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eath has more meanings than the obvious literal one. It could infer rebirth, end of an era and possibly even the abject refusal to acknowledge circumstances or conditions. The Death Of Architecture exhibition aims to explore ideas that relate to the way we build and draw attention to the shortcomings that plague the process and outcomes of architecture in India. It is designed to provoke and stimulate, aiming to engage with the diaspora of the design fraternity and look for meaningful answers to difficult questions. The exhibition that opened in Mumbai on the 23 rd of Feb, had 13 firms across the country reflect about this idea of “death” and the direction in which we are currently headed. This collective, that comprises firms from across the country, had over the past six months researched ideas and themes that they believed needed to be questioned and discussed. Concerns that plague the city, the practice of architecture and the future of our cities.

Death Of Architecture A provocative exhibition that explores the

practice of architecture, our cities and the way we build. BY VANDANA KRISHNAN

The Death Of Architecture exhibition aims to explore ideas that relate to the way we build and draw attention to the shortcomings that plague the process and outcomes of architecture in India

This collective, that comprises firms from across the country, had over the past six months researched ideas that they believe needed to be discussed

None of the work being presented is their own and neither is it an attempt to state definite positions, instead they are studies that merit deliberation and discussion, which they hope to have by visiting 15 cities across India over the course of the year. The opening of the exhibition in Mumbai brought together a room full of thinking architects at The Nehru Science Centre on the 23rd February. As part of the proceedings there was a dialogue with the extremely reclusive architect Ved Segan. A man credited with the creation of Mumbai’s Prithvi Theatre, the 200 seater jewel of modern architecture that resides in the suburbs of Mumbai. Segan was a young man, when continued on page 2


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continued from page 1 he was entrusted with the Prithvi theatre project by Prithvi Raj Kapoor in the mid 70’s. A project that opened its gates in 1978 was an instant draw to discerning audiences who were charmed with its artistic interventions done in simple and humble ways. This is possibly also how one could describe Ved Segan, the man, the architect and the unpretentious human. In conversation with Aniket

Bhagwat, the renowned landscape architect from Ahmedabad, the duo regaled the audience with various anecdotes of design and life experiences through the years. Mr Segan also accorded a thoughtful present in the form the book, Beginning Experiences in Architecture, which is now part of the exhibition. The Death of Architecture exhibition will travel across India this year in an effort to reflect continued on page 4

Art For All 7 Living Smart 8 Setting An Example At School 12 Style Up The Kitchen 14 Go Smart With Graff 15 Hacker Revamps Mumbai Showroom 16 Quintessential Quirk 18 The Latest On Recent Launches And Products 20 A City Framed 24

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continued from page 2 and discuss with audiences hard questions that face the architecture profession. The exchanges that are likely to happen on the sidelines of this exhibition will be the ones that they hope will make a difference. Concurrent to the exhibition a series of discussions, walking tours, films and other engagements are planned for design professionals, students and the general public. The exhibition is partnered by Hansgrohe, the leading German

bath fittings brand, while the travel and events are supported by Design Owl. This exhibition is a ‘Not For Profit’ initiative by the participants. Contact email: deathofarchitecture2018@ gmail.com web: www.deathofarchitecture.com

(L-R) Ar. Rohan Shivkumar, Ar. Zameer Basrai, Ar. Shabbir Unwala

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lephant Parade, the global exhibition-cum-conservation initiative arrived in Mumbai on 3rd March. This public event aims to generate vital funds to secure 101 elephant corridors across India for the endangered Asian elephant in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of India.

Elephants On Parade The elephant family has touched down to woo

Mumbai whilst creating awareness for elephant conservation. BY VANDANA KRISHNAN

Elephant Parade is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues

Founded in 2006, the initiative seeks to build awareness about elephant conservation and raise money for the cause. Elephant Parade is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. The life-size, baby elephant statues are exhibited in international cities and raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation. The 101 painted elephants create a striking spectacle of colour and showcase the nation’s most creative

artists and emerging talents, whilst celebrating one of India’s most beloved and endangered animal the elephant. The Elephant Parade has collaborated with prominent people such as Richard Branson, Katy Perry, Tommy Hilfiger, Elizabeth Hurley and Bryan Adams. Amitabh Bachchan, Manish Arora, Rekha Rodwittiya, Manish Malhotra, Masaba Gupta, Tarun Tahiliani, Brinda Miller among others are prominent Indian artists and celebrities set to auction their elephants for the parade in India. Christian Louboutin was the only International designer that presented its Elephant -

The 101 painted elephants create a striking spectacle of colour and showcase the nation’s most creative artists and emerging talents

Beginning with South Mumbai locations such as Gateway of India, Palladium Mall,- the elephants will be on public display around the city

Bumpy during the Parade. Beginning with South Mumbai locations such as Gateway of India, Priyadarshini Park, Palladium Mall, Siddhivinayak and Mantralya - the elephants will be on public display around the city. As per schedule, from 8th to 11th March they will move to locations in the city’s central suburbs namely - R-city Mall (Ghatkopar), Phoenix Marketcity (Kurla) and Grand Hyatt (Kalina); 9th to 11th March they will be displayed at Reliance Jio Gardens in Bandra Kurla Complex. Essentially, the money for the cause will be raised through the

sale of elephant sculptures. But the underlying hope is to encourage companies to include this cause as a part of their CSR initiative in order to build a coherent long term relationship. Limited edition, handcrafted replicas and a select range of products are created from the exhibition elephants. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects. This worldwide art exhibition and products raise awareness for the need for elephant conservation. Contact email: info@elephantparade.com web: www.elephantparade.com

This worldwide art exhibition and products raise awareness for the need for elephant conservation


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f you have ever wondered about the enormous portrait of the man with a film reel against a striking yellow background on the MTNL building while driving through the western express highway off Bandra reclamation; its time you put your thoughts to rest. It was a part of St+art India foundation’s Bollywood Art Project back in 2014 among many other murals painted throughout the city. The St+art India foundation aims to make our streets more interactive through the medium of urban art festivals across India. It is a not-for-profit organization that works on art projects in public spaces with a vision to make it a specimen of creative redevelopment. Their modus operandi is to make art accessible to a wider audience and encourage their interaction by exhibiting it away from the conventional art galleries famous for a selective congregation.

Art For All St+art India Foundation is set to transform the

streets of India - one city at a time. BY VANDANA KRISHNAN

The St+art India foundation aims to make our streets more interactive through the medium of urban art festivals across Indiav

Each space they work on is thoughtfully curated with the common people and everyday lives in mind

The foundation brings together renowned Indian and international artists to transform city spaces through art and add a pop of colour in the concrete jungle we reside in today. They received an overwhelming response for their project in Mumbai this year with the Mahim Art District being their most recent project where they successfully transformed the image of Dharavi by making it India’s second largest open-air walk through art district. Each space they work on is thoughtfully curated with the common people and everyday lives in mind. From depicting the lives of the Koli women to murals of Gandhi; they have explored a plethora of options to colour the city in. In the recent past, they successfully create a temporary cultural hub at Sassoon

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Dock in collaboration with the local fishing community which became an instant hit. They bring together a clique of creative minds to create content, art, manage events and assemble resources to work on their project sites. The foundation actively encourages the general public with a flair for art to volunteer and participate in their activities leading to a constant buzz in every city they work in. Apart from Mumbai, the foundation has also taken up projects in Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Their ultimate objective has always been to bring art to the people and not confine it to only certain sections of society. Art for all, is thus, their motto. Contact email: team@st-artindia.org web: www.st-artindia.org


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echnology is a soaring exercise of the human imagination directed toward an easier and comfortable life. With technology extensively impacting our lives in all kinds of spaces and even the personal spaces, smart appliances have become an important part of your household setting today. The Inside Track takes the opportunity this month to deliver a technologically packed read on ‘Smart Living’. A smart home is a residence that is equipped with appliances, lighting, security and temperature control and entertainment, all integrated into a smooth network sometimes centred on a hub. The various devices and appliances are programmed into sharing consumer usage data among themselves and automating actions based on the homeowners’ preferences.

Living Smart The modern way of living is definitely and essentially the smart way. BY ANINDITA GANGULY

From built-in devices to digital interfaces, technology is transforming the kitchen and making us all chefs!

The kitchen has witnessed a complete in 2018 with components that have made cooking a simpler and more enjoyable effort

Kitchen The kitchen has witnessed a complete revolution in 2018 with components that have made cooking a simpler and more enjoyable effort. From builtin devices to digital interfaces, technology is transforming the kitchen and making us all chefs! The NikolaTesla, for instance, is Elica’s first induction cooktop with a central fan perfectly integrated into the cooktop itself. Hapifork by Hapi is a smart Bluetooth enabled fork that helps you lose weight by eating healthier and slower. The Ribbon by Electrolux is a mobile device with wire-like rigidity that users can wrap or drape around their food containers or bottles to cool or heat food and beverages without having to stick

it in a microwave or fridge. The concept kitchen table by IKEA is a multi-functional surface is equipped with a builtin camera and image recognition technology, it recognizes anything placed on the surface and suggests complimentary ingredients and recipes. Bath Technology has played mentor to the bathrooms and has taken them to a whole new level. A per fect multifunctional solution for small bathroom, the Shower + Bath from Duravit is appealing in design and comes with a mirrored fixed shower screen. The Talis Select mixer from Hansgrohe comes in varying spout heights and two versions, namely The Talis Select S and The Talis

Select E. The water flow can be initiated or stopped by just pressing the ‘Select’ button instead of lifting the conventional lever handle. A q u a - s e n s e b y Gr a f f i s destined to become the future of shower solutions, confirming the company’s commitment to design, innovation and sustainability. Aqua-sense is a full sensory shower program inspired by the feeling and luxury that one experiences at spas. The shower system is created for demanding customers who want to achieve both an innovative and high-style design.The AquaSense range combines a shower system that defines the concept of home wellness with a true sensual experience created through the mix of water, colors and sounds. The Veil by Kohler is an intelligent one piece dual flush

toilet. It epitomizes minimalist and ergonomic design. It functions on direct water supply and its sculpted core provides a suite of precision features tuned to offer optimum hygiene and comfort. T h e n e w V- c a re r a n g e o f pampering wc pan by Vitra is made with a specially designed nozzle spray that allows the user to regulate the water as desired. V- care can be used via a remote controller which is very easy to use and helps in controlling features like nozzle position, water pressure and the temperature of the water and the seat. Offering elegant designs with advance technology, this range virtually suits any kind of bathroom. Security and temperate control Security and temperate control

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systems have today become infused with such technology to speak the new language of convenience. Nest’s intelligent weatherproof outdoor security camera called the Nest Cam IQ addresses various entry points around the house. The camera can tell a person from a thing and send a security alert if someone is there. Another piece of engineering brilliance, Dyson 360 Eye is a product of 17 years pursuing perfection. With its powerful suction, intelligent navigation mechanism, tank tracks that adjust to a bumpy terrain, advanced filtration mechanism and a slimprofile charging dock, this is an explosive combination of features and style! The Yale YMG 40 is a push and pull biometric, fingerprint

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Entertainment and lighting control systems can upgrade your home to a completely transformed technological heaven

digital door lock that offers smart solutions for your home. Enabling you with a fingerprint, pin code, mechanical key and remote control access, it is specially designed for inswing and outswing doors. Compatible with Bluetooth, it comes with a voice guidefeature.

Security and temperate control systems have today become infused with such technology to speak the new language of convenience

The Ifitechtm Motion Sensor Night Light - MSNL104 by IFI Homes is a motion sensor light that uses passive infrared (PIR) technology

Enter tainment and lighting control Entertainment and lighting control systems can upgrade your home to a completely transformed technological heaven. The Ifitechtm Motion Sensor Night Light - MSNL104 by IFI Homes is a motion sensor light that uses passive infrared (PIR) technology to sense human motion and turns on or off based on occupancy and ambient light level. Designed to substitute a standard


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light switch, this wireless night light can be pasted on any surface. It is ideal for any location at home with no hassle of wires and switches or screws and bolts. Cornering the audio and visual automation space, Thasmai has tied up with Synthesis to offer JBL SynthesisÂŽ systems. Combining advanced signal processors, equalizers, amplifiers and loudspeakers, they create the most realistic listening experience possible in rooms of any size.

Smart Trends - The New Way of Life Functionality is the smart way Functionality combined with aesthetics is the prime focus of moving the smart way. In a technologically advanced space, kitchen hoods today are fitted with TV screens that allow you watch television while cooking. Multi-functional devices and appliances promise you to deliver a lot more than what a single product is meant to function as.

Technological Decor You can now revv up your spaces with

Hub assumes the highest importance

technological decor that appeal to the aesthetic you. Fr a m e d 2 . 0 , a Ja p a n e s e innovation by Framed is a digital frame that showcases static and moving artworks. Integrated with your smartphone, it allows you to pick the art you want to display on your wall (you can instruct using gestures and voice too!) With the smart lighting product Nano Leaf from Aurora, you can wake up to the sunrise, improve your mood with stunning colours and automate the lighting throughout the day. Piece the triangular panels together into any shape, and voice activate scenes using Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant. The ift-Bit is a project designed by Carlo Ratti Associati together with Opendot fab lab, unveiled at Milan Design Week 2017. Distributed sensors and intelligence allow the height to be adjusted in seconds, simply by a hand gesture or through a mobile app. The Rhythm add-on module lets you immerse yourself in a symphony of light by transforming music into light.

For a smart or technologically equipped home, the hub is the centre - the main control system that co-ordinates the multiple other devices and appliances in a smooth and efficient manner. After a one-time installation, you can just interact with your hub rather than all the devices at home.

Functionality combined with aesthetics is the prime focus of moving the smart way

Functionality combined with aesthetics is the prime focus of moving the smart way

Being energy efficient is smartness Energy-efficiency is of utmost significance today. With numerous out-of-the-box energy conserving products and solutions coming up today, energy is now being sustainably managed. Technology today serves as that faithful aspect of our lives that we cannot essentially imagine ourselves without. Smart living and the smart home are necessarily amazing gifts of technology to us. Every innovation comes in as a way of solving a problem and directed to making existence more comfortable and convenient. “Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.� -Dean Kamen


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he Khumjung secondary school, situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, initially built by Mt. Everest’s first climber, was to be reconstructed after the earthquake of 2015. The Doshisha University Alpine Club decided to support the school and create a safe classroom environment for its 300 students. The school has now grown to be known as one of the best government secondary schools in the nation, with high school standardized testing scores well above the nationwide average, a full computer lab, and an art school. The Khumjung secondar y school, situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, initially built by Mt. Everest’s first climber, was to be reconstructed after the earthquake of 2015. The Doshisha University Alpine Club decided to support the school and create a safe classroom environment for its 300 students. The school has now grown to be known as one of the best government secondary schools in the nation, with high

Setting An Example At School Traditional and innovative building techniques are used to build the Khumjung secondary school by Shigeru Ban + (VAN) Architects. BY AVANI PATWARDHAN

The school has now grown to be known as one of the best government secondary schools in the nation

With a view to keep the design as vernacular as possible, the traditional Nepalese window and door frames technique have been used for construction

s c h o o l s t a n d a rd i z e d t e s t i n g scores well above the nationwide average, a full computer lab, and an art school. The Khumjung school also houses a small community ‘Magic Yeti’ librar y, which has been improved upon and has grown to include copious English literature, English magazines, local literature, and many other educational resources for the students and community of Khumjung to access.

With a view to keep the design as vernacular and simple as possible, the traditional Nepalese window and door frames technique have been used for construction. Shigeru Ban + (VAN) architects, have included modular wooden frames as structural members, which are connected to form a wall system, in-filled with brick rubble. This form of construction speeds up the building process, as the wooden frames can be assembled quickly with the use of locally available materials and simple construction methods. Consequently, with faster construction, the school becomes accessible immediately as soon as the roof is secured to the structure. As the project demanded a simple and functional design to sustain the harsh weather conditions, and at the same time prove to be convenient for the students’ use, the same wall system has been repeated to form a row of classrooms. With three class rooms measuring 86 sq. m each, it has now become an adept school for the students. The school is also envisioned to be used as a shelter in the event of a future disaster.

With three class rooms measuring 86 sq. m each, it has now become an adept school for the students


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AFF has become the face of today’s modern, convenient and stylish kitchens in India. One of the most trusted kitchen appliance brands, KAFF is reputed for bringing products that are powerful performers and simultaneously, lifestyle statements. Started by Mr. S L Anand two decades back in India and helmed at the moment by the Managing Director Mr. Deepak Anand, KAFF is driven by the philosophy that a clean and hygienic kitchen is the cornerstone of a healthy life. ‘Back to nature’ and ‘Think Green’ are the mantras at KAFF. The firm keeps introducing innovative appliances that keep your kitchen clean, hygienic and shining. In effect, helping you live a healthy life. In fact, innovation and quality has always been their thrust area, as its Managing Director Mr. Deepak Anand comments, “We are committed to deliver technologically advanced, convenient products that make your life better,” and it’s the confidence and trust of lakhs

Style Up The Kitchen KAFF is committed to providing a world-class kitchen experience.

KAFF has become the face of today’s modern, convenient and stylish kitchens in India

The firm keeps introducing innovative appliances that keep your kitchen clean, hygienic and shining

of customers that form core of KAFF’s success. When one buys a KAFF product, it’s just the start of a long, lasting relationship as the firm prides itself in having one of the best after-sales services across India. The new-age modular kitchens with built-in equipment ensure smart and smoke-free cooking experience. Thanks to the hasslefree cooker hoods with filter-less technology. Kitchen chimneys have become more of a need than luxury. It’s also the time to let your kitchen leave a long lasting impression. The stylish chimney hood from KAFF not just gives you a smoke-

free kitchen at all times, but is designed to make your kitchen look a lot like you, contemporary and stylish with every bit of tradition and love still intact. Equipped with the next generation filter less technology, these state-of-the-art kitchen hoods have a concealed motors with extra powerful suction capacity ranging from 1150m3/h to 1300m3/h. The wider chambers and optimal airborne grease control zone besides large oil collector, keeps it clean. You can add to the touch control and LED lights that make your life easier. You also have a choice from black/

white tempered glass/stainless steel finish. So much in one chimney and yet it would make your kitchen aesthetically appealing. KAFF has also recently launched a range of air purifiers, in sync with latest technology and features to suit Indian conditions. These air purifiers with latest ‘HEPA and 360 degree air purification technology ensures more than 90% removal of large particles like dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke particles, mold and spores etc. In addition to this, the devices are energy efficient, as they sense the need to switch to sleep mode, when necessary. The child lock feature ensures safety for children at home while their wide ranges of air purifiers are suitable

for areas from 10 to 810 sq. ft. The net weight of air purifiers ranges from 0.35 kg to 10 kg. Deepak Anand, Managing D i r e c t o r, K A F F A p p l i a n c e s believes, “With the rise in level of pollution in our environment these days, it has become our prime motive to ensure that people breathe clean air wherever they are, be it in their car or at their home. We have launched KAFF air purifiers to suit various needs and segments of society. Our endeavor is to move on the path of constant innovation and improvisation in our product to enhance the quality of life of our customers”. Contact web: www.kaff.in

The new-age modular kitchens with built-in equipment ensure smart and smoke-free cooking experience


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raff has positioned itself at the forefront of design creating designer-based collections for the luxury market. The Inside Track in conversation with Ms. Emanuela Tavolini, Director of Sales, Europe, Graff, got an opportunity to get an insight into Graff ’s foray into smart living in India.

Go Smart With Graff Graff is globally recognized for its trend-setting products and unique vision.

The electronic system with ceiling-mounted shower-head creates a very intense central rainfall effect resembling a real waterfall. The RGB LED changes color, shaping diffused chromatic lines to produce a soothing effect of the bathroom environment. The system is controlled by a touch-screen with simple and intuitive interface controlling water functions, color changes and music. Music can be easily uploaded using an I-Pod connected to a wall-mounted USB port, while the speakers are ceiling-installed. The system is well equipped with hand-shower and adjustable side body-sprays.

When did Graff begin its operations in India? What are the products offered by you? Graff started building its sales network in India about 5 years ago, targeting the luxury segment of Indian hospitality and residential market. Graff offering includes high-end faucet collections for the bathroom, the kitchen and

Graff offering includes high-end faucet collections for the bathroom, the kitchen and the shower area

Graff adopts smart technologies in the design of many of its contemporary faucets and shower systems

the shower area. Since 2014 Graff collections also include two furniture series designed, engineered and produced in Italy and, from 2017 a full series of bathtubs and washbasins in Sleek-stone, a new patented stone composite material that combines dolomitic minerals with a unique resin. What is the concept of ‘smart bathroom’ that Graff endorses? How does Graff build on smart bathroom products? A bathroom is considered “smart” when it employs technologies

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that are already familiar to smart phones and tablet users and don’t need, for this reason, any special knowledge to be utilized. Graff adopts smart technologies in the design of many of its contemporary faucets and shower systems. The Aqua sense system, for example, is a multifunction shower system that can be easily controlled through a touch screen. The touchpad, in-fact, allows to control several multimedia and water functions with a simple hand touch. The final user can benefit from a technology which is very user-friendly and satisfying in terms of aesthetics.

Can the concept of smart bathroom be integrated with eco-friendly concepts? Yes certainly. Technology can be

The final user can benefit from a technology which is very user-friendly and satisfying in terms of aesthetics

What is the significance and innovative strategy of the ’Aqua Sense Shower’ by GRAFF? Graff AQUA-SENSE shower system, is destined to become the future of shower design, c o n f i r m i n g t h e c o m p a n y ’s commitment to design, innovation and sustainability. AQUA-SENSE is a full sensory experience, a shower system inspired by the feeling and luxury one experiences at spas; created for a discerning clientele who want to achieve both an innovative and highstyle design with an eye towards the environment.

utilized inside the bathroom also to develop eco-friendly solutions. Graff ’s Ametis washbasin mixer for example, is equipped with a LED ring that indicates the water temperature (shades of red for the hot water turning gradually into shades of blue for the cold water). The LED ring is powered by a dynamo that activates thanks to the water flow. This is a clear example of a smart technological and eco-friendly solution for the bathroom. Contact web: www.graff-faucets.com


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n Mumbai on 2nd February 2018, three influential companies in the field of design, Hacker, Rolf Benz and Hulsta came together for a “Fraternity Meet” at The Hacker Experience Centre. Häcker Küchen GmbH & Co. KG has been producing modular kitchens in Germany since 1936 at their central manufacturing facility located at Rodinghausen,

Hacker Revamps Mumbai Showroom A ‘Fraternity Meet’ at the newly opened showroom plays the catalyst to share ideas and forecast trends.

Capt. Mukesh Kumar, MD and Chairman of Hacker India

in Germany, while Rolf Benz and Co. KG is one of Europe‘s most renowned manufacturers of premium upholstered furniture. Hulsta, also a leader in this space, is celebrating their success in the German and European markets since 1960. T h e Fr a t e r n i t y Me e t w a s design oriented with a diaspora of interior designers, architects, consultants, media personnel and people from allied disciplines in attendance. The opening was kicked of with a welcome by Ar. Karan Desai (Karan Desai Inc) for Capt. Mukesh Kumar, MD

and Chairman of Hacker India (Kanu Kitchen Kulture Pvt. Ltd) who proceeded to introduce the brand to the insightful audience. This was followed with an address by Bernd Bredenhoeller (Hülsta Export Manager), Ms. Rehm Gisela (Häcker: Head of Marketing),

Willy Kamm (Häcker: Export Manager) and Markus Sander (Häcker: Managing Director, Marketing). The revamp of the Kanu Kitchen Kulture showroom by Ar. Rohit Suraj is a symbol of their timeless communion with Hacker, Rolf Benz

and Hulsta Germany. A partnership which has been in place for well over a decade and a half, they have been jointly growing their reach over the Indian kitchen market and enjoy a leadership position today. In achieving this feat, what has been common for both the companies, is their common ideology. Sharing the same ideals makes them trust each and walk on journey of success, together. The brand introduction by Capt. Mukesh Kumar was an intriguing segment of the event, followed by new product introductions by all the companies talking about the results of their RnD (Research and Development) and how they have fuelled their current innovations and what the future prospects look like. Aiding this was a panel discussion for “Interior Trends of 2018” where prominent designers answered the call as panelists. These included Shami Goregaoker (GA Design), Shilpa Jain (Studio Osmosis), Rohit Suraj (Urban Zen), Maria Leon (Shroff Leon) and Karan Desai (Karan Desai Inc).


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oesn’t it bother you when look at trash dumped on the streets? And don’t you wonder how bad the constantly aggravating garbage problem has become? In today’s world where the amount of waste produced is increasing by the day, there is a need to think of better alternatives for waste management.

Quintessential Quirk Wonky Works upcycles used glass bottles and creates eco-friendly art pieces to add a little pop to your home. BY AVANI PATWARDHAN

Wonky Works from Vadodara has put out an innovative solution to use old glass bottles and upcycle them to create decorative utility articles that can be used to accessorize your home

Amongst many others, glass is a non-degradable material and poses problems when it comes to disposal. It doesn’t rot, or erode, or decompose. Considering these factors, Wonky Works from Vadodara has put out an innovative solution to use old glass bottles and upcycle them to create decorative utility articles that can be used to accessorize your home. As a result, not only does it reduce the waste produced but also minimizes consumption of new raw materials; bringing about many savings and

setting an example of doing the right thing! What’s more? The store also specialises in art pieces made from blown glass. It being one of the most difficult and expensive materials to work with, the articles made are specifically customized. It can be a dainty tissue holder, a sturdy book keeper, a set of planters or a snack plate, these products are perfect to quirk up your home. Contact email: hi@wonkyworks.in web: www.wonkyworks.in

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It Products Viega Eco Plus element by Viega

Viega has introduced a new Eco Plus element with which the WC can be adjustable in height smoothly at the touch of a button without any subsequent alterations and electronics. Additionally, an attractive design hides the necessary technology behind a glass panel giving it an aesthetic look.The moveable inner frame with flexible outlet bend and flush pipe are hidden behind toughened safety glass, together with the control system. The WC element is installed in accordance with the principle of all Viega Eco Plus modules. In the same way, the familiar system dimension has been retained with a width of 490 millimetres and an installation height of 1,130 millimetres. At the touch of a button, the seat height of the WC can be individually adjusted. The moveable but current less technology needed for this is hidden behind toughened safety glass. The flush actuators can be selected from the Viega range. Contact www.viega.in

Pergo Sensation Collection By Pergo

VitrA Introduces S50 Series

The S50 collection from VitrA offers solutions with a distinct style and functionality in bathroom spaces, and ensuring superior hygiene and cleanliness with VitrA’s innovative solutions and advanced technologies.Created by NOA design group, S50 bathroom series is designed for the daily use in high traffic public areas such as airports, railway terminals or stadiums pose a challenge in terms of cleaning and upkeep. The innovative designs from S50 provide a wide range of smart & professional solutions. Its smooth contours the solid architectural design creating pleasant and exclusive bathroom environments. It

features S50 series with rational and functional qualities. With washbasin options, it is possible to convert the bathroom to functional pleasure place. Due to use of different sizes and options, S50 offers appropriate solutions for every need with a wide range of WC pan space. The special bowl of the WC pan features a channel free design that rules out germ reproduction and provides superior hygiene. Another innovation is the wall hung WC pan & the undercounter basin. The most appropriate solutions for the hospital are S50 series! Contact www.vitra-india.com

Jaquar Launches Showertronic iV2

PergoSensation takes laminate flooring to a whole new level with the beautiful, authentic Village Oak Plank. Transform your room with the subtle look and sophisticated feel of softly weathered planks of our natural oak texture. “Pergo totally re-invents the concept of the laminate floor. Pergo Sensation laminate pushes the boundaries of what a laminate floor can look and feel like. The authentic, true-tonature surface is made possible with a patented, innovative technique that can reproduce the grooves of the wood to perfection. The sophisticated Village Oak planks give the truly

memorable sensation and feeling of natural wood.” says Mr. Naresh Maheshwari CEO, Pergo India Pvt. Ltd. The brand-new AquaSafe technology protects your flooring against water seepage, while water-repellent coating on the plank edges, ensures that water can’t penetrate from there either. Sensation floors are ultra-hygienic as dirt and water stays on the surface and is wiped away easily! The “Genuine Rustic™” surface texture accentuates cracks, knots and scraped effect of wooden floors! Contact www.pergo.co.in

Jaquar Group, the complete bathroom solutions brand takes the luxury showering experience a notch higher with the launch of their revolutionary new productShowertronic iV2, under its luxury brand Artize. It has an intelligent water mixer system, which maintains the water temperature and flow rate during showering. The new revolutionary product is a flawless unification between technology and traditions of exquisite craftsmanship with precision. The advanced technology that lies behind the

beautiful, simple, waterproof touchpad interface of Showertronic is a perfect amalgamation between functional simplicity and technical complexity. Showertronic iV2 also has its own battery back-up to provide an uninterrupted showering experience even in case of power failures. It also offers convenience and safety features like warm-up mode, auto clean mode, thermal disinfection, on-screen alarms and auto cut-off. Contact www.jaquar.com


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THE INSIDE TRACK March 2018

It Products Roca Presents Alba Bathroom Collection

Roca, India’s leading manufacturer of bathroom products introduces Alba Bathroom Collection, a premium solution for your bathroom. Inspired by the highest sense of tranquility, the collection consists of a smart toilet, bathtub, basin and furniture. The most premium offering

in the series is Alba Air & Water Whirlpool that combines water and air massage functions to create a calming experience in your very own bath space. It is an amalgamation of best in-classtechnology comprising uniform pressure distribution, cascade flow and a healing chromotherapy technology enhancing one’s overall bathing experience. Commenting on the launch of Alba series, KE Ranganathan, Managing Director, Roca Bathrooms Pvt Ltd. said, “At Roca, we continuously work towards offering smart, innovative and elegant bathroom solutions to our consumers. Alba is range that possess products that go beyond functionality and offer the finest designs combined with the most advanced technology available in the segment. With launch of this collection, we aim to reach out to the urban customers that aspire for a premium bathroom space to complement the modern day interiors of their homes.” Contact www.roca.in

Classic and Pro Series Hobs By Elica Recognized for offering quality, functionality and aesthetics and Elica’s new range of Classic and Pro series is no exception! The elegant and smart finish enhances the durability and convenient maintenance which adds to the wow factor. Extremely sleek in appearance the new collection is in sync with the evolving concept of urban household kitchen where everything is clean, linear and goes into the cabinet. Uber-stylish and highly-aesthetic, the new range is energy saving too. Commenting on the launch of the new dynamic range, Mr. Pralhad Bhutada, CEO and

Director, ELICA PB said, “The Classic and Pro series range of hobs have been designed to blend into the modern looks to help consumers meet their daily requirement and offer professional performance levels for those passionate in cooking for their family and friends. The products come with different burner configuration and layout settings keeping in mind multitasking in cooking and efficiency desired by consumers. The different burners serve multiple cooking needs from slow cooking to deep frying.” Contact www.elica.in

Full Body Vitrified Tiles From Orient Bell Orient Bell Limited has launched yet another collection of tiles, the Full Body Vitrified Tiles. It is a great value-added product from Orient Bell Ltd. The term full body tile, also known as a through body tile, refers to the tile being consistent in composition throughout the body of the tile. Hence, this type of vitrified tiles has color throughout the thickness of the tile. Full bodied porcelain is less permeable to water; its body is 0.0% -0.5% absorbent to water. These tiles are formed with the paint mixture which is pre-added while making the body. Generally easy to clean and maintain, these tiles have a stunning and classic appearance. Mr. Ashish Mehta, President Sales & Marketing said “With so many innovations with style, texture. Patterns etc, Full Body Vitrified tiles are becoming the benchmark. These tiles

are pigmented across the entire tile (thickness), thus making them sturdy and less prone to traffic.Their water resisting property and ease of maintenance makes them even more suitable. We at, Orient Bell have a massive range for the modern day customer to choose from.” Contact: www.orientbell.com

Indoor Strip Lights by NTL Lemnis

NTL Lemnis, the LED lighting solutions company has launched a new product, Pharox Lasso Indoor Strip Light in 25 W. Available both for retail and institutional sales, Pharox Lasso Strip Light is a strip light with integrated driver and an IP grade of 20.

Available in Cool White, Neutral White and Warm White, the Pharox Lasso Indoor Strip Light is available in 5 meter length and comes with a special 3M® peel-n-stick tape. “Indoor Strip lights are a very versatile product that adds to any type of interiors. At NTL Lemnis, our focus is on becoming a one stop solution for any LED lighting requirement and this is a much appreciated addition to our product portfolio. We are already receiving very positive vibes from the B2B and B2C category and are sure that Lasso will become a must have for any interior décor soon”, says Tushar Gupta, Executive Director, NTL Lemnis. Pharox Lasso Indoor Strip Light comprises of flexible Strips that can adapt to the various shapes of the cove, giving architectural freedom. These lead to enhancement of the indirect and ambient lighting thereby providing vibrancy to the décor. Contact www.pharoxglobal.com


THE INSIDE TRACK March 2018

Techlam Milos Bianco From CMC

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its surface resistant to slip and so are just right for installation in high-end bathrooms as well as in kitchens. It is the ideal choice for combining with deep hardwood furniture, aged gold or contemporary steel. The tiles which are known for their sleek dimensions are available in 3mm thickness and in the standard 3000mm x 1000mm format. The products are low on porosity, durable, hygienic and offer flexibility in installation. Contact www.classicmarblecompany.com

Taj Inspired Copper Enamel Range from Baaya Design Shibani Jain, Founder & CEOBaaya Design, was always inspired by the resplendent marble inlay work on the walls of the Taj Mahal. She and her team of designers took on the challenge to bring the rich colours seen in the inlay work, into a totally different and equally rich craft- that of copper enamelling. The artisan follows a comprehensive process using glass powder colours and copper wire. Circular plates or bowls are created on a dye to a precise depth. The wire work is fastened through an initial process called flux work. The wire work is pre- cut to create

the motifs. On a stencil. Once cooled, coloured glass powder is applied to the surface using a paint brush and the whole piece is re- fired to create the final enamelled piece. It is cleaned with an acidic solution and then biffed. The final pieces show off the rich glass enamel colours and motifs. According to Mrs. Shibani Jain, “This range is perfectly suited for living rooms, receptions and lobbies, conference rooms, etc. It’s a great blend of traditional skills and contemporary design”. Contact: www.baayadesign.com

IDUS Unveils Elegant Console Table Collection

IDUS has launched Elegant Console Table Collection. The array of these Console tables holds stylish contemporary touches owning an innovative interplay of indigenous designs carved out of premium grade solid wood and stainless steel. The collection comprises of Console tables in different

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shapes like rectangular with uniqueness in their designs, colors, and sizes. The collection supports marble, shell stones, stainless steel and gold PVD coating with black and gold, polyester and ebony and lacquered high gloss finish. According to Mr. Sameer Hora, MD IDUS- The array of Contemporary and Elegant Console tables by IDUS, are definite to make a terrific impression and bold statement among your guests while uplifting the décor with the majestic furniture piece. The collection has a great range of designs and sizes that can aptly serve you with the right amount of decorative flair and functionality to accentuate the aesthetic appeal of your living space. Each Console table symbolizes unturned creativity and is well designed guaranteeing its core strength and durability with noticeable refined finishing touches for outstanding proficiency”. Contact www.idus.in

India’s no 1 stones company – Classic Marble Company (CMC) has launched its latest Techlam porcelain tile, Milos Bianco. The subtle grey veining against the spectacularly white background of this porcelain material is strikingly beautiful. The large format of the tile allows for creation of infinite spaces with seamless installation and despite being lightweight, it is ideal for a host of applications including floors, countertops and walls. The tiles are available in natural or bush-hammered finishes making

Milton Presents Flexi Tiffin 3+1

Milton has launched Flexi Tiffin 3+1 which is the first microwavable steel leak proof tiffin in the soft line range from the intelligent homeware brand. The new Flexi Tiffin 3+1 is a well-designed product with features that will fulfil the need of all consumers looking for quality, functionality and style

in their tiffins. Milton brings you innovative new tiffin with steel inner container that is microwave friendly. One can now conveniently re-heat food in their steel container in the microwave directly. The steel inner in Flexi Tiffin 3+1 makes it first of its kind in the softline tiffin range. Additional, the container is leak proof too which ensures that the food does not spill out whilst traveling. This new microwavable tiffin is a must for all office goers adding convenience with style to their daily life. Milton’s insulated Flexi Tiffin 3+1 is made from food grade virgin plastic making it hygienic and ensuring an odourless tiffin experience. Its expandable soft insulated jacket enhances the convenient usage of the tiffin and gives it a stylish look. Contact www.milton.in


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Spot Light

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ubai, a country that is home to mammoth sized structures, extravagant facilities and magnificent skyscrapers, has been enticing visitors from across the world who are drawn to its shores to imbibe its grandeur and experience the myriad of its feats and achievements. What better way to show off its extravagance than to frame it? That’s pretty much what the team at Donis Design in collaboration with the Dubai Municipality did. Rising 150 meters from Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame is “The World’s Largest Picture Frame” that overlooks the entire city and is worth Dhs 160 million. The city’s latest landmark features two transparent towers; each of which is 150 meters tall and are connected by a bridge extending up to 93 meters in length. The distinctive architecture of the building allows visitors to savour a 360 degrees’ view of both old and new Dubai. On one side, the structure frames the iconic landmarks on Shaikh Zayed Road like

A City Framed Dubai frame is the city’s latest landmark built to resemble an enormous picture frame. BY vandana krishnan

The Dubai Frame was conceptualized to offer panoramic views of the skyline while framing the city’s breathtaking backdrop and awe-inspiring coastline

Burj Khalifa, Emirates Towers and the Dubai Fountain to name a few. While on the other side, the visitors are given a contrasting glimpse of ‘old Dubai’ with the views of Deira, Umm Hurair and Karama. The Dubai Frame was conceptualized to offer panoramic views of the skyline while framing the city’s breathtaking backdrop and awe-inspiring coastline. The design was selected as the winner of the 2009 ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Award from 926 proposals where participants from all over the world were invited to submit an emblem that would promote “the

new face for Dubai”. The project is an undertaking of Dubai Tourism. On ultimately winning the prize, Fernando Donis, the principal architect at Donis Design, decided to frame the city that is “already full of emblems”. So instead of building a massive structure, the purpose of his proposal was to build a void of 150 meters by 105 meters to cautiously frame the development of the past, current and future Dubai. The frame is fabricated out of glass, steel, aluminium and reinforced concrete. While the construction commenced in 2013,

it opened for the general public on 1st January 2018. Apart from the views at the Sky Deck; the frame also comprises a Dubai Past Gallery that describes the project and tells the story of city’s evolution, a Dubai Future Gallery that is supported by augmented reality activated screens, by which the visitors can identify buildings and landmarks and a glass floor 48 floors above the ground waits for the brave, a Social Media Wall and a Souvenir shop to engage its visitors. Contact email: info@internetcont.com web: www.dubai-frame.com

The frame is fabricated out of glass, steel, aluminium and reinforced concrete

The Inside Track March 2018  

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