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ROYAL REVIVAL take a history lesson in the best way possible – spend a night at the 200 year old brijrama palace in varanasi renovated and refurbished by its current owner arvind kumar

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NATURALLY INCLINED designers and life partners jagvir Matharoo and Martino caramia’s residence in goa embodies the principles of green living, and fuses vintage and modern objects

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MUSEUM OF IDEAS retail design specialist rupert smith’s industrial loft in cape town is an ode to his love for taxidermy and juxtaposing textures, materials and colours

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ROCK SOLID an 18th century mahal in jodhpur gets a new lease of life, thanks to local creatives cathy and roberto nieddu who restored it to its former glory, based on the tenets of sustainability

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THE STONE AGE celebrated artist pedro reyes and carla Fernandez overturn an edifice with brutalist architecture in Mexico city into a happy abode using locally sourced materials

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FOCUs On FABrICs HOT TRENDS 196

RAW CHARM introduce textiles like cotton, khadi and linen to complement a humble setting in grounded and rustic interiors

200 RICH APPEAL pick gleaming and sensuous

materials like velvet, satin, silk and chenille for a grandiose and plush snoozing corner

206 GRAPHIC MOVE play with bold and detailed

geometric prints in bright colours for a vibrant space reminiscent of your childhood

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ORGANIC LIVING Recreate the essence of a countryside home with handmade artefacts in earthy browns, soft greys and raw textures

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FREE FORM Choose objects that flaunt their curves for interiors that stray from the regular to embrace a seamless world

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ORANGE BLOSSOM Splash the fiery shades of the shining sun onto your walls for spaces that are as bright as a warm summer’s day

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DECOR WISHLIST Get a dose of the freshest furniture finds from India and around the world. Plus, terracotta pieces for decor to go with your green living mantra

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NEw lOOk INTERIORS & ARCHITECTURE 98

THE KING’S LANDING EDIDA Designer of the Year 2013 Ayush Kasliwal lends a regal flair to interiors of Hotel Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner for a royal makeover

100 VAULTED SHELTER An NGO for women and

children, Snehalaya envisioned by Prasad and Rasika Badave features an unusual ferro-cement dome with rooms bathed in natural light

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DECOR TRIVIA Meet the ID Symposium and Pecha Kucha presenters at India Design ID 2017

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AND THE GOLDEN PENCILS GO TO… The winners of the first ever Kohler Bold Design Awards in association with ELLE DECOR

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IN CONVERSATION WITH MATTEO THuN The co-founder of the Memphis Movement tells Tasneem Merchant about his outlook on design

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALbERTO MEDA The Italian creative narrates his action packed yet breezy 24 hours to Tasneem Merchant

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DESIGNER TIMELINE A crash course in the career path of lighting specialist Ingo Maurer

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GETTING TO kNOW ASHIESH SHAH The EDIDA India Designer of the Year 2016 talks to Sneha Ullal Goel about what it takes to be on top of his game

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IN THE STuDIO OF ANEETH ARORA The pioneer of Pero has a charming space bathed in sunlight, discovers Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

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GENERATION NOW Ritika Dhamija of Iqrup+Ritz effortlessly manages several roles in her company, she tells Aditi Sharma Maheshwari in a tete-a-tete

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TRACING THE HISTORY OF I4 MARIANI The 60 year old furniture firm is now a leading name in the business; Aditi Sharma Maheshwari delves further

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A SLICE OF THE SuN Scrumptious organic meals prepared with the freshest produce

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bACkYARD buFFET Soak in some sunshine as you gear up to host a spring themed alfresco feast

220 bON APPETIT Offbeat neighbourhood eateries 222 THE bALANCING ACT Chef Amandine Chaignot

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224 SkY’S THE LIMIT Sneak peek into Etihad Airways’ newly launched First Apartments in Airbus A380

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STrEETS, STorES AND SIGHTINGS the latest trend in products and lifestyles in india

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DESIGN, ArCHITECTurE & ArT… the best and newest from around the world

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KNoWLEDGE You CAN uSE to treasure and peruse for your information and pleasure

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the edida india 2016 ceremony hosted at royal opera house, mumbai

232 GLITTErING GALA all the architecture and

design heavyweights who attended the first ever Kohler bold design awards held in association with elle decor

236 SHorT & SIMPLE everything that went down

at the Kohler bold. art. Pecha Kucha session held in new delhi

LAST PAGE 240 uLTIMATE DESIGN HEro architect and Padma Shri awardee Sunita Kohli remembers the genius of Sir edwin lutyens

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Jagvir Matharoo

The EDIDA Designer of the Year 2013 helms an award winning Jaipur based practice Anantaya and AKFD, along with his wife Geetanjali

Originally from Canada, she moved to Jodhpur in 1994 where she met her husband Roberto, hailing from the same business of product and interior design. The two run their own company called CRN Design Studio

He along with his design partner Martino Caramia started the fashion label Flame. Their collections reflect simplicity, comfort and travel

Home to me Wherever there is family and friends with lovely weather

Go back in the past or travel to the future? I prefer living in the present; the future looks quite bleak

PRODUCT & INTERIOR DESIGNER, MUMBAI

Design to me The structure and backbone of any intent If I had a superpower, it would be The Tidy Man because I have this habit of cleaning and arranging everything

FASHION DESIGNER GOA & MUMBAI

Home to me A personal journal, full of emotions and life

Alternate profession School teacher

Mantra for sustainable living More of us should start caring about it

In this issue Gives a tour of his first large scale hotel project envisioned as a royal home for the former maharaja of Bikaner, Narendra Singh in “The King’s Landing”, Pg 98

Treasured home purchase Brass idol of Lord Ram with a ruby on his forehead In this issue Details how an ancient palace in Jodhpur was converted into her family home in “Rock Solid”, Pg 172

In this issue Opens the doors to his eco-friendly abode in Goa dotted with vintage finds and treasured collectibles in “Naturally Inclined”, Pg 154

Prasad & rasika Badave

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suNita kohli

While Prasad has trained under planner BV Doshi and Prof KT Ravindran, Rasika previously worked with Sen Kapadia. They co-founded Studio A Dvaita that focuses on creative architectural works

He pursued his culinary studies in Italy and moved to London for work, for five years. The avid traveller’s curiosity towards Asia made him recently tour the continent to explore its delicious food and colourful culture

Tribute to an Ultimate Legend Every issue, we honour a design or architectural legend whose vision continues to inspire generations long after they have passed. Here, co-founder K2India, interior designer, architectural restorer and Padma Shri awardee Sunita Kohli pays tribute to Sir Edwin Lutyens, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, the urban planner of New Delhi and the architect of its central buildings. Read it on Pg 240

ARCHITECTS, MUMBAI & PUNE

Design to us Understanding the world Future of planning Natural intelligence against artificial If a genie granted us two wishes Clarity of mind to understand the nature of the world and more value oriented systems In the issue Reveal the ecological framework of Snehalaya, an NGO in Ahmednagar in “Vaulted Shelter”, Pg 100

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Leisure to me Trekking in the forest Comfort food A slice of Puglia bread with extra virgin olive oil Current obsession The smell of natural things, especially wood In the issue Presents nourishing dishes made with organic ingredients to please the soul during the nippy onset of spring in “A Slice Of The Sun”, Pg 214

One way to a cleaner, greener Earth Upcycle everything

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Let’s make a difference Change has been on my mind a lot lately. Whether it’s a fickle climate that makes us sneeze, sweat and temporarily blind (cue, smog) all at once, or a new presidency that’s threatening the state of civil politics and human rights the world over – it’s intimidating and nerve wracking at the same time. But when transitions like these take you by surprise, it’s natural to pause and think, “Now that that has passed, what now? How do I deal with what’s next?” I am trying to be an advocate for change that leads to assured goodness, where the outcome just cannot adversely affect the people I care about. Adjustments of this kind need to begin with us, in our own home. In this issue, with spring setting in, we urge you to commit to something that guarantees all-round, wholesome goodness – an organic way of life, free of choking, needless garbage. Be refreshed by our eco inspired trends devoid of artificial form or boundaries; try recipes featured in our down to earth food story that will tempt you to swear off junk; and browse through the rejuvenated spaces that inculcate clever use of sustainable techniques and recycled materials…all totally relevant and doable in any contemporary setting. It’ll make you believe that a future without plastic and senseless polluting is possible, as long as you make a start somewhere. Speaking of beginnings, have you met ELLE DECOR’s “old-new” team? Our National Creative Directors Sonia Dutt and Mrudul Pathak Kundu have been the forces of the magazine for over 15 years. While Sonia’s keen eye for trendspotting and styling is enviably consistent, fail-safe and daisy fresh, Mrudul’s astute sense of design is purely intuitive, sharp and detail oriented. With our former Editor-in-Chief Pramiti Madhavji at the helm for 16 years (she has now been promoted to Editorial & Content Director), these three superheroes are the reasons why this magazine is number one in its genre in India. Me? I remain their student…humbled and grateful to be entrusted with this responsibility as Interim Editor to ensure that the streak continues. So thanks for staying with us, because I promise you this ride, with these strong women holding the reins, is only going to get better.

SNEHA ULLAL GOEL INTERIM EDITOR

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Humble Spread: A dining table from The Vintage Shed, handmade oak and chestnut bench by Andrea Brugi for Slow Fashion House, and Gray 21 chair by Paola Navone for Gervasoni from the Conran Shop offer the perfect setting for a quiet family meal inside a cabin deep in the forest. On top rest an enamel jug from Ben Pentreath, Bon tablecloth by Society Limonta and an assortment of bottles. Illuminating the austere setup is a chandelier from Guinevere Antiques

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Organic Living Be true to nature in a quaint universe of soothing greys and soft browns, where handmade elements with raw textures reign supreme PHOTOGRAPHY BY Tessa Kavanagh STYLING BY alicia Taylor

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From Above Quiet Corner: Wooden side table from The Vintage Shed and Gray 21 chair by Paola Navone for Gervasoni conjure a comfortable atmosphere for bookworms to indulge in long afternoon reading sessions. The drum from Andrew Wilson Antiques, apothecary jar from French Connection, skull with antlers from Tarlo & Graham and neatly stacked tomes paint an inspiring scape, rid of monotony; Natural Harmony: A cane side table from Nyary and a vintage stool from Retrouvius create a cosy nook next to the bed. A pitcher from The White Company and candleholder by Tove Trading Co from Montreux resonate rural charm while Antlers from Tarlo & Graham, complement the setup

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Eternal Peace: A bedspread from The Linen Works and reindeer hide from Toast promise endless comfort in long, cold winter nights. Suspended over the snug setup is a mosquito net tied up in a knot, from Tarlo & Graham For details, see Address Book

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Decor PEOPLE india design id 2017

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Explore some lesser known facts about global visionaries who will be headlining ID Symposium powered by Roca – part of the country’s most coveted decor event taking place from February 16 to 19 at NSIC Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi text by AkAnkshA nArAng

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s interest in the wooded landscape of the region stemmed from his lasting love for natural elements. He aspires to harmonise the world with his creations presented by Fcdi

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Alberto MedA

An admirer of complex creations, the Milan based maverick considers the La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames he owns, one of his prized treasures. His home is a reserve of unique objects, books and paintings.

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According to the New Delhi based architect, the perfect haven is one overlooking greenery. In his opinion, design is defined by the merger of craft and material, the physical environment and architecture.

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Ashiesh shAh

The Mumbai based EDIDA India Designer of the Year 2016 is an advocate of Wabi Sabi, which is visible in the spaces envisioned by him, highlighting asymmetry combined with balance between media, surfaces and colours.

Alberto Alessi

The President of Alessi SPA feels most comfortable in his vineyards on the hills of Lake Orta in Northern Italy. His cherished possession is a blue glass Lacrimarium II C, a small Roman vessel used to collect “tears of mourners”. to book your id syMposiuM pAsses now, visit www.indiAdesignid.coM

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The two time EDIDA India winning Italian prodigy’s idea of an ideal day is sitting on his porch, gazing into the sky and drawing while having a pastry and cappuccino. He likes visiting old libraries and museums.

New York and Udaipur based designer Paul Mathieu enjoys cooking and shopping in the food markets of Aix-enProvence in France as well as India’s City of Lakes


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With nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, the New Delhi based creative credits all her success to a disciplined life. She aspires to transform the historic walled cities of the country into beautiful destinations telling tales of our heritage

Regis Mathieu, the force behind the French lighting company Mathieu Lustrerie, is an automobile enthusiast too and a proud owner of over 25 antique cars SARITA HANDA

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The Milanese architect’s abode is a treasure trove of heirlooms. She still owns the first object she ever bought, an Eero Saarinen table. PReSeNTeD By LASVIT

The founder of the eponymous home linen and fabrics brand from New Delhi admits that the biggest challenge for her two decades ago was to raise capital for her business.

THeRON CARMINe De SOuSA

Apart from vanguarding a Mumbai strategy and design firm, he is also a voice-over artist and proud owner of a 1920s mechanical desk clock.

HuMBeRTO CAMPANA

The Brazilian creative’s treasured childhood dream was to live in the forests of Amazon, where he’d make objects out of straw and wood

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The textile designer from India’s capital admits that he in fact failed his knitting class at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. He finds his indigo dyed men’s Afghani shawl the most striking piece of work he owns.

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The Creative Director and MD, JSL Lifestyle Limited and the force behind Arttd’inox hails from New Delhi and is a self-confessed patriot, which is evident in the brand’s works reflecting Indian traditions. She spends her free time reading spiritual books.

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Know the speaKers Madhav RaMan

A theatre aficionado, the New Delhi based creative had previously established an amateur drama society. Apart from architecture, his interest is divided between three things: The city, swimming and sneakers

Italian innovator Carlo Ratti’s ideal city would be the best of everything including Naples’ climate, Cape Town’s topography and Manhattan’s architecture

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Dutch trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort started her career as a fashion coordinator at departmental store De Bijenkorf in The Netherlands

The President – Sales, Marketing & Technology of Asian Paints Ltd India based in Mumbai loves the coffee machine he made as part of his college project.

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From making go-karting tracks to transforming Mumbai’s suburban trains, the designer from the capital has an affinity towards offbeat products.

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The Mumbai based architect prefers complete solitude while innovating. Given a choice between the countryside and city, he would ditch the latter.

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The Bengaluru visionary is an ardent wanderer and believes that her travels inspire creativity. She loves globetrotting in her 4 inch high heels.

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The architect from Mumbai does not believe in obsessing about work. He enjoys playing squash and travelling to the hills


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decor people Suzlon One Earth Global Corporate Headquarters, Pune was built on the principles of sustainability; Christopher Charles Benninger Below Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies is among the many colleges planned by the pioneer

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And the golden pencils go to…

The first Kohler Bold Design Awards 2016 in association with ELLE DECOR India recognised the best in architecture and interior design from an aesthetic, sustainable and conservation perspective across three categories: The Extraordinaries, The Visionaries and Master Patron produced by aditi sharMa Maheshwari photographs courtesy christopher charles Benninger architects, hiren patel architects, hundredhands, Modo designs, ochre architects, pragrup architects, sJK architects, s+ps architects, soMaya and Kalappa consultants, the purple inK studio

John Michael Kohler lifetiMe achieveMent award christopher charles Benninger Some of India’s most iconic structures like IIM Kolkata, Suzlon One Earth Global Headquarters Pune and many more can be credited to this American architect based in Pune. Dedicated to the discipline, the visionary even conducts lectures globally, teaching the importance of good planning. In many ways John Michael Kohler’s life mirrors mine. He was born in Vienna about a century before me. He migrated from an evolved urban culture to a new frontier, the US; I also moved to India. During the 20th century, he was set to make unique contributions in the country. By the 21st century, I too was prepared to make a difference to this emerging economy Website: www.ccba.in On winning the award

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joint winners

Master Patron Vani Kola noMinated By sunitha Kondur & sunita naMjoshi noMinated By sariKa shetty I admire her insight and belief in good design. Her positive collaboration helped me redefine spaces. Vani on winning the award Architecture and business values are closely interlinked and I am glad to receive an acknowledgement for this. Website: www.hundredhands.com; www.vanikola.com sunitha on nominating Vani

sarika on nominating sunita She lends relentless support despite the most challenging circumstances and has a deep respect for handicrafts. sunita on winning the award It’s a recognition of excellence, crossing a certain boundary and taking the lead to do good, imaginative work. Website: www.sjkarchitect.com; www.yaminifabrics.com

Clockwise, From Top K-Start in Bengaluru imagined by Sunitha Kondur; Vani Kola; Yamini flagship store in Bengaluru by Sarika Shetty; Sunita Namjoshi

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tushar VasudeVan for extension of his office ochre architects, Bengaluru essence of the project We used basic elements like cement and concrete floor, plaster and painted walls that made the space beautiful. on winning the award It’s like a reinforcement that the efforts I took to make the structure were truly worthwhile. Website: www.ochre.in

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the extraordinaries

Hospitality

akshay heranjal for anaha spa at shreyas retreat, Bengaluru The architectural vision was based on a sustainable model with a strong focus on the connect of man with nature. The entire look and feel is organic, devoid of all superficial elements. We retained the space in its purest form by being true to the materials and opening it up to natural light and ventilation. on winning the award Receiving this accolade as a young practice is very encouraging. Website: www.thepurpleinkstudio.com My experience with the project

the extraordinaries Public Institution ravindra kumar for 1000 yogas Building, Bengaluru My takeaway froM the project It is crucial to work closely with the client, contractors and even the construction team to bring in accuracy. Also, while adding to an existing structure, always recreate from the same family of materials used to make the building to avoid a design discord. on winning the award It is a joyous feeling, given the grand way Kohler India and ELLE DECOR organised the event, the criteria that was required and their evaluation process. Website: www.pragrup.in

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the extraordinaries

Residential

Pinkish shah & shilPa Gore shah for CollaGe house, navi MuMbai lessons from the project PS: For a studio used to “hyperdrawing” beforehand, it helped us question our methods and the unpredictability of what would happen on site as everything we used was recycled. SGS: Though the elements were familiar to the artisans, the way they were being assembled was something we have not experienced before. on winning the award PS and SGS: Being chosen for this recognition by our peers is always a happy, fulfilling feeling. Website: www.facebook.com/spsarchitects18

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Bold Luxury

arPan shah for oPen house, aheMdabad my experiences with the project In this villa, we employed our entire team of consultants, contractors and other agencies and realised that a coordinated effort is essential for a high quality project. Our references were traditional Indian homes made of natural materials but we tried to reinterpret them in a contemporary way. on winning the award It’s a great initiative by Kohler India and ELLE DECOR to encourage the fraternity to create things of global relevance. Website: www.mododesigns.co.in

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decor people the Visionaries

Community Harmony hiren PateL for manaV GuLzar Community Centre, ahmedaBad My takeaway froM the project The work made me realise that as a designer, you should never compromise on anything while building a structure for underprivileged children. The architecture in itself became like a textbook for them – by using recycled materials, I wanted to subtly instill the lesson of sustainability. on winning the award This recognition takes a serious and professional approach towards lauding good and competent design. It also sends out a positive message about our work to the fraternity. Website: www.hpa.co.in

the Visionaries

The Big Idea

Brinda somaya for mumBai esPLanade I wanted to give more importance to pedestrians over automobiles, which is the case in every part of the world. Unfortunately in India, we are lagging behind in that way of thinking. I hope that one day we will be sensitised enough to value people and cyclists over cars. on winning the award Any appreciation is always superb, particularly for a project like this that goes beyond architecture. It was quite fulfilling for my studio and Prof Shivjit Sidhu, who collaborated with us on this idea. Website: www.snkindia.com My project’s aiM

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decor people in conversation with

MATTEO THUN A goliath of the design world, the multi-award winning

Italian architect and product designer continues to break new ground in his field, while walking the fine line between innovation and sustainability text by Tasneem merchanT photograph by nacho alegre courtesy maTTeo Thun & ParTners

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“We approached design in a different Way, finding a neW emotional language as an alternative to unimaginative functionalism. We Wanted to break the rules”

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ello! good morning, this is your morning!” greets a pleasant voice from the other end of the line. even miles away, it is easy to instantly warm up to the friendly, genteel voice of this veteran creator. this is the appeal of one of italy’s leading architects, interior, product and industrial designers. his firm is the force behind some of the most celebrated buildings and objects globally – from the hugo boss business unit in switzerland and the highly acclaimed JW marriott venice resort and spa, to the unexpectedly shaped fantini nice faucet and the ergonomic Zwilling twin 1731 knives...there are few design paths he hasn’t tread. did we mention that he was also one of the founding members, along with ettore sottsass and several others, of the revolutionary memphis movement that sparked a reformation of the industry in the 1980s? such is the impact of matteo thun in shaping the design world today. a young matteo would accompany his mother, a ceramic artist and father to the venice biennale every year – just one of the perks of growing up in a country steeped in arts and crafts. “i realised my flair very early in life and used to go with my parents to exhibitions. it was part of our everyday culture.” even as a kid, he didn’t possess any ready-made toys – his mother would hand him a piece of clay and he would create his own playthings, essentially whatever caught his fancy. the visionary’s journey of growth began under the auspices of famed artist oskar kokoschka, who taught matteo to “see”. “he tutored me to capture people, faces, objects very quickly, focusing on the difficult parts of the face or body. it was a very good school for concentrating on the essentials.” With such a solid foundation in place, the italian was well equipped

to take the fraternity by storm. as any young person full of fresh ideas and vitality coursing through, matteo was distressed at how stagnant or frozen the industry had become in the ’70s. he wanted to experiment with style and form, and felt constricted by the dogmas of the bauhaus movement. at this crucial point he met the enterprising maker ettore sottsass and was instantly in awe of his approach to design. “he was constantly searching for innovative technical solutions and was influencing all segments of our work. he was an architect, designer, writer and photographer, the michelangelo of the 20th century.” this admiration eventually led to matteo becoming a founding member, along with trailblazers such as ettore, alessandro mendini, michele de lucchi, aldo cibic, nathalie du pasquier and more, of the memphis movement in 1981, which drew heavily from the american schools of art deco and pop art of the ’60s and ’80s. “We approached design in a different way, finding a new emotional language as an alternative to unimaginative functionalism. We wanted to break the rules.” and break they did. When it was launched at salone del mobile, milan in 1981, the police had to monitor and control the massive crowd that had gathered to witness the initiative. however, he moved away from the group a few years later to establish his own architectural firm. “a manifesto only stays strong and sustainable when it exists for a certain time limit. so i decided to open my own studio in 1984 in milan.” his approach to architecture is singular and extremely reverential to the land. “We respect the genius loci or the soul of the place. We go to the site, analyse its spirit, cultural and historical background, climate, flora and resources. this determines our

creative process. i often try to visualise ideas by doing water colours or freehand drawings.” this enabled him to perfect his “triple zero philosophy.” the first zero stands for zero kilometre. all the material for a project must be drawn from the site. the subsequent zeroes stand for no wastage and emissions. along with sustainability, matteo is a strong advocate of handmade goods, which is reflected in the project he launched last year, matteo thun atelier, where every product is customisable and focuses on handcrafting techniques. “they convey sensoriality and uniqueness. this is the key to beauty. objects by craftsmen represent the idea of “manus x machina,” a combination of man and machine central to the theme of today’s technologies.” for an upcoming project for his eponymous firm, he is working closely with an italian fashion textile producer and designer from los angeles (whose name is still under wraps) to use the same material for decor and fashion. “this is the first time we are collaborating and it is a lot of fun. i would also love to do a collection with indian fabrics and create tableware in your country,” he signs off.

DESIGN PROCESS Matteo Thun and his Spanish business partner Antonio Rodriguez try and understand the need of the manufacturer and analyse materials and technologies. They believe in “working closely together with the engineering team of the client to find long lasting solutions that people can understand intuitively.” Their basis of creation and innovation is rooted in the simple question: How far can you push the boundaries of form without losing functionality?

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decor people MEMPHIS GROUP This photograph captures the core founding members of the 1980s movement, which caught the industry’s attention with its unusual forms and daring use of hues.

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Matteo’s creations have always had a future forward element in them, a lesson he internalised while co-spearheading Memphis

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Hugo Boss Business unit, switzerland this glass, steel, concrete and larch structure by Matteo thun & Partners completed in 2006 is also composed of prefab elements that allow cost cutting. the woven “basket” like timber exterior filters sunlight and controls ventilation

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TAM TAM Imagined for Magis in 2002, these vividly coloured stools are actually inspired by the African tribal way of life. In fact, their deliberate low height signifies a closeness to Earth.

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Would you believe these knobs are actually water mixers? Matteo and his partner Antonio Rodriguez envisioned these flat faucets for Italian brand Fantini, which were launched at Salone del Mobile, 2016.

MATTEO THUN ATELIER A great believer in the charm of handcrafted goods, he launched his own line, Matteo Thun Atelier at the Salone del Mobile in April last year. Each of the products on offer can be customised online. We especially love the series of Vasi da Colorare ceramic jars with its variety and choice of patterns. 78


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Alberto MedA Get up close and personal with global design leaders: Each issue, we offer you an exclusive sneak peek into the creative lives of awe-inspiring visionaries text by Tasneem merchanT PhotograPh by miro Zagnoli courtesy alBerTo meDa

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or five time Compasso d’Oro winner Alberto Meda, designing is life. The Italian creative, who completed his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico of Milan in 1969, veered towards industrial design. This infatuation lead to some brilliant products from his studio, Medamade: Pharmathek, a storage system for pharmacies with lateral walls that act as displays and flexible stocking; Otto Watt lamp for Luceplan that uses eight watts of energy but emits enough light to match that of a halogen illuminator, and Solar Bottle with Francisco Gomez Paz that enables disinfection of water. He has lent his genius to several iconic brands too like Vitra, Kartell, Philips and Alessi among others. The maestro, adept at work and play, lets us peek into his day. Don’t miss his session at ID Symposium, India Design ID, Feb 16-19, 2017.

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Clockwise, from Top Left While having breakfast, Alberto enjoys the view of Santa Maria delle Grazie’s dome built by Bramante; The master and his son, Francesco work together at Medamade, the former’s studio; Alberto likes painting with watercolours to relax. This one is of the Omkareshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh; Flap music speakers for Caimi Brevetti are equipped with SnowSound technology; Medamade oil dispenser’s lid opens automatically on pouring due to gravity; The spacious Medamade office; The Honda scooter Alberto rides to work everyday; His multi-storeyed home in Milan with a lush, verdant courtyard. Photographs by Alberto Meda, Florian Bohm and Max Zambelli courtesy Alberto Meda. Alberto Meda, Milan. Website: www.albertomeda.com

The Milan based master gives us a glimpse into his fluid schedule 7 AM My wife and I live in a multi-storeyed apartment overlooking a beautiful garden in central Milan opposite Santa Maria delle Grazie, where Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper. I wake up and go to the first floor, fascinated by the sunlight coming in which make our house luminous 7-8.30 AM I download newspapers like La Repubblica and Il Corriere on my iPad, and read them while having breakfast comprising two jam toasts and black tea. I love looking out at the wonderful dome of the church made by 13th century Italian architect Bramante from my window 9.30 AM I ride my Honda scooter to the studio, avoiding the chaotic traffic. It takes me eight minutes straight 9.38 AM In Via Savona, I meet my son Francesco who has been working with me since the last eight years (I used to work alone earlier). We have designed a few projects together like Flap speakers for Caimi Brevetti and Aledin lamp for Kartell. However, we often do our own things independently too, always sharing our thoughts about what we are exploring. When in office, I check and reply to my emails 1 PM Lunch, which takes about 30 to 40 minutes is at the nearby Trap restaurant, which serves Calabrian food. Here I meet some friends, mostly creatives working near by. It is nice to exchange some design “gossip” 2 PM Back in office, I either do my drawings or get into meetings 7 PM Once home I spend time with my wife, talk about the day, read a book or have a drink 9 PM Sometimes we have dinner with friends or our nephews. We use this time to plan our weekend, which is often spent in Tuscany, near Lucca. There we have a house surrounded by an olive grove, where we produce our Medamade extra virgin olive oil (unfortunately this year we did not do so because of an olive fruit fly infestation) 10.30 PM We enjoy watching movies either in the theatre or black and white classics at home. I even like painting with watercolours, as I find it very relaxing 12 AM Time I go to bed, but before switching off the lights, I scroll through my Instagram feed to browse through photos and videos from my friends. It is my “social” moment

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Started in 1996, Thailand International Furniture Fair is a global platform for leading companies as well as smaller native names in design to exhibit their best collections

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s times evolve, people look for different features in their home goods, which is why the criteria for adequate fittings aren’t simple anymore. Compact spaces demand portable pieces, mindful consumers look for sustainable options and everyone has a unique aesthetic taste. Hence, it’s hard to keep up with the myriad innovations in product design. Thailand International Furniture Fair 2017 (TIFF), initiated by the country’s Department of International Trade Promotion, the Ministry of Commerce, will bring together the latest developments in modern furniture, featuring displays from over 190 brands from around the world including India, Japan, USA, EU, ASEAN, the Middle East, Africa and Australia for users to browse. The exhibition, to be held in Bangkok from March 8 to 10, 2017, will showcase everything from high end designer labels to local handmade treasures. Not only can you observe the products as functional art, but also order your favourites. Additionally, visitors will be surrounded by consultants for advice on what to buy and how to furnish their homes. Nishita Fiji

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From Top Displays by various brands during the March 2016 fair. Showcases included both indoor and outdoor furniture pieces for apartments, offices, museums and public parks

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Bulb: Modest, yet iconic, one of his earliest creations can be found in the permanent design collection at Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Lucellino NT: The wall mounted lamp is part of his popular series of light bulbs with characteristic goose feather wings

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Zettel’z 6: Blank sheets of Japanese paper make up this illuminator so that users can take notes, scribble and get creative

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Da + Dort: The three strings that hold the modified version of Christoph Matthias’ aTool lamp allow it to be positioned in infinite ways

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Porca Miseria!: The fixture rebels against conventional chandeliers and also manifests Ingo’s fascination for explosions viewed in slow motion

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Johnny B Butterfly: Just like moths attracted to flames, a delicate handmade dragonfly and two butterflies cling to this ceiling light

DESIGNER TIMELINE

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The revolutionary German industrial designer has been creating sparks with his lighting inventions for over five decades now. In 1963, he founded his company Design M, which was later renamed Ingo Maurer GmbH, presently functioning with a staff of over 60 people.

Knot: Ingo used 3D printing techniques to construct the sculptural floor lamp which is composed of polyamide, steel and aluminium

In all his pieces, simple concepts are attended to with care while the smallest details are executed with profound precision. We track his impressive career trajectory through his most inspiring work

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I Ricchi Poveri - Monument for a Bulb: Eight tiny figures in nickel silver, steel and brass adorn the base of this table lamp

Max. Wall LED: Ingo launched an energy efficient version of his popular 2001 release, remodelled to be ecologically sound

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Ringelpiez: The halo seemingly hovering mid-air is a floor lamp, supported by a carbon fibre rod


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GettinG to Know

ashiesh shah

The EDIDA India Designer of the Year 2016 discloses what it’s like being a consummate professional and letting his work speak for itself TExT by sneha ullal goel

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Clockwise, from Top One of Ashiesh’s earliest interior projects: A pretty living room that brings the outside in with elements of green; Industrial lights specially created for the concept restaurant Masque; The interiors of that very eatery peppered with elements inspired by Le Corbusier and Wabi Sabi principles; Skylight above the copper staircase in a penthouse done by Ashiesh; The multi-talented creative, who’s also the reigning EDIDA India Designer of the Year 86

hat standout characteristics make the EDIDA Designer of the Year? In our opinion, the candidate obviously needs to be an astute matchmaker of the right materials with techniques, and qualify as a trendsetter with a distinct style you recognise in an instant. Ashiesh ticks all boxes, but he also gets brownie points for never being shy of taking on something challenging and new – whether it’s massive condos for stars, or collaborating with EDIDA India Designers of the Year 2015 Klove Studio for the Tusk Light, or even imagining a fine-dining “transformative” restaurant like Masque in Mumbai. In the business for 10 years now, he talks about what keeps his brain cells going, and why he’s taking this well-earned title quite seriously. We are witnessing the first generation of Indian design. Although our products and projects are being seen globally, it is still nascent because we don’t have the production capabilities to achieve the right finish yet (as compared to Europe). A good idea needs to be engineered, not manufactured. Instagram is a sketchbook. My feed reflects exactly how my mind works. I go from spiritual to cosmic to geometry…. Funnily enough, I keep dreaming about roofs made of translucent marble slabs with veins that are almost human-like. I imagine a space surrounded by white light – spiritual, almost nirvana-esque, supported by these slats. Winning EDIDA Designer of the Year 2016 means it’s time to wake up, and not get complacent. If I’m getting noticed, that means I need to be the best at everything I do.

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Website: www.ashieshshah.com. Hear him speak at ID Symposium, India Design ID 2017 from February 16 to 19 at NSIC Grounds, New Delhi


Clockwise, from Top Left Ashiesh’s office lit by a fibreglass light made by him; Inside a house he envisioned in Hyderabad, the living room opens to a balcony overlooking a garden; Boutique store Le Mill’s first space housed in a former rice mill; Table from his new furniture line inspired by the lingam; His bedroom on the cover of ELLE DECOR India’s June-July 2011 issue; Cracked terracotta tile, taking cues from the salt marsh in the Rann of Kutch. Photographs courtesy AA Studio, Bajirao Pawar, Fabien Charuau

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On the table in front of the library: A box of sweets and a coaster gifted by Aneeth’s friends and a cup from Paris

quick word prized possession My books Favourite holiday destination anywhere quiet dreaM client anyone who understands pero i’M a stickler For common sense

From Left The EDIDA India 2016 Bathware joint winner Aneeth settles in front of her in-house library of books and archives; On her work desk is a tome by painter Pierre-Joseph Redoute, blue floral coffee maker from Milan, glass bottle containing vintage buttons and hand embroidered borders purchased from a Parsi dealer

in the studio of

aneeth arora We take you to the drawing board of your design favourites, giving a glimpse of what keeps them ticking – tatty postcards, invaluable scribbles, priceless notes and more photography by tanuj ahuja produced by sonia dutt

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The kids wear section of Aneeth’s workspace reveals wall portraits by artist Princess Pea wearing Pero clothes and a shelf containing dolls made by her on the right. Two hand felted male figurines dressed in black and white suits bought from Paris, rest on a wooden box purchased from Sharma Farms, New Delhi 90


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EDIDA India 2017 winning tiles developed as part of the Incidental Collection for FCML, inspired by ikat patterns on telia rumal

The women’s section overlooks the garden and lounge outside with the suspended lights sourced from an antique shop in Goa

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or Aneeth Arora, founder of fashion label Pero, discovering that “sweet spot” in New Delhi to set up her store and studio happened by chance when she visited Patparganj for work. An old stone building with a barren exterior and a high ceiling stole her heart “because it didn’t have the cookie cutter framework of an industrial space,” she avers. Today a garden surrounds the property, complementing the quaint interiors peppered with her sustainable apparel and whimsical elements from Rajasthan. The owner gives us a tour of her outlet that looks like a cosy retreat.

Hangers in the kids’ area, made of wires covered in green fabric and florets A gallery in the studio with apparel archives on one side and the current collection along with plants on the other

A doll made by Princess Pea, wearing a wool babydoll dress from Pero’s Fall Winter ‘12 collection

How challenging was it to refurbish this ancient location? Everything in my profession has evolved organically, including setting up this space. My friends Kalapi Buch of Sfurna Designs and Shani Himanshu of 11.11 were so helpful. I wanted to display 13 seasons of my works and all my books, so we broke down most of the partitions to get more space but retained the metal window frames. We created a wooden library that has about 3,000 of my tomes and a long table in front that I use as my work area. I filled the bland outdoors with plants; in fact Kalapi calls it the “1,000 pots project”. How did you personalise the area? I collaborated with artist Princess Pea who made a series of cute dolls wearing Pero clothes; these are now displayed in the kids’ section. The outside area is for people to lounge around while shopping – we will have a cafe here soon. My friends love leaving fun messages on the blackboard kept inside. Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

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Ritika Dhamija

Get to know the scions of Indian design making a mark with their sharp acumen and astute trendspotting prowess photography by Anil ChAwlA produced by soniA dutt

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hey say the greatest ideas stem from simple beginnings. For Ritika Dhamija, it all started with a need to decorate her apartment in London. During her recce, the one half of Iqrup + Ritz realised there weren’t many versatile furniture options in retail. “There were either expensive bespoke products or low priced items that lacked style,” she shares. That’s how the idea of starting a brand that made durable, elegant and high quality pieces came to be. Her mother Iqrup, who had 30 years of experience in the interior design industry was more than pleased to co-initiate a venture with her daughter as the company’s Creative Director. Before officially launching, in the winter of 2014, they participated at India Design ID to test waters. Encouraged by the tremendous response, they set sail soon after, and today the Gurgaon and UK based label is touted as one of the most eminent names in the market. Ritika recalls how she switches between various roles in office daily. I’m practically Jack of all trades at work, as I pretty much involve myself in everything – from supervising the prototyping of new products and organising mood boards to managing between our India and UK offices. Our firm is unique because we offer a toned down aesthetic with an individualistic style. We provide different looks that can go together – you could group a Scandinavian chair with a Colonial cabinet and an Art Deco side table, all available at our store. We are working on two different series One inspired by Hollywood glamour and another by Art Deco. We look at references historically and geographically. For instance, while on a holiday in Patmos, a Greek island, I found pebbles that may influence the colour palette of our next line. I want to make Iqrup + Ritz the ultimate home solutions firm by expanding beyond furniture and delving into accessories and more. Aditi sharma Maheshwari

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Caitlyn armChair in dark leather has gold finished brass and wooden legs

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Braque SiDe taBleS in espresso brown wood are inspired by Cubist art

rita Sofa comes in choices of three velvets: Denim, marine and brick


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i 4 Mariani

ELLE DECOR salutes excellence and innovation: Each issue, we bring you the career path of a well-known make. Here we delve deep into the legacy of this Italian luxury label, celebrating their 60th year of technological, sustainable and manufacturing brilliance that makes them a global furniture goliath

Clockwise, from Above Left The second and third generations of sons and daughters working in the company; The factory of i 4 Mariani in Milan, set up in 1980; The founders (from left) Biagio, Tarcisio, Umberto and Emilio Mariani. Photographs courtesy i 4 Mariani

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t is always encouraging to learn about visionaries with an unconventional back story – humble beginnings, years of struggle and the relentless journey to the top. This one is about four brothers, Biagio, Tarcisio, Umberto and Emilio Mariani who toiled in the farmlands with their father in Milan. Times were difficult as World War II was upon them. To increase their income, 15 year old Tarcisio started working at a local furniture company, Proserpio Mobili. Some years passed and armed with the right skills, he and his siblings founded i 4 Mariani in 1957. This brand helmed by its founders as well as the second and third generation of members is known for creations that reflect a union of technology, eco sensitivity and high craftsmanship. lasting bonds In 1962, they set up their first production plant and 1964, the brothers visited Salone del Mobile, Milan and met with agent Charles Vidrin, who

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impressed with their works proposed some to clients and thus, exports to France commenced. Infact, Charles’ son still offers his services to the brand! The following year, their long association with Italian architect Guido Faleschini began, where he envisioned a leather furniture series titled Composition comprising a sofa, coffee table and bar cabinet. Soon their showroom was inaugurated in 1969, in North of Milan, which is still active today. golden period Being one of the leading ventures looking to do business in the European markets, they finally tasted success in the ‘70s. “This was the best decade for us – Tucroma range and Onda seater received resounding success globally in 1971 due to their sophisticated design and opened doors to the US market. Half of our total turnover was due to our sales in America,” shares Stefano Mariani, Tarcisio’s son. By the time the ‘80s approached, their reach

had extended to Asia and their world dominance became pretty evident in the ‘90s. ethical practices It’s fascinating to know that they have also emerged as leaders in contract furnishings, as evidenced by 14 global VIP member waiting rooms for Alitalia Airlines and hotel chains like The Reverie Hotel Saigon, Vietnam. Their endeavour towards sustainability is exemplary, “and this is embedded in our DNA. The founders started out as farmers, so their respect and attachment with land runs deep. This is why we prefer going the natural way,” shares Stefano. For instance, in 2010, their entire factory was covered with photovoltaic panels that generate 9,92,160 W of power. Stephano adds, “2017 is an important year as we have turned 60! We will launch a book telling the story of i 4 Mariani and introduce an in-house gallery with all our iconic pieces”. Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

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ELLE dECor LovEs did you know... u The label completes 95 percent of its manufacturing with 500 different equipments – from the conception to the end, the entire product is given form in-house uThe solar panels in the factory save 275 tons of fuel oil and prevent emission of 550 tones of carbon dioxide. Inside the premises, all automobiles run on marsh gas ui 4 Mariani works with renowned architects and designers to envision furniture like Guido Faleschini, Adam Tihany, Luca scacchetti, Mauro Lipparini and Matteo nunziati

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Clockwise, from Top Left The brand was invited to furnish the living rooms of 31 apartments of the hotel Reverie Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2015; One of the earliest products designed by Guido Faleschini in 1969, the leather upholstered Onda seater and a chaise longue from the Tucroma collection opened doors to the US market; The oval Moore table released in 2016, imagined by designer Umberto Asnago made of marble with a walnut wood base; Molto+Di sofa in bright red leather is available in hundreds of configurations and was designed by Ammannati & Vitelli in 1988; Elle library (2015) by Matteo Nunziati, made of concrete, is a versatile piece suitable for any room in the house. It can be placed in different areas – in the centre of the room to even against the wall Photographs courtesy i 4 Mariani 97


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The king’s landing

EDIDA Designer of the Year 2013 Ayush Kasliwal details the royal interiors of his premier project, Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner

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Clockwise, from Left The third floor corridor with terrazzo flooring in the same colour as stone jalis; A cosy corner in the Princess Room with Philips lamp and custom shade; In the Residence boudoir with bed and seating designed by Ayush; A sofa in the Tea Room called Kitty from AKFD Photographs courtesy Ankush Maria

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arendra bhawan is my first large scale interior design project. for this 1,00,000 sq ft, 82 room and five level hotel, the proprietors wanted the theme to be “landscape of memories” based on the life of the last maharaja of bikaner, narendra singhji. i worked with a large team of consultants, including lighting expert jitender marwah, graphic designer bena sarin and artists kriti monga of turmeric design and shirley bhatnagar. since there was little we could learn about the former king as there was limited documentation on him, we interpreted a lot based on our imagination. take for instance, the flooring on the pool side and the outer veranda, which was sourced from portugal – probably the same tiles used in the ajit chowk at junagarh palace, bikaner. we avoided a coordinated “designer” look and adopted a clean style. most of the artworks are original and the furniture, vintage while some objects were custom made at akfd. hotelier karan singh has been a great help and a collaborator in every sense of the word. the owner, manvendra singh shekhawat too gave us the liberty to use his resources, even after we tried his patience on many occasions! Ayush Kasliwal

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Vaulted shelter

What goes into executing an architectural marvel? Prasad and Rasika Badave discuss the unusually domed Snehalaya, an NGO for women and children

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hen we met Girish Kulkarni, Snehalaya’s Founder and Rajiv Gujar, the NGO’s Secretary at their Ahmednagar campus, they told us that the space must allow visitors to perceive their work without disturbing the victims. Rajiv also wanted to ensure that it accommodated anyone from any society. The form evolved from an existing kitchenette and geodesic dome built 15 years ago with ferro-cement. Being a dark, messy space, we modified it by removing concrete slabs and columns in between to get good height while also inserting a 3 ft diametre MS pipe to get North light in. By employing a polycarbonate sheet on top, a rare side structure and gallery were designed to allow natural light in so the entire office area didn’t need artificial illumination. For the outdoor exhibition space, the flooring was made using rough waste of broken shahabad stone. All areas have a false ceiling with insulation material inside to minimise heat. Gutters were also placed at the slopes of the roof to collect rain water. Prasad and Rasika Badave

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Clockwise, from Top The facade is made of exposed and plastered brick work using locally sourced materials; The indoor space contains a small library, souvenir shop and a gallery which displays the work of the organisation; The inside of the dome is used for gatherings and has windows to connect it to the outdoor court; Rasika Badave; Prasad Badave. Photographs courtesy Rasika Badave

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Legends from the fraternity speak on the past, present and future of design

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Considering that most English alphabet books are offered by international publications, Indian parents will be mighty pleased to find an option that defies that convention. ABC Desi by Priti Paul of Oxford Bookstores in collaboration with Tania Singh Khosla of TSK Design is a tome that presents all the 26 letters in an Indian context. For example, the letter S illustrates traditional jootis instead of western shoes. “My idea was to have a book that would showcase traditional art forms, like that of typical poster paintings, but make it contemporary,� adds Tania. The book is available in two variable sizes. Available at: Oxford Bookstore, Apeejay House, 3 Dinshaw Vachha Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 20. Website: www.oxfordbookstore.com

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Decor Buzz The letter C displays an Ambassador car, cows and crows Below, Left Priti Paul

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Priti Paul

A designer and the owner of Oxford Bookstores in India tells us about ABC Desi, a book that teaches toddlers the alphabet using Indian references Priti’s ABC Desi tome, envisioned by Tania Singh Khosla of TSK Design and illustrated by poster artists Abbas and Jeeva, makes learning the alphabet fun and more relevant in a way for Indian kids. She shares why. New beginning “While reading to my children, I realised that the books they were learning from, have been the same since my childhood, where most references used like P for Panda do not resonate with us. I wanted to create something quintessentially Indian. So I got Tania and two poster artists on board to give life to the concept that led to this volume.” Opening act “We launched it on January 15 at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2017. Classical performer Anita Ratnama did a beautiful rendition in response to the pages, and made people guess which alphabet she was dancing to.” Website www.oxfordbookstore.com Input by Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

Second Nature

Move over, conventional lights. The Mushroom LED lamp revolutionises illuminators by doubling up as a portable mobile charger. Imagined by China based designer Calvin Ren, this nifty option engineered using hard maple and glass has a battery to provide up to eight hours of light and charge an iPhone twice. You can get your hands on this covetable at Intro Lifestyle Products Pvt Ltd, a soon to be launched online marketplace founded by Mumbai based Pratik Edwankar and architects Amit and Komal Malwade in collaboration with creatives, which offers affordable products with great design. Available at www.intro.co.in

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It’s like art for the exteriors. Asian Paints recently launched The Earth Series from Apex Ultima Wall Art, conceptualised with the credo to maximise the self-expressive potential that exteriors offer. This groundbreaking line allows you to customise one of four concepts – Tree of Life, Prayer for Earth, Walk in the Woods and Flow – in terms of colours and size. These also show an interplay of art, flora and fauna and the designs are etched by artisans on the walls. Available at Colour with Asian Paints, Dheeraj Plaza, Hill Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai 50. Tel: (022) 26431074. Website: www.asianpaints.com

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The couturier along with the MD of Obeetee came together to introduce their collaborative carpets The newly launched Proud to be Indian line by Obeetee tells the story of our country, created by skilled weavers and conceptualised by the leading fashion designer. Every single piece is unique and displays magnificent patterns, colours as well as textures. Hand knotted with silk and imported wool, these are truly masterpieces for the floor. Here, Tarun and Gaurav tell us about the process. New expressions Tarun Tahiliani: “Since the project wasn’t strictly time bound,

we had some amazing classics on our hands. We have three aesthetics here: The Antique Frames Collection, Chikankari Line and The Abstract Art Range.” Fruitful association Gaurav Sharma: “We wanted to join hands with a creative who understood Indian style. Tarun, therefore, was the right choice. In the products, you can see Kairi bootis and floral patterns that are nothing less than artworks.” Website www.obeetee.com Input by Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

Clockwise, from Above Paisley Panorama carpet from Chikankari line; Brocade Garden floor covering from Antique Frames collection; Tarun Tahiliani; Gaurav Sharma

cast a charm

The Lohasmith, a New Delhi based home decor brand by Karun and Meghna Malik, offers furniture and accessories predominantly made of metal, while incorporating materials like glass, wood and leather. We are particularly mesmerised by the Dawn Wall Art, an artistic installation welded together. Website www.thelohasmith.com

set Apart

Mumbai’s decor scene has a new entrant, Peacock Life. The store steered by interior designer Shabnam Gupta is housed in a three storied shop and offers designer furniture, lifestyle and interior products.

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In symmetry

One pattern, infinite design possibilities! Bharat Floorings and Tiles’ DashDashDot series by Sandeep Khosla and Tania Singh Khosla of TSK Design borrows from elemental properties of geometry to make a whimsical line. Website www.bharatfloorings.com

Releasing Act

D’Decor’s latest D’Clean series is powered with a spill and stain proof patented technology that borrows from a lotus bloom’s innate qualities. The self cleaning fabric line comes with a special coating to make most liquids bead up and roll off its surface. Website www.ddecor.com

milestone stories

As Keramos India celebrates 25 years of design contribution in India, they introduce their Dublin Series of tiles in an array of Victorian and Gothic styles, colours and patterns with a choice of antique matte or crystal finish. Available at Keramos Tile & Stone Pvt Ltd, F 580, Lado Sarai, New Delhi 30. Tel: (011) 46032765. Website: www.keramosindia.com

NEWsflash

Alternate Worlds Bengaluru based Virtual Spaces provides potential home buyers with a “3D tour of an apartment using a head mounted gear for an immersive experience, so they don’t need to physically see the actual space,” explains Hemant Velury, the company’s CEO. The technology they use involves mobile friendly virtual reality, which makes the brand the next big thing to watch out for. Website www.virtualspaces.in

Pot Luck

Unearth our shortlist of gorgeous terrariums that promise to become a striking focal point in your home as well as office

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Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

In its third edition, the contemporary art event has expanded and consolidated into an important space for conceptual and cutting edge practices across multiple media

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urated this year by Mumbai based artist Sudarshan Shetty on the theme “Forming in the pupil of an eye”, the festival features 97 works from 31 countries spread across 12 locations including a Students’ Biennale and 20 collaterals dotted all over the beautiful town of Kochi, Kerala. What makes this edition unique is its emphasis on experiential practices – performance art, theatre and projection genres, interactive works as well as live studio experiences with artists as they draw and paint…. On till March 29, 2017, we strongly recommend a visit. Sonal Shah

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Clockwise, from Top Left Avinash Veeraraghavan’s After the End 1, embroidery on silk organza; Remen Chopra’s I See a Mountain from My Window standing like an Ancient Sage, carving on waterproof recycled wood fibre; Close-up of the same artwork; Orjit Sen’s Go Playces (Charminar) 3D puzzle installation, mixed media; C Bhagyanath’s Secret Dialogues, charcoal on layered transparent sheets; Gunjan Gupta’s Aloo Bori/ Couch Potato, jute, foam, steel structure; Dia Mehta Bhupal’s Bathroom Set, recycled paper


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realty check

New Frontiers In order to meet the demands of adaptable living systems, designers and innovators need to revolutionise the interpretation of spaces

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n average urban consumer’s purpose or role is hardly ever isolated towards one activity – she runs a successful textile firm and is also a mum who home schools her kids; he is a diligent marketing manager, but grows a herb garden too. With limited land being taken over by a booming populace, the buzzwords now are “compact” and “multitasking”. So how can designers integrate both effectively in their works? Every product and space needs to have multiple uses. Today’s living and design movement calls for versatile environments. But, how do you make sleek forms for such environs without undermining functionality? In an era of interchangeable areas, the norm must be activity based ecosystems. Space saving becomes crucial – tables with built-in storage and cabinets that fit in beds are the need of the hour. In cities where space is a constraint, homes of multiskilled people call for rooms with dual uses – a living cum dining alcove or a library that is also an office. Foldable, portable and flat pack pieces are already mainstream. And as streamlined forms gain greater acceptance, we can hope to see further headway in adaptable furniture as well in the future. Tasneem Merchant

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From Top Fluid spaces can address the issue of lesser sq ft in urban cities. For instance, a living room that doubles up as an entertainment area; Furniture pieces that blend effortlessly into any space are the need of the hour; Bulky and heavy pieces will have to make way for smaller, portable and ergonomic alternatives in the near future


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Turning A New Leaf

London based 131 year old paper company GF Smith’s new store can convert an e-book reader to a hardcopy fanatic. Designed by local consultancy Made Thought, the 4,000 sq ft showroom has riveting displays made of colourful sheets. These serve the dual purpose of giving visitors a quick glance of their offerings as well as celebrating the dynamism of the medium. Website www.gfsmith.com

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Breaking Barriers

You need not go to Germany to admire the works of homegrown creative Konstantin Grcic. The Hong Kong Design Institute with Vitra Design Museum is hosting the Asian debut of his works which includes large installations, drawings and prototypes.

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What Panorama Where Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong When Till Apr 2, 2017 Website www.hkdi.edu.hk

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Nami chair by British makers Doshi Levien is part of their 13 piece “Open Home” line for native store John Lewis. The range comprises a sofa, lamp, rug, consoles and occasional tables. Website www.johnlewis.com

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Inspiration can be found anywhere. Creatives Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu found it in tile patterns on the streets of Shanghai. They captured its essence in their latest Jie carpet series for renowned Spanish floor covering label Nanimarquina. Website www.nanimarquina.com

Nostalgic Psychedelia

Explore another dimension of your favourite band. Victoria and Albert Museum, London is gearing up to host The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains in May 2017, chronicling their stage setups, album cover art and more. Website www.vam.ac.uk


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A Place Under The Sun

Preaching and practising it too, Rolf Disch, a German architect and crusader of ethical building systems successfully built a township in Freiburg entirely powered by natural light

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mong the consistently trending topics on the internet today, one remains constant: The dire need to build an ecological world where man and nature can cohabit harmoniously. Rolf Disch, a German architect and environmental activist has been pioneering the need for eco-friendly residential, retail and commercial structures since 1994. In 2004, he decided to build an ideal neighbourhood in Freiburg, Germany – the Schlierberg Solar Settlement with multiple homes and a commercial building called the Sun Ship. The 59 wooden residences including nine penthouses are spread over approximately 13,155 yards and each home has a large photovoltaic roof. These produce more energy than they consume and the area is emission free due to the car sharing system observed here. What’s more, the visionary in 2009 launched an organisation called 100% GmbH, “a trading association of renewable power companies. The aim is to get completely reusable energy to supply Freiburg and its surrounding districts to make it the first sustainable region in the world.” We hope more such projects see the light of day around the world. Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

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From Top The Schlierberg Solar Settlement in Freiburg with the commercial building, the Sun Ship; The wooden homes and penthouses feature large photovoltaic roofs Photographs courtesy Rolf Disch Solar Architecture, Germany


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Fantastic Beasts

what you missed

Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet presented at Hermes brought to fore the grave issue of wildlife conservation

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aking a tour of a sanctuary or watching Sir David Attenborough’s documentaries are both great ways to learn about animals. We also suggest taking a gander at late French creative Robert Dallet’s paintings and sketches, which look nothing less than real life creatures. Parisian luxury house Hermes and Panthera, a global organisation for wild cat preservation came together to pay homage to the artist through a one-of-a-kind exhibition titled “Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet”. It drew attention to the fact that these beings need to be saved from relentless poaching. About the event, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director, Hermes, said, “By making Robert’s little known genius available worldwide with a travelling exhibition on the tenth anniversary of his death, we hope to raise awareness about the precarious existence of these animals.” The occasion also highlighted the painter’s two decade association with the brand while also expressing a powerful message through his artworks of various species – tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, cougar and, snow and clouded leopard. Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

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What Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet When Dec 10, 2016–Jan 12, 2017 Where Hermes, Horniman Circle Garden, Mumbai Inquiries www.hermes.com

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what you missed

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Art Attack

Creativity is an important part of our culture but we tend to take it for granted, “which is why I curated Design: The India Story, in two parts to celebrate homegrown talent,” shares Divya Thakur of Design Temple. While Objects Through Time honoured products like vintage chairs and the charkha, Ideas Through Time was a deliberation on ancient philosophies relevant even today. What Design: The India Story When Dec 8, 2016-Jan 22, 2017 Where CSMVS & Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai Inquiries www.designtemple.com

walk the talk

Inspirations to create your own draft – from novel expressions and hot auctions to new openings produced by aditi Sharma maheShwari

Click your heels to the tune of this $3,000,000 campaign. National Museum of American History in DC has initiated a kickstarter plan to fund the conservation and display of Dorothy’s ruby slippers, made famous by the landmark 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. If you’re interested in this movement, you can show your support on social media by using the hashtag #KeepThemRuby. Website www.americanhistory.si.edu

Photograph courtesy Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Photograph courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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beautiful flaShback

Photographer Dayanita Singh’s exhibition isn’t restricted by space – Suitcase Museum can be contained within two bags. “My vision was to have a collection I can travel with,” she avers. Her images are available in miniatures, and in the form of a handy book, titled Pocket Museum.

Even art connoisseurs may be unaware of the past works of this legendry artist. Monet: The Early Years unfolds 60 paintings during his formative period. It includes his creations before Impressionism – some profound, daring and surprising ones too. What Monet: The Early Years Where Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco When Till May 29, 2017 Inquiries www.famsf.org

hidden GemS

Famous visionaries usually have a side lesser known to people. Take for instance late architect Zaha Hadid who had her way with the easel too. Her masterpieces disclose dramatic images of cities and buildings. Another reason to remember her.... Photograph courtesy 2016 Hugo Glendinning

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What Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings Where Serpentine Galleries, London When Till Feb 12, 2017 Inquiries www.serpentinegalleries.org

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Photograph courtesy Hans Boddeke

Imagine a lamp that lights up without a plug or batteries. Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen discovered that electrochemically active bacteria emit small electrical currents in their metabolism that can be utilised for domestic purposes. Her illuminator, Spark of Life needs to be nourished with a teaspoon of acetate every two weeks to stay alive. Website: www.teresavandongen.com

sURfaCE MattERs New York based brand Spinneybeck’s Beller collection uses wine stopper leftovers and turns them into cork tiles through a waste free moulding process. The resulting material is flexible, allowing it to be formed into a variety of shapes and is also a natural sound absorber. Website: www.spinneybeck.com

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Sitting Pretty

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Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma and natural fibre specialist Enkev created the Dutch Design Award winning biodegradable Flax chair that combines wool and flax with strong bio-plastic fibres for the Netherlands based initiative Label/Breed. Website: www.christienmeindertsma.com

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Enrich stretching sessions with pieces that are as grounded as you. Rumi Earth develops biodegradable yoga mats using rubber sap that will reintegrate into the earth when discarded. Website: www.rumiearth.com 126

Meet Float table and Diffrient Smart chair by New York based label Humanscale that have proven to be the most eco-friendly commodities till date. In 2016, they were conferred with the Living Product Challenge Certification issued by International Living Future Institute which awards creations that don’t harm the planet and improve the lives of users. Website: www.humanscale.com

PULP fiCtiOn Handmade baskets by Montreal studio Dear Human are created using recycled paper. The neutral toned pastel pieces are water resistant, can be used to store trinkets and are also adorable enough to serve as decoratives. Website: www.dearhuman.ca


The sustainable lightness of matter 3x1.5 mt slabs in only 6 mm Maximum is here, the first technical porcelain slab with extraordinary dimensions: 1.5 metres wide, 3 metres long and a choice of 6 mm thickness. Maximum tiles are flexible, resistant, lightweight and environmentally friendly, providing limitless possibilities for your projects and complete architectural sustainability.

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decor buzz small Wonder

Luxurious items can come in all shapes and sizes. Take for instance, the Hazang bamboo speaker. Carefully built and assembled by artisans in Vietnam, it features an amp, battery and a volume knob. The best part is that the shell’s covering is offered in a host of colours ranging from natural and hazel to slate and terracotta hemp. Website: www.hazang.net

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Crafted To Perfection

Bellaphone can send you into a sweet state of reverie. Jordan Waraksa of Milwaukee based Fiddle+Hammer recycles discarded whiskey barrels into beautiful horn-shaped instruments that relay tunes from a speaker at its base. Its height ranging from two to six feet, can be tailored to suit the user’s needs. Website: www.fiddlehammer.com

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traditionally modern

When two countries renowned for their design expertise collaborate, the result can be nothing short of spectacular. We are referring to Oto speaker by Japanese creative Kosho Ito and Danish collective KiBiSi. Curated by Kengo Kuma, the ceramic and wood device utilises the natural property of Japanese wood to amplify sound. Website: www.kibisi.com

What if you could repurpose your old stereo into a Bluetooth enabled piece? The Vamp by British designer Paul Cocksedge is a smart object capable of doing exactly that. Place it on top of your old system, connect it wirelessly or with an AUX cable, and stream your favourite songs, straight from your cell phone. Website: www.thevamp.co.uk

Photograph by Mark Cocksedge courtesy The Vamp

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Gone are the days when you had to manually type out your handwritten messages. Swiss company MontBlanc’s Augmented Paper allows you to seamlessly convert analogue jottings to digital with the press of a single button. The special StarWalker pen that comes with the Italian leather covered notebook was customised for this series. Website: www.montblanc.com


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Built to last

This volume punctuates the fact that it is possible to construct strong, sustainable dwellings that are accommodating of every strata of society

ELLE DECOR LOVEs

An appalling amount of people lose their abodes to catastrophic calamities…Author Bridgette Meinhold believes we have both the technology and the brainpower to change this

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hen you think of the word “home”, what exactly springs to mind? A roofed structure? An apartment? This publication will change your perception as it presents offbeat housing options tailored for individual needs. An appalling amount of people lose their abodes to catastrophic calamities and another incalculable number reside in urban slums within substandard conditions. Author Bridgette Meinhold believes we have both the technology and the brainpower to change this. As proof, she showcases amazing works by architects ranging from shelters that can be rapidly assembled for immediate protection and portable homes, to prefab and low-cost options. We loved Italian firm I-Beam Design’s Pallet house crafted with upcycled materiels – a refuge that can be converted into a fixed residence. Nishita Fiji

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Urban Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World by Bridgette Meinhold. Publisher: WW Norton & Company, `2,578. Available on www.amazon.in. Photography by Bajirao Pawar 130


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Clean Sweep

Imagine a “smart” flowerpot cum air purifier powered by NASA approved plants effective in eliminating pollutants! Clairy, imagined by San Francisco based firm of the same name, is a dual part ceramic planter with a fan and has in-built Wi-Fi that directs toxic air of a room to the roots of the greens to be detoxified. Website: www.clairy.co

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Boosted with a “take no prisoners” approach to cleaner indoor air is the new Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link purifier heater. The machine not only monitors and removes contaminants in your home, but it is also engineered for year round use to heat a room during winters and lower the temperature in summers. Thanks to its HEPA filter, it traps and discards 99.97 percent of harmful particles from the air you breathe, while sending you updates on your phone. Website: www.dyson.com

Support SyStem

Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has imagined a bathtub for Italian brand Agape that is held up by a metal frame. Cuna features thermoformed solid surface and tubular steel structure and is available in various combinations. Website: www.patriciaurquiola.com; www.agapedesign.it

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To explore the beauty of textiles beyond towels and napkins in a bathroom, German steel and enamel specialist Bette, together with designer Dominik Tesseraux created a unique tub design clothed in fabric. Displayed at Salone del Mobile 2016, it features a traditional alloy body and the bath apron cushioned and covered with woven materials from JAB Anstoetz. Website: www.bette.de; www.tesserauxundpartner.de

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The air quality indoors isn’t pristine, in fact it is five times more impure than outside. This is why California based firm Molekule launched the world’s first molecular air purifier with the same name. As wind passes through it, UV light activates the filter and creates a surface reaction to destroy pollutants at a nanoscale. Website: www.molekule.com 132


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Turning up The heaT To replace outdoor heaters, San Francisco based Aaron and Miranda Jones of Galanter & Jones imagined furniture that is smooth and warm like a rock in the sun

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hile working on a design project that needed heating and seating, creative Aaron Jones, co-founder of Galanter & Jones, “had the idea to combine the two and a new product was born,” says Miranda Jones. Founded in 2012, this brand by the brother-sister duo is touted as “the first of its kind” to offer warmed outdoor furniture. These alternate alfresco solutions were envisioned with a credo to exude the feeling of “sitting in a hot tub without getting wet,” adds Miranda. The five available alternatives – Helios Lounge, Helios Love Chair, Evia Lounge, Evia Chair and the latest Pylos bench – are all plug-in ready with an integrated variable temperature control system and feature hidden cords evenly distributed throughout the seat, dissipating energy efficient heat to keep you warm on cooler days. While its sleek form makes it versatile for different spaces, discerning design connoisseurs can also choose from five surface colours and four frame variants. The one inch thick cast stone seats are supported on a powder coated stainless steel base. Nupur Ashok Sarvaiya Website: www.galanterandjones.com

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Brand news

Exciting new releases, store launches and the coolest finds in furniture, lighting and home appliances – peruse our curated selection of what you need to look out for this season produced by nishita fiji

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SOnA REddy

The Founder and Creative Head of the home solutions label Room Therapy talks about the brand and current decor trends

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ith offerings spanning furniture and lighting to wall accents and tableware, the store aims to reinvent versatile areas one corner at a time. Sona explains how: Core philosophy “We like functional decor. No matter what you put in a space, we want it to have utility.” Easy ideas “For a warm home, use elements that have flawed finishes as opposed to clean and polished objects.”

Where: Rd 3, Prashasan Nagar, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 33. Tel: (040) 64552200

BLAST FROM THE PAST

We love a good ‘70s throwback. On the occasion of renowned Spanish lighting and furniture company Santa & Cole’s 30th anniversary, they reissued their alabaster Babel lamp, originally envisioned by native designer Angel Jove in 1971. Website: www.santacole.com

ONE FOR ALL

There’s no need to scout an array of shops to find your favourite luxury pieces. If your residence is due for a makeover, try The Bliss Home, a one stop destination for premium furniture, lights, upholstery and carpet labels from across the globe. Where: 212A, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi 49. Tel: (0) 9910077569

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STAND OUT

In an attempt to recognise ambitious Indian talent, Messe Frankfurt India and the Guild of Designers and Artists invite aspiring interior stylists, product makers and furniture companies to present their avant-garde works and concepts for the Interior Lifestyle Awards 2017, this June. Website: www.interiorlifestyleawards.com

mAKING WAVES

Herman seater by Natuzzi has a single quirk. Envisioned by Manzoni and Tapinassi from Italian Studio Memo, the sofa’s metal support resembles a fin inspired by Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, which is also where it gets its name from. Website: www.natuzzi.com

CREATIVE BROWSING

If you consider design and decor your areas of interest, we found a new website for you to bookmark. Beautiful Homes, an initiative by Asian Paints offers a host of expert tips, DIY advice, stunning inspirations and eye-catching pieces for you to ornament your dream house, all with the click of a button. Website: www.beautifulhomes.com

BREAKING NEW GROUND

You can’t deny that wooden bases have the ability to give any abode a modern update, while making it twice as warm and cosy. Flooring label Mikasa’s latest offerings employ oak, walnut, sapele and ash in their natural form for an unfinished appeal. The surfaces are pre-lacquered to ensure high durability, despite erratic climates. Website: www.mikasafloors.com

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Celebrated Swiss bathroom brand Laufen unveiled their new showroom in Madrid imagined by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Unlike any other outlet, this one is targeted at architects and technicians as it comes equipped with special areas for people to work, review their projects and interact with other professionals.

CLEAN START

German label Axor and local Phoenix Design Studio envisioned the Axor Montreux range of bath and kitchen products with forms reminiscent of the early 20th century. The single lever basin mixer can fit into any style of home decor. Website: www.hansgrohe.in

Website: www.laufen.com

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PURE LUXURY

Feel like royalty while you unwind after a busy day. Italian company Sicis’ all new Alba 03 bathtub blends the comfort of a warm soak with an opulent experience as its exteriors are embellished with mosaic patterns in rich metallic hues. Website: www.sicis.com

GENTLE GRACE

Indian firm Simpolo’s four decades of experience in wall and floor coverings is neatly reflected in their Sintered Compact Surface (SCS) Marble range of contemporary tiles. Enhance your wash space with a serene dose of white natural stone – the offering titled “Modern Statuario” with its simple and visually clean patterns is the perfect choice for a unique powder room. Website: www.simpolo.net

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FOR A gOOD CAUSE In a project to ensure that children in India have basic knowledge of sanitation, German company Viega and native NGO WASHUnited (who have been promoting the idea in the country since 2012) joined hands with UNICEF to extend their support for the Swachh Bharat Mission. Team Swachh Action Kits supplied to 3,500 schools will enable about 7,00,000 kids to learn about hygiene through play based activities. Website: www.viega.in


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MODERN CAVES: SWISH & SUSTAINABLE DENS

E L L E DECOR STYLE Page 144 ROYAL REVIVAL Narrates the story of the 200 year old Brijrama Palace Hotel in Varanasi rescued from its dilapidated state by current owner Arvind Kumar Page 154 NATURALLY INCLINED Depicts an eco-friendly abode in Goa envisioned by Jagvir Matharoo and Martino Caramia, steeped in lush vegetation, vintage and modern artefacts Page 164 MUSEUM OF IDEAS Takes you through retail design specialist Rupert Smith’s industrial loft in Cape Town, which is a study of contrasts in colours, textures and materials Page 172 ROCK SOLID Showcases an 18th century sandstone haveli in Jodhpur conscientiously restored by designers Cathy and Roberto Nieddu on the principles of green living Page 182 THE STONE AGE Captures the beauty of using local and organic materials to rejuvenate a concrete shell, an endeavour undertaken by artist Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernandez in their Mexico City residence 142


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Recently restored to its stately grandeur, the Brijrama Palace Hotel in Varanasi offers an unforgettable experience inside its 200 year old historical environs TEXT by Aditi shArmA mAheshwAri phoTography by Amit mehrA producEd by soniA dutt

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The bada aangan on the ground floor provides a view of all three levels of the hotel and the sunlight streaming from the terrace above illuminates the area. Lending old world charm is the Dholpur stone flooring with marble inlay work, and two solid wood idols of Radha and Krishna placed on either side of the room. These were specially made for the former owner of the property, Darbhanga Maharaj, denoting the male and female seating areas just above them, where the king and queen used to sit in the evenings to enjoy music or dance performances 145


Clockwise, from Above The teal vintage wooden entrance door opens out to a long, winding lane leading to the market; From the hotel’s library, a book titled Banaras City of Light; The majestic exterior made of Chunar sandstone faces three ghats: Munshi, Dashashwamedh and Rana Right The terrace overlooks the Ganges and a room preserving a winch machine, which was once used to hand pull the hotel’s lift. Below is a spacious veranda with a zigzag pattern flooring depicting the flow of water

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he city of Varanasi is as quaint as it is theatrical – you can encounter endless lanes, brightly painted houses and loud sadhus with their followers in the wake...crowds and chaos have made home in every nook and corner. Brijrama Palace Hotel situated at Munshi Ghat on the Ganges, however, paints a different picture, offering peace and a promise of rest. Constructed in 1812, it was owned by Maharaja of Darbhanga, Bihar and post his demise, was left unattended for years. In 1996, Arvind Kumar, a local, while passing by was taken by the beautiful brick facade and decided to purchase the property. Thus began the story of the building’s arduous revival into a 32 room, three level getaway. NEW CHAPTERS Entering the 200 year old palace on a boat and stepping inside a lift built during the 18th century by a British engineer feels surreal. Hand pulled in the past, it now operates on electricity. You can arrive from the back doors too, after trudging through a winding lane stretching easily to a kilometre or two. “I’ve entered another era”, you might think looking at the old wooden doors, massive Chunar stone columns, vintage furniture and ancient fans with long, timber blades.

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Clockwise, from Above In the lounge: The multicoloured carpet is crafted in traditional Bhadohi work and the sofa is inspired by the European “love couch�, custom made by local artisans. Behind are wooden windows that open into the rear gallery of the property; Placed inside a wall panel on the first floor, a solid silver vase reflecting intricate carvings, sourced from a city market; Thikri or mirror inlay work can be seen across corridors, hand done by Udaipur painters Right A view of the interior balconies: The entire hotel is awashed in the light pink hue of the Chunar stone. The verandas offer a panoramic view of the hotel and this is where classical musicians settle down and play their instruments for a few hours every evening, filling the palace with beautiful harmonies

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A wide view of the royal lounge reveals antique hanging lamps from different shops of Varanasi and custom made furniture. A group of Rajasthani artists restored the ceiling with traditional paintings that immediately lift the look of the space. The door on the left corner leads to a rectangular balcony overlooking the calm waters

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Clockwise, from Above On the first floor: Marble flooring and curtains made of sheer and organza that sway with the constant ventilation inside the hotel; A solid silver Nandi curio; An itar dan or fragrance sprinkler made of silver with intricate carvings Right The majestic Bhagirathi Maharaja Suite on the same level is steeped in royal flavour. The spread made of Benarasi silk covers an archetypal bed and the rose pink ceiling glistening with Rajasthani fresco artworks fills the boudoir with colour and charm

A veranda at the reception overlooks the historic river – a sight worth bookmarking in your memory. The hotel’s restoration constitutes a restaurant facing the Ganges, a bada aangan with large Radha Krishna idols and three levels for accommodation. It’s easy to lose your heart to the majestic Bhagirathi Maharaja suite too. An expansive space with a bright pink bed covering made with Benarasi fabric and corners dotted with silverware is also home to a life sized hand-painted portrait of Arvind’s parents, Brij Pal Das and Rama Devi, after whom the hotel was christened. Cultural retreat Artists from Jaipur, Jodhpur and Varanasi were called to decorate the walls with paintings. All the furniture was sourced from Kolkata and chandeliers and wall brackets from Jaipur. One can find multiple design influences of different states here “because I wanted the structure to look like the royal palaces of Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh,” adds the owner, Arvind. The sounds of classical music reverberate from the heart of the palace as local musicians settle down on two balconies situated inside. “Kashi is the centre of performing arts, which I wanted to revive here. I was always keen on building a textile museum too inside this property – soon that project will see the light of day!” he reveals.

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Designers Jagvir Matharoo and Martino Caramia’s ecologically friendly villa is purely utopian, letting elements of a glorious past cohabit with collectibles from the present TEXT by Jagvir matharoo phoTography by fabien Charuau producEd by mrudul pathak kundu

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house can become a home, if it is a reflection and extension of the owner’s personal style. Martino and I have always been in love with nostalgia. We both have been collectors of antiques and curiosities for some time now. The transformation of a found object in a curated atmosphere is almost unbelievable. Every piece strings a story to the making of an abode. For us, it is always a work in progress…adding and subtracting as we move into various stages in our personal growth of style and aesthetics. An escape from the consuming life in Germany brought Martino to Goa about eight years back. Having met him in Mumbai, with almost identical ideologies and to live a more sustainable and resourceful life, I soon followed in his footsteps. Since we both came from similar design backgrounds it was natural for us to collaborate and develop Flame, the fashion and lifestyle label that Martino had started in Goa. We used to live in a larger Portuguese bungalow, which had a studio within. The need for a detached atelier and a private abode brought us to our current space. Its oldest section is roughly 200 years old and the newer structure underwent a few modifications over the last decade. Overall, it measures about 2,500 sq ft, the layout and architecture almost traditional Portuguese. A summer patio opens up to a large living room. A narrow passage leads you to the open-plan kitchen, one of the most important areas. Since the guest bedrooms and the master boudoir all open up to the cookroom, we consider this space as the heart of our home. From monsoon evenings to balmy summer nights, the refurbished ’50s dining table has witnessed many conversations. Large Portuguese windows open up to lush trees outside. And with Martino being a passionate cook, we end up preparing food from a lot of the locally sourced produce. To deal with the wet waste, we created a compost pit in our backyard, which in turn gives us manure. This is our small contribution towards reducing our carbon footprint. We both love to travel so it’s very difficult to put one particular style or genre to our aesthetic. “Modern boheme” comes closest. A mix of the ’20s oriental and the post colonial ’50s is what we gravitate towards always. I love the clean lines of Art Deco and post modern periods, while Martino has a strong south Italian heritage with an ardent traveller’s eye. Our villa encompasses things purchased over a period of time, from flea markets in Mumbai, Goa and Jodhpur. Some were bought and remodelled to our requirements while others fit just as they are…like the brass trays converted into tea tables. Since this is an open planned space, the challenging part was to be able to create intimate areas. Vintage dividers were used to lend a sense of warmth and privacy. To tackle the lack of daylight in one of the middle rooms, a high glass door was installed in the guestroom. This also made the layout more fluid and transcendent in a way, where one room flows into the other. For us, home is where we walk in and become a cohesive part of it. From the walls to the chairs, each and every aspect of this place has had a story that we have shared together.

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The summer patio just outside the living room, propped with a custom seater, cushions from Flame, thrifted rug and a classic Portuguese wooden folding chair. While the vintage divider enhances this corner’s intimacy, the Moroccan tray table, tea glasses and hand-painted teapot make it a little more idyllic

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Home goa The tea corner in the living room comes alive with colour and patterns from the refurbished screen, chairs from Flame and Portuguese chest with carved mirrors from Jodhpur. On the Art Deco rosewood table sits a dainty tea set in silver Left Another section of the same space: On the exposed brick wall hang iconic Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma’s prints and an antique Belgian mirror. Steel lamps stand on either side of the console that used to be a display unit for selling bangles. Under the ceiling lamp from Morocco lie mid-century cane back benches and teapoy with refurbished marble top, resting on Fabindia dhurries

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Home Munich Facing the dining section of the open-plan kitchen is a wall with prints by Raja Ravi Varma. Below the frames sits a typical Portuguese console from the ’30s and an Art Nouveau lamp from Antwerp with a graphic printed Freedom Tree shade. In the centre, the refurbished mid-century dining table and cane back chairs help maintain the easygoing air of this space. On the table rests a pepper grinder shaped like the Television Tower in Berlin Right In the “middle passage room”, the ‘50s single bed with turned legs covered with linen from the owners’ store Flame and Morocco, makes the reading corner extra warm and cosy. While the ‘50s dressing table was refurbished, the rug is from Fabindia. On the partition hang artworks by Raja Ravi Varma

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Home goa Hearkening to yesteryears, the master bath is fitted with a yellow oxide tub and accented with floral shaped marble platters. While the brass bowls were precious finds from Jaipur, the khadi towels were sourced from Ekmatra Left In the dressing room by the window: Characteristic of Portuguese architecture, the red brick arch was kept exposed, a small way of connecting the past with the present. Each piece echoes Jagvir and Martino’s love for travel and collecting – the Art Deco cane chairs sourced from a nearby market, vintage wooden box, antique Chinese porcelain lamp from Mumbai, Jodhpur sourced copper serveware, kantha blanket from Kolkata, bag from Mexico and kantha jacket from Flame

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The look of the master bedroom is an ode to the owners’ “collective aesthetic” – from the antique ‘20s wardrobe bought from Kolkata and the brass platter resting on the window sill from Jaipur, to the marble-top Art Nouveau tables and Kartell acrylic lamps. The glass cookie jar holding banana leaves works as a nice makeshift vase, while the vintage Suzani bed throw and cushion covers from Flame fill the room with texture and colour

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Retail design specialist Rupert Smith’s industrial loft in Cape Town is an exercise in storytelling, with natural light and contrast in the starring roles TEXT by Laura Twiggs/bureaux.co.za phoTography by greg cox/bureaux.co.za producEd by sheLLey sTreeT/bureaux.co.za

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In the artistic living room with an illuminated wall artwork and leather seater, Rupert’s primary design rule resonates – to create a monochromatic canvas, layer contrasting textures and juxtapose design features from different periods Left In the same space, the Persian carpet offsets the slick leather, wood and steel mid-century modern lounge suite while the antique French marble and brass table complement both the glossy leather and vintage detailing all around

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The compact, industrial kitchen and dining area reflect a busy vibe with stacks of crockery and hanging lights. On the island, the lustrous white marble top and porcelain accessories give the space a sense of style and expansiveness


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upert Smith, co-owner of VM Central & Olive Studio, South Africa’s only accredited visual merchandising school describes his job astutely, “This discipline is the art and science of attracting and engaging potential retail customers by bringing objects alive. It’s all about creating a coherent narrative.” And while his portfolio includes varied works for iconic international brands like Harley Davidson and Heineken, it’s hard to imagine a more distilled demonstration of what he means through his own living space in Cape Town. Creative intentions This compact loft is infinitely more than the sum of its parts – in Rupert’s hands, the somewhat clinical, static industrial and concrete abode breathes with life. “I was drawn to the raw elements like the steel windows and staircase and to the volume, but I didn’t want a soulless, run of the mill, modern, cold look,” says Rupert. “What I also liked was the sense of life unfolding all around me (the block and the surrounding area hosts residential and commercial units equally). The bigger context is one of people working, playing, living, resting, retreating, entertaining and I wanted to bring this multi dimensionality into the heart of my home.” initial musings The biggest drawcard for Rupert was the interplay between the loft’s airy volume and abundance of natural light. “With this in place, I knew I had the essential elements for my own canvas,” he adds. When it came to starting work, the owner followed his own golden rules. “I used a black and white frame and then built and layered from there”. And while it might seem counter intuitive, the dramatic monotone feature walls in no way shrink the space or add any sense of confinement. From Top Rupert who believes in building “a coherent narrative” does so by envisioning a harmonious confluence of colours, textures and materials through light, plants and curios; His love for gardening led to the creation of this indoor lush space, replete with a seater (vintage market find) and potted plants

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Rupert’s ever-changing vignettes and displays in his home and in the study makes his son think of the place as a museum. Birds are an obsession – taxidermied parrots, crows and ravens feature strongly, as do skulls Right In a comfortable corner in the living area, a cushy black seater which was sourced from a local market and re-upholstered, and a plush rug

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plan of action Maximising available light is another design rule that Rupert swears by, masterfully achieved in this loft. It’s to this end that one of the apartment’s most dominant features is the ongoing repetition of glass vessels and glossy finishes. On every available surface and level, these refract and accentuate the luminosity, shining and drawing the eye while seemingly extending the actual spatial footprint. This is done by linking the interior to the outside and drawing coherent relationships between items from wildly disparate contexts. The leather of a mid-century modern Scandinavian lounge suite happily coexists with the marble sheen of an antique French table; burnished wood corresponds with glistening metal; the porcelain tiles’ patina forges a relationship with polished brass and chrome. Another equally powerful layer is added by the proliferation of greenery and living foliage – a direct counterpoint to the bones of the building. It’s this abundance of plants and light that underpins everything and it’s enhanced by juxtaposing it with a deeper layer of rougher, less refined textures – the hessian artwork against the black wall in the living area, the throws in the mezzanine bedroom and the sumptuous natural pile of the white fleece rugs. The last coat of all is the detail, to which Rupert meticulously applies his eye. “My son, Hero says our home is like a museum!” he laughs, pointing to the various groupings of interesting objects that punctuate and lend further depth throughout the place. Most notable among these must be the taxidermied birds which inject a playfully macabre note to the lush oasis. “I’ve always been a bit of a Goth!” admits Rupert.

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From Top The visual, museum-like narrative of the house continues in the bathroom too with a bleached animal skull, wooden shaving brush, glass vessels and foliage; The crow and hanging planter in Rupert’s boudoir on the mezzanine is testament to his love for nature Left Another view of his luxurious bedroom: Texture takes centre stage – wood, wool, brick, bone, fleece and linen create a serene cocoon

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A SolID PARADISE Rock

Located in a building the 1650s,designers fashion designer Making a strong case forfrom sustainability, Cathy Vanessa Bruno’s apartment artfully blends vintage charm with modern senand Roberto Nieddu refurbish an 18th century sandstone silorem uousah asjgasbilitie mahal into their private green residence TEXTPhoTogrAPhy AND ProDucTioN by Julia Mincarelli/SiSterS agency TEXT by cathy nieDDu by aMit Mehra PhoTogrAPhy by Birgitta Wolfgang DreJer/SiSterS agency ProDucED by Sonia Dutt

The outdoor poolside seating area is decked with teak wood furniture imagined by Cathy and Roberto’s CRN Design Studio, and vintage cushions purchased from Marrakech. In the background, the arched gateway opens into the haveli grounds Right, from Top Left Partial view of the mansion’s back facade, with intricate carvings; Set against a large champa tree, teak bed with yellow cotton covered mattresses by CRN Design Studio and classic wood carved daybed bask in the sun

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he first time we drove into Sukh Sagar haveli, a Rajasthani style structure with lush verdure around, my husband Roberto and I knew it was destined to be ours. Dating back to the middle of the 18th century, it is situated near a lake and was primarily used as a hunting lodge for family and distinguished guests. The building had been vacant for 40 years and the two acre land around it was being farmed by the loyal caretakers. As designers, this was the perfect project for us to create a modern, comfortable living environment, in keeping with the mansion’s traditional style.

ORGANIC DIVISIONS Roberto and I renovated the stable area first, so we could live on the property till it was time to give the place its new life. In this phase, we planned the master boudoir, our daughter Bianca’s room, a living/dining space and an expansive kitchen for my Italian husband who loves to cook. The pool area was created outside the bedroom where the water well used to be – we wanted to ensure we could live outside whenever possible and enjoy the gardens. Keeping with the Mughal architecture, the family wing is on the other side of the main entrance, where we designed three guest suites and a few more living spaces. For the entryway, stone carvers worked on site on the intricate sandstone pillars and arches, for eight months. It took about 80 people to install the heavy 21 ft iron and recycled teak doors. Behind the visitor wing, the vegetable garden gives us fresh produce throughout winter. SELF EXTENSIONS At the time of building, there was not much available in Jodhpur, which forced us to be creative and make everything ourselves. For the interiors, all the furniture was done by our company CRN Design Studio. We have been collecting antiques in this city for over 20 years and have created the perfect place to display them. Every living corner is sprinkled with something old as well as new...I guess you could say this is our signature style. Our home has become a wonderful way to demonstrate our aesthetic and showcase our architectural and interior design expertise. 173


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From Top Left In the past, this grand room hosted musicians and dancers who entertained guests, the double-storeyed ceiling aiding perfect acoustics. Cathy and Roberto continue this tradition even today. Crafted by CRN Design Studio, the Ring chair has a modern jali to echo the old stone frameworks above the pillars. In the centre of the circa 1900 Thakat table sourced from a local dealer, rest antique brass candlestands from South India in a wooden Nagaland trough. While the Persian carpet was picked up from Europe, the baby grand piano was a gift from Chano Dominguez, a renowned Spanish flamenco pianist; Section of an old carved teak beam from Bikaner with traditional lacquer moulding Right Flanked by chairs upholstered in kantha cloth by CRN Design Studio, the 15 ft long colonial wooden unit enjoys pride of place in the bar. The wall shelves behind the bar, made with a carved stone panel, have wooden tops to stash glassware. While the mirror and crystal lighting is also from CRN Design Studio, the vintage brass candlesticks were bought from down South 174


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The living room for guests houses tribal pieces collected by the Nieddus for over 20 years – from carved wooden boxes and miniature paintings, to old embroidered cholis and mirrored caps. They created special teak and iron shelving that will not “distract from the beauty of each piece”. CRN Design Studio also designed the chairs upholstered in silk and cotton, propped with cushions from Via Jodhpur. While the Jaisalmer stone bowl on the Thakat table is another CRN Design Studio piece, the Gujarat horse in the foreground was sourced locally

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From Top Left The dining space is set against a wall of artefacts, including an old Burmese Buddha, wooden sculpture from Madhya Pradesh, some intriguing brass, ceramic pieces and carved dolls. The Royal Doulton china plates, antique Canadian pressed water glasses and Georgian Plain sterling silverware complete the section along with the indigo block printed tablecloth, table and chairs, all creations by CRN Design Studio; This intimate area for entertaining guests features furniture by CRN Design Studio and combination of vintage Indian and Turkish cushions. On the wall is an old Chinese painting of a Maharaja from Gujarat, circa 1900 Left Tea table near the entrance of the haveli: The white linen, which belonged to Cathy’s grandmother and runner made from old silk saris complement the Royal Doulton china teacups, vintage sterling silver tea set, Moroccan glasses from Good Earth, horse bust sourced locally and iron candlestand from CRN Design Studio 179


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Our hOme has becOme a wOnderful way tO demOnstrate Our aesthetic...

Above In the recently renovated master bedroom, the distressed grey teak bed is covered with linen custom made by Rasa Jaipur. The natural teak wood cupboards complete with private bar, are panelled with mirrors. While the gun metal grey linen curtains were sourced from Synergy, Mumbai, the antique carpet is from Marrakech Right The bath in the same boudoir is flooded in natural light. Black stone counter tops are juxtaposed by whitewashed wooden cabinets and soft taupe walls. Rusted iron lights hang from the high ceilings above custom made marble sinks, which reflect in a large mirror frame, all by CRN Design Studio 180


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THE STONE AGE

Using natural and local materials, acclaimed artist Pedro Reyes and fashion designer Carla Fernandez make the best of an abandoned concrete shell to create a home steeped in Mexican heritage as well as modern influences TEXT by YUKI SUMNER phoTography by EdMUNd SUMNER

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The vast floor to ceiling library overlooks the living room. Inspired by origami, the concrete mezzanine was created for the express purpose of accessing the topmost bookshelves. The raised platform serves as both, a reading area and a viewing gallery for Pedro’s works

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rutalist architecture is not for the faint-hearted. However, Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernandez had no qualms purchasing such a house in Coyoacan, south of Mexico City, built in the 1980s for themselves and their two children, aged seven and ten. Pedro is an internationally acclaimed artist who originally trained as an architect. His partner, Carla is an award-winning fashion designer, who gained international acclaim for her efforts to preserve Mexico’s indigenous artisan communities. The 10,000 sq ft abode has four bedrooms and two courtyards with an untouched exterior. The duo spent four months demolishing walls, removing doors and stripping the ’80s plaster finishes and carpets. They hammered the existing concrete to highlight its texture and punched large round holes to introduce unexpected views and bring sunlight and fluidity to the rooms. Some walls have been painted a sunny yellow or Luis Barragan’s rusty red. The drama unfolds once you pass through the front door. Ahead is a double heighted space where robust concrete beams support the glass roof.

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Above, from Left A corner of the sitting area: Nautilus inspired plywood pieces with geometrical patterns grace a console; In stark contrast to the grey hues of concrete, green plants and succulents, basking under the direct skylight, inject colour to the interiors Left, from Top Left Pedro, who was trained as

an architect but switched over to the arts, loves creating in the house. A set of chairs made by him gets pride of place in the living room; The space behind the “Pyramid of the Future� is his playground. Here, he experiments with his designs and other projects on hand. Floors in different hues demarcate various spaces

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The dining setup reveals an asymmterical table surrounded by wooden chairs. Large windows replace walls to let in maximum sunlight and merge the inside with the outdoors. Open concrete shelves store ceramics, tableware and glasses Left The second seating area, located behind the “Pyramid of the Future� functions as a showcase of artworks created by Pedro. Here too, glass has been favoured over cement partitions inviting verdant views

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The star in the double heighted master bathroom is a tub chiselled out of a single slab of volcanic rock Left The basin, handmade by a mason Pedro works closely with, resembles a volcanic terrain. The different textures of concrete prevent the space from looking dull

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Above, from Left Pedro loves to tour the neighbourhood on his bicycle to scout for secondhand books to add to his and Carla’s booming collection. The tomes inject hues into the otherwise grey spaces; The bedroom window overlooks Pedro’s work

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table, on which rests a model of a chemical element made by him Right White takes over the master boudoir, while the stark blue rug provides relief from the monotone. The slab running across the breeze block wall is personalised with frames and mementos


In the middle of this large room, they have constructed a free-standing pod using polished breeze blocks. This Aztec influenced “Pyramid of the Future” is used to host residencies for Carla’s artisans. It also divides the area in half, the front functions like an art gallery to showcase the incredible collection of books as well as the art furniture made by Pedro, while the area behind is used by him to do more messy creative work. It leads to the second sitting room at the back end of the house and another courtyard. The couple refers to their handmade approach as the “future caveman” style. This has been achieved thanks to a family of masons Pedro collaborates with on a daily basis. In addition to building the library, they worked diligently for 18 months to lay the granite flagstones that flow throughout the house – each piece was hand-cut and the next one was shaped to match. They also helped envision the cave-like kitchen, where everything from the shelving to the island is poured concrete, and the master bathroom featuring a colossal tub, chiselled out of a single volcanic rock, and a sink sculpted to look like a miniature range of volcanos.

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Give your home a sensorial makeover with textiles that are nice to see and good to hold. Deck your interiors with natural materials for a country home vibe; dazzle your alcove with rich velvets and silks or let loose your inner child with fun, geometric patterns in bright colours. Also, choose your favourites from our curated selection of neutral hued furniture, indulgent bedding and soft, marvellous rugs to tread upon trend and style direction by Sonia dutt ProdUced by taSneem merchant

we love this Designers Philippe Mouquet and Anamorphee envisioned the first collection of furnishings for luxury brand Hermes. Best suited for outdoor use, this range is light, water, chlorine and friction resistant. The interplay of daring graphic patterns on polyester caught our eye for being unabashedly bold. Website www.hermes.com

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Let cotton, linen and khadi in earthy tones transform your home into an organic oasis trend and style direction by Sonia dutt PHotoGraPHy by anKuSH MaRia stylinG by PRatEEKSHa KaCKaR FRoM LEFt CoRaL and VintaGE LinEn “SoHo” CoCKtaiL naPKinS from inV Home, `725 (set of four) Cotton naPKin from cellardoor, `2,000 (set of eight) Cotton “HERRinGBonE” natuRaL RunnER from inV Home, `3,600 GLaSS and Rattan “tHE Rattan StoRY” BottLE from rain & Peacock, `2,106 aRtiFiCiaL FLoWER from Moonriver, `100 each CERaMiC CuPS and SauCERS from silk road and beyond, `1,250 (set of four cups and saucers) LinEn CLaSSiC taBLE CoVER from nicobar, `4,200 CHandERi SiLK CHandELiER from the shades of india, `75,000 onwards

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Natural textiles in light hues and grainy surfaces induce an air of nostalgia into interiors trend and style direction by sonia dutt photography by ankush maria styling by prateeksha kackar

from polo ralph lauren from Villa d’este, `7,300 per mtr linen “soho” VintaGe `725 (set of four) coral linen “soho” cocktail napkin `725 (set of four); both from inV home thread cones stylist’s own pure cotton chikankari taBle napkin from Maison.15, `9,800 (part of set) cotton polYester “natura” from Kc Fabrics from Villa d’este, `895 per mtr cotton napkins from nur, `390 (set of six) Jute faBric from textures, `390 per mtr thread spool from local vendor, `20 per pc onwards clockwise, from top left 100 percent cotton “atrium matelasse”

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1. Lafayette linen Raj Chintz is part of the Inspired By India collection. The mustard coloured fabric features vintage English floral prints. Website: www.peterdascoli.com 2. Chinar Farooqui’s Dhari 2 is made from pure cotton handwoven on a pit loom. Website: www.injiri.co.in 3. Pebble Wool in Birch boasts an exposed wool boucle yarn for a nubby texture. Website: www.maharam.com 4. Re-Covers by Riddhi Jain, crafted from upcycled net, cotton and organza, were influenced by the Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophy. Website: www.studiomedium.in 5. Adventure and Camouflage from the Young@Heart range in mercerised cotton have anti-wrinkle and antishrink properties. Website: www.boutiquelivingindia.com

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Pile soft and shimmering textiles to turn your bedroom into a sensual, regal alcove trend and style direction by Sonia dutt PHotoGraPHy by anKuSH MaRia stylinG by PRatEEKSHa KaCKaR

from andy Home, price on request SuEdE “Editt” anKlE bootS from steve Madden, `7,000 PlEatEd from K2india, price on request vElvEt “nova” CuSHion from shades of india, `1,800 Rabbit fuR CuSHion from Wisma atria interiors, `4,800 SilK “HYdRanGEa” flowER from ishatvam, `1,200 vElvEt “PiERRE CaRdin” navY blanKEt from Floor & Furnishings, `9,719 Satin GREEn toP from tulsi by neeru Kumar, `5,900 laCE StRinG “atHlEtiC bEautY” tHonGS from Hunkemoller, `995 duCHESS SilK Satin “GildEd aGE CHintZ” fabRiC from Peter d’ascoli, `6,000 per mtr for details, see address book CloCKwiSE, fRoM abovE lEft lEatHER tRunK blaCK CuSHion

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Gleaming silks and lush satins in glistening jewel tones uplift your boudoir for a decadent snooze trend and style direction by Sonia dutt PHotoGraPHy by anKuSH MaRia stylinG by PRatEEKSHa KaCKaR

from d’decor, `555 VElVEt from evo from First impressions, `9,055 REd duCHESS SilK “GatSBY from Peter d’ascoli, `6,000 two tonE PolY taffEta from textures, `490 BlaCK VElVEt “JaliSCo 1” from collezione cesaro from Villa d’este, `9,600 laCE `240 Satin faBRiC RoSE `60 per pc onwards; both from Prakash lace collection, VElVEt from HP singh, `500 100 PERCEnt SilK from apostrophe from Villa d’este, `2,400 Satin from tessuti, `100 onwards. all prices per mtr, unless specified for details, see address Book

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1. Dimensions collection from Clarke & Clarke comprises four velvet patterns with subtle metallic effects and is offered in several hues. Website: www.maishaa.com 2. Rosegarden & Florence from Plum de Paun range by Shobhna and Kunal Mehta’s feature laser-cut applique on a sheer tulle. Website: www.kanchidesigns.com 3. Silk brocade Lhasa and dupion silk Cixi Rose cushions from the Shambala series feature patterns inspired by journey along the Silk Route. Website: www.goodearth.in 4. Margrez, Castor and Oliver pillows are in beige and taupe hued velvet and satin. Website: www.apartment9.in 5. Villa Erba line of materials by the label is a mix of 100 percent polyester and cotton. Website: www.ddecor.com

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1. Silk brocade cushions in bright hues designed by Raseel Gujral Ansal for the Benaras series are handwoven by weavers from the city. Website: www.casa-pop.com 2. Tuscany, Madagascar and Venezia fabric from the Maya collection are a combination of velvet, damask and silk with embroidery. Website: www.rumorsindia.in 3. Bedcovers from the Benares line are handwoven from pure silk brocade. Website: www.surpriselinen.com 4. Untold stories sofa part of the Blooming range has poly-cotton cushion covers with floral patterns and velvet upholstery. Website: www.seasonsfurnishings.com 5. Imagined by Kishen Ghorai, Eternal Treasure consists of quilts, duvets, covers, etc. Website: www.maspar.com


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graphic mOVE Play with bold, geometric patterns for spaces that refuse to toe the line trend and style direction by Sonia dutt PHotoGraPHy by anKuSH MaRia stylinG by PRatEEKSHa KaCKaR

from the Wishing chair, `4,500 HaRd Bound “’60S dECoRatiVE aRt” by taschen from cMyK, price on request nEW BonE CHina MuG from inV Home, `1,250 (set of four) Cotton “a PiECE of tHE SKY” BuntinG from the Wishing chair, `990 HaRd Wood WitH MEtaL dEtaiLinG “tHE PLoY” CaBinEt from nivasa, `78,000 WiLd SiLK BoLd StRiPEd BEaCH BaG from Maison.15, `4,000 LinEn CLaSSiC taBLE CoVER from nicobar, `4,200 CanE “BuCKEt & tuBS” LaundRY BaSKEt from rain & Peacock, `4,500 PoLYEStER “aLBin tuRQuoiSE” CLuB CLaSS faBRiC from seasons Furnishings, `1,695 per mtr Hand tuftEd “SoLitaiRE” RuG from Hands, price on request in tHE CaBinEt, fRoM toP faBRiCatEd BoXES from cellardoor, `1750 (set of two) Cotton iKat Hand WoVEn SinGLE BEd CoVER from tulsi by neeru Kumar, `4,200 SiLK PoCKEt SQuaRE from second Floor studio by Punit Jasuja, `2,499 Cotton Hand BLoCK PRintEd tEa toWELS from the Wishing chair, `400 each StRiPEd duVEt CoVER from Maison.15, `5,000 Cotton “BB02” taBLE RunnER from rain & Peacock, `2,250 Cotton “VERandaH” CandY StRiPEd taBLE CLotH from nicobar, `2,400 PaSHMina CHEQuEREd SHaWL from tulsi by neeru Kumar, `8,930 JutE StoRaGE BaSKEt from Maison.15, `3,550 for details, see address Book CLoCKWiSE, fRoM LEft Hand WoVEn and uPHoLStEREd “KiLiM” ottoMan

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graphic Move Striped and zig-zag motifs in bright, sunny hues promise to bring out your inner, exuberant child trend and style direction by Sonia dutt PHotoGraPHy by anKuSH MaRia stylinG by PRatEEKSHa KaCKaR

from Polo ralph lauren from Villa d’este, `9,180 Cotton KitCHEn from nur, `390 Cotton JutE faBRiC from textures, `490 HandlooM Cotton BlaCK and GREY SwatCH from textures, `490 PoPlin diaGonal StRiPES from sahni expo Fab, `250 GEoMEtRY SEt from sita ram stationers, `10 per pc onwards PolYEStER Cotton “GotHEn BuRG” `3,000 PolYEStER Cotton “MaRSKalK” `3,125; both from Maishaa from Villa d’este. all prices per mtr, unless specified CloCKwiSE, fRoM toP lEft Cotton linEn “CEdaR Point StRiPE SEa”

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1. Houndstooth by Rooshad Shroff for Cocoon Fine Rugs is inspired by the myriad floorings found in heritage homes in India. Website: www.cocooncarpets.com 2. Nouveau Collection carpets are hand tufted in botanical silk and wool. Website: www.hands-carpets.com 3. Lattice floor covering by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec showcases the harmonic succession of colours with controlled disorder. Website: www.nanimarquina.com 4. Offered in Ultramarine Blue, Kaza from Chiara is made from wool infused with recycled sari silk and motifs of kites flying in the sky. Website: www.mishcatco.com 5. Kilims from the Geometrix collection are hand tufted with New Zealand wool. Website: www.obeetee.com


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IN thIs Issue...

E L L E DeCOR LeIsuRe Stir up a storm with a heady mix of ingredients and delectable dishes, set up a trendy table, assemble an ideal kitchen with our picks of smart culinary covetables and cruise through our travel pages to plan your own idyllic getaway Produced by SONIA DUTT, MrUDUl PAThAk kUNDU and ADITI ShArMA MAheShwArI

top choice Have your own version of Nigella Kitchen, working your way around the cookroom with these beautiful accessories at your disposal and whipping up batches of sinful treats. WhisQ launched by Avni Biyani of Future Group in collaboration with Pooja Dhingra of Le 15 Patisserie offers baking tools made by German brand Fackelmann. From fondant rollers and whisks to cake moulds and measuring spoons, everything can be purchased at Foodhall, Home Town and Big Bazaar outlets. Website: www.facebook.com/WhisQIndia

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A Slice of The Sun

A comforting spread to keep you upbeat in spring – hearty dishes laced with seasonal picks from organic farmlands PhotograPhy by Sara Kollberg FooD PreParations by Stefano Delli Carri

Beetroot carpaccio 3 ltr red wine vinegar, 1 ltr water, 300 gms sugar, 3 cloves, 2 beetroots, 2 oranges, 1 cinnamon stick METHOD

Mix water with vinegar, sugar and spices in a pot. Add beets and boil for 20 mins. Remove beets once they are tender and let them cool on a plate. Reduce the remaining liquid on high flame until it becomes thick. Heat a saucepan till it starts smoking and place the sliced oranges. Quickly cook both sides, pouring on top some of the liquid while heating the last side. Let it cool down. Slice the beetroots and serve the Carpaccio with oranges and sauce. 214


Tempura Zucchini Flowers 2 ltr sparkling water, 1 cup of milk, 100 gms wheat flour, 100 gms grated manchego cheese, 100 gms hard bread, 6 gms black truffle oil for frying, 3 tbsp potato starch, 1 tbsp baking soda, 4 zucchini blossoms, 1 egg, salt and pepper to taste, oil for frying METHOD

Mix plain flour, potato starch and baking soda, and keep aside. Crack an egg into a bowl and beat it roughly. Pour a little cold water. Add the flour, mixing two spoons at a time until it gets smooth. Let it rest for 30 mins. Meanwhile, soak the hard bread in milk and once soft, remove it and squeeze out the extra milk. Now mix it in a bowl with cheese, truffle oil, salt and pepper. Fill the flowers with the bread mix and gently twist the petals to seal. Dip the stuffed blossoms in the tempura batter. Fry for 1 or 2 mins, turning them until golden brown. Allow the cooked blossoms to drain on a paper towel. Serve hot.

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Pumpkin Risotto With Porcini 3 ¼ cups vegetable stock, 625 gms flesh from yellow pumpkin, 280 gms rice, 150 gms porcini mushrooms, 55 gms grated parmesan, 1 tbsp butter, 1 onion, salt and pepper to taste, rosemary leaves for garnish METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°C. Scoop the flesh out of the pumpkin, remove the seeds and finely dice it. Wrap in aluminium foil and cook in the oven for 30 mins. Clean and chop the mushrooms in big chunks. Saute in a hot saucepan for about 5 mins then add rosemary, salt and pepper, and let it cool. Meanwhile, peel and chop the onion and saute gently using butter. Now add rice and toss until translucent.

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Slowly pour in vegetable stock, stirring frequently. The rice should be cooked when it has taken up all the stock (about 30 mins). Ten mins before the end of the cooking time carefully stir the diced pumpkin and mushrooms into the risotto. Before serving, mix in the rest of the butter and the parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. FOR SERVING

Place the halved pumpkin shells upside down on greased baking sheets. Bake at 120°C for 15 mins until warm. Serve risotto in the pumpkin and garnish with rosemary leaves.


decor LEISURE red Wine Pears ½ ltr red wine, 300 gms sugar, 4 small pears, 3 cardamoms, 1 cinnamon stick METHOD

Peel the pears. In a pot, mix the wine with sugar and spices, bring to boil and let it simmer for 5 mins. Add pears, close the pot tight and let it set for a day. Serve as is with sweetened ginger.

Recipes and location courtesy Horta De Belloch, Parc de Belloch, Ctra 251, KM 5-6, E 08430, La Roca de Valles, Barcelona, Spain Website: www.facebook.com/Hortadebelloch

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Backyard Buffet

Ring in pure joy – gather your friends for an alfresco spring feast replete with organic ware and fun accents Trend and STyle direcTion by Sonia Dutt phoTography by S thiru STyling by PrateekSha kackar

Catch the fleeting sun in this clement weather and savour your brunch in the company of friends and mother nature. Let The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever fill up the area with its lilting melody while you pepper a long table in the outdoors with white linen and florets. Arrange on top wooden plates, cake stands and ceramic glasses and suspend two metal hoops decorated with creepers above, to complete the setting. Tabletop Accessories Appliances India, Crazy Daisy, Fabindia, Homeight, INV Home, Nicobar, Nur, Rain & Peacock, Sajaavat, Shades of India, Silk Road & Beyond, The Shop; Furniture from Nivasa, Rain & Peacock Location courtesy Nivasa 218

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from Fabindia (set of two), `2,790 wooden decorative from Apartment 9, `1,080 (set of five) acryLic and wood jar from Sham Di Hatti, `405 GLaSS BowL with wooden Lid from Silk Road & Beyond, `650 ceramic and wood “indiGo mood” caniSter from The Wishing Chair, `1,200 (set of two) ceramic and wood “SaGariKa” roUnd jar from Fabindia, `1,690 (set of two) wood and metaL UtiLity BoX from Apartment 9, `1,800

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Table Toppers

Serveware in natural materials make an evergreen statement pHoTogRApHy By S thirU pRoDuCeD By PrateeKSha KacKar

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from Karigiri, `2,000 wooden BowL from Sham Di Hatti, `495 wooden “dia” nUt BowL from Fabindia, `490 from Crazy Daisy, `1,425 wooden FiSh BowL from Navya, `3,000 wooden caShew BowL from Second Floor Studio by punit Jasuja, `400

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we heart thiS from Fabindia, `1,090 wooden “PiGGy” choPPinG Board from Rain & peacock, `3,488 from Apartment 9, `2,520 Bone KniFe from Maison.15, `500 wooden choPPinG Board from osaba emporium, `599 hand-Painted wood choPPinG Board from Navya, `3,000 wooden cheeSe PLatter from Crazy Daisy, `2,500 wooden LotUS choPPinG Board from Navya, `3,400 For details, see address Book

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Bon Appetit

Unique eateries across the country that promise a memorable time produced by mRUDUl pATHAk kUNDU and ADiTi SHARmA mAHESHwARi

SUN & SAND iN THE cApiTAl We found a beach shack you should visit, located in New Delhi. Surprised? Lady Baga by AD Singh, styled by his wife Sabina and architect Clement De’ Sylva looks like Goa in the ‘60s, awashed in a riot of hues. Must try: Baba O’Riley to keep your spirits high. Website www.facebook.com/ladybagaindia

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TRUE BlUES Spend a calm weekend by the sea at Kiki’s Cafe & Deli in Alibaug envisioned by Krsnaa Mehta of India Circus. Enjoy the vivid interiors while relishing their artisanal pizzas. Website www.facebook.com/Kikiscafeanddeli

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Going to the US may seem tough right now, but you can still dine like the Americans. Mumbai’s It Happened in New York owned and designed by Manashwi and Aastha Gupta has royal blue interiors and serves delicious bites like Sesame Crusted Chicken Tenders. Website www.facebook.com/ ItHappenedNY

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One of a Kind: This is Mumbai’s first modern Australian restaurant and has indoor and outdoor seating, where the latter offers uninterrupted views of the Arabian Sea.

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Smart Ideas: The space planned by Sameep Padora of sP+a, reflects a bar built using horizontal wooden stripes and an inside section with “large glass doors that draw the waters and sky into the framework,” he says.

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Tasty Treats: We recommend the Estella Tempura Asparagus Maki Rolls and Hazelnut & Parmesan Crusted Chicken Escallop.

Where Nichani Kuttir Building, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai 49. Tel: (0) 7999998232

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decor leisure Clockwise, from Left The Mirror Room restaurant serves some of Amandine’s signature dishes prepared with ingredients grown in-house; Chef Amandine Chaignot; The Terrace offers alfresco dining under a retractable roof. Website: www.rosewoodhotels.com

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The Balancing Act

Executive Chef Amandine Chaignot works like a magician in the kitchens of hotel Rosewood London, whipping up imaginative dishes using homegrown ingredients and exceptional skills

MusT TRy seared tuna with quinoa, avocado, leaves, radish and pine nuts

ReCoMMended Burratina with tea soaked figs, fennel and soft spices

“...THE BEST InGREDIEnTS ARE THE OnES THAT ARE LOCALLy HARvESTED”

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ooking is truly an art form, mixing perfectly portioned elements with the right seasoning to please the palate and soul. Amandine Chaignot does this with such ease. While growing up in Orsay, France, she would help her mother in the cookroom making salads and soups. During her school years while studying chemistry, biology and pharmacy, she realised that her true calling was back in the kitchen. And so she enrolled in Ecole Gregoire-Ferrandi, a Parisian culinary school. Thus started her journey that made her a name to reckon with. Her curated plates are light yet packed with flavour, brimming with equal amounts of visual beauty and taste. Although equipped with a prolific portfolio, she believes that her style “is quite simple. I am not a big meat eater; I enjoy herbs, fruits and the best ingredients are the ones that are locally harvested.” Her inventions usually arise from casual encounters. This one time during the Taste of London festival in 2016, she and her team created a grey shrimp and sweet corn tempura that would make for great street chow. The crowd loved it and today, it is offered at Rosewood London. In fact, at the property, she brought in other changes too. “We developed our rooftop lawn. It is great working with the gardener, who takes my suggestions to grow new plants, some of which he had never even heard of before!” she shares. When on a vacation or for a casual visit with family, do try the Fig Burratina, Seared Tuna, Smoked Duck Tagliatelle and Cornish Lobster roll at the Mirror Room, recommended by Amandine. Aditi Sharma Maheshwari

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Etihad Airways’ newly launched Airbus A380 is a swish zone that provides the services of a seven star establishment while you float thousands of feet above ground

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ub-standard food, limited leg room and no concept of privacy – this is how many of us would sum up long hours spent in airplanes. While no one will deny the pleasure of travelling to faraway lands, we can all agree that the tiresome journey is hardly appealing. However, Etihad Airways’ ten newly reimagined Airbus A380 aircrafts aim to give luxury hotels a run for their money. The expanse was envisioned by the Etihad Design Consortium that comprises four companies: Promise Communispace (now known as C-Space), Acumen Design Associates, Factorydesign and Honour Branding. Each firm took care of different aspects of the project. In the upper deck, visitors will find a lobby – a space where guests can lounge, play cards, order refreshments from the bar, watch sports or even organise a meeting.


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The nine first class cabins are known as “First Apartments”. These are set on two sides of a plush central aisle and provide separate showers and changing rooms. Each unit is supplied with a seat, bed and personal vanity section. Six of these can also be joined to create three double apartments for larger groups. The most jaw-dropping feature in the flight, however, is the “Residence” that is nothing short of a private jet experience in a commercial airliner. The 135 sq ft suite is equipped with a range of deluxe facilities including a lounge, bedroom with a wardrobe and a private bathroom with a shower. To add to the extravagant indulgences, the in-flight dining menus are tailored around dietary preferences of the boarders who also have a personal butler serving as both a concierge and a maitre d’. Additionally, the on-board hospitality team includes a chef, food and beverage manager and a flying nanny, too! A quick look around the place will confirm that every element draws inspiration from the city of Abu Dhabi, from furniture used to materials and finishes employed. While the geometric patterns displayed throughout the space are borrowed from traditional Islamic design and modern Arabian architecture, the colour palette reflects varying hues of UAE’s landscape. With royal treatment akin to this, we aren’t sure if you’d even be bothered to arrive at your holiday destination. Nishita Fiji

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Clockwise, from Top Left The private boudoir in the Residence features a double bed, table, personal storage drawers and a wardrobe; Each of the nine First Apartments have a dedicated changing room and lavatory; At the Residence, guests have a private butler who serves as a concierge and maitre d’hotel. The living room houses a 32 inch TV monitor with dual controls and noise-cancelling headsets. Photographs courtesy Etihad Airways The ELLE DECOR team travelled to Abu Dhabi courtesy Etihad Airways. Website: www.etihad.com


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1. All the EDIDA India 2016 winners 2. Anish Trivedi 3. Installation by Sunil Sethi at the venue, a magnified version of the trophy designed by him 4. Abha Narain Lambah and Amit Syngle 5. Aashti Bhartia, Hari Bhartia and Gaurav Mashruwala, CEO, Ogaan Media 6. Ina and Sanjay Arora 7. Simone Arora and Zarine Khan 8. Delna and Jimmy Mistry 9. Divya Thakur and Nonita Kalra 10. Aarti Surendranath 11. Pramiti Madhavji, Editorial and Content Director, ELLE DECOR India & Ogaan Media with Shimul Jhaveri Kadri and Rahul Kadri 12. Kailash Surendranath 13. Ajay Arora and Sanjay Khan

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n December 1, 2016, the Imperial Hotel, New Delhi saw heavyweights from the design fraternity come together at the first edition of Kohler Bold Design Awards in association with ELLE DECOR India. The jury comprising renowned industry pundits India Mahdavi, Lyndon Neri, Manit and Sonali Rastogi, Rahul Kadri, Rossana Hu, Sanjay Mohe, Sanjay Puri, Sarbjit Singh and Sonali Bhagwati, picked the best from over a whopping 1,500 entries. Nominees were announced across three categories – The Extraordinaries, Master Patron and The Visionaries – covering projects in genres like commercial, residential, public institutions, and more. The winners received the Golden Pencil in recognition of their efforts, with Professor Christopher Charles Benninger being honoured with the John Michael Kohler Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding and inspiring work in the field. 1. Winners of the Kohler Bold Design Awards in association with ELLE DECOR India 2. Bobby Mukherji and Pramiti Madhavji, Editorial & Content Director, ELLE DECOR India, Ogaan Media 3. Christopher Charles Benninger 4. David Kohler, President & CEO, Kohler Co 5. Alfaz Miller 6. Krishnarao Jaisim 7. TM Cyriac 8. Delna, Jimmy and Pearl Mistry 9. Visual display of the nominated projects 10. India Mahdavi 11. Mark Bickerstaffe, Director, New Product Development, Kohler Kitchen & Bath EMEA & ASPAC 12. Jaya Jaitly 13. Ahsan Ansari 14. Roses and lighted candles created an intimate setting 15. Prem Nath and Siraj Hasan 16. Abha Narain Lambah

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The fourth edition of Kohler Bold. Art. powered by Pecha Kucha saw top pundits present their views on “Less is More” The evening of December 2, 2016 drew members from the design and architecture fraternity at The Lodhi Hotel, New Delhi to engage in a creative dialogue at Kohler Bold. Art. powered by Pecha Kucha. At the session, six design experts – Manish Gulati, Pradeep Sachdeva, Praveen Vashisht, Madhav Raman, Neeraj Manchanda and Mark Bickerstaffe – shared their thoughts on “Less is More” in 20 image-only slides devoting 20 seconds to each. They touched upon the idea of minimalism in areas such as food, art and even the internet.

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ABACA Indo Italian Furniture Co Pvt Ltd, 9G-10A, Laxmi Woollen Mills Estate, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai 11. Tel: (022) 24933522 ADDRESS HOME Raghuvanshi Mills, SB Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 13. Tel: (022) 40040474 ALANKARAM www.alankaram.in ALHAMBRA RR Decor Pvt Ltd, X21, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase II, New Delhi 20. Tel: (011) 41731107 ANANTAYA Narain Niwas Palace, Narain Singh Circle, Jaipur 04. Tel: (0141) 2575400 ANDY HOME F 213D, Old MB Rd, Lado Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi 30. Tel: (011) 46524343 APARTMENT 9 N9, N Block Mkt, GK I, New Delhi 48. Tel: (011) 32438224 APPLIANCES INDIA 14, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Sector 13, Ansari Nagar (E), New Delhi 16. Tel: (011) 48424813 ASIAN PAINTS Dheeraj Plaza, Hill Rd, Bandra (W), Mumbai 50. Tel: (022) 26431074 ATMOSPHERE 7, Vaswani House, Grnd Flr, Best Marg, Colaba, Mumbai 39. Tel: (022) 22831877

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BAARIQUE www.baarique.com BAAYA DESIGN Parthamesh Tower A, Grnd Flr, Raghuvanshi Mills, SB Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 13. Tel: (022) 24979463 BEAUTIFUL HOMES Nehru Road, Vakola, Santacruz (E), Mumbai 55. Tel: (022) 26682131 BOUTIQUE LIVING 401 Arcadia, Nariman Point, Mumbai 21. Tel: (022) 43419500

Delhi 19. Tel: (011) 26289860 FCML 17B, Sultanpur Crossing, MG Rd, New Delhi 30. Tel: (011) 40536612 FENNEL 28B, MG Rd, New Delhi 30. Tel: (0) 8860044422 FIRST IMPRESSION 12, Lower Grnd Flr, The Gallery on MG, MG Rd, New Delhi 30. Tel: (011) 46107250 FLOOR AND FURNISHINGS 42, Sector 32, Gurgaon 02. Tel: (0124) 4632300 FREEDOM TREE 31, Laxmi Mills Compound, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai 11. Tel: (022) 24974562

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GOOD EARTH Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi 17. Tel: (011) 40533231 HANDS 372/374, Sultanpur Water Treatment Plant Rd, Mehrauli, New Delhi 30. Tel: (0) 9811016475 HERMES A15, Bharat Insurance Bldg, Horniman Circle, Fort, Mumbai 01. Tel: (022) 22717400 HOME8 www.homeight.com HP SINGH G1, Vaikunth House, Nehru Place, New Delhi 19. Tel: (011) 26418120

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CAMBAY STONES 469/475 Maulana Azad Rd, Mumbai 04. Tel: (022) 23452462 CASA POP G59, Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi 17. Tel: (011) 40870034 CELLARDOOR 351, Sultanpur, MG Rd, Sultanpur, New Delhi 30. Tel: (0) 7042196800 CMYK 15/16, Meher Chand Mkt, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 03. Tel: (011) 24641881 COCOON FINE RUGS A Block Basement, Shiv Sagar Estate, Dr AB Rd, Worli, Mumbai 18. Tel: (022) 24928647 CRAZY DAISY 24, Meher Chand Mkt, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 03. Tel: (011) 24645087

INDECRAFTS www.indecrafts.com INHABIT www.inhabit.in INJIRI E23, Basement, Hanuman Nagar, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur 21. Tel: (0141) 4063390 INV HOME 1, First Flr, N Block Mkt, GK I, New Delhi 48. Tel: (011) 29233122 IQRUP & RITZ 392, Udyog Vihar, Phase 4, Gurgaon 02. Tel: (0124) 4237613 ISHATVAM 12, Raghuvanshi Mills, SB Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 13. Tel: (022) 30001166 JAYPORE www.jaypore.com JYOTI EXPORTS G2, Vaikunth Bldg, 82/83 Nehru Place, New Delhi 19. Tel: (011) 26418811 K2INDIA F 213D, First Flr, Old MB Rd, Lado Sarai, New Delhi 30. Tel: (0) 9650391250 KANCHI DESIGNS B4, Anchor House, TJ Rd, Sewri (W), Mumbai 15. Tel: (022) 24101628 KARIGIRI 51/52, Meher Chand Mkt, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 03. Tel: (011) 24625152 KOUCH G23, Laxmi Woollen Mills Estate, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai 11. Tel: (0) 9967242474

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LIMON www.limon-design.com LOOSE ENDS 1, AN House, 31st Rd, Bandra, Mumbai 50. Tel: (022) 65224725 LOUIS VUITTON The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai 01. Tel: (022) 66644134

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MAISHAA Naidu Colony, Pant Nagar, Gharkopar (E), Mumbai 75. Tel: (0) 7678088884 MAISON.15 Santushti Shopping Complex, New Wellingdon Camp,

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RAIN AND PEACOCK 146B, Shahpur Jat, Siri Fort, New Delhi 49. Tel: (0) 9999803138 RED BLUE & YELLOW G11, Laxmi Woollen Mills Estate, Shakti Mills Lane, Mumbai 11. Tel: (022) 66662641 ROYAL CIROMICS 8/9, Queen’s Lawn Bldg, SV Rd, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 56. Tel: (022) 28736468 RUMORS 44/2, Third Flr, Beratena Agrahara, Begur Hobli, Hosur Rd, Bengaluru 00. Tel: (080) 65694949 SAHNI FABRICS G4, 82/83, Vaikunth House, Nehru Place, New Delhi 19. Tel: (011) 41618530 SAJAAVAT 8, N Block, GK I, New Delhi, Delhi 48. Tel: (0) 9910479002 SARITA HANDA 356/357, Second Flr, Sultanpur, MG Rd, New Delhi 30. Tel: (011) 32317278 SEASONS FURNISHINGS D29, Defence Colony, New Delhi 24. Tel: (011) 47675000 SECOND FLOOR STUDIO BY PUNIT JASUJA 417, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi 49. Tel: (011) 41420324 SHADES OF INDIA 127, Meher Chand Mkt, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 03. Tel: (011) 49053333 SILK ROAD AND BEYOND N18 Basement, N Block Mkt, GK I, New Delhi 48. Tel: (011) 46576301 SITA RAM STATIONERS J5, Central Mkt, Feroze Gandhi Marg, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi 24. Tel: (0) 9650338339 SNEH HAZRA www.snehhazra.com SOMETHING SPECIAL 63, Hill Rd, Bandra (W), Mumbai 50. Tel: (022) 26552900 STEVE MADDEN 143/144, DLF Promenade, Nelson Mandela

Rd, Vasant Kunj, Delhi 70. Tel: (011) 45060913 SURPRISE HOME LINEN 7, Ratnavali, First Gauthan Lane, Santacruz (W), Mumbai 54. Tel: (022) 26493123 TESSUTI G1/ G3, Grnd Flr, 81, Howe India House, Nehru Place, New Delhi 19. Tel: (011) 41054999 TEXTURES 81, Howe House, Nehru Place, New Delhi 19. Tel: (011) 46600200 THE PURE CONCEPT Dhana Singh Processor Compound, Vijay Nagar Colony, Andheri (E), Mumbai 59. Tel: (022) 61559898 THE SHOP 10, Regal Bldg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 01. Tel: (011) 23340971 TRANCEFORME F11, Laxmi Woollen Mills Estate, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai 11. Tel: (022) 24939916 TRESORIE Linking Rd, Potohar Nagar, Santacruz (W), Mumbai 54. Tel: (022) 26602802 TULSI 19, Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Rd, New Delhi 21. Tel: (011) 26870339

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VILLA D’ESTE D23, Defence Colony, New Delhi 24. Tel: (011) 46545141 THE WISHING CHAIR 86A, Grnd Flr, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi, Delhi 49. Tel: (011) 46572121 WISMA ATRIA INTERIOTS F208, Old MB Rd, Lado Sarai, New Delhi 30. Tel: (011) 41076115

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Ultimate design hero

Mar 29, 1869 Jan 01, 1944

Photograph copyright Candia Lutyens – the Lutyens Trust Photographic Archive 2013

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The Englishman continues to be admired for his classical approach to every project, from UK's landmark cenotaphs and mansions, to the urban planning of India's capital city. In his birth month, Sunita Kohli illustrates what we can learn from his key contributions

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orn in 1869 and though indifferently educated, Sir Edwin Lutyens became the best known British architect of the 20th century. Though his 50 year career spanned the birth and the flowering of the Modern movement, he remained distant from it, which is probably why he was dubbed the “last traditionalist”. In later years, he expressed his regrets over not being better educated several times. Yet he told his children, he owed his success to never having been to school or university. His gift of drawing was as natural to him as perfect pitch is to talented singers. It has been said of him that he was a genius mathematician too. On December 15, 1911, King George V of Great Britain had laid the foundation stone of India's new capital that was to be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. For the urban plan, Sir Reginald Blomfield, then president of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, recommended Sir Lutyens,

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