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SPECIALIST : Living with Elan

vol 15 issue 11

November 2016


total pages 140

Uncovered : NOTE-D


Neogenesis+Studi0261 Give you A Sense of Place U Design Studio’s Contemporarily Indian office


office special Workspaces and products that redefine your professional space

Photo: Cyrus Dalal


esigned by Samira Rathod, her Dad’s house is serene, playful, quiet and whimsical - all at once. The close attention to detail in this home is palpable, which reveals itself slowly. Samira creates a visual disconnect through varied textures and materials. Juxtaposing her own aesthetics along with her dad’s requirements she has meticulously designed each element in this home, from the furniture and lights, right down to even the door handles. Conceived by Neogenesis and Studi0261, a farmhouse in Surat is designed to settle into the landscape rather than make its presence felt. Devoid of unnecessary colour and embellishing, the design team use wood and exposed concrete as their textures of choice. With minimum fuss they craft an unpretentious haven that has an innate sense of geometry and purpose. The home engages in a dialogue with nature on many levels and makes itself one with the environs that embrace it. In this age when most are transfixed to their retina display screens for long hours, the Atmantan retreat on the outskirts of Pune provides much needed respite. Forced to leave all gadgets at the proverbial door, the oasis has a wellness formula that guarantees bliss. Adding to the experience is the fact that Atmantan is set amidst 40 acres of lush greenery and perched on a gorge surrounded by hills. Oxygen rich plants dot the landscape while minimalistic architecture enhanced by natural light and large fenestrations brings nature’s bounty indoors. The interiors though restrained, use materials like natural stone and wood in earth tones reflecting the mountains around. Do make a trip to this getaway - it’s a tonic for the mind, body and soul. Anish Bajaj, Editor

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emails + feedback A Tranquil Paradise

Creating Space, Masterfully Everything about this design is so open! With all the furniture neatly and adequately in place, the amount of space the house still manages to have is amazing. On the plus side are also the traditionally rooted, colourful and beguiling designs that complement the spectacle. For me, this one’s a masterpiece straight out of a genius’s mind! By Email Makrand Ganguly

A Marvel Without Convention

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The perfection about this design is the way in which convention has been defied. The Folly House is a sedate and multi-faceted design that appears as a mix between a gallery and home. Would make an intriguing and gratifying home, something that would ‘add’ a lot to living just by its existence. By Email Abhishek Narwal

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A simply breath-taking place which will sure calm down any worn out nerves! It’s an absolute reposing retreat that takes you beyond luxury and drops you in a zone of comfort that can neither be rivalled nor explained. Wish to visit this place just for the sheer experience of being impressed at an unpretentious place, down south in Bali! By Email Mansi Marthak

Redefining Law! A law office with that look would certainly reduce the hassle, just by the mere appearance of it. It confronts the stereotypical design of a professional place and exudes a more relaxing air, something unheard of in a law workplace! By Email Sonia Singh


Eliza Higgins and Cyrus Patell set the foundation of their firm in 2013, however the duo’s potential was duly endorsed when they won the second prize in the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) competition

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Self-taught artist Gavin Worth works wonders with black steel wires to create two dimensional, fluidic and life-like sculptures


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Samira Rathod’s Dad’s house is a timeless, functional space which does not compromise on aesthetics

Neogenesis+Studi0261 design this no-frills farmhouse in Surat, Gujarat

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Office Special

Workspaces and products that redefine your professional space

76 Atmantan is a luxurious wellness destination spa that enriches ones understanding between body, mind and soul

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Eclectic styles, varied themes, upcoming trends come together in our newly launched segment!

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96 D&C Developers have gone ahead and redefined the meaning of Indian contemporary by adding just the right pinch of traditional sensibility to a dish mainly imbued with modern flavours

The Busan Cinema Centre is a landmark that serves as a multifunctional urban hub of cultural and entertainment programmes




Collingridge and Smith Architects (CASA) has given the children of Auckland an enriching home away from home with their recently completed institute of education

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101 Hotel, a member of Design Hotels™ ticks all the boxes of a hotel from which one may launch a visit to Iceland





Get your hands on the latest products to hit the market



Milan-based Sovrappensiero Design Studio creates unexpected design that is surprising, because it is poetic, emotional and useful all at the same time

NOTE-D believes in the staying power of combined sensibilities, where local traditions and international design come together to create functionally solid and visually appealing spaces

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Paper Boat Collective celebrates straightforward handcrafted products

Shruti Nambiar Freelance Writer and Photographer In 2010, Shruti quit three years of corporate drudgery in Bengaluru to start on a career in writing. A little over two years ago, she joined The Indian Express,Pune, as a Feature Writer. Currently based in Pune, she is pursuing freelance writing and photography.

Editor & Publisher Anish Bajaj Creative Director Natalie Pedder-Bajaj Features Editor Mala Bajaj Assistant Editor Shweta Salvi Contributing Writers Chryselle D’Silva Dias Devyani Jayakar Dhanishta Shah Himali Kothari K Parvathy Menon Kanupriya Pachisia Ramya Srinivasan Shruti Nambiar Designers Asif Shayannawar Darshan Palav Pooja Modak Snigdha Hodarkar

Kanupriya Pachisia Interior Design Consultant Kanupriya Pachisia is a practicing interior design consultant in Kolkata since the last seven years. Her philosophy resonates that a room should start a conversation before people start conversing.

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Editorial & Marketing Mumbai Mr. Ganesh Gurav, Mr. Vivek Jadhav, B-62, Cotton Exchange bldg., Cotton Green, Mumbai 400 033 T 022 23736133 / 23736131 / 23743069 E Chennai Mr. S. Venkataraaman Flat No. 2, 3rd Flr, E-Block, Hansa Garden, 30 Madampakkam Main Rd, Rajakilpakkam, Chennai 600 073 Tel 044 22281180 / 09444021128 Email: Kolkata Mr. Subrata Mazumder 2, Nabapalli (Bidhanpalli). Kolkata 700084 Tel 033 2410 4296 Mob 9831131395 Telefax 033 2410 7605 Email: Publishing Director Mr. R.I. Bajaj Distributed in India by India Book House Pvt. Ltd. 412, Tulsiani Chambers, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021.

Samira Rathod (SRDA) The Acid Test, Page 24. Samira Rathod, principal SRDA established the practice, in 2000. Having begun with a small farm house, and an avant garde portfolio of furniture, SRDA is the winner of several National Awards and with a presence in both International and National publications, enjoying a reputation of being a firm that investigates design with a passion.

NEOGENESIS+STUDI0261 A Sense of Place, Page 38. NEOGENESIS+STUDI0261 is a dynamic and evolving design studio headed by Chinmay Laiwala, Jigar Asarwala and Tarika Asawala. In the brief period of 5 years of existence, the trio has accomplished over 45 projects of varying scale and nature in the field of Residential Developments, Industrial Projects, Institutional Buildings,Recreational Projects and others.

This issue has a total of 140 pages comprising of a 4 page cover and 136 inside pages. We welcome unsolicited material but do not take responsibility for the same. Letters are welcome but subject to editing. All rights reserved. Nothing may beprinted in whole or part without written permission of the publisher. The editors do their best to verify the information published but do not take responsibility for the absolute accuracy of the information. All objections, disputes, differences, claims and proceedings are subject to Mumbai Jurisdiction. Editor Mr. Anish Bajaj. Published and Printed by Mr. Anish Bajaj on behalf of the owner Marvel Infomedia Pvt. Ltd, B-62, Cotton Exchange bldg, Cotton Green, Mumbai 400 033.

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Note D Uncovered, Page 128. NOTE Design is an award winning, internationally published architectural practice set up in partnership between Smita Khanna and Hemant Purohi. Smita graduated from the Architectural Association, London (AAdipl, RIBA I, RIBA II) and has over 8 years of work experience working with Arup Associates (London) and Serie Architects (Mumbai). Hemant Purohit holds a Masters degree in urban design from IAAC, Barcelona and over 11 years of work experience and has worked with award winning firms - Serie Architects and Guallart Architects respectively.


E V E N T S 13 OCT

The opening of the new Haridwar plant is in line with this commitment to offer the best of the Energy Solutions catering to the needs of Homes and Businesses alike. Additionally, the new plant will add an incremental growth in Anchor’s growing business that will help register a double digit growth and propel it to become the No 1. Electrical Solutions Company in India by 2018.”

Roche Bobois Opens Its Flagship Store , New Delhi Swiss architect Jan Fischer of Mach Architektur GmbH and executed by OPOLIS Mumbai. The ‘Bathroom Suite’ concept echoes the peerless combination of beauty and artistic marvels comprising of five distinctly elegant, award-winning collections build into five different suite experiences: Pent, Kristall, Dune, Golden Cut & Seerose. Now décor lovers in New Delhi can rejoice as iconic French Luxury Furniture Brand, Roche Bobois has opened the doors of its Flagship Store at The Gallery on MG, located on the MehrauliGurgaon road. Spread across 8000 sq ft, the store has been designed to offer customers a first-hand experience of their exquisite furniture and accessory collection. The store showcases Roche Bobois two contemporary and classic collectionsLes Contemporains and Nouveaux Classiques, which reflect the brand’s values and fine European quality craftsmanship. Both collections offer exquisite furniture and accessories for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and outdoor spaces. The store also offers a collection of luxurious sofas, arm chairs, coffee tables, dining tables, cabinets, bookshelves, and occasional furniture, stunning mirrors, sophisticated lighting and beautiful accessories. The store reflects the spirit of the brand through its interior architecture, the selected models, the collections displayed, and the quality of the proposed services.

Sternhagen Launches Its First Flagship Showroom, Ahmedabad Multiple award-winning brand Sternhagen launched its first flagship store in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujurat showcasing their artistic and innovative bathroom suites. Spread across 6000 sq.ft the store has been designed by renowned

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Hsil Limited Launches Three Luxury QUEO Stores, Delhi NCR

From visually exciting tiles, to artistic sanitary ware, sensorial showers and matching accessories, every detail has been curated to bring the Artistic Suite experience to life. Pushing the boundaries of a conservative market, Sternhagen aims at going above and beyond products, offering instead a lifestyle to clients wishing their bathrooms could be visually exciting and design driven without sacrificing quality.

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Anchor Electricals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing unit at Haridwar, Uttarkhand which will produce a range of wiring devices and switchgear amongst other devices. Mr. Manish Sharma, President & CEO Panasonic India and South Asia said, “Anchor is a strategic business unit for Panasonic India that extends our commitment towards offering safe, reliable and quality electrical products.

HSIL, a pioneer in providing sanitary ware solutions in India further strengthened its network in the country by inaugurating three brand QUEO premium luxurious stores in Delhi NCR, providing its customers with luxury sanitaryware products and bathroom solutions. Mr.Sandip Somany, Vice Chairman & MD, HSIL Limited, “Delhi remains one of the strong growth drivers for QUEO nationally, and we are extremely happy with the increasing demand for the brand in this important market. With these launches, we hope to further strengthen our foothold in this burgeoning luxury sanitary ware market. Strategic network expansion into new markets and expanding our presence in existing market, remains key pillar of our growth story. The inauguration of these QUEO stores is a strategic direction towards accelerating our growth. Currently, we have nearly 100 stores in India and plans to take the number to 150 by FY 2016-17.” QUEO retail stores are designed to connect with the discerning consumers and have unique features like a dedicated area to fashion lines especially designed by renowned designers like Antonio Bullo, Romano Adolini , Fedrico Tombolini , Chiara Valeri & Antonio Cristofaro.


E V E N T S 27 OCT TO 27 FEB

is now an organization of 300+ top tier design industry professionals across multiple disciplines, corporate brands and media outlets.

Singapore Biennale 2016, Singapore Art Museum

This year’s theme ‘Art meets Design’ will focus on interactive workshops and networking opportunities. DLS 2016 will be an extraordinary event addressing the growing intersection of design, architecture and contemporary art dialogues. Through deliberate cross-pollination between creative disciplines, DLS 2016 will present special programming and access to Art Basel and Design Miami fairs.

Titled ‘An Atlas of Mirrors’ the 2016 edition of Singapore Biennale is an ongoing contemporary art exhibition commenced on October 27, 2016. The exhibition features site-specific and never seen before contemporary artworks by more than 60 artists across Southeast Asia, and East and South Asia. The event explores shared histories and current realities within and beyond the region which assemble a collection of artistic perspectives that offer unexpected ways of seeing the world and ourselves. The first Singapore Biennale employed the theme of “Belief”, commencing on 4 September 2006 and ended on 12 November 2006. The event was established as the country’s preeminent platform for International dialogue in contemporary art. It places Singapore’s artists within a global context, and fosters productive collaborations with the international arts community, providing new opportunities for local visual artists, arts organisations and businesses. The event was held in various locations throughout Singapore. It featured 195 artworks, from 95 artists and collectives from 38 different countries. The Biennale aims to cultivate deeper public engagement with contemporary visual arts through its accompanying public engagement and education programmes that include artist and curator talks and tours, school visits and workshops, and community days. The ongoing event is currently being held at the famous Singapore Art Museum.

Just like the musical instrument Piano which signifies the versatility and the ability of the musician to play beautiful tunes, Samira Rathod’s furniture pieces add a sense of style to your home décor with its exquisite finish and enigmatic design finely complementing the corners of your house. Titled The Big Piano, eminent architect Samira Rathod is all set to launch her own furniture range comprising of over 350+ furniture products including an ecletic range of faucets, door handles, tables and others. Most of the products are handcrafted and are crafted using recycled wood and are committed to the idea of being beautiful. The furniture collection is divided into three categories namelypremium range, art collection and the limited edition range all of which is specially handpicked by Samira herself. This exclusive furniture collection will be exhibited at Laxmi Mills Estate at Mahalaxmi.

28 TO 30 NOV

Design Leadership Summit


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Having established itself as one of the most successful exhibition organizers in India, Radeecal Communications is all set to bring you Woodex Asia, an international exhibition on the wood industry which will be held at Gandhinagar in Gujurat. The event will be one of the finest trade shows for woodworking machinery, furniture hardware, fittings, Power Tools, adhesives, plywood & panels, laminates, flooring, raw materials, coatings, veneer, timber and lumber. Significantly for Exhibitors the show offers an important platform to target furniture manufacturers, architects, builders, interior decorators, saw millers, timber merchants, Wood workers, carpenters, hardware dealers & distributors, Plywood, Particle Boards Manufacturers, Wood based Products, Craftsmen, Forest Officials, Doors & Windows Manufacturers.

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Began over 10 years ago with an intention to promote growth within the design industry through education, inspiration, community and connectivity, this year too DLS is back with its annual leadership summit which will be held in Miami. Having started as an intimate regional meetings with high-level designers, architects, landscape architects and industry influencers,

The Singapore Biennale was established in 2006 as the country’s pre-eminent platform for international dialogue in contemporary art. It places Singapore’s artists within a global context and fosters productive collaborations with the international arts community.

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Two and half years is a short span to make a mark in a field like architecture, and can only be achieved with unequivocal talent and distinct sensibilities. Eliza Higgins and Cyrus Patell set the foundation of their firm CollectiveProject in 2013, but even before they established their practice in Bangalore, the duo’s true potential was duly recognised when they won the second prize in the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) competition. Both of them after completing their Masters from Yale University and garnering substantial experience from acclaimed architectural firms, decided to synergise their individual strengths and knowledge to offer contextual and concept-driven design. The firm stresses on detailing, site specific solutions, and collaborative interaction. Each space designed by the firm irrespective of its scale - has a distinct narrative. For example, the Ekya Early Years preschool which was repurposed from an old industrial building performs the role of an architectural interface for learning, albeit in a playful manner; while a narrow strip of land in a residential plot that was transformed in a densely planted reading pavilion offers respite from urban clamour. In this interview, we discussed with the architects their inspirations, aspirations and the future direction of CollectiveProject as a design firm.

Interview by Shweta Salvi

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Despite being a young practice, CollectiveProject boasts of a remarkable portfolio. How does each new project inspire your practice? Please walk us through the process. As a young practice our design philosophy is still evolving. Process is incredibly important to us and we take a fresh look at each new project staying clear from pre-conceived notions of what the final outcome will be. We do not have a fixed approach but spend a great deal of time working to distil the essence of the project through understanding the site and active dialogue with the client. Landscape and spatial narratives are very important to our work so we are constantly working to blur the lines between landscape and building.

Landscape and spatial narratives are very important to our work, so we are constantly working to blur the lines between landscape and building.

Independently and as a team we constantly question ourselves and each other to ensure we are creating spaces that are sensitive and unique. For us, each project brings with it a new set of challenges which pushes us farther and inspires us to be better.

What according to you are your individual strengths that you bring to the drawing board? The way we work is completely different, not only because we come from contrasting backgrounds/cultures and experiences but in the basic way we are programmed to approach problems. Cyrus is fantastic with working through spatial design and details. Eliza’s process is less linear - she is always evaluating different approaches. We have found a great balance where we do the best work together and are both very active on each project.

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It is imperative to be self-critical of the work you are producing to find creative solutions to the challenges that arise, irrespective of scale.

A designer has to be at his/her creative best while conceptualising a children’s space. How was the experience of designing Ekya Early Years? Apart from designing for Children, Ekya Early Years is also an adaptive re-use project that transformed an abandoned, somewhat dilapidated watch factory on a 2 acre site into a colourful and engaging space for learning. The design capitalised on the beauty of the old industrial building by retaining the existing shell as a framework for spacious, naturally ventilated and sunlight filled classrooms; at the same time crafting a unique learning experience for 2-6 year olds. Possibly the most rewarding moment working on the project was on the first day of school when we were able to see the children engaging with each space/element and fully realising the impact it would have on their quality of education - especially in an urban environment. Ekya Early years will always be a very special project for us and we look forward to working on other schools in the future.

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Do you believe the scale of a project is detrimental to creativity? What are the creative difficulties working on, for instance, an institute as opposed to a small apartment? It is imperative to be self-critical of the work you are producing to find creative solutions to the challenges that arise, irrespective of scale. Currently we are not geared towards larger scale projects purely because of the size of our studio but we do not see scale as being necessarily detrimental to a project’s success. There are so many factors that impact the design/creative process - it would be unfair to attribute it all to scale.

Any one building material or technique that fascinates you and would like to apply in your practice someday? Perhaps the most primitive form of construction, but mud walls have always been an interest to us. We would very much like to explore rammed earth construction in a very contemporary/ sophisticated format like Tatiana Bilbao in Spain or Rick Joy in the US.

What are you currently working on?

A structure designed by another architect which continues to have an impact on you every time you visit… Still in its nascent stage, how do you envision the practice to evolve in future? Any plan to venture in allied fields? Our hope is to position ourselves as a boutique studio that focuses on design, detailing and quality execution. Ideally, we would like to be in a place where we are doing a mix of high-end residential and institutional buildings with a parallel focus on socially relevant projects for communities in need. Currently, we are designing the interiors and landscape design for most of our residential projects which allows us to control a cohesive experience/vision. We are compulsive designers (sometimes to a fault) and are always looking at how we can make something better. As a result, we are constantly sketching ideas at varying scales; furniture/objects but with a busy practice they tend to stay on paper. Over the next year we are going to prototype and evolve some of these designs and look forward to seeing where it takes us!

Cyrus: I enjoy most of Enric Miralles’ work One of my favourite projects is the Igualada Cemetery, just outside Barcelona. Eliza: For me, it would be the Louisiana Museum in Denmark - I love how the structure in completely integrated with the landscape with the focus being on experience and not form. While one is completely removed from their surroundings, there are these beautifully curated and framed moments where the landscape is revealed again as though it is a piece of art. Your favourite architect/designer amongst your contemporaries. Starting a practice is not easy - we admire all the young offices that are taking the risk and contributing to raise the standard of contemporary design in India.

We are currently working on a number of single family homes, two rural schools and a larger mixed use development, across Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Coonoor and Mumbai. Your favourite pick of ‘simple yet smart’ design… Eliza: I was going to say my French Press because I’m craving a coffee right now, but for simple smart + elegant design, the Philippe Starck Citrus Squeezer comes to mind. What do you do in your spare time…any other interests? Spare time?! Unfortunately, starting a design office leaves very little room for anything else! We are at a point where we are trying to find a life/work balance but it’s been hard. When we are able to get away from the studio we both enjoy travelling and cooking. Cyrus enjoys swimming, squash and furniture making, and in an ideal world Eliza would find time to start riding horses again.

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Designing an apartment in Mumbai for her parents had Samira Rathod performing a balancing act, between her own convictions and their personal tastes. The end result is a timeless, functional space which does not compromise on aesthetics.

Measuring up to the expectations of one’s parents is a kind of rite of passage for all offspring, however accomplished. So when Samira Rathod designed this 3,000 sq ft apartment at Haji Ali for her parents, in the best tradition of parents all over the world, they were certainly not overawed by her not inconsiderable design talent. In fact, her father candidly told her, with the insouciant birth right of all parents, “Don’t do what you normally do.”

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Celebrated for what she does do, Samira is known for exquisite spaces which have been put together with the intellectual discipline and rigour of a curator. So this sobering comment had her giving thought to what would work best for her parents. “Both are in their seventies and like sheen and gloss in interior designs. But my work is not like that,” she says. “What was more important was that the space be convenient for them to use and be clutter free. I was particularly careful that the height of the various pieces of furniture should be comfortable for them.” All this, while paying tribute to fine living, exquisite craftsmanship and employing unlimited imagination. Samira proceeded to convert the four bedroom apartment into a three bedroom one with a media room. Open on three sides, it had views of the city and the Haji Ali mosque in the middle of the sea. In her scheme of things, a muted grey tonality pervades the space, imparting a winter morning feel.

“We pulled down the walls and rebuilt them with siporex cladding, their exposed surface offers a soft undulating effect due to the way they’re carved.”

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The floor is a glossy grey and one bathroom has Italian marble. “That is a nod to my father’s preferences - he would love to have Italian marble all over, whereas I would prefer not to use it at all,” says Samira. “My mother would often say, ‘She’s the architect, let her handle it the way she wants.’ My father is a busy man, so he would disappear after letting loose a characteristic one-liner.” In the living room, several colours and patterns come together in the fabrics used for the upholstery. The floor lamp was designed in-house, from ceramic tubes. The terrazzo flooring recalls an old world feel. The curtains are in khadi silk and cotton, in three layers to enable a control over different levels of natural lighting. The dining table has several steel and copper legs in a complex geometry, inspired by a millipede. The large round lights in the ceiling have been customised, while the low credenza against the wall made out of bison board, makes its own design statement. The black apple atop it is in solid stone.

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In the master bedroom, there is a long wooden study table with an interesting detail on its edge, in signature Samira style. The shutters of the wardrobe are in painted Shera board. The lamp on the bedside is fixed to the wall with brackets and has a long arm descending from the ceiling. “Actually we overlooked providing an electrical point next to the bed. Having to work with the one on the ceiling, this was our solution. We capitalise on things that go wrong, by turning them around into design assets,” says Samira. Using humble materials for statement pieces through great design and craftsmanship is a Samira specialty. “The bath walls have in situ terrazzo, however, the guest bathroom is in a ground rough terrazzo,” says Samira. A glamorous space, the walls of the latter are clad with sheets of brass.

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“The core of my work lies in creating small, subtle details - I enjoy them the most,” says Samira. She delights in adding beauty to some detail that may be seen only for a few seconds a day, such as the front panel of the drawer inside a wardrobe. Taking in all the detailing is like a happy journey of discovery, delighting the senses.

The window is at an unusually low level, enabling a view while also retaining privacy. “The TV room has a large flat panel TV set, meeting my father’s approval. The iconic Eames chair offers comfort for watching movies or listening to music. My father confessed that he is no hurry to leave for work and looks forward to coming home,” says Samira.

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It’s all about the user experience and her design-led thinking and creativity, which is why her clients go to her. Good design elevates a space, it makes the ordinary distinctive. In this house, every moment is cherished and the art of living slowly is exemplified thoroughly.

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“Flora,� retains the minimalism of my earlier work but also incorporates an almost baroque sense of detail.

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Wired To Captivate Self-taught artist Gavin Worth works wonders with a modest material like black steel wire to create two dimensional, fluidic and life-like sculptures; each is infused with its own unique character and tell-tale human emotions.

After a formal training in acting, and a brief stint in the world of performing arts as an actor and musician, designer and illustrator Gavin Worth found his true calling and moved on to the world of sculpting. His extremely dynamic life journey - he was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in New Mexico, and lived in San Francisco and Egypt before moving to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he lives currently - seems to have contributed toward the decision of giving up a promising career in acting and music to foray into visual arts, that too as a complete novice.

Gavin has worked with big names such as Tiffany & Co and Ralph Lauren.

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His lifelong passion for sculpting, painting and drawing received the much needed boost when he first saw a picture of Michelangelo’s famous ‘Head of Leda’ in a book. Thus, began a journey of self-learning that has brought him recognition, success and satisfaction in equal measure. “I have been playing music since I was 10 and it’s a big part of my life - I play piano, violin, and guitar, and I love acting as well. When I left university, I kept finding work as an actor and musician, and while it was somewhat satisfying artistically, there was always a quiet, but much deeper voice calling me to the visual arts,” Gavin says about the experiences that altered the course of his life. Sculpture was his first love. He vividly remembers finding books about Michelangelo in the library and being so taken with the images that he saw there, that he saved every penny and the first chance he got, he traveled to Florence to see the ‘David’. It completely changed his life, seeing something so simple and so perfect. And now completing a new sculpture brings him close to that feeling of wonder, time and time again. The 35-year-old artist, however, was not satisfied working with traditional media popularly used by sculptors across the world. “I originally practiced with very traditional media: clay, oils, charcoal, and pencil, but I continually felt that the work lacked a presence. It said nothing new to me and felt tired. I put it all aside and searched for other, uncommon materials to experiment with,” he shares.

One sees a lot of human faces and feminine figures in Gavin’s creations.

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Gavin wanted a new visual vocabulary that felt fresh. He was always drawn to a strong sense of line, so when he saw a roll of black steel wire, he knew exactly what he could do with it: create freestanding line drawings. His latest work, “Thirst,” is particularly ingenious: the sculpture reveals two separate images depending on the viewing angle. He is currently exploring ways to add light to his work and develop a series of illuminated wall panels.

There is a truth to these figures that is endlessly fascinating.

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Gavin’s freestanding, two dimensional line figurines are truly one-of-their-kind. Since it was an art form he essentially evolved, the journey involved a great deal of self-learning. To Gavin, that learning curve has always been fascinating. “When I first picked up that roll of black steel wire many years ago, I had no idea that the concept would develop to the point that it has. It has been a huge learning curve, but a fascinating one at the same time. I love the feeling of the steel in my hands, and I love shaping it and seeing a sculpture come together. As I finish a series, there is a part of me that is never satisfied - I continually want to go further.” Gavin got his first break when he was commissioned by Lexus to create a series of sculptures to mark their emergence in Brazil. He has since worked with big names such as Tiffany & Co and Ralph Lauren and even qualified as a finalist for the 2014 TED Fellowship. Working on commercial projects is a big part of his journey as an artist. But, when not working on a client’s brief, what is his most favorite subject to bring to life? “I truly love working with clients. The defined parameters stir my imagination. When I am working on a new series, though, I am more and more drawn to nature. I am fascinated with the antithesis found there - how an overgrown forest can be both beautiful and menacing.” The artist in Gavin is deeply inspired by the archetypes from old stories and mythologies and there is a truth to these figures that fascinates him endlessly.

Figurative art is one of the most ancient modes of visual expression.

One sees a lot of human faces and feminine figures in Gavin’s creations. So, what do these sculptures represent to him? “My sculptures are meant to explore the beauty of the human experience in all of its variety, from youth to old age, happiness to sorrow, growth to decay.” He sees profound beauty in moments of human vulnerability and honesty, and these are the images to which he is continually drawn.

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A no-frills farmhouse in Surat, Gujarat, has been conceived by Neogenesis+Studi0261. Intended to take over as the primary home, the architects have endeavoured to anchor the bungalow to the location through their unpretentious choice of materials.

Text By Devyani Jayakar Photographs Ishita Sitwala of The Fishy Project

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The L-shaped lotus pond is both 15 ft long and wide and provides an attractive vista from the porch of the house. The teak wood louvered windows extend from the floor to the ceiling and endeavour to make the home one with the landscape.

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With an existing home in the busy heart of Surat subjected to all the accompanying noise and bustle, this 4,000 sq mt site at Dumas, close to the beach, was a contrast in the peace and quiet it offered. “But this was not to be a week-end getaway permanently. Eventually, the client intended to move to this farmhouse and make it home,” says Chinmay Laiwala of Neogenesis. “We’ve tried to merge the structure with the landscape,” adds Jigar Asarawala of Studi0261, which collaborated with Neogenesis on this assignment. “The selection of materials, the way they’ve been used, the size of the openings in the structure…all have been driven by this idea. Consequently, wood has been used, eschewing plywood and laminates, exposed concrete has been left in its natural form and kota stone clads the floor. The verandah has stone pitching and a random rubble masonry wall. All these come together to create a non-fussy, earthy palette. The plinth of the bungalow is high, since the site is deeper than the main road and prone to water logging. Situated close to the beach, the drainage is not adequate. However, the teak wood louvred windows extend from the floor to the ceiling and endeavour to make the home one with the surrounding chickoo tree plantation, when thrown open. The L-shaped lotus pond is both 15 ft long and wide, providing an attractive vista from the porch of the house.


Within, the living room is devoid of colour, except for the natural colours of the materials used. The ceiling is in pinewood, while the flooring is mirror polished golden kota. “The client was very reluctant to use kota on the floor.” - ‘This is what is used in bus-stops,’ he said. We had to do some sampling before he was convinced - and the stone subsequently has become only glossier with use, as is customary with kota,” says Jigar.

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The bar is at the far end of the covered pool. Its pendant lamps create a focus of attention.

The television is mounted on a wooden screen which has gaps in its pattern, through which glimpses of the courtyard beyond are visible. The bar is located on the far side of the covered pool, which extends from the living-dining space.

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The courtyard provides a void, to bring in sunlight and ventilation. Flanked by the main corridor on one side and the kitchen on the other, it is located on the northern side of the house and is used as a breakfast spot. “The dead wall provides privacy from the adjacent site and was constructed from granite and kota wastage from the site,” says Chinmay.


A plumeria plant adds greenery as it sprouts from a handkerchief of a lawn, whose periphery is asymmetrically defined by narrow strips of granite and kota. The contrasting light and dark shades of stone create a pleasing linear geometry. The kitchen platform has been cast in concrete, with a counter in granite. With the sun dappled courtyard running its length on one side, it is a dramatic space in browns and blacks. Also on the ground floor, a glass-roofed shower carries forward the open-to-theelements vocabulary. “We toyed with the idea of doing away with the glass roof, but decided against it, as it would add to the maintenance, with more frequent cleaning becoming necessary,” says Chinmay. The shower itself is free standing, positioned on a platform which is a foot away from the surrounding walls.


A spiral staircase to the floor above curls within a tight 6 ft x 6 ft space. “Without touching the walls, it is supported only at its base and at the ceiling. Made of wood and MS, we’ve crunched it to get a twist. Its very curvature has added to its stability,” explains Jigar. The master bedroom has wooden flooring, while the guest bedroom has a floating wardrobe. “Since guest rooms don’t require much storage, we’ve positioned the wardrobes much higher than customary, so that more flooring is visible under them. This created the illusion of a larger space,” says Chinmay.

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The master bedroom has a wooden flooring and continues the sparse colour palette. The soft furnishings are by Tarika Asarawala.

The shutters of the wardrobes are in wired glass, its subtle green tint in sync with the rest of the colour palette. Clerestory windows above the wardrobes bring in light, while linear tubes at the junction of the wall and ceiling have customised wooden pelmets. The armchairs in both bedrooms were salvaged from a vendor of discarded furniture and all the soft furnishings are by Tarika Asarawala.


In the master bath, a large mirror doubles the space, creating the illusion of two washbasins, sitting back to back. A monolithic granite base supports the basin, creating a minimalistic vocabulary. “In all of our work, we strive to create an authentic ‘sense of place’. The nexus of architecture, contemporary culture and current technology is the constant focus of our endeavours,” says Chinmay. NeogenesisStudi0261340207309370814/

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Curating Beauty And Happiness

By Bhairavi Naik & Rohit Kulkarni


“Art for everyday use� is how we define our ceramic studio -Curators of Clay which delves in producing a range of tableware and serve ware including teapots, cups, plates, tumblers, bottles, jars and jugs. After years of working in advertising and media, we favoured clay over our conventional jobs and decided to set up Curators of Clay as a one-of-its-kind ceramic studio with a focus on functional art.

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Handcrafted wheel thrown teapot in our signature amber glaze with highlights in blue

Bowl in butterscotch blue

We strongly believe in curating art pieces which follow the function principle; therefore, every piece of our work is crafted for daily use.

Right from the process of making to firing in the kiln is done at our studio in Bhugaon Village near Pune. There is inherent beauty in handcrafted products that a factory made object can’t match. The artisan leaves her/his imprint on the work she/he creates. It’s their way of communicating with the user.

Being both designers and makers of the product, our work is an extension of our personality which makes them look unique. As curators we complement each other in terms of our work and individuality.

Straight line jug

We adhere to time honoured process of making ceramics. Every piece is handcrafted by us from scratch. From making the clay to preparing the glaze, we ensure that all the ingredients are completely food safe, oven friendly and dishwasher compliant.

When you use a hand crafted mug, it is a communion between you and the artist. A tactile experience where you can run over the undulating throwing lines deliberately left by the maker to give you a feel of the process or observe a line accentuated by change in brush pressure, or discover faint finger prints in the glaze. And when you take a look at our products, you appreciate the sheer beauty of handcrafted.

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Handcrafted wheel thrown teapot with handmade cane handle, cups and trivet

Handcrafted wheel thrown corked bottle with tumblers and trivet

We also put in a lot of thought in designing our products. For instance, the handle of our mug is designed in such a way that it does not burn your knuckles or slip in any way. Even the teapot and pitchers help you pour liquids of varying viscosity without dripping.

Some of our designs are inspired by Indian food habits and that’s why you will find plates inspired by thalis, or bowls inspired by handis. Our designs are modern interpretation of original forms - we like to stick to simple, straight forms with very little adornment. The location of our studio on the outskirts of Pune also inspires our myriad portfolio as the element of nature silently seep into our work - for example our glazes Sahyadri Green and Monsoon Blue capture the many hues of mountains and monsoon and the bamboo plants on our studio grounds make for pretty motifs which reflect in our products.

Our work policy is simple - we want our products to be used, cherished and above all, loved every day. Over the years, we have served several tableware products to a number of high-end restaurants in Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Bangalore and currently we are also in talks with a restaurant in the Middle East to create tableware for them.

Handcrafted wheel thrown tea bowls with etched bamboo motifs

Though our body of past work is so different, with us being media professionals earlier, today, we share a similar fascination for the Japanese way of interpreting clay. Our work draws inspiration from Japanese ceramics which are highly refined, raw and organic in look and feel.

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Moving away from mundane colour tones and everyday décor products, Vidushi Gupta Agarwal hones her passion for tactile and individualistic design to bring you a range of refreshing home décor and gifting solutions that aren’t just another ordinary décor fix. Staying true to the meaning of its name ‘Élan’, the brand lets you add a big dollop of design to your home with its striking range of products.

Elan August Two Tier Serving Platter

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Elan Lotus Bowl With Stand- Dotted

Injecting a personality into your home and making it look like a reflection of you is not easy. Every corner of your room can now be designed keeping in mind a narrative, using the right textures and accoutrements which keep pace with your personal preferences and the way you want to live.

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This is the story of Élan, which offers a new look to your home. The brand helps you move away from the outdated and boring, and instead it introduces you to an eclectic range of French style home decor products and ware which add a certain je nais se quoi to your life. A stylish and uplifting decor and gifting brand, Élan with its love for aesthetics, brings you products made with love, style and panache. The brainchild of Vidushi Gupta Agarwal, alumni of Parsons School of Design, New York, Élan exudes sheer passion for the bespoke and unconventional, it aims to add a touch of happiness to your everyday life. “Élan started off as an endeavour to create joy through beautifully designed products that reflect the personality and evolved tastes of the Indian consumers. We intend to design functional and colourful home ware that people would be excited to use in their everyday life,” says Vidushi.

Élan Baroque Platter

Élan’s range of products include bright candle holders and lanterns, cages, coasters, lunch boxes, garden accessories, napkin rings, small furniture, trunks, vases and other niceties. They also offer kitchen, dining and living solutions with their contemporary collection of serve ware, tableware, desk accessories, lighting and furniture. The vivid colour and catchy design is what meets the eye when you look at the Dome Cage, Scallop Cupcake Stand, Ferrum Party Bucket and Jewellery Tray. They instantly add a pop of colour highlighting the blend of beauty and function.

Élan Chirrup Bookend Set of 2

The brand uses galvanised metal sheets to bring their products to life, which are then worked on by Vidushi and her team of industrial design experts who share a keen interest in walking the road less taken.

Élan Two Tier Stand

Elan Ferrum Party Bucket

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Specializing in product customization, Élan also offers made-to-order solutions for hotels, restaurants, cafes, corporate gifting and weddings. Describing Élan’s gifting range for birthdays, wedding announcements and baby showers as not just any other ‘mithai ka dibba’, Vidushi says, “We make products for people who want their personalities to reflect in their gifts. We customize products in terms of shapes, colors, patterns and logos. We create these products in metal so they are long lasting, reusable and serve as a memoir of your special day.” The brand has also collaborated with Le 15 Café, La Folie, Food Hall India, Royce Roy and others. Currently, Élan has its own store in Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi which serves as an experience centre for people to come, explore and get inspired. With a presence in over 35 stores from all over India and availability at all the top e-commerce marketplaces, the brand intends to grow exponentially in the domestic and international market.


No4, Hauz Khas Village Inner Lane, New Delhi 110016 +91 9810962611

Elan Buxa Metal Trunk

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Five stunning office spaces in India


Five amazing office buildings Around the world


Today, work is no longer synonymous with 9-to-5 drudgery. Organizations are keen for employees to not perceive their offices as a place to escape from. Instead, they want to model them as spaces where one would want to spend endless hours coming up with the best ideas, fostering friendships and collaborating with peers to deliver impressive results. Given that most people spend close to a half of their lives at work, it only makes sense for that to be a joyful and special experience rather than a mind-numbing one. Today’s work spaces have evolved, step-in-step with this new paradigm and approach to work. Colourful dÊcor and cosy chairs have come to replace the usual grim ambience and the stiff seats. While there are cubicles for individuals to get their private nooks, there are also open spaces and collaboration hubs to allow networking time. There are formal meeting rooms, but there are also entertainment zones to catch-up with colleagues, unwind and get your daily dose of caffeine. It is not just the aesthetics, but the functional side has got an upgrade too, with some musthave picks from the market. There is an enviable collection of products to choose from - classy, ergonomic chairs and spacious work desks, lighting and temperate control systems, savvy security devices, smart storage spaces for office artefacts, and some cool choices for the pantry collection. Take a look at the assortment of products we have for you. No longer will your Mondays be blue! Text by: Ramya Srinivasan Home Review November 2016


CHAIRS & WORK DESKS There is no dearth of products in the chairs and desks category as experimentation with colours, materials, shapes and looks continue. But comfort is still the king as designers put their time and money in making sitting a fanciful experience.


Regal Castors has launched their new product that’s extremely stylish and appealing. These have been made using their patented PU castor manufacturing. It has a life-time warranty, and is also RoHS compliant and ESD safe, passing all international standards. Available in multiple colour combinations, it is a perfect companion to your chairs and desks; it’s zero noise and scratch-resistance protects the floor from damage.


The Fern task chair’s suspension system is grounded in extensive science-based ergonomic research, making it work with you, not against you. Its unique design focuses on the person and the holistic experience of sitting, resulting in it being distinctively responsive to each individual. In 11 mesh colours and 3 trim colours, it is also a winner in its aesthetics.


This white office chair with a simple Korean design brings the workspace closer to nature. It has a creative tree detailing - when you look at it from a distance, it resembles a tree emerging from the roots to the branches and leaves on the top. ‘Nature’ is also a symbol of Durian’s effort to reduce the carbon footprint and use recycled materials.

Here is an ultra-modern, height adjustable desk that gives the flexibility to work, sitting down or standing up. Ebco’s Worksmart introduces the Smart LIFT series emphasising on healthy working habits and clutter free work spaces. It also packs powerful technological features such as four height memory settings, obstruction sensors and control for safety purpose.


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This sleek conference table breaks away from the traditional teak look and is perfectly designed to go with today’s modern offices. Made of American ash veneer, it features a base cladded with croco embossed genuine leather, along with recess power outlet system. This may be a clever way to get all creative ideas on the table.


Activity is an original design by Herman Miller’s POSH Design Lab (PDL), featuring a weight-sensitive mechanism that responds to your body automatically and delivers comfort in an instant. Made from MPA (Modified Polyamide), its lightweight backrest varies in thickness from top to bottom and from the centre to the outer edges, providing flexibility and support where your body needs it the most.


Opt for a sporty look for the corner office with Matador, the modern work table. Its opulent look combined with sleek form and functional design makes this the best office desk you can ask for. Made with premium materials like veneer encased board and leatherette upholstery, this desk is the one thing to make your office stand out.


Made of AA Structural Grade Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF) and featuring tight sound knots, this desk embodies sturdiness with an ability to withstand wear-and-tear. SPF’s strength, light-weight, ease of handling and functional brilliance have made it a popular choice for use. Along with a storage space, this is an ideal executive unit. Home Review November 2016


STORAGE SYSTEMS Organizing stuff has never been so much fun, aesthetic and effective. You can stash away anything in these storage cabinets, from files and folders to gadgets and servers.


Cache is Durian’s answer to storage. It is a multipurpose, flexible storage unit that has a variety of compartments and shelves to stove away your files and magazines. With its warm colours and finishes, it is an accompaniment that can make your table top or office cubicle look classier than usual.



Designed to go with its Optimis desk, the Cloud storage box includes a wide range of above-desk storage accessories to help manage a variety of work and decorative artefacts. In the collection are shelves, trays, box files and note stands. With the option to also install on the side of the desk, you can have reference material at arm’s length.

For huge storage spaces in office areas that almost run to the ceiling, Canadian Wood’s Western Red Cedar (WRC) cupboards are an excellent option. The tops of the storage cabinets here are made of dry and solid, edge glued STK (Select Tight Knot) WRC. For the doors though, laminated edge-glued WRC panels are used.

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Montel has an extensive range of storage, shelving, racking and filing solutions - movable and stationary, large-scale and compact. The versatile list of products cover a broad spectrum of industries and multiple departments from administration to HR and IT to maintenance. Use them for color-coded files, suspended folders, data materials, books, stationery supplies, devices and other material types.

With storage towers, bookcases, lateral files, pedestals, hybrid cabinets and wardrobe units, Calibre is the solution for any storage need. It maximizes your organizational options without compromising on valuable workspace. 1.5� drawer-height increments mean less wasted vertical space and greater utility per case. From documents and binders to coats and office supplies, there is a place for everything.


Coalesse credenzas allow for conference storage for various types of items. It offers flexibility with adjustable height and width, adjustable shelves, and open and closed storage options. The feature of integrated wire management makes it a winner with all wires concealed. With the painted metal leg base to match the case, and soft close hinges, this is an aesthetic alternative to traditional conference storage units. Home Review November 2016


SECURITY AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL Our security and temperate control systems have a wide range of exquisuite devices. Watch out for the entry of software apps and systems integrated with hardware devices that seem to be the way ahead in this product segment.


This digital electronic door lock is designed for single and double doors with 8 to 12 mm thickness. It does not require glass-out, making the installation easy and suitable for existing door configurations as well. Its contemporary design along with its ability to register RFID cards for multiple users’ access and the facility to operate using a remote control makes it a product to watch out for.


The Bosch access control component offers a flexible system for medium to large sized projects. Thanks to the scalability of the hardware components - Access Modular Controllers, readers and credentials - the system grows according to your security needs. Start out with Access Professional Edition (APE) software for medium sized projects and switch later to BIS Access Engine (ACE) when your security requirements grow - the hardware stays the same.

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This range of stylish tower fans are perfect for office cubicles as they operate silently bridging the gap between air conditioners and fans. Cerebro, part of the Compacto range, comes with a smart eco sense mode that automatically adjusts fan speed levels to enhance comfort basis ambient temperature. It also has a removable dust proof filter that allows easy cleaning.



This is a software solution that can be plugged into a building’s existing temperate systems. Its main advantage is that it provides individualized temperature settings for office employees. By connecting to the Comfy app, employees can choose their own preferences. Research says that the app boosts employee satisfaction by 83% and productivity by 60%, and reduces employee complaints on temperature by 90%.

Smart Safety Link is the most reliable and secure way to combine fire detection and voice alarm. It also supports multi-stage evacuation which ensures a highly effective approach to emergency situations in a smart way. Bosch uses advanced technologies such as dual-ray and algorithms such as Intelligent Signal Processing for precise detection and differentiation of real fires and false alarms.


These user-friendly digital safes come in flexible storage sizes of 6 to 52.5 litre. Access can be either biometric or using a password or credit card, and it has the feature to auto freeze on wrong user input. The high quality surface finish using a unique spray coating keeps it rust-free life-long, making it an ideal choice for office safekeeping.

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ENTERTAINMENT AND LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEMS We present a collection of entertainment units that would give that extra zing to your office dĂŠcor. Also our pick of lighting systems have everything going for them - using natural light at best, minimal strain on eyes and a sleek look.


This entertainment and bar unit uses a mix of two British Columbia wood species from Canada - Clear Western Hemlock and Knotty Western Red Cedar - to create a stunning space. With its sophisticated yet warm finish, this is an ideal space for executives to relax, network and share ideas with each other.



Libra is a smart choice for a modern office space - this is where people can take a break, sip on soothing green tea or just listen to some music. The cubical sofa can be upholstered in faux leather or genuine leather. It flaunts a chester pattern with a linear look along with solid wood framework and polished wooden base.

The Belviso Set free-standing luminaire features the intelligent separation of direct and indirect light components as well as outstanding luminaire efficiency. The exclusive light frame makes the free-standing luminaire captivating. Not only does it create a unique light aesthetic, but it also provides a glare-free effect with the harmonious illumination of the direct light components.

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Pollux comes as part of Hafele’s series of ceiling downlights that cater to various needs and spaces. Its slim edge allows increased light output but the in-built dimmable feature provides the convenience of setting the right illumination for your interiors. Other impressive benefits of these LED lights include durability, energy conservation and no emissions of harmful UV radiation.

This is part of the latest collection of classic and contemporary chairs introduced by Nitin Kohli’s interior solutions brand. Josephine is an accent lounge chair with an elegant wide seat and a fabulous subtle colour, allowing it to blend seamlessly with any interior. Add this to your office lobby and show off a fusion of international allurement and Indian fashion trends.


Change the monotony of isolated cubicles by placing a Gynko sofa set - this is perfect to set up informal hubs or meeting zones, or to add some class to your office lobby. The Gynko sofa set has all the formal traits of a Victorian living room featuring a deep seat, stainless steel base and comfortable arms with faux leather upholstery.

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PANTRY Sample our wide selection of products for the office pantry, from the coffee maker to the cutlery and plumbing units. While the designs are certainly impressive, the technology behind making these products give a wholesome functional experience.


This coloured 50’s retro model has become iconic for its aesthetics and bottom mount style. Smeg also has other refrigerator models including American-style side-by-side refrigerators, combined fridge-freezers, single and double door models and small under-worktop models, featuring the latest technology to ensure top performance and high level of energy efficiency. These class A+ and A++ appliances are 25% more efficient than class A equivalents.


Whether you need to use ready ground coffee or beans, and whether you need different coffee strengths (extralight to extra-strong) or various lengths (from espresso to long), this coffee machine will brew it for you. It’s user-friendly with an LCD display, and be programmed to automatically switch on. With a black glass finish, this is a gorgeous gadget for your office pantry.



This corner unit is tailor-made to work around small pantry spaces with its universal design concept of the same product opening either left or right. Its sturdy base makes it easier to hold heavy materials. The brilliance of the product lies in its bean-shaped architecture that offers convenience, class and customisation.

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A much needed gadget in your office pantry, this coffee maker delivers instantly brewed fresh caffeine for the workaholics. The CM3320 has a timer option to set pre-decided time to make the coffee just perfect for your taste buds. It also has the Dry Boil protection safety feature to automatically shut down in case the inbuilt water reservoir is empty.


The Axor Starck V is a new achievement in water design. The revolutionary design by Phillipe Starck comes with vortex formation inside, easy click in detachable transparent body and an open ended spout. On turning, the mixer generates a powerful vortex spinning in the spout and a freefall of water into the basin. The crystal glass is scratch resistant and available in diamond and bevel cuts.


Part of the Spitze range, this half pantry unit allows superb storage capacity but occupies less real estate offering an impressive ratio of usable space. Access and retrieval is effortless here with the highly advanced SoftClose mechanism. It is an excellent functional add to the pantry unit, and many employees can benefit from this shared container space.


The 400 series offers an exceptional range of ovens, combi-steam ovens, combi-microwaves and warming drawers in 60 cm and 76 cm widths. A 60 cm fully automatic espresso machine and a vacuuming drawer provide you with baking and coffee possibilities on a truly grand scale. The handle-free doors protrude from the wall and can be opened with a simple touch of the TFT display.


Seashell is a hanging extractor hood characterized by large dimensions which make it perfect for use in spacious floor pantries. It combines the dual function of an extractor hood and a light perfectly. It offers high performance perimeter extraction, while its exquisite round shape and ample light surface makes it resemble a hanging light. It is available in white, black and mirrored stainless steel. Home Review November 2016


Five stunning office spaces in India

Individuality and quirkiness seem to be the mantras as 2016 witnessed some brilliant work from interior design firms. Here are 5 spectacular office spaces that made an entry this year.

With fierce competition between firms to top one another, there is an increased effort to highlight their offices as the most desired place to work. And with that comes the trend of showcasing uniqueness. Read on to find out our curated collection of 5 stunning office spaces in India.

Riverbed Technology, Bengaluru Riverbed’s office in Bengaluru is a true reflection of its culture - bang at the centre of the office space is the relaxation, ideation and collaboration hub that encourages a transparent and communal environment for employees to constantly interact with each other. Oculus Design Studio has designed the working environment as contemporary and fun, but retained the company’s functional core and global outlook. The spatial design along with a flowing, co-ordinated layout reflects the structure of its corporate philosophy and ethos of its employees fresh and energetic. You can witness the use of elements connecting to nature, starting from the reception that makes a brilliant impact on any visitor - the ceiling suspended planters along the external glazing, natural stone finish columns and indoor plants create an exceptional Biophilic design. Speaking about the colour theme used, Oculus Design Studio team says, “Defining the different spaces through the use of texture and colour became apparent the more we absorbed the space. We began to lean towards the neutral shades of grey and black as the dominant back drop, together with tones of orange to reflect the Riverbed brand, using nature’s texture as an accent throughout.”

Riverbed Technology office designed by the Oculus Design Studio team of G Kiran Kumar, Akshatha Halbhavi and J P Sudharsan.

To unwind at the end of the day, employees tend to gravitate towards the central space that is designed to evoke a sense of calmness.

The design of this central space feels like you are sitting under a tree; now, there is no need to step out of the office for a change of scenery.

Inspirations from nature are intelligently blended with collaboration hubs to destress employees. Photo Credits: Mani Iyer

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Globant, pUNE

The circular shaped reception looks more like a lounge, with the letters ‘Globant’ formed with a LED strip resembling a neon light in handwritten format.

The learning tree designed with FRP mould, acoustic panels and light fittings is an informal collaborative space; Acrylic origami birds on the ceiling make the scenery as real as it could be.

Developed by Beyond Design, here is another office space design inspired by nature. And the inspiration is not just symbolic, but it is everywhere - right from the moss in the reception to the ‘walk in the woods’ towards the cafeteria or the ‘learning tree’ collaborative space to the acrylic birds in the ceiling and the grass floor in the café, every space has a touch of this theme. The Globant technology office in Pune, spread across two floors with almost 40,000 sqft. of carpet area on each level is divided into four quadrants with a steel pipe running on the periphery as a path guide each quadrant having its own collaborative spaces, meeting rooms and phone booths. Each collaborative space is different and every meeting room is in a different shape and configuration. So, while there is a tunnel shaped meeting room with fully upholstered inside, somewhere else it can be just a ‘BOX’ with bar counter and bar stools or a bean shaped room with soft seating. The café is a melting pot for various styles of seating. There is the typical table and chair seating, but there is also the wooden bench seating in one corner, artificial grass seating on the other and a few restaurant type sofa seats.

Stretch ceiling fabric with sky theme, carpet with cobbled stone pathway effect and bright coloured workstation fabric in the HR area, make it a centre of attraction for the entire floor. Photo Credits: Prashant Bhat

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SOTI, gURGAON The new office of mobile device management firm, SOTI Inc. at Gurgaon serves as its headquarters for the Asia Region. The 51,000 sqft. office space with the capacity to seat more than 450 employees has been designed as a workplace that inculcates creativity and also promotes a fun and learning environment. Designed by the multi-disciplinary firm, Basics, the office is not just about flashy designs but is a blend of architectural and design brilliance. Here, each space offers variety in terms of its design and material usage. For example, the reception combines an interesting mix of a dynamic stone pattern, vibrant colours and rustic finishes. The customized metal ceiling with full height curved glass wall further enhances the space. Earlier, the floor plate of the office was awkwardly split into two separate zones, but this has been smartly outdone by a central reception surrounded by a free-flowing corridor. The corridor not only connects the two disjointed spaces but also creates the semblance of the reception as an island. A casual lounge and a small café were also further carved out along the corridor to create an exciting visual experience around the island. While the décor is colourful, the ruggedness comes from the open ceiling structure. ‘Workspace for Innovation’ is the key theme behind the design. Acknowledging the need for collaboration to generate ideas, Basics has created many break out areas throughout the office space.

Exposed RCC roofs bring an interesting, rugged juxtaposition to the energetic, informal décor on the wall.

The aesthetics of the collaborative spaces in the SOTI office allow exposure and openness to new experiences.

The lounge and café have been visually integrated with the reception to create a stunning first impression. Photo Credits: Nakul Photographers Photography

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The bike café in the GSN Games office is a perfect hangout to rejuvenate in the middle of work.

Zyeta designed the complex carpet pattern using standard tiles – a unique way to show the relaxed culture of the place.

When it comes to the office space of a social and mobile gaming company, you expect something quirky, colourful and youthful. And Zyeta Studios has created that perfect ambience for GSN Games in Bengaluru. The office has two floors and is designed to accommodate around 330 employees with the aim to create a flexible, open and collaborative environment that blends the functions of work, play and community. Inspired by GSN web and app interface, the entire area is designed with vibrant colours and patterns. The colours are in their finest form of fun and frolic in the tilted Rubik cube pattern on the floor, which then extend on the glass partitions as frosting. Although the workstation spaces are divided up by teams, they are not in siloes as small booths and informal areas help blur the distinction between team areas. There are also plenty of entertainment areas-tucked towards the corner at the ground floor where a badminton court that sits adjacent to the amphitheatre and cafeteria. The first floor has a gym, bike café and many informal and portable spaces such as innovation room, a lounge area and windows sills and benches with soft cushions.

A hexagonal array of tube lights spread across the ceiling binds the entire office space together. Photo Credits: Mani Iyer

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Reliance Jio Infocomm Headquarters, Navi Mumbai DWP Interics won the ‘Transform Asia’ award in Hong Kong for their design of the 1.2 million sqft. Headquarters of the Reliance Jio Infocomm office. Located in Navi Mumbai, this huge office is spread across 11 floors and houses approximately 5000 employees. “The design journey started with a few minor hiccups. Reliance being one of the largest giants in India had some set standards for office decor and work norms. The biggest challenge was to pull them out from the pre-existing and well absorbed cabin culture, “says the DWP Interics design team. In the end, however, the agile office space concept won over with the entire 1 million sqft. office not featuring even a single closed private cabin. Even the working and collaborative areas have been amalgamated seamlessly to encourage this concept of agility. ‘Connecting India’ was the theme for the office design, inspired from the mobile network’s brand values. So, the office interior was designed to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of India, its colourful festivals and the mesmerizing architecture in various states. The collaborative area on each floor has been designed and located exactly in the centre of each floor plate, facilitating maximum interaction. And this area is used to showcase the essence of the state that particular floor represents. From the jaali works of Jaipur to the intricate wood carvings of Chennai, the historic arches of Pune and the colourful kites of Gujarat, this office celebrates the country like no other.

DWP Interics brings opulent design, plenty of open spaces and aesthetics to the Reliance Jio office in Navi Mumbai.

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This award winning office design celebrates the different cultures of India.

Cabin culture gives way to open spaces, creating an innovative and stimulating environment for the teams.

Five amazing office buildings Around the world

In this Modern Office Special, we bring you our five picks of amazing office buildings from different corners of the globe – these are not just places to work but landmarks in their own right.

From Finland to Tokyo, from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai, and then from our very own Mumbai, we present you the top five picks of office buildings that will leave you astounded. Here, architecture unravels its marvels by bringing science and art together, by combining engineering with aesthetics, and by adding functionality to quirkiness.

Cybertecture Egg, Mumbai Right at the heart of the Central Business District of Mumbai, Cybertecture Egg built by James Law Cybertecture International for the client, Wadhwa Developers, combines architectural brilliance with intelligent and sustainable building management systems. Its shape was inspired by looking at the world in terms of the planet being a self-sustaining vessel with an ecosystem that allows life to exist, grow and evolve. The unique egg shape is creatively done in the form of a shell structure using a diagrid exo-skeleton that supports column-free floor plates, saving 15% of construction material in the process. This 33,000 square meters office packs 13 stories of which there are three basement levels with 400 car parking spaces. The architecture is sleek and computer designed using evolutionary engineering, creating a building of extremely high quality and geometric sophistication. Within the building, there are many innovative systems such as the Cybertecture health in the washroom designed to keep track of the inhabitant’s health including blood pressure and weight. Cybertecture reality customizes (virtual) views for the building’s inhabitants. Solar photovoltaic panels and wind turbines help generate onsite electricity. Water recycling is done through rain water harvesting, sewerage treatment and filtration, and wetland filter beds.

20% of the building’s water consumption is available through water recycling methods.

Intelligence building management systems help create a self-sustaining building, just like the planet that Cybertecture Egg is modelled on.

The building is conceived based on the imagination of the planet landing onto the site and then slightly deforming from a sphere into an oval egg shape. Photo Credits: James Law Cybertecture International

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Riviera TwinStar Square, Shanghai The Riviera TwinStar Square project is located in the Pudong New District of Shanghai, across the river from the Bund and overlooking the historic Shanghai Shipyards site. A key element of the design done by Arquitectonica, was to create symmetrical towers that show balance, order and stability. This site is designed with the intention of integrating a high profile urban space within a new state-of-the-art, highly modern business environment. The main buildings are interconnected by an elevated platform that serves as weather protection for the indoor pedestrian corridor below, and above provides an outdoor public space. The project specifically created a raised basement level of three metres to cater to the height of the Huangpu River’s flood protection systems. The architectural design is aimed at the needs of the flagship financial tenants, providing an efficient floor plate with consideration to specialized trading floors and private meeting spaces. Although a conventional reinforced concrete frame core wall system was adopted for the tower, some special structural elements have been used for this project - inclined columns are used at the curved elevation face-to-face to integrate the structure into the architectural form.

The twin towers are home to the two banks: Agriculture Bank of China and China Construction Bank.

The façade comprises utilized high performance Low-E glass with solar control coating. Natural stone and aluminium cladding serve to add a distinctive patterned feature across the elevations, giving the towers a unique Chinese feel.

The waterfront location and the arched design add to the Riviera TwinStar Square’s glory as a commercial hub.

The nautical symmetry of the towers conveys memories of the ships that were launched from the sites now relocated to Shanghai Shipyards. Photo Credits: Rogan Coles

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Arctia Headquarters, Finland

The buoyant floating office of Arctia’s Headquarters in Helsinki is designed by K2S Architects .

The black metal façade is evocative of the icebreaker ships, and the inside is done with warm lacquered wood symbolising the country’s ship building traditions.

Located in Helsinki, Finland, the Arctia Headquarters won the Architizer’s A+ popular choice award in the low rise office building category. This is an ethereal floating office building in front of the listed main building of the Finnish ministry of Foreign Affairs which was originally designed by C.L.Engel. This headquarters of Arctia shipping crew is situated next to the docked icebreakers, an essential part of the Katajanokka cityscape, beside Merikasarmi pier. The horizontal character of the building and the black metal façade compare elegantly with the image of the icebreaker ships. The floating headquarters relates to the icebreakers but is smaller in scale than the ships. The interior of the metallic ‘ship’ is covered with warm lacquered wood which directly relates to the country’s ship building traditions. An integrated water ballast system ensures that the buoyant office remains at the same level as the dock. The façades of the building are made of specially profiled steel, which is perforated and stamped with abstract ice crystal-like patterns resembling a glacier.

Despite being adjacent to a neoclassical monument designed by C.L.Engel, this building stands out for its own architectural excellence. Photo Credits: Mika Huisman, Marko Huttunen

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Dear Ginza building, Tokyo Located in Tokyo, Japan, this is one office that even passers-by will stop to take a notice. And, that was the intention anyway. The building site is on the Ginza 1-chome Gaslight Street, which is one street behind the Ginza Central Street. The builder wanted to attract as many people as possible into the street, and the design team from the Amano Design office aimed to include a “slight feeling of strangeness” to it. And the result is the Dear Ginza building that has a crumpled looking façade. As the outside scenery is not favourable and interesting, obtaining openness with glass was decided to be futile. So, a double skin structure was employed, consisting of glass curtain walls and graphically treated aluminium punched metal. The façade becomes a part of the interior decoration and obviates the need for window treatments such as blinds or curtains. By using a double skin, air conditioning load and the glass cleaning burden was also reduced. The abstract flower graphic is used to balance the impression of the façade, to free it up from becoming too edgy. Although individual aluminium punched panels with irregular angles and shapes are used, they all fit into a standard size, resulting in excellent material yield. The coloured LED upper lighting, which is installed inside the double skin, entertains onlookers with different programs depending on the season.

Exposed RCC roofs bring an interesting, rugged juxtaposition to the energetic, informal décor on the wall.

In the neighbourhood of mostly modernist architecture with horizontal, vertical or geometric shapes, the Dear Ginza building has a feeling of strangeness, attracts special attention, and has an appeal as a commercial building.

The lounge and café have been visually integrated with the reception to create a stunning first impression. Photo Credits: Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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The Al Bahr Towers, Abu Dhabi

At a height of 145 meters and stacked with 29 stories, the Al Bahr Towers is a great example of creative design based on cultural learnings to address problems of the nature. The highlight of this building, designed by Aedas and constructed by Al-Futtaim Carillion, is the 2,000 umbrella-like glass elements that automatically open and close depending on the intensity of sunlight.

The Al Bahr Towers stand as a testimony to creatively addressing the issue of environmental design, especially in a place such as Abu Dhabi, where there are extreme weather conditions with intense sunshine and temperatures soaring above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. They feature the world’s largest computerised dynamic façade. The design concept is based on the fusion between bio-inspiration, regional architecture, and performance-based technology. Aedas architects have designed a responsive facade taking cultural cues from the ‘mashrabiya’, a traditional Islamic lattice shading device. The computational design team at Aedas have simulated the operation of façade panels in response to sun exposure and changing incidence angles during the different days of the year. Each triangle is coated with fiberglass and programmed to respond to the movement of the sun as a way to reduce solar gain and glare. For the project’s sustainable engineering, and sensitive cultural and urban approach, the towers were awarded the 2012 Tall Building Innovation Award by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

The eco-friendly towers are one of the first buildings in the Gulf to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating. Photo Credits: AHR Global (formerly Aedas)

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Atmantan is a luxurious wellness destination spa that enriches ones understanding between body, mind and soul. Built on the healing crystalline Sahyadri Mountains overlooking the Mulshi Lake, the resort is but a three and a half hour drive from Mumbai and one hour from Pune. Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj Photographs Courtesy Atmantan

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Atmantan is built on the healing crystalline Sahyadri Mountains overlooking Mulshi Lake.

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Set amidst 40 acres of lush greenery, the main spaces are ideally perched so that they hang over the lake and mountains framing jaw dropping views.

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Founded by Nikhil Kapur, an Ironman tri-athlete and his wife, Sharmilee Agarwal who is a firm believer in energy medicine, Atmantan has certified experts in Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Pranic Healing and fitness. Incorporating traditional Indian medicine, western and oriental practices, Atmantan individually tailors a ‘Wellness Formula’ for each guest backed by scientific research that includes nutrition, massage, exercise, kriyas and meditation. Set amidst 40 acres of lush greenery, the main spaces are ideally perched so that they hang over the valley and mountains. Oxygen rich plants like Dracaena, Philodendron, Areca Palm, Ferns, Schefflera and Song of India have been mindfully scattered around, while mosquito repelling bushes like Neem, Basil and Lemon Grass have also been planted for guest comfort. Excavated top soil has not been discarded but purposefully used for plantation and vegetation through this resort. This wonderful ecosystem also includes an enchanted butterfly garden; (where flowers such as Stachyterpheta, Lantana and Belapurania encourage butterfly life) while the property’s rich soil keeps the organic vegetable patches full all through the year. Minimalistic architecture enhanced by natural light that filters through large windows, makes sure that all the rooms and public areas are well lit. The interiors though restrained, use materials like natural stone and wood in earth tones reflecting the mountains around. While the inner spaces at Atmantan have been designed to optimally bring the outside in, every area has its own individual style. The spa rooms highlight their functionality through their décor, echoing the origin of the therapy they have been designed for. Like the Hammam - awash in teal tones, lofty arches, patterned tiles, niche lighting and a traditional heated stone bed, all an inspired interpretation of Turkish architecture.

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Te’-jus, the bistro offering juices and healthy bites through the day is a bright riot of colours with varied seating, while Chantara, the lounge is more formal embellished in golds, pearls and damask. The main restaurant called Vistara with large picture windows framing Mulshi Lake is a mix of muted blues, greys and whites. The handmade wooden chandeliers and Italian black glass tables add a quiet luxury that mirrors the calmness of its location.

While the inner spaces at Atmantan have been designed to optimally bring the outside in, every area has its own individual style.

The Organic farm to table concept at Atmantan belies the philosophy that the best nutrition uses natural ingredients that have not travelled far from their origin. Employing organic methods of farming and highlighting locally available seasonal produce, The Cuisine Plan at the resort inspires moderation, not deprivation - healthy yet delectable meals are personalised for each guest without using refined diary, sugars or wheat and consciously focusing on whole, unrefined and unprocessed foods. Activities at Atmantan are plenty from early morning kriyas and asanas done in the lap of mother-nature at the Yoga Pavilion to more energetic programmes like circuit training, salsa dancing, Zumba, aerobics and Hatha Yoga. If meditation is your mantra, guests can head down to the amphitheatre (aptly named Prana or life giving force) that faces the serene lake and be instantly transported to a state of blissful stillness. Atmantan prides itself with its eco-friendly solutions from solar energy to having a natural sewage treatment plant. 98% of all the lighting used in the resort is LED or CFL, and LEED green building parameters have been diligently applied during the planning, building and construction phases of the resort.

The spa entrance is open and airy while the rooms highlight their functionality through their dĂŠcor, like the Hammam which is an inspired interpretation of Turkish architecture.

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If meditation is your mantra, guests can head down to the beautiful amphitheatre to be instantly transported into a state of blissful stillness.

Atmantan is a wellness journey where guests are educated about lifestyle choices and healthy options during their stay, carrying this knowledge back home to implement into their daily lives.

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Design Archana’s Fashion House, GujArat ‘Contemporary, chic and colourful’ is what defines Archana’s Fashion House located at Vadodara in Gujrat. Designed by Urvi Shah & Associates, the space has been transformed from an old house into a chic retail establishment that has a free flowing aura. A beautiful courtyard greets you at the entrance with fine river finish kota flooring etched perfectly with pink Bougainville. The display area is created by two successive linear bays which run parallel and effortlessly come together. The bay facing the courtyard with a glass façade allows the space to have an expanded view, housing colourful western and traditional clothing. While the rear bay makes for the designer’s cabin and a small space for the tailors and their fine creations. Drawing inspiration from the designer’s love of birds in her garments, cages with lights can be seen hanging all over adding an elegant yet quirky vibe. The boutique reflects the free flowing design concept that fashionista Archana Gupta uses in her colourful western and traditional creations.

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Intelligent design need not be restricted to mammoth-sized spaces. Sometimes even a small idea can lead to stunning, brilliant themes in the designing of interiors.

Mixology Every month, Design Mixology - our latest entrĂŠe in the design arena will spotlight innovative design in various domains such as showrooms, bars, clinics, spas and salons and much more.

Sevilla-The Claridges,Delhi Named after Seville, the famous art and cultural capital of Southern Spain, Sevilla is a very popular Mediterranean restaurant of New-Delhi. Known for its eclectic Spanish cuisine, the space has been designed by Sachi Gupta of Synthesis Design Studio. Inspired by the azure skies and landscape of the Mediterranean, Seville takes you on a romantic getaway which is a perfect blend of outdoors and indoors. Designed on the lines of being a typical Mediterranean town, a small swale has been created to give the space a feel of a riverbank with small cabanas etched with vernacular architecture and textured white benches. There’s also a separate indoor dining space, which has a community table crafted with solid hardwood that takes you back to a timeless era. To sync with a Mediterranean setting, natural candle holders are used all over the space, while the cabana setting features replica of these candle bras which are used in the form of chandeliers. The restobar has a fireplace and wrought iron grills that add to the old Spanish country feel. Minimal accessories allow the design to dictate its own charm. Kudos!

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Thanveer Azeez Residence, Kerala The Thanveer Azeez Residence in Kerala is a 2,878 sq ft home designed by architect Vivek PP of De Earth. Created with the intent of providing shelter amidst a natural ambience, this residence is a celebration of nature and bears a cosy and environmentfriendly disposition. The terrace space overlooking the river is a standout feature of the house with a flying roof made of steel and tile. Moving away from being a house which is embellished with polished interiors, this space is designed on rustic lines. Here pastoral finishes giving it an earthy feel and superficial decoration is kept to minimum with every material displaying its own innate character. The wall finishes featuring plaster and putty modulation complement the textured cement flooring executed with the help of local labourers. The use of steel, tiles, cement finishes and stone make the project unique, letting it connect to nature and Mother Earth so intimately that it exudes a feeling of inclusiveness.

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A world-class theatre with adjustable acoustics - horizontally tracking curtains along the walls of the audience chamber can be hidden or deployed to vary the acoustics of the space.

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A Premier Cinema Destination The Busan Cinema Centre is a landmark that serves as a multifunctional urban hub of cultural and entertainment programmes. Additionally the centre stands out for its ingenious architecture and astute use of technology and therefore, but naturally it also hosts the annual Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The project, Coop Himmelb(l)au’s first in South Korea, is a confluence of contradictions - it is both open and closed, and public and private spaces alternate effortlessly here. The innovative architecture not only allows this flexibility, but also celebrates it with abandon. Although the buildings support different functions such as theatre, indoor and outdoor cinemas, convention halls, office spaces, creative studios and dining areas, the mix of sheltered and linked indoor and outdoor public spaces unify making it a homogenous whole.

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The two large roofs of the centre present an arresting picture and simulate a tantalising sense of flying - one of the roofs measures 60 x 120 metres (the size of a soccer field) and cantilevers for 85 metres. It is evident that Coop Himmelb(l)au has worked its magic, exploring the theme of the roof as a central architectural element. Wolf D.Prix, the Design Principal of Coop Himmelb(l)au, explains the thought that went into the roof’s design, “Already in the Renaissance and the Baroque era the roof is transformed into a cupola, thereby achieving a particular significance. But it was Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier, who defined the roof not anymore as a mere element of protection, but as a frame for the most diverse concepts. In Niemeyer’s house in Rio de Janeiro, the roof does not follow the floor plan, but frames the view of the surroundings and nature. The roof of the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille developed by Le Corbusier is itself a landscape through its sculptural articulation.” Inspired by these ideas, the Busan Cinema Centre showcases its own interpretation of a column-free ‘flying’ roof. During the annual Busan film festival, there is a heightened visual experience with computer programmed LED lining the outdoor ceiling surfaces. Artistic lighting created by visual artists and displayed across the ceiling in full motion graphics, double up as a communication platform. The imposing roof aside, the urban plaza is a maze of overlapping zones - the Double Cone, the Cinema Mountain, the Urban Valley, the Red Carpet Zone, and the BIFF Hill.

Entrance and overview ramp connection to the BIFF Hill where the co-ordination and execution happens for the annual film festival.

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The Double Cone marks the grand entrance to the centre, connecting the Cinema Mountain with the BIFF Hill. On the ground level is a public cafĂŠ with outdoor seating, while the upper level links to a restaurant, bar and lounge overlooking the river beyond. During the film festival, it works as the Red Carpet Zone or as a prestaging pace for VIPs to then transfer to the outdoor cinema stage.


The Cinema Mountain is where the core of the action lies - it has a 1000 seat multifunctional theatre and a threescreen multiplex. One of these is a 400 seater while the other two accommodate 200 seats. The theatre design is breathtaking with world-class features - optimal sight lines and adjustable acoustics across its two levels and a flexible proscenium type stage with side stages and fly-tower that can be tailored to different events (theatre, musical or any other). While the Cinema Mountain takes care of the indoor experience, the Urban Valley with its flat ground surface and large stepped tribunes has the stage set for a 4000 seat outdoor cinema viewing experience. Both the indoor and outdoor performances share the backstage facilities that support the accommodation of projection screens, stages, loudspeakers and lighting arrays. The BIFF Hill encompasses a multitude of functions related to the film festival - a convention hall, BIFF-centre, offices and a visual media centre are all housed in this building. But the main focus is the tribune seating space of the outdoor cinema and the concourse. Although its nomenclature indicates its specificity to the film festival, the BIFF Hill can be easily customised for day-to-day usage because of its flexible layout. For example, although the Red Carpet Zone is created specifically during the festival, it operates as the symbolic entryway into the Busan Cinema Centre complex in non-event periods. Finally, there is the Memorial Court which facilitates a grand entry to the Cinema Mountain. The column-free sheltered roof above envelops a trendy public plaza - a perfect placefor crowds to gather around in either a formal or informal setting.

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Theatre and lobby circulation elements in the Cinema Mountain with the 900 seat multifunctional theatre to the left.

All the elements - media, entertainment, architecture, technology and leisure - come together in the Busan Cinema Centre to deliver a top-notch experience for the avid connoisseur of cinema and theatre. With impressive onstage and offstage facilities, and an architecture that challenges conventional thinking, Coop Himmelb(l)au has created the perfect place for both artists and audiences to commune happily.

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DURAVIT: NATURAL LIKE YOU Nature a permanent fixture of the bathroom



The desire to live in sync with nature has never been stronger than it is today. The use of organic materials and transparency allows us to bring elements of nature into our indoor spaces. Duravit combines sustainable design with efficient technology to bring more rationality into the realms of modern design. Cape Cod There has never been a washbowl quite like Cape Cod, which features elegant, fine edges that measure only 5 mm in thickness. Made possible by the innovative DuraCeram® material, the Cape Cod washbowl provides outstanding elegance without compromising quality, robustness or ease of care. Philippe Starck and Duravit have reinvented the bathroom as a place of rejuvenation for the mind, body and soul. SensoWash® Slim SensoWash® Slim is a discreet design object that blends into any modern bathroom ambience. It offers the most natural form of hygiene possible cleansing with water. In order to adhere to a broad spectrum of requirements and tastes it is available in a number of options, making it compatible with seven different Duravit bathroom ranges.

L-Cube The L-Cube series is a bathroom furniture series that goes without all unnecessary elements. You can choose from 30 different furniture surfaces for an almost limitless freedom of design to give your bathroom a completely new look. The open shelves, vanity unit and tall cabinet help to create individual highlights underscoring the diversity of the unique collection.

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Originally, this terrace had been left unattended. Seeing endless design potential in the open-to-sky space, Umang’s team incorporated it with the overall scheme.

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CONTEMPORARILY INDIAN D&C Developers’ corporate office in Ahmedabad has been designed by ‘u design studio’; with this project the design and architectural firm has gone ahead and redefined the meaning of Indian contemporary by adding just the right pinch of traditional sensibility to a dish mainly imbued with modern flavour. “Whether a retail property or an office space, the designer’s responsibility is to enhance its brand value by providing the best possible design solutions,” says Umang, principal designer of the studio. He firmly believes that the work environment in an office needs to be properly established and be devoid of any distraction points. Located opposite the Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute in Ahmedabad, this 5000 sq ft office sits on the fifth floor of Kairos, a commercial building designed by Umang’s brother Pratik. The clients envisaged a timeless design amalgamating modern aesthetics with native Indian elements. Umang drew inspiration from the rural setting of Indian villages and decided for the material palette to consist predominantly of natural materials. The core essence of the concept was to create a soothing work experience amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

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The entry to the office has been designed based on the concept of ‘atithi devo bhava’ a traditional Indian sentiment that puts a guest on the same pedestal as God. A gokhla at the reception and teak jaali work on the main door form the focus of the foyer space. The jaali work continues in the form of partitions throughout the office, creating a unifying thread of indigenous elements. A custom-cut sandstone logo of the company coupled with polished kota stone flooring ensures a natural, rustic feel while the detailing maintains the contemporary edge.



Natural light seeps into the interiors through fine grooves and cut-outs made in the exposed RCC slab. As the sun moves overhead from morning to evening, the changing patterns of light and shadow create a dramatic, yet serene, experience within the waiting area. Enclosed with clear glass panels for security reasons, this space is physically cordoned off from the main office area, yet maintains visual connectivity with it. Adjacent to the waiting area, the open terrace forms the heart of the office. Further, it acts as a transition space between the waiting area and the conference room. Originally, this terrace had been left unattended. Seeing endless design potential in the open-to-sky space, Umang’s team incorporated it within the overall scheme. In keeping with the traditional theme, an idol of a deity has been placed at the entrance. This is believed to be auspicious. A roof made of polished wooden rafters and a thick band of polished kota passing through the base of the columns maintains the mood board of local materials. The teak wood columns are detailed with long, fine grooves adding to the ethnic aesthetic. Customised light fittings highlight these grooves. A wooden swing completes the space and the terrace offers panoramic views of the sprawling city of Ahmedabad.

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In the conference room, two adjacent sides have been kept open, while the other two are made up of exposed brick walls. This stark contrast of opacity and transparency ensures that this space looks out towards the terrace. The roof of polished wooden rafters continues within this space too and enables a seamless binding between the exteriors and interiors. A custom-made teak wood suspended light fixture illuminates the room with diffused white light just as required.

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In the main office area, the exposed concrete ceiling together with the polished kota flooring and exposed brick walls enhance the rustic theme. Soft furnishings in a mix of Indian accent colours like magenta, shocking pink and royal blue provide a contemporary touch and help brighten up the interiors. The work desks are made out of teak

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light fixtures illuminate the desks. In the director’s cabin, a small partition made of brick divides the chamber into formal and informal discussion areas. The design and joinery details of seating elements have been inspired by the traditional khatla which is used in villages. On entering the staff area, there is a warm sense of welcome. Wide passages allow the spaces to blend and flow with ease. “We have tried to break the monotony of typical workspaces by incorporating lots of wood in the design. A sense of freshness surrounds you as you walk into the work zone,” says Umang. An assortment of art pieces further contribute towards making the space livelier.

office is richly layered and textured } The with an eclectic mix of materials, be it in the choice of furniture, soft furnishings or the art work. The design is simple and earthy, and a cozy environment has been established.

Based in Ahmedabad, u design studio is an office consisting of an in-house architect (Pratik Soni), interior designer, graphic designer, landscape designer, art designer, model maker, photographer and a team of contractors. Driven by the pursuit of quality, the studio believes that our surroundings directly affect the quality of our lives, whether in the work place, at home, or in the public spaces in between. “We are concerned with the physical context of a project, and are sensitive to the culture and climate of the place,” says Umang. In the design of the D&C Developers’ corporate office, the firm focuses strongly on the tactile and sensory qualities of the space. Localised skills and resources have been actively integrated with state-of-the-art materials to create a design process that is both sustainable and culturally relevant.

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REGAL CASTORS-YOUR ONE STOP DESTINATION FOR TOP QUALITY CASTORS IN INDIA The company has made a mark in seating safety with ergonomically designed and versatile castors that are ideal for various surfaces. You spend most of your time at your office which is touted to be your second home. Hence, being comfortable and safe while at work is an aspect one cannot ignore. For an office safety programme to be effective few things are the basic and what would be more important than an office chair which doesn’t hurt your back and doesn’t let you lose your balance with castors which are suitable for various types of floor surfaces. Eradicating the risk to your health and safety, Regal Castors introduces you to an array of castors in different sizes and colours. Regal Castors is India’s leading and professionally managed castor wheels manufacturing and exporting company since 1984 and the only Castor making company in India to have its sales office in USA & Member of BIFMA. You can also choose Castors that are safe for specific types of surfaces, from vinyl, linoleum and hardwood floors or plastic chair mats to industrial-grade or plush carpeting.

The company also manufactures more than 30 Million castors every year and is the 1st company in India to initiate manufacturing Total Plastic Castors in the year 1984. The castors by Regal Castors are produced and tested as per International standards (ANSI, BIFMA, DIN, EN, CMA/FIRA, etc) and the brand also makes ROHS compliant and ESD safe Castors, used in various applications & industries. Regal Castors also specializes in designing customized castors as OEM & ODM. Not just for office, the brand also ensures your safety by providing you with castors for furniture, medical equipment’s, hospital furniture, appliances and office equipment’s.

The castors are ergonomically designed to eradicate risks to one’s health and safety providing you with comfort at every place you be at. There are several Castor models to choose from and all come with a choice of different mounting types for compatibility. Moreover, Regal Castors is the only Indian company to provide a 5 year guarantee and lifetime warranty on castors, further ensuring that these products come with the quality and mettle that math global standards.

As the industry’s leading manufacturer and exporter of Furniture Castor for three decades, Regal Castors provides solutions for every type of Castor safety problem with its Patented PU Castors manufacturing technology. To custom-fit your chair for safety, the brand offers you an exclusive range of hard and soft Castor Wheels. Advertorial Home Review November 2016



ZUR WHERE Seated at the heart of Switzerland, the vibrant city of Zurich is attractively set at the meeting point of a river and a lake. As a metropolis of experiences by the water, with a captivating view of the Alps on the horizon, this ‘region of short routes’ is easily accessible by both road and air.

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The summer months from June to August boast of plenty of sun making it the best time to visit Zurich and also the most expensive. While the weather supports the making of a good holiday, music festivals and street parades also make an entry in your itinerary at this time.

Gaining reputation as a top address for international labels among shoppers, home to arguably the most famous Station Road, pulsing with a high density of night clubs, offering a strong devotion to art and sitting in the lap of nature – Zurich is reason enough to visit once or maybe more than once!

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HOTEL LEISURE AT THE 25TH HOUR Urban, quirky and retro come forward to greet you as you walk inside the lounge of 25hours Hotel located in ZuriWest where modern glass and steel high-rises have become the norm. This hotel has successfully made artistic detail its credo and design its inspiration. After a stunning entrance, the rooms evoke a refined taste in design. Decorated in an eclectic mix of different materials, they portray a psychedelic twist with bright and bold bursts of colour.

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They undergo a complete transformation with carefully chosen bold patterns and colours that make their presence felt in daring decisions. The carpets that cover the rooms are one such example. Murals and graffiti art sketches on walls and within frames add to the retro charm. The lounge area has trendy furniture, magazines and works of art and one could buy many of the design items around the hotel from the reception. The hotel’s restaurant, Neni can charm food lovers in just one bite! The space is bathed in red lighting which probably works towards increasing your appetite! Brainchild of designer Alfredo Haberli, the interiors add a bit of humour to the space. It’s one place whose quirkiness you just have to indulge in!

ICONIC BUILDING LET THERE BE LIGHT Towards the end of the 1980s, Zurich University decided to compact its vastly spread out premises. Architect Santiago Calatrava took up this sensitive integration. Keeping in mind the restraint of space, the old buildings inner courtyard was transformed to house the Library of the Faculty of Law. Typically Calatrava, it was anything but straight or rectangular. It was an asymmetric eclipse filled with air.

The 500 reading spaces on the sides of the gallery have perfect work conditions. The bright timber clad interiors contribute to the airy and spatial impression. Moving one’s gaze across the floors, one can witness the space unfold in all its glory.

Calatrava implemented a steel structure across six storeys. The curved space becomes narrower on the sides and the glass dome allows light to reach right down.

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RESTAURANT EXALTING A SWISS HOMAGE Recognised for his conceptual practice in art, photography and sculpture, artist Rolf Sachs translated his approach of art into interiors as he unveiled the Saltz restaurant. Wrapped in an eclectic palette of red and blue, it is a playful yet contemporary homage to Switzerland. While the room in red references the Swiss flag, the wall interrupted by an undulating neon light alludes towards the Alps. Sculptural elements emerge in the form of a hanging rock swing and a feature salt wall that add texture and break up the otherwise refined surfaces. Neon lights, rock, salt and felt are used in an unexpected way to form artworks and custom made furniture that constantly reference the Swiss landscape divulging a theatrical yet intimate setting.

PUBLIC SPACE A CELEBRATION OF STEEL The Pavillon Le Corbusier is the last building designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. It stands today as a Swiss art museum dedicated to the works of its architect. The building celebrates the use of steel. Composed of two major volumetric elements - a roof structure composed of two square welded steel sheets and a two storey rectilinear volume beneath it that sits on a concrete pavilion floor, the building uses modular steel frame cubes to makeup the structural framework. Walls, windows and doors are bolted into these frames. The nature of these prefabricated cubes allows for an open ground plan that can be divided at will. Enamel panels in primary colours and glass, envelope the building in a language of the rest of the building. Iconic for its floating steel roof and enamel panels the building is a perfect ode to its builder.

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The form of the building draws its inspiration from a typical suburban/rural New Zealand home – a modern whare, of sorts.

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A child’s school is known to be his second home. Bearing this thought in mind, Collingridge and Smith Architects (CASA) has given the children of Auckland an enriching home away from home with their recently completed institute of education.

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The design facilitates solar gain in the winter, while natural ventilation, shading and thermal mass cool the building in the summer.

The Hauora is a philosophy of health and well-being unique to New Zealand and propagated by its MÄ ori community; an indigenous people that arrived from eastern Polynesia in several waves of canoe voyages between 1250 and 1300 CE. There are four dimensions to Hauora, each associated with a different aspect of well-being physical, mental/emotional, social and spiritual. Graphically, the Whare Tapa Wha model describes Hauora as four walls of a whare (a MÄ ori hut or communal house), each wall representing a different dimension. It is believed that all four dimensions are crucial to building strength and stability.

The vast expanses of glass in the facade ensure 80% visual connectivity to the outside capitalising on natural lighting and encouraging a seamless circulation between the interior and exterior.

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The building with all its primary and ancillary functions, namely the kitchen, laundry, reception, toilet and other staff facilities, is fully accessible to handicapped people.

The Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre was to be built, established and operated by the North Auckland Kindergarten Association (NAKA). In keeping with the organisation’s core belief, the architects have modelled their concept after Hauora. For the design of the primary school, three whares housing the main functions of the building have been rotated and overlaid to form a village with a ‘piazza’ at its heart. A symbolic representation of the philosophy, this central pivotal space forms the social heart of the building into which all the classrooms and the kitchen flow.

The form of the building draws its inspiration from a typical suburban/rural New Zealand home - a modern whare, of sorts. Of course, the house typology has been “simplified down to its bare bones to make it more architectural,” says Phil Smith, one of the founding partners at CASA. The roof and walls are wrapped in dark corrugated steel, a commonly used residential roof and wall cladding. The vast expanses of glass in the facade ensure 80% visual connectivity to the outside capitalising on natural lighting and encouraging a seamless circulation between the interior and exterior. Smith adds, “The simple central ridged pitched roof is distilled from typical residential forms and turned into an extruded shape to make it more dynamic, capturing and extending its space into the landscape to maximise the indoor/outdoor flow.”

The architecture of the school informs the scheme for the interior design. One could almost call it a pure building, in that what one sees on the outside is what one gets on the inside. The shape, scale and proportion of the building’s form define and decorate the interior spaces, leaving no need for ceilings that are ‘false’ or adornments of any kind. The scheme for the interior design, in a sense, is to have no separate scheme at all. Internal glazed doors have the same frame colour as the external cladding and window framing, maintaining a harmony between all the elements. The internal walls and ceiling are painted a shade of white, making the interior space as bright as possible and allowing it to pick up the colour of the weather.

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The internal walls and ceiling are painted a shade of white, making the interior space as bright as possible and allowing it to pick up the colour of the weather.

“White is the only colour that reflects the colour of the sky and sun without interfering with it, and so the building with its large areas of glass really does become a reflection of our varied weather patterns. This is vitally important in a building where children may spend all their waking hours - daylight regulates melatonin levels which govern sleep patterns in humans and lack of daylight can be a big cause of broken and irregular sleep,� says Smith.

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A symbolic representation of Hauora, this central pivotal space forms the social heart of the building into which all the classrooms and the kitchen flow.

Built over a period of 9 months and occupying a gross area of 450 sq m, the learning centre boasts of an impressive list of environmental credentials. From plasterboard, paint finishes and sheet timber products to carpets, vinyl floor finishes and adhesives/sealants, all materials have been selected based on their ecofriendly certification and low VOC values. With a major portion of the building’s lighting requirement being satisfied by natural means, less than 100 sq m of space requires to be artificially lit. Pendants with LED bulbs which are 80% more energy efficient than their incandescent counterparts do the trick. Additionally, the design facilitates solar gain in the winter, while natural ventilation, shading and thermal mass cool the building in the summer.

With a major portion of the building’s lighting requirement being satisfied by natural means, less than 100 sq m of space requires to be artificially lit.

Hobsonville is a newly developed part of Auckland with many new houses, urban squares, suburban streets, etc. Because each classroom is its own whare, it becomes easy for the child to identify and relate his experience at the childcare to the wider Hobsonville Village. In a way, the childcare centre becomes a microcosm of the wider world the child now finds himself in.

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Sylvn Studio is a design label that combines both its love for art and its love for Earth. It does this by making beautiful products out of used and re-cycled materials. Sylvn Studio is a Mumbai based design firm specialising in the manufacture of ecofriendly, handcrafted lamps and furniture. Ms. Bandana Jain who is the founder and design head of Sylvn Studio is an alumnus of the J J School of Arts. Her interest lies in not only creating environment friendly designs but also empowering women in the process. In her design studio she has been successful in providing employment opportunities to the under privileged community of rural Maharashtra. She has designed an appealing range of ceiling, table and floor lamps apart from wall mountings and furniture.

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Talking about their products Bandana Jain says, “We are passionate about the planet we live upon and hence all our creations contribute towards restoring its beauty.� The products we make are made from imported corrugated cardboard, burlap and other recycled materials.

“We have an eye for visualising trash in a serendipitous way and turning what is rubbish for others into functional and eclectic products. We design hand crafted home decor products by using very high quality, handpicked recycled corrugated cardboard which is literally as strong as wood,” says the team from Sylvn Studio.

The name Sylvn has been derived from Sylvanus, the God of the forest as per Roman mythology. He was in charge of protecting the jungle and the living beings staying in and around it. The literal meaning of Sylvanus is the one who loves the forest. Sylvn Studio has three mottos: Conserve the environment. Generate employment. Contribute to the society. “When you buy from us, you don’t just take home a product. You take home a work of art and in your own little way, contribute to beautifying the earth,” says Jain.

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Here are a few of their products. The Tripod Beacon has a gorgeous design and is composed of a real teak wood tripod and corrugated cardboard. Basilisk on the other hand is inspired by the legendary snake. The Superpower table lamp is constructed out of up-cycled corrugated cardboard and designed to resemble the symbol of the US dollar. It is further enhanced with a cute ‘smiley’ illustration.

The Empower table lamp is beautifully decorated with crushed stone which is well balanced with an exposed bulb. The Stony Barrel Tripod is a stylishly designed with aqua stone. Corrugated cardboard and stone is an unusual combination, which gives it a very classy look. Sylvn Studio’s hanging lamps come with single or multiple luminaires. Being made out of corrugated cardboard their exteriors are lattice like and allow light to pass through.

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These are mesmerising artistic sculptures that can elevate the class and ambience of any place. It’s extremely difficult to take your eyes off the enchanting light that disperses from these lamps and casts beautiful patterns of light and shade all across the space they hang in.

About their furniture line, Jain shares, “We use recycled and treated cardboard to make furniture. The paper undergoes a process to become more strong and durable. The result is astonishing as the paper becomes as sturdy as wood. You need to feel it to believe it. No wonder our customers drop their jaws the minute they touch our products.”

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KITCHEN BRAND METRIKA LAUNCHES NEW LIFESTYLE STORES IN PUNE AND AHMEDABAD Taking you beyond the experience of cooking and dinning, Kitchen brand Metirka is all set to launch 10 more stores PAN India. Revolutionizing lifetyle of the kitchen scenario in India, Metrika with its excellence in designing modular kitchens has over the year’s delighted customers with its eclectic range of international quality product offerings. With time, the brand has forayed untapped possibilities of leading international names from all over the world, offering wide range of functional and high-quality kitchen solutions and products to Indian consumers at highly affordable range. Being one of the leading names in the kitchen industry, Metrika has stood out in offering a perfect blend of technological and luxurious kitchen products. Combining modern craftsmanship, innovative design and functional excellence, the brand transforms your kitchen and bedroom into a space of comfort, elegance and efficiency. Primarily dealing in providing kitchen products and alluring kitchen designs, the uniqueness of the brand lies in customizing designs as per the clients need and budget.

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Metrika understands that every corner of your kitchen and bedroom has its own individual architectural features and how the layout of the kitchen has to blend seamlessly with the whole space in terms of usage and functionality. The brand offers human element in designing with the use of cutting edge software which gives a 3D view of how your kitchen might look like. They also have a dedicated team of experts and technical personnel who are available at the store to assist and advise clients on kitchen solutions, layouts, sightlines, safety standards and regulations. With a new logo enumerating a new face of the brand, Metrika has now extended its business in the B2C market, directly reaching out to its customers with a new lifestyle store in Pune and Ahmedabad. The store offers products such modular kitchens, beds & wardrobe. The brand has now flourished into presenting high-end bedroom sets with designer head-board and wardrobes embellished with finest designs and finish. Talking about brand, Vasant Vasudev, M.D of Metrika says, “The day we started with our business, we didn’t know we would emerge as one of the best kitchen brands in India, but we were always clear that we want to be best in what we do.” In the coming years, the brand soon plans to more 10 stores across PAN India with an aim to delight its customers with finest quality home décor accessories and products.

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The elegant bar & lounge which is in continuum with both the restaurant and the reception is a place where one may grab a few drinks from a wide selection of cocktails, wine and spirits or enjoy a cup of coffee with a book or just surf the net.

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Set in the very heart of the city of Reykjavík, is 101 Hotel, a member of Design Hotels™. It ticks all the boxes of a hotel from which one may launch a visit to Iceland.

Reykjavík the capital and the largest city in Iceland, is home to over two-thirds of the population of the country. 101 Hotel is so located in this buzzing capital of Iceland, that everything worth visiting is suitably nearby. Not only is getting here from the airport a breeze, since it is only 40 kms away, but a multitude of shops, bars, cafes, a magnificent cathedral and Pálmadóttir’s 101 Gallery are mere steps away. From the hotel itself you can conveniently gaze at the Harpa Concert Hall and the scenic harbour beyond. Owner and designer Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir left no stone unturned to create a modern, sleek and vibrant hotel out of the erstwhile 1930s office building that was once home to the Icelandic Social Democratic Party. The rooms and suites are basically designed using a bold and monochromatic, black and white colour combination. Rich, dark furnishings combine with the fresh white Italian linen to establish a stylishly cosy atmosphere. Here Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir has ingeniously used local Icelandic artwork to differentiate each room and provide it with its own unique look.

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The communal spaces however are dotted with stunningly mind boggling pieces created by Philippe Starck and Eero Saarinen. A collage of faces carved in wood and placed near the reception is particularly riveting.


Rooms range from Standard to Doubles with balconies and views of the harbour, while suites come in many sizes, from Junior with freestanding tubs all the way up to the aptly named Apartment Suite. A sumptuous breakfast full of fresh and varied choices greets the guests every morning in the hotel’s well put together restaurant. This venue is literally the hot spot of the hotel. Both fast food and global cuisine is on offer here, created with the best of local and imported produce, all reasonably priced too.


Kitchen & Wine, as it is called is as much a favourite of the guests as it is of the locals of the city. It is known to be said that the best cocktails in Iceland are served here. The Nordic touches in the decor are evident in the white dimpled mural that runs alongside one wall, a glass roof and the chic Eros chairs. The elegant bar & lounge which is in continuum with both the restaurant and the reception is a place where one may grab a few drinks from a wide selection of cocktails, wine and spirits or enjoy a cup of coffee with a book or just surf the net. The roaring fire only adds to the stylish ambience created by Chinese lacquered tables, wooden blocks and Edwardian chairs. With 101 Hotel, a member of Design Hotels™, Reykjavik has added a designthemed hotel into its comprehensive repertoire of hospitality. It offers the now booming tourist industry a modern and fresh option of accommodation.

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Some more amenities at 101 Hotel include a luxurious basement gym and spa with a steam bath and Jacuzzi. One may choose to unwind and relax here or even avail of the offered in-room massages. Over and above, the warm, and doting care offered by the multilingual staff sees that all travel and tourism related issues are sorted with effortless grace. A public parking-house within walking distance is just one more convenience of the location of the hotel and works well for those arriving in their own vehicles. Meetings, special events and hosting great parties are taken very seriously by the management. The Red Room, can host up to 40 people in its stylish and functional meeting lounge and it contains numerous seating areas with other four-star amenities for the guests’ comfort and convenience such as, a bar, a state-of-the-art sound system, a flat screen, a projector, an Apple TV, internet access and other business amenities. Iceland is hands down a fascinating country, with a high volcanic and geologic activity. Tourists flock to Reykjavík to experience the joy of unique occurrences one of which is the beauty of the dancing northern lights, or to merely fill their lungs with the crispiest of air. Whatever be the reason from this sleek and modern boutique hotel, you may explore, sight-see, shop, party or simply wallow in Icelandic glory. Designed with both the younger set and leisure traveller in mind, 101 Hotel’s spin on the average Reykjavik hotel is quickly making its own mark. Enjoy very different experiences here, all conveniently rolled into one. It’s nothing short of magic.

Designed with both the younger set and leisure traveller in mind, 101 Hotel’s spin on the average Reykjavik hotel is quickly making its own mark.

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SOVRAPPENSIERo 0ESI6N Stu0I0 Milan-based Sovrappensiero Design Studio creates unexpected design that is surprising, because it is poetic, emotional and useful all at the same time.

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Once in a while there comes a designer who creates things so unexpected that it makes you sit back and look twice. The Sovrappensiero Design Studio illustrates this perfectly. A colloboration between designers Lorenzo De Rosa and Ernesto Ladevaia, this Milan-based studio has consistently created unusual designs since their formation in 2007.


Take a look at the designs for lighting, for example. At first glance, what strikes you about the Agata lamp (2016) is its shape. The lamp looks like a scultpure, a modern minimalist decoration. A metal circle or ellipse holds a wooden cuff which then transitions into the mirrored shade. Meant to be a ceiling lamp, the Agata can be used as one or multiples. The hanging metal wires are adjustable for height and rotation. The Pileo (2014) floor and table lamps are inspired by nature, particularly by the shape of mushrooms. The word ‘pileo’ means a skull cap or hat close to the head. It also refers to the top expanded portion of fungi, which makes it a perfect name in many ways for this lamp. “We wanted to make a lamp that talks about the fine and delicate sides of the wood,” says the design team. The solid canaletta walnut or ash lamp has a tin-plated shade and clean lines.


The Sunset (2015) table lamp was designed to be like its name-sake : “a warm and gentle sun that briefly illumunates the space before setting.” The LED lighting is enclosed in a shell painted with an embossed finish, one that is reminiscent of traditional lamp shades. When not in use, the Sunset could well be an accent for your table. The Saving lamp (2010) is full of emotional context. It reflects a much-loved object which has fulfilled its purpose, yet is precious enough to not only be retained, but displayed proudly under a glass globe.

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Sunset Table Lamp

Atto di Fede Sovrappensiero’s designs for furniture are somewhat unusual as well. The Atto di Fede (2013) chair brims with metaphors and biblical references. According to the studio, this quirky chair speaks of faith and betrayal. One leg of the chair comes apart in the shape of a cross, throwing the rest of the chair out of alignment. This apparently, is inspired by St. Matthew, one of the Apostles of Christ. “It seems that Christ has only said “follow me” to convert him from mere money, to the holy spirit. And the “follow me”, in the chair, becomes the thread that holds together the support, as “following” in case of God does not mean to go behind someone, take his place, or remain attached, but stay remain faithful to the straight helm of something. Holding to a principle without which everything falters. It just happens that last supper was the first announced crunch: there, where principles are missing, even the princes decay, and the gods die. Where the straight line of any value coincides with the line of gravity. If you betray it, everything collapses. And in these days, it is not a small thing to remember this.”

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Metaphors and hidden ideas have been part of the design since the beginning. The ‘Casseto del sogni’ (2010) bedside table is an elegant table with a secret. It had a hidden drawer with a blackboard bottom, one you can use to “write your secret wish”.

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The Office Retrofit (2011) range of office products reused the old stock of the Manerba furniture company. The series includes storage, furniture and decorative accents like plant holders. The studio says, “The project idea is the balance between two different objectives: the first is to create a strong contrast with the traditional image of impersonal, institutional and rigorous offices, and the other is to make the production easy and cheap.”

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Sovrappensiero’s product design range extends to hardware and kitchenware as well. The Cook range for Mamoli (2014) is a series of flexible taps for the kitchen. The classic faucet was redesigned for a 360° movement, thus making it capable of handling multiple interactions at one time. The taps are available in a range of colours as well. Say goodbye to the standard stainless-steel finish and say hello to sunflower ray, red chilli and blue blueberry.

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Furnature (2016) is a experimental series of “incomplete objects” like hangers, side tables, an hourglass and a towel rack. The industrial peices are incomplete unless an element of nature is added to it. So the side-table needs a rock to anchor it, the towel-rack is meaningless without a branch that acts as towel holder and the hourglass is defined by the minerals used in it. Similarly, the Roll-Artico-Clip designs for Incipit (2014) changes the perception of the classical daily object. Roll is a modern version of the perpetual calendar. Made from beech wood and with three graphics printed on tyvek, Roll is ironic and cheeky. Artico is a pair of ceramic containers too pretty to be used. Inspired by a body of water, with a little boat and iceberg floating on the metallic mirror lid. Clip is a clock with a clamp which means you can hang it wherever you like including on shelves, doors and handles. No reason to ever forget the time now. The Design Studio’s work extends to innovative projects such as ‘Design for blind people’ which included a carpet which mimicked the sound of walking on dry leaves, adding a new dimension to the simple act of walking. Sovrappensiero has won several awards and they’ve had several collaborations with leading international brands. Given their portfiolio so far, one can gladly look forward to more emotion-filled and poetic products which give the space a little more depth and meaning.


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Dubai Design Week showcases stand-out design from Menasa Region The 6-day long event thrives to promote UAE-based design talent while celebrating the city’s innovative and forward-thinking approach. One of the newest and most ambitious international design events, Dubai Design Week was held at Dubai Design District (d3) and various other iconic locations around the city from October 24 to October 29, 2016. The event showcases UAE’s thriving design scene at an international platform to enthral design lovers, creators and influencers.

Dubai Design Week showcases UAE’s thriving design scene at an international platform to enthral design lovers, creators and influencers.

Held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai Design Week is also supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and sponsored by Audi, Huawei and Swarovski. Showcasing emerging and established creative talent from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region, this year’s theme invited designers to produce work inspired by ‘The Human Senses’. This year, six pavilions exhibited the work of the region’s most exciting curators, designers and studios from across India, Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Palestine and UAE. In Dubai’s collaborative spirit and as a reflection of the city’s global outlook, its design week is both regional and international in scope, encompassing public and private spheres, culture, education and entertainment spanning multiple disciplines ranging from graphic and product design to architecture and industrial design. Panels, keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops all contribute to the greater discussion of what design means for the region and the world.

The free-to-attend programme serves as a rich introduction to the design scene in the UAE, and built on the many events and exhibitions happening throughout the week and beyond. Dubai’s design community showcased the best of the city’s creativity through an extensive programme of design-dedicated events. Coinciding with Downtown Design, the region’s leading, quality-driven design trade fair, Dubai Design Week also includes a number of unique headline initiatives such as Abwab, the Global Grad Show, Installations and Destination and Iconic City which are held as a part of the 6-day long programme.

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In 2015, 23,000 visitors from around the world gathered in the city to discover the work and ideas of over 150 designers drawn from around the region and internationally. The success of the inaugural edition cemented the future of Dubai Design Week as an annual event. Aati-Bentley Home-Kepi Coffee Tables. Home Review November 2016


Mumbai-based NOTE-D believes in the staying power of combined sensibilities, where local traditions and international design understanding can come together to create functionally solid and visually appealing spaces. NOTE-D was founded in 2009 by Hemant Purohit and Smita Khanna. NOTE (Nature Of The Experiment-Design) has since then tried to stay true to its name by actively blending international/contemporary style templates with traditional Indian aesthetics. It is an approach that has led to the creation of brilliantly detailed, though overall seemingly simple-looking projects that seamlessly mix the familiar local with the distinctly global. The team dabbles in projects relating to “education, hospitality, housing, retail stores, and events� and everywhere its predilection towards realising inter-connected, sunlight-flushed, and functionally-solid but elegantly demarcated spaces is signature-stampingly evident. NOTE-D conjured up the best of Mediterranean inspiration for this project to create sprawling 5,500 sq ft leisure homes redolent with calming breeze and warm natural light. These sublime weekend homes can make weekdays particularly painful to get through with! The homes feature stark, solid white monolithic walls that join together to form a courtyard within, realising a brilliant amalgamation of the old Indian home and the European standard residence.

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The walls themselves remain almost forebodingly plain, except where they are punctuated by generously tall doors and tilted rectangular windows, or when hugged by carefully-pruned vines and plants. This juxtaposition of polished wood with white, both ablaze with natural light, is a simple stroke of aesthetic genius which helps highlight the homes’ interconnected fluidity.

The rooms - living spaces, kitchen, 6 bedrooms, gardens, outdoor lounge, terraces and swimming pool - stand along a spiral, establishing a range from being cosily private to being so open that the boundaries seem to vanish. “Programmable outdoor spaces, such as the loggia on the mezzanine are interjected at regular intervals as you move from public to private around the courtyard, maintaining a visual connection across levels,” states the team. It is difficult to pick one aspect of the project that makes it so remarkable, but if it was to be picked, then it would be its multi-leveled, rise-and-dip demeanour that seems equally flushed with the goodness of the Alibaug air, sunshine, and greenery.

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This project is an effort at apartment re-imagination, but really is a master stroke at space division. What used to be a 3-bedroom swathe has been turned into a creativity-friendly suite of contiguous spaces distinguished by wood-and-glass partition (at the foyer), thick black curtains, carefully placed furniture pieces, custom-designed tiling, statement-making lighting fixtures, and floor accenting. This amalgamated space aims to relax the resident couple, so it is obviously full of warm tones (of Brazilian slate and sturdy wood) sunlight, spots of colour and unconventional shapes. Artefacts and gizmos pepper the space, along with some unusual props and décor items.

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“Customised Rorschach pattern bathroom tiles, act as stimulating wall art in the master bathroom. A vintage surgical light is paired with a custom designed dining table to occupy the awkward shape of dining space,” states the team. This array is also populated by a series of bar stools that run along the windows in the living room zone, which is in effect an extension of the bedroom zone. This is a 2,000 sq. ft. worth of interior space contouring like no other!

This NOTE-D installation project stretched and fortified the inherent textural possibilities of chosen Indian textile and construction material. The firm was invited to explore the role of textile in contemporary design, and the team set about the task “using fabric as sacrificial shuttering in casting techniques”. POP, cement slurry, mortar and paint were applied to the rough-hewn fabric, in a fashion reminiscent of the tie-and-dye method with balls and inflated balloons providing the shape and structure. The result was that the fabric took on membranelike qualities as it acted in response to the wetness, density, and coagulating quality of the liquid content of the additions. This became a study in patterns and reactions, with the textile fabric surprisingly upending the material additions through the incredible whole of its stiff wrinkles. “The resulted membrane had compressive strength due to the coffer like geometry. It could be folded to span volumes and create vaulted structures,” the team explains. Art would seem pointless if it didn’t lead to such delicate changes in perception!

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The whole store is designed as an experience which allows people to wander around the shop peacefully and without any pressure.

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Sailing In Style! What is the first thing that one handcrafts as a child? For most of us, it would be a paper boat. Drawing its name from this simple reality, Paper Boat Collective celebrates straightforward handcrafted products.

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The store showcases products that are handcrafted using natural materials. These are made in small quantities, using traditional skill sets and techniques from India.

It is said that the best boutiques are often hidden away, tucked in somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. The idyllic environs of Goa are just perfect for this simple and elegant store that exudes a distinct philosophy regarding its styling, products and designers. “The beautiful building we are located in is a 100-year-old Portuguese house with high ceilings and lovely shell windows which creates a perfect backdrop and setting for the beautiful range of products,”explains Bhagyashree Patwardhan, Founder and Creative Director.

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The relaxed Goan vibe coupled with a quintessential Portuguese design influence makes browsing around the 1800 square feet area a pleasant experience indeed. The charming cottage starts working its magic even before you enter the store, and once you’re in, the beautiful décor takes over, with natural light flowing in freely. Yellow Jaisalmer flooring covers the entire store. High ceilings add to the grandeur of the space. The shell of the store, that is, the walls, are all white. Quaint wooden display units like shelves, racks, drawers and open cabinets house many of the products.

Another advantage of the predominantly white backdrop is that it provides an apt canvas for the varied products to shine through.

These have also been painted white as it is a colour that’s easy to play with. “All colours, tones, textures and shades blend in beautifully with it. White doesn’t overpower anything, but instead brings it together really well, providing a canvas where the products are highlighted,” says Patwardhan. The store gives out a very homely vibe. In fact, one might easily feel that someone actually lived there! It’s partly true, since it used to be a home, and that warmth continues to envelop the space. The fact that it is divided into rooms that flow freely into one another adds to the relaxed feel of the space. The uniformity of the décor in terms of flooring, displays and colour scheme helps bind all the different areas together.

Quaint wooden display units like shelves, racks, drawers and open cabinets house many of the products. These have also been painted white as it is a colour that’s easy to play around with.

Paper Boat Collective is a concept lifestyle boutique that is a culmination of a 15-year design and decor journey that started at the National Institute of Design, where Patwardhan pursued her design studies. The store showcases products that are handcrafted using natural materials. These are made in small quantities, using traditional skill sets and techniques from India. They have a simple, yet stylish presence and one cannot fail to notice the keen eye for detail, the finesse of the materials, the high quality and the perfect styling that resonates perfectly with contemporary lifestyles - be it clothing, furniture, home accessories or accessories for kids’ rooms.

The strength of the store also lies in the mindful curation of products created by a range of people with varied design backgrounds. While the basic structure remains the same, displays are changed as and when new products and designers come in, which generally happens once every three weeks. There is a complete changeover of the display once every year. “The whole store is designed as an experience which allows people to wander around the shop peacefully without pressure,” says Patwardhan.

Indeed, the old world charm of the area and the contemporary products make for a great combination. What does the future hold for the store? “We simply make a boat, put our love in it and let it sail!” Bhagyashree Patwardhan concludes simply.

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THE MARKETPLACE Water Heaters With Temperature Controller By Parryware

K-lite Introduces LED Landspace Lights Founded in 1977 in India, K-Lite has grown to be one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor luminaires and decorative poles. Exploring the many potential facets of lighting that supports the wellbeing and safety of all, the brand has established a niche for itself in producing top quality lightning products for the landscape segment. Stylishly lightning the space, K-Lite’s product range for the landscape segment includes an array of Linear Wall Washer, Up-Down Lighters, LED Strips/Neon flex, Promenade Lighting, Bollards, Under Water Lighting, Post top luminaires, Bulk Heads, Path finders, Polar lighting and newly added series of Facade Lighting. Over the years, the brand has also excelled in providing lightning solutions for your indoor spaces too.

India’s leading contemporary bathroom solutions brand, Parryware recently treaded into launching an exquisite range of water heaters in three different capacities: 25L, 15L & 10 L. These water heaters come with an adjustable water temperature control that can range from 30 to 75°C with the turn of a single knob. Owing to its 5 star rating, Parryware Water Heaters ensure best savings in terms of energy consumption. Trendy in shape & design, these water heaters fit in perfecetly into the modernday Bathroom spaces. Fulfilling the prerequisites of a state-of-the-art water heater, these water heaters come with four-fold safety protection that guard it from dry heating, extra-temperature, electric leakage and high hydraulic pressure. The highly durable range is manufactured by using advanced enamel electrostatic dry method technique which make it anti-rust, corrosion proof, incrustation resistant and leak proof. The incrustation resistant technology makes it safe to use and the Sapphire enamel inner container prevents the Inner Tank from rusting, making it durable for years to come. Coming with 7 year warranty on inner tank, Parryware water heaters are available in all the stores across India.

Haier’s Luxurious New French Four Door Refrigerator Strengthening their diverse portfolio of offering premium range of refrigerators in India, Haier launched the all new Golden Glass Finish (712 Litre) 4-Door Refrigerator featuring innovative and technologically advanced features. Complementing the diverse needs of a modern home, the refrigator is designed keeping in mind the evolving lifestyle of the Indian consumers. The new HRB-738 GG enables users to maintain a clear segregation amongst all four separate sections of the refrigerator. With the iconic convertible Bottom Mounted feature (118 Litre freezer + 118 Litre Convertible), the refrigerator serves both the purpose of a Side By Side as well as a Bottom Mounted Refrigerator. In order to keep the food fresh and hygienic this refrigerator is embedded with ABTAnti-Bacterial Technology that kills 99.9% bacteria with the help of Ag+ ions. The refrigerator features a bright back tower LED accompanied with two top LEDs fitted respectively in the fridge and freezer sections for better visibility. It also comes with a Dual Zone feature which provides two different zones in a refrigerator 1 for Humidity and 1 for Dry and also helps in saving up to 50% energy since it consumes less than 0.78 Units a day (as per the Haier internal tests).

Further, it is empowered with features like Fuzzy logic which determines the temperature of the refrigerator automatically, depending upon the inside load (food items) temperature with just a single touch. Equipped with the Super Freeze and Super Cool function, it allows instant cooling and freezing with just one touch. It also comes with a Holiday function, according to which the fridge compartment turns off maintaining 17°C and freezer is kept ON which saves energy, this helps in avoiding unpleasant odour in the fridge and keeps the food fresh. Home Review November 2016


THE MARKETPLACE Panasonic Launches Colourful Air-Purifiers

Vaccum Cleaner Brand Bissell Forays In India Bissell, a leader in cleaning solutions and floor care forayed its entry in the Indian market by launching a range of world class vacuum cleaners. Their exclusive range includes four state of the art models-Bissell Aero Vac 2-In-1 Bagless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Hydro Clean, Easy vac, Vac and Steam which are tailored with world class technology, providing you with perfect cleaning solutions for your home. Bissell is exclusively distributed in India by Trade Bazaar Hometech Ventures and the range is available on various leading e-commerce platforms including Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal.

Panasonic, a leading electronic brand in India recently launched its new collection of colourful air purifiers which are specially designed to blend with your house décor. Equipped with an attractive new age design, the two new air purifiers F-PBJ30AAD and F-PXJ30AAD are available in attractive Orange and Blue colour. Designed to appeal the health-aware younger generation, it has 3D circulation air flow to get rid of dust and odour from the house. Priced at Rs. 11,995, Panasonic’s F-PBJ30AAD covers 215 sq. feet which makes it ideal for small rooms and office cubicles. Beneath that colourful skin lies the Nanoe technology which filters out harmful particles, including PM2.5. In addition, it comes with a filter replacement indicator which reminds you to replace the filter when it reaches its lifetime. The new air-purifiers are energy efficient, lightweight and easy to maintain and make for an ideal gift for your near and dear ones. These colourful air-purifiers are available at all Panasonic stores across the country.

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Talking about Bissell launch in India, Yusuf Hakim, Head Asia-Pacific, Bissell International LLC. says, “We are very excited with test launch done in the last 5 months on The Indian market presents a huge opportunity for Bissell as a company and is a key focus in our international business.”

He added saying, “In the next three years we look at being the No.2 brand in India in the vacuum and cleaning appliance segment by developing new products for the Indian market that make cleaning, easy and convenient.”

Crompton Presents Anti-Dust Ceiling Fans As consumers face a lot of inconvenience and discomfort in keeping their ceiling fans clean, there exists constant fear of corrosion, wear and tear, bending and breakage of fan’s blades resulting from frequent cleaning. So to help you breath fresh air, Crompton has introduced a range of anti-dust ceiling fans. Providing a wide spectrum of home appliances and products, Crompton, a leading Indian fan brand has launched a revolutionary range of ‘Anti Dust’ ceiling fans - ‘Avancer Prime - Anti dust’ and ‘Aura Prime - Anti Dust’.

Go-to-Market reach, Operational Excellence and Building organizational capabilities.”

These Anti Dust ceiling fans attract 50% less dust compared to any regular fan. It includes the use of a nanotechnology based paint which has hydrophobic and oleophobic properties that reduces the accumulation of dust and grime on the fan.

He added saying, “On Innovation, consumer insights have been the core of our innovation engine. Moving on this we identified that, hassle of cleaning a ceiling fan has been a concern for the consumers and our new product addresses this need.”

Talking about the launch of the anti-dust ceiling fans, Mr. Shantanu Khosla, Managing Director, said, “We laid down 5 key strategic choices for the company a year back at the time of foundation which are centered around Brand building, Innovation,

‘Avancer Prime - Anti dust’ and ‘Aura Prime - Anti dust’ fans are now available in India at the price range of Rs. 2525/- to Rs. 2975/-.


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