understand the subtle nuances of life and nature in order to create spaces and to be open and grounded and remain curious.”

“In 1968 Doshi sir lead Adoor Gopalakrishnan, RK Joshi and myself, then young delegates from an underdeveloped country to talk at the Aspen Design Conference in the US. He cast a spell on international design luminaries who knew little about housing the masses. He is the master conjurer of space. Thank you BV, for leaving a more tangible India with an inspiration.”

“The Pritzker Prize honours a living architect, whose built work demonstrates a combination of talent, vision and commitment, providing consistent contribution to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture. As an architect, thinker, city planner and teacher, Doshi easily fulfills these criteria.”

SONAL SANCHETI

RAHUL GORE

SANJAY KANVINDE

“In 2000, while I was a student at Southern California Institute of Architecture, Doshi sir called and said he was visiting Los Angeles with Khushnu and would stay with us. I was amazed at his humility and the comfort he shared with his students. I admire him for his energy, his willingness to learn and teach and most importantly for being a great human, an amazing guru and a role model to many.”

“I have fond memories of the CEPT campus. Even today, there is something new to discover on every visit that is the timeless quality of this great architect’s work. His ability to see the good in every student, his willingness to share, his affection for his family, are all virtues of a role model and these with his work, make him first a wonderful human being and then a fantastic architect. This is an honour he truly deserves.”

“I have experienced Doshi kaka’s boundless enthusiasm for many years. A recent memory is of showing him the Kanvinde monograph at his house, with him sitting cross legged on the floor, reminiscing about old projects that he collaborated on with my father. The award is a fitting recognition for his contribution to Indian architecture and his tremendous efforts.”

NEELKANTH CHHAYA

SONALI BHAGWATI

ARCHITECT, OPOLIS ARCHITECTS

ACADEMICIAN, CEPT

“With buildings like CEPT, IIM Bangalore or residential projects, his work is fitting for the way people use the buildings. He captures the essence of each building he designs. His sense of proportion, lighting and use of material gives his structures a special character. He deserved this award since a long time and now he has finally won it.”

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ARCHITECT, SPAZZIO DESIGN

“When I completed high school, I had no direction or career path. Architecture was an idea that emanated from a love for the arts. When I entered the CEPT campus, I was floored. In my opinion it remains his best project. My first question was, ‘Who designed this?’. It was at that very moment that I knew, I wanted to study architecture and study it here under Doshi.”

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DECOR BUZZ 5 MINUTES WITH

Fenny Ganatra & Mozez Singh

The creatives shed light on their debut collection You Can’t Sit With Us launched at India Design ID 2018 and talk about their future plans Mumbai based product designers Mozez Singh and Fenny Ganatra envisioned an exclusive capsule collection, manufactured by Formus. They tell us more about this range: The range FG & MS: “This line features seven luxurious home decor pieces, designed with a highly evolved and discerning clientele in mind.” The design process FG & MS: “Each product, manufactured with precision, has been created using the finest materials like malachite, metal, brass, suede and fur.” The range features geometric side tables in malachite, metal and stone, a funnel shaped sofa with suede, among other pieces From Top Fenny Ganatra; Mozez Singh

FLOOR TALK Hands Carpets recent line featuring two

ranges has knotted and tufted rugs, designed using materials like wool and silk. Available at Gala No 30/C, Laxmi Industrial Estate, New Link Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai 53 Website www.hands-carpets.com

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Concept store Bon Vivant Collective offers the finest European furniture brands, premium veneers, and lifestyle products for your living spaces. Where Pavilion Commercial Building, Residency Rd, Chancery, Bengaluru 25 Tel (080) 43714281

PRINT PLAY Designed by Bobby Aggarwal of Portside Cafe, Mashak is a fun range of travel essentials like wallets and shopping bags in canvas and leather. Our favourite is the jewellery organiser with a lining with a colourful stepwell pattern. Website www.portsidecafe.com

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What next? FG & MS: “We recently launched our second line with Elegant Marbles, which includes bespoke marble furniture inspired by Shiva.”

NEWS FLASH Museum of Art & Photography announced the construction of its flagship building in Bengaluru. The new museum will feature five galleries, an auditorium, research library, classroom, restoration laboratory, climate-controlled storage and a rooftop sculpture garden. It will open in 2020. Website www.map-india.org


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DECOR BUZZ NEWS FLASH British architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects has been officially commissioned to design Terminal 1 and the Air Traffic Control tower at the Navi Mumbai International Airport. They won an intensive 12 week design competition held by GVK, the Indian conglomerate responsible for the development of the airport. Website www.zaha-hadid.com

BEDTIME STORIES Borrowing from nature and soil, this soothing bed linen range by Shades of India comes in hues of rich emerald, burgundy red and mustard yellow. The range is complemented with hand done kantha work. Available at G-17, Emaar Palm Spring Plaza, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase 5, Sector 54, Gurugram 03 Website www.shadesofindia.com

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Inspired by the beauty of nature, New Delhi designer Raseel Gujral Ansal’s luxury wallpaper collection for Casa Paradox Luxe will make a bold statement, giving your home a vintage edge. Available at Farm House No10, Central Dr, DLF Chattarpur Farms, New Delhi 74 Website www.casaparadox.com

FULL OF SPICE DIG RIGHT IN

Furniture brand Limon celebrates all things Indian and flavourful with the Rasa collection that seeks inspiration from the diverse food culture in India, especially the aromatic condiments. Available at 1/29 C, Shanti Niketan, New Delhi 21 Tel: (022) 26608042 Website limon-design.com

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Imagined by industrial designer Vibhor Sogani, the installation Casa captures the essence of life and nature. Its curves combine seamlessly with the lustrous beads, casting a mystic glow. Available at Farm 41B, Road No 2, Silver Oak Farms, Ghitorni, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, New Delhi 30 Tel (0) 9810950888

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NEWS FLASH “Patience is key to anything – from selling your creative idea to implementing it.” – Pramiti Madhavji of ELLE DECOR India on the topic of “Creativity has no glass ceiling”, at the Kohler BoldArt event powered by Pecha Kucha, on the eve of Women’s Day. Website www.kohler.co.in


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Clockwise, from Left Wooden slats of cedar, cut from whole tree trunks helped the creative bring the outdoors inside; The well lit facade of the store; The installation forms a backdrop for the brand’s fall/winter collection. Photographs courtesy Valextra

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Walk In The Woods Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s newest installation in Valextra’s Milanese flagship store resembles an enchanting forest

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ondering if you’ve lost your way and stepped into wilderness? No, you haven’t, but you’re close enough. This setup stands in the heart of Milan, in luxury leather goods and accessories brand Valextra’s Via Manzoni boutique. Imagined by architect Kengo Kuma, the pop-up titled “The Forest” is an immersive, handcrafted installation that transports customers into a magical jungle. Products are perched on 136 vertically arranged wooden slats, cut raw from whole tree trunks, placed at random throughout the store. The creative opted for materials like raw-cut Lebanese cedar wood, Arzo marble extracted from a cave in use since the 1300s, contrasting Kvadrat fabrics and a pink boucle for the three sofas seen throughout the space. Through this collaboration, the brand achieved exactly what they intended to – a warm, tactile natural environment within an urban metropolis. Delilah Rodrigues

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GOING UNDER

Photographs by Wang Ning, Jin Weiqi courtesy Arch Studio

Designed by Beijing based Arch Studio, Waterside Buddhist Shrine features subterranean spaces that open up to vistas of a nearby river and planted courtyards. It seamlessly combines architecture and nature, creating a quintessential meditative and introspective oasis. Website www.archstudio.cn

Architectural Feats Keeping you abreast with the heights and depths of construction in cities and beyond PRODUCED BY NIDHI UPADHYAYA

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Photograph by Jaime Navarro courtesy Rojkind Arquitectos

ROCK SOLID Mexican firm Rojkind Arquitectos conceptualised Foro Boca, a concert hall in Boca del Rio, featuring exposed concrete walls that form cuboids to resemble the jagged pieces of ripraps nearby. Website www.rojkindarquitectos.com

Upward Curve

Local creative Federico Ochoa pays tribute to the first Argentine saint with the Saint Father Brochero Chapel. Its rhombic form embodies a contemporary language that is capable of communicating with the modern man deeply rooted in tradition. Website www.federico-ochoa.com

STEP IT UP Architect Isaab Broid and design studio Productora, both from Mexico, collectively envisioned the triangular Teopanzolco Cultural Centre. The edifice serves as a public space that also establishes a relationship with the archaeological zone in its vicinity. Website www.productora-df.com.mx; www.isaacbroid.com Photograph by Jaime Navarro courtesy Productora

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Roll Out The Carpet Goa based artist Dr Subodh Kerkar converts plastic bottles into a field of flowers to fight littering

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hen you think of Goa, your mind instantly conjures images of pristine beaches and lush, green landscapes. However, as contemporary artist Dr Subodh Kerkar explains, “This ecological haven is steadily eroding. There is plastic waste everywhere. Even the educated and rich litter shamelessly.” Inspired by award-winning, multi-talented Israeli artist and architect Uri De Beer’s “Plastiflora” installation, which recycled the material into flowers, Carpet of Joy came about with the help of students, NGOs, local politicians, artists and the general pubic. Over 150,000 plastic bottles were used to yield a flower-like field in Saligao. A similar carpet is also installed vertically in the Museum of Goa, a contemporary haven for Indian and international artists, whose Founding Director is Dr Kerkar. Currently, he is working on a Museum of Gandhi in Jharkhand which expresses through art Gandhi’s principles of non-violence, truth, compassion and anti-littering. Ayman Contractor Website www.museumofgoa.com

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Michelle Poonawalla

The Pune based creative uses technology to bring to life butterflies on canvases that are a colour riot and a sight to behold

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oming from a family of design connoisseurs, Michelle Poonawalla was born with a passion for the arts. Through her first solo exhibit titled “What If You Fly?”, curated by author and ad veteran Swapan Seth, she showcased butterflies – her signature element, this time carefully crafted from cardboard. With about 20 artworks and four sculptures, the exhibition featured landscapes painted in acrylic, digitally painted images and even brass sculptures, plated in 24 carat gold. Michelle explains how the show came together: “When I met Swapan, he wanted me to exhibit my butterfly works with a twist, using technology and art. I explored this through video mapping, which gave life to the butterflies.” Our favourites undoubtedly were the pieces where the fascinating creatures flew once you approached, all thanks to motion sensors. Delilah Rodrigues

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ECO HALO Covered in Iceland lichen (popular reindeer food in the Nordic region), Moss lamp is a unique fixture with a 100 percent natural wrap. Created by Oleant Lighting’s chief designer Peter Danczkay from Hungary, the luminaire will cast an angelic glow.

Naturally Pure

Here’s a clever, clean solution to reusing all the water wasted from the kitchen, bath and even washing machines. Drop by Drop, a home filtration system created by Londoner Pratik Ghosh, resembles a miniature rainforest with herbs encased in a glass cloche. It’s the greens that help clean all the contaminants from the water, making it potable. Website www.ki-kando.com

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FUN WITH FUNGI

British furniture maker Sebastian Cox and researcher Ninela Ivanova experiment with the popular new material, mycelium, to make their raw suede textured series of pendant lights and furniture. Each piece is a sturdy result of expertly blending mushroom matter and timber. Website www.sebastiancox.co.uk Photograph by Petr Krejci courtesy Brogan Cox

GREEN ALERT Your dose of sustainable solutions for a happy and healthy planet PRODUCED BY DELILAH RODRIGUES

BEST OUT OF WASTE

Now composting can actually be done at home as a DIY project with Compas. Available in bright colours, this appealing bin has been designed for urban households, so you can place them anywhere you like: In the balcony, the patio or your backyard. Website www.micompas.com

Herbal Relief

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Using actual plants as a fabric? Product designer Ainhoa Garmendia of Fabrica thought, why not. Ainhoa wove together soil less greens to design the “textile” for Naturalise, a living hammock installation. Truly a seat that grows with you... Website www.ainhoagarmendia.com; www.fabrica.it

Photograph by Santiago Lopes courtesy Compas


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GIZMO OF THE SEASON

PAPER MAGIC American innovator Kelli Anderson redefines the process of learning with her latest unfolding invention, This Book is a Planetarium

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e often underestimate the possibilities of a simple sheet of paper. This tome is quite the page turner as it takes a new spin on book based learning with six educational “gadgets”. New York based designer Kelli Anderson believes that you don’t need sophisticated technology or materials to build something that is fully functional, if you piggyback on how sound waves, light beams, wind, time, or gravity work. The hardback includes a pop-up planetarium that projects constellations on your walls; plus a working instrument and an amplifying speaker for music enthusiasts. You can indulge your inner Sherlock with a secret message decoder ring. Want to know the day of a date years in the future? The perpetual calendar will help you out. The spiralgraph, which Kelli said was the most difficult to create, enables you to effortlessly draw beautiful rosettes. She adds, “Because the book’s tech objects are just paper (and have no hidden parts), they demonstrate how our world works. I wanted to show that you can do a lot with just a little.” You can get your own copy on Amazon. Nidhi Upadhyaya

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Website www.kellianderson.com; www.amazon.in Clockwise, from Top A pop-up planetarium that can transform your room into an alternate dimension; The six paper gizmos in the book laid out; The cover of this innovative compilation; An unfolding speaker for your musical needs Photopgraphs courtesy Kelli Anderson 120


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DECOR BUZZ Clockwise, from Left Paan, the quintessentially Indian digestive made from beetle leaf and crushed areca nuts; Sil Batta is a flat mortar and pestle used since the Vedic times; The book‘s cover and back; Colourful cycle rickshaws that can be associated with being the most common form of commuting in the country

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MEMORIES FOUND Relive your childhood with this “pictionary” of iconic and nostalgic pieces that reads like a love letter to India

“Take the Ambassador – you have cars all over the world, but this one in its form is only found in India”

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hen Jahnvi Lakhota Nandan was studying architecture design at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, she developed a curiosity for India’s typically vernacular objects. This lead to the idea for Pukka Indian, a visual encyclopaedia of quintessentially local items that have had an impact on the lives of almost a billion people in the country. Elaborating on selecting the right articles, Jahnvi says, “It was essential to take things that were born in India or have become an important part of people’s lifestyle in the country. Take the Ambassador – you have cars all over the world, but this one in its form is only found in India. It’s about items that were either remotely born or have acquired a life in India.” Detailing items like the Kohlapuri chappals, shuttlecock, chhoti, the sari or our colourful rickshaws, it opens the reader’s eyes to the all that we take for granted living in the country. Ayman Contractor

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Photographs by Matthias Parillaud courtesy Alberto Apostoli

INDULGENCE OF THE SEASON

NATURAL BEAUTY

Architect Alberto Apostoli brings the outdoors in, at the spa complex of eco-resort Portopiccolo in Italy

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estled between pristine cliffs and overlooking the sea, eco-resort Portopiccolo in the Gulf of Trieste, Sistiana, Northern Italy introduces its latest addition, the Spa by Bakel. Taking inspiration from the landscape, Studio Alberto Apostoli has ingeniously integrated natural coloured stones with glass, while using renewable sources. “Specific materials, technologies, atmospheres and internal paths were conceived to emphasise this integration,” states architect Alberto Apostoli. Spread over three levels, the ground floor shaped like a fan accommodates the reception, playroom, conference rooms and outdoor pools. The first level features a relaxation area, fully equipped in-out pool, cocoon bar, showers, Kneipp path, salt caves and more. With a breath-taking sea view, the last floor is devoted to cabins that provide beauty treatments and other exquisite facilities. Risha Merchant

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Website www.portopiccolosistiana.it From Top The glazed sauna in the couple’s treatment room features a glass roof with a wooden board and scenic views; The relaxation room on the first floor is made of local materials to create an interaction with the outdoors; Fine porcelain stoneware and local stone add a touch of luxury to the hot and cold water pools 124


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Conceptualised by Ball-Nogues Studio, the Healing Pavilion is a seating structure for visitors at Cedars Sinai Medical, LA in the US. The intricate detailing of this composition along with the shadows the two inch wide mild steel tubes cast, are meant to captivate visitors. BuroHappold Engineering, LA handled the structural aspects of the form and AHBE Landscape Architects devised the terrain. Website www.ball-nogues.com

Photographs courtesy Ball-Nogues Studio

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Photograph by Daniel Ruiz /UrbanNext courtesy Husum & Lindholm Architects

CULTURAL COLLABORATION

Danish designers Husum & Lindholm Architects devised Growmore, a modular building kit for urban gardeners. The three dimensional garden includes only six parts: A standard sized planting box, shelves and fittings. The elements were envisioned to be produced with any CNC suitable material. Website www.husumlindholm.com

Architecture students from the University of Hong Kong built the Sun Room for farmers in China’s Fujian province using woven bamboo shelters. They combined age-old weaving techniques with digital design methodologies to create these unique structures. Website www.arch.hku.hk

BEE-UTIFUL SPACES

The Insect Hotels by Czech design studio Dilna Hammer are made to help people show their gratitude to the smallest garden helpers and stop the disappearance of primal pollinators like bees. The insect housing spans mini and grand “pit stops” for butterflies, bugs and bird houses. Handcrafted in Czech solid wood, they are available in various shapes and colours. Website www.dilnahammer.com 126

Photograph courtesy The University of Hong Kong


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Exciting new releases, store launches and the coolest finds in furniture, lighting and home appliances – peruse our curated selection of what you need to look out for this season PRODUCED BY NIDHI UPADHYAYA

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Founder & Creative Director, Address Home, on the brand’s new launches and colour trends Luxury home decor label Address Home introduces a new collection inspired by the jungle island Zanzibar. Rajat tells us more about it: What’s new “Our new showcase takes cues from wildlife, foliage and geometry. Deep blue, green and offwhite are the predominant colours. Forecast for 2018 “Indoor plants, a lot of greens and tropical designs will rule this season. Soft palettes comprising shades like blush, off-white, yellow and grey and warm hues like rust will be in vogue.” Future plans “We plan to launch 20 stores by the next fiscal year and also introduce newer categories to our product line.” Where: N 3, Part 1, GK 1, New Delhi 48. Website: www.addresshome.com Input by Delilah Rodrigues

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German bathroom brand Sternhagen’s hexagonal Pent tile collection draws inspirations from shapes found in nature. Crafted from sani-quartz, these artistic units are available in eight colours with a metallic glossy finish. Website:

NEW BEGINNINGS

Lighting and decor accessories retailer The Purple Turtles just inaugurated its new store showcasing unique products and furniture crafted by Indian designers.

Where: 83, Chamiers Rd, RA Puram, Chennai 02. Website: www.thepurpleturtles.com

SPACE SHIFTER

It’s always a tough choice between open area and storage when planning a room. Nolte’s new Columbus series could be an easy, stylish solution. Designed to make the most of every nook, this customisable range comes in nine different finishes. Website: www.nolteindia.com

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Retail Director, Maspar on the brand’s strength and upcoming textile trends Maspar was set up in 2002 to cater to the Indian consumer and provide a one-stop platform for furnishings and textiles. Abhinav discusses the company’s ideology: Design philosophy “Our focus is on creating products that are nonethnic, contemporary and can be appealing to a global audience.” Upcoming trends “Textures, solids, and self patterns will be everlasting. Simple and minimalistic will surely get a lot of attention along with a few highlights here and there.” Website: www.maspar.com

RED ALERT

Imagined by Italian creative Alessandro La Spada, Visionnaire’s Babylon Living Room collection combines different materials and forms to create pieces that are comfortable and glamorous. Website: www.visionnaire-home.com

MAKE A STATEMENT A signature light fixture can dramatically change the tone of any space. We recommend taking a look at Czech decor firm Sans Souci’s light range Interplay that features bold, yet delicate, hand blown glass creations. Website: www.ss-gd.com

CULTURAL TWIST

French luxury furniture maker Roche Bobois unveiled its new edition of the Mah Jong sofa, with upholstery envisioned by French-Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, which reinterprets the look of traditional Kimonos. Kenzo elaborates on his fabric choice: “I love to mix materials but I still tend to favour the use of Jacquard as it is very luxurious and allows your designs to go further, giving the graphics a certain depth.” Website: www.roche-bobois.com 130


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ROYAL DELFT

The Original Blue range from the Dutch earthenware maker features intricate oriental designs, all hand-painted in Delft blue. Website: www.royaldelft.com

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MAXWELL & WILLIAMS

The homeware brand’s bone china Cashmere Bloems collection, imagined by Australian graphic designer Carol-Joy Pirie, boasts cheerful floral patterns. Website: www.maxwellandwilliams.com.au

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AMBIENTE 2018

Our picks of innovative furniture, stylish kitchenware and exquisite accessories from the annual show

MEISSEN

The New Splendour collection comprises a few of the porcelain manufacturer’s historical designs, now embellished with contemporary patterns.

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Website: www.meissen.com

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ROSENTHAL MEETS VERSACE For the collaboration’s 25th anniversary, the German company has introduced La Scala del Palazzo porcelain dinnerware that uses Palazzo Versace in Milan as its muse. Website: www.rosenthal.de

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BLOMUS

Envisioned by Floz Design’s Nina Thoming, the new tableware line comprises stoneware plates, bowls and stainless steel creamers. Website: www.blomus.us

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GEORG JENSEN DAMASK The Danish textile company’s Arne Jacobsen tea towels pay tribute to the local architect featuring a timeless pattern from one of his older sketches. Website: www.georgjensen-damask.com

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STOFF NAGEL

Denmark based design firm Just Right has relaunched its iconic candleholder, a joint vision of Hans Nagel and Werner Stoff in the 1960s. Website: www.stoff.dk

NUDE GLASS

Decantering, a blown-glass container designed to let wine breathe properly, was imagined by Israeli visionary Ron Arad for the glassware manufacturer.

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STELTON

Black stoneware lunch plates and mugs from the Theo collection, created by Francis Cayouette, exhibit a raw finish on the outside and a glazed surface within. Website: www.stelton.com

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VITA COPENHAGEN

The Danish firm’s A Conversation Piece armchair and My Spot side table draw inspiration from the urban background and natural landscape of Copenhagen city. Website: www.vitacopenhagen.com

LABONI

Prado dog bed, envisioned by Swiss designer Friederike Erhorn for the local company, is created with a hand welded aluminium alloy frame and plastic fibre wickerwork. Website: www.laboni.design

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OPOSSUM DESIGN

Designed by Richard Sinnig for the German company, CT-01 coffee table comes with integrated components like a wooden bowl, porcelain vessel and vase. Website: www.opossum-design.com

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The Dutch creative imagined the wood, foam and fabric Bo-Chair with a small storage compartment that can be pulled out to serve as a side table when needed. Website: www.robertbronwasser.com

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Kunaal Kyhaan Seolekar, the EDIDA India Young Talent 2017 winner displayed his solid timber Roots Offcut table, moulded fibre and fabric Popcorn Armchair and handcrafted marble Rhino, from his new collections. Website: www.koy.store


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BUGATTI

The Italian company’s Jacqueline, created by Innocenzo Rifino and Lorenzo Ruggieri, is a contemporary take on that traditional ceramic teapots. Website: www.casabugatti.com

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ALESSI

The kitchen equipment firm’s steel Mami knives rest perfectly in the bamboo wood K-Block, which has a book style opening. Website: www.alessi.com

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I Love Sicily, a collaboration between the home appliance manufacturer and fashion label Dolce & Gabanna, showcases kettles, mixers and juicers featuring quirky prints and bright colours. Website: www.smeg.com

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The Israeli studio’s plastic CatPeeler creates a visual of the feline’s tongue poking out every time it is used to peel a vegetable. Website: www.peleg-design.com

Slow Coffee Style Specialty range from the Japanese tableware maker includes artisanal coffeeware with a metal-like texture and brewing stands made from brass and wood. Website: www.kinto.co.jp

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GREEN CANOPIES: REFRESHING SPACES CLOSE TO NATURE

E L L E DECOR STYLE Page 146 IN THE CLEAR Designed by architect Ashish R Kesurvala, the eco-conscious abode uses simple materials like wood, glass and stone Page 154 WILD & FREE Beckons you to tour Jim’s Jungle Retreat, a sustainable resort located on the periphery of a tiger reserve Page 164 FROZEN IN TIME Showcases select images by British photographer Derry Moore that document passing moments of India in the ’70s Page 170 A PLACE IN THE SUN Narrates the story of Sucheta Potnis and Hans Tuinaman’s homestay nestled in a quiet valley in Goa Page 178 LIFE BY THE BEACH Gives you a sneak peek of designer Jade Jagger’s coastal, bohemian mansion in the isle of Formentera, Spain

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Architect Ashish R Kesurvala’s environmentally conscious project is designed as an escape from the concrete jungle – a quiet abode in wood, glass and stone TEXT BY ASHISH R KESURVALA

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MONIKA SATHE COURTESY SAK DESIGNS

The expansive living room is encased in glass framed aluminium shutters on three sides, offering views of the dense neem trees. The black leather and wood sofa, horse lamp and solid wood cabinet with an embossed pattern of a mountain landscape were consciously chosen to complement the natural expansive views. A contemporary rug from Hands rests on the wooden finish tiled floor

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The material palette is subtle, with restrained use of marble, wood, glass, concrete and painted walls

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dining area with glass partitions to the courtyard with a wire mesh deer sculpture. Designed by Ashish, the staircase is in wood and concrete and has a unique “graph� railing; In the dining room: Solid wood table paired with leather finished wood chairs. The cabinet in wood and brass was sourced from China


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In the family room: custom wood and patterned fabric upholstered seaters. While the geometric tables are also custom creations, the dramatic ceiling light is a Serge Mouille design. The textured grey rug is from Hands Right Echoing an art installation, the sculptural metal staircase with a slim wooden railing leads up to the terrace 150


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The passageway on the first level: On the right wall, artworks of insects picked up from BoConcept Right, from Top Most of the bedroom’s furniture, including the bed, bench, rug and seater are in soothing shades of grey. Two glass lamps shed soft light on mirrored side tables, while the concrete potted plant lends a pop of green to the zen room; The adjoining bath features a concrete wall with shuttered planks. The custom wooden ladder makes nifty storage, while the counter below is clad in the same stone tiles as the rest of the bathroom

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hen I design a home, the surrounding natural environment is always my first priority. I used the same approach while planning this 7,000 sq ft residential project in a small gated community in Ahmedabad, nestled among dense green neem trees. The simple plan starts with a long central passageway flanked by rooms on either side on both levels, diverging into different pockets of open courts. As each room faces either North or South, they’re accustomed to fresh air and warm indirect light, so temperatures stay steady throughout the day. On the ground floor, you’ll find a guest bedroom, kitchen, dining space and living area with a 14 ft high wood ceiling, three glass walls and an extended deck. The living room was quite a challenge to design – we had to develop a steel frame to make it as visually light as possible. The frame is almost invisible and the roof extends 15 ft to the outside deck…all this would have been impossible to achieve in concrete or brick. Each of the bedrooms on the first level feature dressing corners and washrooms with a skylight and niche for planters below. I always provide one-of-a-kind staircases in every home, including the two we built here: One in concrete and wood, with a “graph” railing, the other a metal spiral, leading to the terrace. We’re strictly minimalist in our meticulous design approach giving more attention to the overall structure and its natural environs. The material palette is subtle, with a consciously restrained use of marble, wood, glass, concrete and painted walls. The raw concrete look envelopes the outer facade and continues inside, lending the house a refreshingly unique character.

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WILD & FREE

Located on the periphery of a tiger reserve, Jim’s Jungle Retreat in Uttarakhand is a delight for both wildlife enthusiasts and city dwellers looking for respite TEXT BY DELILAH RODRIGUES PHOTOGRAPHY BY TANUJ AHUJA PRODUCED BY PRATEEKSHA KACKAR

The expansive verandahs were designed in a way to promote interaction with the surrounding landscape. The seating is every bibliophile’s dream, ideal to curl up with a book and a cup of freshly brewed coffee Left Leading to the different areas in the property, the pebbled pathways are flanked by about 100 varieties of trees and 50 kinds of plants and shrubs that attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife 155


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THE ARCHITECTURE IS INFLUENCED FROM HOMES OF THE VAN GUJJARS... From Top Two views of the library: Arches accentuate the area that features wood and cane furniture along with bookshelves well stocked with literature on wildlife. A doorway leads you to the spa that offers rejuvenating, organic treatments Right Inside The Carpet Sahib’s cafe (named after the local moniker for Jim Corbett): Locally produced light fixtures created from the barks of fallen Rohini trees found in the forest and baskets in mulberry wood and wicker, hang from the thatched roof

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Awashed in natural light, the double height, glass enclosed cafe brings the outdoors in. In one corner of the eatery, a cosy seating area featuring a whitewashed brick wall, plants, furnishings with animal motifs and a centre table made from salvaged wood

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THE ELEVATED LODGES... MIRROR FOREST RESTHOUSES, BUILT BY THE BRITISH Clockwise, from Top The skylight brings in ample light into the bathroom in one of the lodges that has handmade elements like soap dishes made from leaves; Flora and fauna in the decor: Details like the metal woodpecker door knocker and elephant knobs seen in the library make an appearance throughout the eco-resort Right Each lodge is inspired by conservationists like Jim Corbett, Frederick Walter Champion, King Ashoka, Salim Ali and Billy Arjan Singh, represented through framed lithographs of various species of birds. Bamboo used during the construction of the lodges were refurbished to create a ceiling that mimics roofs of local homes

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The concrete floor near the poolside has discrete imprints of animal paw marks, giving you the feeling of constantly being in the thick of wilderness. Inspired by local cots, the daybeds complement the setting Left On the second level of the cafe, the machan, ideal for star gazing, provides a view of the majestic eucalyptus forest. If you’re lucky enough, you will hear the distant alarm call of the spotted deer, a chorus of animals on sighting a tiger or trumpeting elephants

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s you drive through the small town of Ramnagar in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, dotted with quaint, mud walled huts and breathtaking, lush landscapes, you go past a narrow road, flanked by trees to reach a riverbed, which leads you to the final destination. Jim’s Jungle Retreat is a hidden gem, situated on the South-eastern edge of Jim Corbett National park. The owner Inder Pratap Singh Akoi bought this piece of land – then a paddy field – and set up a little camp in late 1990. In a span of a few years, the forest escape, now under the care of his son Daleep Akoi, took shape as a boutique resort with sustainability at the core of its heart. INTO THE WILD As you step into the reception area you notice the high thatched ceiling, colonial furniture and antique lanterns. A pebbled pathway takes you to the cottages and lodges. Walk along and sink in the verdant landscape, home to over 100 species of trees and about 50 kinds of plants and bushes; it’s not too difficult to fall in love with the place instantly. You feel like you’ve almost stepped into Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. While you’re finding your way, don’t be surprised if you’re caught off guard by a group of spotted deer, a howling jackal or a kaleidoscope of butterflies. TRANQUIL SOJOURN The architecture is inspired by homes of the Van Gujjars, a local pastoral nomad group. The cottages, hearkening to the elegance of the Raj era have earthy interiors, while the elevated lodges, ideal for birdwatching, mirror forest resthouses, built by the British. Here, elements like cane furniture and camp chairs will transport you to a ’90s jungle camp. Verandahs and high ceilings keep the heat out and large windows and skylights bring in natural light. “We also want to conserve electricity,” informs Daleep. Each space is painstakingly put together by the owner and his family. “My sister creates beautiful embroidery and patchwork,” he says, pointing to a cushion with a bird motif on it. The whiff of ramdana pie will bring you to the restaurant, where they dish out delicacies influenced by the Raj, the owner’s Peshawar born, Australian grand aunt and the Kumaon region. Apart from the retreat itself, the food is crucial to the overall rejuvenating and humbling experience.

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House, Lucknow, 1977, silver gelatin print: “This curious house, which I photographed in Lucknow in 1977 had great charm and illustrates the eccentricity of the mixture of European and local style, in this case Mughal. The house is almost certainly no longer standing, having doubtless been demolished to be replaced by some late 20th century block, that could be anywhere in the world” Left Chokidar, Lucknow, 1977, silver gelatin print: “This chokidar, with the regal looks was a direct descendant of Wajid Ali Shah, the last king of Oudh, who was deposed by the British” 165


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Old cars, Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, 1976, silver gelatin print: “These old cars kept in an elegant portico have a surreal quality. How did they get there? Why?�

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Guards, Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad, 1976, silver gelatin print: “The guards, too, in their grand uniforms are almost like figures in a ballet. It was as if they had remained after the departure of their master – which, as I later discovered was indeed the case�

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Palace guard, Jaisalmer, 1978, silver gelatin print: “What dignity in this old man in his tattered clothes!�

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Palace, Jaisalmer, 1978, silver gelatin print: “One feels this is a desert palace!�

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GETAWAY GOA The row of authentic Balinese wooden columns gives the villa its distinctive character and beautifully frame the view of the pool and valley beyond. The terracotta planters in the foreground were sourced from Pondicherry – Sucheta personally observed their final coat being applied using cling wrap for the glossy effect

A PLACE IN THE SUN Nestled in a tropical valley, Sucheta Potnis and Hans Tuinman’s homestay Summertime is a little piece of Bali in Goa

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Clockwise, from Above The sea green antique door lends a playful splash of colour to the garden; The view from the living room is framed through the panelled glass walls and wooden columns beyond. The wooden panels lend a sense of openness and light, while also relating to the other raw elements; The choice of black stone flooring in the same area was intentional to create a contrast against the wood and light. As a family of readers, the owners have books all over along with many cozy nooks to curl into

They chose the name “Summertime” for the mood they wanted the home to evoke – with...an open view of the sky...

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There is a harmony within each room across the furniture design but they are still distinctly different. Small details in the room enhance the feeling of luxury like a bedside table that is double the normal size, but the expanse of the room ensures a sense of openness and calm. The lamps are designed in collaboration with PondyMania, a brand that works with underprivileged women in Pondicherry

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LABOUR OF LOVE While not trained architects, Hans and Sucheta designed and built the villa themselves, almost in the tradition of master builders of the past, visiting the site daily and personally overseeing the construction. Their own home next door, Aranya, was also envisioned by them, and many of their experiments there were the genesis for Summertime. For Hans, “the process of building our homes ourselves was very rewarding and gave us such a burst of energy for those few years.”

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The villa sits on a large plot of land but was designed as a single compact structure to retain the site’s verdant cover. A koi pond, inspired by a trip to the Water Garden resort in Bali, is a wonderful focal point in the garden with darting koi fish and the constant, soothing sound of water. FLORA & FAUNA The property attracts many species of birds, especially in summer when the koi pond is one of the few readily available water sources in the area. For Sucheta, an avid bird watcher herself, this became a playful theme to carry through the interiors of the house. It is repeated across whimsical paintings and accessories to create a story that runs through every room. Each of these was carefully selected and as Sucheta says, “There is a happy feeling when you know where each piece has come from and its entire history of production.” EASY LIKE SUNDAY Each suite was consciously planned with identical layouts to ensure no guest has to compromise on their living space. They are, however, made distinctly different through the choice of furniture and colour palettes. The spaces and furniture are designed with a nod to indulgence, along with anticipating and addressing the needs of their patrons. After finishing the house, Hans and Sucheta lived in it for six months, “to give it a soul” and it does translate in the villa’s laid-back vibe. Being at Summertime is quite like spending time at a friend’s place – that friend whose great taste you’ve always admired.

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The placement of the house on the site was planned to perfectly frame the view of the valley. Hans and Sucheta often find their guests sitting by the pool with a book or pair of binoculars. The loungers are made from 100 year old recycled Burma teak and designed to be wider than normal for added comfort

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View of the horizon from the rooftop terrace of Jade’s island home Right Framed by majestic date palms, the outdoor dining area is sheltered from the prevailing winds by the white walls of the traditional architecture, which also form a contrasting backdrop for a potted collection of local succulents. The decorative cushions are sourced from Goa 178


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Clockwise, from Left The wooden thatched Finca roof creates patterns of light above a plaster relief of an Italian frieze bought in Ibiza. A wooden bench and cowhide floor covering complete the setup; Jade Jagger and her husband Adrian Fillary; The traditional Finca always features a shaded outdoor sitting area, a place to escape the intensity of the midday sun. The four frames above the sofa are comic artworks that Jade picked up from China. Various textiles from Asia and Africa adorn the terrace furniture Left In the same space: Tin lamps, aged and patinaed due to the salty sea breeze, have been acquired from Morocco. The decorative wall tiles are from Popham Design

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pain’s Balearic Riviera is composed of Ibiza, Majorca and former hippie haven of Formentera. The lesser known of the three provinces, with its splendid isolation, blue water and white sand beaches has grown to become the gypset’s preferred getaway. Jade Jagger moved her family’s holiday retreat from Ibiza to the isle just recently and she describes it as a region that offers a sense of being in another time and space. “I’d been visiting this island since I started going to Ibiza in 2000. It has a special feeling as it is so isolated, like a world of its own,” she explains. The house Jade, her husband and son Ray Emmanuel moved into is known as a Finca, a traditional stone and wood construction with thick walls to keep out the heat and a flat roof for sleeping outside under the stars on those hot Mediterranean nights. It has an incredible history, having been built by a German couple in the late ’50s, during the time of Franco. The British creative found it unsettling to take away some of the original charm of a haven that was previously untouched. The villa rests right on the beach, a cactus garden being the only thing between the home and rocky crags that harbour velvety sand and crystal clear waters. 181


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In one of the bedrooms, the unique headboard is made using seagrass matting. The traveller theme is reinforced with a natural fibre trader’s chest. Cobalt linen textiles go hand in hand with the overall blue and white palette. The small case was a birthday present to Adrian from Jade Right In one of the bathrooms, a traditional pedestal sink and clawfoot bathtub are combined with an Italian glass mirror, creating a timeless setup. The concrete floor and wall tiles are from Popham Design

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Clockwise, from Left The ubiquitous Mediterranean feature of an outdoor shower and a less common camouflage netting provide the necessary sun cover; One of the guest bedrooms opens out to the forecourt. The bedcover in this chamber is from Goa, where Jade used to spend five months a year designing jewellery; A decorative staircase with patterned, blue risers leads to the rooftop terrace Right The Mediterranean sea lies just beyond the back garden, a short stroll through the native agave and yuccas

Jade’s passion for texture and colour punctuates the classic Mediterranean white island. “We wanted just the basics. The colour blue binds the whole decor together,” she elaborates. “With a view of the beachfront and incredible cactus gardens that are so important to the intrinsic charm of the area, it felt like the space needed to be kept simple. I didn’t want to clutter it with too much decoration.” Jade adds, “You know how life is; you live and collect some favourite things that stay with you.” In this case, it’s her chess sets, art, Hermes beach towels, Eero Saarinen Tulip tables and old leather suitcases, a sign of a world wise traveller. She is always on the road, whether it’s to seek inspiration or jewels in Jaipur for her new collection. The advantage of Formentera is that it is not half a world away from the base in London and it is spacious enough so friends can visit often. Here, it’s a pure getaway. And while the abode is important for family downtime in summer, it is also an escape for Jade where she can have room to create for her eponymous jewellery line and interior projects.

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E L L E DECOR LEISURE Stir up a storm with a heady mix of ingredients and delectable dishes and assemble an ideal kitchen with our picks of smart culinary covetables PRODUCED BY SONIA DUTT, MRUDUL PATHAK KUNDU and DELILAH RODRIGUES

top choice This summer, have yourself an Alice in Wonderland moment, with your version of the Mad Tea Party. We are totally crushing on the Spring to Life porcelain tableware series from Dutch lifestyle brand Pip Studio that can make breezy evening gatherings more pleasant. Inspired by botanical drawings, the collection is embellished with gold detailing, and flower and animal motifs. The range is available in an array of colours like soothing blue, refreshing green, cheerful pink and classic off-white. Available at: Cottons and Satins, 1, Mohatta Compound, Off Dr E Moses Road, Worli, Mumbai 18. Tel: (022) 40143005 Website: www.pipstudio.com

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Sweet Nothings Satiate your dessert cravings with a near zero calorie spread of delectable granola treats, infused with summer fruits FOOD PREPARATIONS BY RICHA TALWAR PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY SUSTENANCE

Granola Yogurt Popsicles INGREDIENTS 3 cups strawberries hulled and roughly chopped, 1 cup Greek yogurt, 3/4 cup granola, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 3 tbsp honey METHOD

Combine the strawberries and maple syrup in a saucepan and stir gently. Let the berries sit for at least 10 mins, until syrupy. Place the pan over medium heat and cook for approximately 8 mins, stirring often, until the berries form a jam-like consistency. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. In a bowl add milk, yogurt and honey and stir. Pour this mixture into six popsicle moulds and layer evenly with the strawberry sauce and granola. Freeze for about 2 hrs, then add popsicle sticks and freeze for another 4-5 hrs. Place moulds in a bowl of lukewarm water, pull out gently to remove popsicles and serve immediately.

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Traditional Maldivian Mash Roshi (Stuffed Tuna Roshi) FOR FISH STUFFING

1 tin tuna fish, 1 cup curry leaves chopped, 1 onion chopped, 1 freshly grated coconut, juice of 1 lemon, 1 green chilly chopped, salt and pepper to taste FOR DOUGH

15 ml water, 2 cups flour, 1 cup freshly grated coconut, salt to taste METHOD FOR FISH STUFFING

In a bowl, add all the ingredients except the fish. Mix well, then add the fish and keep aside. FOR DOUGH

In a separate bowl, add flour, coconut and salt. Pour water and knead well to get a soft dough. Make equal sized roundels and rest for half an hour. Flatten the dough balls using a rolling pin. Place 1 tsp of the fish mixture in the centre. Cover from all sides and flatten the stuffed balls. Grill on a medium heated griddle or pan. Serve hot.

Granola Yogurt Parfait INGREDIENTS 1 cup granola, 1 cup yogurt, 2 tbsp maple syrup, fresh fruits sliced METHOD

Add 1 tbsp maple syrup to the yogurt. Take a jar or bowl and layer it with sweetened yogurt and 1/4 cup of granola. Repeat the layers and finish off with sliced fresh fruits and a drizzle of maple syrup. Eat immediately or refrigerate for up to three days.

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DECOR LEISURE Rustic Granola Yogurt Cups INGREDIENTS 4 cups plain yogurt, 2 cups granola, 1/2 cup wildflower honey, blueberries for garnish METHOD

Mix the granola and honey in a bowl. Add a few tablespoons of the mixture to each tart pan and press it down and towards the sides. Bake for 20 mins at 180° C. Cool the tarts on a wire rack for about an hour or until completely cool. Remove the granola tarts from the shell and fill it with yogurt. Garnish with blueberries and drizzle with honey. You can also add slices of your favourite seasonal fruits. u

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rchitect and educator Hasmukh Patel practiced in India at a time when modern architecture was at its peak. The works of Le Corbusier had held Indian architects in thrall for half a generation. Now a younger, more confident group of modernists was emerging from the shadow of the master and starting to define the manner in which a progressive India would live and work. Hasmukh Patel was a modern Indian. He was born in a village in rural Gujarat, grew up in the inner city lanes of Baroda and Ahmedabad, studied architecture at MS University Baroda – when there were only two schools of architecture in the country – and left India in 1958 to study at Cornell University, New York. He returned to live and work in India. His architectural works that spanned three decades from 1960 to 1990, demonstrate a profound understanding of the aspirations, not just of his clients, but of those who would use the spaces he designed.

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He used his craft to bridge the divide between the architect intellectual and the working professional. His practice inspired a generation of students at the School of Architecture Ahmedabad, where he led as director and dean from 1972 to 1983, and where his empathy and spontaneous humour endeared him to students and colleagues alike. Hasmukhbhai (to friends and family) was fascinated by technology; a tinkerer at heart. In his later years, he was confined to a wheelchair. Not one to be limited by circumstances, he took apart his desk chair, wired it up with a battery pack and joystick, mounted it on a base that afforded him the right height for dining, working or browsing through art galleries – and voila! But something was missing…the day before he was to appear in front of an audience for his book release, he had the entire frame painted black. Now that was a wheelchair fit for an architect! Ismet Khambatta

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