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Hello Goodbye
Welcome to the last issue of 2012… One more year gone by, way too fast. But let me not wallow in depression. I remember my friend’s words when I pulled a long face at the close of a holiday: Come on, stop feeling sorry for yourself. We’ve got to head back home to plan our next trip! So on that philosophical thought, here goes once again: welcome to the last issue of 2012. Let’s see it off with a bang, and greet the new year in style, with a little help from Christmas and the year-end festivity. As part of Techniques, we present three celebratory ensembles. The first, created by Mandeep Nagi, Design Director of Shades of India, uses all that is buoyant and cheerful, to result in a brunch setting with a distinctly playful personality. The second, executed by Geetanjali Anand, Director, Andy Home, THE destination for bespoke home luxury, is fittingly soignée. The dark beauty of this living room set-up brings to mind cold winter evenings, warmed by hot chocolate, great company and intimate exchanges. The third, an in-house production carried out at Mumbai’s Abaca, is a simple, Innovate napkin ties will comfortable corner, a place to take a breather from opening all add instant style to your those exciting gifts! Bazaar hunts for gifting delights that carry festive table. This selection motifs of this festive season. Colour consultant Latika Khosla, in from Shades of India, her inimitable style, ruminates on the significance of food across really fit the bill. cultures as a way of bonding, sharing and celebrating. One can never really underestimate the table as a symbol for coming together and enhancing the sense of belonging. So here’s to togetherness… and a rocking new year!

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Our three settings will pave the way Thing TAnk 050 057 From classy furniture to textured bed linen. warmth and celebration Techniques deCK the halls Go green with a natural fibre Christmas tree.in COVER STORY ww w.b Yuletidteh Warm YOU DO ITcelebrate the true n s that the seaso 3 set-up spirit of ur table to let yo s on how ess and sharing Tip togethern foster Celebrate the season of peace and goodwill with colour. We create three settings: an eclectic corner. food. Andy Home Location: Andy Home. Styled by: Geetanjali Anand. Delhi lcome cks to we e s and tri hom 100+ tip eer into your ch festive BESTmed home the 44 Xmas. Director. up the luxury at a traditional fireplace and let vibrant spring colours loose at your dining table. Cover photograph: Atul Pratap Chauhan.net . flagship store outlets and exciting events Architect Navneet Malhotra lets you in on the secret of controlling water pressure and much more Colour & Style 072 024 the shared table Colour consultant Latika Khosla stresses on the need of the table as a place for love. we round up the latest home comforts for your interiors 094 Swish List Bazaar XMas bONaNZa Everything fun and joyful about the season comes together in this delicious selection of gifting products 066 Product Design FINe FUrNItUre Product designer Manasi Manjrekar creates furniture that draws inspiration from unlikely yet delightful places 050 057 1 4 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 WorldMags.t you can gift tha goodies and loved ones yourself BUYS DESign BYTES 024 070 072 081 Roundabout Q&A New brands.Contents december 2012 BER DECEM 2012 RS 100 WorldMags.net 81 RSELF teriors etterin . a traditional hearth and a colourdrenched dining table laid for a mouthwatering feast. luxury and warmth.

architect Jignesh Doshi brings a plethora of materials to this spacious open-plan home 112 OpeN WIde How does an ordinary Mumbai apartment turn into a swish.net 102 112 CEnTRE STAgE 102 habitat MaterIal MUsINgs From river-washed granite to black stone laminate.Contents WorldMags. a charming little eatery in Bangalore. the Delhi showroom of Visionnaire from the house of Ipe Cavalli is certain to grab eyeballs at every turn FinALTAkE 132 162 166 gallery Take your pick from essentials like customized modular kitchen units. tiles and window solutions.net . is a study in delightful whimsy 130 130 Snapshot lUXe lIvINg All velvet and shine. clean-lined home that boldly maximizes on space? Architects Chetan Shah and Ashok Mewada take on a challenging residential project in the city’s far-flung suburb and achieve an outstanding result 122 Unwind QUIrK bOX Designed by HundredHands and fashion designer Anshu Arora. LikeThatOnly. Directory A comprehensive guide to the stores and people listed in this issue Pick Apart 132 The Better interiors team chooses their favourites 1 6 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 WorldMags.

Mansheet provided us with a simple step-by-step guide on how to plan the colour scheme of ones house — tips that came just in time for the revamp of our house at Diwali time.530. A handcrafted matte finish. I count it as a lucky bonus that he has a variety of original Lustrerie chandeliers throwing light into the interiors. Regis Mathieu’s house in Delhi was truly the highlight of this issue. FOYER. the balance struck between the space being a showroom and a house was worth reading about. Rs 140.com or post to The editor. better Interiors. CRAZY DAISY. First off. Please keep up the good work and I wish all of the team a very happy Diwali. Rs 2. but I have to admit I missed your regular contributor Latika Khosla. BalkrIshna UnnI. The products featured in this section were exemplary (loved the distressed finished metal vintage cars). Rs 2. Rs1. Rs 450 (big). what’s Diwali without a whole load of shine and shimmer? The other Techniques set-up. Year on year. NoTe: correSpoNDeNce WIll be eDITeD for purpoSe of leNgTH AND grAmmAr. My picks from this section would have to be the Paintbrush diary from Hitplay and the T-light holders from Elvy.700 each. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on your next issue. MarIo alMeIDa. Kindly write in with your raves or rants to: Diwali immediately conjures up images of diyas and sweets. JatIn DeDhIa.net . Borrow a a bit of sunshine with this metallic plate stand and platters with a bird motif. Regal Retreat gave us ideas on how to use strong colours and balance them out with luxurious yet subtle materials. I also loved how the landscape flowed and remained sensitive to the natural terrain. MUMBaI 2 0 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. Mirror and iron come together to create a bowl that is high on style and bling.980. we always try to do something different decor wise for our house. PHOTOGRAPHS: ATUL PRATAP CHAUHAN. Featured here are papier mache fruits. I also rather enjoyed gawking at your Bazaar pages especially the products featured in the metal section. I was pleasantly surprised. MUMBaI 9 2 BETTER INTERIORS N OV E M B E R 2 0 1 2 N OV E M B E R 2 0 12 BETTER INTERIORS 9 3 letter of the Month Your November issue really sparked off the Diwali celebrations in our home. Rs 1.sebastian@network18publishing. Rs 250 (small). Categorizing gifts according to the materials used really helped me make quick shopping decisions. These clip-on fabric lotuses in champagne gold are the voice of understated-chic. PallaVI UBale. APARTMENT 9. ruby House. CRAZY DAISY. Tejas Soni’s dokra and brass creations were the perfect pieces to use in one’s home. ChennaI light wonder aMazing Cover The cover of your November 2012 issue truly amazed me. 8 5 6 7 Made from brass. NEW DELHI All that gleams and glitters truly is gold. 1 Place this gold sequined. Thank you. The high ceilings and the peacock-hued walls were the very definition of luxury. Goa haPPy shoPPing rupali. and I wish all of you a Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year. I would have loved to see more options in the eco-friendly category but I can safely say that shopping for the festive season was a quick and stress-free activity. 2 3 4 Feel the flower power of these lotus tea-light holders. Get creative while serving delicious treats by teaming them with interesting accessories. Thank goodness you stayed away from the tried and tested versions of Diwali and decided to create an eclectic set up that used traditional elements like the diya but also contemporary and practical pieces that can be used during the rest of the year. Rs 850 each. Adding a touch of glamour and sparkle to any space. Dadar (W). EXHIBIT D. new DelhI Colour ConsCious I loved the story Right and Shade by Mannu Mansheet. sheela PatIl. this vessel can be used both as a vase and a bowl. After all. and that’s what I expected to see in Bazaar. I liked the Techniques set-up entitled On a Gilt Trip which put together a set-up splashed with opulent metallic shades. FABINDIA. JK Sawant marg. ‘A’ Wing.225 (platter). In fact.000 (set of two).WorldMags. Thanks for featuring such a stunning project. Rs 1. poly-silk cushion called Eclipse to add shine and shimmer. However. I like how the designer made sure that the materials used were locally sourced and that the process of erecting the three structures on the property was an environmentally conscious one.net Write back {DesignBytes} Techniques On a Gilt Trip STYLED AND TEXT BY: RIDHI KALE. the king of colours flirts with a splash of white. The art mural on the wall behind the sofa really lend grandeur to the whole setting. Letter of the month 2 3 1 5 6 7 4 8 tribal treasures I loved the Product Design section in your November 2012 issue. mumbai 400028. Rs 75 each. ashok sen. sheet-brass top and an american walnut wooden body make this table a statement. PUne fantastiC ProjeCt The story Garden State featured in the Habitat Section took my breath away. shimmering lights and tasty bites to make for an elegant and chic Diwali set-up. and this year Better Interiors was full of lovely tips and ideas to try out and a spread of sumptuous products to buy. kolkota For me. First. LOCATION: COURTESY EXHIBIT D. aMI Vohra. APARTMENT 9. My picks from this spread would definitely be the Shri Diya from Episode and the gold wire votive-holders from Moon River. CRAZY DAISY. the story is very well written but what’s especially commendable is that you gave editorial space to a designer whose work relies heavily on traditional and tribal craftsmanship.250 (stand).

jidp. It is supported by springs and you have to pull it from one side to open up the whole structure. The lamps can then be suspended from the ceiling.net . despite its weight and bulk.electrolux. aimed to honour great design in the fields of architecture. This makes sure that the light from the source filters through the texture of the socks in a lovely.designboom.com 24 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. this boutique is spread over two storeys and across an impressive 42. uses absolutely no motor or electronic components. pillow covers and bed sheets in a variety of colours and designs.{DesignBytes} Roundabout WorldMags. Look out for duvets.dezeen. www. Watson creates his sock lamps by treating them with a sunflower-based eco-resin. The designer is well-known for using materials like socks and newspapers to create quirky yet functional products. Called Aeroball. it’s a lot more than meets the eye.jp/en maIshaa laUnChes prodUCts Home furnishings brand Maishaa has just launched a new variation of their existing collection Thread Art. The award ceremony which was held on 23rd November 2012. The products will be available online. hovering balls that filters and adds fragrance to a room. shopping.net A round uP of whAt’S new in StoreS.maishaa. he doesn’t whine and curse like the rest of us. He just takes his socks and makes them into lamps. Indian consumers can avail of the brand’s limited edition Lucaris Crystal Charm collection. www.com/2012/10/24/ sewing-box-by-kiki-van-eijk/ lUCarIs In IndIa Luxury crystal wineware brand Lucaris has just entered India.homecentrestores.html Sew shall you reap What WoUldn’t We have to open a giant cabinet like we would an old-fashioned sewing box? Designer Kiki van Ejik designed this magnificent cabinet and presented it as part of the Dutch Design Week. Located at the Express Avenue mall. which comprises of elegant wine glasses and crystal charms made with Swarovski elements.or. hosted by the Japan Institute of Design Promotions. Art ShowS And much more. They also attended the Good Design Exhibition 2012. QUICK taKe home Centre expands Home Centre has recently launched its second stand-alone store in Chennai. the entire project took four whole years to reach completion. This development follows an MoU signed between The India Design Council and Japan Institute Of Design in April 2010. What’s great about this cabinet is that design wise. The piece. http://www.com WInner at eleCtrolUx desIgn lab CompIled by: SHEENA D’LIMA AND SHIREEN KANCHWALA A floating air appliance designed by student Jan Ankiersztajn from Poland won first prize at the Electrolux Design Lab 2012. According to the designer.co. PC Applications. The helium-filled spheres drift down to the ground when they need to be changed. which is made of elm and solid brass knobs. The winners were selected through a voting method. design wise. this device comprises of a collection of luminescent. www.com/ weblog/cat/8/view/24635/ recycled-newspaper-sockfurniture-by-jay-watson.indiatimes. A delegation of design experts from India visited Japan on 18th November 2012 to attend a training program on the Operation of a Design Award for India (ENDA).uk If UK-based desIgner Jay Watson has the universal problem of mismatched and missing socks. ProductS. It’s a one-person job. http://www.com Put a sock on it indian delegates visit tokyo last month Was an important one. Project Design and Service Design. for India and Japan.500 sq ft. ethereal fashion. www.

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Artize) released a coffee table book that acknowledged the contribution of these eminent personalities.000-square-foot space in Rajajinagar. A technician is always on hand to demonstrate the use of certain items so that the clients can make an informed decision. The area is splashed with a white hue so that products can stand out. Paresh Maity and Ustaad Shujaat Khan who were inspired by the brand to explore their talent in their respective fields. and experience it before making a purchase.net . They can then purchase the products of their choice through the nearest local dealer. Titled Celebrating Craftsmanship.net Artize applauds artistic hafele in Bangalore talent in style hafele has opened its doors to Bangalore with its first store in the city. The space showcases the brand’s line-up of faucets. consumers can browse through products as well as check them for functionality and suitability. The ground floor is home to an expansive training centre for the employees of the company.300-square-foot outlet. Tel: (080) 32917343 Kohler expands Kohler has a neW showroom called Casa Granda at Kavuri Hills. Rajesh Mehra (Director Marketing. faucets. dressed in a striking combination of red and white. Tel: (040) 23373111/222 2 8 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. The outlet is the brand’s seventh in the city and the 155th in the country. The Leela Palace in Bangalore (19th October) and The Taj Mahal in Mumbai (27th October). The mock bathroom set-ups displayed at the centre help the consumer imagine the products as they would appear after installation. the event took place at Hotel Hyatt Regency in Delhi (5th October).in cera relocates Cera has foUnd Itself a new address in Bangalore. it has now moved to 4. Customers can browse through a range of sanitaryware. etc. A level up.000-square-foot one in Indiranagar. The 1. At the grand finale in Mumbai. The affair saw a fashion show by Wendell Rodricks that celebrated the essence of water with Mugdha Godse as the showstopper.000 sq ft.artize. tiles. Kohler) the store spans 2.Roundabout WorldMags. Hyderabad. The company plans to widen its reach in the future with the opening of other outlets. the store also stocks the Bertazzoni range and Blum’s Tandembox line. www. sinks. Inaugurated by David Kohler (President and Chief Operating Officer. Along with Hafele’s own trademark collections. The store was inaugurated by Cera’s Chairman and Managing Director Vikram Somany. toilets. Tel: (080) 41326116 artIze shoWCased the creativity of Wendell Rodricks. From a 2. Then there was a display of figurines and paintings by sculptor Paresh Maity. is spread across two levels. Lastly. came a soul-stirring sitar performance by musician Ustaad Shujaat Khan. showerheads and shower panels across different price ranges.

The home page features a clean. culled out from old mythological tales.Roundabout WorldMags. the bindu or focal source. His paintings feature some cosmic motifs and symbols like the bija or seed. call (022) 22844484 Please note: For insertion in this column. admirality bldg. mumbai 400023 Bharat Tripathi’s latest collection ‘The Story of Shiva’ presents his expression of the varied facets of Shiva. The “Artist” link leads you to a consolidated list of artist portfolios. For further details. well-designed layout that showcases the latest prints from the artist’s portfolios.culturehall. You cant get it any better than that! 19th december ‘12 to 25th december ‘12 Coomaraswamy hall. is that Tripathi has focused on depicting Shiva in every form and circumstances. This one is none of these things. Story of Shiva check these out too! www. prince of Wales museum. mumbai 400005 In his solo exhibition Vistaar. the viewer also gets treated to a display of breathtaking art. For further details. we require details of upcoming events at least a month in advance. you’ll be lead to a page that gives you adequate information about the creator and his background as well as more of his work.CrUdearea. The homepage itself has three links near the top of the screen that can be used for navigation. What’s fascinating. At the exhibition. We request you to send in event schedules to: sheena. However. the artist’s visual storytelling features strong colours and bold strokes. links to a colourblocked page with text kept to the barest minimum. The focus of the website is very well-defined. and the kalpa vriksha or cosmic tree. The last one. artist SH Raza will display recent works as well as some of his early work. fort.dlima@network18publishing. Colaba Cross lane.net WebsIte: hoW great thoU art WWW. just to soften this merchantile function. you can also pick up a coffee table book which will span the length and scope of Raza’s work. Information is valid at the time of going to print.com 3 0 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. The “Shop” link opens a page where you can browse an exhaustive list of graphic art wall prints. art-centric websites are always a little vague and difficult to manipulate.net .Com fyI 1st december ‘12 to 3rd december ‘12 art musings gallery. plain and simple. The first thing that struck us about the community’s website was how well-organized it was. In our experience. Thumbnail images of the prints for sale are arranged in a horizontal grid and you simply have to click on the image to view the details.theartcurator. True to his style. call (022) 22163339 Vistaar CrUde area Is an onlIne artIst community that concentrates on curating graphic art prints to a discerning urban and cosmopolitan consumer. “About Us”.com Updates on events is at the discretion of the organizers.com www. It’s here to educate and sell. If you should choose to click on a thumbnail of the artist instead. Kala ghoda.

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soaps. Ministry of Commerce. jointly with 7 Thai Lifestyle Product Associations. Its aim is to jointly rehabilitate Thai and Japanese businesses affected by floods in the past year. The product offering was neatly segregated into different halls: the Gift and Souvenir Zone offered gifts made of fabric. who presided over the official opening ceremony. especially highlighted the fact that Thailand’s lifestyle products industry is bringing income into the country continuously. Showcasing the unique design talent of ASEAN countries. the International Pavilion displayed products from around the world reflecting the identity of each country.” he said. DEmark (Design Excellence Award) which shows top design Thai products. the House Decorations and Handicraft Zone showcased perfumery products. It’s fitting that we conclude this report with Sarapol’s words: “The BIG+BIH is an important showcase for Thai companies… Those who want to update their design trends must visit this fair every year. and major trading partners of the country now included the United States of America. Poom Sarapol.com 3 4 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. the event witnessed the coming together of more than 600 leading operators displayed in 1. Various exhibitions. Deputy Minister of Commerce. with higher rate of growth year on year. and the United Kingdom.00. particularly Thailand.000 sq mt.Roundabout WorldMags. More than 1. were highlights of the already brimming-with-aesthetics display. “…the Ministry of Commerce strongly emphasizes on the potential of Thailand as the design hub of gifts and lifestyle products of good quality and outstanding designs. Germany. the 34th Bangkok International Gifts and Bangkok International Houseware Fair organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion. such as the Design Forum. called the Daruma Project. which gives an opportunity for new designers to introduce their works to the world.000 visitors thronged its grounds. The Daruma Pavilion displayed works of more than 20 Thai operators that had been carefully selected for the Project and had participated in the Tokyo Gift Show 2012.bigandbih. and the Talent Thai Project. and covering an area of 40. office stationery.net .” www.net Style converges in Bangkok oCtober saW the mUChawaited design products fair BIG+BIH October 2012. textiles. Top OTOP To World Markets. This shows that we are now ready to be the leader of lifestyle product design at international level. among others. An important activity at this fair was the collaboration with the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).600 tastefully decorated booths. and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). decorations and household utensils. Japan.

this does not in any way dampen the many merits of the design narrative. students of architecture and designers. However. more a personal design journal. climate and appearance in novel ways.roundabout WorldMags.” writes the author. “Small Projects as an idea was never intended to reference physical dimensions. and through the book the reader observes that it is a reductive process that allows comprehension and inventive possibilities. context and designing within context is critical to the work of low and lies at the core of this book. Small ProjectS Publisher oro group Author Kevin mark low ISBN 978-0-9819857-2-5 Price rs 3. low’s works traverse landscape. environmental art. It’s a journey into architecture by author malaysian architect Kevin mark low. the rich collection of detail sketches best highlight low’s approach to materiality in design.net MalaySian architect Kevin MarK low dwellS on hiS PhiloSoPhy of Practice. narratives and details contextually bound and still evolving as a process. Small Projects ThIS INTRoSPecTIve Book IS leSS A monograph. It complements the tactile nature of low’s architecture. and design drawings which depicts this. low explains in the book that “the detail sketch helps us understand how the mundane may become unique’. the graphical quality of the book remains understated yet elegant.” the book brims with crisp diagrams. the book is imbued with a rare honesty (based on the author’s experiences of practicing architecture in a large firm for a decade before going solo) that will appeal to architects.186 Pages 398 Available at (Flipkart) Reviewed by Varna Shashidhar WorldMags. the photographs in the book have an artistic quality and almost manage to capture the 3 6 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 intangibles of low’s architecture as well as the tropical context in which it is sited (the dampness and lushness of the moss-scapes that are as integral to the experience of certain spaces). product design and architecture within the tropical malaysian genre. He mentions that Small Projects comprises of “concepts.net . the only drawback is that the text meanders (including image captions). low’s architecture negotiates use. sketches. low terms the exploration within this book his ‘philosophy of practice’. the book is as much about the process of design as it is about the product.

and it was in this state of chaos that michael found his artistic voice.roundabout WorldMags.net Micheal KUnZe BelieveS in the inveStiGation of MoveMentS and PeriodS.” he says of that time. “the task with this collection was to create an image that brings a visual memory of something the viewer has never experienced. His canvases are rooted in powerful art movements with imagery that is an “investigation” of the late romanticism age in continental europe right through to modernism. “When something is forbidden. Back then.net .” says the artist. a collection of michael’s work will be on display at the Galerie Isa in mumbai this month. you find in the centre of this forbidden area a lot of confusing meanings and truths. not impossible. there was a sudden spike in interest for art on smarter media: digital photography and graphic arts. “the images in my paintings are full of allusions and quotations of this trans-historical field. Paints and brushes were being replaced with mouse clicks.” explains michael. ambitious. but given the artists calibre. PhoTogRAPh: coNtemPorary FINe artS. email: ashwin@galerieisa. BerlIN ANchoRed By : SHeeNa D’lIma. michael Kunze found himself on the brink of two worlds. michael’s body of work features bleak landscapes and shadowy forms. PhoTogRAPhS: couRTeSy jocHeN lIttKemaNN ARTIST micheal Kunze AS A youNg ARTIST BAck IN the 80s.com 3 8 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags.

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also. I was unable to come to terms with death. I would love to ‘live. What irks you about the present state of design in India? I think we are all responsible for the state of design but change is also in our hands. I prefer an optimistic opinion that it is a transient phase and change is inevitable.. the veering towards a design course was reinforced by my being born into a creative family. I had almost enrolled myself into the engineering course when the architecture entrance test results revealed that I had stood first. aMonGSt other thinGS. and then strolling through the park to the cafe! ANchoRed By: DeePa NaIr. The one thing you would save if your house was on fire? my butsudan. an object of devotion. An architect you greatly admire and why? I admire Nari Gandhi for his brilliant tectonics and his ability to collaborate design with nature. since back then. 42 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 oN A lIghTeR NoTe A song you are humming right now? the song playing in my mind currently is from Pakistani singer Nayarra Noor’s album from an old Pakistani play called Dhoop Kinare. biomedical engineering and architecture. breath and eat’ design and good quality.net architect annKUr KhoSla dwellS UPon her choice of career and the Project that haS chanGed her deSiGn attitUde.net . Which is that one material. family and constant conversation! how do you unwind? my husband and I enjoy time spent at the NcPa (National centre of Performing arts) watching a play or viewing a photography exhibition. ARchITecT annkur Khosla What inspired you to take up design as a career? my options were medicine. which city would you live in and why? chalo milano! I think design is in the blood of the Italians. Human Revolution by Dr Daisaku Ikeda. especially Shimul javeri Kadri. element or style that one can find in all your projects? I think the firm’s primary focus is to create a spatial experience which cannot be defined in words. It’s begun with a project I’m doing: a naturopathy centre cum ashram built on a 10-acre plot between Igatpuri and Nashik. A book you keep going back to.. If you had a choice. I also salute women architects. The project that changed the course of your design career? there are some projects during which one can experience the wheel of design changing. Italians have several behavioral habits in common with Indians: love for food. PhoTogRAPhS: couRTeSy tHe DeSIGNer WorldMags. medicine was the toughest call.roundabout WorldMags. we are exploring the understanding of how nature contributes to health and how it translates to natural materials for the built environment. as a firm.

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Their belief in me gave me the confidence that I could do it. the two-seater Art Deco Dinette Set is made of imported rubber wood. but for people to invest not only their time and money but also their trust was a huge risk because it is a young/new venture. ProducT designer Manasi Manjrekar t’s not often that you hear of seventh graders opting product design as a career move and making tall claims about owning a furniture store one day.net . Copenhagen. Confluence Elite — The Concept Store came to existence earlier this year in all its purple and grey colour-themed glory. It’s hard not to notice the careful I Designed specifically for small spaces. with the added help of training and some dough. USA) and a specialized course in Scandinavian Furniture Design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. what started as a mere intrigue into why and how products were designed a certain way definitely got the ball rolling. But for Manasi Manjrekar (now 24). A well-earned degree in Bachelors of Fine Arts in Industrial Design (from the Rochester Institute of Technology. of course.” enthuses Manasi. who believes in giving a new twist to furniture design.net Fine Furniture TexT: Ruthy Rajan.{ThingTank} Product Design WorldMags. And boy. Nobody said it better than The Beatles. Armed with knowledge and brimming with ideas and designs. did she do it. A year and a half of toil and labour later. “It was natural for me to do it because it was my dream. all she needed was some love and there was nothing she couldn’t make… but. gave her the know-how of building anything from sports equipment to robots to medical equipment. 6 6 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. Manasi came back home to build her dream. PhoTograPhs: courTesy ConfluenCe elite — the ConCept stoRe There’s a story behind each masterpiece created by young designer Manasi Manjrekar. Denmark. NY.

this takes work and a detailed process ensues. The showroom represents the energy and creativity of the designer. With a team of 21 that includes carpenters.net . draftsmen and artists. The circular Hug chair. from ToP lefT The single–seater Hug sofa is perfect spot to curl up in for a lazy evening with your favourite book. Sketching and testing with life-sized mock-ups follow. Manasi takes care of designing and conceptualizing the product. an exquisite blend of art and utility furniture. who calls her designs Util-Art. ‘Confluence’ comes from sangam in Hindi which is an amalgamation of how an idea goes through gestation to the final birthing. It is a tailor-made symmetrical bench that has 24 modular panels and four stainless-steel threaded rods acting as the spines of the structure bound together by the nuts. What makes it more special is the story or ‘concept’ behind each piece.” says the designer. Secondly. an acupressure bench. even in its choice of name. Imported materials are sourced from local vendors and all the carpentry work is done in-house in the workshop adjacent to the showroom — which makes it convenient for Manasi to be hands-on with all her products.net planning and extensive attention to detail in every aspect of the retail outlet. ‘Elite’ takes on a more philosophical stride where it reflects the value and motive of the products offered. Manasi employs her favourite mortise and tenon joinery for the legs of this Charles R Mackintosh-inspired stool called Checker. and you’ll have plenty to say about the contemporary furniture. Perspektiv. a trusted pen under her pillow ensures that not a single one gets lost even in slumber. taking cues from culture and anthropology by looking at simple or mundane things with a different perspective and transforming it into a physical form. is inspired by how a puppy curls up in any space it occupies. d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 6 7 WorldMags. plays with the notion that one should not have a set opinion/attitude or have a way of regarding something as they are. Manasi takes pride in the fact that all her products are high on emotional quotient. I wanted to introduce products with an international appeal at a reasonable cost to the market here. For the parade of ideas running through her head constantly. One glance at the interesting light installation of inverted. clockwise. for instance. A walk around the store. Of course. she gives life to the ‘ta-da’ concepts that pop in her head. while the Plectrum stool’s muse is the guitar plectrum and celebrates the spirit of music. “My primary purpose is to enhance lifestyles by providing customers the right tools. The design creates an interesting illusion. hollow and translucent microphones in the lounge of the showroom rests the case.WorldMags.

in turn. clockwise. I.” says Manasi. Future plans include a foray into other line of work other than furniture. we’re enjoying that for now. Beautiful. glassware racks. cupboard or any other piece of furniture become conversational pieces when they’re more about the client than their creator. She has managed to clinch some good clients.” she discloses. table. The KBH (Kobenhaven) is a double-cantilevered seat with built-in magazine storage. Check. The style employed is the typical American arts and crafts style. Useful. get to interact and learn from others ideas which give me new perspectives…. Double check. This teak corner stool. so we add a story to each piece. their story. ‘Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful. we’re still in our honeymoon phase with this project. She mainly employs the mortise and tenon joinery method which employs no hardware creating multi-utility and contemporary pieces. is inspired by and named after the part of a guitar. entertain your friends with this classy. be it in any environment. It can transform into a coffee table when upturned. but if it is both necessary and useful. The musical note carved on its left corner salutes the spirit of music. exciting projects and tie-ups with Indian and non-Indian artists who feature their quirky and inspired works of art and artifacts at the store. She’s a strong believer in the Shaker Design Philopsophy which states. the response has been overwhelming. Her schooling reflects extensively in her work. she’s grateful for her background in the laws and rules of engineering that come in handy to make tweaks in the structures. “A seat.’ Her designs definitely are a cut above the rest.Product Design WorldMags. The core objective of the store is customization. collapsible Island Bar that features a cellar. don’t hesitate to make it beautiful. storage for accessories. Check.” says the 23 year old. A mind-map is created based on the personality of the client and the utility/message the client wishes to communicate through the piece.net In spite of the difficulty in learning the technical details in her college days. called Plectrum. Necessary. Though the store is still relatively new. and a mixer and serving area.net . “The process is a 'give and take'. from ToP lefT Forget about space constraints. “But that’s another chapter. resulting in a personalized masterpiece. 6 8 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags.

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Start by attaching temporary structural support members from the roof to the floor on either side of the wall. Traditional bathroom plumbing pipes have inner diameters of 0. Though you have the choice of placing the new pipe at the same location on the exposed masonry surface. will act as a ‘lintel’ and help transfer the load of the masonry onto the walls. Having securely surrounded the wall in question.” is his motto. This is especially effective when the main supply pipe from the overhead tank to the bathroom in question is increased in size. this looks untidy and even ugly. we need about 15 m to 20 m of head (height) or atleast 5 floors between the bottom of the water tank and the faucet in case the inner diameter of the pipe is less than 0.75 in or 20 mm. I suggest you retain the masonry above the desired height of the opening. You can increase water pressure locally by installing an online hydro-pneumatic pump on the shower line. you Dip a piece of clean cloTh in The lefTover vinegar (afTer iT has Done iTs job on The shower) anD clean The fiTTings. It may be better to look for an alternative route for the pipes. One chamber is filled with compressed air. New Delhi Though most 4. When we went to purchase a rain shower. it is always safe to take precautions before commencing with such an exercise.5-in-thick walls are not designed to carry load. The compressed air induces pressure into the adjoining chamber by pushing the flexible partition between them. Make sure you don’t add too many bends as this will defeat the purpose of the exercise. It is 8 feet long. fixTures anD Tiles in The baThroom. Is this right? Amit Saha..5 in or 13 mm. just disconnect the old one and attach the new one at the same location. Make sure their length is equal to the size of the opening plus an additional 400 mm for adequate bearing of 200 mm on either side. For an opening 2. It may lead to bursting of the pipe (rarely) or an annoying drip from the head even when the fixture is in an ‘off’ position. Is this safe? Do I have to remove the entire wall or can I retain the portion above 7 feet as it extends up to the bottom of the truss (15 ft to 18 ft in height)? Abhilash Kiran. Because of the large surface area. But for a rain shower. We now need to cut holes (1 ft x 1 ft wide) in the wall to house concrete beds on either side of the opening so that the channels can sit on them when the masonry in between is removed. It also has a pump and a level-controller that automatically regulates the quantum and pressure of water in the discharge line. Alternatively. whichever are easily available.4 m (8 ft) wide. You could easily find an obscure corner in the rear elevation of an alternate plumbing shaft. load-bearing walls. He loves to break myths and unmask the true cause for bad work by constantly sharing experience. you will need 9 m to 10 m of head (height of three floors) or above to give you the best result. which is why we need pipes of a larger circumference or an increased water pressure. All internal supply pipes should have diameters of equal to or more than 1 in or 25 mm. the old pipe may be buried in the wall. “Path to gaining knowledge is through sharing. Increasing pressure through building height or mechanical pumps: Ideally. increasing the pressure of water in old (probably rusted) pipes is never a 7 0 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. This height will give you water with froth in it. Our ancestral house in Kerala has load-bearing walls and slanting tiled roofs with a wood frame. have to redo most of tiling around the shower/ geyser area if you take this option. These pipes are not able to supply the requisite water quantity to such a large surface area. embedded back-to-back in the wall. we would need to install a pressure pump on the water supply line. most likely. Just make sure that this temporary scaffolding is adequately populated. The exposed pipes can also be camouflaged if alternative location is not possible. these showerheads require a greater rate-of-flow of water. the vendor said we wouldn’t have enough pressure for the shower to operate. In some cases. you’ll notice that it extends by 200 mm on either side of the opening. This pump has two chambers seperated by a flexible partition. Increasing pressure by changing the watercarrying capacity of the pipes: Water pressure can also be increased by replacing supply pipes of a smaller diameter with those having a larger cross-section. WorldMags.{DesignBytes} Q&A Q&A We have a two-storey house with an underground water tank and an overhead tank on the first floor. When you position the MS channels on the wall. safely connected to the roof and firmly placed on the ground. Replacing this vertical supply pipe is easy.net . He said that we would need at least 25 feet between the overhead water tank and the bathroom. this exercise will bear fruit only if the number of bends in each circuit is less than or equal to 5. could use two mild steel (MS) channels of 100-mm depth (ISMC-100). via email The head of a rain shower is designed as a large plate with evenly-spaced perforations. good idea. and may prove difficult to uproot. Each of the holes often has a polymer nodule inserted in it to help focus the flow of water. I am keen on removing a 4. while the other one can take in and throw out water.net Architect Navneet Malhotra is a perpetual student.... Mark the size of the opening on the wall. You will. you can start by marking the level below which the wall has to be removed. A vertical supply pipe of diameter 4 in or 100 mm will be adequate even if your overhead water tank is placed just above the bathroom roof. But remember. ArcHitect Navneet Malhotra Tips on water pressure. You can use metal pipes or wooden poles. These two channels.5-in-thick wall between two rooms. Unfortunately.

sports equipment. This design saves the builders cost.sebastian@network18publishing. Correcting cabinet positions and shelf divisions become additional expenses. But do check for the number of openable and fixed windows. Sometimes. Apply plaster of paris wherever required and paint. if there’s something you really want to do but aren’t doing currently. may not work for someone else. (1 part of cement : 3 parts course sand). shoes. Natural light and ventilation: Most new apartments provide large openings with fixed glass that has no security mechanism or grills. Let the channel be for a few days. Secure this channel at this location using a high-strength wet mortar WorldMags. So breaking and redoing can be an expensive proposal. Make sure that the depth of the chase is no greater than half the thickness of the wall. I am looking for a 3. you can make sure that the apartment of your choice is simple and useful in its beauty. Keep it real about what works for you and what you already do. while those facing the west will allow a lot of summer heat. you can create a 100-mm-wide chase in the masonry wall along the defined length of the channel. On the flip side. Remember. In fact. Even badly designed and incorrectly-oriented windows are a problem. So look out for signs of dampness near the washing areas. electric outlets and extension cords. pollution (both noise and dust) and the fact that the apartment may be centrally air conditioned are reasons given by builders for providing very few openable windows. Below are some design pointers for buying an apartment. a new space and furniture may make it happen. Even the ones that open. travel bags. Each bedroom will probably have 6 ft to 8 ft of cupboard space which is sufficient to store clothes. Place the C channel in this trough such that the top horizontal face of the channel is in contact with the masonry above along its entire length.com or navneet@aadesign. these specific spaces become a dumping ground for boxes and bags. Storage: In order to save space and money. What is good for you. instead of what you could see yourself doing in a space. or a large investment in window coverings. which may not be suitable for your way of life. Pradeep Shastry. Many a time. security and visual privacy. but then where do linen. don’t have fly screen shutters. but limits fresh air. the two channels will have their vertical faces touching each other. I am keen on vetting the new place for design flaws so that I don’t end up spending time and money on the apartment after we move in. Keep the mortar joints moist. Now chase the rear face of the wall immediately behind the first channel and repeat the process. You can now remove the wall below this MS lintel. provided you are inclined towards that particular activity. Wrap the rough masonry and metal surfaces with chicken wire mesh and apply wet mortar to embed and provide final shape. I have recently inherited an old house from my parents which I plan to sell and buy an apartment in South Delhi. go? Most new home-owners make additional cupboards in every room or convert a puja room or study Send in your questions to rupali. If an apartment needs lots of artificial lighting. volTage sTabilizers Do DissipaTe heaT anD require air circulaTion.000-square-foot place. and makes use of natural elements. so if you choose To house Them insiDe a cupboarD or a closeD space. the overall design could be a problem.in WorldMags.As soon as the concrete bed is firm (7 to 10 days). make sure iT is well-venTilaTeD. the space allotted for the refrigerator/washing machine is insufficient for the model you already own. etc. while the vertical face is depressed in towards the rear masonry surface and is in plum. Noida Good design is a subjective term. study or games’ room: Having specialized rooms is a great idea.net into a store. When completed. you will also have to keep all these windows clean! Designated gym.net d Ec E m B E R 2 0 12 BETTER INTERIORS 7 1 . The amount of heat coming in will depend on the location and orientation of the window in a room. This could be good negotiation tool while buying an apartment as you can force the builder to provide additional storage. Kitchens are most often the first places to be termite-infested. The ones opening towards the south will bring in the winter sun. Disorganized kitchen space: An apartment may offer an open kitchen space. Having said this. most builders don’t provide adequate storage. and the alterations that can be done.

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Taste. If one is at a family gathering. she is also the founder-director of freedom tree. Around the world. colour-led lifestyle brand with retail presence in parel. need not be splitting images of each other. Its growing. where the seasons set the rhythm. or an idea that sets context. preparation and sharing is like a song. part of Mumbai’s trendy mill district. steers towards what we are going to eat next. too. freedom tree Design. undertakes colour consultancies and design assignments. There might be a motif that differs from one to the next. even while the current course is being consumed. WorldMags. in this case a mismatched chandelier. This really may not be an Indian phenomenon. sourcing. ood taste. we have now become voyeurs of gustation. the kitchen and cooks. the dining table is central to most cultures. throws up unusual juxtapositions. a wholly-indian. which embraces more than close relatives. Did we ever think it was entertaining to watch a kettle boil. above right Restaurants from the same chain. Latika’s studio. or a soufflé rise? Against the advice of the adage. One only has to look at our television programming to know of our obsession with food. regardless of community. ‘a watched pot never boils’.net d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 7 3 . G Latika Khosla is on the board of the color Marketing group usa and the founder-organizer of colors india. the discussion.WorldMags. To eat. interior design.net coLour consuLtant Latika Khosla above Left Like today’s modern family.

Come end of the year. I remembered a talented young designer from the same country. it reveals to us not only how we dine but also how we work.net the melody. the concept creator. What is new. Every day. “The table is the silent witness to our conversations. the constant character in the theatre of our lives. In an expressive installation. socially and privately. Similarly. is the need for personal experiences. however. the festivals are the crescendo and the shared table is an invocation and a humble thanksgiving. 74 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 Genty Marshall. As Genty explains. With our own increasing mobility and flexibility. It’s a fresh cultural perspective in design. We all travel and one location blurs into the next in our hectic lives. a few reflections and ideas stay strong. coming from Down Under. based in Australia.Colour & Style WorldMags. but the origins are of olden times. Our daily routines and the allocation of tasks are open for WorldMags. a shared table lays out underlying desires that are shaping the way we live. With our eyes on a phenomenally successful food programme.net . and the changes in how we interact professionally. “A Shared Table is enough to explore how communities and personal relationships are challenging old conventions. the notion of family changes around festive times. As we focus on the table. says.” United by the need to connect. Even if we do not travel. adaptability and modularity aren’t new to design. celebrate and love. A Shared Table explores ideas of collaboration and connection. A Shared Table is a concept by forecasting studio New Black Global Trends. images inundate our waking lives.

Rituals that did not exist are made modern conveniences.WorldMags. A habit of always taking the same seat at the dining table at home. or a cafe or bar. an ethnic larger-than-life shibori design in the form of wallpaper.” There is a new need to find more modern rituals that have a personal or familial resonance. Urbanism gurus and interior architects are now rising to the challenge to meet the personal. A mug or plate we always use or which is marked as our own. the demand reflects a fundamental desire of the human being: a sense of place and welcomed embrace. d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 7 5 WorldMags. A high-tea or a Sunday brunch with friends. discussion as traditional roles of gender. familial hierarchy and cultural rituals are negotiated in these open and shared spaces. “There is a sense of security that comes with personal ritual and personal place.net . More importantly. from having your special things. is an unusual companion to the floor laid out in digital dot-matrix. Here. societal and environmental demands of these new collectives.” says the designer. above right Signposts define a shopping district. centre In Beijing’s Arts District. colour unfailingly helps you navigate the clusters of stores and dining places.net above Left Ethnocentric prints and comfort food take us into their warm embrace.

Colour & Style WorldMags. right At Proef. This year. a food designer’s restaurant. We also like to share our thoughts and experiences at the table and discuss our futures there. there is also comfort in things that share a likeness. because each has a motif or an idea that sets the context. interior design is also throwing up unusual juxtapositions. This is wonderful. while calling attention to the floor laid out in digital dot-matrix. The old and the new live together.net above Today the Shared Table could define our role in the family. much as a grandma dotes on the little one in a family.net . one doesn’t need to look like the next. Another place in Beijing uses an ethnic shibori design as an over-scaled wallpaper motif. Even within a chain of restaurants. people share platters of food. With our innate 7 6 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. we at Freedom Tree have contributed mismatched plates and odd sets of glasses to a number of concept cafes. Like a modern family that is made up of a fusion and adherences of agglomerations. Within India itself. When there is comfort in shared things. we come across restaurants that do not have anything matched from one table setting to the next. A bistro opening in an old church has typical English eccentric overtures in the decor.

crafted and speak to us of time — time in conception. the shared table gives us more than that. We look for marked differences that will make an interior setting unique: Whether it is a stunning table or an amazing graphic in the room.” 7 8 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. Objects that we connect with are considered. Today. New conversation. With the party season upon us. sourcing of materials. For me. the kitchen from which all sustenance comes forth. the absolute authenticity of source. New concepts in food delight us.net Left In Seoul. I have chosen to write about food and A Shared Table as the core of a gathering. This could be a home or a restaurant outside. and new ones are forged with unexpected friends whom we embrace. and always friends… keep these gatherings ageless. I’ll end with a summation from Genty. where humble vegetables like brinjal. travel and tasting. A shared space never dates. the role of food is paramount. Relationships with close ones endure. spinach and taro roots were served as robust farm fare. were elegantly-clad women. So we look for families of dinnerware. I was taken to a special meal: traditional fare being served by farmers organized into a commune. A comfortable setting in the busiest part of Tokyo gave way to a garden-and-basement restaurant. production and longevity. Timeless values apply to a seat at a shared table. In Japan. Where we sit defines our role in the family. The creative process. changed foods. In a room plastered with farm mud.Colour & Style WorldMags. enjoying simple flavourful food served in crafted earthen dishes. graffiti on the modern kitchen wall is like a ‘chalkboard reminder’ of ingredients. manufacturing practices and the afterlife of a product is paramount. In contemporary gastronomy. sense of order as human beings we look for continuity and a commonality in all things when they need to be placed together. the detail was epitomized by a dried lotus seed pod that had kimono fabric stuffed into the empty holes. “In looking at the art of living. the same trend applies. We also like to share our thoughts and experiences at the table and plan our future there. or drink ware that match and are harmonious with the tableware. Many have always expressed that central to the home is the hearth. beLow Farm produce as food craft is epitomized in this dried lotus seed pod which has kimono fabric stuffed into the empty holes.net . with lamps made out of wire mesh. preparation and presentation is valued over stylized dining. In design.

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amusingly named Rolly Polly. Rs 130 (each). MeheRchand MaRKet. Rs 450 (per 2. apaRtment 9. anchORed by: Ridhi Kale.WorldMags. Wine red votives create a dramatic impact.495. Rs 720 (per 4-in piece). 2 3 WorldMags. 4 5 6 Bowl your guests over with this gold glass fruit bowl. Temper the luscious red with the gold and cream of this handmade ceramic votive. Oma. Rs 2. These small yet stylish crystal glass t-lights go well with the festive look. While Santa may jingle all the way on his sleigh. Rs 345 (each). apaRtment 9. phOtOgRaphS: atul pRatap chauhan lOcatiOn: cOURteSy ShadeS of india. Rs 595 (each). new delhi 5 6 1 Deep red glass t-lights. Fcml hOme.net 3 1 4 2 A Feast for your Senses Inspired by hues of holly. Oma. are ideal accompaniments for an Xmas table setting. Styled by: Mandeep nagi.net d Ec E m B E R 2 0 12 BETTER INTERIORS 8 3 .5-in piece). enjoy this bright and breezy Christmas brunch with friends and family. Rs 250 (each). Oma. you can set the mood with these gold balls studded with small bells. Santa Claus and colour-infused winter gardens.

000. orange and plum) will enhance the bountiful look of your Xmas repast. Rs 150 each. Rs 6. 14 These artificial fruits (pear. ShadeS OF india. Rs 6.000 (set of six knives). 13 The texture of the Bahdol cushion cover in cotton flex is perfect for a celebratory get-together. apaRtment 9. Rs 1.000.000 (set of six tablespoons).000 (set of six forks). Rs 6. Rs 1. dinner knives.net . 11 Infuse glamour into your festive ensemble with this gold linen runner. Rs 4. comprising of dessert spoons. bunched together to look like a bouquet of flowers.200 (set of six). ShadeS OF india. dinner forks and tablespoons. lemon. Featured here are round silk and cotton ones. ShadeS OF india. Rs 1. Fcml. Rs 2. ShadeS OF india.400 (set of six dessert spoons).000. ShadeS OF india. 8 4 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. gOOd eaRth.360 (per 25-cm piece).950 (set of six). Rs 4. No dining table setting is complete without napkins. Rs 5. 12 Resplendent red Flora cushion cover in mashru fabric is an interesting addition.net 12 9 13 7 8 10 11 7 Let family and friends savour the festive fare with this bronze-finished cutlery from the Lotus collection. a quintessential Christmas icon.720 (per 28-cm piece). 14 8 9 15 10 Plate up delicacies on these fine porcelain dinner plates. ShadeS OF india. Rs 6. 17 15 Feel the flower power of these cotton ties. Pretty napkins need dramatic napkin rings like these linen and velvet ties that are evocative of mistletoe.Techniques WorldMags.

turn to these pretty glasses called Raindrop on the Rock. these curtains in yellow and bright blue stand out. Prices will be subject to taxes wherever applicable. velvet and linen. Rs 350 (each). Rs 2. will help spirits soar. Unlisted prices are on request. 22 & 23 Featuring a mix of silk.750. gOOd eaRth. 19 Give your furniture a facelift by upholstering it in a rich fabric.net 16 17 16 This straw chandelier brings to mind snowflakes and a white Xmas. gOOd eaRth. gOOd eaRth. 17 The chic amethyst Lila Wine Glasses (also available in leaf green). cotton.Techniques WorldMags. these Bageecha votives will make your dinner table sparkle. Rs 650 (each). 18 Should you need to hydrate yourself. Seen here is a printed tussar silk in gold. 20 A union of mirrors and cotton rayon gave birth to this magical cushion cover called Moon Beam.net . ShadeS OF india. 8 6 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 19 18 20 22 21 23 WorldMags. 21 Shaped like wine glasses. ShadeS OF india. ShadeS OF india. Rs 450 (each). ShadeS OF india.

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A nest of tables can add that extra something to your decor. ANDY HOME. Rs 1.net d Ec E m B E R 2 0 12 BETTER INTERIORS 8 9 . STYLED BY: GEETANJALI ANAND. Rs 36. LOCATION: COuRTESY ANDY HOME. Beautiful craftsmanship sets it apart. 4 2 4 1 3 2 WorldMags. festive composition.net Merry Makeover Break away from tacky Yuletide decorations. for ’tis the season to be suave and stylish.000 set of three. ANDY HOME. DIRECTOR. Featured here is a graceful. clean-lined set made from teak wood. In this classic-yet-chic living room set-up.WorldMags. and this Venetian Mirror lives up to the reputation. NEw DELHI 1 Give convention an interesting spin by lighting a bevy of pretty beeswax candles in your fireplace. ANDY HOME. 3 Wrought-iron and iron come together in this ornate lamp.000.125. Rs 37. ANDY HOME. rich tones of red and green create a fancy. ANDY HOME PHOTOgRAPHS: ATuL PRATAP CHAuHAN.64. Mirrors have been associated with magic and mystery. ANCHORED BY: RIDHI KALE. Rs 945 (each). whose gold and red complement the festive ensemble.

Rs 13.100.250. Rs 1.290. 12 Made from brass with a silver finish. ANDY HOME.65. 13 Add drama to any room by simply hanging this antique Venetian glass mirror in it. the textures of this Italian leather trunk ensure the piece looks beautiful.840 (each). Sip on expensive champagnes in these gold-plated champagne flutes made from Italian glass. 7 8 9 12 10 Whether you use it for storage or as a coffee table.79.net . Rs 54.000. This porcelain Lithophane Votive lights up to reveal the nativity scene. Rs 50. 11 This warm red throw is actually a Belgian tapestry.Techniques WorldMags. ANDY HOME. LLADRO. ANDY HOME.800. Rs 20. 9 0 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. ROSENTHAL. Rs 1. Looking for something that is simple yet elegant? Then this red wine glass carafe is just the thing for you.150.728. ANDY HOME. ANDY HOME. ANDY HOME. Rs 9. Rs 17. Part of the Rosenthal meets Versace collection this exquisite porcelain gold and white bowl complements the look of the room. ANDY HOME.net 6 7 11 5 8 9 10 5 6 13 Serve Xmas goodies in style with this antique goldfinish mango wood tray.000. this four-armed candelabra makes the room look classy. Rs 6.

ANDY HOME. Rs 66. 9 2 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. ANDY HOME.850. Rs 3. ANDY HOME. 15 Christmas hues come together in this Etro upholstery fabric. this Occasional Wing Chair is made from teak wood with green velvet upholstery. 17 Who needs a Christmas tree when there's an Italian lead crystal chandelier sparkling in Xmas hues.net 17 15 14 16 14 High on style quotient.600. 16 Contrasting well with the green of the chair is this red Belgian tapestry cushion. Prices will be subject to taxes wherever applicable. ANDY HOME. Unlisted prices are on request.00.000.net .Techniques WorldMags. Rs 4.

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aBaCa. These exquisite.600 (small). Rosenthal. Rs 2. Forget reindeer! In India.520. teXt: SheeNa D’Lima. This Coffee table features clean. 2 6 3 4 7 7 6 4 5 WorldMags. aa living. good wine and food. Place a treasured memory in this ornate gold-hued Taj photo-frame. aa living. loCation: CoURtesY abaCa.300 (large). With its glass top 5 2 WorldMags. Rs 2. you pull out all the stops. good old fashioned deer do just as well. stYleD BY: roShNi Thakker. Rs 4. Rs 2.000. made of brass.500 (each). This artistic rubberwood trio feature’s some striking designs. assisteD BY: Neha miThbawkar aND JoShua NavaLkar. aBaCa. Rs 26. The glass and wine motifs on this large yellow toned decoupage tray will ring in true Christmas spirit. Rs 1. some red and green — this cosy little corner features traditional Christmas elements and some unusual ones as well. PhotogRaPhs : mexy xavier.500.net Gifts under a tree.300 (large).net d Ec E m B E R 2 0 12 BETTER INTERIORS 9 5 . it's sure to lend a touch of class. mumbai 1 3 and hardwood frame. Set the mood with a set of pearl and silver pillar candles. Rs 3. geometrical shapes. aa living.The season to be jolly 1 When it’s Christmas time.600 (small). tall-stemmed wine glasses will make sure your holiday tipple looks as stylish as it tastes. aPaRtment 9. Rs 1. This duo of embellished square-shaped pillar candles makes sure that things stay festive. Rs 4. Co-oRDinateD BY: Deepa Nair .450 (each).

Rs 900 (large). 13 This lightweight Christmas tree is made from natural fibres.400. Sink into this comfy upholstered armchair made from brightly coloured patches of silk. 27 9 13 10 A ruffled metallic gold cushion brings a touch of glamour to. 11 Give wrapping paper a miss this year and go in for these charming cane gift boxes.Techniques 8 WorldMags. the ChaRCoal PRoJeCt.net 11 9 10 12 8 14 This striking floor lamp has a frame made of thick red beads. eCo CoRneR. 12 These jute and rafia gift boxes feature lovely floral embellishments. eCo CoRneR. 15 17 9 6 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. Rs 650 (each). Rs 20. aBaCa. aa living. Rs 150 (each). 15 Loop these candy cane-coloured heartshaped light bulbs around the gifts for some Christmas cheer. 14 Hand-woven palm-leaf boxes make for perfect packages. Rs 330 (small). Rs 1. Rs 14. Rs 75. Rs 275 (each).750.net . You can re-use these pretty creations year round too. It's so pretty that it doesnt even need tree ornaments.000. eCo CoRneR.650. the BomBaY stoRe. aBaCa.

sanCtUm. aa living. gRisham. aPaRtment 9 28 A large vase made from ceramic and recycled paper will lend a fun twist to a corner. 20 This light green pasta bowl holds delicious goodies. Prices will be subject to taxes wherever applicable. the choice is entirely yours. 21 This oblong boat-shaped platter in offwhite will make a great addition to your table. Unlisted prices are on request. 24 Use this red PVC snowflake shape as a coaster or put a couple of them together 9 8 BETTER INTERIORS d Ec E m B E R 2 0 1 2 to form a runner or table cloth. Rs 1. Rs 750. Rs 990. 26 Black may not be the Christmas colour of the season but with these Lurex balls. 19 A cake plate need not always hold cake. sanCtUm. Rs 250 (each). you may be tempted to change your mind. gRisham. aPaRtment 9. The artful tie that comes with the product is a nice touch.Techniques WorldMags. Rs 4. aBaCa.net 17 21 19 20 22 23 16 24 17 18 16 This thick black rug that flaunts a motif that is evocative of a snowflake works as a wall hanging too. Rs 150 (each).350. 23 Bring a touch of spring to the table with this tiny tray that features a bird in flight. 26 27 29 25 28 30 WorldMags. Rs 720 (each).000. 25 A tall blood red vase in thick glass adds a luscious touch to the setting. 18 This sleek wooden side table features stunning silver leafing as well as a handpainted black design on top. 17 A larger than life forest-green bottle will give a nice touch to your eclectic setting. aBaCa. aPaRtment 9. Rs 360. Rs 599. Rs 850. Rs 17. sanCtUm. 27 A glittering silver ball made in a mosaic pattern lends a touch of bling. Help yourself to some cheese and crackers from this lovely multi-coloured ceramic one. Rs 135 to Rs 150. Rs 1. The elegant piece is made in Italy. eCo CoRneR. aPaRtment 9.200. Rs 750. aa living. eCo CoRneR. Since they come in sets of twenty. 29 What’s Christmas without boughs of holly and berries? These artificial berry sprays look like the real thing and give your home an instant lift.net . 22 This elegant Mariposa Tray features an airy butterfly motif. 30 These twisted cone gift bags are made from natural fibres and come in different sizes and colours.000.

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a great budget. imaginative and elegant. This security door. PhoTograPhs: SebaStiaN Zachariah. In my interactions with him spanning more than half a decade. the architect not only found a client who gave him a free hand. a great client. all at the same time. courTesy the architect A sk architect Jignesh Doshi what makes the perfect project. out comes a little platform next to the window which you can use as a desk.500-square-foot site was sans walls and had a fantastic height of 11 feet (high enough for Mumbai-standards). use materials which would create impact. most importantly.net Material Musings Architect Jignesh Doshi brings in openness and exquisite restraint to a Mumbai apartment for the Nagrechas. Now some aspects of this plan are inherent qualities of any Jignesh Doshi project… he is pragmatic. which has been custom-designed for the client. and lastly.WorldMags. You can witness that right at the entrance door. Jignesh has periodically mentioned that his quest for a kindred spirit in his clients has not met with resounding success. TexT: Deepa Nair. maintain the height. Practical and safe. and. But when Vijay Nagrecha hired Jignesh Doshi Architects to design an apartment for his family of three. The plan was simple: retain the spaciousness. but he also found it particularly gratifying to discover that the Nagrechas shared his interest in exploring and experimenting with materials. On his recce. the stone laminate leads you inside the house along the d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 0 3 archiTecT Jignesh Doshi WorldMags. crafted in wood and donning a rugged stone laminate.net . the architect found that the 1. pursue optimal functionality and clarity in design. If it is a courier or bill-service man and you need to sign a paper. can easily pass off as a heavy-duty stone-clad one if not for the little peep window that comes handy when someone rings the bell. isn’t it? To maintain the connectivity between the exterior and the interior. capture as much usable square footage as possible. and he has three answers: a great site. age gracefully and depict the warmth of the inhabitants.

after assuming the form of a tall cabinet. LefT The entrance door has a peep-window and conceals a platform/desk for writing. a lot of elements have been cleverly secreted away from the casual glance. camouflages beams and services like air conditioning. demands a special mention. creating a fortified-feel. which has plywood strips put together. It hurts the eye otherwise. “The wooden volume. If you thought the black stone laminate would be overbearing. The stone laminate adds more drama to the door. The architect tells me that as openness was crucial to this house.” he reveals. the focus wall in the living room in river-washed granite and the wooden strips with the sparingly used orange hue. a wooden volume right opposite the living room resonates with warmth. Jignesh made sure that the moment one enters. which infuse freshness into this material drama. “All the services are hidden and so are most of the storage spaces. I make sure that all the services are concealed in some way or the other in all my projects. passageway and ushers you into the open living-dining and kitchen space.net .net above A gamut of elements and materials meets the eye from the entrance: the black of the stone laminate in the passageway. To complete the tale of the first visual impact: spurts of orange. If that is not enough. the eye is drawn to a soothing yet sturdy material — river-washed granite — which forms the focus wall of the living area.” The wooden volume also embraces a cosy dining table for 1 0 4 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags.Habitat WorldMags. Only when you move towards the living space do you realize that the black stone laminate stops at the entrance of the open kitchen. you are mistaken. And the wooden volume with a cantilevered orange protrusion is actually a bench where one can sit comfortably to remove footwear.

a beneficiary of the abundant sunlight that this 14th floor apartment receives. Designed by the architect. An important furniture piece is a roomy single-seater with an attached side table and a built-in magazine rack. Steel-chairs and sleek overhead lamps complete this traditional-modern setting.net coNcePT: to design an open and spacious home using interesting. As space was limited and potted plants in the balcony would have further nibbled at it. ToP The architect decided to keep it simple in the dining area for this small family of three who did not demand an elaborate setting. impactful materials that would age gracefully. this piece has a traditional basket weave of cane wires on the backrest and a straight-lined wood frame for the body. five. It was a conscious decision to employ materials that are not touch-me-nots. “Everyone who comes here should be comfortable. As there are only three people in the house. But Jignesh made sure that the wooden table was extendable and designed a bench-seating on one side with sea green upholstery. Unusual steel chairs and non-obtrusive overhead lamps complete the look.WorldMags.” says the architect. an individual must interact with them at ease. The wooden coffee table on wheels is an interesting piece bought from Peacock Life. the Nagrechas didn’t demand a fancy dining table or a separate ambience for the area. One wall is free of storage and displays a yellow handmade tile dado which brings in colour. the architect decided to go vertical with the greens. The sea-green upholstery of the cantilevered bench goes well with the customized (and extendable) wood-and-steel dining table. This fabric spills over to the backrest of the grey-garbed contemporary sofa which stands next to the chair. Optimal functionality and clarity in design were key. above The kitchen is a rectangular space and contemporary in its look and feel. There are hints of steel in the side table and the perky upholstery sports large floral motifs. wooden cabinets and white-laminate shelves below and above the quartz countertop. Materials are meant to be experienced and felt. WorldMags. Thus came into being a lush garden that scales a wall.net d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 0 5 . Jignesh has provided storage via a stone laminate-clad wall cupboard (which also makes space for an oven and microwave). The river-washed granite wall in the living area forms the perfect backdrop for an eclectic array of furniture and artefacts.

stone look-alike laminates. steel and plywood above & LefT The entertainment room has an attached pooja room. “The apartment lies in the south east corner. Speakers and the projection screen are discreetly tucked away. aluminium panels. was the toughest space-planning decision in this project. Wooden flooring. pristine white walls. a flushed-in LCD corner with hidden shelves are 1 0 6 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. silk. After a lot of debate. The placement of the two bedrooms.net .net MaTeriaLs floor artificial marble. The silver leafing on the ceiling accompanied by wallpaper with hints of silver make this space quite glamorous. a comfortable lounge chair. cloths (from bharat Furnishing and Good earth) furniture teak.Habitat WorldMags. the bedrooms were swapped. The air and light-filled master bedroom also showcases a vertical garden in its small balcony. The room initially meant for the son was the only exception to this. a walk-in wardrobe. But he uses air conditioning profusely. the master bedroom and the son’s bedroom. Note the small boat in the balcony which now holds a minigarden with flowering plants. teak hardwood (bedroom) and teak decking (balconies) Walls paint.” explains Jignesh. while his parents enjoy natural air. and therefore does not enjoy natural ventilation. plywood and wallpaper furnishings cotton.

The suspended votive holders give it a spa feel. The bathroom has stone flooring. The wall behind the headrest displays contemporary art. The bathroom door. the bed sits on a raised wooden platform with storage underneath. is camouflaged and sans handles. niches with artefacts and concealed electrical sockets. hidden away. The teak wood employed for the raised platform is used here for continuity.net . The highlight of this room is the grey-toned wall which has been created out of aluminium sheets. 1 0 8 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. part of this wall. The organized study table has shelves for books and other odds and ends… all. of course.Habitat WorldMags. Jignesh has used the wrong side of the sheet to create a rugged look. a wooden countertop and cabinets in white duco paint. froM above LefT In the son’s bedroom.net cLockWise.

bedcovers and cushions with interesting Indian motifs.WorldMags. a board on the wall which unveils a bathroom. is generously sprinkled with details that heightens one's perception and appreciation of the almost tectonic design. A piece of carved ceiling from South India. Jignesh reveals that he has even made provisions for hidden charging points in the house so that no hanging wires can make it look tacky! The entertainment room has sink-in sofas. The element of awe is the flushed-in work of art above the bed. A compact but trendy study space in wood and laminate has innumerable hidden shelves. plus a place to lounge around with friends. entertainment units tucked behind sleek boards that run on channels. a shimmering ceiling with silver leafing. the wow-element here is a traditional piece of art that is fixed above the bed… it is actually a ceiling rescued from an old South Indian home. The pooja space. In fact. a small niche in the wall next to the entertainment room. However. a home theatre system with hidden speakers and a projection screen that seems to appear out of thin air when summoned. a custom-designed clock built into a wall. shelves. A happily ever after. a discreet washbasin next to the dining space with a sensor-operated faucet that appears from the ceiling. The bed rests on a raised wooden platform that occupies almost half the length of the room. Jignesh used the non-glossy side (the wrong side of the sheet) on the wall as he predicts the material will achieve a distinct character with age. Design elements pair with judiciously-selected materials to form dynamic relationships that flourish and thrive. it displays vibrant vegetable dyes. a bunch of wall-art which is actually intricate Indian embroidery techniques or a delicate pattachitra painting which draws inferences from the Kamasutra! In this house.500 sq ft Design team Jignesh Doshi. this beautiful creation is brought to life with vibrant vegetabledyed colours. The son’s bedroom is contemporary and has aluminium sheets that stretch along one wall. white walls. this one! \ Mumbai area 1. an easy chair for lounging and the vertical garden for added effect. reveals a brass-work wall accent which takes inspiration from the form of a holy book kept open on a book stand! If you ask me the USP of this house.net some of the highlights of this room.net . hemal Doshi and roshni thapar carpenter Nandlal Vishwakarma electricals hemant patil civil Osho interiors d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 0 9 facT fiLe: client Vijay Nagrecha Location WorldMags. a wallpaper with silver hints to blend in with the ceiling. it has to be the surprise value or the hint of mystery… panels that reveal It’s an India-modern feel for the master bedroom with the warm wooden flooring. Intricately carved in wood. This also makes room for storage underneath. what appears to be vanilla-plain at first glance.

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you don't have a balcony space and you love plants! Potted greens around the house would eat into the leg space. artificial marble floor. stone laminate and glass — has a distinct role to play. Overcrowding such a space with artefacts and colour would defeat the purpose. Also. then go straight to a horticulturist and ask him to create a vertical garden in your house. The beautiful carvings and the vegetable-dyed hues stand out. The Only Way is Up! So you live in a small apartment. like the stunning ceiling here. Have one for each room if you want! For this house.net . every material used here — plywood strips. Here. Rest my Case Nothing can beat white bedrooms when it comes relaxing after a long day's work. it has been used judiciously to physically cut off the kitchen from the rest of the house. yet its usage can make or mar the design of a space. 1 1 0 BETTER INTERIORS d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. opt for one focus design element or decor piece. Jignesh created two.net Open yet Shut! That glass is a much-used material in contemporary design is well-known.Habitat Smart Picks a home by architect jignesh doshi WorldMags. and how many plants can you hang around the railing of your window? If it bothers you a whole lot. which has been rescued from an old South Indian house. but maintain visual connectivity and openness. which add dollops of freshness to the space. Instead.

This volume got the architect thinking. If that was not enough.net d ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 1 1 . The Flip Side Why go with the usual set of materials? Think out of the box and create something that is sure to draw attention. Here. he created a design element out of plywood strips to camouflage the services and beams. go for a smashing design element. WorldMags.WorldMags. Hide Away Ugly beams and columns pose a hurdle in many design projects. and he inserted an interesting bench-like protrustion as a perch for wearing or removing footwear. he also custom-designed a clock such that its mechanism is hidden behind the panel and just the hands are visible. it is a big no-no to let air-conditioning ducts or other services be visible. Get inspired by the panels in the son's room which are actually aluminium sheets wrong-side-up. storage for footwear and a dining table setting is created in and around this wooden wonder. Brass was the material of choice to create a curtain of sorts above the platform where the deities rest. the architect took inspiration from the form of a holy book kept open on a book stand. A stool also echoes this form. A washroom. In the pooja area.net In Striking Form When the space is tight and you want to create a big impact. For Jignesh. LEDs used along the top of this installation make it stand out.

net In the living room.{CentreStage} Habitat WorldMags. an accent wall features an intricate handcrafted glass mosaic mural.net . The piece took two months to complete. 1 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags.

When you enter through the front door. TexT: Sheena D'lima. courTesy the aRchitectS Wide Chetan and Ashok found themselves in such a predicament when they signed on a residential project over a year ago. Just a firm faith in the architects’ ability. “In fact. The apartment. who together head Mumbai-based firm Aakruti Designs.net D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 1 3 . including a halt midway to clear some of the building’s regulations. are definitely no exception. “Then. is located in one of Borivali’s prime areas. a 1. but they admit that trust brings with it a tremendous sense of responsibility. PhoTograPhs: Ravi KanaDe. the design of this three-bedroom Mumbai apartment makes the most of space. Chetan Shah and Ashok Mewada. no pre-conceived plans.” Chetan tells me in his spacious suburban Mumbai office. There were no specifications.680-squarefoot space.WorldMags. there were a total of two meetings with the client during the entire project.” Steered by architects Chetan Shah and Ashok Mewada. “It’s even more of a challenge when the client doesn’t tell you what he wants exactly. you have to be doubly sure that you perceive his needs and translate them into your work. That duration was one year.net Open M ost architects appreciate it when their clients display an open-hearted trust in them. The client handed him the key to a newly-purchased Borivali (in suburban Mumbai) flat and left matters entirely to them.” Ashok laughs. WorldMags.

Another view of the living room. glass mosaic in living room lights leDs coNcePT: to create an open-plan home that would use space and light to the optimum. maTerials floors vitrified tiles in bedrooms and white composite marble in hall and dining ceiling Gypsum board walls Paints. In the far left. from lefT The entrance door stands out because of the use of laminate inserts in zany shapes.Habitat WorldMags.net .net clockwise. 1 1 4 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. It now accommodates a swing sourced from Hongkong. The rug on the floor adds texture to the otherwise smooth-surfaced space. A view of the living area. architect Kathpalia displays a great control over the scale and massing of volumes. is a tiny nook created from breaking down a balcony. wallpapers. The simple furniture and the minimal use of accessories only point to the dominant feature in the room: a mosaic wall. Believer of the modular system of proportioning.

a clear spherical swing sourced from Hongkong hangs from the ceiling of an erstwhile balcony. a rug adds texture to the otherwise glossy space. To this effect.” says Chetan. black and grey.” reveals Ashok. “This mural was painstakingly handcrafted and took a whole two months to complete. “The lady of the house was very particular about this area. “When people move into a house. If the jump from one lifestyle to another is too high. anything that blocked off the flood of light was done away with. In the living area. furnishings and accessories — is brand new and has been sourced from showrooms in India and abroad. since it was largely her domain. awash in natural light. The kitchen.” This is probably why you perceive a no-nonsense simplicity at the heart of this project. touched with shell pink. We concentrated on a simple design. Maximizing space was really the priority while designing this house. is something the architects lay great emphasis on. It’s a seamless entity that you step into. to the right is the living room (sans a television).WorldMags. there is usually some level of adjustment to a new lifestyle. a study in elegance. The floors in the bedroom break off from the composite marble of the rest of the space and employ a dark vitrified tile. clean-lined furniture of the living and dining areas. the lines are simple and clean. functionally segregated without walls or partitions into the living room. as it turns out. lots of light and practical gadgetry. The dining table. But what really grabs attention is an accent wall that features a stunning glass mosaic floral artwork in shades of ivory. Practicality. then the transition isn’t as smooth. Everything in the house — furniture. admits Chetan.net . made from clear acrylic. only aids the flow of light. “The balconies have all been done away with and the walls pushed back to create more space. Daylight bounces off gleaming white composite marble floors and highlights the simple. Accessories are kept at the bare minimum and architecturally. the kitchen and the dining room. has plenty of storage and quality gadgets. “We wanted to do D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 1 5 WorldMags. The kitchen lies to the left.net it’s the largeness of the apartment that strikes you first.” To the far right.

righT The dining area boasts of a clear acrylic table and chairs sourced from China.Habitat WorldMags. which lies directly to the left of the front door: simple cabinetry.net lefT This open plan house has no walls to separate spaces. this space is not cordoned off from the living room by a wall or even a partition. 1 1 6 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags.net . you can get a glimpse of the living room from the kitchen. Below. Like the kitchen. practical gadgets and a wash of natural light mark this space. lefT A view of the kitchen. Below. In this picture.

I hoped fervently I wouldn’t walk into a space that looked like a grape exploded in it. The wardrobe. I was pleasantly surprised. Unlike the living room. something different and the result was quite spectacular. The furnishings were delicate and feminine. has an interesting motif.” says Chetan. flush with the walls. The walls stayed white. is slightly zanier than the rest of the house. Indeed. it’s a pleasant break to step onto a somber.net D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 1 7 . with pops of colour introduced through the furnishings. righT One of the bathrooms uses a stark and classic white colour scheme and practical sanitaryware. which has a striking colour scheme of brown and parrot green. just a step away from the daughter’s. and the wardrobe a stark smooth white. what with the panels of laminates placed at intervals along the wall and asymmetrical lines in the wardrobe. is simple and austere. when I noticed that Chetan had been extremely judicious with the hue. The son’s bedroom.net aBove A view of the master bedroom. the floor here employs vitrified tiles. with a little use of textured mauve wallpaper and the headboard made of back-painted glass in a darker shade of purple. however. I admit I felt a twinge of apprehension when I heard that the older daughter wanted purple to dominate her room.WorldMags. The study desk is placed on an elevated platform. textured floor after the shining bright whiteness of the living room. “I always try to keep the walls WorldMags. The master bedroom.

1 1 8 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 facT file: area 1. mumbai Design firm aakruti Design Principal architects chetan Shah and ashok mewada Project duration 1 year WorldMags. but not in a harsh.net . \ ToP The son's bedroom. so that the residents of the house can change the look of the space with furnishings. purple was the colour of choice. boasts of laminate panels on the walls. It is late afternoon by the time I am done with my tour of the apartment. a study area set on a raised platform and a striking green and brown colour scheme. the back-painted glass headboard of the bed and wallpaper.Habitat WorldMags. uncomfortable way. aBove For the daughter of the house.680 sq ft location Borivali. The blinds (that cover floor-to-ceiling windows) are pulled up and bright beams of sunlight reflect off the polished floors and the faceted mirror in the living room. The room is literally ablaze. Just like the house itself.” says Chetan. it’s not too much. Just right. not too little. in this case white. It was introduced through soft furnishings.net neutral.

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grey and pink.net Hue Happy Different colours create different impacts on space. you can see the far end (where the swing hangs). We advise that you look at several drawings to find out which pattern and sketch will suit you best. A deep purple can make it feminine. black.Habitat Smart Picks a home by architects chetan shah and ashok mewada WorldMags. like this one. kitchen and living room areas all flow seamlessly into the other. Breathing Space The residents of this Borivali home decided that they wanted a decidedly open-plan space and their architects really delivered the goods. instead of painting or papering an accent wall? This handcrafted panel. balconies were removed to increase floor space and the resultant outcome was fantastic. Pieces of Style Why not try a customized mosaic mural. The images here are of the son's and the daughter's bedrooms. The dining. while a crisp blue gives it a restful and fresh look. ceilings and floors — neutral so that you can play around with colour through your furnishings. a muted floral pattern was created in glittering white. made of little pieces of glass and tile took two months to become the masterpiece it is today. Walls and partitions were taken down. In this view of the living room. while the latters blossoms in purple and mauve. Architect Chetan Shah suggests that you keep your 'base' — walls. an erstwhile balcony. 1 2 0 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. Here.net . The former is a delightful combination of grass green and chocolate. You can also see a bit of the kitchen unobstructed by a wall or a partition.

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I immediately began imagining our little restaurant as a variegated plinth with a panoply of local materials and subtle level changes. kota stone and timber).net .Unwind {CentreStage} Unwind Habitat WorldMags. It is like a jaunty scooter developed butterfly wings that turned into a Japanese fan. all expressed in the Scarpa tradition. with its colour-washed sensibility and its congruent mix of incongruent elements. “The space has many influences and then I used inspiration. spirited restaurant in Bangalore's Whitefield. smooth materials (jaisalmer and honed sandstone) are juxtaposed with rough ones (exposed concrete. scale and light) of one’s experience through the building.net A s always when a space speaks. is all about whimsy. indicating the turtle-shaped graters that have been turned into shades for wall-mounted lights. almost insignificant. After coming back. easily the most beautiful one I have been in. Much like the restaurant. as if taking a dictation from a source that has created something the eye was not expecting and the mind is slowly learning to interpret. and a door reveals distressed hues in the gentlest blues. thought and spirit. establishing hierarchies.” Then I meet Anshu Arora. flamed granite and exterior grade terrazzo). Just like in the Venetian garden. A collaboration between veteran restaurateur AD Singh. contained in an urban geometry that’s the hallmark of multi-disciplinary design firm Hundredhands: exposed concrete. the writer takes out the note-pad and writes obediently. You don't just feed your appetite here but also your eye. designer of whimsical sartorial creations. “The plinth is important here because it is continuous. and providing enclosures. Asymmetrical yet coherent. One could potentially encounter this plinth seamlessly from enclosed. LikeThatOnly invites you to explore and find little surprises tucked away in nooks. given the early idea of sheltered verandahs around gardens. The joints are achieved using grooves or sometimes a third material. The simple white and exposed concrete building sits on this rich surface gently. it is filled with exquisite details articulating junctions. this young. “The project began with a simple brief of having a large courtyard and ample seating. separated by water channels and light. A chance trip to Venice introduced me to Carlo Scarpa’s work. award-winning chef Manu Chandra and F&B operations pro Chetan Rampal. LikeThatOnly's signage befuddles me to start with. Shiny elements (copper water spouts. This sequence in plan is the generator of everything and dictates the quality (in terms of materials. your curiosity. troughs and glass) sit astride dull ones (cement floors. Small. much of it in verandahs.” she says. sheltered spaces to semi-open verandahs to sun-lit patios. under light roofs and canopies… best suited to Bangalore’s mild evenings. who took on the challenge of transforming an empty box into an inviting space. Tousled yet strangely sorted. I saw Querini Stampalia Foundation’s garden. Bijoy Ramachandran of Hundredhands says. In the 1 24 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags. smooth grey patinas. she is wearing something that belongs to this place. Look closely. and balance between line and form.

.. grey shell and the softening elements that embrace it. they reinforce the contrast between the clean-lined.. below and bottom The carefully-landscaped greens are never more than a glance away. WorldMags.right The entrance lobby has a bathtub! Yes.net WorldMags.net D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 2 5 .. a bathtub as a curiosity feature where a watering can pours water endlessly to recreate a tropical waterfall.

“When invited to dress a large restaurant space by the best in the business.” So there are chairs that remind one of Mexican poolside loungers. Accessories include laser-cut flowers. the bamboos and the palms and the creepers around.“The space was not meant to be one experience but many. Chennapatna salt and pepper shakers. A tub and water. There are deep oranges. Anshu recalls. transport diners to another space and time. Says Anshu. A yellow wall that echoes a yellow mirror frame. Cushions that look like leaves. yellows and pinks. A cage serves as a candleholder. WorldMags. but nothing screams. lights fashioned out of strainers are flecked with metallic flies. In the formal dining space. The colours could liven up a French patio or a courtyard in Kerala.net middle of an outdoor dining space. A cage where candles are lit. The name fits the space too. a wall installation that evokes wild red berries and grass… the list goes on. crafted birds. I was faced 1 2 6 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 concept: to create a culinary destination that would be a celebration of fabulous food and drinks amidst a magical. It all just like that only!” Aah. Nothing is this or that. A few dragonflies serve as chopstick holders too! The lush tropical paintings by Murali Nagapuzha echo the frangipani tree in the courtyard. the penny drops. citrus greens. It is meant to evoke memories. there is the welcome intervention of a water body. a praying mantis and dragonflies that seem to have strayed too close to the light source. butterflies.Unwind {CentreStage} Unwind Habitat WorldMags. reveal porcelain dolls and convex and concave mirrors. like everything else. cushions with wine-glass prints scattered around the distressed-wood bar. “It is about connections. A lounge looks like a lived-in Mexican home with furniture you can sink into with a book.net . when looked into carefully. wonderland setting. Anshu continues. isn't it? There is landscaping and concrete. A wall installation with little windows that. oil spoons that serve as candle-holders.

curly juncus grass and quietly waved her wand to convert the space into a tropical garden. Anshu is also all praise for the landscape artist Rashmi Attavar. International in appeal. largely. invited real butterflies into the space. film. foliage. from left A lemony wall. concrete.” she exults. inspired me to make bar lights that look like crazy. I wrapped all the seats up in some signature ‘small shop’ style to provide for a soft landing. it does! The beauty of the WorldMags. splashes of green and funky garden furniture make this setting perfect for alfresco dining. giant strainers gently illuminated the metal dragonflies buzzing overhead and kept the grasshoppers from landing on your plate! “Designing lights to suit the ambience was truly my favourite part. etc. in this world. Just some of the many freeflowing ideas that animate the space. here was this large indooroutdoor. and earthy colours. organic materials and finishes and bright colours create the illusion of a well-lived home. urban space. which had me smitten. with both enthusiasm and trepidation. playful and even slightly irreverent. dressing curvy bodies is really what I do.net D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 2 7 .net clockwise.WorldMags. because despite having explored the use of design in non-fashion formats like theatre.” reveals the designer. “A vintage. straight line. “She provided us with the perfect shade of green. where the custom-designed lights. Yet. “Rashmi is an artist indeed. The latter. but very much Indian. with a single frangipani tree in the centre. Another glimpse of the lounge: a candle-lit cage. which provided her with the green signal she needed to be whimsical.” Then came the name LikeThatOnly. French-style chair does not in the strict sense belong in the same space as the ‘memory of a village in the heart of Kerala’ — Murali’s description of his magical painting — and yet. So upturned funnels formed the base for a series of suspended foliage lights. The lounge.

net materials wall finishes exposed concrete. colour washes furnishings Cotton. exposed concrete. Surrounded by handmade dragonflies and other bugs. kota and timber lights sourced and designed by anshu arora clockwise. custom-designed and sourced flooring jaisalmer. custom-designed and sourced furniture antique pieces and others with distressed finish.Unwind {CentreStage} Unwind Habitat WorldMags. the furniture yet belongs together. from top In the dining room. The cushions and upholstery are custom-designed. an installation on a wall recreates wildly exotic foliage! The formal dining space has nothing intimidating about it as it uses warm wood notes. flamed granite. Some of the 'bugs' become napkin-holders! The lounge has the warmth of bricks and aged wood. pools of golden light and bright splashes of colour. the funky 'chandeliers' are made out of strainers.net . Though sourced from different places. exterior-grade terrazzo. honed sandstone. 1 2 8 BETTER INTERIORS D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 WorldMags.

net D ec e m b e r 2 0 1 2 BETTER INTERIORS 1 2 9 . 50 to 100 pax (conference room) audio consultant e & e systems graphics and creatives the republic. it took her just a week to ideate it all! The excitement and the urge to meet a new challenge overrode the initial apprehesion of designing a 100-seater place and 7. when I make the effort to get out of my home and drive through the city.WorldMags. 24 pax (bar). Yes. I was lucky to find people who recreated my ideas from scratch. And yet connect the dots with colour or form so your eye could travel seamlessly from a living plant to a print on a cushion.500 sq ft (restaurant). Bangalore WorldMags. fact file: project likethatonly location Bangalore client uKn Properties Pvt ltd area 7. I had to draw stuff and physically get things made.” She says. they brought me back to earth each time I was poised to fly away. I don't draw that much and work more with drapes. maia Katrak structural consultant Krishna hegde Consulting engineer phe consultant electro-mech. under bits of open sky.500-square-foot restaurant . surrounded by things of beauty both old and new. Here.” And soon a scattered dream came together to become a living fabric of happy serendipity and jovial inspiration. I would be delighted to find myself amidst lots of living green.000 sq ft (service area) architects Bijoy ramachandran (hundredhands) interior designer anshu arora landscape artist rashmi attavar artist murali nagapuzha budget (interior design) rs 40 lakh seating capacity 90 pax (restaurant). “The space came together because AD was brave enough to trust me. chef Manu brought in his love for all things old and beautiful (which perfectly offset all my whimsical ideas). Personally.” Surprisingly. and Chetan patiently introduced me to the practical nuances of running a restaurant. some colour to uplift the soul. like that only. Bangalore electrical consultant riddhi Consultants. “As a fashion designer. So. which picks up a colour from a painting remembered in a foliage light. 5.net space is that it allowed me to create different moods. This is what I hope to bring to you. and a little something to amuse the mind. Because most magical things are like that. Effortlessly magical. mumbai civil contractor arun Constructions.

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Better Interiors (BI): Tell us a little about blum’s journey in India. How is the company perceived by the consumers now? Martin Herr (MH): We started our partnership with Häfele at the end of 2003, but we have been exporting our products to India since the mid-90s. In India, we have a strong presence especially in the south and west. The market feedback is that Blum stands for high quality. This means we are on the right track because delivering excellent quality and superior functionality is one of our main goals. Our aim is not to bow to low pricing since this would mean compromising on quality. Our strategy is to wait for the market to become ready for quality products, which is now happening. BI: Which products from your portfolio are doing well in India? MH: In terms of sales, our Tandembox systems are the most successful group followed by Tandem runners, our concealed runner systems for wooden drawers. Orga-line, the inner dividing system, gets more and more acceptance. The Clip Top Blumotion hinges with integrated soft closing have started replacing regular Clip Top hinges with optional clip-on Blumotion. Our best-selling product from the Aventos lift systems is the Aventos HF system for bi-fold shutters. BI: What are blum’s latest innovations? MH: We’ve just launched two new Tandembox product lines in India: Intivo and Antaro. Antaro is characterized by rectangular gallery rails. By using angular elements and harmonizing the colour of all components, Blum has created a system that is a clear alternative to pull-outs with round gallery rails. Antaro’s colour and material concept based on that of Intivo. With its various design elements and materials, Intivo pull-out system offers versatile design options. Intivo consists of a drawer side without a gallery rail which can be combined
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