DESIGN MATRIX • May - June 2016
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The Look of Sustainable Opulence
Robert Kolenik is one of the representatives of the new generation of Dutch designers who are renowned worldwide for their down to earth mentality, excellence and innovative approach to design. After earning a degree in marketing, Robert decided to join his father’s building company, a specialist in renovation. The insight this provided him to build processes and techniques as well as in planning – an essential requirement in these early years of his career – proved to be invaluable in his maturing work as a designer. This specific knowledge adds a unique level of professionalism to his work and is consequently much valued by his clients.
ummer is at its peak. The heat is unbearable, the mercury goes soaring. Be chilled and stay hydrated with some refreshing fresh fruit juices and drink lots of water. Our summer edition is filled with fun and romance. Our celebrity designers – Ar. Neilesh and Bhavya Kenkare share their inspiring journey with our readers and I really loved their frank and friendly nature, during our conversation for this cover story. Their projects are not only vibrant but also diﬀerent in style and the Design Matrix team wishes that this pleasing couple, reach great heights. Enjoy reading Cover story! Some interesting hospitality spaces in this edition, especially that comes from the Netherlands will take your breath away. We also bring to you some interesting products from Milan Design Week and one will be tempted to glare at them again and again. Our home is where our heart is! And the residential spaces by Ar. Santosh Thole, Ar. Vikram Sharma, Ar. Ashish Pancholi, Ar. Heena Handa, designer Sachin Parab and Traansformation Design Studio are not just homes, created with brick or mortar; it is something that has a heart and full of life. I loved the Gym area of Adwait, designed by Ar. Thole; and a grove under a mango tree to dance, meditate and do some yoga at a home, designed by Ar. Handa. I was deeply impressed by the oﬃce space of designers Hardesh and Monica Chawla that is not only colourful but also rich in its décor.This edition also showcases projects from Ahmedabad, Anand and Rajkot that boasts of designs that are filled with beauty and quality. Fun filled spaces,fitness zones and Spa’s will rejuvenate you and keep you healthy. Be calm and stay happy till we come out with next edition, with more inspiring ideas. Cheers
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Ar. Santosh Thole, add a tweak to the diverse spaces of Adwait. Essentia Environments oﬃce, Gurgaon, embodies a mixed flavour of exquisite indigenous interiors with a dab of contemporary sophistication.
The quartet design team of Ace Associates is known for oﬀering design solutions ranging from commercial, hospitality, institutional and residential spaces, meeting the client expectations.
Vikram and Deepika Sharma of Aadharshila Design Solutions, Gurgaon adds a personal style and freedom of expression to their projects. Rahul Mistri’s forte lies in creating contemporary-styled interiors and experimenting with space.
Design Matrix, converse with Architects Neilesh and Bhavya Kenkare about the evolution of their practice; their creative personalities and all that surrounds their wonderful world of design.
Each and every Kolenik design is unique from the made to measure furniture to the most minute, beautiful details and innovative solutions.
Bhavin Mistry Designs; shapes an aesthetically pleasing apartment at Ahmedabad. Athulyam; a home with the rustic and earthy look is crafted with vivid materials and diﬀerent colour schemes by Bhavin Komal Design Dairies, Rajkot.
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Sachin Parab with a crew of qualified designers and project managers, harbour beauty through the art of design with a mission to create unique, elegant interiors. Ashish and Shruti Biyani believe that learning is a continuous process that improves every moment for the best services oﬀered to the clients. Murdeshwar residence, a heavenly home designed by Hiralal Vishwakarma and Manjusha Shresth is simple yet modern with a minimalistic approach.
With a dedicated team of professionals, Heena Handa, Designboard oﬀers extensive services in the stream of Architecture, Interiors, Styling and Landscaping. D”Stroke Interiors firmly believes that planning and designing of any project is executed in accordance to availability of space, natural ambience, storage requirements with an uncompromising attitude towards quality. Ar. Ashish Pancholi treats all his clients as unique individuals and so are his projects...
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Chemistry Neilesh Kenkare and his soul mate Bhavya firmly believes that “Architecture is nothing but a lot of hard work, passion, conviction and a feeling of creation that cannot be replaced with anything on this Earth.” Words: Marilyn Madathil Photo credits: Studio 90, Mumbai (profile); The Architects & Subhash Patil (Projects)
n 1996, Arch- Aid was formed
he stopped at Sir JJ College of
Architecture with a dream to be
Bhavya, with a niche to create
an Architect. That day, he took
projects ranging from residential,
an extra form, as he did not have
institutional, hospitality, commercial,
change. Soon, we appeared for
celebrity homes and even spiritual
the entrance exams. I hardly knew
places. Design Matrix, converse with
anything about Architecture yet I
this charming duo and they discuss
passed this exam with flying colours
the evolution of their practice; their
and got selected for the selection
creative personalities and all that
interview. To my delight, I was one
surrounds their wonderful world of
among the top 40 students. My
family strictly objected my decision
and respecting their vision, I went
DM: Why did you end up being an architect?
for the medical entrance exams
NK: I never thought I will be an
with a difference of two marks. I
Architect though I was good at
convinced my parents and in the
drawing and have represented my
next academic year, I again appeared
school in various national level
for Architecture and this time, I
competitions. My parents wanted
was among the top 20 candidates.
me to be a Doctor and my journey
Architecture was my destiny and
towards architecture began, when
today, I can’t think of anything
I was strolling with a friend and
better than this profession.
but I missed my medical seat just
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BK: I have a different story to share.
All our designs are versatile and we keep on experimenting with different ideas and styles. We derive a lot of inspiration from nature, travel and whatever we do.
like it as liking is relative, but one thing
maintain a fine balance of aesthetics,
whatever we do. We add a lot of
till the execution of the vision and
science, technology and emotion.
fervour in our designs and the
complete finishing along with the
It happened that after finishing my schooling, I visited Sir JJ College of Architecture and after glancing through the syllabus; I realized this field would do complete justice to my creative yearnings, reasoning and articulate my mind. I was excited and at that moment, I took an instant decision that this is what my career goal is! Architecture for me is the highest form of art, whereby we
is for sure that you cannot ignore our work, as it is powerful, dynamic and done with a lot of conviction.
DM: Share your design philosophy of creating thoughtful designs… BK: The best part is that we enjoy our work, right from the conceptual stage to deciding on the materials that
bonding that we share binds us with
budget control. We are blessed to
DM: What is your goal when it comes to your work?
this profession. Our philosophy is to
be working with the same clientele
“Love what you do and do what you
since 15-16 years and what makes us
BK: Our goal is to grow better
happy is the fact that our clients are contented with our design, thereby
with each project; ultimately client satisfaction is of prime importance.
NK: We have never looked at the
attracting more recommendation of
architecture, as our livelihood. We
new clients, who we love to interact
complete process of generation in
enjoy being on the site and discuss
various stages with the involvement
our projects, at any point in time. I
Creating a design is like creating
to the fullest, giving the clients
personally believe that goals keep
a lifestyle. Sometimes the clients
complete value for their money and
on changing at every stage of our
don’t have a clear picture of what
this we gain their trust. Our clients
life. Our designs make individualistic
they are looking for? Especially in a
turn into our friends.
statements, we don’t believe in doing
country like ours, the awareness level
something that is underplayed. Like
in the interiors is simply growing with
All our designs are versatile and we keep
it or may
more market choices. Earlier, this
was not the case and designers went
with different ideas
out of their way to explain to the
clients what is going to be right and
derive a lot of
what is going to work for them. You
have to understand the psychology
of your client and that you are not
simply at your drawing board. We have even met individuals, who appear
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to be a simpleton but have a stunning
industry is facing right now. Clients
choice but it is a fantastic character
look for something out of the box,
building exercise and we are indeed
even if they are ready to pay, the
thrilled to create a lifestyle for our
designer should make them aware
of what is available in the market and always educate them. Another
NK: We don’t have a fixed language
challenge is Vaastu. We have met
or a signature style. If we have done
individuals, who have certain fears
four-night clubs, which are at 1 km
inbuilt in their minds or are fickle
radius, one will be flabbergasted with
minded about this.
We believe in handling our projects personally. We add a personal touch to our work. “Love what you do and do what you love!”
the fact that all have different moods and themes. Sometimes we come
BK: Nowadays, the client demand a
NK: We believe in handling our
across clients who are stubborn with
lot of imported stuff, but most of the
their own ideas, but we as designers,
time, service back up is a challenge.
personal touch to our work. We have
take it up as a challenge.
The latest challenge is “Let’s go to
a team of young assistants. Ours is
China,” No doubt, it is a big market,
a practice-oriented profession and
but it eliminates customization and
ready to experiment.
DM: We would like to know about your team…
DM: What according to you is a challenge?
NK: Client, budget, tight timelines, and sometimes unlimited budget, all these are the biggest challenges the
have their own design strategies, parameters or design values. As rightly said by Neilesh, we get personally involved in every project, no matter how big or small the project may sound. We are not just one mind or soul, we are two in one.
DM: Who inspires you? BK: In my early days, I was quite impressed by the works of great designers like Philippe Starck, Tadao Ando or legends like Ar. Charles Correa and Ar. BV Doshi. Sometimes, people you meet inspire you. When we travel, different cultures motivate you. The biggest inspiration is the vibe that you get while designing a space. NK: Quality inspires me more than people. I look for various qualities and things. It is important for every designer to grow. The design is an emotion, which is sensory. It is not something technical is what I would like to add.
DM: Bhavya, where do you work on your projects? BK: My life has become a balancing may-JUNE 2016 • Design Matrix 23
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act and I am like a trapeze artist. I
minded focus, and this will surely
work on my computer, mobile, office,
help one to grow.
home and wherever I get my space. I Our work is out biggest ‘high’.
can work from anywhere and some
DM: Neilesh we are curious to know, where you meet Bhavya.
of my best designs have happened in
NK: Ours is a filmy love story, a
toes, increasing our passion
the middle of the night. One should
beautiful college romance, which
towards life and creation. While
have a dedicated passion and single-
blossomed into a destined marriage
designing, every experience
am lucky to have a supportive family and a good clientele to work with. I
It is not just our profession but also keeps us on our
adds meaning to our life. Every new day is a fantastic one because creation is our focus. This keeps us totally positive, fully motivated, and caring for more and more to come. Our clientele ranges from politicians, people related to glamour industry, and the cooperate the world, along with wonderful families who we now count as precious friends. The most humble end users are equally important for us because I believe, design is on just about ‘ME’, it’s about ‘US’. Design in seclusion can be an ego trip, but a waste of once vision, talent, and capabilities. We love reaching out to the mass/clients since this is most important for our own growth and well-being. So we say kudos to team Arch-Aid, and all the wonderful people we interact with in our work sphere, and a big thank you to all our clients and wellwishers who have provided us with opportunities, time and again to prove our mettle. We also thank all the media and publications, who have added more dignity and been instrumental, in featuring our work, and showcasing it to the world.
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always wanted to make our dreams
take responsibility, work hard with
come true. We are each otherâ€™s
dedication. Time management and
strength, when I am stuck, he will
the right attitude is what will aid them
cover up and Saumya completes
to sow the seeds of success.
me and I consider her as a good luck charm since most of our awards and
NK: I am teaching in the field of
recognitions have come in after her
Architecture, since last 17 years.
birth and we are blessed to have her
I have never changed any design
in our life. She is the junior architect
theme, created by my students, but
of our firm in every spirit though she
I feel, all mentors must guide young
and a professional partnership. She
is just 12. She is a smart and a well-
minds and allow them to do what
was my junior and I was the General
travelled kid. She loves to read and
they like. Their conviction should
Secretary of the Students Council,
paint. Her strokes are artistic and
be something that is coming out
during those days. Someone told
magical. We have given her complete
of knowledge. A mentor should be
me there is an over smart girl in the
freedom to do whatever she likes.
the one, who puts the best efforts
first year, but with me, she was a well
She is malleable to the different
and bring out the true justification
behaved (laughs). She gave me a rose
behind any designs created by the
on the rose day and it was an instant
lifestyles. I hope this helps her in the
youngsters. I always make them
chemistry on both our sides. We danced
answerable to the client and they
together on special occasions, college
DM: What advice you would give to young designers?
should create a space understanding
the fervour of our relationship. By the end of her first year, I proposed her.
BK: I would ask the young - gen to
gatherings and somehow it increased
what the client will be comfortable
There were some hurdles on our path, as we were coming from different cultural backgrounds. For me, it was like proving my capabilities and I started working18-20 hours. By the time, she passed out, I bought a Car. It happened that her parents unknowingly visited a resort that was designed by me and they enjoyed the feel of that space. They were awe-stricken to know that I have designed it and soon, they realized that I was doing well and I am a responsible man. Eventually, all were happy, and we tied the nuptial knot. We share the same goals and unique passion of doing justice to our desired fields. Success for us is always relative. Today, we are one but still agree to disagree mutual respect and family bonding, coming as an inspiration along with memorable moments in our journey that have strengthened our bond further.
DM: Bhavya, what would you like to say about your husband and daughter Saumya? BK: We are like- minded, ambitious and may-JUNE 2016 â€˘ Design Matrix 25
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High-Rise Apartment of Hiren Ashar, Borivali; Mumbai (1 to 8) Spaces need to work keeping the end users in mind. Their personalities, age group, professions, likes/dislikes, comforts, security and even religious sentiments have to be considered. In this cultural journey, the Arch- Aid team interact personally with the families and design a tasteful lifestyle for them. Neilesh
The Principal Architects
process can be a very emotional one (sometimes draining) but when we see the home done just perfectly as imagined and witness the happiness and joy in the client’s eyes, we are filled with the immense feeling of satisfaction. When we design a home: be it a villa, bungalow or apartment, we don’t just make one of brick, cement and mortar or walls ceilings and floors, with fancy materials and finishes, but we also create a ‘Lifestyle’ for the clients. With pride, we say that we have created lifelong bonds with many families. We cater
to all kind of budgets, requirements and areas.”
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Villa of Pramodh Patil, Lodha Golflinks, Kalyan Shilphata Road; Thane District (9 to 15)
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Commercial & Oﬃce spaces
R. R. Corporates, Dombivli; Thane District (16 to 20)
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Arch- Aid deals with oﬃce and commercial spaces ranging from an area of min 850 sq ft to even 10,000 sq ft and above. When designing oﬃces, the company brand – what it stands for or believes in, its future goals, and even expansions have to be considered – co-operate look, a casual open interactive oﬃce space, formal oﬃce, space for a professional one or even a glamorous vibrant and spunky workspace; they all have to be brand and design specific. Every work zones and spaces are designed within specific parameters, keeping in mind
the type of work, needs of the user and hierarchy of the stuﬀ. “We customize the furniture accordingly or sometimes pick and choose from modular once available in the market. Public areas in the oﬃces like canteen, toilets, recreation, lobbies etc., are design specific too. Modern oﬃces today aim at international standard with an energetic, dynamic and contemporary vibe. The high-level executive zones like cabins, conference areas, AV rooms, meeting rooms, lobbies and private zones are done to a tasteful discrete standard. Security is also the main concern here. We have designed not just oﬃces, but product experience centres, boutiques and shopping areas, catering to all budgets and design challenges,” explains Neilesh. Hue Designer Boutique, Hughes Road; Mumbai (21)
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Goa Portuguesa, Andheri; Mumbai (22 to 26)
Hospitality is a niche market and architects Neilesh and Bhavya has earned a good name and reputation in
dabbled, in all sectors of hospitality, right from restaurants and restobars, nightclubs, cafes, boutique hotels and even banquets,” exclaims the duo. Hospitality is all about creating experiences. This industry caters to the masses and the end user is the prime focus. Location of the space always plays a pivotal role in the success of this space. The end users may be a co-operate crowd, families, couples, or simply a group of friends and party goers, looking for a great experience, which is out of their great routine life and homes. “The age, cuisine served, work
with the signature brand that we create are few of the challenges we juggle with!” exclaims Neilesh. “The
specific happy environment is the outcome of a lot of research, on-site knowledge, keeping abreast, with the latest interior materials in the market, inspirations and a total team eﬀort. We are so passionate about the whole process that we pitch for ideas to create the ‘right image’ for the place. For this, staﬀ uniforms, crockery-cutlery, table setup, menu card design, promotions, advertising, brand building ideas, and events are touched on by us. Designing such spaces is an all-encompassing, time-consuming
interactive and satisfying process. Our creative juices get truly churning for these,” continues Bhavya.
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Shimmer Night Club, Malad; Mumbai (27 to 28)
Sayo Boutique Hotel, Kalyan Shilphata Road; Thane District (29 to 31)
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Nitro-Bespoke Fitness and Gym, Breach Candy; Mumbai (32 to 38)
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“We are very pleased and count
furniture like Spa massage beds along
with recreational swimming pools
are designed by these architects,
resorts, gymnasiums and wellness
keeping specific criteria in mind. Explaining
spas. We call them special because
asserts, “We also play a lot with
these spaces are ‘sensory’ and cater
colours, materials, lights and sound
to wellness and spirituality. The
to create the fantastic experience
environment that we create has to
we aim to achieve. We are proud
be such that we have to consider the
to say that we have created and
human mind, body and spirit. Hence,
the interior experience has to be
touching one,” says Neilesh.
biggest developing wellness brand
Human senses of sight, smell, sound,
in Mumbai. Apart from that, we are
touch and taste have all to be the
working on a Buddhist meditation
right mix to create an inspiring
centre along the lines of ‘The Big
atmosphere. They do a lot of research
Buddha’ in Hongkong.”
instruments, exercise zones, special
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Proposal for World’s Gym; Thane (39 to 40)
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A concept of fine dining and an intimate atmosphere : Restaurant De Werf
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THE LOOK OF SUSTAINABLE OPULENCE With a dedicated team of experienced architects, the multi-disciplinary studio Kolenik, Echo Chic Design, the Netherlands; is responsible for a wide range of projects ranging from bespoke designs for private villas and product designs through special fields of interest in the development of elegant and luxurious total concepts for the hospitality industry. Photo credits: René van Dongen Photography.
he distinct and recognisable Kolenik
and are the hallmark of interior designer,
style appeals to a wide international
Robert Kolenik’s style. The name Eco Chic
audience. It is best described as
Design deliberately reflects the designer’s
minimalist and warm, carefully marrying functionality
passion for nature. Recently the studio earned a great
harmony and balance. Kolenik hotel and villa
designs exude an inviting quality of peace
restaurants, bar and club designs all with
and tranquillity, while restaurants and other
their signature international and timeless
hospitality designs are more daring, aiming
allure. Together with his team, he tirelessly
to fascinate and excite their guests. The use
searches for original, smart and intelligent,
of materials like luxurious natural stone and
but sustainable solutions take their work to
even living nature add interest to their spaces
a higher level.
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stained glass windows was chosen as
PUBLIQUE – Bistro 2.0 is designer
the guiding principle for the design. It
Kolenik’s contemporary vision of a
forms the basis for the colour palette
tried and tested concept. In October
applied throughout the building and
2014, the Publique Restaurant opened
interior. This creates a feeling of
its doors on one of the most exciting
tranquillity and unity in the design,
squares in The Hague’s vibrant city
as well as contributing to the sense
centre. The brothers Casper and
that the concept is in keeping with
Sjoerd Smits and their cousin Maurits
the building and has been carefully
Jonkman, all experienced in the
thought through. The warm glow
restaurant stream, asked Kolenik to
of red copper also reappears in
design a stylish but accessible version
the robust open kitchen, which is
of that much-loved French classic, the
reminiscent of the French bistros
of a bygone era, and in the elegant
The warm copper colour in the
lighting fixtures and lamps that have
Exclusive natural materials, including wild walnut, luxurious leather and recurring copper accents tie the space together and give it a sense of harmony and tranquility.
The copper colour in the stained glass windows was chosen as a guideline when creating a concept and a colour palette to follow in the interior.
The warm glow of red copper is applied again in the robust open kitchen, which is reminiscent of the French bistros of a bygone era.
Red copper wall lamps were placed above the dining table to give a sense of intimacy and add a connection to the bar area. This combined with the massive chestnut tabletop, creates a warm balance with the industrial concrete floor.
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the pieces of furniture and lighting
The chosen materials accentuate
elements have been custom-made
Patrick Wolf and Saskia Golen, the
the desired impression of exclusivity
specifically for this project. This is
owners of Restaurant De Werf in
and accessibility. An exciting contrast
not only to satisfy the designer’s high
the harbour of the historic town of
is created by juxtaposing the raw
standards, but also to ensure that
Veere in Zeeland, the Netherlands,
concrete of the power floated floors
there is a recognisable signature and
had tasked Kolenik Eco Chic design
quality running through his work.
with redesigning the interior of their
been custom-made for this project.
restaurant and boutique. Kolenik
In just under eleven weeks,
leather and recurring copper accents.
Publique was transformed from a
was given carte blanche to fulfil their
The floor also contrasts with the
shell into precisely the contemporary
main objective: ‘to create aﬀordable
elegance of the walnut tables’ iron
bistro the owners had in mind. It
luxury in beautiful surroundings.
supports, and with the stylish red
perfectly chimes with their vision of
copper wall lamps. The lamps’ round
the concept, oﬀering a familiar menu
Restaurant De Werf
bulbs accentuate the contours of the
and great hospitality in a stylish,
The charming building – the former
circular tables, as well as creating the
oﬃces of an old shipyard – boasts one
intimate sphere that is so important in
Each and every Kolenik design is
of the best locations in Veere, beside
a restaurant. As is the case with many
unique from the made to measure
the picturesque harbour and with a
of Kolenik’s projects, the majority of
furniture to the most minute, beautiful
view of the town. Restaurant De Werf
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has a long culinary history stretching
The transparent new entrance
back to the nineteen sixties, and is
hall in glass and blue steel creates an
therefore a well-known and much-
intimate sphere from the moment
loved location for both local residents
you step inside the building. Upon
and its many loyal customers.
entering, you are immediately struck
The interior designer Kolenik
by the spectacular eye-catcher that
began by changing the routing and
has been tailor-made for De Werf: an
layout. The boutique and offices that
asymmetric, organically designed 2.5
had previously occupied the first floor
m-high, 350 kg sculpture of pink and
of the building have been moved to
white barnacles that appears to be
an adjacent historic building and the
floating in the air. The barnacles are
offices are now located on its ground
an allusion to both to the location
floor. This means that the restaurant
– boats once had their barnacles
now has the capacity for nearly 80
removed here at low tide – and to the
covers inside, and at least 180 covers
menu. This is international, is based on
outside: an impressive figure that
classic French cuisine with a modern
reflects the popularity of its stunning
twist, and – as befits a restaurant in
Zeeland – places particular emphasis
6 Fine detailing and stylish touch in the washrooms. 7 The Humble light collection in copper. 8
Petrified wood washbasin was chosen to contrast the sleekness of the powder room with the roughness in its original form.
Bespoke pendant lights based on Kolenik Humble lamp collection illuminatingthe bar area of BistroPublique.
10 Interesting element added into the space. 11&19 A concept of fine dining and an intimate atmosphere were the leading principles when creating the layout and the setting for the dining area. 12 An eye-catching sculpture made of barnacles connecting the two floors in this sea food orientated restaurant.
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on unusual fish dishes. The shape of the sculpture is echoed in the bar and the washbasins. This gives a subtle but playful twist to the rather linear design of the old building. With the exception of the bar stools and lighting, the entire interior has been specifically designed and custom-made for De Werf. The
wooden floors, comfortable leather armchairs, wall benches and blue steel used in the tables and to frame the fireplace, combine in the restaurant to create a relaxed atmosphere of understated luxury
and refinement. The bar has been plastered
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in a shade of grey that is at once
and they exclaim, “Robert has been
minimalistic and soft. The paint used
tremendously supportive in every
for this special plastering technique
respect; particularly in terms of
contains metal particles, giving it
sticking to our budget. He kept
an exclusive air. The chosen eﬀect
coming up with new solutions in order
has been carried through into the
to achieve this. The collaboration
adjacent boutique, which serves to
went very smoothly, and the end
recognisably link it to the restaurant.
result is even more beautiful than
The first floor is a cosy space for
what was anticipated. This project
lunching and dining, but can also
was completed in summer 2015 and
be reserved for private dining and
meetings. Kolenik recommended that
the building’s exterior be painted in a
the guests at De Werf. The outdoor
single uniform shade, including the
terrace with 180 seats in such a
window frames, thus ensuring that
stunning location is the starting point
both interior and exterior have the
for our concept, but now the exterior
same stylish appearance.
matches the interior and the whole
The owners are delighted with
13 The charming building –the former offices of an old shipyard –boasts one of the best locations in Veere, beside the picturesque harbour and with a view of the town. 14 An organic shaped bar with a plastered finish and an illuminated bottom which creates an illusion of an floating unit. 15 Custom designed eye-catcher based on a cluster of barnaclesis a playful allusion to this fish restaurant’s harboursidelocation.
thing fits together perfectly.”
16 A concept of an open kitchen with a fruitde la mer, on therocks. 17 Mobile bar set up, suitable for intimate dinners or self-service boardroom facilities. 18 Eye - catching lamps.
the result and with the collaboration
Know the designer Robert
generation of Dutch designers who are renowned worldwide for their
This specific knowledge adds a
down to earth mentality, excellence
unique level of professionalism to
and innovative approach to design.
his work and is consequently much
After earning a degree in marketing,
valued by his clients. Robert Kolenik
Robert decided to join his father’s
is also co-founder of Plastic Soup
building company, a specialist in
Foundation Junior, a charity that
renovation. The insight this provided
educates children at a very young age
him to build processes and techniques
about the dangers of polluting our
as well as in planning – an essential
seas and oceans with plastics and its
requirement in these early years of
consequent impact on marine life.
his career – proved to be invaluable in his maturing work as a designer.
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Redefined Wondrous compilation of art! This will be the first words that will strike your mind as you enter an airy, bright and functional bungalow – ADWAIT, also known as Kabra’s residence. Photo credits: Kishor Nikam
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Design Team Architects: Ar. Santosh Thole, Chief Architect & Ashish
pieces mounted on the Eastern wall,
and Associates, Aurangabad;
add a tweak to the diverse
spaces of this residence with diﬀerent
Civil Engineer: Burhan Syed
styles, maintaining the harmony and
diﬀerence by blending a modern taste
Interior Designers: Sachi Jain,
with traditional Indian Wada style
Located in a colony that was
theme in this home. The family sitting
developed in the 70’s, this home is
and dining area is marvelous with
Artist: Pradeep Kolhe
sprawling around 4,200 sq ft and
double height stone clad wall, etched
with teakwood panels. Traditional
breathtaking view creates a wow
wall hanging lamps and a beautifully
factor when it transfers eﬀortlessly
carved dining table, bring in cozy feel.
Pragati Lukkad, and Darshan
r. Santosh Thole, Santosh Thole
The three wooden pieces mounted on the Eastern wall. A glass enclosure in drawing room with figurines made of waste materials. Semi-covered terrace.
The family sitting and dining area.
Finely detailed master bedroom.
architecture to interiors. The bold
envelope of a beam and a column
The master bedroom is very rich and
with a slight slant gives a massive
beautiful, apart from all the facilities.
look, followed by proper lighting
The main attraction of this room
is the backdrop on the bed wall,
into the house, the drawing room
made of kaatha rassi (coconut rope)
is furnished with a white leather
integrating couple figures.
sofa, separated by a glass enclosure
The guest bedroom is designed
that carries figurines made of waste
using artistic straight lines. The
materials. The two human figures
primary colours and rectangle shaped
facing each other are together (hand
backdrop create a perfect balance
in hand) and exemplify the love and
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Simple and aesthetically pleasing parents bedroom.
The guest bedroom is designed using artistic straight lines.
The carom coins with diffused light and a huge innovative chair in the Children’s bedroom.
Double height stone clad wall, etched in teakwood panels
10 A full height portrait of the teenagers in their room. 11 Modern artifacts on the illuminated shelves of the guest bedroom. 12 Gymnasium inspiring one to ‘workout’.
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Parents bedroom is simple with
activities. The house also encloses a
an engraved bed back panel and
gymnasium, attached with steam and
textured mat finished wallpapers.
sauna facilities on the second floor.
The beauty of this space is integrated
carom coins with diﬀused light on
by a painting drawn directly on a wall
the bedside wall in the children’s
that depicts the various mudras of
Pranayam Yoga and will certainly
teenagers occupying this space. A
inspire one to ‘workout’.
huge innovative chair, designed for
Every space in this home is serene
their relaxation is an interesting
and gives the pleasure of individual
element in this area.
colours, Italian flooring, and a brown
Fun with fitness
tint of teakwood and veneer. Every
Entering the first floor, a lounge
aspect of this neatly designed home
leads to a semi-covered terrace,
is a visual treat.
which allows a slit of the skylight and is ideal for outdoor and recreational
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Design An opulent 20,000 sq ft office of Hardesh and Monica Chawla boasts of luxury with a very neutral colour palette, clear lines, magnificent art; carefully curated artifacts and fluid spaces. Photo credits: Nitin Seth
Pencil stand in the conference.
ssentia Environmentâ€™s office,at Gurgaon, embodies a mixed flavour of exquisite indigenous
interiors with a dab of contemporary sophistication and focuses on global elegance with a fusion of traditional elements like jali and a judicious use of locally available materials like Gwalior stone and accessories, creating
palatial space accommodates cabins for the principals, design studio meeting rooms, a large reception area, cafeteria, workstations and a gym. The office is situated in the
Monica and Hardesh Chawla
basement of the building, which is generally considered not to be
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big negative was converted into a resounding positive through smart design. The clear heights of 16 ft and strategically placed floor to ceiling windows, gives an imposing yet well lit and airy feel. Space planning has always been an integral part of the design of this space. “We started the process, keeping functionality in mind and never let it go until the very last. Once the utility aspect is addressed, we then focussed on the aesthetics. Openness was an important factor in
office. Allocation of departments while
amongst them was another essential factor
the execution,” explains Hardesh. Moreover, the principals also wanted to showcase their designing as well as execution capabilities within their office, so a bit of extra effort went on to achieve this objective. The office can be well described as a functional, contemporary yet warm and welcoming. This office showcases the signature capabilities of the interior designers of creating a sophisticated world of luxury with 3
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1,2,3 & 8 Conference room: Each element right from the elevation to the smallest of the vases have been carefully selected, designed and executed to create a masterpiece. 4&10 The highlight of this office is the reception area that creates a warm and welcoming ambience for anyone visiting the office. 5
The highlight of this oﬃce is
the reception area that creates a warm and welcoming ambience for anyone visiting the oﬃce, making one curious to see what’s behind there? The right amount of natural and artificial lighting makes the cabins look spacious and enriching. The perfect blend between the colour scheme and artworks put in
an innovative design and judicious
each cabin encourages the one to
selection of materials and furniture
work more. Quick breaks are needed
pieces. Each element right from
while working to refresh our minds,
the elevation to the smallest of the
Essentia’s pantry is well equipped,
vases have been carefully selected,
comfortable enough to spend a good
designed and executed to create a
amount of time while grabbing a quick
masterpiece. Royal hues like gold
bite during the casual chit-chat. This
and silver/white have been used
space also can be used for business
extensively to add to the luxurious
talks, apart from just bite breaks.
look and feel. Selection of the marble
The entire oﬃce is illuminated by
makes the flooring look neat and
carefully selected light fixtures that
wood adds the required warmth.
not only accentuate the cosy look
LED lights in the ceiling and creative
and feel of each space, but also ups
pendant lamps create an overall
the glam quotient of the oﬃce. The
interior is a combination of a sequence
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of design elements that lean towards
Know the designers
minimalism and traditional elements
opulent yet they never lose the sense
like motifs and jalis that lend it a
designers, Monica Chawla, Creative
of the purpose they are meant to
truly contemporary classic feel.“Time
serve. She fervently believes that
was the most challenging bit that
has been the creative genius behind
space planning is an integral and the
needed to be considered while doing
most important part of the interior
this oﬃce. We had set a target of
celebrity homes in the country. Her
designing and that is why it deserves
completing the project in 6 months.
innate design sensibilities backed by
the most attention. She believes in the
It involved around the clock work and
sheer talent bring any space alive!
contemporary design sense and her
provided us with absolutely no margin
She skillfully orchestrates her sense
skill in creativity stems from the way
of error,” says Monica.
of style into various elements of
she combines classic richness with
The featured artifacts and art,
design in all her projects, creating
modern practicality Her international
personally selected by the principals,
an environment that is reflective of
experience and exposure as well
not only adds vibrancy to the entire
sophistication yet vibrant persona.
as her deep appreciation for the
oﬃce, but also provides a splash of
Though her designs are all about
exquisite design heritage of her
colour and brightness to it. Lastly, the
creating spaces that are magnificent,
native India have given her pioneer
furniture used in the oﬃce, which is designed and made in-house, gives
the whole space a formal yet and elegant look. 6
Accounts room: All the art and the artifacts are from the personal collection of the principals and the furniture was all produced in-house.
Corridor : Openness was an important factor in deciding the design of the office.
A small conference room for business talks.
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status in an exciting design revolution
integrity that have largely defined
restaurants and of course high - end
in which both east and west visibly
Hardesh Chawla’s career and an
residences he has done it all. In his
seek inspiration from each other. Her
engineering background has allowed
own words: “Essentia Environments
unique style has been brought to the
him to stay objective and look
give me the freedom to express the
attention of an elite clientele within
for elegant solutions to complex
confidence, power and attitude of
India as well as attracting curiosity
problems. Having dabbled in financial
today’s design world. It also gives
from other designers and patrons
services and real estate, Hardesh
me the opportunity to say and do
elsewhere in the world.
found his true calling in creating
something about the way I want our
modern India to be.”
Having lived and worked in a
number of countries has imbibed
clients in India and overseas. From
a sense of professionalism and
corporate oﬃces to showrooms to
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CREATIVITY BEYOND EXPECTATIONS
Ace Associates, Anand; are a practice established by architects –Ashish Patel, Nikhil Patel, Nilesh Dalsania and interior designer Vasudev Sheta since 1999 to provide innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions with function, clarity, and beauty. Photo credits: Tejas Shah
Nilesh Dalsania, Vasudev Sheta, Nikhil Patel & Ashish Patel
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he quartet of Ace is known for oﬀering design solutions ranging
client expectations, while managing the ongoing challenges that a site and its context presents. The two diverse spaces here convey unique style statements that are beyond our expectations.
Peerless workspace 2
Located in a rural area, near Nadiad town, Gujarat; the workplace of Tobacco Merchant is surrounded by tobacco processing plants. Though the building was planned four years ago, it was not in use and the client approached the Ace team to make it functional for their corporate oﬃce with an outdoor interactive space. It was perfect for their operating style to work with native people and
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Extended veranda works as outdoor office.
Grand Director’s cabin.
Natural material palette complimenting fresh colours in waiting lounge.
Warm entrance foyer with Shriji Bawa Pratima.
View from the garden.
A welcoming stone sculpture in front of the entrance plaza.
labours, so while designing the space,
the monotony of design with the
the designers were asked to build an
usage of various shades. Customized
extension to the structure, which was
centre and corner tables, the Copper
semi covered with metal shade for sit
tobacco leaf design and the client’s
outs and informal meeting spaces,
work area dyed with brown shades,
surrounded by a pleasing landscape.
are the factors that symbolize the
The material palette chosen was
very basic like concrete, wood, stone
to reveal the raw expressions of the
amalgamate lovely and soothing
nature with sophistication and that
The core interesting part of
adds a new and unique aspect to their
this project is a seamless blend of
works. Let’s move on to one of their
hardscape and the landscape at the
most eye-catching design, which is a
entrance. Another exciting element
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Versatile Spot Located on the outskirts of the Anand town, this banquet hall is spread over an area of 40,000 sq ft, with a capacity to accommodate 800 people at a time. The banquet hall is enclosed with the astounding designed landscape with
fountains, lights, and sculptures. The most attractive space of the party plot is the entrance, which has a huge deity, Ganesha sculpture in the centre with customized face mural fountains at one side and a water body having a
engraved with the banquet hall name on it, exquisitely highlighted by spike
lights on the floor. Water bodies, lily ponds and ample of fountains are used to create wow eďŹ€ects. The banquet hall is centrally air conditioned and it incorporates kitchen, bride and groom, changing rooms. The most interesting thing 9
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7, 9 A mixture of backlit Jali, fountain, stone sculpture, landscape, creating a visual pleasure in front of the facade 8
Stepping waterfall creates welcoming sound in the entrance.
10 Stone mosaic wall mural converted into light units on main facade. 11 Central interior view of grand banquet hall with huge fabric and jute chandelier. 12 Main entrance with welcoming Ganesha. 13 Evening charm of entrance podium of banquet hall. 14 Utility courtyard with life size sculpture, fountains and glamour of light. 15 Natural light pours in the utility space.
is the central light unit, which is 90â€™ long and is imported from Indonesia and custom designed, keeping in mind
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The central staircase is the focal point of the house
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Aadharshila Design Solutions, Gurgaon; was founded in the year 1997 by a husband - wife team of Architects â€“ Deepika and Vikram Sharma. For them, the thrill of creating an abode for a family is deeply satisfying and at the same time, it gives them a great creative high. Photo credits: Nitin Arora
Vikram and Deepika Sharma
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Fact File Total Area: 5,100 sq ft spread over two floors, on a plot 500
best in the business for the same .
involved in numerous high-
Residential architecture and interiors
are a particularly challenging and a
including apartments and individual
constantly evolving paradigm, which
Location: E-Space Nirvana,
houses in and around Gurgaon and
they have regularly pursued with
South City-2, Gurgaon
are considered to be one of the
The entire interiors of a serene Time taken to complete the project: About 12 months
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A melange of colours liven up the kids room.
The back bed wall acts as a perfect canvas for the Ebony veneer on the bed.
The curved crystal chandelier culminates the double height central foyer.
The wooden flooring in the family area.
The huge wide solid wooden main entrance door opens towards the visual treat of the mandir.
the adjacent Mandir while as the Mandir area.
complementing the intricately carved
h o m e ,
All the toilets are clad in exquisite
champagne coloured mdf Jali. The
designed for Vishal and Nidhi
Italian marble like Markino Black and
family lounge sits on a 6â€? raised
platform, finished in HDF flooring. It
Dabas have been done without any compromise with the openness of
The entire living room decor including
the colour combinations are such that
and the window dressing has been
The false ceilings in the entire
they blend with the flow of spaces.
done in neutral shades of brown and
house complement the furniture
The entire flooring except a part of
beige, which gives it the required
layouts while the concealed light
the master bedroom and the family
understated yet sophisticated look.
sources add to the subtlety of the
lounge is of Italian marble Botticino
The adjacent formal dining seamlessly
flows from the living room and its
contemporary styled furniture.
finished in POP and there is a liberal
black lacquered glass wall with veneer
use of veneer panelling in the house.
finished niches seems to complete
The lacquered glass adds to the sheen
its look. The bright red seating in
veneer/mirror cladding on the main
and lustre in the formal dining as well
the family lounge is in contrast with
staircase wall catches immediate
being a part of the open space.
the house. The materials used and
gives it a distinct spatial identity while
the lacquered glass of
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The formal dining is characterized by the the black lacquered glass paneling.
The black marqino Italian marble in the master toilet gives it the glitz and glamour.
The split levelled flooring of master bed room is echoed in the design of ceiling as well.
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Classico flooring. Vikram
a personal style and freedom of expression to this home. This home
is not only self- expressive, but also wonderful and a sensitive space to live in.
Know the designers Vikram and Deepika are graduates 6
from the Chandigarh College of Architecture. Over the course of 19 years, they have executed a wide
floor near the staircase wall give it a
variety of architecture and interior
sense of identity. The curvy crystal
chandelier acts as a finial to the triple
height of the stairs.
and residential. They have designed
The bed back wall in the Parents’
for people from all walks of life viz
room on the ground floor acts as a
builders, lawyers, doctors, politicians,
perfect canvas for the ebony veneer
corporate executives and so on.
on the bed. The use of the same
Recently, one of their clients had
veneer on the TV panel in front
commented, “ My house designed
further lends a sense of character to
by you has given me a new lease
the room. The split level flooring in
of life”. It is words of appreciation
the master bedroom on the first floor
such as these, which gives them the
is echoed in the design of the ceiling
impetus to keep striving to create
as well. A melange of colours livens
more beautiful spaces for their
up the kid’s room. The high gloss grey
and white tones blend beautifully with the beige coloured Botticino
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Approach Young and dynamic, Mumbai-based Rahul Mistri, Founder Principal Architect,“Open Atelier Mumbai,” designs a well-appointed apartment using varied materials, textures and colours, transforming it into a charming and luxurious space. Photo credits: Prashant Bhat
The living cum dining area is marked with simple clean lines.
The textured wall forms a perfect backdrop for the LCD unit.
odern homes are often
more volume along with a dash of
dismissed as little more
than boxes, but a lot can be
When the clients decided to
achieved by thinking out-of-the-box.
shift in this new home in an up-
Rahul Mistri’s forte lies in creating
market suburb in Mumbai, they
contemporary-styled interiors and
wanted something diﬀerent from
experimenting with space to add
what they previously had. To fulfill
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Fact File Client : Pradip Gadia Location: Goregaon, Mumbai Area : 2000 sq ft Project timeline : June 2015 – Jan 2016 were dissolved. “This allowed us the opportunity to redefine the use of all the spaces,” states Rahul. The living area is marked with simple clean lines, both on the ceiling
and furniture. Warm wood tones the clients desire for a modern yet
They also wanted environs that were
dominate the spacious linear living
eclectic decor, the talented architect
easygoing, informal and above all,
area that is visually demarcated into
has created a spacious, uncluttered
a great place to relax and entertain
living and dining areas; through two
guests,” Rahul explains.
diﬀerent types of flooring. Despite
designing this luxurious and spacious
This 4bhk apartment has neat
being a common space, each area has
home spreading over 2,000 sq ft
segregation of functional areas like
a unique identity. The sleek leather
area in an upscale locality where I
the living cum dining area, kitchen,
sofa forms an interesting seating
had to design spaces that would
bathrooms, powder room and 4
island, which is complemented by
suit the myriad tastes of diﬀerent
bedrooms. The entire space had to
personalities inhabiting this home.
be opened-up, so some of the walls
The admirable dining space has an
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The master bedroom is dominated by an earthy tone. The furnishings and accessories lend a personal touch.
mood lighting results into a perfect retreat zone.
type of seating. The wall textures 6
The subtle use of warm tones and wood finishes in the son’s bedroom makes it inviting. The use of copper tiles, enclosed shower cubicle along a laminated wood ceiling along with dramatic
The slanting pattern on the door, adds a dynamic touch to the bedroom doors. The skillfully created slits work as a handle for the door.
and the gold petals form a perfect backdrop
adding to the style quotient of this space. One notes a skillful use
interesting backdrop and a bench-
The admirable dining space has an interesting backdrop and a benchtype of seating.
of wooden flooring - Bamboo real wood flooring on the floor and on the ceiling. Lending more insight on the design and a perfect finish, Rahul adds, “It was a tough challenge to clad bamboo flooring next to the marble flooring, seamlessly without any wooden or aluminum profile.” The wood panelling on the ceiling breaks the monotony of white and also aesthetically segregates the space from the living area. Mood lighting, spotlights and LEDs make an impactful presence. The revamped kitchen finds a long work surface, which extends diagonally on both sides. Explaining the design details Rahul adds, “The custom-designed cabinet with a
metallic finish that not only adds to
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The perfectly coordinated daughter’s bedroom has an aesthetically designed four-poster bed with stainless steel finish.
the decor but provides ample storage
very subtly played with warm tones
takes care of the storage. The
as well. Further, the monotony of
and wood finishes striking the right
architect has skillfully broken the
white is well-balanced by yellow
balance. To break the monotony
monotony of the full length wardrobe
highlighter tiles adding a dash of
of wood texture the architect has
by creating punctures which forms
colour, lending a vibrant look to this
created sleek horizontal back-lit
the handle. The full-length mirror
otherwise functional space.
niches which lends a dramatic touch
lends a spacious feel.
A refined colour and material
to the sleeping area. Another design
Rahul with his flawless space
highlight is the bed design that it
planning and innovative approach
bedroom with plush white leather
adds on to the decor. A little beyond
has skillfully accommodated the
cushion for the headboard and
is the simple study area designed
diverse decor preference of the
geometrical pattern on the ceiling.
keeping the functionality in mind.
inhabitants and has enhanced their
Cleverly concealed walk-in-wardrobe
Apart from the aesthetics another
door is the well-designed element in
noteworthy feature is the seamless
connectivity of diﬀerent areas in this
Know the designer
Daughter’s room is dressed in
room. Explaining the design details
Ar. Rahul Mistri, designs urban
youthful look has white, grey and
Rahul adds, “We have refrained from
steel texture defining the look. The
creating solid partitions, instead we
and believes that superficial
large window has ledge type of a
have created a puncture in the walls
ornamentation often hides a
seating, which forms an informal
that overlooks the bathroom.” For
multitude of design. He advocates
the bathroom one admires a the use
that one needs artistic and creative
designed four-poster with stainless
of copper tiles, enclosed shower
conviction to design unique interiors
steel finish takes centre stage in
cubicle along a laminated wood
where it is not necessary you
this area. While the dressing unit
ceiling along with dramatic mood
follow a well-thumbed rulebook.
provides ample storage with a series
lighting results into a perfect retreat
Open Atelier Mumbai has designed
of bulbs skirting the mirror, this not
versatile projects ranging from
only provide the right amount of
The guest bedroom has a warm
illumination for this area but it also
and comfortable decor characterized
corporate interiors to restaurants
lends an unusual look of this space.
by a white open brick wall forming
The son’s bedroom has a warm
a perfect backdrop for the sleeping
and inviting look. The architect has
area. The floor-to-ceiling wardrobe
high-end residences, retail outlets,
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Colourful and Inspiring
Bhavin Mistry Designs; crafted an aesthetically pleasing apartment on the second floor of Manibhadra Avenue in Usmanpura area of Ahmedabad, and this dwelling shaped within 5 months will surely grab your attention. Photo credits: Monika Sathe Childrenâ€™s room is splendid with the play of rainbow colours
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he client requirement was to create a space with a diﬀerent feel, while
maintaining a subtle balance. As you enter the residence you get a soothing eﬀect from the teak wood, which surrounds you. The centre of attraction is beautiful Dhangadhra stone Jali and customised brass light fixtures overhead. Natural materials, such as wood, brass and stone have been used in extensively to give a very calming eﬀect to this residence. The living area has a beige colour scheme, which is in contrast
to bright and brassy dining area
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Brassy dining area with a blend of golden and white hue .
View of the living area.
The master bedroom follows a monochromatic colour scheme.
Handmade tiles, specially customised in Jaipur, cover the kitchen wall. The wooden panels are fixed at eye level and some below the platform.
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with a blend of gold and white hues. Handmade tiles, specially customised in Jaipur, cover the
kitchen walls and the wooden
Project: Apartment Interior
panels are fixed at eye level and
some below the platform, give an Interior Designer: Bhavin
Children’s room is splendid with the play of rainbow colours.
Apartment Size: 4BHK, 1,550
American white wood has been used
in the white walls complementing the diﬀerent coloured accessories,
occupying this space. One will fall
in love with the customised multicoloured carpet on the floor. The
Project Completion: February
bed is made with two levels with an
idea to provide space for storage, a play area and of course, good sleep. The Master bedroom follows a monochromatic colour scheme. This
Clients: Meghna and Tejas 5
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The centre of attraction is beautiful Dhangadhra stone Jali and customised brass light fixtures at the entrance.
is something you need to experience,
for Bhavin exists in each and every
as it is definitely not just black and
aspect or any interesting forms. He
white. Contemporary furniture, track
says, “My inspiration strikes me
lights and suspended light fixtures,
anywhere and I enjoy experimenting
American white wood has been used on the white walls, complementing the multi - coloured accessories in the Children’s bedroom.
add to the splendour of this space.
beyond the tried and tested. I don’t
The guest bedroom is cheerful with
believe in sticking to any particular
parrot green and white shades. The
style and like to explore new ways
clients were totally convinced with
of designing in context to the brief
the design perspective and in the
and the requirements. Keeping in
end, they were happy with the result-
mind the client’s expectations, I like
a beautiful home to live in!
to work in a win-win situation so that
7 The guest bedroom is cheerful with parrot green and white shades.
the client gets what they have in
Know the designer
mind and at the same time, I get to
From something as nondescript as a
fully explore the creative options.”
soap dispenser to something as grand as a Dhangadra stone jali, design
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Genre of thoughts Bhavin and Komal Sheth
Bhavin Komal Design Dairies, Rajkot; established in 2012 by designers Bhavin Sheth and Komal, shapes an open home with a colourful and quirky theme, creating a fusion with traditional design elements and contemporary tastes. Photo Credits: Sherin Sam and Mansi Doshi A colourful living room.
thulyam; a home with the rustic and earthy look is crafted with vivid materials
and different colour schemes. All the rooms have been treated with a subtle colour palette, keeping the decor sober in appearance. Elaborating further, Komal Sheth, one of the founders, Bhavin Komal Design Dairies, explains, â€œWe have used wooden flooring for the living room, exposed concrete wall in the foyer area. The white brick on the
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A relaxing swing in the living room.
Neutral bedroom with God motifs on wall and furniture creates a spiritual, cosy and peaceful place for the grand mother.
Imaginary friends or characters are always welcome in the kids room.
The focal point of a home is its living room so the designers added more colours to create a vibrant mood.
A modern space with a touch of illumination.
A modern minimalistic kitchen in black, white and brown colour.
wall of common wash basin area; the Moroccan tiles in the wardrobe of the master bedroom, allows the home to breathe. The colour scheme diﬀers in each room and diﬀerent areas, depending upon the space and taste of the client. The use of texture in the master bedroom and wallpaper in the living room, exemplifies our creativity. The rightly placed accessories and the white colour used on the walls, make this home look spacious and open.” The entrance is interesting, designed with the hiding and seeking 2
element. An exposed concrete with an artwork on it emphasises the elements that continue in and around the house. Keeping comfort and space planning in mind, Bhavin and Komal designed a living space with shades that infuse a hint of nature. The formal living room is embellished with rich colours and textures. The home has been crafted in a contemporised and functional vein, where straight lines mesh with the decor. The contemporary wall art and wall coverings, playful lighting accessories and chic furniture setting, leave an impression of sophisticated and simple living. “We have used
Italian marble for dining table, glass hanging lights on top of the dining
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table. The furniture in the living room is designed in a minimalist style with
Bhavin and Komal designed the
seating that hug the walls, allowing a
son’s room, keeping his age in mind.
sense of openness,” says Bhavin.
This room is lively with a combination
The kitchen is modern yet simple
runs through the house.
of blue and grey colour with a special
and elegant. The cooking zone looks
artwork designed by the occupant
more spacious with a white colour
of this space. To add beauty, the
scheme. An overhead storage unit
designers gave a light eﬀect to this
is planned in this space, keeping
and this space look alive in this home.
client requirement in mind. The
The designers were applauded
texture paints used in the master
for their eﬀorts and they say that
bedroom is the key highlight of this
every project for them is their first
space. The parent’s room places
project and with that enthusiasm and
more emphasis on comfort rather
zeal; they create inspiring residential,
than the look. The simple yet elegant
commercial, and retail projects with
colour scheme, subtle furniture and
great ideas and thoughts.
exposed concrete wall with mirror contemporise the look and style that
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Exclusive sitting area in the master bedroom. The custom - made wall paper in the background,adds depth in the room.
Simple formal sofa and TV. Unit with stone finish background, small square niches and cream colour Corain top.
he expertise of Focus team
Focus Interiors, Mumbai; an interior design firm, synchronized by Chief Interior Designer, Sachin Parab with a crew of qualified designers and project managers, harbour beauty through the art of design with a mission to create unique, elegant interiors, which gets practical and transforms the requirements of the clients into innovative, thoughtful and cost-effective concepts. Photo credits: Jagadish Rana
includes a wide array of dedicated
residences, bungalows, corporate oďŹƒces, showrooms and restaurants. Though each project is unique in terms of requirements, taste and budget, their designs are functional with an aesthetic appeal, under the guidance of Sachin, who has 20 years of experience in the stream of design. Before setting up Focus, Sachin worked with renowned Ar. Mahesh Khanolkar and he owes his gratitude to this leading architect.
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A grand home Welcome to the residence of Dr. Shantanu Deshpande (Cardiologist) and
meet every possible requirements of the client, including specific budget and timeline. The clients insisted a home that is easy to maintain and designing a large spacious home was indeed exciting at the same time challenging for Sachin and his team. The dwelling looks majestic due to avid material
choices, ranging from laminates, marble,
complemented with white ceiling and beige colour, throughout the space. The entrance door made with a combination of wood and stone is the most fascinating element in this house. The living room is simple, though it is tastefully designed with a formal sitting area, TV unit, Mandir and a cosy dining area. The main highlight is a wooden base dining table, crafted with white marble top and wooden chairs made with a combination of metallic composite leather. The table and chair was custom - made on the site. Parents
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bedroom is sober in nature with a leather finish bed back, customized wardrobe, made of wooden carved handles with antique gold polish. A
one with the upper level, where the
daughter’s room are positioned. The master bedroom is luxurious with a king size bed, customized wall paper and an exclusive sitting area; the multi purpose unit made with a combination of charcoal and laminate with a trendy handle, adds to the exquisiteness of this space. The daughter’s bedroom is colourful and bright with a combination of
blue, pink and white. Comfort zone is an antidote to
Bed area with hanging side table in the master bedroom.
The leather finished high back and multi –purpose unit is the key element in the Parents bedroom.
Wood and stone finished laminate door with custom - made MS handle and grill in antique gold polish.
Bunk bed with storage. The combination of blue - pink and digitally printed white laminate on the ward-
a fast-paced lifestyle and this home will balance the mind, body and spirit of the dwellers.
Drink and Dine Let us now divert our attention to another segment that can chill our minds. We take you to a 30 year old restaurant that was recently renovated by Sachin and his team to
robe in the daughter’s bedroom, adds to the brightness of this space 7
The study area in the daughter’s bedroom.
Wooden joint and cork combination in the ceiling above dining table with long hanging LED light. The MDF laser cut backlight panel gives dramatic look in the dining area.
A multi- purpose unit.
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relish and cherish your memories. Indeed a good interior means a lot for a restaurant space and the Focus team wanted to create a cozy environment for Pancharatna Restaurant,Mumbai;spreading across3,000 sq ft. To achieve this, they
elements in the main sitting area. The brick wall with glass arches and lighting added to the ambience. The bar area is designed with sophistication with a rustic bar counter. The wood finished carved walls shaded with antique gold polish bring in a royal touch. If you want a space that is ideal for partying then Pancharatna has a party hall that can accommodate 25-30 guests and make your get together an unforgettable moment. The key element in this space that will grab ones attention is the Infinite LED lights in the ceiling that gives three dimension look to the room. The Aqua -blue antique gold
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10 Infinite LED lights in the ceiling gives 3d look in the party space. 11& 13 Wood finished wall with carving with antique polish, adds a good design element to the bar area. 12 Brick finished wall with glass finished arches allows natural light to enter into the space. 14 A cosy space for 25 - 30 people.
polished semi-curved partition for the party room in the main hall, adds beauty and colour in the hall.This place has become a really nice point to have a drink, dine or party for people living or working nearby. The Focus team focuses on their goals with an ideology -“Starve your distractions and feed your focus.” 14
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SIMPLISTIC Livinstyl INC, Jaipur; is an interior firm headed by Ashish and Shruti Biyani, who began their full - fledged practice, some seven years ago. Today, they are known as an established entity for creating elegance, focussing on quality design and client satisfaction. Photo credits: Kailash Kumawat
Ashish & Shruti Biyani
Biyanis for M B sons (J), Jaipur speaks
about a theme that is simple, chic and
rich, yet enhancing the focus on the
retail design must draw upon the
product, while not compromising
business goals, vision statement
with the ambience.
and brand identity and any designer
M B sons (J) are a prestigious and
behind such projects need to focus
renowned name in jewellery making in
on the unique characteristics of the
India. The client Kailash Soni wanted
jewellery collection for its target
a showroom with a colour scheme of
market. A luxurious and beautiful
blue, white and gold, as they use the
retail jewellery shop, designed by the
same colour format for their entire
hen one enters a jewellery expects
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Vaastu, adds Shruti.”
branding. This 800 sq ft showroom
The designers strived to create a
was to be finished in a tight timeline
diﬀerent feel from what one see in
and the client wanted a simple design.
regular jewellery showrooms. A few
Know the designers
The client kept his showroom open
pieces were displayed as highlights
during the day and without aﬀecting
in the main showroom display area
learning is a continuous process that
the business hours, the designers
to avoid cluttered look. “With a wide
improves every moment for the best
carried out the transformation work
choice of materials ranging from white
services oﬀered to the clients. They
in the night and this was one of the
sandblasted Vietnam marbles for wall
add and cherish a lifelong relationship
biggest challenges that the twosome
cladding; the brass panels, Corian,
with their esteemed clients with
encountered, while working on this
crystal chandeliers and Blue Velvet
showroom. Explaining further, Ashish
motto is to provide best working or
adds, “We put temporary wallpapers,
unit; all creates an overall sense of
living environment, which positively
decorative lights, daily in the morning
luxury. It was an accepted challenge
reflects on the daily lives of their
and removed everything in the night
that we accomplished. The result
and the same process followed for
was a spectacular, elegant jewellery
the entire execution period.”
showroom, designed following the
Exterior façade divided into three parts: Centre door entrance, display window and a vertical LED screen to play their branding videos.
Exterior single display window with blue velvet quilting, creates a seamless finish.
Ganpati Statue with brass designer jali backdrop with blue lights that symbolises water, according to Vaastu compliances.
Maximum space utilization and customer seating.
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Hiralal Vishwakarma Murdeshwar residence, a heavenly home designed by Hiralal Vishwakarma and Manjusha Shresth, founders, Traansformation Design Studio, Mumbai; is simple yet modern with a minimalistic approach. Photo credits: Prashant Bhat 1
very site is distinct and a wonderful journey in itself,” for Hiralal and
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1 The entrance lobby is subtle, white symbolising peace and positivity. The veneered door stands out amongst the random stripes running around the entrance lobby. The Corian Jali inspired from the handle design, makes the space more welcoming.
abode within an area of 1750, sq ft with grandeur and each room in this apartment is treated uniquely. The flooring, materials, colour palette and furniture pieces are poles apart, yet they blend with one another and
establish equilibrium. The main entrance of the house
exemplifies simplicity, emphasizing
The clients wanted an easy to
on the fact that the entrance should
maintain, free flowing space and it was
look impressive. A pattern in and
decided to knock down the unwanted
out, followed by random lines; a
walls and an open kitchen concept
huge shoe unit placed in this area
was introduced. Elaborating further,
synchronizes with the panelling. The
Manjusha says, “While doing the
whole entrance looks spacious, due
main entrance passage, we avoided
to the magic of white colour.
walls and chose to make it with glass.
An informal area was carved
Diﬀerent materials like Italian marble,
keeping in mind the basic need of
veneer, clear glass, copper mirror,
the client like watching TV or simply
Corian, stone, and Kota, depicts the
a space to relax. The room could also
aesthetics of this space.”
be converted into a guest bedroom,
Glass partition was made to sit over veneer panelling, separating the informal room from entrance lobby. The meticulously worked design effortlessly added focus and depth to this space.
The master bedroom is a flawless example of balancing between traditional and contemporary, embellished with laser cut veneer Jali, Oikos texture on TV wall, matching curtains with horizontal lines to that of veneer grooves.
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whenever required. A combination of red with black has been opted in this room to make the room look as a part of the kitchen, which is on the righthand side. The lady of the house loves to keep her kitchen light, without any overhead storage on the top. The kitchen counter top in pearl blue shades, blended with red and cream, makes the kitchen space stunning.
Individual spaces The master bedroom is a mix of black, white and brown. The highlight here is the laser cut veneer Jali, backlit
with indirect lighting and a black Duco painted bed with an attached bench. The side tables are kept handle free to match with the bed. The other highlights are massive wardrobe in stunning white; a TV unit panelling with subtle texture and the drawers in the veneer. The attached washroom is finished with black Marquina and white Statuario marble. The counter top and alcove ceiling, made of veneer brings in a feel of luxury in the master bathroom. The customised mirror, adds to the beauty of the washroom.
The daughter of the house is a school going girl.
Her room is
in Purple hues. Detailing further Manjusha says “We created a princess feel in her bedroom without cartoon characters.
interesting shapes and curves were laser cut and velvet cushioned. We used subtle colour veneer on the wardrobes, side tables and ornamented
handles. The designing of the study table area was quite a challenge, as it was a large space, but we converted the space as a study area with lot of shelves and storage.”The bathroom is done with floral tiles and an indirect ceiling. The purple drawers and a playful round mirror, add to the mood 6
of this space. Designing the boy’s room was a
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The bedroom of younger daughter in predictable purple in sync with subtle veneer, the headboard with interesting shapes and curves and velvet cushioning adds to the richness of the room.
5 The son’s bedroom reflects the essence of his individuality and personality, sparklingly white bed with side table and backdrop of 3d wallpaper with veneered wardrobes. 6 The Kitchen has an island counter in blue pearl marble ,which also serves as a dining table,its simple yet equipped with all the modern amenities and gadgets. 7 The L-shaped sofa in the living room is upholstered in textured fabric from Kanchi. 8 A considerably small passage is also given equal importance with golden colour texture on the wall, customised bracket in red and crystal surface lights. 8
herculean task, as the son did not want
fixtures have given character to the
much colour in his room. “We played
entire space and generate a variety
with the dark and the light to create a
of moods. The black hanging light
bold ambience. In order to maintain the
over the island of the kitchen and the
balance we used white as a medium, so
main passage, adds to the splendour
tactfully making the bed in pure white
of space. Our sole motive is that our
with decent side tables. We decorated
client should experience peace in the
the room with a 3d wallpaper,” says
ambience created for them and they
should be able to enjoy it each single day timelessly.”
Furniture and lighting All the furniture is customised. In
Know the designers
the whole house, the Ac’s have been
With more than 10 years of pure
covered with wooden louvers, specially
passion in the field, Hiralal and
designed to hide the Ac’s. Explaining
Manjusha with their interior design
the fine details Hiralal adds, “Our
firm, Traansformation Design Studio
motto was to create masterpiece
is dedicated to provide exceptional
furniture to provide a complete utility
interior design services to clients
to our clients. We believe that each
with their team of best artisans. They
furniture piece is lively and have the
specialize in residential, office and
power to express the beauty of any
commercial interior projects, striving
interior.” The designers have played
to give the best after understanding
with hanging lights and crystal surface
lights in different shapes, sizes, and
colour. The designer duo exclaims
design philosophy, transform lives by
“One of our clients’ favourite is the
chandelier in the centre of the living space. The careful selections of light
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Spread across 2.5 acres in the heart of rapidly expanding South Delhi, Ekant is a home recently designed by the creative team of Designboard, for Anu Khurana and Ajay Ahuja within a span of seven months. Photo credits: Nitin Arora
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Outside the music room, is a lovely old mango grove, that has been retained, even in the building design !
Swimming pool at dusk.
The pool as viewed from the deckchairs.
Daughter’s room has a balcony with a lovely old tree overhanging it, where she communes with the birds !
Anu’s office on the premises - earthy and warm, just like her !
eena Handa, the Creative Head
Gurgaon, has undertaken projects all over the country bringing together design, technology, area specific techniques of construction and local materials while creating spaces that are experiential, being in harmony with the natural surroundings. With a dedicated team of professionals, 5
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this firm oﬀers extensive services in the stream of Architecture, Interiors, Styling and Landscaping. The clients, Anu and Ajay wanted their twenty-year-old home to be revamped into something that was totally out of the box and Heena says, “This building belonged to a diﬀerent age and style, it was a challenge to convert the house into a space that is liveable and useable for a nuclear family and something that they can enjoy. Our first step was to remove unnecessary brick walls and small windows, creating an open space inviting the outdoors in. The best part of living on a farm is the peace, privacy and the green.”
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The hub of the house - the kitchen !
Central courtyard in Athangudi tiles and a cast iron fountain.
Seating area around the courtyard.
Master bedroom on 2 level - open to the indoor court on the left, and with a terrace on the right.
10 The dog loves the AC.
Transformation The formal areas were west facing
and tucked behind the kitchen. The designers smartly broke the walls existing between the dining, kitchen and the sitting area and restructured the space to make it larger and more cheerful. Anu loves cooking and the family likes to do things together so the kitchen was the focal point of the design. Another interesting space is the courtyard with a small fountain in the centre, covered with an MS and acrylic roof. This space was resurfaced with Athangudi tiles and opened up, adding a specially engineered retractable roof. Here, with plants growing in large in built pots, this space serves as being an extended family lounge or a sitting
area to relax and have fun. It is also a romantic area at night â€“ Anu often serves dinner to guests here. The first-floor gallery was opened up connecting it with the courtyard. The designers removed the doors and windows, redid the planters and railings to match with the existing handmade stone screens. The spaces were connected â€“ more so since the house was built around the central courtyard. MAY-JUNE 2016 â€˘ DESIGN MATRIX 101
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11 11 Master bath - with a view of the hot tub outside. 12 Pool house - open except for a pagoda style roof.
morning refuge, a warming space to
developments,Heena adds, “Keeping
have some tea, in the company of
in mind the lifestyle and personal
chirping birds and nature all around.
likes of the couple, we completely
The master bath section was
new construction to accommodate
13 Formal area on the west face, airy and serene.
making it on two levels. The bed
the kitchen extension on the ground
was laid on the higher level while
floor and large master bath on the
14 Powder room on the ground floor.
the chilling area was kept lower
first floor. The master bath has an
with a study, seating and a TV area.
outside garden with a hot tub made
Neither the dog nor kids could plant
of patterned tiles and an outdoor
themselves on the bed and make it
15 Daughter’s toilet is more like a room than a bathroom. Notice her medals hanging on the shower wall !
messy! The terrace is the couple’s
The pool house 12
This space was moved to one corner of the property and was enclosed behind high Spanish villa type walls. It had earlier been outside the formal sitting area, near the main house and most inconvenient for kids’ pool parties. The pool, toilets, changing rooms, pantry and covered seating were built from scratch. Ar. Akhil Kumar the architect, and Designboard
creating a fun and happy space. The pavilion façade that forms the entrance to the pool area faces the large party lawn that is at present seldom used.
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Recreational area Ajay and his son Kanav are both musicians and this area houses the music room where the band jams pool table, gym, and pantry. A lovely area below an old mango orchard was left intact for Anu to serve breakfast to her guests. It is a perfect dance floor, stage, yoga and meditation area and the energy here is so good that invariably people gravitate to this old grove that is bordering the 13
kitchen garden and hen house. The challenge of designing this home was just that â€“ it had to be a home that could be used corner to corner by Anu and Ajay, both independent business owners and their two children , Kanav, studying hospitality in Switzerland and Vanshika, studying Graphic Design in Pune.
Know the designer Heena Handa studied at National Institute
and later began her career with WWF and BWC as a photographer, bringing together a passion for mountains
architecture around the country left a deep impression on her. She set up Designboard to provide experiential
design services to her clients. Today, she has a committed team of highly motivated interior designers who
are encouraged to bring innovative design solutions to the table that are
parameters of cost and time as specified by the client. Her core belief is that design is as much a matter of identifying problems as it is solving them. Heena was interviewed by the BBC, lauded by the Economic times and was awarded the prestigious Priyadarshini Award for the Best Woman Entrepreneur 2012. www.designboard.in email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org MAY-JUNE 2016 â€˘ DESIGN MATRIX 103
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Expertise rendered in-house D”Stroke Interiors, Raipur; was founded by Interior Designer, Dharmendra Jain. He specializes in different types of project designing and execution with an aim to provide professional service with excellence, honoring deadlines, and personalized design solutions, according to client requirements, transforming their abstract ideas into innovative design that inspires, and turn their dreams into reality. Photo credits: D” Stroke Interiors.
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”Stroke Interiors firmly believes
Main gate of Fun Castle, depicting the Jungle theme.
Cash and billing counter.
that planning and designing of any project is executed in
accordance to availability of space, natural ambience, storage requirements and with an uncompromising attitude towards quality. The young design team, shares two diﬀerent world of creativity, recently shaped by them for fun and good health.
Amusement for you Fun Castle, City Centre Mall, Raipur; is a coolest hangout, unique with a Jungle theme. It is an entertainment center,
combination to engage and excite the kids. This castle is completely for the age group of populace between 5-40 years. A well spread out and vibrant soft play area with fun toys is specially designed for the toddlers. Some of the most exciting games are added for all age groups that include Bumper car ride, Basket ball boards, Pool tables, air hockey and a virtual bowling alley; designed uniquely showing the postures and actions of
Priyanka Agrawal, Krishna Pomal Desai, Kavita Singh, Dhara Chawda, Chandani Agrawal; Bipul Arya, Dharmendra Jain, Tamradhvaj Sahu & Pallav Agrawal
human figures on the
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Bumper car for fun ride.
Interesting reception area.
Pool Table and Air Hockey area.
Female Massage area.
Bowling area,designed aesthetically to create the proper ambience for the bowling players.
Waiting area, near reception.
Be fit with the Cardio.
side walls. Bowling area is designed so aesthetically that it creates the proper ambience for the bowling players. The cash counter is designed in a back structure of hexagonal shape as a “Honey Comb”. The core concept behind the creation of fun castle is to create a joyful and full of excitement
platform for the kids to play, which enhances their happiness. “I felt jungle theme is suitable for them because they will not only play there but will learn too. So, we designed accordingly using the fluorescent colored walls and floors, which depicts grand look and attract kids to play their fullest. As an interior designer, I believe in developing interiors of any space not by using expensive materials but with the best out of waste concept, which works fullest, if considered properly.
bumper car area was designed. The ambience drives the passion and energy – having fun all the time.” says Jain. Feel the comfort with happiest moments and add fun to your joyful life, which is the first and last word for them. Fun Castle aims to become India’s leading and most happening family entertainment chain, while spreading their wings, across India.
Gear Up Going to the gym can be a daily routine to some, for some it is just once in a while and for the rest – it just a dream. We all know the health benefits of going to a gym, but the basic logic is that due to our long day work, we enjoy leaning over the sofa or a couch of our living room and relax , while watching TV and enjoy our meals. If you are the one who likes variety among your workouts, then the gym is the place for you; a wonderful place that allows you to pick and choose from
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a variety of fitness activities on a whim! The purpose of a gym is not simply to give you access to diﬀerent machines; it’s
comfort, and relaxation, while you continue exercise to maintain your fitness. Exercise strengthens our body, heart and bones; lowers blood pressure and of course, reduces your body fat. People at Raipur can be now more confident and feel better. The Gear gym, designed by Jain and his team is simply perfect with a special aerobic studio, cardio,
dumble area, and Sauna, steam and massage zones to shape your body. Getting more exercise will shine a spotlight on your inner, as well as outer beauty and this gym is not only inviting but also interesting, calling you to be fit and fine. D”Stroke Interiors works with well established architectural companies in Raipur. They have ability to provide services in the areas of interior design, project management,
requirements and procurement of furniture and artworks. email@example.com
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The master bedroom has rich and classy appeal.
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you like it! The uncompromising attitude towards quality and constant up-gradation of technology and trends is the trademark of Ashish Pancholi Architects, Mumbai. The core purpose of the firm is to create spaces that inspire and turn dreams into reality. Ar. Ashish Pancholi treats all his clients as unique individuals and so are his projects. Photo credits: Ravi Kanade (Resi.); Kailash Mohite (Spa)
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ith Ar. Ashish Pancholi, Design Matrix enters into a 3 BHK apartment and
a Spa, recently designed by him. We find out that these spaces are indeed inspiring. Let’s move into the fine details and hope you too enjoy the warmth and freshness, filled in these
Idyllic home Located in Vile Parle, Mumbai, this 3 BHK apartment was designed for the family of three. One essential criterion for the team was to design the home with a distinct feel and soothing
revolves around a clean base theme of white and splashes of colours, unique to each room and the taste of person occupying it. A lot of interesting eyecatching elements make this home an ideal space. While you enter the apartment, the attractive main door is finished with lacquered veneer with ‘Corian’ inlay work and laser cut S.S. grill and
a handle with the same geometrical pattern, gives a distinctive look. The living space is simply splendour with Statuario Italian marble flooring, sleek furniture customized for the space and cove cuts in the false ceiling with indirect mood lighting. The wide UPVC windows are covered with Roman blinds and are accommodated by silver Travertine Italian marble wall cladding and pelmet. The addition of veneer panel in the ceiling makes the living room look richer. A creatively designed running curvature pattern of ‘Corian’ over lacquer finished veneer and cork wallpaper on LCD wall unit is another striking element in the living space. Customized hanging dining table having a geometrical pattern with a laser cut ‘Corian’ top supported by SS pedestal gives a contemporary look to the dining area. The glass hanging light from lacquer finished veneer 110 DESIGN MATRIX • MAY-JUNE 2016 3
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A creatively designed running curvature pattern of ‘Corian’ over lacquer finished veneer and cork wallpaper on LCD wall unit is the striking element in the living space.
The son’s bedroom is a reflection of his personality; classy yet bold.
Customized hanging dining table having a geometrical pattern with a laser cut ‘Corian’ top supported by S. S. pedestal gives a contemporary look.
The attractive main door is finished with lacquered veneer with ‘Corian’ inlay work and laser cut S.S. grill and a handle with the same geometrical pattern, gives a distinctive look.
5 & 6 The state-of-the-art yet clean line kitchen is fully functional.
ceiling to wall panel complements
use of beige colour composite Italian
the overall eclectic look of the dining
marble in flooring and wall cladding
and use of quartz marble on kitchen
Moving towards the kitchen, it is
platform add on the class. Beige
an open with designer glass concealed
and cappuccino brown back painted
in ‘Corian’ finished partition, acting
glass used on shutters and cabinets
as a visual barrier. The state-of-
complement each other very well.
the-art yet clean line kitchen is
Each bedroom boasts of a style
fully functional with built-in oven,
statement. The master bedroom has
microwave, built-in hob and chimney
rich classy appeal with the use of back
from a trusted brand. The extensive
painted glass panelled wardrobe.
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A very creatively designed ‘Corian’
clean line yet rich in aesthetics by use
finished double bed having leather
of contrasting colours and materials.
cushion back continue with leaf
An alcove sitting area creates a cosy
pattern laser cut headboard merged
corner for relaxation with a niche to
with a cove cut ceiling. Customised
place romantic artifacts.
peacock blue coloured Diwan seating
Toilets are very creatively and
is enhanced by silver Travertine Italian
elegantly designed with separate
marble and pale blue Roman blinds in
dry and wet areas. Extensive use of
the backdrop. Hanging ‘Corian’ shelf
Italian marble wall cladding merged
from lacquered veneer for LCD is
well with highlighter wall tiles in
complementing the decor.
shower cubicles; use of state-of-the-
The son’s bedroom is a reflection
art Italian sanitary fittings and shower
of his personality; classy yet bold. A
system adds to the maximum comfort.
uniquely designed boat shaped double
Backlit laser cut acrylic false ceiling in
bed finished with a fusion of solid
geometrical forms, adds an interesting
acrylic surface and veneer, creates a
element to the toilets.
contemporary feel. A headboard is
Keeping all the aspects in mind, Ar.
designed delicately to go in flow with
Pancholi has created a very soothing
the bed but without losing any comfort
yet fascinating décor that contributes
or purpose of the headboard. A silver
to the soothing ambience.
A spa is an urban sanctuary, where
merges well with the head board;
you can seclude yourself from the
polished veneer and back painted glass
sensory overload of the city life. It
add to the bold look, thin staggered
is a place where you can draw your
shelves fixed on back painted glass
focus inward and foster physical,
for LCD gives a subtle yet rich look.
mental and spiritual rejuvenations.
The textured wooden flooring, adds
Hence, it becomes very important to
warmth to the room.
have a calm and soothing decor with a
The guest bedroom is simple and
mesmerising ambience in a spa.
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Spa at Chembur The entrance wrapped with soft lights welcomes you. The moment
7 The guest bedroom is simple and clean line yet rich in aesthetics by use of contrasting colours and materials. 8
Toilets are very creatively and elegantly designed with geometrical forms and maximum comfort.
The foot reflexology area is an open area separated by sliders for the privacy - conscious guests.
you enter the Spa the warm yet toned down lighting in the reception area automatically makes you feel relaxed. An amazing play of light juxtaposes between the oﬀ white coloured wave walls and the dark brown polished veneer enhanced by
10 The elegant wooden jali work behind the reception counter and waiting area. acts as a visual barrier and appears to be a characteristic feature with clear aesthetics.
light coloured rustic flooring with dark coloured customised leather
furniture. The interplay of yellow toned lights on the wave walls is elegant and constantly changing. This atmosphere encourages the feel of tranquillity and meditation. The
behind the reception counter and waiting area acts as a visual barrier appears to be the characteristic features of the clear aesthetics and fit in harmoniously with the overall impression. The walkway leading to each therapy rooms have wave walls on either side with cove cut ceiling creating a mesmerising eﬀect. To achieve an atmosphere of MAY-JUNE 2016 • DESIGN MATRIX 113
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wellbeing and relaxation, each touch point from The Entrance, check-in, changing, treatment - relaxation, changing and check-out departure naturally flow from one space to another, keeping in mind the privacy of different spaces. The therapy rooms are lit by dim indirect lights to create a supremely relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The walls of the therapy rooms are covered with dark polished veneer with light toned wooden flooring 11
add up to an unexpected visual interest to the rooms. The therapy beds are very uniquely designed keeping in mind the comfort of guests and therapist both. Face cut-outs are provided in beds with beneath a shelf to place aroma steam so while having back massage therapy, guests shall get comfort and feel the complete relaxation of body and mind both. Steam / shower cubicle provided in the therapy room is separated with toughened frosted glass and is in harmony with therapy room decor. The
having bed carved out of a wooden platform. The room is lit by dim indirect light spreading as a wall washer
wallpaper is creating soothing and serenity atmosphere. The Sauna room is an essential part
maximum privacy in that area. So keeping in mind all these aspects, designing and placement of Sauna room was very important, and to achieve it the Sauna room was placed adjacent to Jacuzzi area and in a way that Sauna room can get maximum privacy. The foot reflexology area is an open area separated by sliders for the privacy conscious guests. The dark wooden girders with a backdrop 12
of scroll patterned light blue fabric ceiling provide a calm effect to the
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11 The beige coloured stone walls in the Jacuzzi area complements the overall feel of serenity. 12 The Thai massage room is having bed carved out of a wooden platform. Specially designed wallpaper is creating soothing and serenity atmosphere. 13 The foot reflexology area is an open area separated by sliders for the privacy - conscious guests. 14 The elegant wooden jali work behind the reception counter and waiting area acts as a visual barrier and appears to be a characteristic feature with clear aesthetics. 14
Know the designer
guests and decor both. The luxury of a massaging spa
on various projects from architecture was
to interiors in residential, commercial,
bath becomes inviting with the
established in 1994 by Ar. Ashish
institutional, retail, hospitality and
Pancholi after his graduation from
exhibition sectors. Firm has marked
that sets the mood and creates the
L. S. Raheja College of Architecture.
its presence in various cities like
atmosphere of relaxation.
Since then his firm has seen a constant
Mumbai, Lonavala, Pune, Manor, Neral,
The beige coloured stones walls
steady growth and has today evolved
Rani Falna, Vidhyawadi, Balrai, Surat,
in the Jacuzzi area complements the
into a dedicated young and dynamic
Palitana, Mysore, Raipur, Coimbatore,
overall feel of serenity. The overall
team of architects and designers that
Bhubaneswar and Dubai.
material used and the furniture
focuses on an aesthetical and functional
designs accentuated to the rustic
aspect of spaces. With about 22 years of
yet elegant effect.
experience, the firm has abilities to work
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FENSTERBAU FRONTALE INDIA 2016, The 6th edition of FENSTERBAU FRONTALE INDIA - International Exhibition & Conference on window, door and façade technology took place in February 2016 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
rganized by NürnbergMesse,
reliable and innovative. With expert
was followed by an informative
the exhibition has continued
presentations on extrusion systems
to grow and has attracted
for an end to end PVC profile
featuring Ar. Raghavendran, Principal
Industry leaders since its inception
Architect, CRN Architects; Santosh
in 2011. The event has managed
profiles for better performance and
Warick, Director MIDC Fire Service;
to achieve a successful outcome
durability and colour options, the
Devendra Kumar Shami, Fire Adviser,
by providing an eﬀective learning
program gave a deep insight into
Minister of Home Aﬀairs, Govt. of
the whole manufacturing and R &
India and other eminent speakers.
immense networking opportunities.
D process. The general consensus
The session was moderated by Pankaj
at the end of the concluding panel
Dharkar from PDA Consultants.
Panel discussion on “Net Zero
display at the event meet various
criteria such as sustainability, energy
Mistry was that Vinyl is a preferred
eﬃciency, and durability.
residential window framing material
Important” moderated by Ashish
With the key themes of energy
and is gaining popularity in the
Rakheja from AEON Consultants
eﬃciency and sustainability taking
commercial sector owing to its highly-
and featuring illustrious architects
centre stage, the three-day event
eﬃcient performance ratings.
such as Ar. Puran Kumar, Puran
explored and underlined key industry
The main highlight of the event
Kumar Architects, Ar. Kalhan Mattoo,
issues through a series of seminars
was an international seminar on Fire
Planet 3 Studios, Ar. Deepak Mehta,
Safety in Glass Façade Buildings
Deepak Mehta Architects, Ar. Kayzad
organized by the FIRE & SECURITY
Shroﬀ, Shroﬄeon Architects and A
by Koemmerling focused on the
ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (FSAI). The
r. Prashant Sutaria, Prashant Sutaria
keynote address was delivered by
Architects .The intention was to
Andy Dean, Head of Facades WSP/
discuss the potential of the window,
door, and façade industry in India and
factors, which makes them superior,
highlight the fact that there is a lot to explore and innovate. In addition to this, experts from ift
brief seminars on industry specific topics such as Success with Quality of Windows, Glass, Facades and Doors / Guidelines for installation of windows. The next edition of the show moves to Noida, NCR and will take place from the 23rd-25th February, 2017 once again parallel to ACREX India. L-R: Ashish Rakheja, Ar. Kalhan Mattoo, A r. Prashant Sutaria,
Ar. Kayzad Shroﬀ, Ar. Deepak Mehta & Ar. Puran Kumar
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CERA, one of India’s premium home solutions brand, launched Italian luxury designer sanitaryware, ISVEA in India.
SVEA creates aesthetic bathroom
designers such as: Meneghello &
spaces with maximum comfort
Paolelli Associati, Nativita Design,
design with technology in the most
Design Studios, Ettore Giordano,
optimum way. Speaking to media at
Genesis Design Studio and SevilAcar.
the recent launch event in Mumbai, CERA’s
Director, Vikram Somany told media persons that CERA decided to bring in
Most of the product ranges of ISVEA have bagged design awards, including the prestigious Red Dot. The
• Softclose, which is seat cover with noiseless closure. • SterilPlus, which is bacteria-free product. • e-Motion, which is height-adjustable WC and wash basin. Erdem
ISVEA, informed the media that CERA
a luxury range due to the demand by
product features include:
and ISVEA found perfect fit as they
architects and developers, who were
• CleaRim WCs, which is rimless WCs
complement each other. ISVEA would
also looking for a niche product range with the distribution and service back up of CERA. ISVEA; established in 1962 in Italy, the land of fashion and design is better known for its impressive
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for better hygiene. • Aquaplus WCs, which uses just 2.7 litres of water.
be distributed through select outlets throughout India, as it is for those who are looking for a luxury range.
• DecorPlus, which is printed wash basins. • SmartPlus, which comes with built-in
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THE BUTLER Made out of solid American willow, ‘The Butler’ is a contemporary take on the valet stand crossed with a sideboard.
he American Hardwood Export
the hotel wardrobe / suitcase stand
makers e15, who manufacture much
Council (AHEC), the leading
and create a bespoke piece of
of the practice’s furniture. e15 has
international trade association
furniture that allows travelers to
pioneered the use of solid wood in
for the American hardwood industry,
unpack their belongings easily and
its purest form and has crafted ‘The
has partnered with David Chipperfield
ensure they won’t leave anything
Butler’ out of American willow. The
and e15 to re-
behind., ‘The Butler’ marks the fifth
team at Wallpaper* travels often and
collaboration between AHEC and
rarely unpack fully in hotel rooms or
Wallpaper * ’sinnovative
make use of the standard wardrobes
and suitcase stands. In an eﬀort to
which has proven to be
re-define the in-room experience
and make unpacking and re-packing
experiment with American
an eﬀortless and elegant experience,
hardwoods and work with
they commissioned David Chipperfield
some great designers.
Architects to design a contemporary
London - basedDavid Chipperf ield A rchitect s
take on the valet stand crossed with a sideboard.
was invited by Wallpaper*
“This was the first time we worked
to design an alternative
with American willow, a wood that
to the traditional hotel
is much softer than e15’s primary
wardrobe and chest of
material European oak, but we are
drawers to tie in with
very satisfied with the result,” says Jan
Philip Holler, Senior Product Designer
theme for 2016 - travel
at e15 who worked on the project.
He further adds,“With a focus on
hotel. In response, David
premium craftsmanship, the furniture
features a number of constructive
have designed the piece
details, such as a gap at the back of
and instructed furniture-
the piece which allows the wood to
expand and shrink over time. American willow as the main material was combined with brushed brass, vegetal leather, and Bianco Carrara marble to create a rich mix of materials. This interplay of pure materials creates an intriguing contrast with the reduced, architectural design of Butler.” www.americanhardwood.org www.davidchipperfield.co.uk www.wallpaper.com www.e15.com 118 DESIGN MATRIX • MAY-JUNE 2016
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H C N U LA Visionnaire unveils new collection at Salon Del Mobile 2016 The Italian Luxury brand Visionnaire for the first time showcased two separate spaces at Salon Del Mobile held recently in Milan, Italy. One new collection was presented in a contemporary Penthouse, with an open concept with no walls to separate the vignettes, instead large bookshelves and architectural wall dividers work as sun breakers among the spaces. There are unique final touches such as the “plisse” and the burnished gold as a symbol of timeless elegance. The second collection is all about American Deco style, inspired by classic American writers – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Truman Capote and their legendary scenes in the Hamptons; the interior design showcases bright rooms, playing with white and grey colours. www.visionnaire-home.com
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A Trip to the Moon & the Count Vanilla Noir is Scarlet Splendour’s debut collection designed by Italian designer Matteo Cibic. It was launched in the Milan Design Week 2016. The furniture collection is inspired by Indian handicraft of bone and horn inlay and translated into a contemporary fusion of modern polymers and pigments. The collection is reminiscent of movies of the silent era, classic yet fun and a pleasure to return to.
Kutchina introduces the latest range of Gas Hobs Kutchina, one of the pioneers in auto clean chimneys have introduced one of its kind Gas Hobs, best suited for the modern kitchens. The gas hob comes with several salient features like long lasting metallic knob which have been ergonomically designed for a comfortable experience. The hob is equipped with a mechanical timer which gives a liberty to the users to set a time after which the hob needs to stop working. The hob also has a safety feature, a Flame Failure Device, which automatically cuts oﬀ the gas supply if the flame goes out, stopping the gas flow. These hobs come with a brass burner, which are eﬃcient and specifically suitable for Indian Hi flame and Simmer cooking. The hobs are made with durable, rust-free material, and includes thoughtful grooves in its design to collect overflow, for easy cleaning of spillage from liquid dishes. www.kutchina.com
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New cushion covers from Icustommadeit.com Enliven the décor of your home with vibrant cushion covers featuring spring summer theme. Printed on dupion, these zesty cushion covers bear floral and Aztec prints on white background. Easy wash care and quality cotton fabric of these covers make them a quality buy. The tropical colours and patterns are visually enriching and render great freshness to the look of the room. These designs are a conglomeration of sophistication and chicness. In the heat of summer, these prints flush the colours indoors to seamlessly match the décor and strike a perfect balance of visual grace and vivid designs.
Refresh your abode with Rumors Fine Furnishings Rumors Fine Furnishings the hub of designer and classy furnishings has introduced their trendsetting and ritzy nature-inspired collection this summer. The collection is replete with nature inspired prints and cheerful designs on cotton to suit the taste of contemporary world. Available in beige with combination of natural colors such as light green, yellow, fuchsia the collection brings to you the best of international designs and motifs at very aﬀordable price brackets. The collection is a mix of designs, ranging from intricate flora and fauna patterns to the simple patterns like stripes and checks. www.rumorsindia.in
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GLOSSARY IFC: American Hardwood
Mumbai – 400 057.
Pg. 16 & 17: MRJ Flooring
Tel: (022) 2618 7132 / 2613 1442
MRJ Trading Pvt. Ltd.
F/201, Shyam Kamal ‘C’ Bldg.,
Pg. 3: Jalaram Veneers & Floors Pvt. Ltd.
Pg. 9: Maruti Sales Corporation
Vile Parle (E),
34/J, Laxmi Ind. Estate,
Mumbai – 400 057.
New Link Road, Versova,
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
Tel: (022) 2618 7132 / 2613 1442
Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053
Tel: 0771 4030707
Tel: (022) 2632 7733 / 34
Wing 1, Agarwal Market,
Pg. 11: Euro Decor Pvt. Ltd.
Pg. 41: Travette Engineered Hardwood Flooring
MRJ Trading Pvt. Ltd.
Pg. 4: LG Hi-Macs
F/201, Shyam Kamal ‘C’ Bldg., Wing 1,
New Patel Sawmill Group 204/B, Vertex Vikas, Sir M V Road,
Pg. 13: Uniply Ind. Ltd.
Agarwal Market, Vile Parle (E),
Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400 069.
No. 5, Branson Garden Street,
Mumbai – 400 057.
Tel: (022) 2683 3377 / 0952
Kilpauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 010
Tel: (022) 2618 7132 / 2613 1442
Tel: 91 44 2660 5995
Pg. 5: Cera
IBC: FINfloor Laminated Flooring
Pg. 14: Concept Dekor
MRJ Trading Pvt. Ltd.
Pg. 7: Lamineer
Surface Dekor (India) Pvt. Ltd.
F/201, Shyam Kamal ‘C’ Bldg.,
Beside Mandi Gate,
Gala No. 28/29, New Satguru Ind. Estate,
Wing 1, Agarwal Market,
Jay Coach, Goregaon (E),
Vile Parle (E),
Mumbai – 400 057.
Tel: (0771) 4046414
Tel: (022) 2618 7132 / 2613 1442
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cera-india.com
Pg. 15: Antique Laminates Pg. 8: Le Cdeor
Surface Dekor (India) Pvt. Ltd.
BC: MRJ FlexStone
MRJ Trading Pvt. Ltd.
Gala No. 28/29, New Satguru Ind.
8/M, Laxmi Ind. Estate,
F/201, Shyam Kamal ‘C’ Bldg.,
Estate, Jay Coach, Goregaon (E),
New Link Road, Versova,
Wing 1, Agarwal Market,
Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053
Vile Parle (E),
Tel: (022) 2631 6343 / 44
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