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editorspeaks Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works. - Steve Jobs

Editor Shashikant Hegde

Welcome to the 8th Annual Edition of Architecture Update!

Deputy Editor Renu Rajaram

The season is changing. As we go to the press, there is a flurry of activity in the design sector across our country and further afield. One of the foremost aims of the magazine is connecting professionals with the product marketplace.

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Over the years, we have seen many design trends. One of the compelling aspects of interior design is to create a space appropriate and pleasing for the user. Hence designers seldom design to trends, believing that clients are better served by a design personalized based on who and where they are in life. However, nowadays clients are well-informed, more sophisticated and demanding in their requirements. This edition of the magazine will help you stay au fait with the latest products, projects and technology, and strike a fine balance between the right design decision and client desires. For this issue, our team has cherry-picked the best in interior design so as to bring together projects, products and people in the sector. It was not an easy task to select the finest from the numerous submissions that had crept into our inbox, from the best design brains in the country and abroad. With its on-trend design and inspirational feature spreads, this issue of AU delivers a splendid array of projects from across the country, teamed with the very latest advances in product designs, from furniture down to the smallest interior piece. Honouring outstanding individuals who are transforming their respective fields, here we present the crème de la crème projects by them. This star studded issue features projects by top designers including Sonali Bhagwati (Design Plus), Cherry Hill, Amee Vorah, Archohm, DSP Design, Space Matrix Design Consultants, Mistry Architects, Oscar & Ponni, Salil Ranadive and many more. We have also included few interesting product designs from premium brands like Capellini and Orange Tree, along with new launches from Encraft, Marshalls, SujanImpex, Evoke, EliteLiving, Rumors, Cilek, Roca, Schell, Nirali etc. - all these names exercise a huge influence on the design community today. This issue features visions of few experts from the leading brands in the Indian interior design industry like Godrej Interio, Ishanya, Bleu Concepts, etc. Few connoisseurs of design – Planet 3 studios, FRDC, Archohm and Cherry Hill – have also given their insight on Design Trends 2015. We are sure that this issue will inspire you to infuse new trends in your projects. Let's make it a year of breakthrough success, happiness and satisfaction, allowing our creative juices to flow freely. The extraordinary talents in this issue are doing just that - by living out their dreams and pointing us toward a brighter tomorrow. Read on...


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National Steel .............................................................................................131 Nicomac Doors Pvt Ltd ................................................................................15 Paradise Ceramica India Pvt Ltd................................................................127 Premier Bars Pvt Ltd .................................................................................... IFC SCHELL India Pvt. Ltd ...................................................................................47 Sleek Boards India Ltd. ..............................................................................123 Space Creative Designer ...........................................................................125

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Contents FEBRUARY 2015

ISSUE 1

VOLUME 09

NEWS

THE EPITOME OF LUXURY

On the latest news in the industry ..................................12

Fountainhead by The Phoenix Mills, Nagar Road, Pune Gayatri Ruia (Business Development Director – The

NEW LAUNCH

Phoenix Mills) & SIDICI Consulting ...............................60

Products ........................................................................ 18

A TRENDY OFFICE Head Office for PR Hub & Business Hub, Bangalore

AROUND THE MANGO TREE Pune, Maharashtra

Pentades Studio ............................................................. 32

Studio Infinity ................................................................ 64

TIMELESS AMBIENCE

COURTYARD IN THE URBAN SKY

Designplus Office, E-145, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi

Raghavan Complex, T.T.K.Road, Chennai Oscar and Ponni Architects ............................................68

Designplus Associates Services Pvt. Ltd (DPA)..............34

A STYLISH SOHO OFFICE Takshila Office, Defense Colony, New Delhi Archohm........................................................................ 37

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD CONCEPT

TRENDY & TASTEFUL Show Flat, C Block, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi Honey Jolly, Home Ettu..................................................72

ICONIC & BESPOKE

Miscroft IDC, Bangalore

Apartment, The Imperial Heights, Tardeo, Mumbai

DSP Design ................................................................... 42

Amee Vora ..................................................................... 77

AN IDEAL WORKSPACE

FLUID TRANSITION

New Corporate Office for DFPCL, Pune

Zonasha Paradiso, Bangalore

Incubis Consultants ....................................................... 48

Adwitha Suvarna, Collage Architecture studio ................81

A DISTINCT IDENTITY

UBER CHIC

GSK Consumer Healthcare, Gurgaon

SilliChilli’, Andheri, Mumbai

Space Matrix Design Consultants................................... 52

Rohit Bhoite & Jannat Vasi............................................. 86

REINTERPRETING SPACES

OF TEX-MEX

Office of BMR Advisors, Parel, Mumbai

Habanero, Bangalore

Salil Ranadive Architects (SR+A)..................................56

Mistry Architects........................................................... 88

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THE GOAN CONCEPT

TRENDS IN COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE:

Adoré Home Concepts, Alto-porvorim, Goa

GREENER & IMAGINATIVE

Akaaram Design Studio ................................................. 90

Sudhir Thorat, Managing Director, 3D Architecture Pvt. Ltd............................................... 112

SYNCHRONIZED SPACES CHD Food Court, Karnal NH-8 Highway

COLOUR FORECAST: FUTURE OF WORKSPACES

Cherry Hill Interiors........................................................94

Anil Sain Mathur, COO-Godrej Interio (Flagship Division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd) ....114

ESTABLISHING CONNECTIONS Gamsei Cocktail Bar, Munich, Germany

WORKSPACE IDEOLOGIES

Buero Wagner ................................................................ 96

Dr.R.Ramesh, Managing Director, Archinova Designs Private Ltd ..................................... 116

FOR PLAYFUL LEARNING MobiVersum, Volkswagen GroupForum Groundfoor,

KITCHEN DESIGN: ‘LESS IS MORE’ IS MAKING A

Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany

COMEBACK

J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten.............................98

Manish Jain, Director, Bleu Concepts ..........................118

DE‘LIGHT’FUL IDEAS

COLOUR PALETTES

Product Design – Lighting ........................................... 101

Retesh Sharma, Director, Zynna Furnishings ................120

CHASE THE DARK

TEXTURE, COLOUR & PATTERN: MAKE WAY

Lighting designs by Orange Tree.................................. 104

FOR ARTISTIC VIBRANT TONES Ramachandra Shastry, Director,

NEW DIMENSIONS IN FURNITURE DESIGN Product Design – Furniture.......................................... 106

RUMORS Fine Furnishings .......................................... 122

FUSION STYLE IS THE WAY TO GO Mahesh M, CEO, Ishanya & houslife, Pune ..................124

DESIGN TRENDS 2015 Envisaged by Rajiv Mohan (Managing Director, Cherry Hill Interiors), Sanjay Agarwal (Co-Founder, FRDC), Santha Gour

BATH SOLUTIONS: GO FOR CUTTING-EDGE

Mattoo (Principal Architect, Planet 3 Studios) & Sourabh

TECHNOLOGY & STYLE

Gupta (Founder & Principal Architect, Archohm) .............109

Sandip Somany, JMD, HSIL Ltd................................... 126

Cover image: Courtesy, Amee Vora

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‘Mahatma Mandir Musuem’ at Gandhinagar

Tarun Tahiliani to Design for Apollo Hospitals

Mahatma Mandir Museum, also called Dandi Kutir, was opened to public recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The project was completed in a record time of seven months in Gandhi Nagar. The momentous project is conceptualised by the Government of Gujarat and delivered with great speed and quality and sensitivity by Shapoorji Pallonji Engineering & Construction (SPE&C) on design & build basis. SPE&C has given a fine concept and deep touch of art & technology. It is a unique architectural and experiential edifice providing visitors a forward-looking space to contemplate Gandhian principles and reflect on singular and collective futures. The architecture is iconic for three elements: An immersive multimedia museum housed in the Salt Mound christened “Dandi Kutir”, the conical concrete shell symbolic of the Salt Satyagraha of 1930; a cable-stayed bridge inspired by the Charkha crowned by a windmill at the top of the bridge pylon and a Gandhi Garden commemorating Gandhiji’s life through 79 iconic Narendra Modi PM of India, sculptures/artworks. Anandiben Patel, CM of Gujarat and Instead of using only exhibit Subodh Dixit, Executive Director artefacts and telling Shapoorji Pallonji at the inauguration conventional hagiographies, the museum uses the modern technological innovations to cultivate new dialogues around Gandhiji. Excellent design and engineering skills and delivery-driven approach is visible in the speedy construction of the Mahatma Mandir Museum project as well. All slabs in the salt mound were casted in 20 days. Design & Engineering team researched extensively to pick unique and best fitting material for every part of the building, e.g. very special Korea make material is used in the twist. Eight multimedia rooms were readied with hardware and software synchronisation accomplished in flat 15 days’ time. All light fittings of the museum building were installed in just 10 days. On the outside, the hardscape work of 5400 sqm was completed in 20 days which included mound creation, pathways, tree plantation, etc.

Apollo Hospitals, one of the pioneers in healthcare, has roped in designer Tarun Tahiliani, the noted Indian fashion designer, for setting up a very unconventional yet soothing lounge area for patients and their families at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad. A reception, an information centre, an elegant transition and passageway would be designed by him. The lobby would be a place where families could rest or wait, a place where hospital functions or felicitations could happen, a spot where people felt nurtured as a reflection of values of the hospital. The concept of care encompasses the totality of the atmosphere - not only the colours, the fabrics, the sights, sounds, and smells, certainly, but also the attitudes and accommodations made around patient privacy. “The first thought that came to my mind was that there was no reason why a hospital lobby should not have good taste. The only challenge was that because it was a semi outdoor space, how to integrate it with the beautiful trees behind, keep it cool, let it feel like it was indoor, let it feel like it was welcoming, let it feel cosy and also be a space that people will

Studio HBA Mumbai Office to be Unveiled Soon Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), one of the world leaders in hospitality and interior design, will be unveiling the Mumbai office of its award-winning Studio division during first quarter 2015, to offer interior design solutions for the growing middle-tier, hospitality sector of India. After the successful launch of HBA Studio in Delhi in 2010, the firm continues to see a demand for their services across the country. “The response in India has been phenomenal; the growth in design here combined with the sophistication of the market has meant that we are well placed to work on dynamic projects. Since 1965, HBA has been a trusted name in the delivery of unparalleled, quality service to the hospitality industry and we bring this same commitment to Studio HBA,” says HBA Partner, Rahul Shankhwalker. The flagship Studio HBA in Delhi has completed many outstanding projects including Trump Tower Mumbai, RMA Gallaeria Residences - Bangalore, RMZ Latitude Residences – Bangalore, Fairfield Marriott Bangalore, Experion Wind Chants Residences Gurgaon. Studio HBA Mumbai is poised to develop and complete hospitality projects on this same level of excellence.

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like to be and feel calm, because normally when people are at hospital lobbies they are quite stressed, because somebody close to them is unwell and that is definitely not a nice feeling. Keeping all those aspects in mind, we worked on the lobby”, recalls Tahiliani. While the lobby meets all the requirements of the brief from the client, it also reflects the spirit and feel of the city of Nizams in its shades of browns and topazes and in dull greys like the variety and shades of natural rocks in the city. In its landscape design, with nature as a predominant theme, the attentions of the designer was to detail ensuring patients have their desired privacy and yet feel comfortable in a personalised environment. A subtle yet intricate woodwork interiors adorned with Art by Bomen, globally renowned for invoking positive feelings are what sets the area apart from the rest of the facility.

SVPCPL Bags Andhra Pradesh Capital Project Hyderabad-based Satya Vani Projects and Consultants Private Limited (SVPCPL) has bagged the contract to prepare the master plan of the temporary capital of Andhra Pradesh. The agency has been given three weeks to submit a master plan, layout plan, interior design, concept plan and details of the drawings of the buildings to set up the temporary capital. Based on the plans and designs, INCAP (Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd) will again call for tenders from agencies to take up construction of the temporary capital. The tender process will be completed in another three weeks. SVPCPL will also act as the project management consultant and ensure that six lakh square feet of built-up area is constructed by June. AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wants important offices shifted from Hyderabad to the temporary capital in Andhra Pradesh by June 7, a day before the Telugu Desam government

completes one year in office after bifurcation of the state. Satya Vani, with its headquarters at Khairatabad in Hyderabad, was one among the five short-listed companies of the total 11 firms in the race. “The company qualified in the technical stage and it has been finalised to design the temporary capital of AP,” said INCAP vice-chairman Sambasiva Rao. The capital will accommodate offices of the AP government to be shifted from Hyderabad. The location of the temporary capital is yet to be finalised. Though Amaravati township layout in Guntur district was earlier decided as the location, the state government has changed its mind. Japanese giant Fuji Electric has agreed to set up a smart grid near Andhra Pradesh's new capital city to help the state government to monitor the energy consumption and forecast the demand, aimed at developing an efficient energy management system.


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Planet 3 Studios Bags International Award

Mumbai based Planet 3 studios bagged the international award for top institutional theatre design in 2014. Projects for this prestigious award are primarily selected with importance being stressed on concept quality of concept, creative effort, aesthetic quality and performance. Thousands of top firms from across the globe vied for the international awards. Kalhan Mattoo Director, Planet 3 studios said that

new techniques in regards to parametric and computational design tools have been used for this project. Considering not many world class theatres in India, this is a small but significant step in that direction, he added. The auditorium is a state of the art design containing 300 seats located in Central Mumbai. Cutting edge work has been done to the element of space with special emphasis given to the same. Considering that sound deserves primacy in hierarchy of considerations. Wave patterns, were simulated within the given structural volume to understand its effect as it travelled through. A technique that allows designers to set performance parameters and the design output comes out of the computer on basis of the set constrains. Multiple forms finding experiments were conducted and studied to understand the effect of each design option on the sound carrying ability of the space. The design is evolved out of multiple simulations.

Workshop on Zero Energy Buildings at IIT Mumbai Techfest, IIT Bombay in association with ARCHIPIDA - ASPIRE conducted a Workshop on Net Zero Energy Buildings at IIT Bombay on January 3 and 4 as a part of the Techfest. About 200 undergraduate and postgraduate architects, and engineers from over 80 colleges across south-Asia attended the workshop focusing on ‘Green Building Design & Simulation'. A Net Zero Building is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building in the annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Its design include some basic elements which should work together like properly oriented windows, thermal mass, distribution mechanisms and control strategies. Through this workshop the participants learned to simulate the details of a passive solar home in different configurations until the design fits the site as well as the owner’s budget, aesthetic preferences and performance requirements. Here the analysis capabilities integrate with tools that enable you to visualize and simulate a building’s performance within the context of its environment. Urban areas are responsible for over 70 percent of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions, mostly from buildings. Over the next two decades, an area roughly equal to 60 per cent of the total building stock of the world is projected to be rebuilt in urban areas worldwide. This provides an unprecedented opportunity to reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions by setting the global building sector on a path to phase out CO2 emissions by 2050.

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Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust Receives Intimation of Disapproval (IOD) Approval The Bhendi Bazaar Redevelopment Project undertaken by Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) in Mumbai has received the much awaited IOD (Intimation of Disapproval) approval from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) for the first phase of the project. The project has also received the approval of the Master Plan layout. Attaining IOD and other approvals come as a major accomplishment for the project. The Trust will now apply for the Commencement Certificate (CC) after fulfilling conditions of IOD before it can finally begin construction. This development has come in just a week after Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met the delegation from SBUT and assured his full support to the Bhendi Bazaar Redevelopment Project following his approval to the new Cluster Development policy. In order to give boost to urban renewal projects and improve living conditions, the Chief Minister has also identified the top 10 critical projects for the State with the Behind Bazaar redevelopment project being one of them. Commenting on this development, Abbas Master, CEO, SBUT said: “The IOD is a major milestone of the project and has provided a stimulus to its development. With the IOD in place, we are now one step closer to begin phase-wise construction, thus giving Bhendi Bazaar the much needed transformation”. Currently more than 60 dilapidated buildings have been demolished in Bhendi Bazaar. Over 1600 families have been moved with majority of them opting for residential transit homes. The Trust has acquired more than 85 per cent of the buildings and has received the all-important environment clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). The project comprises of 3200 homes in 250 existing buildings and 1250 businesses, all of which put together will touch lives of 20,000 people. This redevelopment project initiated under Development Control Regulation (DCR) No. 33(9) is to transform Bhendi Bazaar into a diverse sustainable community with a healthy neighbourhood creating a vibrant modern urban area.

RIBA to Set up India branch The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is to open a new branch in India - its fourth international Chapter. RIBA is a professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom, but also internationally, founded for the advancement of architecture under its charter granted in 1837 and Supplemental Charter granted in 1971. RIBA is opening its fourth branch overseas with a new chapter in India. It already has chapters in the US, Hong Kong and the Gulf. Its plans for India will be officially launched at a student architecture

convention in Chennai at the end of January 2015. RIBA head of international chapters Chloe Sadler said: “We currently have just under 100 members in India who are working tirelessly to uphold the principles of the RIBA and share the importance of good design. This new chapter will cement the RIBA’s commitment to support our members in India through knowledge exchange and the celebration of architecture”. Sadler added that the RIBA will be working with the Indian Institute for Architects on the initiative.


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International Bathroom & Kitchen Expo ITE Group and Indian trade fair organizer ABEC Pvt. Ltd. announced the launch of the first professional trade fair for the entire kitchen & bathroom industries in India. The inaugural event under this collaboration will take place from May 22-24, 2015 in Mumbai. The new B&K Expo will feature an entirely new concept, showcasing all segments of the kitchen industry, including kitchen furniture, built-in appliances, kitchen fittings and kitchenware, as well as bathroom equipment and accessories at a single location. The focused business platform connects the Indian market demand with market supply through international companies that operate in every conceivable segment related to bathrooms and kitchens. The comprehensive exhibits will target developers, investors, architects, renovators, designers and high-income groups who are calling for innovative, high-tech products to India. Indian consumers are increasingly demanding better design, functionality, technology and quality. ITE Group, established in the early 1990s, has organizes over 250 trade exhibitions and conferences each year in 15 countries and employs over 1,000 employees in 28 offices worldwide. Asian Business Exhibition & Conference Ltd. (ABECL) ABECL is a major player in the Indian Exhibition & Trade Fairs Industry. Currently, ABECL is the largest Private Sector Organizer in the Indian Exhibition Market.

NTL Lemnis Launches Pharox NTL Lemnis, an Indo-Dutch LED lighting major, launched its complete range of LED products for the retail market. NTL Lemnis is showcasing over 250 products that offer end to end LED lighting solutions to address the burgeoning needs of the retail segment. NTL Lemnis will be offering the products under the “Pharox” brand that are specially targeted towards the Indian audience. The products are already available across Africa, Europe and India. “Pharox” was the first LED lamp manufactured in the world that was an ideal replacement for an incandescent bulb. “Pharox” was also the first LED bulb manufactured in India. Today over 8 million LED lamps manufactured by NTL Group are already being used worldwide. The brand has tied up with some of the leading names in distribution set-up and category to partner with them and take the “Pharox” brand further, says Manoj Verma, Global President & Director, NTL Lemnis. In the first phase they plan to launch across 17 cities in India and will have around 100 distribution tie-ups in place.

Canadian Wood Unveils Interactive Display Centre Canadian Wood inaugurated an exclusive audio-visual display centre featuring varied applications of their wood species and new-age technologies in the wood business. The centre is spread across a sprawling 1300-Sq ft space in Mumbai. The aim is to help architects, real estate developers, interior designers and solid wood manufacturers to design and build innovative interiors and wooden structures using sustainable, certified wood products. The centre will educate and motivate the industry through engaging materials and interactive kiosks on different wood species, emerging building trends, life-size showcase of exterior and interior applications including a pergola, solid wooden doors, windows and furniture. For more details, reach out to the Forestry Innovation Consulting Pvt Ltd - FII India office by calling on +91 22 49221601 or write to rowena.desouza@bcfii.in.

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(Center) Mr. Atul Borkar (Sales Director - Hafele India) (Right Hand Side) Franchise Owner Mr. Shakir Kidwai launches Zara E Shop Noida

Häfele launches Zara E Shop in NOIDA Häfele, a leader in architectural hardware, furniture and kitchen fittings launched its exclusive Häfele Zara E Shop in NOIDA; Located at F-14 sector 9 in NOIDA, the exclusive shop displays a range of innovative products that have inspired architects and interior contractors across the world. The new shop will feature not just the complete range of architects and Interior Fittings solutions but will also host kitchen appliances, lighting and sanitary from the house of Häfele. The Häfele Zara E Shop will enable customers to touch and

feel the fittings in application before purchasing them. It will also give customers a complete overview and enable them to make an informed decision as to which fittings will best suit their individual taste.With Exclusive franchises in India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the German company Häfele’s new Zara E Shop in Noida offers a wide range of interior fitting solutions that matches individual tastes and meets specific requirements while providing the latest innovations from the world over.

Somany Ceramics Inaugurates studio at Kolkata Somany Ceramics , one of the leaders in the Indian ceramic industry, inaugurated a studio for tiles at Kolkata. It was inaugurated by Sujit Mohanty, GM Sales & Marketing, Somany Ceramics Ltd. Speaking on the occasion, Mohanty said that Somany Studios will allow the brand to be within easy access of the consumers, offering them a wide range of technology enabled designs and multiplicity in use of tiles. The newly launched studio is meant to give people the choice of finely crafted tiles at their door step.

The studio has on offer a wide product range and also exhibits the choice in product applications through state-of-the-art mock-up displays, allowing customers to visualize how the ambience will feel and appear with the products.These showrooms offer exclusive tiles, sanitary ware and bath fittings, and cater to the discerning customer. The address of the Somany Studio is: Bath Place Distributors Pvt. Ltd. (SANICO Group), at Second Floor, 2-Ishwar Ganguly Street, Kolkata700026.


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new launch Image Engineering Introduces Smart Lights for Smart Homes

Architectural Lighting from K-LITE Industries

mage Engineering introduces Smart Lights and Streaming Music Lights solution, manufactured by ‘AwoX ’, a firm based in France. AwoX designs, develops and manufactures wireless connectivity technologies for audio, video and lighting with respect to the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). Their experience and reputation have enabled the company to become the partner of choice for numerous manufacturers, telecom operators and integrators and to build a world-class industrial ecosystem. The same know-how is now deployed in the AwoX Striim product line.

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AwoX LED Light Bulb can change colour and temperature from cold to warm, can display colour from a palette of 16.7 million colours on the fly, control variable brightness, stream stunning quality of music, sync music with colour or brightness for disco effect, generate controlled Aroma with choice of ones preferred essential oil, displays alerts for incoming calls and text messages, etc, all these from a smart phone or a tablet. Awox apps, SmartControl for Bluetooth and Striim Control for WiFi can be easily downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play into your smartphone or tablet. Once the application is downloaded all that needed is to plug the light in standard socket and pair the light with smart phone/tablet. Thus one can control various features from Smart phone like brightness, colour, aroma, streaming music and more. One can experience the complete range from AwoX at the Image Engineering demo room in Mumbai, where they can demonstrate the Science of Light & Music from their product. Based in Mumbai, conceptualised in 1989, Image Engineering (IE) provides consultancy, system integration, installation, training & after sales service for broadcast, film, television, entertainment &amusement industries and digital cinema operators. IE represents many world renowned companies, manufacturers and service providers in Indian territory. Founded in 2003 by Alain Molinié and Eric Lavigne, AwoX designs and develops connected hybrid objects for the Smart Home.

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-LITE Industries, is an ISO company, manufacturing indoor and outdoor luminaires have launched a new series of architectural lighting. Being the trend setters in outdoor lighting and inspired by the “Make in India” vision, K-LITE, through their innovative outlook, have showcased a whole range of all new product portfolio under Architectural Lighting. The range is all the more very special because of the light source. It is all the energy saving, environment friendly “green” lighting with LED. The application includes Facade Lighting, Pathway Lighting, In-ground Luminaire, Uplighter, Up-down Lighting, Billboard Lighting, Vertical Light Bars, Wall Washers, Area Lighting poles and above all popular sleek polar lighting solutions. The solutions offered are backed by extensive understanding of illumination in urban spaces and the expertise gained over a period of three decades. The fixture and the control gear (Drivers, Surge protected) are designed to provide value technology, ideally suited to Indian Conditions. The LEDs comply to LM 80 testing requirements and from internationally reputed makes such as Nichia / Cree / Lumiled. The luminaires are RoHS, LM 79 and CE certification compliant. The luminaire efficacy (lumens/ per watt) is much above 100 for all luminaires. Varied optical options for lighting distribution and correlated colour temperature (CCT) for cool white, neutral white or warm white are available to suit specific requirements. The outstanding item of the series viz., the sleek polar lighting solutions is a contemporary design that is both timeless and unique in its impression. Compact without visible mounting equipment and optimised integration, Polar Lighting is in perfect continuity with the geometric lines of the square column. These assemblies are ideal for surroundings of contemporary architectural constructions. The prices range from 2400/- to 20,000/For more details visit our website : www.klite.in; Email: sales@klite.in; Phone +91 9500079797 / 044 26257710


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new launch Verona E: New Flushing Systems from Schell chell introduces the latest in WC Flushing Systems Verona E. This small wonder is definitely a designer’s delight. With an electronic touch actuation plate – only 80 mm or 3” in diameter – it is extremely aesthetic and yet a very user friendly product. Versatility at its peak, the plate can be installed anywhere in the bathroom at a place of convenience, on the side wall, near the door, etc. Not only this, the flush mechanism need not be concealed in the wall, it can be positioned in the shaft or maintenance duct, or in the false ceiling or again at any place which provides easy access to maintenance. The Dual Flush enables 3 litres and 6 litres flush volume and these are adjustable down till 2 litres and 4 litres. A “green” product, the Verona E is accredited by DVGW, Germany and WELS, Australia, certifying high reliability and operational efficiencies.

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VitrA Introduces World Class Bathroom Solutions

Bathline Sensations Launches Aquamass Bathtubs

itrA, the leading bathroom solutions brand of Eczacibasi Building Products Division in Turkey is launching their internationally acclaimed range of bathroom solutions to the Indian consumer with its latest offerings of bathroom solutions like Istanbul, Metropole, Water Jewels, Nest, T4 and Memoria collections. As part of its design excellence, VitrA develops products with an impressive portfolio of leading designers. For instance, their Istanbul series is inspired by Istanbul’s culture and traditions and yet belongs to the future. On the other hand the T4 series is a hygienic, functional, and innovative design that transforms bathrooms into integral living spaces. The Water Jewel series transport nature’s spirit to bathrooms. Serhan Ates Yagiz, India Country Manager, Eczacibasi Building Products Division said that VitrA, Eczacibasi Building Products brand, has been investing in India in order to build its office and dealers network. Web: www.vitra-india.com

he new classy range of Aquamass Bathtub from Bathline Sensations, are bold, beautiful and especially comfortable. They are available in many designs, styles and colours and will easily accentuate the look of bathroom. Each bathtub represents a different and unique design theme to match the requirement of a variety of design intent. Bathline is a total bathroom solutions concept with luxurious vanities, washbasins, whirlpool bathtubs, jacuzzis, shower heads, etc, that can be found in retro and contemporary designs. All the designs are unique, elegant and sophisticated. The products of Bathline Sensations are present in top hotel chains and high end villas and farm houses across the country. Price: on request; email ID info@bathlineindia.com, Web-http://bathlineindia.com/

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new launch Nirali Introduces EXA Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink irali, one of India’s premium stainless steel kitchen sink companies, launched EXA MultiPurpose Kitchen Sink under Nirali’s Expell kitchen sink range. The design and engineering teams work in tandem to create products that blend modernity, customer needs, aesthetics, functionality and durability and this product is yet another example of path-breaking innovation. Understanding the pressing constraints of todays modern homes, EXA kitchen sink comes with detachable lids that cover unwashed vessels and can also double up as an extension of a kitchen platform. The lids also give a hygienic touch by not allowing insects to pry around at night. Conforming to AISI 304 quality stainless steel, which is 1.2 mm thick, the EXA kitchen sink has deeper bowls and comes with satin finish to give kitchens that modern aesthetic appeal.

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Roca’s L90 Faucet collection oca, the global frontrunner in premium sanitary ware solutions announces the launch of its L90 faucet collection. The range is differentiated by its pure, minimalist and geometrical contours. Inspired by the linear “L” form, the faucets have been designed specifically to complement avant-garde architectural bathroom spaces. Available in chrome and chrome black ice finish, the range offers various handle options allowing a choice between upper and lateral handles for washbasins and bidet faucets. The parallel lines of the 100 mm handshower provide superior convenience. The deck-mounted basin range comes with a variety of handle options. The range also encompasses high-neck and wallmounted basin faucets.

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The L90 hybrid faucets also offer a choice between progressive and single-lever handling and between automatic and manual function. The single lever regulates water flow and temperature, while the progressive one graduates temperature at a constant flow. It integrates a Cold Start system to prevent the heater from starting immediately and thereby contributes to energy saving. The Eco Click mode allows reduction of water consumption from 8 l/m to 6 l/m. The hybrid range is equipped with stellar features. A simple button allows an easy change from manual mode to automatic mode. The hybrid technology enables tremendous water and energy saving. The automatic function is backed by an option between batteries and main electric supply.

Bleu Concepts Launches the Iceberg Kitchen leu Concepts, one of the global leaders in modular kitchens, wardrobes and storage solutions has recently launched their state-of-the-art kitchen concept “Iceberg Kitchen” a revolutionary concept for kitchen storage. Bleu has brought together, the best materials and imported the best technology from all over the world, to create Iceberg. Bleu has developed Iceberg Kitchen that maintains a fine balance between design and functionality. The rear wall is specially designed via customized fittings and shelving system with accessories to address different storage requirements. The entire back unit is aesthetically illuminated using LED’s, the overhead shutters are made of lacquered glass set in an aluminum frame, and the base units are finished in a Hi-Gloss paint imported from

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Italy. The counter top is 12 mm DuPont Corian, and the entire back wall is again lacquered glass. This whole storage could be opened up at the time of working and closed when the cooking is over to give the kitchen a neat, clean and chic feel. This unique concept, available in more than 30 finishes, gives the kitchen an exceptionally pleasurable experience. A fusion of the latest European design trends, quality lies at the heart of the Iceberg Kitchen with German engineered fittings for the sliding channels, and the drawer channels. The hardware used for this kitchen is used by the likes of Armani Dada, Versace etc. The way this kitchen has been designed, including the island, gives the kitchen a wide-range appeal to suit both the classic or contemporary spaces. Price: Rs. 30 Lac Onwards. Ph.: +91-11-26501236, +91-8527721117; Website: www.bleuconcepts.com


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new launch One Track Slider from ENCRAFT

YOUnique Bespoke Walls from Marshalls

he 1- track sliding system is efficient in fabrication and installation, does provides more light and offers improved weathering performance. Make you doors and windows secure with European technology. This concept is suitable for window and door application when one sash is required and/or requested. The mechanical joint centre mullion utilizes various strengthening options including hurricane bars to withstand the most stringent wind pressures. Glazing options range from 4 mm single to 22 mm double. Fly screen mesh or alternative Aluminum fly screen system can be directly inserted into the opening rebate. The Window is also available in 2 track & 3 track. A change of sash handing can be carried- out, if required, without the need to remove the outer frame from the aperture. Track Slider is Available in white, dark oak, golden oak and walnut. Price-On Request. Available at- All Over India. Website; www.encraft.in; Email: info@encraft.in; Ph.: +91-11-23730505

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ne of the leading brands in wall coverings, Marshalls has launched YOUnique Bespoke Walls. Fascinating images of breathtaking slices of nature, heartwarming wildlife, imposing monuments, etc. are now brought alive on wall. One can simply choose the image that appeals to aesthetic instincts and give the size of the wall. Marshalls will print the image in the required size on non-woven wallcovering base and install it on the wall. One can even bring a favourite photograph. Marshalls will transform it into a wallcovering in the desired size. YOUnique Bespoke Walls add an exciting new dimension to wallcovering design and are sure to open up exciting designing options for architects and interior decorators. YOUnique Bespoke Walls are available in eight categories: Nature, Wildlife, Monuments, Sports, Religion, Abstract, Corporate and Kids. Each category offers numerous image options. For Further details website: http://www.marshallswallcoverings.com/younique/; Ph.: 022 4070 2222

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New 1.25 Laminates from Royale Touche oyale Touche Laminate, known in the industry for superior quality and the excusive design range, has introduced the 1.25 laminates in the market which is very much accepted by the architect, designer and interior decorators due to its extra ordinary features which keeps laminate free from warpage, waviness , breakage and gives an scope for extra sanding to make the furniture bubbles free. This introduction of 1.25 mm laminate not only provides an opportunity to the customer to use a better quality product, but also gives a new direction to the laminate industry. Apart from the luxury laminates of 1 mm and 1.25 mm , company is now concentrating on post-forming laminates also so that the OEM’s can have an opportunity

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to use the world class laminates for their modular furniture. Royale Touche Laminates has added Compact laminates and XCL in its product range which is widely used in the industry and is liked by the interiors and Architects across the world. Company is planning to add other value added products to give a wide range to its customer. Company belief in the philosophy that a Royale Customer must be treated royally and for this company introduces a new design on every fourth day to give its customer a wide range of choices. Due to this feature company has make its position as a trendsetter in the industry. For more information, visit Website: www.royaletouche.com Phone: +91 79 40017979; Toll Free: 1800 103 4357; E-mail: sales@royaletouche.com


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new launch The Best of Both Worlds at EliteLiving

SujanImpex Brings Spanish Brand Agora

liteLiving, an ultimate destination for home furnishing shoppers, offers the best of Indian home furnishings in the finest tones of modern, contemporary and classical designs. EliteLiving offers the best of international home furnishing brands too, namely Casamance, Designers Guild, Harlequin and Zimmer+Rhode.

ujanImpex, a leading company into textile architecture and distributor of leading names like Serge Ferrari- France, Gale Pacific - Australia, and Sauleda Spain, has forayed into luxury fabrics for indoor and outdoor use by the name of Agora. Agora combines the best of two Spanish fabric manufacturing companies: Sauleda and Tuvatextil. The range of fabrics from Agora is woven from yarns made from 100 per cent solution dyed acrylic fibre and treated with special formulation of Teflon for extra life. The coloured pigments impregnate the polymer dissolution before the fibre is formed giving fabrics excellent colour and light fastness that shows exceptional behaviour in outdoor conditions in presence of microorganisms. Backed by a five year warranty, Agora fabrics are effective against stain and mildew and have very good oil repellence making it low maintenance. They are available in various colours and designs that can be mixed and matched to give a personal touch to the furniture. The New white and color collection by Agora is available in four beautiful styles viz Plains: responds perfectly to contracts and subtle hues, Jacquard: playful with infinite lines and sinuous shapes, Fantasy: woven to dress up textures, Rayures: striped patterns for a fanciful flair.

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Casamance deals exclusively in plain and designed fabrics. Their fabric is trademark styled with exquisite colours, contemporary designs and an extensive material variety. They use colours to enhance their exclusive designs with subtlety to be world renowned in homes and offices alike. Designers Guild offers a variety of exclusive fabrics by designers like Ralph Lauren, Christian Lacroix and Howard Hodgkin. Since its establishment in 1970, the company has won over 16 prestigious awards in UK and USA. Harlequin, the renowned British brand, blends classic hues with contemporary styles. Fresh and pleasant colours characterise their range with an impressive array of innovative cameo collections. Zimmer+Rhode is one of Europe’s leading brands. Their collection is inspired by geometry and ethnic motifs. Their featured collections are: Aredecora, Etamine, Travers Warner Fabrics and Hodsoll Mckenzie. With such an exquisite range of home furnishing solutions, customers have the best of both worlds. For details, log on to: www.eliteliving.co.in; Ph.: 4070 2222/8.

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Evoke Launches Designer Curtains by Zynna Furnishings ynna Furnishing Store, a name synonymous to luxury furnishings and interiors, launches its new collection of designer curtains that offers a sack full of marvelous designs. Zynna’s line of curtains contains a rich collection of fabrics and a whole range of designs which are subtle and yet elegant at the same time. The vibrant and subtle tone curtains give a melange effect, and a diffused look, making it easier to introduce a strong colour into your home without overpowering the room. The bold and soft inviting look equally suits for vintageinspired styles as the modern urban interiors. The interior of the room reflects the persona and attitude of the house, in which the choice of curtains plays a major role.

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Zynna Furnishings with its impeccable quality woven fabrics offers a unique, stylish and classy approach to decoration and quality. It offers thick range of quality in printed fabrics, jacquard fabrics, microfibers and textures. The colour palette ranges from intense tones to soft powdery blush shades, defining the spirit of festival and shades. Running the gamut from modern to traditional, the designer curtains bestow soft, digitally printed cotton fabrics, transparent prints and embroidered as a highlight material. From bright, enticing prints to luxurious faux silks will change a room from drab to fab in mere minutes. Price on Request. Available at - Zynna Furnishing Store, S56/20, DLF Phase III, Gurgaon- 122002.


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new launch Decorate Your Home with ‘Linen Treasures’ ndian August” launched their new collection, Linen Treasure: A whole new range of cushion covers and table runners in linen with super fine lurex inserts woven intricately to give an artistic and contemporary feel to the living space. The cushion covers have floro-geometric patterns with appliqué work and embroidery work. “Indian August”, spread over four floor covering 7500-Sq ft area in the heart of NoidaSector 18, gives the right feeling of unique shopping experience in category fashion, home accessories and art for the Connoisseurs of elegance. The brand promises to provide platform for free expression of designers, artists, crafts enthusiasts and revivalists who integrate Indian handcrafted traditions to reflect a contemporary vocabulary. The price range for the collection starts from Rs.950

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Oasis Collection by RUMORS umors Fine Furnishing - One of the biggest manufacturer and retailing brand of fine furnishing fabrics in India - has come up with "Oasis Collection" by "Prestigious Textiles" (PT) to revitalise your home or work space with aplomb. The collection is inspired by floral patterns and pastel colour palette which introduces printed patterns, embroideries, textured to create groups that work in perfect harmony. The collection of drapes, upholstery and multipurpose fabrics is made of cotton and poly blends that come in a refreshing colour palette of soft blue, old rose, dull gold and poppy colours. The Oasis Collection is a subtle yet rich and full of floral patterns & painterly prints paired with sophisticated jacquards, textured

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plains in tones of lilac, old rose, soft blue and many more. Prestigious Textiles was founded by Trevor Helliwell in 1988 and since its inception PT has reached a global market through its network of trading partners and international alliances. PT is now available world over through their trade partners and has gained a reputation around the world for providing products that ranked high in design and quality. Prestigious Textiles' products are exclusively available at RUMORS Fine Furnishings in India. Price: Rs.1500 onwards Ph.: +91-80-6569 4949 Email: info@rumorsindia.in Website: www.rumorsindia.in

Curtains from Siddharth by MKC iddharth by MKC, the designer label of Interior designer Monica Kamal has launched an exclusive and range of Curtains which will provide flamboyance and elegance to home, reflecting personal style as well as adding aesthetic value to it. Siddharth by MKC specializes in window designing and the brand offers an exclusive range of curtains and blinds this season in wonderful fabrics of velvet, embossed velvet, silk, poly silk in beautiful tints and shades. The fabrics and the colors are chosen considering the interior, the style and the taste of the discerning customers. They are available in different colors like beige, off white, red, neutral color etc. Rich textured window treatments are also on offer and can make your room look grand, luxurious and classic. The range of silk curtains is light weight; at the same time provide a beautiful fall and drapery with the advantage of easy maintenance.

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new launch New Furniture Collection from Cilek ilek is excited to announce the release of Football series. The bed features an inbuild system and USB Cord with a unique design, the ball coming out of the bed. The study is designed with a trophy and a feel of a stadium.Cilek specialized in providing quality football furniture to suit the need and personal preferences with 27 years of experience in interiors they have recognized the need in which football fans have a passion for the game.Their range of Football furniture is loved by Children of all ages making it an ideal purchase for a home with young children. Sultana Series from Cilek The new line Sultana lends a palatial feel to the bedroom with visible influences from the Eastern era, blending royalty into a contemporary style. The rich warm hues bring a homely secure feel, weaving in confidence and aspiration at the sub conscious level, which is reflected in the lifestyle.Historical designs brought to life in stunning medieval patterns give the child a feel of living in their own surreal world. Website: www.cilek.in

C Grandeur Launches Dining Tables by Pianca and Bonaldo randeur launched the sleek dining tables from one of Italian brands, Pianca and Bonaldo. The range, inspired by the clean cuts of industrial design, uses the available space in a minimalist fashion. Specially designed for contemporary living spaces, this collection of tables adds a subdued elegance with its light-weight chairs with their deep seats and comfortable backs. This collection of chairs, which seats six to eight, with their elegant, willowy design, provide sturdy support to the body’s weight. There are choices between polished glass tops or compact wood covers to suit a variety of interiors and tastes. Grandeur combines its keen understanding of Indian tastes in contemporary furniture with Pianca and Bonaldo’s superior craft and design sensibilities to offer the country’s market a select range of swanky dining tables. Available in a variety of only wood, or a combination of wood and glass, the dining tables can be viewed at all three Grandeur outlets in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Website – www.grandeurinteriors.com

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Roca Heima Bathroom Furniture Collection oca, the global frontrunner in superior bathroom solutions, unveiled its Heima Furniture collection which comprises premium over countertop basins. The range comes with a choice of eight bowl basins offered in one set as basin and furniture. Not only is the range highly aesthetic, it is also extremely functional with features like a scratch-resistant finish and basin adjustment for deck-mounted and wall-mounted faucet installation. The collection consists of two size options: 600mm and 800mm.The subtle shade of white and an option of two leg-set for dry area (floor standing) application make this collection perfectly compatible with any kind of bathroom space and décor. The inner drawers of the Heima Furniture are optimal for keeping small objects of daily use safe. The space-saving syphon and the soft-close system for the doors and drawers make the entire range a practical solution that is also simultaneously an epitome of sophistication.

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new launch Godrej Interio Launches Genii odrej Interio, a leader and innovator in the furniture category recently launched Genii – furniture for classrooms. Genii comprises of benches and desks which are specially created keeping in mind, the tough nature of modern classrooms. Its compact laminate can withstand any sort of rigor of the growing years without seeming to age. Genii can weather anything from solid/liquid spills to messy scribbling. It also extends the margins of safety as it wears a cushioned curve around its frame, preventing cuts and abrasions. Genii offer singleseaters for seniors and shared benches for juniors. The 1, 2 and 3 seating options with various ergonomic heights can accommodate students across all ages. The distance between seat and table can be fine-tuned for ‘fastgrowing’ kids. Commenting on this launch, Swapneel Nagarkar, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing (B2B), Godrej Interio said, this particular product aims to create a healthy atmosphere for children where they can grow and excel academically. GENII combines softness with strength and style as it gives students comfort with sturdiness, as they spend long hours in school.

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The Furniture Republic Launches a New Range of Chairs he Furniture Republic (TFR) has launched a collection of chairs with foot stools for both indoors & outdoors. Available in vibrant colours like white, mustard, red and black, these chairs are made of polypropylene, fiberglass and aluminum.

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Valentine Collection from I’M Centre for Applied Arts n this special occasion of Valentine’s Day, furniture cum interior designer Punam Kalra brings out a vibrant collection of couches and sofas which will bring life to homes. I’M Centre for Applied Arts is an exclusive domain for Punam Kalra where she experiments with different mediums, adding new and novel

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Stellar Launches Conference Table and Chairs tellar furniture and lifestyle, a contemporary office furniture brand, has introduced their new range of conference table to give a perfect persona to your conference room.The wide array is the result of thoughtful designs and depicts a fabulous blend of modern and neo classical styles. The range comprises of various conference table that matches the international standard of quality, comfort and adds a classy and sophisticated touch to office furniture making the conference room classier.

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The design for the Head Office for PR Hub & Business Hub at Bangalore, Karnataka by Pentades Studio unfolds the story of the company’s journey to growth. The building space, designed on a tight budget, is highly functional, inspiring, invoking collaboration & creativity, flexibility, mobility and more.

Anirban Das is the Principal Architect and the co-founder of Pentades Studio. He has more than thirty years of experience in different areas such as design and project coordination of office complexes, super-speciality hospitals, medical colleges, hotels, retail projects, commercial complexes, high rise apartments, industrial buildings, self-contained industrial townships along with organizing and running design office. He was heading the design team of ATKINS in India and had worked as General Manager (Architecture) for heading design office of Asian Health Services. He did his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Town and Regional Planning from Calcutta University. Raghunanda S.A. is the Principal Architect and the co-founder of Pentades Studio. Raghunanda is specialized in developing cost effective buildings with intelligent designs. In his18 years of professional experience across regional and international markets, Raghunanda has executed a number of successful projects. He has a Masters in Urban and Regional planning from School of Planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad and graduated with a degree in architecture from the Mysore University.

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rom integrating the latest technology to increased collaboration among co-workers, work environments are changing and so are the ways offices are furnished. The latest trends are reflected in the interior design of Head Office for PR Hub & Business Hub, Bangalore by Pentades Studio, understanding the needs of modern day employees and invoking collaboration, flexibility, mobility and more. Considering all these aspects, designing a Public Relations and marketing communications agency full of young minds was a challenge. The brief was to create a trendy office space for the youth with no compromise on the number of workstations for company’s future growth plan.

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The designers went to the basics to make three distinct zones with an organised approach: Expressive lobby and exhibit space, management space, and work space for the staff. For a rectangular space of 5,000-Sq ft, a curvilinear wall with the inscription of “Direction and Delivery” reflects the company’s contributions to its clients. The reception designed with this approach mingles with the outside by telling a story to its visitors. The outside place is planned in such a way that a visitor coming in cannot see the entire office unless he is meant to but he still gets a glimpse of the activities the company does, based on the reception design. This way the visitor is exposed to the activities of the company and the privacy is also maintained.

The management area is well segregated from the workstations with a visual access through a graphical corridor that has testimonials from clients. This inspires the team to set higher targets for themselves. Client participation as a part of the design team has helped in creating an integrated space.

Besides planning the functional zones, the strategic application of the clients branding is reflected in the transition areas that leads to the workspace. The flowing ceiling and the circular staircase takes the serious corporate spaces to an area of freedom in the mezzanine floor. Here the staff can relax or engage in brainstorming by completely cutting out of the general working environment.

The specially designed solid brand colour lamp shades dropping down from the trays create the illumination more personal. This concept is to highlight that every desk is important. Low height coloured glass separators for workstations compliment the oneness of the team. Carefully designed large blank spaces at walls and columns are covered with graphics that compliment vibrancy in the workspace.

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Head Office for PR Hub & Business Hub, Bangalore, Karnataka, India Pentades Studio The workspace is designed with minimalist approach with the elements that create a different space altogether. Expensive false ceiling is avoided. Use of electrical cable trays in parallel to create an imaginary ceiling and to camouflage the fans above has given it a different  dimension of visual space.

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Designplus Office, E-145, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi, India Designplus Associates Services Pvt. Ltd (DPA)

Sonali Bhagwati is the President of Delhi-based design studio Designplus Associates Services Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Designplus Architecture Pvt. Ltd.). She is the cofounder of Spazzio Design, which was recognized internationally as one of the leading Indian contemporary design firms. After the merger of Spazzio with Designplus, she has taken over as president of the company. She graduated from CEPT, Ahmadabad with honours in 1986, and during that period was a recipient of a scholarship from L’Institute Francaise D’Architecutre to work in Paris for a year. She has over 30 years of experience. Sonali is currently one of three members of Delhi Urban Arts Commission, one of the most prestigious organizations in the country.

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A good work environment creates a state of mind that is conducive to productivity. Transparency and accountability were the key words while designing spaces for their own Design Studio by Designplus Associates Services Pvt. Ltd (DPA) at Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi. The designers wanted to demonstrate this by extensive use of glass that took away visual barriers, thus creating a light and open space from where every work desk had a view of the surrounding greens. Functional yet timeless design was essence of the design approach.

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hile designing office space for their own Design Studio at Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi, The architects from Designplus Associates Services Pvt. Ltd faced the dilemma of an appropriate design approach. The haphazard structural elements on the floor plate had to be settled. To integrate and use them as design elements was the obvious choice. An unstructured band in orange (DPA AND SPAZZIO colour) connects the structural elements creating a definite design language. This is set against an open cell ceiling which does not intend concealing the services. Large wall graphics in white and orange along with black & white project pictures with orange highlights the otherwise simple staircase. As one enters the building, a terrazzo floor in the reception area sets the tone of the office. Grey slate rectangles set in charcoal resin was an experiment that gave a spectacular result. A Zaha Hadid design bench and Vitra design chairs along with DPA logo set into the wall panel pattern , providing the colour punch in the otherwise monochromatic colour palette of the reception. Black & white or monochrome is the underlying approach to colour in the entire office. This is punctuated by graphics, art, pin up panels, ceiling elements, furniture etc, keeping the use of colour very controlled. Simplicity of lines and colour palette helps create a timeless ambience. The cafĂŠ is an extremely colourful space in contrast to the rest of the office. Recipe graphics, wall paper and colourful tables  define the cafĂŠ. fact file: project location client interior designer

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Office Design corporate office

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Creating Brand Identity DuPont Corporate Office, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon, Haryana, India Designplus Associates Services Pvt. Ltd (DPA) Office Interiors for the DuPont Corporate Office, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon, Haryana, was designed by Designplus Associates Services Pvt. Ltd (DPA), keeping in mind the client’s corporate colour scheme. They used bold colour scheme of white interspersed with red in the project.

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hile planning the Office Interiors for the DuPont Corporate Office , at DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon, Haryana, the designers from Designplus Associates Services Pvt. Ltd (DPA) followed the corporate colour scheme of the company. The client wanted a state-ofthe-art office which was in tune with the times. They were also very particular in the use of their corporate colours and Corian which is a solid acrylic surface manufactured by them. Safety was to be given top priority, which were to reflect in the interior design and the MEP services. The main challenge in doing up this 20,000-Sq ft interior was to efficiently use all space despite the fragmented floor space. The space is dynamic with a sense of mystery that unfolds as one moves from the reception to the meeting areas. The designers designed a space for approx 182 work stations and 8 high-tech meeting rooms, plus a big conference facility, with safety norms being paramount. DuPont`s material Corian was used sparingly in this project. Corian is known for its plasticity and use of it needed to demonstrate just that. Hence a plastic form with fluid lines in the third dimension was created as the public space, which forms a kind of hinge between the two bays of work spaces. An amorphous, non defined form that twists and turns with a synchronized ceiling immediately breaks the monotony and ‘boxiness’ of the lift lobby. An all white scheme punctuated with red screams DuPont which creates the perfect brand identity. The Cafeteria at Dupont is an interesting feature with a hanging/floating ceiling, giving  it an enigmatic effect.

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Office Design SOHO office Text: courtesy, the designers; Photographer: Bharat Aggarwal

A Stylish SOHO Office Takshila Office, Defense Colony, New Delhi, India Archohm

The design of the office cum residence for the Takshila group by Archohm at New Delhi plays daringly with materials, colours, textures and products. The innovative vocabulary selection and intuitive product collection bring in a sense of ‘taste’ and ‘timelessness’.

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Sourabh Gupta, the Founder & Managing Director of Archohm Consults, is an alumnus of CEPT, Ahmedabad and Technical University, Delft, the Netherlands. Archohm was conceived as a design studio that offers design consultancy for architecture, urban design, interiors and product design. With over 12 years of experience in Architecture and Urban Design, Sourabh is renowned for his capabilities in conceptualizing, designing, and detailing. Sourabh Gupta is the founder member of ZOLIJNS, one of the premier furniture and design boutiques which houses top-of-the-line international furniture and accessories in India. Zolijns has partnered with international power brands and designers who share the same contemporary approach to aesthetics and manufacturing excellence. Through his initiative of the Design village, an interdisciplinary design campus that aims to bring Indian design to the global platform and the global design fraternity to India, he endeavors to enhance the design quotient of the country. Sourabh lectures extensively, is a part of design juries and has won numerous awards and accolades

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rchohm was commissioned to build a SOHO office (small office/home office) and residence for the owner of the Takshila Group at New Delhi. Takshila Group runs large successful city schools, works on a rural campus for arts and crafts, promote performing arts and support many cultural and social endeavors.

Functionally, the ground floor is the reception space and serves as a control for the lower ground office and the upper ground house with a multipurpose lounge to engage and entertain business visitors. The upper level is a single expansive space subdivided and scaled down to different times and tones. The basement is a traditional office space.

double heighted owner's (MD) room with engineered bamboo panels on the flooring and raw wood Italian furniture

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the informal canteen and conference space

Storages are concealed behind a textured relief wall of wood. This absorbs the extensive filing requirements as well as the services. The cabins are scaled and sized with flexible glass verticals and corian horizontals. The cabin is an experiment to redefine workspace inside by eliminating the inside circulation space. It borrows the outside passage to sit across the table inside. This also makes the cabin more accessible, literally and workwise. A large central island, a corian monolith, serves as a workspace for six. This piece is specially designed to house lighting, electrical and other plug-ins. A separate space for stationery, a unique space for plants and a smart plinth for individual lights are allocated. These lights are long LED strips especially for workstation task-lighting, minimizing screen glares and light pollution. Touch controls further enhance the technology edge to the space. This workspace extends to the informal canteen and conference space that spans betweenthe pantry and printing facility. This space also had a glass wall with plants at the bottom and natural light from top. Metal walls with magnets give an innovative and informal definition to the space. Stools and small tables in this space function the flexibility. The conference room is the most fundamental requirement of the project. It was to be used primarily for virtual meetings. The vertical surfaces are glass writing boards or sound absorbing textures. So is the carpet flooring and ceiling reliefs. State of the art conferencing equipment, smart boards and lighting controls enable this compact space as a comprehensive solution. MD’s office is the most impressive volume of the project. This is the workspace of the owner, the chairman of the group. The double heights with bare concrete walls give a distinct ‘designer’ definition to

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the formal seating in the residence - innovative vocabulary selection and intuitive product collection brings in a sense of 'taste' and 'timelessness’

this room. One uses the rurality of bamboo as a flavor and a finish. ‘Finesse’ of engineered bamboo panels on the flooring and circular cross sectional clusters of real bamboo as a creative ceiling concealing all services bring in the material madness.

inspirational spaces that fuel the occupant

innovative and informal work spaces that are functional and flexible

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The raw wood Italian furniture further compliments the purity of surfaces. Two walls are clean and bare concrete to receive the artwork, an original large Hussain painting. One wall is a double glass wall with plants to diffuse the sense of the underground. The back wall is an extended large wall unit, a rhythm of raw vertical planks flanked with horizontal glass to store books, awards, equipment and accessories of the well read and travelled ‘collector’, the occupant of this space. The two most fundamental ingredients of a workspace, the chair and the light are both examples of the finest German technology and design. The European equipment for sound and light brings in the required ‘intelligence’ quotient for efficiency at work. This innovative vocabulary selection and intuitive product collection brings in a sense of ‘taste’ and ‘timelessness’.This core space is thus the inspiration that fuels the entire  project and the larger office at large.

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Designers from DSP Design planned the office space for IDC- the R&D division of Microsoft on the basis of “Neighborhood Concept�. Microsoft wanted to imbibe the true philosophy of a "global futurist workspace" in their Bangalore office where employees feel a sense of belonging and are inspired to create new ideas. It had to be designed as a young and vibrant workspace, keeping in mind its function and users. Architecture Update February 2015

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space becomes the core of the entire office and these multi-discipline spaces can be used for individual work, team meetings and relaxation

DSP was established in 1989 as a multi-disciplinary and integrated Design Consultancy firm. It is an Interior Designing and Architectural firm offering Master-Planning, Architecture, & Interior design solutions with complete collaboration between the team, having offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad & Chennai. Bimal Desai, Director of DSP Design Associates is a graduate from Manipal University. Having interned with renowned architect Uttam C Jain, Bimal believes in architecture that is sustainable and responsive to social and economic parameters. Yatin Patel (Director) always dreamt of achieving a distinguished standing in the field of architecture. He lends a very strong Design direction to DSP. Following one year working stint, Yatin started out on his own in 1989 with retail projects, moving onto offices for various Multinational & Indian Corporates. With a vision to establish a multifaceted Design consultancy firm and to extend its services pan India, Yatin Patel partnered with Mehul Shah and Bimal Desai, two prominent visionaries in the architectural industry, to form DSP Design Associates in 1994. Mehul Shah (Director) is actively involved from the Conceptual Planning in a project to the Final execution of designs on Interior projects along with co-ordination with service consultants & contractors.

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he Microsoft's office for the IDC- the R&D division at Bangalore, by Architect from DSP Designs, is a Pilot project of the company to implement the work place Guidelines for Microsoft offices in India. The entire floor plate is planned in such a way that 15- 35 people work together in proximity as a community. Each community is a self-sufficient "neighborhood" with its space and functional requirements of workspace, formal and informal collaboration spaces, meeting rooms, focus rooms and phone booths. They are independent, yet they are interconnected by break out spaces and informal spaces interspersed between two community neighborhoods. This planning gave us an even spread of all the required facilities for the overall floor plate. The layout plan comprises seven such neighborhoods which are around a central hub space known as the "Microsoft Hub & The Garage”. This space becomes the core of the entire office and is a multi-discipline space which can be used for individual work, team meetings, relaxation, recreation and even hold a town hall meeting for about 75 people. This space is planned in as an open space with different variety of seating, pantry counter, indoor gaming – foos ball, x-box etc. This area also had two existing cutouts in the slab acting as skylight and also allowing visual connect to the lower and upper floors. One of the cut out is treated with a vertical green wall to bring in nature inside. Another cutout integrates an interactive digital installation. This is one of the areas

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A Balance of Work & Relaxation Zones Shweta Grover, Associate Vice President, Corporate Real Estate – North, DSP Design Associates Q. What are the latest trends in office design? A. The real estate has become a very expensive asset. To deal with this constraint, the cabins and cubicles are done away with. Also the work culture has changed and organization structures have become flatter (instead of hierarchical), significance of collaboration and knowledge transfer has been recognized which has lead to more open spaces, virtual collaboration has shrunk the world, which is reflected in the office designs. Also, a balance of work and relaxation zones is planned in the office to provide the typical knowledge worker the necessary environment to help them achieve optimum productivity. Q. What would be the preferred styles for indoor and outdoor lighting in office designs? A. Lighting creates the ambience in a place. Indoor office lighting changes from work area to collaboration areas to display and conferencing area. For workspace, crisp white light, uniformly lighting the work desk with right Lux, without any shadows is a must. Ceiling designs are often complemented with the selection of light fittings. For special conferencing areas, special dimming and other lighting are planned to support the audio visual equipments. Other areas which demand a hospitality environments and comfort / collaboration a soft ambient light with accentuated decorative fixtures add character to the individual spaces Q. What are the modern trends in the design and materials for flooring & ceiling in office interiors? A. Modern office design globally has moved to the use of carpet flooring for work areas. It is better in terms of acoustic to manage footfall, quicker to install, easier for day to day maintenance and last but not the least, brings in warmth to the whole workspace. Ceilings again have become modular with lot of design and material possibilities. It helps manage and plan the false ceiling services. It is definitely quicker to install and maintain over the time. It facilities access to service above the ceiling which is a must Q. Briefly explain the latest in wall designs for office projects? A. Most wall surfaces nowadays are made out of dry partition system using gypsum, MDF board with a variety of possible finishes options for final finishes. Depending upon need of the space and the design intent, wall treatments vary from plain painted gypsum surfaces, to texture paint, laminate claddings, veneer treatments, metal sheets, color back glass cladding, fabric paneling, sustainable ecophon boards, cork sheets, writable wall papers, acoustic and magnetic wall papers or simply decorative wall papers; List is endless and growing by the day as the imagination of designers. Q. Please brief on the preferred furniture & furnishing designs for office spaces? A. Furniture trends are mostly on the contemporary lines and simple clean line design. Easy to use maintenance friendly finishes like laminates, veneer, and melamine finish are preferred. Modular system furniture is being designed to project and client needs in various ways and possibilities are quite and endless. Fabric finishes again follow sustainability and maintenance criteria.

the design help smaller groups to work cohesively as a team

Shweta Grover has been a part of DSP Design Associates since 2009 and was one of the core team members who established the DSP Gurgaon office. Shweta’s role also involves managing and developing Client’s portfolios in other verticals like hospitality, commercial and retail. Extremely talented and result oriented, she has designed and executed some of very important projects for DSP. Some of her major projects are ZS Associates, Microsoft, ACS Xerox, XL Group, Mercer and Encore Capital. Shweta believes in leading by example and manages a very passionate and efficient team. She is a B.Arch graduate from TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi.

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vibrant carpets in the workspace

vertical green wall to bring in nature

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closed spaces are defined by using solid accent colors

which brings in interest in the entire workspace and becomes a focal point.

was used not only as a vibrant element but also as a writing surface. Acoustical 3D panels added to the appeal and helped reduce the noise spread in an open office.

The process initiated with multiple interactions with Microsoft to understand their operations, work culture and requirements. Understanding of site constraints especially since the building was an existing building with floor height challenges came next. The design and the concept was developed keeping in mind the requirements both functional and cultural. Ease of construction, time and cost management with emphasis on quality became an intrinsic part of the process. The true identity of the neighbor community concept developed for this project lies in smaller groups of people working more cohesively as a team. The teams are independent and when need to connect together; can do so through the ‘Central Hub’ which flows through the entire space. Microsoft employees continuously engage in the “Microsoft Garage" for team interactions or even recreation. Each space including break outs and pantries where designed by multi functionality in mind with collaborative furniture, acoustical privacy pods and Wi-Fi connectivity. Thus enabling people to work from anywhere. Environmental sustainability is their CSR and fact file: right from planning maximum natural light for project the employees penetrating in the workspace location to Bio walls in interior spaces and the use of client recyclable materials for the construction, interior designer Green design became a driving force for this architect project and the same is LEED adhered. other consultants The result of the design and process led to a cohesive work community where each space is efficient and flexible.“Form follows function” philosophy ensured each design element's utility. Colored glass for example

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Innovation in material and design is brought into the design by using new and functional materials like colored glass doubling up as writing surfaces, modular techzone, metal baffle ceiling, vibrant carpet in the workspace, use of fresh colors, various acoustical cladding, ergonomically chairs and variety of soft seating etc.

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As the planning of the spaces in done in more of random manner flooring patterns reflects the same ideology. The entire of open office is given a splash of color by using a very contemporary striped carpet, the closed spaces like focus, phone and meeting rooms are defined by using solid accent colors.A lot of attention is given to integrate the graphics, signages and unique features in the office. Microsoft branding was worked on extensively on customized graphics and video walls. Graphics are customized by taking feedback from the end users , where the idea was to bring in culture, business, information and fun together in different zones. Customized video wall at the entrance inspired by the “the Windows of a euro rail train” runs continuous content of Microsoft and gives an illusion of a dynamic Miscroft IDC space.

Bangalore Microsoft DSP Design Salapuria Airtron –Electrical and Hvac consultants July 2012 January 2013 36,691 sft INR 15 crores

The workspace itself reflected the flexible approach where workstations do not follow a box like grid, rather are more in tune with geometry which brings the outdoor in. Each neighborhood is localized which led to better team interactions. DSP’s ideology of providing a bespoke and customized design to its clients gave a strong identity to the  project.


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An Ideal

New Corporate Office for DFPCL, Pune, Maharashtra, India Incubis Consultants

Workspace The new Corporate Office for DFPCL at Pune, Maharashtra designed by Incubis Consultants provides a strong connect with nature that helps meet the objectives of a workplace that is a magnet for talent and catalyst for creativity. Sustainability, economy and low-operating cost have also been strong design drivers in this project. Another distinctive characteristic of this project is the extensive use of colour that breaks the paradigm of traditional corporate offices.

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Amit Krishn Gulati is a designer with a multifaceted oeuvre spanning 20 years and encompassing new product development, healthcare, hotels, builtenvironments and installations. Amit studied industrial design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and is the founder and director of Incubis Consultants, one of India’s leading design and innovation consulting firms with a diverse mix of global companies, SMEs as well as start-ups as clients. In addition to leading the team at Incubis, Amit is a visiting faculty at The School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, IIT Roorkee and The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He is the recipient of several design awards from organizations such as, the Plastindia Foundation, Indian Society of Lighting Engineers, VM&RD, Art Centre Europe, Sony Corporation Japan, National Gallery of Modern Art and the Ashok Jain Foundation. Incubis has a talented team of over 50 professionals in Design, Engineering and Architecture.

eepak Fertilizers & Petrochemicals Limited (DFPCL), headquartered in Pune, is one of India’s leading 500 companies with a turnover of over USD 500 Million. The new corporate office for DFPCL at Pune, Maharashtra is designed by Incubis Consultants with the key objective of crafting a contemporary workplace that inspires innovative thinking, enables informal interactions and exchange of ideas and energetic collaboration in an environment that exudes openness, transparency, equality, caring and accessibility for all.

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It is one of the rare instances where a workplace is co-created through a very close and intensive partnership between the actual users and the designers. The Incubis team was given the opportunity to engage with teams from all levels to understand their expectations for the new office to ensure that the eventual outcome meets their aspirations. The Project was executed by DFPCL’S in house team with close co-ordination between the Design and Project team.

The key inspiration for the design concept was of a fertile ‘greenhouse’ where new ideas are welcomed and allowed to flourish – an apt metaphor for one of the country’s leading producers of chemicals & fertilizers! To meet this challenging objective, the plans have been configured around circular cores that act as fluid meeting and break out spaces for chance encounters that lead to unexpected cross-fertilization and convergence of new thoughts. A wide variety of engagement zones in the form of a large multifunctional cafeteria (with sufficient space for recreation, town hall meetings and even film screenings), multiple training rooms, libraries and state of the art videoconferencing suites, all contribute to deliver a corporate culture that is team-focused and holds learning & sharing at the heart of all its activities. Despite the need for a high level of spatial efficiency (with consequent high occupation densities) there is an all pervasive sense of lightness

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the board room - bespoke details of the large format tensile light reflectors and hand-woven carpet

and tranquility – Natural light streaming through from all sides with views into the green surroundings provide a strong connect with nature that helps meet the objectives of a workplace that is a magnet for talent and catalyst for creativity. False ceilings have been avoided in most areas and exposed ducts used in conjunction with suspended lights to enhance the visual height despite the low slabs. These features together with bespoke details in the form of large-format tensile light reflectors paired with hand-woven carpets in vibrant shades of green and yellow, cylindrical ‘discussion capsules’ with curved glass, woven stainless-steel accents, timber trellis screens and several pieces of custom-designed furniture give the space a special and personal feel like none other. Sustainability, economy and low-operating cost have also been strong design drivers in this project. Most of the illumination is based on the library

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Cafeteria - false ceilings have been avoided and exposed ducts used in conjunction with suspended lights

energy efficient systems connected to occupancy sensors to switch off the lights automatically when no one is around. Of course, the extensive use of natural light also helps keep energy costs down during the daytime. All the carpet tiles have a substantial ‘post consumer recycling’ content and are based on ‘climate-neutral’ production technologies. The workstations are green rated and no leather has been used in the entire project. One of the most distinctive characteristics of this project is the extensive use of colour that breaks the paradigm of traditional corporate offices associated with staid, somber and dark tones. Several shades of green and orange accented by yellow, purple and grey constitute the overall palette - These contribute to create a warm, inviting and happy ambience that is still understated and timeless in  its appeal.

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New Corporate Office – Deepak Fertilizers and Petrochemicals Limited (DFPCL) Pune, Maharashtra, india Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals Limited (DFPCL) Incubis Consultants (India) PL, New Delhi S. Paldas, Kapil Agrawal, Ayush Jain, Naved Khan, Tilak Raj, Arun Kumar, Mahtab Alam, Richa Bansal, Jatin Arora, Ajay Anand, Amit Krishn Gulati April 2014 November 2014 55000-Sq ft

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A Distinct Identity GSK Consumer Healthcare Office, Gurgaon, Haryana, India Space Matrix Design Consultants

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Pooja Bansal is a lead designer in the New Delhi office of the design firm Space Matrix, focusing on workplace interiors. She is an eternal optimist and thrives on collaboration with others. Pooja is more likely to sketch than talk and is extremely passionate about making great places for people. She leads a multi-disciplinary design team in conceptual design, design development and implementation of projects for a broad array of project types and scales. Space Matrix is a leading architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with multiple offices in Asia. Their interiors group specializes in workplace design, strategic consulting, and design-build solutions for their international corporate clients and architecture team specializes in planning and designing residential, corporate, and mixed-use developments for Asia’s top owners and developers.

esign for the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) consumer healthcare’s new head office in Gurgaon, Haryana designed by Space Matrix Design Consultants is a tech enabled cabin-less Smart Office -- a completely flexible workspace. The functions are organized as neighborhoods with no assigned seats. Employees can choose to sit wherever they like in within their neighborhood or anywhere within the two floors of the office space. Most part of the office area is dedicated to collaboration to encourage communication. The spaces have been planned as destinations to boost circulation and movement, encouraging incidental collaboration.

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The design concept for the office is an inspiration from the GSK ‘heart’ logo and brings alive the company values of transparency, respect, integrity and consumer first and support the company’s vision to ‘do more, feel better and live longer’. The design has been envisioned as the human body with a heart, brain, veins and skin. The planning has been based on concentric circles. At the core is the ‘heart’ i.e. the reception that inspires employees and visitors alike to ‘feel better’. The brand comes to life here with a huge veneer portal in the shape of GSK’s heart that leads the way into the main office space. As the function of the heart, the reception is the life source of the entire space. The movement and flow of the internal staircase connecting the

GlaxoSmithKline consumer healthcare’s new head office in Gurgaon, Haryana, designed by Space Matrix Design Consultants, is a perfect example of how organizations are beginning to use the workspaces to reflect and implement their culture, create a productive collaborative work environment, increase employee productivity and attract employees. two office floors adds a buzz to the space. The reception table made of ‘stainless steel and corian’ has a curvilinear feature that flows with the overall flow of the space. The nerves form the second layer, creating a central circulation running throughout the office and connecting the various areas. This circulation space not only facilitates movement but also creates opportunities for conversations and interaction along the way. The nerves are represented by wooden lattice in the ceiling that runs as a consistent feature through the office. The lights suspended from this lattice have been conceptualized as blood cells. Lockers, repro areas and area to embed the ‘listening labs’ have been designed to promote collaboration. Architecture Update February 2015

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wooden lattice that represents the nerves and suspended lights that represent blood cells

The third layer forms the brain of the office. The meeting rooms, boardroom, huddle spaces and quiet room (where the work happens) forms the brain of the space. The meeting zone has been designed keeping in mind that these spaces are used for ‘planned collaboration’. A separate meeting zone is created which has a direct access from the reception so visitors need not be taken into the work areas. The design seamlessly integrates the technology needed to support planned collaboration. The entire office is Wi-Fi enabled and the meeting rooms are fitted with latest technology for remote collaboration and live meetings.

open workspace with ample flow of natural light

The final layer that wraps around the space forms the skin i.e. the workspace. This is where work comes to life through collaboration, cocreation and execution. Simply put, the space is designed to bring people together. Embracing the open floor plan allows GSK to amplify the collective talent of its firm. Instead of using the traditional desks, Herman Miller’s benching system is used in work spaces. This further facilitates mentoring, building camaraderie and bonds. To collaborate, employees have a range of options from one-to one setting to more social spaces like team tables. For a quick discussion they can move to the small huddle spaces interspersed between workstation clusters. The coffee lounge and cafeteria are other social spots. For larger team discussions, team tables have been strategically placed. The Managing Director also sits in the open in this cabin less office. To come together in a more social setting, the employees can choose to go to small coffee points on the floor that are also equipped with Wi-Fi and plasma screens for a quick ‘display and discuss’.

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The design is also sensitive to the fact that good work sometimes requires focus and solitude. Employees can retreat and concentrate in quiet rooms that are sprinkled all across the work area for private calls and confidential conversations. The work area also has the advantage of natural light that pours in from the all-glass façade and access to a breath-taking view. Natural light has a positive effect on productivity and is a natural mood elevator. This covers the third aspect of GSK’s mission i.e. to help people to ‘live longer’.

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MD sits in the open in this cabin less office

The interiors are dressed up in colors of the company’s Winning Formula in wall graphics and solids with the heartbeat pattern. Keeping in mind GSK’s commitment to a sustainable future, all materials used are green certified products. The construction process was carried out with proper waste management to ensure the office is able to get a  LEED Platinum rating.

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Reinterpreting Spaces Office of BMR Advisors, Parel, Mumbai, India Salil Ranadive Architects (SR+A)

The Office for BMR Advisors at Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra designed by Salil Ranadive Architects (SR+A) offers a contemporary interpretation while responding to its historic context. The effort is to create a regionally sensitive interior environment while simultaneously engaging with the universal aspirations of contemporary global modernism.

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he Office of BMR Advisors, designed by Salil Ranadive Architects (SR+A) has emerged out of the resurrection of an existing warehouse structure in the new business node of Parel, Mumbai. The building is clad with treated sandstone to resonate with its surroundings and a double height glass façade for the entrance to maximize day light. It is partly capped by a tensile roof-over the roof top dining facility, which also acts as a thermal shield for the building thereby minimizing cooling loads. One enters a double height glazed spine that connects the rhythm of the external fenestration to the inside, drawing natural day light into the two levels of the office thereby minimizing the use of artificial lighting and energy. The flooring is polished limestone. The wall behind the reception table is remnant of the original warehouse – and is rendered to be recognised as such. The white on the walls with the brick clad backdrop, Ficus plants, marble cubes, Champa tree high above on the vertical divide and art in form of floor standing focus light render the place with a soft welcome element.


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Salil Ranadivé is a graduate in Architecture from CEPT has studied at the ETH in Zurich on an exchange Scholarship and is a member of the Architectural Association AA London. With over two decades of rigorous practice, he has to his credit a spectrum of several noted projects - that span a wide range of scales and typologies, and are located across a wide canvas of geographical regions, which he continues to build upon through his recently established firm Salil Ranadive Architects (SR+A). His engagement with Architecture & Urbanism goes beyond his practice. He is an active Juror and Advisor at the College of Engineering Pune, the Chairman of FAAA - the alumni association of his alma mater, and a vocal member of the City’s architectural community.

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The business centre and staff offices at the upper level are linked to the spine by a dramatic interconnecting stairs at either ends. To make the feeling more corporate and polished at the business centre, the sandstone is replaced with an agglomerated stone of the similar colour and more corporate lines flow in easily as false ceiling cuts with indirect lighting, glazed partitions and the formal setting in each room. A few meeting rooms have access to a private terrace – embellished splendidly by the extravagant flourish of surrounding trees in the compound.

With various parts of the work space overlooking into the entrance spine, from diverse points – the potential to use it as a gathering space (for events, group discussions etc.) is easily accomplished. Daylight streaming in across the expansive staircase enhances the experience.

Parallel to the entrance area and along the opposite edge are the cabins for the partners, but the main space is occupied by the open office for the staff spread over two levels - ground and mezzanine. The ceiling has been kept to a minimum essentially to cover utility lines in order to enjoy the 14 ft height at each level. It has not been covered like a ‘false ceiling’ but rather kept like a warehouse effect itself. The open office flooring is finished in black Cuddapah with a random blue mosaic line radiating out of a central ‘heart’.

The inner volume of the office is virtually limitless – it carries the eye vertically through the Axis Mundi of the inner court, and horizontally across to the entrance spine through both the lower and upper levels.

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is to create a regionally sensitive interior environment while simultaneously engaging with the universal aspirations of contemporary global modernism. This breathing space is a double height area talking again of volumes even inside the office. Move up the interconnecting stairs to the next level, the terrace opens itself into a large spread-out version of a lavish roof garden. The flooring is Sandstone textured tiles with a tensile roof over the cafeteria having an eclectic mix of colours in the form of chairs. The greenery around owes itself to Champa tree and various species of plants, bonsai, etc. The terrace can also be reached by a circular terrace adjoining the staff area on the second level. This is called the Red Terrace, owning to red coloured chairs and floor mounted outdoor swing. Though it is an office situated in the very heart of the congested inner city, but surrounded on  all sides with terraces and filled with silence and light.

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Text: Gayatri Ruia; Images: The Phoenix Mills Gayatri Ruia, Business Development Director, The Phoenix Mills, has the sensibilities of a designer, the vision of an artist, a dash of panache, and a strong business acumen. Hailing from the illustrious Ruia family of Mumbai, Gayatri has made a niche for herself in the world of design through diverse pursuits like sculpture in art glass, interiors and fashion. Her current venture involves setting up Mumbai's first luxury destination – Palladium. Palladium is designed to meet consumer aspirations for super exclusive and coveted luxury brands. Gayatri Ruia was also instrumental in setting up 'Skyzone', the high street floor at High Street Phoenix, Mumbai. In a move that reinforces her role as a serious entrepreneur-cum-promoter of new talent in fashion, she relaunched her flagship store 'Mogra' at Skyzone too. A student of St Xaviers College and SNDT, Mumbai, and University of Pennsylvania, where she has specialised in design, Gayatri is also involved in issues pertaining to women's empowerment. She has also set up Ahilya, a not for profit organization.

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ountainhead by The Phoenix Mills, located at Nagar Road, Pune, showcases 86 exclusively designed, spacious three and four BHK bespoke homes and garden apartments. It is designed by Gayatri Ruia (Business Development Director, The Phoenix Mills) and SIDICI Consulting, along with the interior team and the associate design firms.

The high-end condominiums are built for a ready to move in customers. The Phoenix Marketcity, prominent malls, a golf course and the airport are in close proximity to this project. The property name draws inspiration from Ayn Rand’s renowned novel ‘Fountainhead’, wherein the architecture and architects played a critical role, hence the name was apt for the project.

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The design concept of Fountainhead by The Phoenix Mills, located at Nagar Road, Pune, was to create a resort like feel, offering a definite statement to the city’s skyline, ensuring segregation of traffic with a seamless yet luxurious blend of outdoor and indoor spaces.The design of the luxurious interiors supervised by Gayatri Ruia (Business Development Director – The Phoenix Mills) hinges on simplicity of materials and subtle look.The accessories are a carefully curated mix of cultural influences, reflecting the globetrotter lifestyle.

The design of the project hinges on simplicity of materials, subtle look and feel achieved through basic materials like marble and wall papers coupled with apt lighting fixtures, making the apartment look well lit and balanced along with daylighting. The overall look is contemporary, with an imaginative iteration; a balance of luxurious material and detail, warm colors and fabrics. Organization, materials and detailing assure that the exterior architecture and the interiors are commensurate with the great views offered. The Living and dining areas are in one large continuous space, appointed with the finest Italian marble furniture and furnishings. A large custom leather carpet ties in the disparate elements of seating in the living space, allowing for a sense of balanced eclectic collage-like design. The dining table is a grand 10-seater in Teak, flanked by a custom mirrored bar and console. Architecture Update February 2015

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the living & dining are in one large continuous space, appointed with the finest Italian marble furniture and furnishings

Every detail from the mirror framed corners and the wall treatments to the fabrics and furniture speak of luxury. The accessories are a carefully curated mix of cultural influences, reflecting this globetrotter lifestyle. Ducted air conditioning, full home automation and central audio visual systems complete the utilitarian aspects of this experience.

cabinetry, also an outdoor deck and walk in closet leading to its en-suite bathroom. The materials and colors in this room are playful and bright, youthful without being childish. The Den carries itself a little more seriously with its leather furniture, eel clad walls and herringbone patterned hardwood flooring.

The corridors have been widened and customized to create a pause space in the foyer as one enters. Luxurious wall treatments and accents, add to the beauty. The main corridor that runs to the rooms, can be used as a prayer area or simply for additional storage. The other two rooms are designed as children’s and a den/ guest room respectively and maintain the generous proportions of the apartment in general. The children’s room has laminated white wood floor and

The kitchen is Italian and incorporates every modern amenity from a built in fridge and oven to a custom built in TV. There is a separate service pantry as well, where there is a double bowl sink, dishwasher, and washer dryer, reflecting an important lifestyle need and allowing the main kitchen to be a social space as well. Island table counter complete with built–in white goods, top of the line vitrified tile fittings and other global standard fittings are part of the modular kitchen. The lines are straight, minimalistic and completely seamless. A television

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To enhance the resort like feel of the project, all apartments open out onto luxurious decks. There is a strong emphasis on outdoor living for all apartments with large double height decks provided for all apartments. The facades have been designed in a contemporary language with the use of fins and screens to highlight the verticality of the towers. Tying in the concept of environment sustainability, the project is backed up with green processes like rain water harvesting, sewage treatment plant and organic waste converter system among others, striking a seamless balance between consumption and preservation of the  ecosystem.

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in the kitchen completes the family small meal scenario. The two generously proportioned master bedrooms have en-suite walk in closets and bathrooms. The bathrooms are treated with the finest Italian marble and fixtures, and are luxurious without being ostentatious. One bathroom opens up onto an outdoor deck adjoining the bedroom, continuing the theme of merging the outdoors and indoors seamlessly. The other bathroom has a built in custom steam machine in the shower, adding much needed utility in today’s stressed out life to an already spa like bathroom. Italian marble, mother of pearl, onyx, and walnut hardwood complete the material palette of these luxurious bathrooms. The mirrors have inbuilt televisions.

the den carries itself a little more seriously with its leather furniture

the bathrooms are treated with the finest Italian marble and fixtures

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Studio infinity was co-founded by Tushar Kothawade (architect) and Chiranjivi Lunkad (interior designer) in January 2007 and later joined by Mahesh Talekar (engineer) in 2012. Since its inception the firm has successfully completed a wide spectrum of projects covering residential, commercial, and healthcare sectors. The Studio strives to explore various aspects of design in every single project, irrespective of its scale, type or budget. Experimentation with new ideas and materials is bringing in new dimensions to creative inputs. Over the years, a conscious effort has been made to create a platform where creative endeavours are backed by professional expertise. Today, studio infinity is a small organisation of 18 individuals offering their inputs in various facets of end to end design solutions covering Architecture, Interior and Landscape designs.

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Mango Tree Pune, Maharashtra, India Studio Infinity

Throughout the residence ‘The Mango Tree’ at Pune, Maharashtra, designed by Studio Infinity, a common material palette is used. Various spaces are designed as per their individual functional requirements, but are connected to each other through a common design vocabulary.

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verall design vocabulary of the residence ‘The Mango Tree’ at Pune, Maharashtra, designed by Studio Infinity is very minimalist in terms of materials at the same time it has a bold impact on space quality. As one moves across rooms and spaces, the nuances are addressed keeping in mind individuals who are going to occupy that space. But the focus of the house and its occupants, even today remains ‘The Mango Tree’ which is just outside the house. The project primarily was to renovate an existing ground + one storied dwelling sitting on a very tight plot. The house shared one wall in common with the adjoining property and upper floor was accessible from a staircase outside the house. Moreover, the plinth was about a meter down than the abutting road. All these factors became strong points to be addressed in the new designs. The design process started by re-arranging existing rooms and integrating the whole house as a single unit. The external staircase now became an integral part of the house. This eventually has turned out to be a common visual link, which not only connects the two floors but also dominates the overall space aesthetics. The staircase is defined by cantilevered steps jetting out from a textured blue backdrop and is overwhelmed by light filtering through the skylight. Understanding the client’s brief, a floor wise segregation was proposed with common family spaces and guest room on ground floor while bedrooms and other related spaces planned on the first floor. In order to tackle level difference between the road and existing plinth, living room was located at far end of the plot. This helped to obtain a gradual slope as one walks down from the main gate till entrance door of the house. This transition is marked by dense plantation on the high

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fluidic yellow partition converges into the puja room

compound wall side and a lily pond just before the entrance door. The entrance verandah is characterized by horizontal wooden panelling with an inlay of hand struck copper sheet as a back drop for the ‘Ganesha’ idol adjacent to the door. The wooden panelling is made out of assorted moulding Pattis randomly placed in order to create an interesting textured surface.

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As the designers kept working on the technical front to retrofit new spaces in the existing envelop, there was one element on the site that subconsciously kept attracting attention time and again. This was a fully grown ‘Mango Tree’ in backyard of the house. Eventually, the designers found a focus for their designs. Now the interior spaces started communicating with the mango tree. On the ground floor, a rectangular volume is subtracted from the dining area, bringing in the outdoors in the form of a water body. This subtracted mass is enclosed by glass on three sides in order to establish a strong visual connection with the mango tree. On the upper floor a similar volume is added to the existing mass which becomes the puja room. This again is enclosed by glass on three sides, wherein one actually gets a feeling of sitting amidst foliage of the tree. On lower floor kitchen and guest room are located on the road side. This was basically done as we wanted the living space to extend and merge with the outdoor space in the rear side. Both these rooms are segregated from the living-dining area by a small passage, partially hidden behind a sliding screen. As one moves to the upper floor, common passage between two bedrooms couples up as a study area. A free flowing partition between the master room and study helps to visually reduce the compactness of the space available. This fluidic yellow partition converges into the puja room, which in turn extends towards the mango tree outside. Clear glass walls in this area keep one connected

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master room. It is again minimalist in design and is composed out of a rustic material palette. Shades of grey, white and wood define aesthetics here.

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with the outdoors. As sun moves through the day, in this space we can see a noticeable change in the overall ambience. The play of light against bright primary colours is very dramatic. Here the traditional staircase railing is replaced by a unit which acts as a seating space to read a book and at the same time serves as a storage unit for study. The basic modules are again fluidic in form and combined together in an asymmetrical manner. Further in the master room, a raised wooden platform is encompassed by stone clad walls. The rustic sand stone cladding is a collage of plain and engraved slabs of varying sizes. A leaf pattern is subtly engraved, which on a more metaphysical level is symbolic representation of the nature outside. This element is further continued on the window shutter, which even when closed becomes a prominent feature. The side tables are designed with inbuilt light boxes made out of back lit onyx panels. The attached bathroom is a natural extension of the

Throughout the house, a common material palette is used. Various spaces are designed as per their individual functional requirements, but are connected to each other through a common design vocabulary Shades of grey, white and wood form a base canvas while splashes of colour are added to achieve the desired impact. For this entire project, furniture details have been conceived right from the stage of initial designs. Spaces are generated with elements of furniture and highlighted with bold finishes. Overall design vocabulary is very minimalist in terms of materials but Articles of Agreement the same time is has a bold impact on space quality. As one moves across rooms and spaces, the nuances are addressed keeping in mind individuals who are going to occupy that space. The focus of the house and its  occupants, even today, remains THE MANGO TREE.

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The Mango Tree Pune, Maharashtra Sanjay Deshmukh.

Studio Infinity Ravindra Karnavat January 2012 June 2013 2100-Sq ft Ground Floor- 875-Sq ft; First Floor- 1210-Sq ft : Rs3000/Sq ft

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The design concept for a Residential Apartment in Raghavan Complex at T.T.K.Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu by Oscar and Ponni Architects is an urban edifice designed with traditional elements such as a courtyard and contemporary styles. This building is an example of how the ancient traditional materials can be used innovatively in any part of the exterior and interior of the built space.

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he Residential Apartment at Raghavan Complex, designed by Oscar and Ponni Architects, is nestled on the bustling TTK Road in Chennai. The elegant residential apartment is a beautiful blend of is a stately contemporary Zen and organic architecture. Each element was designed using natural materials and there is a clear integration of the outdoor space of the courtyard with each indoor architectural space. The clients are firm believers of nature as well as vastu and the design brief emphasised the need for integrating nature with every part of the living spaces.


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Architect Oscar G. Concessao and Architect Ponni M. Concessao - husband and wife team - completed the B.Arch Degree from the Regional Engineering College, now National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli in 1986, and 1987. After their graduation in India Oscar went to the USA on a scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, Norman and did his Master’s degree in Architecture in Urban Design in 1987. Ponni also followed to the USA, with a Tata scholarship and completed her Master’s in Architecture from Cornell University in 1989. Both Architects have done their advanced professional studies specialization at Harvard University. They have been conferred with Honorary Doctorates from the University of Malaysia and Universita of Milano for Modern Architecture and Architectural Science. They both worked in New York City with leading architects specializing in skyscrapers, institutional buildings, hotels, hospitals and stadiums. They returned to India and settled in Chennai, Ponni’s hometown and started their architectural and interior design practice on 1996. Over the years they built their practice designing versatile projects such as universities, engineering and medical colleges, stadiums at Doha & Qatar, several information technology parks, bio tech parks, nano technology parks, townships, hospitals, apartments, hotels, resorts, malls, corporate offices, luxury bungalows, factories, SEZ, several government and state buildings. Oscar & Ponni Architects have won more than 54 International, National and State Awards for Architecture & Interiors.

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the traditional elements of the courtyard play an important role

The Raghavan building is a mixed use building that has a swanky IPhone store in the ground floor and first floor level. The building also has residential apartments in the second and the third floor. The second floor houses the grandparents and grandchildren apartment and the third floor houses the son’s and daughter’s apartments. The double height staircase lobby has a beautiful mural of a tree. The granite clad steps transfers one from the commercial sector of the building style up to the residential parts of the second floor and the third floor apartment. The basement houses the car parking and engineering services of the building. Natural stone is an integral part of green design and the building is an example of how the ancient traditional materials can be used in any the staircase leading to residential spaces

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part of the exterior and interior of the built space. The compound wall, exterior paving, indoor flooring, counters and elevation of the building is extensively clad by its 4-inches thick Sadarhalli grey granite especially hand-picked and transported from the Sadarhalli quarries of Karnataka. Solar energy is used for heating and lighting purposes. The entire courtyard is oriented north to utilise diffused lighting and shields the house from the oppressive solar glare from the east, south and west. Every possible tree was preserved in the site. Taking on the principle of Zen and the stone temple of Karnak in Egypt, each stone member of the elevation is of 15 feet high 4 inch thick granite monolithic blocks. This monolithic granite blocks are combined with natural wood fascia, steel and glass to form an elegant symphony of contemporary architectural design.

Contemporary bedroom th the painting by architect Ponni Concessao

The exterior and interior design is a union of the human habitat and nature. The entire building - both interiors and exteriors - is built of Indian granite and marble and all furniture and furnishing is sourced entirely from India. The interior furnishings and furniture are contemporary in nature, almost ascetic in style. The design is both low maintenance, cost-effective and energy efficient. All the paintings in the living rooms and bedroom are the work of the building architect Ponni Concessao. The concept of the landscape design is simplicity, tranquillity and grace and this effect is emphasized by the usage of grey granite, pebbles, wild grass and elegant shrubbery. The stone sculpture is designed along Zen principles also integrates a waterfall. The combined effect is  one of a peaceful forest in an urban jungle.

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Show Flat, C Block, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi, India Honey Jolly, Home Ettu Honey Jolly graduated in 1979 from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi. In 1985, she started designing and manufacturing high end garments under her eponymous label. She did a crash course in interior designing from Atlanta in US, where besides learning home dĂŠcor she also focused on window dressing. Her international experience, exposure and travel brought in a slew of contracts for high profile residences, luxury hotels and corporate clients- not just from India but overseas as well. Home Ettu is the culmination of her skills, where her discerning eye has brought together her designing, merchandising, manufacturing and finishing experience, to offer an all found solution, both off the shelf as well as customized for super luxurious living. Her designs cater to the most discriminating tastes whether it is high end residences, celebrity homes, corporate clients or luxury hotels. Home Ettu has its flagship store at the Gallery on MG Road in New Delhi and the other at Seasons Mall in Pune's Magarpatta city. The brand covers an exclusive range of furniture, dĂŠcor and furnishings. Website: www.homeettu.com

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The main aim of the Show Flat designed by Honey Jolly of Home Ettu for Saumya Infra Developers at C Block, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi, was to attract prospective clients. Hence they created a glamorous, evergreen and spacious apartment, to give the clients an idea as to how their abode would look on completion.

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residential apartment designed by Honey Jolly of Home Ettu is a beautiful 3,500-Sq foot carpet area apartment on the 2nd floor of the building for their client Saumya Infra Developers at C Block, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi, India. The client is a high-end builder of New Delhi.

As per the requirement of the client, the flat has a formal entrance, a dining area combined with formal living room, space for storage and an informal TV lounge area. The designer has incorporated different look for the living and lounge area and each bedroom has its own individualistic look and appeal. The main theme while designing this apartment was to meet client requirements. The clients expected a universal appeal for his apartment. Hence the designer decided to give the show apartment a mix of classical and contemporary design, so that the apartment will look stylish yet contemporary. The ideas while designing this house was not to compromise on design elements, yet keep them minimalistic so that the house can look large, elegant and beautiful. The designer wanted to give each space its characteristic nature yet Architecture Update February 2015

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the aqua green velvet comfort chairs and unique peg table

maintain harmony in the overall look. Each room had its own style element keeping in mind that the house had to look attractive yet spacious.

a fur throw, and a bright painting, the copper and beige window treatment which includes a pelmet, sheer blind and curtains, etc. complete the look.

The furniture was positioned in such a way such that the space was utilized efficiently and effectively. The living is provided with seating to accomodate about 10-12 people. The five seater comfortable velvet and leatherite upholstered brown sofa in the living room is an interesting element of design. The coffee table has a high-low concept, made using teak wood in high gloss finish, adding a lot of character to this space. To accommodate more seating space, two rounded rest chairs in plum colour are placed accentuating colours of the room. The side tables are sleek with slim stainless steel legs perfect for placing table lamps. The accessories add character to this space; like the cushions in shades of plum and champagne along with

A 10 seater dining table is designed along with a buffet cabinet for storage and utility. Since there wasn't enough space for a separate dining room, it is placed adjacent to the living area where the guests do not get disturbed while the table is being laid. The dining table of dark brown teak wood with leatherite details in the legs along with chairs made using leatherite and velvet are exceptional. The finishing effect was given to this room by interesting wallpaper and lamps placed on the cabinet.

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in a cozy setting. The lounge area is slightly small in size with a smart Lshaped leatherite sofa in a cream colour and rustic orange cushions along with some brown cushions adding to its charm. The coffee table is also very modern and sleek in high gloss with ss detailing. The LCD cabinet is very slim. The area is accentuated with a leatherite cladded wall and added orange and turquoise paintings. In order to give a spacious look, sheer blinds with a modern appliquĂŠ motif were introduced. The kitchen is situated in the central part of the house adjacent to the family lounge, and it has direct access to the dining table and the four bedrooms. There is a small powder toilet in the lobby of the house which has access to the living room as well as the family lounge. All the bedrooms have wardrobes, LCD cabinets, beds and attached bathrooms. Out of the 4 bedrooms, 2 are larger in size. In one of the

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rooms there is a sleek study unit and in the master bedroom a cozy seating arrangement is created with a peg table adding more utility to the space. In Bedroom 1 a modern look was created by giving a high back soft touch leatherite bed. The side table have interesting ss detailing and storage was created in the bed box . The wardrobes were kept sleek and extra wardrobes were given in the washroom. Blue accents were added to the room with unique cushions and a bed runner. The look was completed with a modern wallpaper behind the bed and lasercut embellished grey and black blinds. Bedroom 2 has a sleek white leatherite upholstered bed with storage. The side tables are in teak wood with a brown and white finish. The beauty of the bed has been accentuated with a quilted brown bedcover

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the kitchen at the central part of the house djacent to the lounge

sofesticated, well designed bath area

and red cushions and a lasercut runner. The blinds and pelmet in silk with an embroidered pattern complete the look. This room has a sleek study unit with a red leatherite chair which adds utility and a modern touch to the room.

behind the bed has interesting wallpaper and the side tables have glass mosaic brown lamps. This room has a small window and hence a fascinating pelmet is designed with a fully embroidered blind to add  drama to this room.

Bedroom 3 is the master bedroom of the house with a lasercut high back bed, side tables, a cozy sitting area with aqua green velvet comfort chairs and a unique peg table. It has a unique mosaic of leatherite and velvet in the bedback. The side tables have beautiful crystal and metal lamps. Neutral curtains and a beautiful painting accentuate the look. Bedroom 4 has a copper motif leatherite bed with dull gold bedcover, accent cushions and a laser cut runner in an orange hue. The wall

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Amee Vora is an architect by formal training from Institute of Environmental Design, Gujarat. She continued her education in commercial architecture at Mumbai as well as in Los Angeles, USA. The timelessness of the original Indian craft and its adaptation to contemporary living is what fascinates Amee Vora and this has quickly become her signature style. Strong native Indian elements, international outlook and a harmonious mĂŠlange of the east and the west make her designs very special. The sheer richness of the Indian traditions, its crafts and its culture inspire Amee to giving her best with each effort.

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The luxury apartment by Amee Vora for a young couple at The Imperial Heights at Tardeo, Mumbai is iconic and bespoke since it was designed considering the feelings and emotions of each of its occupants. The design solution which emerged was largely contemporary with objects of different styles combined to radiate integrity of spaces, at the same time each space having its own identity.

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he client, young Khandwala couple, approached the designer, Amee Vora for a home which is very special. The apartment is located in the exclusive and luxurious Shah Poorji Pallonji's project - The Imperial Heights at Tardeo, Mumbai, which is an iconic bespoke residential property.Hence the bar was suddenly raised to a new height. The client wanted to have living-cum-dining space, master bedroom, media-cum-guest bedroom, daughters room with a play area, powder bathroom, kitchen (builder fitted), servants room (builder fitted), and terrace (builder fitted except outdoor furniture) in their house. All of them designed luxuriously with each space having its own identity. The design elements shortlisted from the presentation were not all belonging to a specific style. Besides benchmarking new standards, the designers had to follow certain mandates from the builder's office. It

traditional hand carved silver foiled mirror & the brass lotus stool

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wood marquetry in the master bedroom


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Vibhor Sogani lights complemented the set up of living room

was challenging to think of a special design within these contours of limitations. For the designer it was important to understand the client's emotions and feelings and how they want to live. She spent time with the couple and their 5-year old daughter to understand their expectations tied along with their feelings and emotions and created her frame of reference without the picture that came along with it. As a result, a design solution emerged which was largely 'contemporary' with objects of different styles which were combined to radiate integrity of spaces. The large wall to the right of the south facing main entrance received the teak wood paneling, geometric in design and inspired from the beehive with a herd of holy cows walking into the house pinned on the wood in the voids of the beehive so as to drive away the negative energy and bring in good omen to the family. And since the cows are

master bedroom- soft furnishing by Megha Sharma

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always drawn towards krishna it became imperative for the Shreenathji swarup of Krishna to find his place on the same wall to bless the residents. A large traditional hand carved silver foiled mirror was placed on the wall across, along with the hand casted brass lotus stool from Viya Home for Krishna and his cows to admire themselves. With the various colours of the cows came in various colours of wood to form a marquetry forming a forest of trees for Radha and Krishna in the couples bed room as the headboard of the master bed. The same was carried to the powder bathroom wall as an artistic expression inlaid in corian, standing tall behind the monolithic basin carved out of corian which was made to look like the tank from where cows drank water.

space. Tucked away in the wall-space was a folding queen size bed and wardrobe for the frequently visiting close family members. The living and dining space had to be designed to meet with the larger interests of the family including frequently visiting close family members. The client chose to exude luxury by choosing the Fendi couch and arm chairs and to get over its heaviness chose the Horm table with the carved lit legs. The designer had to tie these up and make sure they complement each other well. The design team spent a lot of time to make sure that the glamour of Fendi reflected itself into the large mirror and the cluster of Vibhor Sogani lights complemented the intricacy of the carved legs of the Horm table, anchored by a golden pyrite centre table. The entire space in turn was wrapped into a luxe in form of a wall paper to complete the picture.

The raw-silk and the hand-woven killim on the walls not only rendered acoustic value to the space but also brought some vibrancy in the warm

guest bedroom with raw-silk and the hand-woven killim on the walls

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The room for the client's 5 year old daughter was designed after spending time with her, understanding her mind, retaining the timelessness of the joy of a princess. The room was designed to be functional for her even as she grew up and her choice of toys and  gadgets would change. fact file: project location client architect interior designer carpet area cost commencement date completion date

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Fluid Transition Zonasha Paradiso, Bangalore, Karnataka, India Adwitha Suvarna, Collage Architecture Studio The villa project, Zonasha Paradiso at Bangalore posed unique challenges to its designers from Collage Architecture Studio since it was in split levels. The designers had to bring in innovative ideas to relate spaces which were very different in function, yet having design elements integral to each other.

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Adwitha Suvarna, Collage Architecture Studio completed her B Arch in 2002. She worked as a trainee in Chandavarkar and Thacker Architects Pvt.Ltd and later joined Ar.Sanjay Mohe’s team on completion of her training.In 2004 she joined Mindspace along with Mohe and was a part of the same till march 2011. During her tenure in Mindspace, she was involved in residential and institutional projects. In Mindspace, she has worked on Care Engineering College,Trichy and Shreenidhi International School , Hyderabad.

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arm colours, accentuating lighting and uncluttered arrangement of the accessories, all add to the fresh and minimalistic approach to the design of Zonasha Paradiso – a Villa project by Collage Architecture Studio at Bangalore. Each room or space is designed with a colour palette in mind, including carefully designed bespoke furniture. The overall feel of Paradiso is of effortless elegance and modern understated chic. The split levels of the villa posed unique challenges -how do we separate private spaces from the ones not so private? How does one relate spaces that are so different in function yet require interaction with each other? How do we add the most important dimension of the built space, the emotions evoked by each space, and still retain the integrity of each of the design elements? Each of these challenges was overcome by treating each space as a single entity, while it retains and preserves its unique character; it also amalgamates with the rest of the spaces and thereby creates a fluid transition from one to another.

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Simple furniture that enhances the look of the bed room

The floor plan makes the most of generous ceiling heights and precisely locates each of the walls to benefit from the windows on the four perimeter walls. The resulting light filled living spaces provide an amenity commonly found in much larger houses. Carefully considered storage provides space for each family member’s essentials, yet limits consumption and places greater value on the objects that they have chosen to live with. The entrance foyer echoes a modern tropical style with the warm white tones of the seater interspersed with brightly colored flowers, throw cushions and handcarved accent mirrors. As one enter the house through the foyer, the interiors open up to a burst of sunlight. The earthy color palette with metal overtones complements the greenery that overflows from the courtyard into these spaces. Luxury is evident in every bespoke piece that enhances the living space, be it the coffee table, chairs or the sofa. Handpicked accessories accentuate the overall language of the room.

the contemporary design makes the most of generous ceiling heights

The central court is the green lung of the villa and is a beautiful contrast to the beige Italian marble flooring. Another strip of landscape adjacent to the court is a canvas for nature with brilliant patterns created by the sunlight infiltrating the pergola above. Each of the bedrooms are designed to incorporate a different theme the kids room in particular has a surreal quality -with appealing block colors and a one of a kind glowing graphic headboard. The dandelions etched on the wardrobe, a display cabinet done in bright colors, kid sized furniture that even adults would be excited about -all of this adds up to a beautiful visual atmosphere for the little one. The home theatre is a space that adopts a simple, clean expression using dramatic shades of warm red. Simple furniture that enhances the

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Kid’s bed room - the glowing graphic headboard to the bed add to the charm

movie experience and adds to the comfort of the viewers was preferred. The kitchen, family living and dining areas form a seamless core which has been conceived together to preserve the integrity of the common spaces. Unlike conventional landscaping in the front and rear, the central court and linear strips of landscape elements in the interior embrace the idea of bringing in the outdoors. Taking this a step further, the color scheme for these spaces is maintained to compliment the unexaggerated architecture. The transition of spaces is kept subtle but exciting by altering the materiality, color, arrangement and aesthetics. As one moves from the living to the family living, visible in the background is the zen garden-esque yard. The four spaces can “borrow� circulation area to create the continuity of different functions of rooms into a large space with all of the natural forces flowing in. The foyer, formal living, family living and kitchen are all inter-connected, but separate. Carefully curated artifacts add to it. This is the concept applied to the upstairs, where the meeting space from all the private rooms culminates in an informal study where  mundane activities become easily possible.

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‘SilliChilli’, Andheri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Rohit Bhoite & Jannat Vasi

Rohit Bhoite is an Interior Designer with a Master’s Degree from Domus Academy Spa, Italy (2011). He graduated from RachnaSansad School Of Interior Design, Mumbai in 2009. After working for a few years with acclaimed studios in Italy and Mumbai, he started his own studio in 2013. He is specializing in interiors of high-end apartments, hospitality, furniture design and styling. Jannat Vasi is an Interior Designer with an advance diploma from Raffles Design International, Mumbai. She has expertise in design development, conceptualization and execution.She has done many hospitality, retail, restaurant and residential projects. Her visualization skills and aptitude lies in an aesthetically detailed approach to interiors and functional designs, which reflect the client's personality or brand.

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Breaking from the conundrum of the typical perception of interior design associated with Chinese restaurants, the designers Rohit Bhoite & Jannat Vasi have approached the design for ‘SilliChilli’ - a small take-away restaurant at Andheri, Mumbai with an urban twist. The designers along with the clients crafted a story, which depicts the journey of two mascots, 'Silli' and 'Chilli' from China to India, bringing the wok concept.


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hile designing a small take-away restaurant ‘SilliChilli’ in the busy streets of Lohkandwala Complex at Andheri, Mumbai, the designers Rohit Bhoite & Jannat Vasi fused the functionality of space planning and practicality with the overall sense of aesthetics and brand visibility. The design projects this restaurants motto ‘Urban Street Take-Away’ in the form of wall graphics, Asian inspired furniture and interactive walls which promote human social networking.

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The highlight feature of the space is the geometric water jet cut custom Matt Grey and Glossy White tile floor that create different responses via texture, colour and light refraction. This element adds innovativeness to the restaurant.

The clients are young entrepreneurs with clarity on having a youthful exuberance brought into the space, which reflects the brand's energy and Asian fast food cuisine. The designers along with the clients crafted a story, which depicts the journey of the mascots, 'Silli' and 'Chilli' from China to India, bringing the Wok Concept. Treating the space as a black canvas, the designers have artfully used dark and light materials to justify the balance of warmth and space.

The high and low seating single benches promote community dining. The signature usage of red as seen in Asian restaurants has been limited to the furniture accents. Asian inspired furniture and interactive chalk walls, which promote human social networking.

The designers fused functionality of space planning and practicality with the overall sense of aesthetics and brand visibility, which was adapted in the form of wall graphics. The walls are adorned with graphics showing the mascot's journey. The right blackboard wall acts as a base for the copper duct running across the restaurant.

The acoustic gypsum false ceiling is painted white to visually increase the sense of volume of the restaurant and merge non-attention driven mandatory services such as the AC, fans and light fixtures. The walls have hidden concealed storage units.

Applying skills of playful experimentation and in-depth research, the designers used white as a neutral palette and coloured the space visually with static art and a black chalkboard wall for customer interaction. Accents of copper and use of wood add warmth to the decor. The stools are conceptualized from chopsticks. In contrast, the colours and materials on the counters and flooring are trendy clean-cut patterns. The Copper AC Duct emphasizes 'Industrial Chic' to the urban  settlement.

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Hospitality bar Design & restaurant

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Of Tex-Mex Habanero, Bangalore, Karnataka, India Mistry

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The design for Habanero - a Mexican restaurant in Bangalore, Karnataka designed by Mistry Architects - depicts Mexican streetscape, grille patterns, lights and plaster bands - all put together to recreate the Mexican “calle� (street) and welcome the guests to an evening of fun and entertainment.

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Renu Mistry (nee Pundarik) graduated from I.I.T. Kharagphur and has shared an architectural practice ‘Mistry Architects’- with her architect husband Sharukh for over 30 years. She was a brilliant student, winning a couple of design awards at NASA , the Sarat Memorial Award and the Suhasini Devi Memorial Award. She was a nominee for the President's Gold Medal. Besides several residential bungalows and commercial interiors, Renu has worked on group housing, a number of conservation projects, several schools, and community service projects. During her practice she has won several national design awards. Renu is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects and a member of the Council of Architecture. Her works were exhibited amongst 30 Women Architects from India, South East Asia & Australia at the “Women in Architecture 2000 Plus” Conference held in Mumbai in Feb 2000.Renu has now diversified to being a part of a team that designs and builds villas that incorporate green design principles.

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he design elements and details of Habanero - a Mexican restaurant in Bangalore, Karnataka designed by Mistry Architects, named after the hot chili pepper used in Mexican “comida de la calle” (street food), reflects Mexican architecture and portray a lifestyle of festivity, music, dance and spicy food.

The clients originally started a ‘Habanero’ restaurant in an IT hub which became a roaring success. This inspired them to initiate a ‘Habanero’ chain - this one being the first. Specialty food chains have a distinct identity. This had to be designed and created for Habanero. The restaurant is laid out in two levels with a double-height bar space at the entry connecting them. Soft-edged walls are hand-plastered with undulations on the surface and alcoves that house the bar display. Bright China mosaic with motifs derived from the logo clads the counter. The “obras de arte” (artworks), painted niches in the wall, emulate windows with sloped sun-shades of Mediterranean half-round clay tiles. These design depict Mexican streetscape, grille patterns, lights and

plaster bands - all put together to recreate the Mexican “calle” (street) and welcome the guests to an evening of fun and entertainment. A China mosaic display of the restaurant logo is set in the wall that forms the background for the staircase with a wrought iron railing. The first floor becomes a performance area and dance floor during events. An outdoor area with a view of the street below, accommodates large groups of people by means of fixed seating adorned with China-mosaic patterns. Wooden furniture arranged on hand made tiles with jagged edges adds warmth to the interior. Lighting is largely diffused with multi-coloured glass drop lights illuminating the tables. The first floor is treated with  mood lighting that is suitable for performances. fact file: project location client architect

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Retail Design artefacts showroom

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Adoré Home Concepts, Alto-porvorim, Goa, India Akaaram Design Studio

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ogesh Lahoti of Akaaram Design Studio has designed the shop floor for ‘Adoré Home Concepts’ – a unique showroom for interior accessories and artefacts at Altoporvorim, Goa – in a very innovative way with Goanese heart. Situated on the National Highway 17, the central and engaging location was best suited for a commercial activity. It needed a Midas touch to convert it into the inviting space it has turned to. The floor plan was quite conventional with a rectangular space having a full length façade facing the highway and a mezzanine, extending the floor area to a surplus. Besides, there was an outdoor area on all three sides admeasuring almost equal to the indoor area that provided the perfect ingredient for the designer’s appetite for having breathing open spaces which was typical of Goan designs.

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Interior designing is all about identifying the spaces, making them alive with functional enhancements, juxtaposing them so as to compose a harmony in their coexistence to create a vivacious ambience and adding them value – both aesthetic as well as commercial – in the process with efficient and economical approach. This is exactly what Yogesh Lahoti of Akaaram Design Studio did while designing the interiors for ‘Adoré Home Concepts’ at Alto-Porvorim, Goa.


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The Founder Director of Akaaram Design Studio located at Pune, Yogesh Lahoti completed his studies in Design School in 1989 from Pune. After a few years of professional practices with established design studios, he went on to form his own dream studio in the year of 1992. With about 23 years of experience in designing spaces for various functions like residential, commercial, hospitality and corporate, Akaaram has crossed a milestone of 390 projects in the places like Pune, Mumbai, Goa, Indore and Nagpur to name a few. Yogesh is an intrinsic art-lover and supports many art related activities and engages with some creative graphic design as well. The Studio of Akaaram designed by him itself is a work of art and well appreciated by the design fraternity.

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The long rectangular shop floor with appropriate positioning of all the furniture as well as decorative items

Design thinking started with the outdoor area as the surroundings give a dramatic effect to the inside and provides a decent outlook. The left side open passage was converted into a workshop for the logistical chores of the trading activity. Introduction of a cool and calm waterbody at the north-east corner not only graced the main entrance at north but also followed the principles of Vastu, a requirement the designer could not overlook. The location of the main counter was chosen tactfully so as to offer a welcoming gesture near the main entrance and to enjoy the view of the entire floor along with the stair leading to the mezzanine.The ventilation to the washroom near the main counter was taken care of by providing an exhaust and directing it outwards through the overhead concealed channels and to make this private place little lit with natural light, two narrow full-height panels with opaque glass were provided on the front wall which served as the indirect natural light sources for the washroom and display panels for artefacts for the outer showroom. All the movable elements inside the space had to serve a dual purpose – enhancing the look and feel of the space and posturing as marketable pieces of accessories. This made their positioning and placement very crucial to the composition as well as flow and circulation pattern. The creative effort started with appropriate positioning of all the furniture as well as decorative items. The open patio in the south-west corner served as a sit-out that can host small meetings with clients in the most natural and earthy surrounding. To create such an ambience, handshaped wooden chairs with a centre table was designed, which perfectly blended in with the external wall that was made with lumps of cement cladding and painted in terracotta external cement-paint shades.

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hand-shaped wooden chairs with a centre table at the a sit-out for hosting client meetings perfectly blended in with the external wall

clutter, it was chosen for displaying wall and roof light fittings and small table with chairs. A bridge was introduced that projected out of the façade line to form a small balcony facing the highway outside. This ‘just right’ balcony helped to break the monotony of elongated façade line and provide a peculiar space for the host to connect with the outer world in various ways like greeting the clients or governing the logistical movements or just for breathing fresh air at times. Materials for various finishes were selected meticulously by keeping in mind the aesthetics of the scheme selected, availability-workabilitydurability and above all workmanship required. On line of these priorities, Red Mitti – a local wood offering a well seasoned look of a Sagwan (Teak), was selected for the entire façade cladding. Internal wall covering was done with local Laterite stone that has an earthy look and with dry joint-lines, which looks more organic than crafted. A combination of Leather-finished Kaddappa and IPS (Cement finish) was used for Floor finish. Rough cut wooden planks and bamboos

engrossed the earthen look. The uncladded walls were finished with luster paint at few places and was covered with putty sealer, coated with wash and finished with sand paper brushing. The overall look, feel and function of this transformed space hosting a wide range of Interior accessories marked the beginning of the  commercial development in the vicinity. fact file: project location client interior designer area commencement date completion date cost

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Adoré Home Concepts NH-17, Alto-Porvorim, Goa, India Mayuresh Dhume Yogesh Lahoti, Akaaram Design Studio Indoor – 2100-Sq ft, Outdoor – 1800-Sq ft January 2012 March 2013 62 Lakhs (Approx.)

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Retail Design food court Established in 1987, Cherry Hill is a leading pan-India player in corporate interiors and occupancy services, specializing in providing a single point solution to the complete corpus of corporate interior requirements. The company’s design team is spearheaded by Rahul Bhatt, an architect by profession and the design director in the company for the past 14 years. Bhatt has vast experience in designing numerous corporate, residential, hospitality and Retail interior projects for diverse clients, which are uniquely developed and customized according to their requirements. He initiates the design process by thoroughly comprehending the purpose and utility of the project site and then drawing inspiration from elements of nature, while complying with the practicality and cost guidelines. The company has attained multiple ISO certifications along with strong financial ratings, and is an industry leader in LEED certified projects with complete setup and operations prevalent in Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad.

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Synchronized Spaces CHD Food Court located at Karnal NH-8 Highway is a high end multi-cuisine food court with unique identity of its own targeting people travelling from Delhi to Punjab. Design by Cherry Hill Interiors, explores highly tantalizing subjects of India – food & cinema, the biggest crazes. The design transforms its public space with a virtual feel of Bollywood, yet keeping the sanctity of the space.

CHD Food Court, Karnal NH-8 Highway, India Cherry Hill Interiors

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he CHD Food court at Karnal NH-8 Highway designed by Cherry Hill Interiors for CHD Developers, is styled to enhance their customers memories. The most remarkable feature of the project is the high-end food court with grand visibility and mega presence on national high way platform. The basic idea was to create something which would relate to the public eye and give a unique identity. The design concept of CHD Food Court is revamped towards entertainment and renovated for ease and comfort. More than just eating houses, theme-based food courts are experiencing resurgence and are the main stay of malls across. The theme of Bollywood was especially chosen for this design as every individual, young and old, would be able to relate with it. The idea was to make it challenging yet very simple way of transforming a public space with a virtual feel of Bollywood yet keeping the

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sanctity of the space.The highway has an average traffic 42,000 passenger’s vehicle every day. The design challenge was to create maximum visibility of the structure from the main highway which would compel travelers to explore the unexplored. The octagonal design ensures better visibility for F & B brands in the food court. Manicured gardens, water bodies, exotic flora and fauna and landscaping add to the serenity and tranquility of the space. The well-known brand Haldiram’s is spread across 7,576-Sq ft.Inside the food court, graphic film of some famous movie poster has been pasted above to kiosk so that when people look upwards, they can relate this to their memories of watching movies. Semicircular elements have been added in such a way that it looks like film role of Bollywood movies. Ceiling lights are also designed with movie poster to lend continuity to the theme. The table tops of food court are pasted with movies posters of the same concept, some movie poster has been pasted on the walls and ceiling. Despite the challenges of adverse climatic conditions, dust storms, rains and tight time schedules, the mall has been crafted to perfection. Composite steel structure has been assimilated with elite interiors and attention has been paid to impeccable craftsmanship in  interiors spanning the humungous scaled Atria.

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CHD Food Court Karnal NH-8 Highway CHD Developers Cherry Hill Interiors Electros Consultants-MEP Design 2013 2013 35,000-Sq ft INR 12 Cr Approx.

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Gamsei, a Cocktail Bar designed by the architects from Buero Wagner, at Munich, Germany, re-establishes the connection with local products, region and culture and is envisioned as an antidote to the globalization of similar projects.

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amsei - a cocktailbar designed by the architects from Buero Wagner - was opened in 2013 at Glockenbach, Munich in Germany. The Client wanted to introduce hyper-localism to a field of practice which till had been mainly confined to the food scene. At Gamsei, ingredients for cocktails like Lavender Drunk Bee and Fr端hlingserwachen are either wildly foraged by Bax and his team or grown by local artesian farmers, thus reestablishing a connection with local products, region and culture, offering something that is unique in its kind. The bar interiors, designed by Fabian A. Wagner of Buero Wagner and Andreas Kreft, is a clear continuation of this philosophy - looking for new configurations whilst paying a tribute to the local Bavarian culture and craftsmanship using wood and lattice extensively. To make the concept more visible, they displayed all ingredients like dried flowers, herbs, self-made liqueurs and essences in a wooden built-in cupboard and in white ceramic bottles, hanging from the ceiling. The building ihosting the bar is from the 19th century, and the designers had the common problems with historic building fabric.

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Establishing Connections

Gamsei Cocktail Bar, Munich, Germany Buero Wagner

Buero Wagner was founded by Fabian A. Wagner 2012 in Munich/Breitbrunn. Prior to this, he worked in Rotterdam and Hong Kong. His recent completion is an office interior in Munich and is currently working on a restaurant interior in Shenzhen and on the regeneration of a listed industrial building near Lake Ammersee. The office Portfolio includes planning, architecture, and interior design. Andreas Kreft is a Munich based Architect. After working and living in Chicago, New York and Berlin he established his own office Studio Kreft. His portfolio comprises urban design, residential buildings as well as smaller design projects.

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The ambience of a Bavarian beer hall has been applied to the 40-Sq m interior through amphitheater-style benches against opposing walls thus eliminating the common separation of bartender and guest. Here interaction is key and everybody has a first row seat. The tribune guests can enjoy a view of the two centrally placed bars and follow how Bax and his team mix, shake and stir up the cocktails. Also the bars have been stripped of all boundaries: workspace and bar are one. A wooden built-in cupboard that stretches the full length of the back wall. The coffee machine and even the doors to the washrooms are seamlessly integrated and can be flexibly displayed or disguised behind lattices. Tribunes, bars and cupboards are made of solid oak with a natural oil finish. In-between light bulbs make for a reduced lighting scheme by night. Just like Bax's cocktail ingredients, the architects procured all materials such as wood, steel and local ceramics, and worked in close collaboration with local carpenters and manufacturers to produce custom-made solutions. The Design and research process started in September 2012 in Munich - The interior was completed in April 2013. Since the opening of Gamsei,  the bar has won prices at the Mixology Bar Awards 2014. fact file: project location designer

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J. MAYER H. designed MobiVersum as a new interaction surface for young visitors to Volkswagen's Autostadt visitor centre, at Wolfsburg, Germany. It was integrated in 2013 as part of the overall context of Autostadt “People, Cars, and What Moves Them”.

the children’s curiosity to discover and explore. The metaphor of the expansive network with many branches was developed from the familiar PET symbol, one of the first prominent symbols of an increased awareness in environmental protection. By translating the two dimensional graphic to a three-dimensional structure and altering it step by step, the result was a complex structure that makes the essentially abstract quality of the subject graspable on a spatial level. Together, MobiVersum and Level Green form a synthesis for all generations to explore knowledge in depth, to enjoy their own  experiences, and to learn playfully.

erlin studio J. Mayer H. has created three-dimensional structures for children at the Volkswagen's Autostadt visitor centre, at Wolfsburg, Germany. Named MobiVersum, the installation was conceived as a "playful learning landscape" of solid wood sculptures that present challenges to different motor skills. Children of all ages can clamber over or climb inside each of the shape which in dialog with the exhibition Level Green shown on the floor above.

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MobiVersum provides an active introduction to the subject of sustainability in all its facets for children of all ages: from the issue of mobility, joint learning and understanding, to courses in cooking. The team worked with Osnabrück University professor Renate Zimmer to curate the exhibition, making sure it provides children with a broad introduction to all facets of sustainability. Depending on their individual level of development, children can interact freely with the installation on various levels on their own or with their siblings or parents, engaging with the challenges presented by the sculpture for their motor skills.

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The shapes of the imaginative, playful structures of solid wood are reminiscent of roots and tree trunks under the luscious branches of Level Green. The sculptures, which can be used and entered, structure diversified spatial zones with different thematic emphases and inspire

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In conversation with

Jürgen Mayer H

Q. What has been your way or key to success as a designer? A. I studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and Princeton University. Today we have projects and exhibitions all over the world. This international career is something that happened quite naturally to me. When you start going abroad for your studies, doing internships in different countries and working in different culture, you tend to embrace an attitude of looking at architecture as a general means of expressing our everyday culture and necessities. So if you look at architecture in general spatial terms, the location wouldn’t make a big difference. It is, however, not necessarily a business strategy for our firm. I don’t really care where the projects are, but it is important to have clients that share our curiosity and excitement of architecture and design. Q. Which difficulties have you had to overcome on your way? A. Our development was very dynamic towards a wide range of scales and disciplines in collaboration with other specialists and partners. The

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fascinating challenge was and is to manage the constant transformation and growth. Q. What is your biggest dream today? A. This might sound obvious, but I am really interested in working on different scales, from the urban context on a skyline level to very specific relationship on the ground. Every part refers to a different context, even according to height. To explore different countries by cross-cultural projects is such an energizing way to communicate in our world today. And building in India has always been a very fascinating idea for me. J. MAYER H. & Partner, Architekten focuses on works at the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology. From urban planning schemes and buildings to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology and nature form the background for a new production of space. J. MAYER H. was founded in 1996 by Jürgen Mayer H. in Berlin. In January 2014, Andre Santer and Hans Schneider joined as partners in the firm. Jürgen Mayer H. studied at Stuttgart University, The Cooper Union and Princeton University. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide and is part of numerous collections including MoMA New York and SF MoMA and also private collections.He has won national and international awards including the Miesvan-der-Rohe-Award-Emerging-Architect-Special-Mention-2003,Winner Holcim Award Bronze 2005 and Winner Audi Urban Future Award 2010. Mayer has taught at Princeton University, University of the Arts Berlin, Harvard University, Kunsthochschule Berlin, the Architectural Association in London, the Columbia University, New York and at the University Of Toronto, Canada.

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Q. What is your signature style and how would you describe it? A. We focus on working at the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology. One major investment in our work is looking at expanding the material of architecture, beyond say just building material. The influence of new media and new materials now expands our understanding of “space” as a platform for communication and socio-cultural interactivity. We look for seamless materials that help to strengthen our design. As our projects are always very sculptural, it’s helpful to use material that supports the impression of the curved forms. As we always do individual designs for specific functions, sites and clients, we don't start with a special formal attention in mind. Ideally our projects create a specific identity for the place and work like activators and catalysts to generate appropriation by the people in and around the buildings.


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Lighting Designs

De‘light’ful Ideas

Properly planned lighting can transform a room from dark and drab to bright and beautiful. Gone are the days when lighting was a purely functional decision. With the vast selection of designs available today, lighting has become a key part of the overall design scheme. The correct light fixture can add personality to a space and pull the entire room together. We've teamed up with the experts in Lighting to bring you some of the most popular trends in lighting for 2015. We hope this will inspire you as you consider your lighting choices for your next project.

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Lighting Designs TOTEM, IMPOSING RHYTHM Mariví Calvo (Valencia, 1960) holds a degree in Art History and Fine Arts. She continued her post-graduate studies at the Pratt Institute, New York, specializing in the collagraph technique and in holography at the New York Museum of Holography. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. In 1995, she cofounded Luzifer Lamps along with Sandro Tothill, a familyowned business focused on creating unique wood veneer lampshade diffusers. Since 1995, she has been responsible for the management and corporate image of Luzifer Lamps. Mariví has designed several lamp collections for Luzifer Lamps, such as the Gea, Cosmos, Románicas and Moebius collections. Likewise, she is responsible for the selection and coordination of projects developed by designers collaborating with LZF(Luzifer Lamps), as well as for the design, supervision and installation of exhibition stands, presentations and events for the company.

In Istanbul, two friends, Mariví Calvo and Burkhard Dämmer, came out of the spice market smelling of spices, tea and tradition. Totem is like a dream about the Ottoman Empire. With the Totem, the designers have recuperated its splendour without the superfluous details. The Totem may turn any room into a bazaar for the senses. The designers have combined two models, the Pod and the Poppy, to create this LZF design. Given its impressive size, the Totem is designed for installations in large spaces. Three standard models are available, although many combinations can be created. The lampshades are available in 11 different wood veneer finishes

NUT, KNOTS OF LIGHT This Handcrafted suspension lamp is designed by the designers Ray Power and Marivi Calvo. The lamps are made of a simple twisted piece of wood veneer. Two different designs are possible depending on the direction of the torsion. The lampshades are available in 11 different wood veneer finishes.

CANDELABRO, PURE FUSION Candelabro is a song about a world where golden birds inhabit suggestive cloud like forms. A melody that breaks and reunites. A song of lights, composed by Marivi Calvo using the most emblematic pieces of the firm.

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LINK CHAIN, A CLOUD OF LIGHT The Link Chain melodically chains together all the strength of great promises so that Light and design can remain united - A chain created by the hands of MarivĂ­ Calvo and Ray Power. The Link lamp allows a variety of options. The combination of various segments means it can be easily adapted to different spaces. The Horizontal Link Chain is composed of long sections or large squares of light with rounded angles to create stunning designs. Link Chain is designed to create distinctive, personalized installations. It is available as a suspension lamp in horizontal and vertical versions. Dividing walls of various heights can be created with the upright version. The lampshades are available in 11 different wood veneer finishes.

ROMANICA, SUSPENDED COLUMNS OF LIGHT Designed for LZF by the Spanish designer MarivĂ­ Calvo, the Romanica is available in five different sizes as a wall lamp and a suspension lamp. The Romanica belongs to the first collection created by LZF and is manufactured today as it was then: by hand, following the most exacting standards throughout the process. Different sizes can be combined within the same space to create remarkable installations. The lampshades are available in 4 different finishes of natural and reconstructed wood veneer.

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Nikita Bansal, from a small town in Assam, completed the course of Lifestyle Accessory Design from NIFT(Bangalore). She was awarded the Best Academic Excellence by then Honourable President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. She conducted numerous Government workshops at the grass root level in remote villages, and eventually joined FABINDIA as a Senior Designer. From there her life took a turn when she took up the role of Director Design and started Orange Tree in 2013. Orange Tree is a design driven company which has their own manufacturing unit. It is a brand that offers contemporary lighting, accent furniture and dĂŠcor for homes in the online retail market under the domain www.orangetree.co.in. They also have a range of giftware. The Orange Tree team consists of established designers and entrepreneurs with passion, who conceptualize, create and market this range of home products. In-depth interaction is maintained with selected specialists and artisans, to create the product that is minimalistic, modern and very chic. Along with their own designs, Orange Tree also serves as a platform for young, upcoming designers to showcase and sell their creations. This is a start up by Basant, Jodhpur, a renowned manufacturer and exporter of solid Sheesham wood furniture worldwide.

LIZA FLOOR LAMP This chic, unique lamp features a tapered wooden frame with an warm walnut finish, and distinctive cube finial. Lamp Base: 12" x 12" x 59" H, ShadeDrum- dia 16" x 10" H Material:Mango Wood, Iron, Brass & Electric Wiring, shade jute natural Finish:Walnut & Shiny Brass

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ASTOR TABLE LAMP A cylinder shade of raw silk transforms into a diffused textured graphic when lit. The tripod base in mango wood polished in walnut finish. Overall height - 18 ', Shade Size: Dia 5.5''x12"H Material: Wood - Mango Shade, Silk Finish: Polished

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Highly economical pendant with contrasting hues of black and gold add spark to any corner while hung single or in multiples. Dia 6"X13"H Material: Iron Finish: White/Black powder coating outside and gold inside


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ZIG ZAG TABLE LAMP Warm-toned mango wood and gorgeous wood grain shines in a symmetrical and rhythmic wooden column that expresses the ins and outs of modern design. Clean, tapered shade tops in off white. Lamp Base- Dia 5"x 16.9" H, Shade: Drum- dia 12" x 8" H Material: Lamp Base: Sheesham Wood and brass neck, Shade: Rayan Off white cotton (included) Finish: Natural finish in wood

SILVA TABLE LAMP Play of open space in the base with mango wood and brass meridian adds a character to this lamp. It’s paired beautifully with a textural white jute shade. Lamp Base: 8" x 8" x 16.5"H, Shade-Drum- dia 12" x 8" H Material: Mango Wood, Iron, Brass & Electric Wiring, white jute shade Finish: Walnut & Shiny Brass

Chase the Dark SYLVAN FLOOR LAMP A broad cylinder shade of sheetal patti a woven mat from Assam has a tweed effect that transforms into graphic crosshatching when lit. The tripod base is made of mango wood in walnut finish. Overall Size: - dia 8'' x 52''H Material: Mango Wood / Sheetal Patti Finish: Wood - Polished

ZUBIN WALL LAMP Enriched with antiqued brass finish, handmade iron sconce features a lacy pierced pattern that glows beautifully as the backplate reflects the light. Overall Size: 11" x 7" x 9.8"H Material: Iron acid etched Finish: antique brass finish

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Furniture Designs DOSHI LEVIEN

New Dimensions in Furniture Design As styles change, so does the house decor. That’s why it’s so easy to spot furniture pieces from different decades. Innovative solutions in edging, surfaces and more have created a whole new dimension of possibilities for furniture manufacturers and designers alike. Here are a few trends that are coming up in the near future those furniture designers and manufacturers need to be aware of: Just like in many other retail areas, going green is very important to many consumers now. Furniture that is made from reusable material, or simply refurbished vintage pieces are all the rage right now. Space crunch in urban world compel people to buy Multi-functional furniture.They should serve double or even triple-duty, especially for consumers who live in small urban homes and apartments. Consumer wants the furniture to be functional and more gadget-friendly. Integrating technology can be as simple as having a cord organizer on a dresser or a USB port in a desk. Consumers always look for ‘never-beforepossible forms and shapes’. It is not just the physical shape of furniture that is turning heads either; it is the materials used to make them. One of the key things making furniture design so exciting right now is the way in which materials which are not always thought of as sitting comfortably alongside one another are being combined. So, don't be surprised to see natural materials paired with man-made composites, and look out for designs which offer just glimpses and peeks of colour from within an otherwise minimalist cloak.

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Doshi Levien, established in 2000, is a London-based design office led by Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi. Their work celebrates fusion and explores the coming together of cultures, technology, story-telling, industrial design and fine craftsmanship. Nipa’s refined and astute visual direction is combined with Jonathan’s precision and tenacity as an industrial designer. As trend setters, they make their own rules based on extracting as much richness as possible out of an idea. The studio gives expert advice to global brands, including Cappellini, on cultural and social insights, leading to design opportunities for the emerging economies. They work internationally for a broad range of clients who are leaders in their field.

CAPO An armchair with a slender yet enveloping form. Its shape and materials came from the image of a dapper gentleman in a well-cut suit and a felted hat. Capo is available in several variations that make it suitable for various settings. Leather, faux leather, felt and Alcantara can be used to upholster the entire armchair or be used in different combinations for the front and back. Metal structure available in gray, blue and terracotta.


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SATYENDRA PAKHALÉ Satyendra Pakhalé was born in the heartland of India and trained at the renowned Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and later at Art Centre Europe, Switzerland. He has worked from his studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands since 1998. Pakhalé is one of the most interesting designers at work today. He is able to balance sensory qualities with tactile features and technology into a universal design language in his diverse creations. These qualities are evident in his Fish Chair which he developed with Cappellini.

FISH CHAIR Small plastic armchair entirely manufactured with the rotational technology. The external surface is available in red, yellow, gypsum white and blue; the seat’s internal surface is always white.

STUDIO ZANINI Studio Zanini is the creative world of the designer Zanini de Zanine. His integrated production area includes a studio, workshop, showroom and office which provide a limitless canvas for creating his designs. He creates interior design, architecture and special projects and combines energies in collaboration with high-profile partners like Cappellini. Zanini completes the creative chain with the conviction, understanding the essence of and creating a fusion between space and aesthetics. Studio Zanini established its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro in 2011 in a large industrial building which they restored through their own inspiration and design work.

SYLVAIN WILLENZ Born in Brussels in 1978, Sylvain Willenz has lived in US, Belgium and UK. Sylvain studied MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 2003. In 2004 he opened his industrial design office based in Brussels. With an approach characterized by a clear inquisitiveness for products, industry and processes, Sylvain Willenz and his team work on various projects ranging from lighting to products, IT electronics and furniture. Several of his works have also been acquired by museums to integrate into their permanent collections and archives. In 2009, leading press and institutions nominated Sylvain as Belgian Designer of the Year.

CANDY SHELF TREZ The Trez armchair has a powerful graphic design inspired by Brazilian culture. A new interpretation of the work of two great artists in the plastic arts: the sculptor Amilcar de Castro, famous for his poetic use of dry cuts and folded steel, and the father of modern Brazilian design, Joaquim Tenreiro, with his three-legged chair. Made of laser-cut and welded 4mm aluminium. Available in white, black and red.

An evolution of end tables, Candy Shelf takes advantage of the potential of the steel bars used in reinforced concrete structures, giving the bars a new, seductive identity by transforming them into decorative elements. This bookcase, with a clear nod to furniture of the 1960s, is available in two sizes, with five fixed-color pairings for the panels and structures (blue, green, white, red and black). The partitioning is made of natural wood.

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Furniture Designs ALTOSOFT GIULIO CAPPELLINI Giulio Cappellini is a Milanese architect who has been working since 1979 with an energetic spirit and refreshing goals. Through the years his work transformed into that of a designer’s, offering a personal approach to contemporary design. He has successfully established both his brand and his name and has worked as the art director for other key design brands. His most important project, the “company�, transformed Cappellini into one of the biggest trend-setters worldwide. His lectures at the Milan Architecture University always generate great interest.

A bed with a deliberately neutral image and timeless ready to go in the most different rooms. A metal structure on which lie the mesh and the large back cushions for comfortable relaxation. Available in various sizes and finishes from the large fabric samples Cappellini.

GONG LUX New brass, copper and blue colors have been introduced for this famous round table made of laser cut sheet metal, with polished finished plating. It is a precious object and surprisingly modern despite the use of warm and classic colors.

BURKINA FASO A collection of tables, cabinets (with both open shelving and doors), benches and poufs with wheels that gives users the freedom to customize their spaces with limitless imagination. Burkina Faso is a micro system of independent and flexible modules whose versatility makes it possible to create multiple compositions for living spaces, home offices and small studies. Burkina Faso is distinctive for the possibility it offers of exploiting forms and finishes to create stunning combinations: textiles, wood and matt lacquered surfaces, which go together perfectly.

WINDOW A new concept in containers, hanging elements, freestanding elements and metal bases, for living areas, dining rooms, bedrooms, entrance halls and offices. Fixed-grid open cases with slim lines for both the case and the shelves are inserted with contrasting colors in a Sistemi composition. Cappellini has always been a leader and pioneer in the container world, the first to invent glossy lacquered finishes, with a huge range of colors and rare flexibility that lets you combine different container formats. Windows is the 2013 innovation for Sistemi.

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Design Trends 2015 new year means a fresh start, and what better way to kick off 2015 than by updating the look of your home or work space. This year’s interior design trends are all about creating dramatic impact from simplicity, because favoured looks are simultaneously bolder and more accessible than ever before. If last year was all about turning your space into an organized one by colour and shapes, this year the focus should be on carefully curating it with bright colours, bold designs and actual art. The décor is about bringing a new sense of life to your space, especially during different seasons or upon different occasions or even on different moods. The most interesting homes or office spaces by far are the ones that tell the story of the life being lived by the owners or occupants, so this year consider prioritizing personal over perfect. The move to more open environments, less clutter

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and unnecessary furniture, traditional influence, all with an emphasis on texture and colours awakening your tactile senses is anticipated. Going green with use of eco-friendly materials will continue in 2015. As much as we admire the beauty of the past and aspire to live with it, we also love to try to peer around corners to catch a glimpse of what’s coming next; you hear about this from the experts. We interacted with few stalwarts in this field including Rajiv Mohan (Managing Director, Cherry Hill Interiors), Sanjay Agarwal (Co-Founder, FRDC), Santha Gour Mattoo (Principal Architect, Planet 3 Studios) and Sourabh Gupta (Founder & Principal Architect, Archohm)and they have identified several key themes for trendy interiors. Here’s what they predict for the coming months. Architecture Update February 2015

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LIGHTING & LUMINARIES Lighting solutions are changing the definition of illumination. According to Sanjay Agarwal, FRDC, lighting is becoming smarter and energy efficient. LED’s have transformed the way of lighting over the years. People demand for less ambient lights and more accent lights, he says. There is rapid increase in break-through energy efficient lighting solutions, which are addressing the challenges of energy-conservation in power strapped India. Different lighting for different moods is how lighting should be in residential sector, says Mattoo of Planet 3 Studios. Direct lighting should be avoided as far as possible also need for more ambient lighting is increasing, she adds. Controlled lighting is the way to go. She further emphasizes that the higher wattage lighting should be used only in task-based areas. The concept of indoor and outdoor lighting is changing drastically with ergonomics, economy and cleaner technologies. Consumers as well as architects and designers are demanding for cleaner and greener energy sources. Mohan of Cherry Hill explains that the selection of lighting in residential segment goes with the choice and imagination of interior designers. “LED’s are the inthing now a day”. Mirror optics, down lighters and angle lights are used primarily in almost all segments. He further adds that maintenance is the most important factor for achieving the correct choice for indooroutdoor lighting for commercial sector. Lighting pollution is a major concern too. Gupta of Archohm urges to avoid lighting pollution; he recommends focused task lighting.

and colours flooring may vary. Mattoo states that in home/hospitality/office the choice of these entities entirely depends on end users needs, location, context and budget, while for corporate the main parameter for selection is maintenance and acoustics. Traditional ceiling design ideas were centred on simplicity (flat, white ceilings) but modern trends are proving that the possibilities are endless. Plain white ceilings are rapidly becoming a thing of the past as interior designers and architects are embracing unique design ideas. There is lot of experiments with wood, corrugated metals, plaster -boars and tiles for ceiling. Agarwal says that ceiling is moving more towards system type as services are becoming critical. System ceiling of wood is added for warmth in spaces where technology is playing wonders, he adds.

WALL DÉCOR Four walls of a house can tell a lot about an individual. It becomes a canvas for expression, memories and warmth. From colour to texture, building material to artefact everything is taken into consideration, wallpaper use is on the upswing. Mattoo explains why the wallpapers are in vogue. Wallpapers are a huge favourite for the new generation since its application is quick and non messy, also due to wide availability of choices. Agreeing with Mattoo, Agarwal adds that the variety, choice of materials and shades are much more in wallpapers, hence it is preferred. He also points out that wallpapers of natural materials are preferred. Wall finishes made of natural timber and stones are being used as accents in spaces.

FLOORING & CEILINGS While renovating or designing a space, new flooring, wall and ceiling texture, colour and design can diagrammatically alter the look. Gupta of Archohm says that his team uses timeless materials like raw wood, stone, concrete with different treatments and combinations. He further states that transparency in materials is the new trend as interiors spaces have become partition-less with lighter and cleaner lines. This works well for flexible, versatile layouts that are seen as design features in today’s time. As the residential, office and hospitality spaces are being redefined according to the choice of consumer, the flooring materials are also altering. Mohan explains, in residential and hospitality, kind of flooring used is of natural stone (Italian/India marble/granite) and wooden parquet and in corporate, marble/granite, wood, vinyl flooring and carpet tiles made of nylon yarn are mostly used. Flooring of textured wood, concrete, mosaic tiles mixed with creativity is creating rainbow of colours in our abode whether it be home, work or leisure. According to Agarwal of FRDC, flooring is becoming more natural, with distress concrete, distress wood and coloured concrete coming as an eclectic design options. Wood as a natural and engineered product is being preferred in hospitality along with natural stones, says Agarwal. Based on the sector, choice of material, texture

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The wall décor of a residence or hospitality differs from that of a corporate. Often company’s corporate identity is translated in its interior space, and it should be aesthetically pleasing too. Wall panels in glass are creating fresh style statement in office interiors. A combination of different colours, both in light and dark shades is used to enhance the aesthetic ambience of the office interiors. According to Mohan, PVC wall coverings, acrylic solid surfaces and lacquered glass panelling in various colours/finishes are apt for office walls. Gupta of Archohm points out that in residence and hospitality, a play of materials is seen on the walls. “Wall art, installations and digital walls make it appear larger than life by adding quirky functions to it with upcoming technologies and material mix”. Further he adds that grey, white and black as base colours with splash of corporate colours forms the palette of todays corporate interiors. Mohan says, in residential and corporate, wallpapers and textured paint finishes are used but in different price range, in residential wall finishes are finalized as per the taste/choice and selection of the client, suggested by designer/architect.

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available in contemporary to modern chic styles. Furniture is available in glass, wood, wicker, leather, brass, and the choice is unlimited. Agarwal explains that furniture from modern classic is preferred by designers to bring in ‘modern’ look. Another trend is to use classic contemporary furniture from Europe/America to create an eclectic statement. Gupta states that in furniture very smooth with rough textures are used as contrast. According to Mohan from Cherry Hill Interiors, in all sectors, furniture with more durable finishes in contemporary styles is preferred. He further elaborates that in residential projects, traditional and contemporary designs are in trend as per client choice and interest. For traditional look customized natural wood furniture of traditional designs with polish and carving is preferred for residential interiors while for contemporary it is a combination of MDF, mica/veneers and water based PU finishes, says Mohan. Furniture and furnishing industry depends a lot on fashion couture of the season. According to Agarwal, furnishings made from natural fibres and with bold colours are finding places in design.

DOORS & WINDOWS DRESSING Whether its suburban house, high-end bungalow or commercial spaces, the trends in windows and doors are transforming to maximize light, aesthetic and space. Regarding the material choice for doors and windows Mohan of Cherry Hill states that in residential sector wooden doors and windows made of teak wood are mostly used. Aluminium or UPVC doors & windows are preferred in corporate offices. Looking at window dressing Agarwal mentions that blinds are replacing curtains. Blinds of wood, bamboo and natural fibre are creating space statement and as they control lighting better, and space does look smarter with blinds. Mohan of Cherry Hill Interiors mentions that hardwood blinds, Roman blinds and etching films in various patterns and colours are in fashion for window dressing. Framing the windows in style and elegance is more than just enriching our homes; it gives us the freedom to be creative. One should consider various options, keeping convenience and precision in mind. Motorized blinds and shades offer the ultimate in simplicity, safety and style, and can be operated from any room and at any time with remote, wall switch or programmable timer. According to Mattoo of Planet 3 Studios automated window dressing is creating its own market and is being embraced rapidly.

KITCHEN Most of us spend considerable amount of time in kitchen, which makes it undoubtedly the heart of the house. It’s not just the place to cook food, it’s also used for entertaining guests, storing gadgets and eating family meals, which is why kitchen re-modellings are becoming more and more popular. The concept of traditional kitchen has completely changed. Today kitchen is all about convenience meeting functionality.

According to Mohan of Cherry Hill Interiors, interior designers are experimenting with modular kitchens. Agarwal, FRDC says kitchens have two directions, one contemporary classic and other ultra modern sleek. According to Mattoo, use of wood and metal in finishing in kitchen furniture is the new trend. Various chimney concepts are the fad as advance versions of chimneys are being launched explains Mohan. Different combinations of mica are being used to provide a different theme and colour to the kitchen. He also mentions that SS tiles are also used in some places and acrylic solid surfaces counters are favoured instead of marbles/granite. The current trend in kitchen also shows use of custom-made cabinets and Corian counter-tops with stainless steel as king in kitchen appliances.

BATH FITTINGS & ACCESSORIES Green building codes are revamping the bathroom space. Bathrooms are no longer just a utilitarian space, it has become a place of luxury and convenience. With water scarcity as major issue, many innovative designs are available for water conservation. According to Agarwal, bathrooms are becoming technology oriented and gadget savvy and with the introduction of built in sensors, clients are demanding smart fixtures and faucets in the bathrooms. Baths and fittings are revolutionizing drastically with consumers demanding for products with less maintenance. Mattoo from Planet 3 Studios emphasizes on bathrooms which are easy to maintain, clean and with non-fussy look. Bath is decorated with same care and creativity as rest of the house. Custom vanities provide plenty storage and enhance the illusion of spaciousness, briefs Mohan. He also adds that in smaller bathrooms, floor tile adds style without overwhelming the space, where as in a large bathroom, its effect is ‘elegant’ to ‘magnificent’. According to Mohan, geometric tiles add depth and visual interest to a plain neutral space. Natural beauty of the bath space can be enhanced by introducing earthy materials like natural stone or wood-look tiles. By introducing plant life one can promote good health. Interior décor, design, material, all add that special factor which completes the building from inside and outside. Designers are using abundant colours and textures while keeping eco-friendly theme as the centre of creativity. This issue of the magazine is on ‘Design Trends’ in residential, retail, commercial and hospitality designs. Here we will be discussing new patterns emerging in residential, hospitality and work space, adding aesthetic attribute to building along with its  functionality.

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Trends in Commercial Architecture

Greener & Imaginative Sudhir Thorat, Managing Director, 3D Architecture Pvt. Ltd

Modern interior trends are all set to reinvent classy luxury, serenity, creative recycling and versatility in furniture design and interior decorating. For the year 2015, the focus is on classic and contemporary design ideas, traditional and new materials, fresh decorating colours, exotic motifs, ethnic decoration patterns, artistic details and surprising blend of textures.

he Modern contemporary architectural style is fast emerging in India and this category will be of significance for Indian corporates in 2015. This category serves as a bridge between modernism and postmodernism and is driven by ecosustainability, implementing new materials and new technologies to provide a better quality of life in your workplace.

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spontaneous collaboration.The Twentyfirst-century design responds to employee needs for personalized and individually controlled spaces, dynamic technology requirements, and changing business models. The hospitality and retail industries are experiencing a shift toward entertainment interiors, or “experience design�. The forthcoming year will foresee advent of new technology and architecture adapted by corporate houses as they are now getting aware of the importance of having a dynamic structure characterized mostly with glass facades, ornamentation and modular designs. Modern interiors, where contemporary design ideas are combined with a gilded antiques,velvet and silk or carved

wood accents are mixed with industrial metal details, look stylish, original and unique will be colossally adapted in 2015. The Modern interior trends reflect the desire to establish a vivid and memorable way of creating bold and interesting work or living space that have personality. The forthcoming year will bring in Building Information Modelling (BIM), colour patterns, colossal environment awareness, improvement in commercial workspace and resolutions and improvements around the office. Concern with the ozone layer, global warming, acid rain, diminishing rain forests and the depletion of vital reserves, and the ever increasing


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the project as a symbol . The trend though new will be fast catching up pace in showcasing a glamorous look for the commercial building and the offices.

Informed by a green sensibility and a renewed commitment to versatile utility, the following design trends will be building momentum, and will reshape the beautification of the city and the environment in long run.

impact of congestion, through intelligent structural engineering and environmentally friendly design. The office should be designed keeping in mind the penetration of maximize sunlight.Access to Nature, Views and Daylight and the presence of daylight and windows, as well as opportunities for active and passive contact with nature, sensory change and variability, positively impact well-being. Daylight helps people regulate daily rhythms, and reduces stress.

Indoor plants at corporate houses can greatly enhance the natural ambience. Plants not only look nice, but they also release oxygen into the air, and some of them can actually filter some pollutants out of the air (spider plants are said to do this). Maintaining an indoor/outdoor feeling with large glass areas looking out onto a patio can do wonders to an otherwise confining space.

Modern Contemporary architecture also encompasses incorporating open, terrains with scattered trees and shrubs near a body of water, which acts as a stress buster and definitely affects a worker’s ability to stay alert. Large expanses of neutral-colored workstations, all with the same height and texture, typically do not support human productivity.

Prefabrication is making a strong comeback in both commercial and residential properties, as the benefits of greener and faster production techniques become more attractive to firms looking to cut building and operating costs. With modular construction, units can be stacked and arranged into aesthetically pleasing, functional designs that convey an ecoconscious mentality. Clean lines, aluminiumpanelling and energy-efficient glass give modular buildings a modern chic that will soon populate downtown corridors the world over.

Among the natural materials that is aesthetically pleasing glass is definitely preferred by corporate houses as besides getting in natural daylight, it can make an office space look larger and also open up extra floor space. Being recyclable in nature, durable, noise control, resistance to any kind of decay, low maintenance, acoustical comforts (with double glazed glass facades), will definitely be significant in balancing the environment and making it biodegradable.

demand for energy, has meant that Ecology and the Environment is rapidly becoming one of the most powerful influences on the design process. This is leading to an emerging trend based on a response to these criteria.

Thermal Comfort is created through the right combination of temperature, airflow and humidity. A combination of these elements is required for physical comfort at the workplace. Incorporating thermal comfort in office area definitely bequeaths the workplace with better airflow. One new trend in modern contemporary architecture is to significantly reduce the

Archi Materials lead to sustainable development. Despite globalization which homogenizes everything in its path, the intrinsic connection with materials still prevails in architecture. Exotic plastics, timber, hybrid fibres and concrete dictate and give a unique approach to architecture. Modern contemporary architecture ensures that cutting-edge designers and engineers are putting nature into practice with sustainable architecture

principles to ensure that the work environment is not stimulating as the employees lose focus and creative drive. An environment devoid of sensory stimulation and variability can lead to boredom and passivity. Indoor Outdoor Theory Whether it’s through commercial interior breakout spaces or central courtyard areas in domestic architecture, the boundaries between indoors and outdoors are becoming less clear. This can be achieved by opening the façade of a building up to the environment, merging an indoor space seamlessly with an outdoor area, or by incorporating vibrant colours and natural textures into an interior space to give the sense of being outdoors. The technique which was explored by Japanese architects will bring in more contemporary style to offices and workplaces where better working environments are needed. Lighting techniques to illuminate the facade of the building: All of us agree that when we evaluate a building for its overall appeal, the exterior facade takes the first place. The exterior aesthetics has gained more importance than the interior functionality. The building has to be made look good. The new trend adapted is converting flat glass to shapes that allows ‘free form’ surfaces with geometric complexity and the possibility” of integrating other elements like, LED’s, into conventional flat glass which gives a long lasting impression in minds of people and thereby creates

Ornamentation will be the next big trend to give the commercial offices a pristine new look is ornamentation. All the changes and want for external beauty of the structure has made architecture commercial graphic art of decoration. The designing system has undergone a diverse change and creates the total design along with functional and aesthetic aspects of the interior as well as the exterior of the commercial buildings. Landscape Architecture will be an integral part of commercial designs in 2015. There has been a tremendous change in lifestyle and facilities and amenities that define our life today. A need to explore how nature can reach no bounds of imagination or in reality has made landscape architecture today an integral part of one’s lifestyle at home or at work. With these changes landscape architecture has also started developing a new language. Techniques today allow plants to grow without their natural ground or soil. Green walls, Bio walls, hydroponics, green roofs, podium gardens, land bridges are the new terms in the landscape dictionary that show the transition from hills rivers and the horizon to sky being the limit in the Urban landscape. This language reflects in the new corporate landscape architecture of our country too today. The up-coming designs that are shaping the corporate houses will truly add a completely new meaning in giving a modern exterior look with chic interiors also ensuring complete ecological balance. The sector is experiencing a reboot of sorts, the industry more than ever needs an influx of inspired, innovative architectural designs that will work to give our cities and communities physical shape to our evolving goals of environmental care, energy conservation, and improved resource management. With these and other emerging trends leading the way, the next few years in the building sector will be greener and more imaginative than ever. 

Sudhir Thorat graduated from Sir J.J.College of Architecture in 1996. His initial training of 4 years honed his architectural and interior designing skills. In 2000 he started his own independent practice under the name 3D Architecture. In 2004 it was incorporated as a private limited company. His aesthetic design sense, communication skills and confidence were the key factors in bagging projects from the renowned pharmaceutical companies like Bayer, Sandoz, Colour Chem, Novartis etc. His designs for the Aranca, Spice Lane Restaurant and Asian Banquet Hall reflect his capabilities as Designer. For his projects during the year 2012-2013 the firm was conferred upon as Young Architect of the Year by Era Fame Awards 2013.

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Colour Forecast

Future of Workspaces Anil Sain Mathur, COO-Godrej Interio (Flagship Division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd)

The study of above 650 offices and opinions of more than 150 leading designers gives the researchers Freedom Tree Design in association with Godrej Interio assure that offices that use colours from “India Interiors Colour Forecast 2015” will continue to be in fashion, look good and reflect aspirations of modern Indian work spaces for next five years.

n extensive study was done by Godrej Interio (Flagship Division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd) capturing feedback, preferences, and aspirations of over 150 Interior Designers across the country. Designers were observed to see how they apply colour to their work, understood from

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them how clients pick colours, debated with them why a particular choice; The researchers probed them and sought their take on what the ‘future of workspaces’ would be like and came out with a forecast. Researchers from Godrej Interio married the influence that Megatrends such as fast paced changes

in technology and sustainability were having on India and its colour preferences. They incorporated regional colour preferences which are very distinct in various geographies of India such as colours of east and north east, colours of north, west and south to truly capture the aspirations of rising India which is increasingly getting reflected on ‘Interiors of Work Spaces’. Indian work spaces today are striving to achieve a balance between these global influences of megatrends and the very Indian tastes and unique colour preferences. Today’s generation have seen the world and wants to bring it to their office spaces and yet needs to make space for the other half that is deeply rooted to Indian values. Study of over 650 offices, the way colours are used, indicate that the danger of “COLOUR ACCIDENTS” is real as workplaces strive to achieve this

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balance. The researchers also noticed during the study that in an era of global supply chains where different materials are sourced from different geographies of the world, it is a constant challenge to marry colours seamlessly so that elements of office Interiors speak in a “COLOUR UNISON”. The company, therefore, has used colour experts to develop a Colour Wheel (image in the right) and colour coordinated colour schemes, the application of which will ensure a colour coordinated office. Recommended colour palettes, which are broken into four major categories as below, will achieve harmony for the space and avoid ‘COLOUR ACCIDENTS”. GAIA: The earth - as one living organism. One bio body, one planet, one destiny. The building body will act much in the same way like the bio body, responding to smart intelligence built into the sensory receptors of the architecture. FOUNDRY: Form. Function. Foundry is a reflection of the classical world of work. It is a yearning for quality and simplicity. The concept strongly conveys the message that here is an emerging modern country rooted deeply and comfortably in its own enduring traditions and physical surroundings. CENTER STAGE: Impressive staging is designed to give expression to power and lend it an imposing frame. The concept of Center Stage stands for persuasiveness, strength and confidence; qualities that have a determination to shape the future. 123-D: Efficient manufacturing, processing and assembly lead to production solutions that are low impact; in energy consumption, materials or processes, transportation and assembly. Welcome to a world of 123-D! India Interiors Colour Forecast is futuristic. It is a result of Godrej Interio’s association with Freedom Tree Design’s vast experience in colour consulting along with methodical study

of both local and global trends. The study of above 650 offices and opinions of more than150 leading designers gives the researchers the confidence to assure that offices that use colours from “India Interiors Colour Forecast” will continue to be in fashion, look good and reflect aspirations of modern Indian work spaces for next five years. The colour themes depicted here are based on inputs from the renowned colour

consultants of Freedom Tree Design. At Godrej Interio, Design is critical for the company. As people become more engaged with design, they desire more liveable looks suited to changing contemporary workspaces. By infusing a design philosophy into the furniture, the company is able to conceive offerings that give our customers joy, and are yet trustworthy and reliable. It is important to be closely in tune with the changing attitudes to interior spaces. With

sustainability as a core focus area, it is essential to follow lifecycle led sustainable manufacturing. Empirical measures have been put in place to reduce, reuse and recycle at every stage of sourcing and production. Godrej Interio is a Green Office Furniture Manufacturer and Interior Solutions provider, believing in the importance of investment for the ambience of the workspace, for aesthetics, for people’s health and health of the planet. 

Anil Mathur, COO, Godrej Interio. (Flagship division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd) has been instrumental in diversifying Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd from a predominantly office furniture & home storage business into Home furniture, Interiors, Laboratory Engineering Solutions, Healthcare and Modular Accommodation for ships, to make it a single window solutions provider for Home & Work spaces. He has a varied cross-functional & geographical experience and has handled various product categories right from consumer durables to high precision engineering products.He is a member of CII National Committee of Design. He is also one of the founder-members & current President of the Association of Furniture Manufacturers of India (AFMI).

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Workspace Ideologies Dr.R.Ramesh, Managing Director, Archinova Designs Private Ltd he interior space planning of workspaces has taken a lot of transformation during the last one decade. Now it is more towards emphasis on comfort of the occupant as he /she spends most of the day at workplace. The thrust and focus is open office system, barrier free and

T Colour is the seed of great design as it is a stimulus for productive environment. Materials and spaces too play an important role in inspirational designs. Branding in work place to reflect the corporate ideology is the new trend in office spaces. For a designer, the space is always limited while the design is infinite.

collaborative spaces as most of them are based on team work. From a designer’s perspective, the furniture design, seating, lighting, indoor air quality, etc play a pivotal role on the occupant in the work place. Codes are making spaces safer, more efficient and accommodating to new

Baffle walls on the ceiling reduces the noise level in the open office area

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interior features and technological advances. In today’s context, the designer must develop strategies to distinguish themselves. Colour is the seed of great design as it is a stimulus for productive meeting as the walls are filled with inspirational designs. Branding in work place to reflect the


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corporate ideology is the new trend in work place. For a designer, always the space is limited while the design is infinite. Office culture is important part of design. The designer’s role is to make use of the contrast among the medias namely materials, spaces and time. Interplay of spaces with the change of people’s position. Natural lighting being closer to nature is the greatest task of the designer to make the space vibrant with energy, thus results in the output of the end user. As we are moving towards changing trends, lot of awareness has been created by the media which had helped the designers to think and evolve solutions for work place strategy in today’s context which would help the in understanding the changing value. All the materials being used in the products are recyclable or eco-friendly for the entire project, which would help the health of the occupants in the work place. Carpets, paints which are low VOC have become the integral part of the projects. Indoor plants are being used extensively in large spaces which would enhance the indoor air quality which has been recommended after due diligence by IGBC.

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A TYPICAL WORKSTATION A-Wall (Acoustical Wall): Geometric design of the wall with acoustic tiles is a feature in the work place. The product contains a 50 percent recycled polyester fibre made from used and recycled PET bottles flake. These panels are made from polyester fibres so that they remain fully recyclable at the end of their lives. This is environmentally friendly and acoustically affective. Open ducting: The trend is towards exposed ceiling which helps the space looks more spacious , but due to acoustical / noise levels Baffle walls are preferred in the office area which make the space look trendy and bright and colour of the fabric can be changed to give a new look.

Break out spaces: Furniture design has changed. The design caters for more open spaces inspiring creativity of the occupants. Hence the designs have perceived to provide more collaborative spaces and informal meeting places among the groups in the office.

seating design in break out spaces - Formal / informal The concept being informal seating which can be moved as illustrated in the schematic sketch which forms a part of furniture design. 

As designers the responsibility also lies with us in protecting the environment and using products which are certified and propagate the advantages of the same.

ART OF CREATING WORK SPACES In this contemporary and continuous evolving work spaces, the users require to be more effective, interactive and collaborative. From a single table to clustered workstation to training rooms, the flexibility makes the workspace functional. A few of the concept which should be incorporated is as follows:

open office system breaks all the barriers of hierarchy

Dr. R. Ramesh (Managing Director, Archinova Designs Private Ltd) is an interior and spatial architect drawing expertise from multi-disciplinary practical and educational background. He is an allied member of ASID (American society of interior designers) and DMI (Design Management Institute) USA & SBID (Society of British interior designers). Ramesh has been in the corporate interior industry for more than two decades and has rich experience in design & implementation of projects. He is a passionate about teaching and a visiting faculty at College of Architecture for more than a decade and has worked with students on several research and thesis projects. He is ardent about space planning and stresses the use of recyclable products in all his projects. He is an active member of IGBC and educates the clients to use products which is green certified. He has published a few articles on conservation of energy and won awards on corporate social responsibility.

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Kitchen Design

‘Less is More’ is Making a Comeback Manish Jain, Director, Bleu Concepts odular Kitchen industry is an evolving trade in India. A lot of concepts are adopted from Italy and they are being ‘Indianised’ as well. Our cultures are obviously very different, our climatic conditions are very different, which is why the industry has had to adapt tremendously to this need. One of the most important reasons behind the evolution of this concept of modular kitchen designs is to get a clutter-free and well organized kitchen area; no matter if one has a small home or a spacious one.

M This year, in many ways, “Less is more” is making a comeback in styling kitchens. Open plan kitchens, including a bar unit, or a buffet counter are the new things in the kitchen. There is strong texture and warmth which serves to hold the aesthetics back from an uber sleek look. Cabinets and drawers are being customized for more storage, and built-in options for specific contents and usage is on the rise.

The biggest change is seen over the last few years is how customers want to build the kitchen as a part of the living space or as part of the entrance space in the house. Open plan kitchens, including a bar unit, or a buffet counter are the new things in the kitchen. People want the open islands in the kitchen to look more like furniture pieces, and not like a workstation. This allows to bring in their own personal warmth and welcoming touch to this space. Islands are getting bigger, grander with a lot more work being planned on them than before. The trend is more towards built in appliances, built in hoods and refrigerators to get the clean and chic look. This year, in many ways, “Less is more” is making a comeback. There is strong texture and warmth which serves to hold the aesthetics back from an uber sleek look In addition to this, people are going in for colourful backsplashes, vivid and playful. These are getting bigger and wider as well. A lot of textures are being used in the kitchens, flooring, backsplash, hardware, lighting etc.

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Another change that is still waiting on the threshold to happen is the induction of technology into the kitchen. In Europe, several Italian kitchen appliance giants have recently designed intuitive controls into their ovens, sometimes with retro dials, a mixed aesthetic message that works. Several appliance brands offer smart phone appliance operation (some via SMS) with a single app controlling multiple appliances (of the same brand.) Talking about colors, as said earlier, ‘Less is more’, kitchen cabinets and shutters are becoming lighter with beige, light brown, whites, off whites, cool greys, warm greys-all are still trending and wood stains (for cabinetry) run the gamut from lighter than middle toned finishes to dark. An exciting new introduction in the neutral appliance segment is Miele’s color, Truffle, a cool glass surface paired with stainless steel trims. It’s a non-color color that is ideal for a chic warm-cool palette in the kitchen and goes with many wood stains and painted colors Engineered Stone (Caeserstone by Hafele, Quartz, Laminam) are

increasingly being used for kitchen tops. Gooseneck faucets, fancy island chairs, extra-long tables, open fancy shelving, etc are the trends too. Stainless steel fixtures are a thing of the past, people are looking at brass fittings. Brushed nickel or chrome or oil-rubbed bronze is shaping up to be an important surface for kitchen and bathroom fixtures such as faucets, handles and knobs. Cabinets and drawers are being customized for more storage, and builtin options for specific contents and usage is on the rise. Drawer/Cabinet separators, organizers are the new trend as people want to maximise storage space in kitchens. In terms of hardware for kitchens, ensomatic shutters are in favour, which open and close with a touch. Let’s not forget that kitchens are becoming more and more social with time, and there is obviously a certain level of brag factor associated with it. In saying that, people are spending a lot of time designing their furniture, especially kitchen islands, shutter finishes,etc. They are also getting into the nitty-gritty’s of what is inside the cabinet, how to maximise corner space, wall space, which wall accessory to buy etc. 

Manish Jain started his professional journey with Magnum Nexus (an event management firm) in Delhi after finishing his Masters in Mass Communication. He, along with his partners started Bleu Concepts - an avant-garde factory manufactured Furniture Company, with the intention of making it a formidable brand in the Indian market. Bleu strives towards professionalism, and he has been responsible for streamlining processes and core competencies. Manish leads the business side of Bleu Concepts – Client relationship management, finance, managing operational efficiencies, tracking growth opportunity areas and driving Bleu to constantly re-invent itself. Bleu Concepts is a furniture house that brings a blend of European demeanor alongside Indian functionalities. Bleu brings a wide range of modular kitchens, lavish wardrobes and exquisite storage units, all interplay of chic colors and modern-day techniques. Website: www.bleuconcepts.com


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Colour Palettes Retesh Sharma, Director, Zynna Furnishings ecorating interior space is essential to create an aura that induces freshness and liveliness in the daily living. Trends are not usually for one season and gone the next, instead they sometimes morph and grow leading into other finds. They do influence us every day, virtually in

D Instead of having one set look, the year 2015 will see base hues enlivened with accents of colour. The choice of colour, similar to using bright chromatic splashes over unsaturated undertones, will change a monotonous box into a fresh lively room. It is this fresh and lively trend which invigorates the senses and perks up the spirit.

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every place in our lives. In the year 2015 there will be a move towards versatility.

COLOURS, THEMES AND PRINTS Add Glamour with Metallic A little goes a long way with metallic

which feels subtle and elegant. Gold is big in fashion for tabletop and home design lately. Many simpler fabrics (like cotton and linens) with a little bit of shimmer and a slightly metallic finish are in trend. The juxtaposition of jute and natural materials with metallic colours creates the bling we crave in our homes today. Beige, Be Gone Beige is one of those colour palettes which has been a favourite for years. It is a safe colour, it is timeless and it works well as a base color for exciting splashes of color accents. It is one of those which will stay around in some form of strength but it has lost its luster. This year a continuation of the unwinding of a strong but sterile trend will be seen. Floral Influence Floral designs and chintz textiles are a growing trends, not only in the interior design world, but also in other markets such as fashion. When there is a lap over of a particular trend in more than one vertical market, in this case floral, the trend has a tendency to have staying power. Myriad of Blues Blue is without a doubt a massive trend this year. Different shades of blue rolling back into each other in the same room will ignite the senses like azure, beryl, teal, cobalt, sapphire; a cerulean of blue, folding back into themselves in an ocean of electric design. Apart from turquoise the other shade of blue which has gained popular traction is navy. A calming, shade which commands authority without appearing desperate, it is easy and pleasant on the eye, this is one which can’t go wrong with in 2015: Navy is a vogue that can be used in accessories, soft furnishings, couches,


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cushions, cupboards and walls. Ethnic Prints Ethnic fabrics, upholstery and prints look like they will be a popular trend this year. Adding a fresh pizzazz to your home from far off exotic lands can break up boring bland interiors and if authentic, can be fantastic conversational pieces. Parisian Soft Black & White The softer tones are easier on the eye, they’re comfy and relaxing, yet they don’t take the edge off the swank. This is a trend which has been evolving over the past couple of years and evidence from the design hemisphere shows a

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continuation in strength over 2015 - an almost timeless trend that will look good for a long time to come. Whispery Haze The Pantone colours for 2015 will include a lot of soft neutrals, think pale pink and flesh coloured tones. A romantic hazy filter will be applied to fabrics and accessories. Frosted florals, tinted and milky glass and gauzy ethereal fabrics will breeze in. Piquant Pineapples This is one of those very specific trend predictions that is far from vague and generalized. Pineapples; can be seen on design, prints and home design

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exhibitions, it is a trend which is not restricted in its scope. Turquoise Turquoise screams of life and personality and there is a splash of this colour everywhere. The difference in feeling this vibrant tone is that it gives a room a stark contrast to a mellow navy. If done rightly it usually looks eye catchy with the razzle-dazzle edge. It is a trend with strong foundation to leap up and press forwards with great vigor and potency in 2015. 

Being a student and follower of design, Retesh Sharma, has always been in connect with the latest trends and designers from across the globe. He has mastered the fine art of design and his keen eye for details enhances his search for the best products and designs. During his brief design studies at NID, he visualized a platform where he could bring to his clients, the best that the world offers, integrated with Indian aesthetics, purity and culture. He thinks that this is the perfect time to give the Indian customer the best in terms of taste and sensibilities. He choose window treatments as a platform to do so. Zynna is a Furnishing store and more. Established in 1970, Zynna has been creating beautiful home decor solutions for over 44 years and today Zynna is the largest luxury curtain maker in India. Zynna has exclusive partnerships with a number of iconic European and American brands.

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Trends 2015 furnishings

Texture, Colour & Pattern

Make Way for Artistic Vibrant Tones Ramachandra Shastry, Director, RUMORS Fine Furnishings ome decor never stands silent. As we have seen 2014 was all about neon colours but in 2015 its time for something new. This season, patrons are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. When it comes to themes, then saturated colours and rich colourful accents will be one of the latest trends in home decorating that can be used in any season. Bright room colours and accent colour shades enliven modern interior design and can be used for emphasizing unique home decorating ideas. The trend will be emphasized by the pairing of soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colourful equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colours allows for experimentation with new looks and colour combinations.

H Mustard yellow and mauve, all light and deep purple colours, rich blue and pink colour shades are modern colour design trends in 2015. Floral designs in textiles are a growing trend. Natural elements such as warm woods, soft comfortable fabrics, textured tiles that bring dimension and smooth sleek surfaces, will be the main focus for 2015’s home decor.

The difference in feeling the vibrant tone gives a room such stark contrast to a mellow navy. When there is an overlap of a particular trend in more than one vertical market, in this case floral, the trend percolates to other verticals as well. This will be a strong trend in 2015 that would be seen popping up everywhere, from billboards, shop windows, interior designs and commercials. Floral textiles are a great

option for any new designs. Home interiors need to feel good as well as look good. We want to be as pleased as much in the touch and texture as the colour and pattern.

COLOURS AND THEMES This year will be seeing a diversity of colours like we haven’t seen in ages. Attention has settled for gentle colours like snow-white and gray colour tones which can be combined with turquoise blue colour accents that bring stylish Mediterranean charm into modern interior design. Warm shades of brown colours, in combination with colder tones like granite gray colour tones and hints of leafy green colours create beautiful, natural decorating colour schemes for modern interior design. Mustard yellow and mauve, all light and deep purple colours, rich blue and pink colour shades are modern colour design trends 2015. Try pairing Jewel tones of azure and coral paired with pale gold and silver or rich grape with stone to create new spaces or bright shades with grey, taupe and sand to get the perfect accent colour in the space. It has been staple in interior design over the years, but now we are seeing a shift to softer tones of black and white, taking that harsh edge off of the contrast.

FABRICS AND PATTERN Prints and pattern are definitely back on the rise – visual impact is the key theme; ethnic fabrics, upholstery and prints look like they will be a popular trend in 2015. Large-scale florals, bold digital prints, metallic and eco-friendly fabrics will be in vogue. Patterns on muted grounds will still stay an evergreen option. Have fun with mixing and matching patterns to create a more personalised home style and to stimulate the senses. Floral patterns that seem forgotten, may present a unique feel at home if they are incorporated in a proper manner. A white background is often recommended for stylish purposes. Floral designs in textiles are a growing trend, not only in the interior design world, but also in other markets such as fashion. Have more fun in 2015 with the palette by throwing together stripes, solids, hand sketches and geometrics in an array of colours and textures. Natural elements such as warm woods, soft comfortable fabrics, textured tiles that bring dimension and smooth sleek surfaces, will be the main focus for 2015’s home decor. Other patterns that will be loud during the approaching year are geometrical shapes, stripes, abstract patterns and hand sketches, which could be used on a range of hues and textures. 

RUMORS Fine Furnishings is a one stop furnishings brand of Bangalore based – Ascent Décor Private Limited (ADPL) under the astute leadership of four directors – Ramachanndra Shastry, Gaurav Sureka, Farook Syed and Mukarram Syed. Collectively, they conceptualized the idea of making a mark in home furnishings market by offering top-notch furnishing fabrics to grab the diverse set of consumers with distinctly different penchant towards picking fabrics for decorating interiors. Their products are accessible at all the leading furnishings stores spread across the country. Besides India, RUMORS is also available in established markets of Middle East, Turkey, South East Asia and Far East.

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Trends 2015 design & decor

Fusion Style is the Way to Go Mahesh M, CEO, Ishanya & houslife, Pune odern interior trends reflect the desire to establish a memorable way of creating bold and interesting living space that have a personality or a story. The accessories you display in your home relate to the way you live your life. It is always good to change it every once in a while, even if it is just couple of accessories.

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Surround yourself by things that inspire you and incorporate those things in your decor. Your space should be where you recharge yourself at the end of each day; so make sure you have things around that give you life. Buy a natural tree, not a fake one if you can. It will not only look great, it will make your home smell amazing and help set the tone for the season. Add botanicals in greens and reds with candlelight.

Design trends include classic, retro and contemporary design ideas, traditional and new materials, fresh decorating colours, exotic motifs, ethnic decoration patterns, artistic details and surprising blend of textures. Modern interiors, where contemporary design ideas are combined with antiques, velvet and silk or carved wood accents are mixed with industrial metal details, look stylish and unique. Mixing old and new interior design ideas and incorporating a fusion of design styles into living space decor are trends that create stylish & interesting living spaces, connecting the old with the new. Organic shapes and natural interior decorating colour schemes dramatically change interior design and dÊcor look. Metal and wood inclusions are trends in classic and contemporary furniture and decor accessories. White marble is one of the luxurious stone that define one of the classy trends this season. Natural materials such as stone, wood, glass and metal, dominate today’s design trends. Try not to leave your walls bare with only big pieces of furniture. Utilizing accessories in your home will give your guests a glimpse of your personality. Utilize souvenirs from travels, vintage pieces, photos of memorable experiences to spice up and have fun into your interior decor. When you invest in furniture, try to get basic or large pieces in natural colours that are easy to mix and match with bold and

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fun colours. Even a small pillow can change the whole atmosphere of a room. While hanging artworks in your house, they should be at the average human eye level (56-58 inches) and in proportion to the size of your wall. Pleasant natural room colours and soft pastel colours with shades of gray colour, soft black and creamy white tones, bring beautiful contrasts into contemporary spaces. Furniture in stores have metamorphosed from an uninspired range of sofas, dining table and beds to the excitement of shopping for products that include

coordinated bedroom and living room sets, to toys like motorized recliners and remote controlled lighting. With regard to the material for the products, the resistance and apprehension towards new material are fast wearing down and customers are willing to experiment with new innovative materials. Manufacturers too innovate to create new materials that add value. Manufacturers as well as importers have a new understanding of the demands that Indian conditions put on furniture – humidity, changing climatic conditions and high temperatures, and have started factoring these into their production and sourcing. 

Mahesh M is the CEO of Ishanya & houslife, Pune. Mahesh carries with him over two decades of experience in sales, marketing and business management ,with a masters in management riding on a degree in mechanical engineering and current pursuit of a doctorate in Management Strategy, he firmly believes that execution built into strategy is the key to success. He has been part of pioneering concepts in the Home Retail Space for nearly a decade now and has handled leadership profiles with the Future group and the KK Birla group in Home retail prior to joining Deepak Fertilisers a couple of years back. Currently the CEO of Ishanya and the new home retail venture hous!fe, he believes that he and his team possess the ability and passion to realise the original vision of Ishanya. Ishanya is a revolutionary concept mall for Home Interiors & Design at Pune. Spread over 1,40,000-Sq ft, it caters for over 50 internationally established premier home & interiors brands. hous!fe at Ishanya is a home lifestyle concept store spread over 30,000-Sq ft. (For more insights, please write to us at info@houslife.com)


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Trends 2015 bathroom designs

Bath Solutions

Go for Cutting-Edge Technology & Style Sandip Somany, JMD, HSIL Ltd he bathroom space is undergoing a continuous makeover, getting more insightful and congenial. The paradigm shift in people’s desire for a better lifestyle, coupled with availability and purchasing power, focus on bathroom products and the space in totality is being appreciated by Indian consumers. It is reflective of the progressive global trend.

T Design ideas that will improve one’s health and mood, multifunctional bathroom designs that blends luxury and comfort with tailor made solutions, myriad styles and range of smart bath products that are in the offering today, will be the key drivers moving forward. In sum, bathrooms in 2015 will witness an enhancement all round, from product design, bathroom design and use of technology.

Design ideas that will improve one’s health and mood, multifunctional bathroom designs that blends luxury and comfort with tailor made solutions, myriad styles and range of smart bath products that are in the offering today, will be the key drivers moving forward. In sum, bathrooms in 2015 will witness an enhancement all round, from product design, bathroom design and use of technology. Here is a glimpse of what bathroom trend 2015 will emphasise on:

WATER SAVING Considering bathrooms are a major source of water usage, water saving products is emerging as the primary product of choice for consumers as we saw last year. And, this trend is only growing northwards from here on. Intelligent bathroom products with advanced flushing technology such as symphonic jet, vortex flushing, sensor flushing, and rimless closets to closets with integrated jet nozzle will all see a greater demand. Certified green products will add value for the consumer and IAPMO certification is setting the benchmark in the industry. There exists a whole range of ecoproducts in the faucet and shower category that is aimed at saving water. Faucets such as single lever, quarter turn, sensor operated, pressmatic and aerators have been phenomenal in reduction of water consumption.

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Moreover, the latest 3C technology of Coating, Cartridge and Casting ensure zero leakage and everlasting shine as well enhances efficiency. Latest adoption of air mixing shower heads in new bathrooms save water ergonomically, without losing the cleansing sensation of an ordinary shower. These showers aerate water to make droplets larger, so it can save water without making the water volume feel any lesser.

soul for an enchanting bathing experience. Adding more to luxury, the upcoming trends in 2015 will witness a massive range of products available, from massage tubs to shower enclosures, multi-functions and shower panels which are equipped with features of hyderotherapy, hydro massage jets, water level sensors, anti-odour drainage, electrical leakage protector, to name a few.

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DESIGN & HIGH-TECH BATHROOMS

Not so long ago, bathroom was the sort of place you dipped in and out of pretty quickly. The modern-day bathroom is now described as a “retreat” and a place to linger and luxuriate. The advent and rising interest in wellness is creating a new dynamic in the sanitaryware market. With emerging bathroom trends in 2015, a bathroom can be converted into a personalized spa with products built with cutting edge technology to assail senses and experience the joy and ecstasy of a health resort. Daily showering experience can be converted into a blissful journey of ecstasy with rain spa shower that uses chromo therapy to soothe senses and relax the mind. One can change the colour at regular intervals as per choice which helps to unwind the body and

Energy-efficient with modern bathroom accessories is a great way to completely transform the home into a technological haven. Innovative features like integrated wash jet nozzle with 360 degree swivel action is designed to enable the user to easily adjust the angle of water spray which offers better hygiene, cleaning, uniform water spray. Special consideration is given to design, size, capacity, and flushing parameters along with smart use of technology. The high-tech bathrooms of 2015 will be fitted with remote controlled features. Flushing, hydraulically controlled slow falling seat, warming up the seat cover, night light, twin spray jets, warm air dying as well as a warm water option and deodizer, all will be at the touch of a few buttons. 

Sandip Somany is the Joint Managing Director of HSIL Ltd and is the company’s driving force with over 27 years of experience. Tactical in his thinking, with singleminded emphasis on innovation and prudent business acumen, he brought a fresh perspective in HSIL’s progress over the years. Under his guidance, HSIL continues to be a leading player in the building products, container glass sectors while Hindware Home Retail is developing into a competitive player in the home décor retail segment. Somany believes that economic and business growth goes hand in hand and thus extends his time and knowledge beyond HSIL as well. He is the former President of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2012) and serves several other industry bodies as member, like FICCI, ASSOCHAM, All India Glass Manufacturer’s Association, Bureau of Indian Standards, All India Organization of Employers, etc.


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Trends spotlight 2015 Regarding latest design, we make our products as per Indian standards and as per the requirements of client hence well accepted by the masses. While designing and manufacturing we keep in mind comfort factor in compact design. Q. What are the different material/ techniques used in the making of your products to suit the outdoor all weather condition? A. Frames are made of Aluminium which is 100 per cent waterproof. 304 grade steel is used so that the frames and chains are not rusted. Small items are also taken care of: like screws and nut bold are also made of 304 steel to avoid rusting. Wicker used is of REHAU German which is 100 per cent water proof and UV Resistant. Cloth used is of SUNBRELLA which is stain proof-Water Repellent-UV Resistant. Q. Brief us about the furniture needs of modern Indian consumers with respect to its size, versatility and functionality? A.Smaller homes require compact furniture and maximization of space through use of durable metal and full height furniture, storage beds and stackable chairs. Our outdoor range not only brings in versatility but also designer appeal, lower maintenance, easy shifting, and can be placed indoor or outdoor. Swing sofas are a huge hit.

Comfortable & Compact Furniture is the Trend

Q. What future you foresee for this particular segment of the furniture sector? A. With the new age e-retailing we are optimistic of reaching out to much larger audience and the advantage to customize. With second home investments increasing, people need good looking furniture that is easy to maintain. We offer beds, wardrobes, sofas and tables in rattan and aluminium, which are easily washable and logistically has no breakage hazard.

Deepak Lulla, Swing Zone-French Window, IndoorOutdoor-Furniture, Advent International Q. What opportunities do you see in the furniture sector in India and tell us about your latest designs & creation in this sector? A. Increasing income brackets and parallel real estate growth itself is an indicator that each of the upcoming houses and offices will need furniture. Indians collectively come together and appeal to the government to reduce taxes whereby the Indian manufacturers can provide quality products at competitive rates. Also developments in most cities including Mumbai have the open FSI in balconies and terraces where outdoor furniture can be used.

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Supreme Introduces ‘INSUflex’, a High Vapour Resistant Insulator for AirConditioning Applications he Supreme Industries Ltd., founded in 1942, pioneered many pathbreaking products in the country and became trendsetters in plastics industry by introducing many advanced solutions for various applications and industries. Supreme’s Insulation Division offers solutions in the areas of: I Ducting insulation I Underdeck insulation I Pipe insulation I Floor insulation I Insulation joint sealing tapes I Sound insulation I Overdeck insulation I Wall insulation

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The main goal of a good insulation material should be that of preventing water vapour from spreading through insulation as water is an optimal heat conductor. INSUflex, by Supreme Industries, is a CFCfree, black flexible elastomeric closed-cell Nitrile Rubber thermal insulation that provides a highly efficient method of insulation and effectively controls condensation against both heat loss and heat gain. The material is particularly suitable for insulating pipe works for condensation control. It can be used on chilled water pipe lines, refrigerated pipeworks, hot & cold water services and on sheets or rolls in air-conditioning ductworks. INSUflex, has a very high diffusion resistance factor to water vapour transmission=7000, a low thermal conductivity and an excellent fire safe performance. It is suitable for a temperature ranging from –55oC to +105oC. The product does not depend on any additional outer thick skin or covering but is in built with the insulation and extends through the full thickness. INSUflex range is resistant to corrosion, fungal and mildew growth and is therefore suitable for clean room applications.

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Insulation material with a low ‘K’ value equates to a high energy saving potential and thermal performance. Thermal conductivity is the main data used to technically calculate insulation thickness required to prevent condensation. ‘INSUflex’ advantage Good flexibility at low temperature I Clean, dust-free, fast and easy installation I Low thermal conductivity I High water vapor resistance factor =7000 I Protects pipes against corrosion by environment elements I Low toxicity index offers minimal toxic fire hazard for safety assurance and rescue operations I Good fire performance, for buildings with high occupancy, Class 1 product I Unique closed-cell structure, provides an ideal vapor barrier resistance I

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Living Close to the Nature Space Creative offers the potential to create space that are aesthetically pleasing and complement the natural environment odern architecture is a perfect blend of nature's beauty with contemporary technologies and aesthetic appeal. Space Creative Designer provides a living environment that has closeness with nature along with the benefits of latest materials and innovative thinking with the ultimate aim to provide you comfort and satisfaction of modern living. The company specialises in space frame, glass facades, aluminium composite cladding, structural glazing, curtain walling, skylight, and skywalk.

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Space frame Space frame or space structure is a truss-like, lightweight rigid structure constructed from interlocking struts in a geometric pattern. Space frames usually utilise a multidirectional span, and are often used to accomplish long spans with few supports. Advantages It is possible to cover spans until large span without column by using space frame systems.  They provide a great flexibility in the selection of support locations and allow applying for different geometrical shapes and areas.  The design, manufacture, and installation process is completed in a very short interval due to the use of prefabricated components. It gives a big opportunity to the customer to start his production.  Space frame systems are lighter than traditional steel and reinforced concrete structures. Therefore, it provides significant economy in foundation costs.  Space frame systems are the most useful structures for the earth-quake areas due to their light unit weight.  It is not necessary to cover by hung ceilings because of its aesthetic appearance.  Additional structures to support the heating, ventilating, electrical and other systems are not required for space frame structures.  Because of the aesthetic attribute, space frames are very suitable for glass or polycarbonate skylights.  It provides various alternative solutions in architectural areas for complex geometrical shapes (pyramid, triangle, dome, barrel vault etc). 

Aluminium composite cladding, structural glazing & curtain walling Aluminium composite panel cladding, structural glazing, curtain wall system is a unique way to give aesthetic look and beautiful appearance to the modern architecture. Space Creative Designer has completed numerous projects right from restaurants to big office buildings of aluminium composite panel with complete customer satisfaction. Tensile membrane structures Tensile membrane structures are a striking and exciting new-age method of construction. Tensile membrane structures are characterised by having a rather small mass relative to the applied load, which is determined through an optimisation process. The primary types of the structures include synclastic (frame supported), anticlastic (cable net), cable-and-strut (tensegrity), air-supported and airinflated materials like PVC/ polyester, PTFE/ glass fibre coated fabrics, uncoated woven PTFE fabrics, ETFE membranes and mesh fabrics are available in tensile membrane. Space Creative Designer specialises in both, bespoke design and build applications as well as predesigned and engineered off-the-shelf structures. Applications Stadium, toll plaza canopies, car parking, atrium roofs, art & sculpture, icon buildings, commercial retail centres, malls, walkways, tents, event and exhibitions, amphitheatres etc. Skylight Skylight adds natural lighting to dark areas of buildings, lounges, godowns, industrial shades, and shopping malls by adding a natural light by giving aesthetic look and beautiful appearance. It’s a great way to add an exciting element to lacklustre, lifeless rooms that need a little enhancement. It is system to remain with nature, be in natural light and have architectural view of the building. Features Allows soft and diffused light to enter. Adds to the aesthetic appeal of the viewer. Dome, arch, hexagon, polygon shapes can be fabricated as per requirement.  Glass, plastic, polycarbonate material, fibre sheets, toughened glass can be used for skylights.   

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First-of-a-Kind SWITCHES for the First Time in India SOMEBODY ONCE SAID ‘EVERYTHING LOOKS BETTER IN COLOUR’. SO WHY DISCOUNT ELECTRICAL SWITCHES? olors ushers in coloured switches for the first time in India: Kaleido. The range has a palette of combinations that you can never tire of. The switches can be mixed and matched as per your moods. No space is left untouched: living rooms, kiddie rooms, bedrooms, boardrooms, retail spaces, and even hospitality centers.

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Bonton Technomake Introduces E4000 4000 is a new system of seats and tables for university lecture theaters, conference halls, auditoriums, convention centers and training facilities. The clean, essential and neutral lines express the minimalist ethos of the range to enhance any environment. All components have been simplified and made more efficient to ensure they are practical, hard-wearing and long-lasting, adapting to all technological and multimedia functionality. The flexible assembly of the system means it can be adapted to shapes of any space and size, and installation and maintenance are also easier. The solidity and high quality of the materials, along with the wide range of finishes create a variety of simple yet sophisticated seating solutions. E4000 is the product of many years of design and project experience in building and supplying furniture for teaching applications. E4000 can be arranged in rows, and on either horizontal or inclined flooring. The seats are tip-up and writing tables can be either fixed or tip-up with anti-panic movement. The structures are built so that the

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Components Painted extruded aluminium horizontal bars: rectangular section upper bar, rounded square section lower bar, both with special internal ribbing and external grooves which enable the uprights, writing tables and feet to be positioned and fixed, without predefined drilling or a fixed distance modular set-up. Uprights in pressed, painted structural sheet steel, equipped at the ends with plates which connect to the beams and support the seat's rotation components. Pressed sheet steel feet, set up for floor fixing and complete with closing guard in grey or anthracite techno polymer. All metal structures are coated with RAL 9006 grey or anthracite epoxy-polyester powder paint.

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