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Modern
TradiTion
Jaipur-based Shantanu Garg Design, blends
local arts and crafts with a contemporary
touch resulting in a sprawling home with an
international vibe and an Indian soul

ProDuct DeSIGn beSt buyS


Novice furniture brand 60 furniture, furnishings and
Spin marries wood and accessories to liven up your
metal in vibrant, functional home with splashes of colour
minimal designs and warmth come monsoon

Also featuring: Amruta Daulatabadkar Architects, Studio 69, Studio Pomegranate and Usine Studio
Editorial
ceo-neWS AnD GRoUP eDIToR-In-cHIeF
Rahul Joshi
cHIeF HUmAn ReSoURceS oFFIceR - neTWoRk18
P Sakhtivel
eDIToR
Deepa Nair
SenIoR FeATUReS WRITeRS
Alifiya Mehamdabadwala
Rashmi Karanjekar

Balanced Design
ASSISTAnT ART DIRecToR
Vilas Salve
ASSISTAnT mAnAGeR - PRoDUcTIon
Ravi Salian
SenIoR execUTIve - PRoDUcTIon
Ravikumar S Potdar Just two days ago, I watched a beautiful old video of rock legend
Bryan Adams serenading with Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti on the
PRInTInG
mAnAGeR- PRoDUcTIon
classic O Sole Mio. The coming together of these two amazing
Dnyaneshwar Goythale singers was so powerful that it left an impact on their audience then,
SenIoR eDIToR onlIne
and even today (after more than two decades) delights and awes
Sanjay Yalavatti music aficionados like me. Good design is just like good music the
perfect balance of styles, materials, colours with the amalgamation of
ADveRTISInG SAleS & mARkeTInG
vIce PReSIDenT - SAleS & mARkeTInG the creator and the clients ideas results in spaces that leave
Amit Seth lasting impressions.
nATIonAl SAleS HeAD
Som Gupta (som.gupta@nw18.com), 98100 53179 This month, we have an impressive bunch of articles that idolize
West: Shilpa Sethi (shilpa.sethi@nw18.com), 9920112486 eclecticism, diversity and culture coupled with brilliant ideas and
South: Dennis Mathew (dennis.mathew@nw18.com), 98450 96107
superlative execution. Our cover story is a home designed by
ASSISTAnT mAnAGeR Shantanu Garg Design which uncovers varied Indian arts but abounds
Abhijit Bhoir (abhijit.bhoir@nw18.com)
in modernity. Then there is the art gallery-like home by Usine Studio
neWS STAnD AnD SUbScRIPTIonS where every nook exhibits a wonderful artwork. Starkly different is
Head-CirCulation & SubSCription
Kripanand S the unadulterated style of architect Ganesh Kumars home which
West: Mumbai: Sanjay Bhujle, Dinesh Devadiga, Laxman luxuriates in greenery and the rawness of its minimal material palette.
North & East: Kamal Bisht
Chennai: A.Karunanithi
Hyderabad: Naveen
We also have two distinct offices lined-up for you one for Learn in
Hyderabad by F+S Designs, which wears a contemporary garb; and
neWS-STAnD AccoUnTS
Anant Athavale, Rahul Mankar
the other a space that was originally a garage transformed by
SUbScRIPTIon TeAm
architect Amruta Daulatabadkars detailed and calming aesthetic.
Kamlesh Mathkar, Vaibhav Ghavale (9324490187) Fashion designer Ritu Kumars new store at Palladium mall in Mumbai
is a tribute by Studio Pomegranate to the evening sky in this bustling
loGISTIcS
Anant Shirke city we call home. In other stories, we have a heady mix of must-have
decor products to create beautiful settings for times you are cornered
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June 2017
Thing Tank
038 Take a Spin
Spin, a newly launched furniture and
accessories brand is a joyful culmination of
Scandinavian-inspired designs.

Bazaar
044 Rain Company
Heres a wonderful catalogue of comfy
064 furniture, cheerful furnishings and accessories
for your home for the monsoons.

Habitat
054 The aRT of The maTTeR
Vadodara-based Usine Studio design a home
038 where the artworks define the individual
spaces, and in the process makes the home a
piece of art.

064 eCleCTiC paRadiSe


074 A beautiful, zesty amalgamation of
contemporary and traditional... thats how one
would define this Jaipur home created by
interior designer Shantanu Garg.

074 TRue To The CoRe


044 Architect Ganesh Kumar of Studio69 designs a
minimalistic and elemental second home on
the outskirts of Bangalore for himself.

9 to 5
082 naTuRal ChaRm
088 Architect Amruta Daulatabadkar converts a
garage into an elegant, contemporary office
for a chartered accountant in Aurangabad.

modeRn leaRning
088 F+S Designs give the head office of the
educational institution Learn in Hyderabad
an artistic design that is both smart
and functional.

Off the Shelf


054 096 096 an ode To bombay
Ritu Kumars store at Palladium, Mumbai gets
the dramatic sparkle of sun-lit clouds on a
Regulars typical evening at the Maximum City courtesy
Studio Pomegranate.
020 Roundabout
026 Art Walk Snapshots
028 Eco Beat Cover photograph: 102 Heres a look at a modern, minimalist capsule
030 High Five Yashordhan Sodhani; hotel Urban Pod in Mumbai; Ministry of Beer, a
032 Pick of the Month Courtesy Shantanu steampunk themed bar in New Delhi; Zaras
036 Swish List Garg Design new showroom in a heritage building in
110 Gallery Turn to Eclectic Mumbai and the flagship store of fashion label
116 Directory Paradise on page 64 Not So Serious in New Delhi.

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Write back 9 To 5

Letter
of the
month
art inspired
The May issue was fantastic! It was
so good to see works of such Left of Centre
The Pocket Aces office designed by Patch Design Studio in
Mumbai is replete with quirky, innovative solutions a place
The inhabited wall with the green pockets
was created to utilize the height of the
space for both storage and relaxing. The

talented people being featured. My


space above the tiny editing room (with the
grey curtain) was made into a resting area
where work and play peacefully co-exist. too, accessible through indents created in
the wall. To the right is the open informal
TEXT: ALIFIYA MEHAMDABADWALA; PHOTOGRAPHS: KUNAL BHATIA, COURTESY PATCH DESIGN STUDIO workspace with high chairs.

favourite of the lot were the


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offices designed by Abin Design iMpressive projects


Studio and Vivek Kadecha. What I letter of the Month First I would like to congratulate
found absolutely amazing about I would like to congratulate Better Interiors for pulling off a fantastic the team at Better Interiors on
the office of Techno Electric was anniversary issue (May 2017). What a nice way to celebrate 12 glorious their 12th anniversary. I have
the beautiful way in which art and years by bringing to the forefront 12 unique office spaces. Through become a die-hard fan of your
sculptures have been integrated your magazine itself, I have been introduced to some excellent office magazine which never fails to
with the design. I couldnt take my interiors in the past few months and therefore for me this issue too impress me with an array of
eyes off the corridor and the rocked. I especially found three projects extremely interesting. They amazing projects featured every
dramatic way in which figurines are Pocket Aces office by Patch Design Studio, Ok Done Ideas & month. Last issue the office theme
are introduced here. As far as the Designs workplace by Multitude of Sins, and the office of Elegance was really inspiring especially the
Chhabi photography studio is Builders done up by Vipul Patel Architects. Since all these offices had a office designed by architect Rubel
concerned, its nice to know that modest square footage, one would expect them to be ordinary or Dhuna for a lawyer in Mumbai. I
the space is the reflection of the uninspiring. But I believe that the architects and interior designers like the amalgamation of classic
father-son duo. The uneven beams have used up the spaces really well. The green inhabited walls in the and contemporary style rooted in
in the studio, the distinct reception Pocket Aces office, the repurposed old door and window used by such a serious business set-up.
area and the earthy warm Smita Thomas and the jute rope screen in Elegance office are my The careful selection of furniture,
ambience created through the favourite elements. Brilliant job done! artwork and material palette in a
choice of materials and colours PratIksha BakshI, kolkata space-crunched city like Mumbai
are charming. was very well described by the
anuBhav sInha, new delhI writer. Even the AMPM Designs
office space was quiet impressive.
was really impressed with the way eyes. I was astonished by the sanj GuPta, Pune
the architects have reclaimed design sensibilities that have gone
materials and incorporated them into the making of this green office
ingenuously in the decor. Its hard space of a pipe manufacturer. I am
to pick a favourite amongst the sure the stunning installations, a
coffee counter made of gear verdant wall, artwork and the mild
plates, the light panel created from steel drop downs makes for a
old jars or the salvaged traditional tranquil stress-free work
Surti door. I even liked how environment. Besides, I seriously
Lovekar Design Associates have appreciate the efforts taken by the
transformed an old factory into a editorial team every issue to bring
siMply fab contemporary photography studio. out such amazing work.
When it comes to our homes and The traditional earthy colours here mIhIka kaPoor, mumBaI
offices, we all have certain really shine with the magic of dreaM Goals
preferences, ideas and dreams natural light. The Matchbox Cowork office
about how they should look. When Bhavna seth, ahmedaBad space featured in your anniversary
I flipped through the anniversary issue was just mind-blowing. We
issue, I identified with one space in Green spaces are a group of five best friends
particular, the casual, inviting and I always believed that the best with different business plans in our
fun office of Peacock Technology place to stay is close to the nature heads and the very next thought
created by Design Work Group. and when I came across the Desert after reading the article was to
Apart from the vibe of the space I Rose article it was a treat to my share the magazine with them.
This co-working space meant for
like-minded individuals like us gave
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Roundabout

A round-up of whAts new in stores, products, Art shows And much more.

QUicK TAKe ttK prestige, wipro win


designer chAirs by
mAison dU lUxe
red dot design Awards
furniture designer Gobind
Kapur has created some
classic chairs, launched
under the label Maison du
luxe. while the floral chair
is made from teak and
finished in high gloss white
paint and floral velvet
fabric, the Pearl chair is
adorned with light blue
velvet. Another chair in teak
is upholstered in dark blue
velvet chair with gold trims
and blue stone inlay.
www.maisonduluxe.in
Blum opens new
subsidiary in india
shAze Unveils
eQUesTriAn
fAnTAsy rAnge AUsTriAn fiTTings
Taking inspiration from specialist blum has
ancient mythology and opened a new
horse motifs, the new subsidiary blum india
collection is embraced with with a new office in
splendour in striking Mumbai. blum believes
sculpture of horses in form that its three most
of bookends, timepiece and important success
showpieces. The pieces factors are innovative
have been silver plated products, committed
along with a tint of gold and The presTigioUs red doT design AwArds 2017 were employees and an
wooden base. announced lately and two indian products from wipro and TTK international
www.shaze.in Prestige were awarded the seal of quality for good design and presence. during the
innovation. TTK Prestige, the kitchen appliances brand won the Red last business year, the
dot Award for high design quality for hobtop a hob designed by company has exported
mArigold dyutiman Moulik of iNCUe, a bangalore-based design firm. The 97 per cent of its
fUrnishers Unveil product, built with superior burners and internal components from products through 28
mArble fUrniTUre SAbAf, italy and break-resistant, scratch-proof glass top from Schott subsidiaries and/or
compiled by: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdwAlA

collecTion Ceran, Germany was developed specifically for indian cooking habits. representative offices
The new collection includes Meanwhile, the Red dot Award: Product design was bestowed on around the world. The
dining tables, coffee tables, wipro lightings Verge led. Verge led is wipros signature lighting company has a
center tables and consoles. product for modern work-spaces designed by the companys state-of-the-art
each piece is inspired by the industrial designer Prajakta Rokade. Not only is it the slimmest backlit training centre and an
forms of art, fashion and led luminaire requiring only 50mm space above the ceiling, it is also impressive 2,150 sq ft
luxury and are rendered in optically researched having a seamless heT PC diffuser with 10 per showroom in india
varied materials in exotic cent uplight, 90 per cent downlight for balanced illumination on walls, as well.
woods and metals. ceilings and tabletops. www.blum.com
Mobile: 9999777417 www.red-dot.sg

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urban Ladder unveils first Address home now also
exclusive sofa Lounge in Bangalore

UrbAn lAdder hAs opened iTs firsT ever exclUsive sofA


lounge in hSR layout, bangalore. Conceptualized and designed by an
in-house team, the space is divided into four levels providing depth to
the space. Since, buying a sofa involves various ergonomic factors such
as overall comfort, cushion density, fabric quality, colour etc, the lounge
helps customers physically experience the quality and comfort of the
range, assess dimensions and fabric preferences. with a strong digital
integration, the store also offers customers an interactive touch
interface ensuring they perfect their choice.
www.urbanladder.com

casa pops new


store in chandigarh

Address home hAs opened A new sTore AT lAvelle roAd


in bangalore. Occupying an area of 2,300 sq ft, the interiors boasts
cAsA pop hAs opened iTs new shop-in-shop sTore in of modern aesthetics with one wall dedicated to their signature
Chandigarh. launched in collaboration with Raya-The lifestyle unfinished brick look. The cement flooring and the open ceiling with
Store, Casa Pop is spread over an area of 1,400 sq ft. The glacier exposed lighting gives a contemporary industrial look while the
white background and furniture helps in creating a focus on the wooden accent furniture and a fireplace lends an old world charm.
vibrant products. The store has also used its own Opium wallpaper The store offers a boutique ambience to showcase colour-
on parts of the walls for some added effect. A premium range of coordinated collections, expertly laid out to inspire ideas for ones
bold and vibrant home accessories, wallpaper and fabrics, incidental own home. from German hand-blown glass vases, european crystal
furniture, fashion accessories and trousseau trunks are available at lights, balis planters and decor pieces to french handcrafted acrylic
the store. chairs, the store is a culmination of all things edgy and elegant.
www.casa-pop.com Mobile: 8022227111

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first Gaudi-designed home to
open as museum fyi

integration
20th June 2017 to 26th June 2017
Jehangir Art gallery,
Kala ghoda, mumbai 400001
Tel: 22843989

The solo art show integration by artist


Madhavi Kolte is about our societys
current blindness toward addressing
how our actions and in-actions are
responsible for the degrading state of
The cAsA vicens mUseUm in who wanted Gaudi to build him a summer house. the environment. The artist uses
barcelona will open to the public in the second This iconic building with its bright red and coiling as a technique of art as it allows
half of 2017. located on 24 Carolines Street, the turquoise hues offset the elaborate balconies her to counterbalance this lingering
museum was the first house ever designed by for which Gaudi was known, and the spacious feeling of helplessness by
the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, home is a welcome addition to any Gaudi fans transforming this negative mental
renowned for his lavish designs, flamboyant itinerary. Visitors will have access to the agitation into creations that celebrate
colours, and unique, modernist style at the turn permanent exhibition, subdivided into three our natural world.
of the 20th century. This will be the first time the thematic blocks: the history of the estate, Casa
house declared world heritage site will Vicens as the essential manifesto of the work of
open to the public without it being a residential Gaudi, and the social, cultural, and artistic
or private space. Casa Vicens was commissioned context of the house.
to Gaudi in 1883 by Manel Vicens, a trade agent Source: Archdaily

Nikes Unlimited Stadium in


Manila shaped like a footprint
summer online Auction
6th June 2017 to 7th June 2017
www.saffronart.com

Saffronarts upcoming Summer Online Auction


features a selection of contemporary South
Asian art and important works from indias
finest modernists. featuring themes of
identity, migration and socio-economic issues,
highlights from the contemporary section
include works by Valay Shende, Tayeba begum
lipi and Subodh Gupta to name a few.
niKe in AssociATion wiTh bbh singApore hAs creATed A brAnd new
Unlimited Stadium at bonifacio Global City in Central Manila, Philippines that is touted as the
worlds first full-size led running track. with its design inspired from the footprint of the Nike Please note: for insertion in this column, we
lunarepic runner, the 200 meter-track is laid in the form of a figure-eight, which is lined with led require details of upcoming events at least a
screens throughout the course. Runners first set an initial lap time, which is managed through an month in advance. we request you to send in
attachment on each athletes shoe, where their competing avatar are then running alongside them event schedules to: deepa.nair@nw18.com
on the continuous led screen essentially challenging the runner to keep bettering their best. Up Updates on events is at the discretion of the
to 30 runners can partake in this virtual race against themselves. organizers. information is valid at the time of
Source: design boom going to print.

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Through his sculpTures and The arT BeaT india iniTiaTive, arTisT Yuvraj
narain aims To make arT accessiBle in The puBlic realm.

aRTIST
Yuvraj Narain

on hIS many TRavelS new delhI-


based Yuvraj Narain was always
impressed and inspired by the presence of
beautiful sculptures across cityscapes
something he found missing in india. in
an endeavour to bring art to public spaces
and make it accessible to people, Yuvraj
and his wife sangeeta founded Art Beat
india, a body that collaborates with the
government, institutions, galleries and art
enthusiasts for installation of sculptures. A
self-taught sculptor, Yuvraj is the first
artist to have created sculptures for Art
anchoRed by: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdwAlA; PhoTogRaPhS: Courtesy the ARtist

Beat india. he has built his figurative


sculpture collection on the theme of life in
its innumerable dimensions. For him, the
mimicry of nature is the essence of art a
nature that has no boundaries. in his first
exhibition, Dichotomy of Being, held at
Religare Art Gallery in April 2016, Yuvrajs
sculptures captured life in its innumerable
facets. Brass, mild steel, aluminium and
fibre were the materials he used to bring
alive his visual narrative of life in the
moment. the larger-than-life, the Play of
the Creator, is the first sculpture from the
Creator trilogy. Made from mild steel, it is
installed at sector 62 in Gurgaon. the
enchanting Balloonwala (made of fibre);
Gift of Life, an aluminium sculpture
portraying a mother dog surrounded by
her offspring; and Lets swing are some
examples of his talent and insightful
interpretation of nature in all its glory.

www.artbeatindia.com

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recYcled paper pulp creaTed BY producT designer riTa koralevics is used
To give shape To some unique minimal producTs.

PRoducT deSIgneR
Rita Koralevics

budaPeST-baSed PRoducT deSIgneR


Rita Koralevics studied graphic design from the
hungarian university of Fine Arts and has
dappled in various artistic media including
screen printing, graphic design, photography
and animation. having a passion for eco-friendly
products and modern design led to Rita
developing a paper pulp using high quality paper
waste, glue, varnish and some sawdust. she used
this paper pulp in creating various products by
hand with rough, unfinished surfaces and
minimal forms. Paper pulp is easy to mix with
sawdust, woodchips, or any organic material,
which provides practically countless possibilities
anchoRed by: ALiFiYA MehAMADABADwALA; PhoTogRaPhS: CouRtesY PAPeR uP

for papier mache applications. in 2013, the


designer established her brand Paper up! to
promote these diverse objects (made from
paper pulp) ranging from serving trays and
vases as well to jugs, bags, folders and ceiling
lamps in various styles. her most recent
offerings are the Dome+ lamps, sis+ lamps,
Blokk+ containers and Curl up vases. shaped like
a dome, the Dome+lamp is made from cement
and paper, a combination that ensures it is both
lightweight and tough. the vertical and the
horizontal scores on the Curl up vases divides
the surface into units following the principle of
golden section. while the sis+ lamps have been
created using paper pulp and saw dust, cement
has been added to create the Blokk+ containers
that can be stacked on top of each other. Rita
creates objects in small series and shapes with
the final objects representing typical handicraft
features and unique disposition.

http://paperupcollection.blogspot.in/

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HigH Five!
Take Your pick from These five sleek-looking and TechnologicallY
advanced washing machines.

godRej aPPlIanceS lg IndIa haIeR IndIa


the Godrej eon u-sonic Fully Automatic the LG twin wash allows washing two the Gemini double drum washing
washing machine features a separate loads at the same time. with a machine is available in a new Champagne
revolutionary ultra-sonic stain remover capacity of 21kg it has a mini 3.5kg Gold colour and a holding capacity of up
which uses a mixture of ultra-sonic washer for intimates, delicates, white to four kgs in the upper drum and eight
waves, water and detergent to break the and baby clothes. A sliding detergent kgs in the lower drum. it is equipped with
stains on clothes. other highlights box; turbowash 2.0 and turbosteam for 30 customizable programs, anti-stain
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` 29,800 onwaRd ` 1,54,990 ` 1,69,000
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the latest range of front load supreme Care washing machines are the Digi one, fully automatic top loading washing machine with a
manufactured in europe with an advanced senseinverter motor. its capacity of 7.5 kg has an interactive display panel. it consists of a
6th sense softMove technology customizes drum movements rust free fibre body; Rhombus drum which is gentle on the fabric
according to each fabric type and removes the toughest of stains. and hard on stains; a revolutionary hexa-tech Pulsator offering
the product is certified A+++ by the european union Directive. optimal turbulence; smart micro filters and an in-built heater.
` 35,000 onwaRd ` 27,990

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pick of the Month wiTh mieles new arTline series of BuilT-in appliances one can now design a
kiTchen enTirelY wiThouT handles.

seamless design
anchoRed by: DeePA NAiR; PhoTogRaPhS: couRTeSy mIele IndIa

wITh aRTlIne, kITchen cabIneTRy and machIneS enTeR a cooker hood models which disappear self-effacingly behind furniture
symbiotic relationship retiring and elegant at one and the same time, fronts when switched off round off the line-up. technically, ArtLine models
informs Gernot trettenbrein, Director of Domestic Appliances international are based on the current built-in appliances from Mieles Generation 6000
at Miele. this seamless, minimal series is the need of the hour as with one significant difference. the function of the handle on a
contemporary design beautifully merges kitchens and living rooms in conventional model is assumed by a sensor integrated into the fascia
keeping with the transparent and, fast lives we live today. Mieles Artline (touch2open). Gently touching this sensor opens the motor-assisted door,
series of built-in appliances dispenses with handles, and blends in damping its action as it reaches the fully open position. the two ArtLine
seamlessly with flush furniture fronts and interprets the concept of full model versions comprise of price-entry models with Mieles
appliance integration in a whole new way. the portfolio includes ovens, Directsensor controls; and top-of-the-range models with an M- touch
combination steam ovens, as well as ovens with microwave. these key display which is reminiscent of an interactive smartphone. All the models
products are joined by a coffee machine, hob units, a warmer drawer, a are available in brilliant white, and a new graphite grey tone.
vacuum-sealing drawer, a wine conditioning unit, various refrigeration
products as well as dishwashers with Knock2open technology. Various Miele india; website: www.miele.in

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Spotlight

Design Domain The fourth edition of Heimtextil India and Ambiente


India to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from
20th June to 22nd June 2017.
compiled by: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdwAlA; photographs: courtesy Messe frAnkfurt trAde fAirs indiA Pvt ltd

T
he fourth edition of
Heimtextil India and
Ambiente India
organized by Messe
Frankfurt Trade
Fairs India Pvt Ltd will return to
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from
20th June to 22nd June 2017, and
will showcase new collections
and creative applications of
textiles, home furnishings and
interior decor. From themed
exhibits to inspiring product
designs, seminar sessions and
experience zones, the platform
will offer a quality experience
for business and industry
networking with a participation
of over 180 companies from
India, Bangladesh, China, Korea,
Nepal, Thailand and Turkey. As
the leading business platform in
this segment, the organizers
have also prepared a series of
trend-setting content that is set
to create a buzz among home
fashionistas, architects, interior
designers, retailers and design
experts. For this years event,
the organizers have planned to
showcase the worlds largest
cushion, have planned the ILA
Experience Zone, Special Skills
Zone and Hospitality & Retail
Day. New home fashion
collections for 2017 will also be
showcased at the fair.

With an aim to draw attention


to Indias dominant position in
home textile production and
exports, the organizers are set
to create the worlds largest
cushion curated with the
fabrics from DDecor. The art
installation is said to break
records and enter the Limca
Books as the worlds largest
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highlight at the exhibition this year will be
the Experience Zone in the Interior
Lifestyle Awards the ILA Experience
Zone will feature innovative concepts in
interior spaces through a design face-off
between product and textile designers.
Representing international design trends,
these concepts will be based on four
themes such as: Exploration with Nature,
Illusion, Heritage and Planet. The themed
exhibits will be curated by a jury comprising
of Lipika Sud, President of the Guild of
Designers & Artists; architect Sonali
Bhagwati, President of Design Plus; and
acclaimed fashion guru and President of
Fashion Design Council of India Sunil Sethi.
The winners will be announced at the ILA
Gala Night on 20th June.

At the Special Skills Zone, live


demonstrations of different art forms such
as hand work cushions, handbag stitching,
hand embroidery and the art of creating
small artefacts with the use of techniques
such as tie-dye, batik on fabric, applique
and embroidery, jewellery making, paper
art will be given by a group of specially-
abled children. Meanwhile, the exclusive
Hospitality & Retail Day will see a series of
business-centric workshops and buyer-
seller meets, to be attended by noted retail
buyers and purchase managers from some
of the top hotels and restaurant chains in
India and Asia.

Visitors will be able to get the first look


of new collections by top fashion players
including DDecor, Welspun, Reliance,
Raymond, AWKenox Steel, Flair Houseware,
Organic Home (Stonemen Crafts),
Lifestyles 360 Degree, Gomaads
among others.

With so many stimulating events and


discussions in store, the Heimtextil India
and Ambiente India fair will allow visitors to
not only focus on the segments of their
sourcing and professional interest, but also
inspire new trends in the Indian home
fashion industry.

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Swish List

stefano ricci
Stefano Ricci Homes new collection Crystal
Line is made of the highest quality fine crystal,
entirely hand engraved and decorated by
maishaa expert Florentine craftsmen. Crystal Line
Bring a touch of Spanish flair to your home with Clarke & Clarkes newest offering features five exclusive decors: Soft Cashmere,
Matador, a collection of embroidered and woven furnishing fabrics. Inspired by the Chisel, Tuscan Leaves, Diamond Dazzle and
embellishments of matador jackets and the mosaics in the Alhambra, this range is a Princess all of which may be engraved, hand
culmination of traditional Spanish culture with modern colours. Here, bold, stylized decorated or ground. Each decor comes in
patterns create the flamboyant appearance of design Augustina with detailed four different models of elegant crystal
embroidery yarns intricately stitched onto coloured linen base cloths to re-create the glassware Signoria, Tornabuoni, Pitti and
incredible embellishments of a matador jacket. This daring design is complimented by Princess along with various table and home
a simple versatile woven stitch effect check Kahlo, and Boho stripe, both suitable for ornaments. While Soft Cashmere, Chisel and
upholstery along with two embroidered mosaics patterns, Sierra and Fiesta. Tuscan Leaves decors feature elegant curves,
exclusively hand engraved and further enriched

An ensemble of stylish furniture,


with liquid gold or platinum; Diamond Dazzle
and Princess decors are created with
ground techniques.
unique furnishings, exquisite
serveware and more
serenity
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Serenity, the home decor store in


Mumbai started by Amrit
Borkakoty, has now entered the
virtual world with www.
serenityonline.in. The brand is
offering a beautiful collection of
furniture, dining ware, lamps,
shades, decor accessories and
cushion covers through their
online store. Created using mostly
organic, ethically sourced, high arttdinox
quality cloth, wood, suede and Arttdinox has recently come out with the Tomb collection
brass; the products are young, fun comprising of three exquisite jars in small, medium and large
and funky in theme. While the sizes. A thoughtful interpretation of Indian architecture, the
furniture includes spiritually- jars have been crafted from stainless steel while the lids are
themed meditation chairs, dining made from wood further enhanced with an inlay of white
tables, coffee tables and drawer metal wire through taarkashi (silver filigree work from
chests; the cushion covers and Cuttack). The base of the jar is designed on the hemi-
curtains with their floral motifs are spherical stainless steel bowls. Another new collection
reminiscent of spring and summer. launched by the brand named Antique Dhokra incorporates
The new range also includes cloths a spiced table of utility products; vase, candy bowl and jar
with floral, photographic and with a unique design twist. Each of the products are crafted
animation prints for varying tastes in alloy of brass, nickel and zinc with intricate jaali work and
and styles. the coiled base adorned with flower motifs.

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Visionnaire
The brands latest Green Heart Re-Evolution collection of furniture is
symbolic of the rediscovery of nature and the search for well-being,
combined with a desire for renovation. With this collection, Visionnaire
reconfirms its collaboration with designers Steve Leung, Alessandro La
Spada, the duo Maurizio Manzoni and Roberto Tapinassi and architect
Mauro Lipparini. Babylon (featured here), a modular sofa designed by
Alessandro La Spada, is upholstered in Nabuk leather with geometrical
quilted backrest and profiles in satinized champagne finishing steel. It is
paired with a low table in leather and marble between the seats. Designed
by Steve Leung, the gorgeous Allure armchair comes upholstered in
duotone velvet with cannette work and smooth hood; front feet and
frame in satinized black nickel finishing steel. Blondie Armchair Cyborg
low table, Milton console and the Princess bed are some other riveting
pieces of this range.

roche bobois
A range of stunning vases and lamps have been launched under Roche
Bobois Spring Summer Collection 2017. The Asli Luminarie designed by
Pierre Dubois etAime Cecil is the star of the range of table, floor and
bedside lamps. Crafted with hammered brass with a natural silk shade, it
is available as a table or floor lamp. Created from polished stainless steel
and Murano blown glass with an integrated diffuser, the unique Bulb
Table Lamp has been designed by Toni Grilo. Designed by iconic designer
Sacha Lakic, the Exos Bowls (featured here) are limited edition pieces
where the technology of 3D printing meets with the complexities of
nature. The Anglo vase designed by Alnoor, Rometti-designed Dragon
vases are all part of this range.

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CloCkwise, From Top Stylish


and handy, the Cross is made of
bent metal sheets, while white oak
planks act as the separator between
the sheets providing the jacket for
books, magazines or newspapers.
The edgy, modern Mater side table
is as unconventional as can be. It is
made of powder coated flat metal
sheets and is available in vibrant
yellow, red, blue, black and white.
Create your own happy corner at
home with the Calypso chairs. The
slight curve in the back and seat
are examples of how aesthetics
meet functionality.
The unique Firenze dresser has a
frame in white pipe metal and a
hanging bar made of solid oak. A
drawer made of ash wood has been
fixed at seating height to store
cosmetics and accessories.

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For the design of the Argo barstool,
the Spin team turned to the
square, rhombus and trapezium for
inspiration. Available in six colours
black, white, red, yellow, blue and
misty grey they will fit into the
decor scheme of a home, restaurant
or even an office.

Take a Spin
Scandinavian-inspired designs that marry wood and metal
with a joyful demeanour and a technologically superior form
is what defines Spin a furniture and accessories brand
launched by entrepreneurs Avenish Jain, Manish Jain, Ashish
Jain and Neeraj Ajwani.
TexT: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdwAlA; phoTographs: Avenish JAin, MAnAv PArhAwk CourTesy sPin

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aunched earlier this year by it was their easy camaraderie, shared work
Avenish Jain, Ashish Jain, Manish ethics, and an understanding of each others
Jain and Neeraj Ajwani, furniture strengths that led them to start Shark
brand Spin has an interesting if Shopfits in 2003, a premiere retail solution
Founders slightly roundabout origin story. company. After running a successful business
Avenish, Manish and Ashish have known each in retail fittings (shop shelving, display
(L-R) Manish Jain, Ashish Jain, other since 1999, when they worked for an equipment, furniture, etc) with a global
Neeraj Ajwani and Avenish Jain advertising firm in New Delhi. The three of clientele such as Armani, DKNY, Diesel, Nike
them worked on many projects together and and Superdry, one wonders how the trio

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CloCkwise, From Top leFT This trendy study


table integrated with a wall rack is called Abacus.
White oak veneer has been used for its shelves as
well as the table top while its basic frame comprises
tall and sturdy metal pipes.
No space to have huge bookshelves and cabinets?
Then the Arial shelving unit is perfect for any empty
wall at home. Its bottom shelf in birch ply laminate
stays fixed while the movable top shelf slides
through the slotted metallic frame.
The Canoe four-poster bed, with its simple and
basic house-frame, would be a perfect addition for a
childs room.
A wonderful depiction of Spins wood-metal design
philosophy, the cool Curo desk organizer comes with
four beautiful oak trays placed in a bent metal
sheet tray.
A lot of thought goes into designing a product
at Spin. An apt example of this is the classy and
compact Den bar unit that comes replete with wine
racks, wine glass slots, drawers, cabinets and a mixer
space. It is made of white ash wood and ash veneer.

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ventured into furniture and accessory
design. A few years ago when we couldnt
find any furniture in the Indian market that
matched our sensibilities simple, original,
and minimal for our personal spaces as
well as to meet the needs of some
international brands here, we started
exploring possibilities of designing our own,
answers Avenish.

After two years of brainstorming, the


prototyping began in 2016, followed by a
formal launch in February 2017. Of course, it
helped that they had a robust, modern,
world-class facility, and a pool of talented
people at their disposal courtesy Shark.
Sharks core strength and expertise in
working with metal and wood forms the basic
building block behind Spins central design
philosophy to amalgamate the
homogeneity of metals with organic
goodness of wood. By applying Scandinavian
design principles and combining metal with
the tactile warmth of wood, we were able to
achieve what we set out to do. We have been
working with a lot of European brands and
adapting their aesthetics in India. In doing so,
we amassed experience and developed
expertise in this design language. Metal
brought in an exciting dimension of
technology and modernity to the process and
end product. Gone was the boxiness which is
usually a by-product of the traditional
interpretation of Indian hardwood furniture,
explains Avenish.

Colour is another crucial factor that makes


Spin products stand apart from the usual
fare. Bright hues and colour blocks in yellow,
red, pink and turquoise make the furniture
instantly joyful, and refreshing. This is
bolstered by the simplicity of the design and
craftsmanship. Simplicity is the toughest
quality to achieve the manufacturing
process entails a certain level of technical
understanding and expertise, adds Manish.

The partners have created a unique design


language and philosophy for the brand
which is followed by the designers
in tandem with the production team.
This facilitates early prototyping and
minimizing the need to go back-to-the-board.
Thus, the entire process, from ideation to
Top The Hex centre table is a culmination of a hexagon-shaped birch ply final production, takes about a month. The
top and metallic legs. The exposed joinery coupled with the metallic legs precision with which all the teams work
makes this table edgy, vibrant and stable. with each other ensures a glitch-free
CenTre The Theo bench is rectilinear, curvilinear and embodies the Spin prototype analysis stage. This is also why
design concept of blending metal with natural woods with ease. Solid oak Spin products usually go on sale after an
seating in natural finish sits snug inside its chic metallic frame. industry aggressive period of 45 days.
While the furniture is only available on their
above The Einstein stool is a great addition to a childs playroom. Children website (www.madewithspin.com) right now,
can read their books, do craft projects and homework assignments or even they are soon planning a foray into the
play board games on it.
offline world.

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CloCkwise, From Top leFT White ash wood makes up the simple yet elegant Pyne chairs. An
element of colour has been introduced in the form of the metallic pieces on either side of the back of
the chair.
The Stencil four-poster bed has a solid and comfortable wooden platform with a headrest in white-
coated ash.
For the Swing side table, the team erected a powder-coated metal sheet stand in an interesting slant.
A small wooden plank is held straight at its mouth while its bottom is balanced via a longer and tilted
plank. Not only does Swing have a delicate appearance but it is lightweight too.
Named The Keeper, this square unit comes with three levels of closed storage and two open display
areas with accents of blue and yellow.

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Ask the partners about their favourite
leFT The Metallica collection and they reply in unison While all
chair is a fine work of our pieces are special to us, like any first-
art and engineering born, the Neo range is our favourite. This
a solid oak seat range comprises a minimalistic line-up of
is balanced upon an chairs, stools, barstools, consoles, mini-stools,
edgy metallic frame and benches in a fusion of oakwood and
with a unusual bent sheet metal with exposed joinery. Other
metal detailing on the collections include Polo that redefines
backrest. The detailing
three-legged stools and uses a watch pivot as
is achieved using a
the key inspiration; the thoughtfully built
modern manufacturing
hallmark that
Cargo collection; and the minimalistic Den
few companies range of bar products. Other nifty offerings
specialize in. include the Calypso chair, Caramel table,
Einstein table, Theo bench, Firenze bench,
CenTre The fuss- Chicory toast cum egg rack and Swing side
free Neo bar stools table. The stylish Calypso chair with a slight
have an industrial curve in the back is the perfect meeting point
look about them,
of design and functionality. An example of the
masterfully achieved
brands aesthetic, the Theo bench is made
via a flat metal sheet
and exposed joinery.
from solid oak sitting inside an industrial chic
Notice the solid flow metallic frame. Owing to its neutral hue, one
of movement from can place it as a standalone unit or as a
the round oak wood seating layout finisher. Available in a ply and
seating to sturdy ash finish with yellow, black, white, red and
wooden legs that have blue metal options, the Swing side table has a
been provided with beautiful powder-coated metal sheet stand
a triangular at an interesting slant a small wooden
metallic footrest. plank is held straight at its mouth while its
below The Zucca
bottom is balanced via a longer, tilted plank
tray is minimalism that it passes through it. With a talented team
personified with its at work, each product created makes a
bent metal sheet statement. Their constant endeavour is to
structure, disjointed create designs that address common
corners and challenges. An office system range with
perforated base. The desks, partitions and shelving storages, an
simple and functional expansive home and office accessories line as
Zucca pen stand is well as a series of upholstered products are in
a result of a folded the pipeline.
aluminium sheet with
drilled holes and long At its core, Spin was conceived with the idea
grooved corners. of adding joy to everyday spaces and making
a strong connection with customers through
its products. And we can say with confidence
that their products are space transformers
and conversation starters.

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Rain Company
While the monsoons bring with them the promise of revitalization and cooler days, one
cannot help but feel gloomy when the dark clouds set in. Our carefully curated mix of
comforting furniture and bright, colourful furnishings and accessories will help lift your spirits.
Anchored by: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdWAlA And deepA nAir; PhotogrAPhs: courtesy the brAnds

Lladro
The lovely Paper
Boats matte porcelain
piece feature three
children playing the
age-old game of
paper boats. A
perfect gift for a
treasured friend to
remind her/him of
the sweet memories
of childhood.
` 1,15,100

BoConcept Nicobar
Part of the spring A mix of checkerboard print, irregular stripes,
summer collection, the floral vines and graphic elements in indigo
Viva glasses in dust green adorn the surfaces of the Sencha tea cups.
hue follow a Scandinavian These are made of porcelain and are part of
design language. the Aiiro collection.
` 8,950 each ` 4,600

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Nivasa Spacio
Bring nature into your home with This trio of glass vases which
this beautiful Mocha chair thats showcase a multi-hued
intricately hand-carved in teak marble-finished design would Maishaa
and upholstered in a fabric with a be an impressive addition to The Graphica collection from
bold print. your table decor. Clarke & Clarke features a
` 1,52,000 Price on request combination of retro and
geometric prints in pastel
and sorbet hues. They are
printed on 100 per cent
cotton panama fabric with
PVC coated options as well.
Price on request

Cane Boutique
A touch of teal for your living
space? Bring home this
comfortable sofa from the
Teal collection to laze about on
a rainy day.
Price on request

Good Earth
Part of the Husn-E-
Taairaat range, these
glasses feature
Pepperfry flowers and
With attractive form and soft hue, peacocks, inspired
the Ice Blue Tea Set made from from a vibrantly
bone china features a tea pot, six hand-painted
cups and six saucers. Pichhwai paintings.
` 1,669 Price on request

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Freedom Tree
Watch the rain Bent Chair
pitter-patter outside This quirky ceramic Sushi
from this slim platter will brighten up
rocking chair thats your table instantly on a
crafted in teak. gloomy day.
` 20,000 ` 1,099

DDecor
These floral themed
fabrics from the
Fantastique
collection will infuse
your decor
with freshness
and serenity.
` 1,700 to ` 4,000
(per metre)

Just for Decor


These funky Zynna
porcelain cake These plain sheer
plates with their curtains from the
vibrant hues and Casadeco Milan
geometric designs range will ensure
are ideal to serve privacy while allowing
your baked treats. light to filter through.
` 2,500 (set of six) Price on request

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Dash Square Idus
Nothing compares to curling up in the Karma Just like its name suggests, the Entice
chair on a lazy rainy afternoon. The spring sofa-cum-bed will tempt you to
mechanism ensures a smooth tilt to snuggle up on it on a rainy day. It is
comfortably accommodate ones body while upholstered with premium quality
settling back into the original position when fabric and has a solid wooden frame Freedom Tree
you get up. and a steel pull out channel. The quirky Maya Irul
` 1,09,000 ` 1,04,000 lampshade is shaped like a
coolie hat and made of
cotton. The cute little
colourful print on its surface
will brighten a dull room.
` 1,980

Cane Boutique India Circus


Called Amara, this The Flowers and Ferns quarter plate is part
chair with a wicker of the Spring Summer 17 collection. Its
seat and backrest is ethereal design enhanced by the aqua hue
a classic. will add a vibrant touch to any occasion.
Price on request ` 599

Fendi Casa
The new Six Shades
of Palmer sofa,
designed by Toan
Nguyen, is a creative
blend of graphic lines Apartment9
and continuous A vintage sketch of an apple
shapes. It is available tree serves as inspiration for
in six colours ranging this Leaf Apple jar. The
from an intense wine-coloured glass jar is
red to delicate further enhanced by a
powder pink. moon-cut design.
Price on request ` 13,500

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Dash Square
The Shayla sofas
(from Ashley
Furniture) offer
plush, modern
comfort with a touch
of retro flair. Theyre
adorned with
button-tufted detail,
pipe-framed
cushions and gently
sloped arms .
Price on request

Maishaa
The three striking patterns
featured here are from the
Anatolia fabric collection by
Clarke & Clarke. When combined
with soft, distressed semi-plain
chenille in a wide variety of
modern shades, these stunning
fabrics are sure to add character
to a home.
Price on request

Inhabit
A visual treat, the Haute sofa is a union of graceful, hand carved turned
legs, a hand-buttoned back and colourful-patterned patches of fabric.
Price on request

The Label Life


The stunning Gold
Pear candle jar is
crafted from
gold-plated
aluminium with its
hammered texture, Good Earth
while the scented The Ganges Promenade Coasters
candle will fill your made from glass are decorated
home with a dreamy with tropical imagery inspired by
vanilla scent. the ancient city of Banaras.
` 990 ` 1,800 (set of four)

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Apartment9
These platters and mugs from
the Marrakech Stoneware
collection reflect a Morrocan
vibe with designs reminiscent of
the intricate tilework and
arabesque designs. Serve piping
hot tea, bhajiyas and biscuits in
this serve ware when the first
rains hit the city.
` 550 (mug); ` 810 (set of 2
coasters); ` 900 (small
rectangular platter); ` 1,400
(square platter); ` 1,800
(large rectangular platter)
Tresorie
Theres nothing like
the scent of fresh
blooms to vanquish
the gloom. Place
them in this stylish
flower vase thats
made of brass and
finished in gold.
` 29,995

Just for Clocks


Add a splash of colour to your wall with the
Pixtime clock from Deutsch brand Nextime.
Made from glass, pixelated hues are the
highlights of this clock.
` 4,600

Nivasa
Unique and bold, the green crystal lamp
makes for the perfect accent to your bedside
table. It will amp up the play of light in your
space when sunlight hits its surface.
` 22,600

Wisma Atria Interiors


Launched under the Complementi
collection by Boffi, this pair of
sophisticated floor lamps are called Juno
and Jupiter respectively. They come with
Tresorie a base carved from dark American
Reminiscent of the waves of the walnut wood in combination with a glass
sea, these dainty Aqua glass vases shade, and a bronzed brass ring.
have a calming vibe about them. ` 5,96,048 (Juno-orange lamp);
` 12,000 (set of four) ` 8,00,783 (Jupiter-white lamp)

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Buzzaria Dukaan
Neevs oil diffuser contains the pure essential oil of patchouli, with
a rich, earthy and musky fragrance that not only helps induce
sleep but also repels mosquitoes. The Label Life
` 580 onward The Sink chair by product designer Lekha Washington
resembles a flat disk until you literally sink into it. The seat
is made of lycra and supported by a chrome-plated
stainless steel body. The chair is available in champagne,
pink and cobalt.
` 34,090

Maishaa
DDecor Aptly named Monsoon, this collection of
These fashionable aluminium Venetian blinds come in a range of colours and fabrics from Clarke & Clarke will keep
patterns. They can be easily operated by co-ordinating control cords and adjusting the gloom away with its eight vibrant
light with the tilt and turn mechanism. textured patterns.
` 6,760 (per sq metre) Price on request

Scarlet Splendour
From the house of Italian
furniture brand Gufram comes
this unusual Metacactus sculpture
made of polyurethane foam. The
Ottimo lime colour fades into the orange
The Clay sofa by Operae Home has been designed with a sophisticated at the tips, as if the cactus has
and contemporary silhouette. The combination of teal and grey, been scorched by the burning
together with the niches, accentuates its shape. desert sun.
Price on request Price on request

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Dash Square Zynna
If your taste is rustic, shabby You can play peek-a-boo with
chic or vintage, these ceramic rain by draping this flowy
jars from Ashley Furniture will Casadeco Luna printed sheers
make for charming accessories. on your windows.
Price on request Price on request

Tranceforme
The Rack floor lamp is made of wood with a
parchment lampshade. It also comes equipped
with four handy built-in drawers.
` 54,500

Maspar
A honeycomb is the
inspiration behind
this lovely green glass
wastepaper basket.
Its as much an
accessory as a
functional piece
of decor.
` 3,499

Idus
Aptly called Relax, Maddhome
this lounger will The multi-colour glass mosaic
beckon you to vase made from glass and
unwind on it. It is aluminium will add beauty and a
made from foam with sprinkle of colour to your desk,
sleek steel legs and shelf or countertops, whether
upholstered in black grouped with other related items
high grain leather. for a lovely display, or by itself.
` 1,49,000 ` 2,909

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Bent Chair
Inspired by aerodynamic forms in automobiles, the Freedom Tree
Raceback chair embodies youthful energy. The extra thick These ceramic snack plates reflect the romance of the
chair frame is made of kiln-dried Indian rosewood finished monsoon with their circular design featuring Kukkibali
in a black exposed vein texture. A black and red sling on the flowers, which are also known as the Love-in-a-Mist
seat and back has been incorporated for added comfort. Passion flower.
` 26,999 ` 2,480 (set of 4)

Maspar Idus
Fretwork has inspired the design As mesmerizing as an aerialist in mid-flight, Limbo, designed by
of this classy napkin set. It is Kenneth Cobonpue, captures the delicate balance of a single moment.
jacquard woven with a The sculpture also doubles as a light and is made of gossamer wires
shiny thread. hand-woven in a lattice pattern.
` 1,199 Price on request

India Circus
This table mat and napkin set
depicts elephants against a
natural backdrop with hints of
a Mughal theme. Theyre sure
to add a royal touch to your
dinner table.
` 1,399

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Tranceforme
This Moroccan mint
platter by Faaya will
remind you of the
sunny Mediterranean
on a dull, rainy day.
It features shades
of blue, mint and
white that bring
out the Moorish
Moroccan patterns.
` 2,600

Scarlet Splendour
When the atmosphere and your mood are both
dull, all you need to lift your spirits is this lovely
Five Bulb floor lamp. It is made of ceramic with
24-karat gold finish.
Price on request

Good Earth
One can recreate the
royal Mughal
grandeur with the
Baradari Rajah
charger plate made
from fine bone china.
It features vibrant
butterfly motifs and a
intricate jaali border,
accented with
24-karat gold.
` 3,500

Pepperfry
Give your interiors a
modern touch by Spacio
including these lovely Rhapsody is a stunning
Multicoloured Floor crystal glass decor piece
Rope Lamps from the Tono Doni
designed by Sahil range by Italian brand
Sarthak Designs. Mario Cioni & C.
` 3,949 Price on request

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The ArT of
The mATTer
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Standing in the linear courtyard
that is literally the dividing line
between the front bay with its
entrance (right) and the rear bay
that accommodates the living room.
The latter sits as a glassed pavilion
under an exposed concrete roof.

LefT Artist Ashish Dashs gold-


engraved human figure welcomes
you in this art-filled abode.
CenTre Shot with aubergine,
these two armchairs strike a
colourful note against the fawn
With a focus on acquiring art pieces and then walls of the living room. The drama
is heightened by a Kodanda Rao
creating spaces that could revere them, Vadodara- Teppala painting of a busy, life-filled
based Usine Studio design a home that abounds in beach. Textures, both visual and
tactile, are aplenty yet harmonious.
art and becomes a piece of art in the process. righT The muted olive wall of the
reading room is bedecked by 150
TexT: Rupali SebaStian; PhoTograPhs: tejaS Shah, couRteSy uSine Studio artworks by artist Radhika Wader.

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above A simple, elegant glass


box. The clean-lined architecture
stays away from uncalled-for and
unrequired excesses. The driveway
culimnates in a stunning Ratilal
Kansodaria bronze mural portraying
the dance of life when it rains. It lets
in a soft filtered view of the garden
beyond it.
righT Deep overhangs and
projections allow one to enjoy the
landscape designed by architect
Dhrumil Kantharia from the cool
comfort of the shade.

A
rt. Nature. Cleanlines. This post-tensile flat-slab modern structure that
was how Vadodara-based the client was loathe to demolish. Both, the
businessman Akshay Shah client and his wife are family-oriented and
spelt out his dream to Usine spend most of their free time at home. Being in
Studio when he approached the real estate business, he recognizes the
inTerior designers them to design his home. importance of good design, says Yatin. It was
The twist was that the project, when it was important to him that the design team be able
Yatin Kavaiya and Jiten Tosar presented to interior designers Yatin Kavaiya to provide clear and concise documentation of
and Jiten Tosar, was at the framework stage, a each phase of the design project. He wished to

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have a simple grid structure and insisted that
we stay away from cosmetic treatments.
Akshay was clear about spending money only
where it was required: like furniture pieces
and art. He was very focused on
commissioning work to established artists
from Vadodara and upcoming ones from Fine
Arts College of Vadodara.

The site, which was situated eight kms away


from Vadodara city, had, as its neighbour, the
Nalanda International School which meant
sporadic outbursts of boisterous kids and
about 165 buses plying daily, twice, on the
unmetalled road. So keeping the noise and the
dust out and away from the house also
became an important area of resolution.

As transparency and connection to nature


were the two pivotal ideas the architects
worked with, glass became de rigeuer. This
allowed them to achieve the intended glass
box look and fulfil the pragmatic
ToP The main door is the recepient of KK Mohammads considerations of sound insulation, safety and
wooden mural, whose bright hues are echoed by the vivid protection from heat. In addition to the strict
Japanese piece that graces the wall. budget, the huge facades with glass were the
above The various art pieces in the double-height foyer challenge in this assignment. As the height of
reinforce the atmosphere that is at once gallery-like yet warm the slab was 14 ft and 13 ft on the ground and
and homely. The staircase was a technical challenge owing to a first floor respectively, we had to source
retrospective change that called for certain civil alterations to triple-glazed non-reflective glass from out of
the existing structure. But in the end, all was well state. It took us almost four to five months to
resolve the detailing and glazing, discloses

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ConCePT: transparency and connection with nature. a simple and clean form. interiors that would display art to the best effect
without appearing like a gallery.

Jiten. The glass facades were introduced as a


mix of closed and openable elements to
facilitate ventilation and light.

Simplicity and cleanliness of form were the


main drivers behind the aesthetics. Like the
exterior which is clean, strong and devoid
of cladding the interiors, too, refrain from
grandiose gestures. The ceilings and walls
throughout are uncluttered and minimally
articulated. This smoothness was maintained
so that the emphasis would not be diverted
from the art and the carefully-selected
furniture pieces. Though the focus was on art,
the attempt was to maintain the intimacy and
the warmth of a home, and not slip into an
impersonal showcase style. We wanted to add
colours to the space in the form of art and
furniture, so that the house itself would attain
the form of a painting, recalls Yatin.

All paintings, sculptures and murals were


chosen or commissioned to fit a narrative.
ToP The formal living area is all fawn, injected intermittently with brighter Since the very first day, we began meeting
colours through the soft furnishings and art. artists specializing in differents style... we
interacted with more than 150 artists for
above The sunshine yellow kitchen and the aqua-hued family living area
make a good combination. A wall dedicated to family portraits intensifies different areas of the house, reminisces Jiten.
the intimate nature of the latter. It was a great experience. We had to explain
our design requirement and areas allotted to

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Tiny glass humans, part of an installation by
Himanshi Shah, leap gleefully and ethereally
above the elegant dining table. Bold colours
and distinct textures of glass, ceramic and
metal come together in the abstract shivlings
by artist Vinod Daroz.

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them so that they could explore something


really nice, and indeed, they succeed in this to
a great extent. The learning was a two-way
street, he smiles. An eye-catching example of
this exercise is installed right at the entrance: a
24-foot-wide and 14-foot-high bronze mural
by Ratilal Kansodaria depicting the clients
love for nature that divides the parking
porch from the landscape. Installating this
mural was also a challenge as it was made at
the workshop and then brought to site for final
installation, says Jiten.

Spatially, the axis drawn by the entrance door


and the stairwell divides the house into the left
and right wings. The entrance foyer, living
room, family-dining, kitchen and two
bedrooms with attendant walk-ins and
ensuites are accommodated on the ground
floor. On the upper level lie three more

MaTeriaLs
ToP The reading room is a lovely space where pops of orange break the relaxed vibe of the muted
olive walls and upholstery. The 150 artworks on Italian paper 150 ideas, thoughts, musings of artist Walls pop, with satin finish paint; a few
Radhika Wader refer to the multitude of emotions that a book can evoke. The piece was chosen not walls in bright colours Ceiling pop false
just for the underlying concept but also since the client wanted to nurture and promote local art ceiling and wooden ceiling in few areas
and artists. flooring RaK ceramics 1mtr x 1mtr
above The multipurpose hall is a congregational space, and as most of the family and friends are double-charged tile fixed furniture
avid-players, artist Mallika Rangwala created an installation inspired by a deck of playing cards. Given plywood with veneer, acrylic finish, pu
that the client sought quality and comfort in everything, these recliners were made to order and finish and coloured glass
shipped in from Spain.

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The daughters room is ebullient,
vivacious a reflection of its
occupants personality. Matrices of
artwork, done with acrylic paint and
embroidery by Mallika Rangwala,
complement the effervescent theme.

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The sons rooms bedroom suites, the puja room, library and a
sports a sophisticated multi-purpose room. The expansive feeling is
combination of yolk- accentuated by an open, flowing plan and
yellow and grey, with plenty of connections to the outside, both
ocassional accents of visual and physical. Almost every space opens
wood. The ink artwork onto, or is in close proximity to, an outdoor
here, by Rutwa Gajjar, deck or balcony. The living spaces, the reading
captures snippets of the
space, and the bedrooms have expansive
map of Vadodara city.
views of the serene, thanks to landscape
architect Dhrumil Kantharia.

Usine Studio have successfully delivered the


aesthetic that the client desired through a
series of narratives that the artworks spun
across individual spaces as well as a whole
making the house an entity that was equal
to the sum of its parts...

faCT fiLe: Location Vadodara Client


akshay Shah Plot area 36,000 sq ft
built-up area 8,500 sq ft Principal
designers yatin Kavaiya and jiten tosar
design team nirali bhakta and chitra
umrajkar Landscape dhrumil Kantharia
structural engineer aa desai Civil
contractor ajay patel interior
contractor nimesh panchal Plumbing,
electrical and mechanical avani Sikka
hvaC amrish patel

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Eclectic Paradise
The striking design of the Lalit Dhoka residence marries the oft used styles,
contemporary and traditional, beautifully and with great gusto. Interior
designer Shantanu Garg is the man behind this perfect union.
TexT: Deepa Nair; PhoTograPhs: YashorDhaN soDhaNi, courTesy shaNtaNu GarG DesiGN

The clients love for Indian art and


tradition was interpreted beautifully by
Shantanu in the formal lounge. Here,
a classical sofa is set against a green
backdrop which displays exquisite
hand-painted wall art in gold foil.
This wall is further accentuated by a
hand-painted panel (which serves as a
frame) that features Udaipurs famous
tikri work.

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inTerior designer

Shantanu Garg

T
he young squad at Jaipur-based
Shantanu Garg Design (SGD),
like most creative teams in this
country, believes that every
project should be a seamless
blend of the dweller and
designers vision. We believe our strength lies
in extracting inspirations and elements to
create abstract designs and giving them a
twist to develop an individual style, explains
interior designer Shantanu Garg, the firms
principal. Design to me is the consequence of
balance. Be it contrast, conflict or rhythm, the
final visual appeal has to gesture balance. The
blending of different styles and their
interaction is where my idea of design
germinates from, he says. And the 11,000
square-foot Lalit Dhoka residence we feature
in these pages beautifully sums up Shantanus
design directive.

Apparently, Shantanu landed this project after


the client visited one of SGDs completed
projects and found it to be rather
magnificent. He gave the design team a
thorough brief they were inclined towards
art, appreciated Indian culture and were
partial to local artisans work. They also

ToP A hand-painted lotus panel on the wall


highlights the sectional sofa of the informal
living-dining space.
cenTre One of the highlights of the informal
living-dining space is the triple heighted skylight
with a lighting installation that marks the
Brahmasthan of the house. Also seen here are
giant wing leather chairs on the either side of a
huge console with a high gloss wall panel
for company.
righT Beyond the 10-seater dining table is a
staircase screened by an array of kaleera columns
in an antique grey and copper finish.

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wanted the space to be modern, have good
ventilation and ample sunlight, vibrant colours,
beautiful caricatures and wall art. In terms of
spatial requirements, they needed the kids
rooms to be on the same floor. It was total
chaos when I first landed at the site, recounts
Shantanu. Many structural changes were
incorporated walls were demolished and
constructed according to the spatial and
furniture layout, the openings of the windows
and doors were re-planned and ceilings were
re-designed, he adds. The result of this
exercise is a sprawling 11,000 sq ft area which
accommodates a formal and informal lounge,
a living-dining space, seven bedrooms, a bar
area comprising two lounges, a recreational
room and a spa.

Dramatic and impressive... thats how


Shantanu planned the public areas of the
house. There are two main entrances one is
a foyer for the guests that lead directly into a
formal lounge, while the other entry takes you
to the private living-dining space which is also
connected to the formal guest area. The foyer
is versatile, it doubles up as a lift lobby and a ToP The entrance foyer has randomly scattered handmade gold motifs over a grey wall. The eye level
buffer space for the private living-dining. The hinged auto-shutters, inspired by Mughal arch silhouettes, don a high gloss lacquer finish.
formal lounge creates a visual balance of above In the formal lounge, the designer introduced a rose gold profiled arch panel in leather to
traditional elements with its classical sofa set create a layer which would add more depth towards the window. The furniture here is upholstered
against the backdrop of a hand-painted wall in suede with an edging of metal finished in copper. The built-in tall unit seen on the left is a neatly
art in gold foil with a green canvas. Other tucked in storage unit covered with fabric and profiled in a glossy finish.
highlights here include the inlayed Italian

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One of the informal lounge settings on the second floor is


unabashedly kitsch with its antique wooden furniture sourced
from Jodhpur and then reupholstered with soft cushioning, the
khat with red legs, plump chairs upholstered in embroidered
cotton velvet, antique overhanging lights and a floor-standing
mirror frame.

The bar is around 10ft long and is made in brass with a natural
stone counter top. The antique bar stools and pendant lights
were sourced from Banaras and then curated in-house to give
them a modern look.

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clockwise, from ToP An modern Indian vibe is reflected
in the second set-up of the informal lounging space. Here,
tailor-made printed SGD fabric upholstered furniture (restored
antique pieces) in aqua and white are set against a black and
white chevron wallpapered wall.
An arresting, almost sculptural setting, is set free in the
informal lounge. Quirky and cheerful, it features furniture
covered with prints inspired by the colour palette of Jaipurs
famous blue pottery. Giving it company is a wall art and a
collage of round cushions echoing the same hues.
A full view of the bar and the two lounge settings. Note the
subtle concrete flooring of this entire zone which introduces
rawness to the otherwise opulent space.

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clockwise, from ToP In the entertainment room, the Thali bed serves many
purposes to lounge, sleep, or indulge in a game of cards or snakes and ladders. The
headboard is upholstered in a black and white Aztec print with the four posts finished in
wood. Two of the posts have a brass thali on top which can serve as a platter for snacks.
The left wall is inspired by the Aztec form of art with fuchsia insets to add colour to the
otherwise muted tones used here.
The Moroccan archway conceals the central skylight and acts like a perfect lantern for
the space. Note how all the walls and floors have a subtle grey hue to draw attention to
the artwork lining the passageways.
A shot of the central skylight (read Bhramastan) of the house which has a cluster of light
fittings suspended from above.

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The powder room and spa area
have a wooden floor with free
standing washbasins accentuated in
yellow dholpur stone. A pop of blue
added in the form of a tall unit.

concePT: to create a space which is a celebration of indian arts and crafts with equal measures of modernity and functionality.

This bedroom has classical elements in modern


glossy finishes and neutral tones with hints of
colour in the fabrics. Mughal arches have been
crafted in a modern avatar behind the bed and
over the recessed window opening.

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marble floor and an arch panel upholstered in


leather with rose gold profiling. Across the two
bat-winged doors rests the informal living and
dining space that features a triple-heighted
skylight displaying a cluster of lighting fixtures.
Interestingly, this is the Brahmasthan
considered the holiest and most powerful zone
of the house a mandatory Vastu
requirement of the client.

The informal living-dining space has a lot of


transitional elements like the hand-painted
lotus panel on the wall towering over the
sectional sofa, giant wing chairs on either side
of a huge media console, a high gloss wall
panel, a dining area with a 10-seater dining
table and a brass urli converted into a basin.
The stairway placed next to this space is
interestingly screened by an array of kaleera
columns which sport an antique grey and
copper finish. Behind the columns is the
stairway leading to the first floor, which is
entirely dedicated to bedrooms. The design

ToP A contemporary feel emanates from this bedroom with the use of shapes like rhombus and
parallelograms in its design. Note the mirror work on the wall behind the bed. The inclusion of mint
maTerials
green and dusky pink with woody tones lends a fresh look to this space. The wall behind the chairs is
laid with hand-painted art work that was developed in-house by SGD in a colour palette that adds an walls paint, wood panelling, mirror-work,
Indian touch. wallpaper floor tiles, italian marble,
above The master bedroom has a poetic expression of a modern grey rhapsody. The bed is curated in dholpur stone furniture Wood, brass,
grey suede with its headboard in a marsala-hued fabric. natural stone, leather

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In the kids bedrooms, seamlessly transitions across each of the and card games too, informs Shantanu. To
the colour palette seven bedrooms, keeping the theme of the add a functional twist, the designer placed
defines gender, while house uniform but with the addition of a brass thalis on the two pedestals that mark the
the furniture is finished unique element to each room. leg-side of the bed to place and serve snacks
in high gloss whereas or drinks while entertaining.
the bed back is soft Its the second floor where youll see
cushioned. In the boys Shantanus design acumen in its full glory. This Undoubtedly, the project witnesses modern
section, Crema Brescia
is where the informal lounging and a and traditional forms co-existing seamlessly to
flooring imparts a
recreational space, which wears a boho-luxe create a transitional theme. But Shantanu and
bold look.
style, are placed. One enters this zone through his team ensured that they also maintained an
a Moroccan archway which conceals the international finesse whilst celebrating Indian
central skylight and acts like a perfect lantern art, textile, crafts and the diversity of our
for the area. At the centre of this rather large culture. The fine examples of the same can be
space is the lavishly long bar gleaming in brass seen in the textile embroideries, the hand-
it also divides the seating into two lounges. painted elements and the classical furniture.
One side of the bar exhibits a modish take on That Shantanu also ensured that these design
interiors with custom-made SGD fabric requirements were fulfilled by people who
upholstered furniture in aqua and white know their craft well local artisans, potters,
against a black and white chevron wallpapered painters and carpenters is highly
wall. The other lounge has a kitschy aura with heartening. Kudos are in order!
the inclusion of antique wooden furniture,
sourced from Jodhpur and given a custom
finish. The khat with red legs adds a rustic facT file: Project name Chandra
touch while plump chairs upholstered in Villa client Lalit Dhoka location
embroidered cotton velvet accentuates the siddhartha Nagar, Jawahar Circle, Jaipur
eccentric decor of this area. area 11,000 sq ft Principal designer
shantanu Garg design team rakesh
The home theatre space is accommodated on Kumawat, sohan Kumawat furniture
this level too. We gave this space an design shantanu Garg Design carpenter
unconventional setting by having a huge bed Gautam Maity Painting and surface
to accommodate six to twelve people. This finishes shamseer hussain
way, the family can come together for board

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All though situated on a small plot, Aakara enjoys a sense of


seclusion and serenity generated by the abundant vegetation
around the dwelling. The elevations are devoid of any
ostentation. White is the dominant colour, used as it symbolizes
simplicity and purity, and creates an impression of oneness.
Glass is used at various places as punctures on the building's
elevational detail, highlighting certain living areas as well as
providing unrestricted clear views to the outside from the
interior space.

True To
The core
Architect Ganesh Kumar of Studio69 creates a clean-lined,
minimalistic, contemporary second home enlivened with lush
greenery on the outskirts of Bangalore for himself.
TexT: Rupali SebaStian; PhoTograPhs: MuRali neelakandan, couRteSy Studio69

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L
above This shot showcases the
iving spaces are born out of a
basic material palette used in the
variety of reasons. This one,
house: stone, unplastered concrete
Aakara, took shape from a pure
ceilings, glass and lots of greenery.
This combination of ruggedness desire to render something for its
and smoothness in the interiors is sake only. And since the client and
another highlight of the design. architect were the same, it was, to
a large extent, unfettered by adjuncts that are
righT The view towards listed under requirements or specifications.
the kitchenette.
It was not even with the aim of making a
second home that Bangalore-based Ganesh
Kumar (who heads architecture and design
firm Studio69) had purchased this plot in a
gated community on the outskirts of the city. It
just became the canvas for creative
outpourings. The beauty of this project is that
I had a free hand. I was not bound by the
typical requirements of material and colour. It
was to be designed for something more than
mere usage it was satisfaction and space
management. I liked it and therefore I did it. It
was as simple as that.

The process that birthed the second home


was open-ended. It took into its stride the
occasional surprise like the bedrock they
encountered while excavating for the
foundation and wove that in its scheme. But
archiTecT the vision was unwavering: to create
something that would be full of life, open-
Ganesh Kumar hearted and, very importantly, say an
emphatic no to excesses. Currently, I live in

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coNcePT: to build a second home on a minimalistic theme. breathe life into concrete and glass by teaming it
with greenery: a collaboration between the animate and the inanimate.

above LefT A long the centre of Bangalore, with its heavy population and between the use of natural materials like stone and wood
slit-like fish tank traffic. "Therefore the need for something that would not as well as contemporary materials like concrete and glass.
infuses calm in this have excess baggage. And therefore, the minimal form, the So if there is raw, textured wood used in the entrance door
area. The staircase integration of greenery, the raw material palette," explains and exposed unplastered concrete on the ceiling; there is
lined in matte-finish the architect. broken glass, retrieved from another site and used here as
marble connects the partitions in the master bathroom and the utility area. And
two levels. Spatially speaking, Aakara, creates an impression of huge always, the monolithic presence of the bedrock in the
above righT The expansive spaces that belie its compact, approximately basement, immovable, solid, reassuring. This was one of
landing near the 700-square-foot footprint. This illusion is engendered by my dreams, to carve a rock or to live within a sculpture,
master bedroom, on wide glazed openings, minimal visible support and smiles the architect.
level two. The sliding- walkways with minimal walling. Programmatically, it Though Aakara is a manifestation of creative indulgence, it
folding shutters, when comprises of an open living/dining/kitchen area and a does not turn a blind eye to the pragmatic aspects of a
open, make this area a powder room on the ground floor. The first floor consists living space. Most of its large windows, unhindered by
part of the room. The of two bedrooms, which can be opened completely if security grilles to ensure uninterrupted vistas of the
large mirror expands required. Along a passage and up another level, is the surroundings, have been glazed with toughened, laminated
the space visually. master bedroom with an attached glass-walled bathroom glass. In other projects, it is often difficult to get an
complete with a vertical garden, and a balcony with a approval for windows unsecured by grilles. But here, I
landscaped waterbody. The basement consists of the knew that the glass would give the requisite and adequate
lounge area with a home theatre. security. Similarly, low consumption LEDs and rainwater
harvesting are eco-friendly features that also lessen the
Materiality is a subject close to Ganeshs heart. He likes to pecuniary burden on the occupants.
leverage a materials intrinsic characteristics and expose
its natural beauty, rather than cloak it and turn itinto Glass became an important facilitator in the process of
something it isnt. This project showcases a perfect blend breathing life into the structure. It is through this medium

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This Page The that one experiences the lush greenery
architect believes designed by landscape architect, Varna
in leveraging the Shashidhar. The idea behind the landscape
honesty and intrinsic was to complement the minimal architecture
characteristics
by creating a shot of lush greenery despite the
of materials and
tiny footprint. Hence, the front garden that
staying away from
adjoins the living area with its full-size glass
meaningless cosmetic
overlays. Here, dense
picture window has large plants that add
matte-finished black drama to the living room. The planting palette
tiles are teamed with features a mix of Bangalores extensive native
high-gloss vitrified
ones to create a MaTeriaLs
combination of
reflective and non-
reflective surfaces. footings and columns Rcc, covered with
The flooring and smooth plaster and white paint finish for
the sliding-folding both exterior and interior facade roof slab
partitions segregate ceiling completely exposed concrete finish
the sleeping area from Walls Solid cement blocks, painted
the balcony-like space. flooring Matte-finish marble (entry steps
The textural beauty of
and staircase), satin-finish tiles (living
exposed concrete is
room), stone look-alike matte-finish tile
highlighted using cove
(portico), glossy + matte-finish tiles (toilet),
lights. In contrast, the
walls are white and
high-gloss vitrified tiles (one bedroom on
plain, imparting a very first level), matte-finish tiles (master
smooth finish. bedroom) entrance door rough-cut
veneer Windows toughened and
laminated glass

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Habitat

This Page The spacious master bedroom. The white-black-grey palette


is shot with a few colours introduced through soft furnishings: aqua chairs
on a textured carpet; red ones placed by the window. The focus, always, on
back-to-nature living unhindered by excess baggage. Ergo, cupboards that
no longer hide but display clothes. Simple plates of glass serve the function
of banisters and footboard of the bed.

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The mini landscape of
the deck attached to
the master bedroom
features a waterbody
with an aquatic garden
and dramatic reeds
green tonics to banish
the city blues.

The tiny bathroom, quite modern in appearance, Damaged glass, seemingly


gets a refreshing touch with a vertical garden unserviceable, was retrieved from
a conscious inclusion to induce the feeling of another site and planted in this
showering outdoors despite the tiny footprint. bathroom. The cracks create a
softly diffused view.

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and adapted plants: Crinum lily, agave and papaya


(existing), among others. The small garden to the side
comprises a mix of edible and foliage plants. Additionally,
the kitchen opens out into a narrow sliver courtyard with
Travellers palms. Even the upper most master bedroom
has been infused with greenery: a calming pond with an
aquatic garden, dramatic reeds and a deck space that
opens to views of the semi-rural surroundings. Additionally,
the master bathroom which is quite modern in
appearance, has a green wall that creates the experience
of showering outdoors. The idea was to show that it is
possible to incorporate a range of plants even in a tiny
space. Varna ensured that the planting proximity and scale
of plants make the green space look larger than life.

Aakara. Fuelled by creativity. Shaped by honesty in


materials and purity of lines. Animated by its connection to
nature. An architects home away from home.

The rock in the basement was an unexpected surprise, leveraged


effectively, both economically and aesthetically. The footing detail was
designed using minimal steel quantity, saving on expenses, while interiors-
wise, it functions as flooring and sculpture. A ribbon-like slatted element, facT fiLe: PProject aakara client Ganesh
made from wood, serves to maintain the level; its backlight heightens the kumar Location bangalore area 3,146 sq ft
mood of the space. Principal architect Ganesh kumar Design team
Shivaprasad and Sanjay kumar Landscape
architect Varna Shashidhar structural engineer
prasad Plumbing Venu electrical Hanif hvac
lokesh (toshiba)

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Natural Charm Executing a simple, contemporary expression with delicate detailing


and a soul deeply embedded in traditional sensibilities, architect
Amruta Daulatabadkar achieves a taut balance between old and new
whilst designing an office in the parking space of a chartered
accountants home in Aurangabad.
TexT: Sanjukta nandy; PhoTograPhs: nitin Mahajan, courTesy aMruta daulatabadkar architectS aurangabad (adaa)

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A view of the main cabin that is placed to the left
of the entrance and waiting area of the office.
Handpicked artworks and accessories like a
vintage table clock, twine woven chairs and
standing lamps speak of its inherent traditional
ambience. The green courtyard behind the desk,
that is a part of the parking setback, is used to
draw natural light into the space.

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Y
The entrance and waiting area of the suit his lifestyle and work. Having been
office exude a simple elegance and oung architect Amruta acquainted with him for several years, I knew
warmth and are visually connected Daulatabadkar, who has a that his preference lay in simple elegance
to the remaining space through glass boutique practice in which had its roots in tradition and earthy
partitions. The waiting area has a sofa Aurangabad, has a down to aesthetics, she says.
customized onsite with a wooden earth, disarming charm that
extension on the side that works as
reflects in her work. It carries a simple, elegant Fetching natural light into the workspace
a table thus eliminating the bulk of a
flavour and displays a keen eye for detail. which was tucked away in the raw parking
traditional centre table. A handmade,
wooden battery-operated clock
Having graduated from MIT, Aurangabad in area, was the first challenge of the project.
doubles as wall art while a quaint date 2007, she was mentored by architect Alkesh This was achieved by creating skylights in the
board has also been placed and is Gangwal after which she set up her firm setback areas of the parking at the two
manually changed every day by the Amruta Daulatabadkar Architects Aurangabad ends of the office. The southern side, where
office staff. (ADAA) in 2013. I draw inspiration from the the main cabin would be accommodated was
earthy works of Geoffrey Bawa and pioneering designed with a transparent toughened glass
works of Mies van der Rohe and Charles skylight to draw ample sunlight. The choice of
Correa. Simplicity is my calling and I love to material for the skylight was also because, a
blend it with modern twists, informs Amruta frangipani plantation would be introduced
of her style. later in the indoor courtyard which would be
part of the cabin. At the northern side, the
The client, Ajay Daulatabadkar Amrutas staff area, the architect designed the skylight
chartered accountant had always been using polycarbonate which would draw
appreciative of her work so when he wanted diffused sunlight onto the palms which would
to have his office designed in his residential be set in the courtyard here. The concept of
parking space, she was his obvious choice. A plantation was implemented in the setback
man of few words, Ajay gave Amruta a list of area to double up as green courtyards while
his space requirements a private cabin, the skylights drew natural light into the office
couple of workstations, waiting area, pantry creating a play of light and shadow throughout
and toilet following which she was free to the day. Adhering to the traditional vernacular
design the space as she thought would best design vocabulary Shahabad tiling along with
archiTecT

Amruta Daulatabadkar coNcePT: to create a simple, elegant office space with traditional touches.

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BeloW Amruta ensured that the traditional earthy feel is spread throughout the office by using walnut polish furniture customized at site,
plywood and walnut melamine polish. This is contrasted by a conscious use of royal blue on the walls. floor lamps with twine weaving, a touch of
In respect of the clients reticent nature, his name is gently highlighted on the wood without drawing royal blue to the otherwise monochromatic
too much attention. palette and a visually open ended office fulfills
BoTToM A view of the staff area from the master cabin. Here, natural light is drawn from the the requirements in a small space thus
northern setback area of the bungalow parking, complimented by a green plantation courtyard and matching up to the clients lifestyle.
sliding aluminium windows that provide ventilation to this space. This space overlooks the waiting
area and the entrance. Ample storage hides away all the bulky paperwork of a chartered accountants The spatial layout is simple. The residential
office and helps maintain a neat look. bungalows parking area is approached from
the east, which is the entry point of the
680-square-foot office. Beyond the reception
is a glass door leading to the main cabin and a
walkthrough into the staff area. To the north
of the staff area is the pantry and the
washroom. The reception and waiting area, in
a palette of walnut brown and royal blue,
radiating a subtle warmth that sets in the
mood for the rest of the office. The sofa in the
waiting area is customized in wood with grey

MaTerials

Partitions glass and plywood Flooring


Shahabad tiling ceiling gypsum false ceiling
Windows Sliding windows lighting led
energy-saving lights, tubelights, floor lamps

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The material selection consciously


veers towards familiar, comfortable
choices even humble ones to
prevent alienating from the theme.
The armchairs, customized and
designed onsite, are a combination
of wood, mild steel casting and
twine weaving.

A view of the master cabin from the


staff area highlights the southern
setback area of the parking that
allows for natural light to filter into
the master cabin. An oil painting on
canvas by Shruti Shah graces the
wall, filling the space with calm and
adding an artistic rendition to the
otherwise simple decor.

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Light is used to create upholstery sits opposite a blue wall sparsely design for the legs of a table, which were
textural plays the decorated with a handmade wooden clock crafted from plywood and mild steel. Other
large expanses of flat- that doubles as a piece of art. A quaint date such impromptu design decisions onsite also
painted walls become board, that is manually changed every day by led to the use of traditional elements that can
a canvas for the the office staff, works well to engage the staff be seen in the furniture joinery, Shahabad
dynamic choreography in participating in the daily maintenance of the tiling, use of twine in lamps and the khitti style
between sunlight and office. The waiting area is visually connected lock to the storage, Amrita explains. The use
shadows. The design to the main cabin and the main workspace by of plywood and polish on ply to attribute a
also ropes in the
see-through glass partitions thus rendering an rustic finish sums up the earthy design.
contrast between the
open-ended flow to the layout. Handpicked artworks and accessories like
animate and inanimate
where a flourishing
antique typewriters, vintage telephones, retro
planter marks the The main cabin is endowed with a seven-foot- table clocks and brass statues add old-world
courtyard area, while a long cantilevered master table that is charm to the space.
beautiful brass Natraj embedded with a plate in the wall. A massive
lends dynamism to the hand-painted oil on canvas of Lord Krishna, by The design of this office displays a strong
ever-changing play Shruti Shah, adorns the rear wall, while the desire to respond to grass root principles with
of light and shade on light fixture above the table has been an engaging material palette that celebrates
the wall. customized in ply and mild steel to give an airy, earthy textures. On a parting note Amruta
organic feel. says, I am so happy I was able to give my
client an office he can relate to, feel
The staff area is physically separated by a comfortable in and be proud of.
glass partition but visually connected to the
flow of the rest of the space. Here, playing
with the furniture detailing was one of most
satisfying aspects of the design for Amruta.
She spent a lot of quality time at site working FacT File: client ajay daulatabadkar
out details with the carpenters and other location Sb colony, aurangabad area 680
labour. She tells us of the time inspiration sq ft Principal architect amruta
struck her when she saw the carpenters arri daulatabadkar Design team Mitali Parmar
(a saw) lying on the floor. I picked it up and artist Shruti Madiwale Shah
after a slight deliberation decided to use the

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At the reception area a free-flowing pattern of


laminated solid-wood rafters that runs across the
ceiling and walls emanates a waterfall effect. A
tall slit window stands to the right allowing natural
light to filter in, while a hanging planter carrying a
beautiful apple blossom tree has been placed beside
the reception desk to break the monotony of the
flowing lines.

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Modern
Learning
At the head office of educational institution Learn, in
Hyderabad, architect Shamila Meeran and interior
designer Faisal Vohra of F+S Designs meld functionality
and smart, contemporary design with an artistic bent.
Compiled by: Rashmi KaRanjeKaR; photographs: nayan soni, Courtesy F+s Designs

R
ecognizing the need is the interiors, and to provide a young and
the primary condition vibrant workspace, says Faisal. Although the
for design, clients were actively involved in the planning
said architect Charles stage of the project, they gave the design
Eames. Architect team free hand in conceptualization of design,
Shamila Meeran and budget and execution.
interior designer Faisal Vora of F+S Designs
seem to have used this statement as a When the design team first visited the site, it
benchmark in the case of Learn, the head was a bare shell with several large 2ft x 2ft
office of an educational institution in columns at irregular intervals and main walls
Hyderabad, which underwent a structural placed at an angle with each other. The
expansion. The young firm, F+S Designs was ground was muddy and the only light
established in 2014 and has designed many available was from the front dark tinted glass
residential, office, hospitality and institutional facade. This space had to be divided into the
spaces. Our core belief is that great design is research office and business centre with two
a catalyst that enhances the way people separate entrances. Instead of making both
interact with their surroundings. This drives us the zones separate entities, we designed a
to constantly look for newer means and unique slatted-angled partition at the junction
materials to provide the very best in design of the two zones with an inconspicuous door
with a keen understanding of the cultures and that enabled employees to easily move
communities we serve. After all, good design is around while maintaining privacy,
all about bringing people together, say the explains Shamila.
duo of their design philosophy.
As soon as you enter, the meticulously
The brief from the client was to make an designed and executed ceiling and walls of the
educational research office and a business reception area of the research office made
centre as an extension of the two floors of the from a combination of solid-wood rafters and
interior designer existing head office of Learn. With 8,000 sq black glossy laminate give the illusion of a
& arChiteCt ft of space as the canvas, our primary waterfall. The space also includes a work area
considerations while developing a concept was with nine workstations, a huge library,
Faisal Vora and Shamila Meeran to provide a contemporary design with discussion lounge, interconnected observation
free-flowing spaces and panoramic views of and research rooms, the CEOs cabin and his

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The research workspace is meant to be


a place of collaboration and unhindered
exchange of ideas and conversation.
It has a library on the right, a series of
tables for discussions in the centre and
workstations on the left.

ConCept: To design a young and vibrant workspace as an extension to the two floors of an educational institution head office.

A discussion corner has been incorporated at the junction


of the workspace and the cabin wing with seating for eight
people. The centre table is made from solid wood and laminate
and was customized on site. The wall art seen above the
seating has been created by Shamila.

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The CEOs cabin reflects an open design concept
with a view of the space outside and of the
conference room on the other side. The table
here is made from solid-wood and has a clean,
linear look.

A customized foldable table and a comfortable sofa


occupy the research and observation rooms that
are interconnected via audio. These rooms serve as
places for conducting research and interviews for
academic purposes.

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materials

Flooring Wood, tile carpets and vitrified


tiles Wall exposed brick, gypsum drywall,
cement sheet drywall, sound insulating
panels, wallpaper, paint Ceiling concrete,
gypsum board

conference room, a sound studio, store rooms


and a dry pantry.

The highlight of this space is the library with


long planks of solid wood resting on a metal
support contrasted against a beautiful, rustic
white brick wall. While the central portion of
the floor has foldable tables made of solid
wood, a relaxing discussion corner has been
placed at the junction of the workspace and
the cabin-wing with comfortable seating for
top A unique wooden slatted partition stands at the junction of the two office zones the research about eight people. The nine-seater
office and business centre. The partition has a door thats designed to be imperceptible and allows workstation table has been engineered to
people from either of the zones to pass through. appear to be floating with a chamfered table
above The 1,200-square-foot, 130-seater multi-purpose hall is designed to function in three top and drawers for a clean European look.
different configurations, depending on the size of audience. The room has a retractable sound-
insulating partition and a provision for three separate motorized projection screens. The research and observation rooms are
interconnected via audio, in accordance with

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the clients specifications. Here, a foldable
discussion table along with a comfortable sofa
was picked for meetings. On a brighter note,
the painting on the wall done by the architect
herself lends a comforting feel to the room
along with the prints of the cushions which
match it. The CEOs cabin has an open feel,
with views of the outdoors on one side and the
conference room on the other.

The business centre has a separate entrance


which leads to a nine-foot wide wood-finished
corridor. Ideation rooms lie to one side of the
corridor and a large multi-purpose hall to the
other. It can also be accessed from the
research centre through a unique wood-
slatted partition that has a camouflaged door.
The junction of the two office zones had to be
evident but we did not want to make
something that would hinder the openness of
the office space as a whole, nor put up a visual
hindrance. This is what led us to a unique
wooden slatted partition which sustained the
theme of the reception here, says Faisal. Each
of the 29 slats of this partition are positioned
top The cafeteria offers a lively, relaxed vibe with a gorgeous 270-square-foot wall of at an exact angle, starting from 90 degrees at
greenery at the entrance, custom-made wire-suspended lighting and table tops made from the corners to a flat 180 degrees at the centre.
bandhni (tie-dye) fabric. The angles create a stunning visual ripple
above The rustic cement-tiled flooring, exposed brick walls and distressed wood work
effect as one walks from one end to the other
blends well with the theme. The unique hanging lights are suspended by electrical cables and partially shield the view from any side of
which in turn loop themselves around the ceiling to provide power to an adjoining lamp, the installation. The door on the same side as
while also suspending it and weaving all 18 light the ideation room allows people from either
pieces together. zones to pass into the other, and has been

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The main restroom designed to be imperceptible so that when it is clients request for their employees to use
has a spa-like feel with shut, the entire partition looks like a seamless before offering prayers. The large windows
rustic stone tiles and piece of art, adds Shamila. allow for ample ventilation and display a
granite used on the beautiful jaali-work.
walls and flooring, and The three ideation rooms here are meant for
teakwood used for the brainstorming sessions or casual discussions, Keeping in mind the seriousness of the
benches and shelves.
have Italian-style tables with pop-up boxes on business and the structural expansion
Special ablution stalls
the table-top for electrical requirements. required in this educational space, the design
were made on the
These stand out against the Prussian blue tiled team has astutely culminated the space into a
clients request for
their employees to use
and carpeted floor and the yellow-tinted glass modern design hub with careful attention to
before offering prayers. partitions that can also be used as a writing the minutest detail in each and every zone.
board. Each ideation room has a large
statement painting against a crisp white brick
wall, lending them character and uniqueness.

The cafeteria doors open to a riot of colours


and an uplifting 270-square-foot wall of
greenery. The idea was to design a space
which would provide a sense of relief and calm FaCt File: project name Learn hQ
to the employees. The the custom-made location hyderabad; area 8,000 sq ft
wire-suspended lighting and the table-tops principle architect shamila meeran
made from real bandhni (tie-dye) fabric are interior designer Faisal Vohra design
other highlights of this area. The cafe further team omair masood, anvitha Reddy
extends into a large distressed-wood and Carpentry subrata Bhandari electrical
granite buffet counter designed against the & it contractor greenline associates
rustic brick wall and lit-up with metal hanging Bangalore hvaC Celsius hVaC systems
lights. Lastly, the main restroom in the hyderabad painting and
business centre gives off a spa-like look and polishing Bhagwandas
feel. Special ablution stalls were made on the

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POA when they decide to open a and Pranav Naik of Studio Pomegranate. The
store. The task becomes more fact that the duo had designed her flagship
daunting when the venue for the store at Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, in 2015 had a
new venture happens to be one of the busiest lot to do with the faith with which Ritu
up-market malls in the city. Then, the challenge handed them the ropes of this project. The
is manifold you have to go the extra mile to architects tell me that the brief for the
tell your brand's story, create immersive Palladium outlet was a far cry from the one
experiences and put together head-turning they received for the flagship. At the Kala
window displays and a bold signage here, the Ghoda store, we had to bring in a sense of
Architects devil really is in the details. direction and tell a story with the structuring
of space, built elements and objects. But for
Pranav Naik and Shweta Shah Knowing the intensity of this business, when this location, we were tasked with keeping
celebrated fashion designer Ritu Kumar the clients engrossed despite all the

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Off the Shelf

coNcePt: the architects envisioned a space that would reference memories of the mill
buildings prior to the new golden age of Lower parel, mumbai.

Above leFt The distractions the mall offers, they inform. As


MAteriAls
architects kept the with any retail store, and malls in particular, it
material palette was the display capacity for garments which
simple: kota floor, was a key requirement. Secondary to that Walls textured paint (oikos) Floor kota
white textured walls, was everything we could bring to the space stone, laminated wood skydrop extruded
brass racks, printed as designers, they explain. aluminium mesh Furniture teakwood
fabric panels, a gold lighting Black track lights, glass and brass
mesh ceiling against
Because Shweta and Pranav didnt have to make Facade Brass finish, electroplated stainless
a backdrop of black
any structural changes to the space, the first task steel and acrylic in-lit logo letters
paint and teakwood
at hand was to tackle the prime difficulty which
furniture and counters.
was the geometry of the space itself there is a
Above right The long passage before you enter into the store. This metal mesh against a black-painted ceiling. The
architects created tricky configuration made the architects go back final touch is achieved by allowing light to filter
lightweight partitions to the drawing board several times, models were through the mesh to shine on the fabrics below,
in the centre of made and ideas were discussed. They also made explains Shweta.
the store to form a several trips to the site, and on one such visit,
division between the
arrived at a solution. We used to take the There is another story attached to the
rest of the space and
escalators at Palladium, and what caught our germination of this idea, the architects
the bridal salon. The
attention is that whilst we ride up, our gaze is met gleefully tell me. Palladium is built on a former
partitions became
changing rooms with blank ceilings. The store is in an odd location, mill land and has become one of Mumbais
completely clad in so we had to have a plane of visibility that would most coveted spots for retail. Studio
fabric. This area has tell a story. We tried several iterations of fabrics Pomegranate envisioned a space that would
a laminated wooden and motifs on the ceiling but none of those reference memories of the mill buildings prior
floor and a large mirror worked. Finally, a decision was made to use the to the new golden age of this land. As the store
set next to a printed tree of life motif, but to not retain printed fabrics space was non-rectilinear and large but with a
fabric partition. for this element rather use a shimmery gold small frontage, it lent itself to a brilliant

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A full-length vanity
mirror marks the bridal
salon where the to-be
brides family can relax
while she tries on
different outfits.

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As the store used concept. The idea was to have an enclosure As one walks through the store, printed fabrics
Siporex walls as of walls under a night sky with a dramatic greet the eye these are 17th-century Indian
partitions, all the sparkle of golden clouds, as one can find on a Palampores that once were a highlight in
display units were typical evening here, the architects inform. bourgeois homes. Most of these are also tree
suspended from the of life motifs, while two are court scenes and
RCC floor above. A So even before you enter the store, the dance scenes from the Deccan. The bridal
new hanging rack
Skydrop feature (as the architects refer to it) area is again covered entirely in these fabrics,
system was designed
entices you cables hang down from the and a large vanity forms the centre piece of
with brass rods for
black-painted ceiling to hold in place the tree the bridal salon.
displaying clothes.
Note the 17th-century
of life shapes (read, clouds) that keep in place
Indian Palampores on a golden mesh in which lights hide, and Amidst these exquisite and warm design
the wall. This one is an present a play of light and shade, as clouds do. elements, Ritu Kumars couture shines through
original antique achkan Additionally, three glass orbs were sourced beautifully. The store displays the fashion
there are some and hung off brass rods to light the billing designers most opulent sarees, and bridal
digital reproductions desk. These elements put together are the lehenga collections alongside her signature
or prints of Ritu backdrop for the garments that adorn the collections of dresses and accessories. As for
Kumar's licensed racks of the store. the customer, they get to shop for the finest of
designs too. clothes in a setting that echoes the glorious
Once the design protagonist was created, the evening sky of Mumbai... definitely an
rest of the space beautifully took shape. The experience worth cherishing.
unhindered, free-flowing store utilizes a
neutral palette of white and shades of pale
green and grey, all serving to highlight Ritus
colourful garments. The interior space consists FAct File: Project ritu kumars
of polished seamless natural kota stone. This store at palladium client ritu kumar
stone was brought in a large three-foot square location palladium, phoenix mills,
format, special care was taken at the quarry to mumbai Area 2,100 sqft Principal
ensure minimal colour variation to have a architects shweta shah, pranav Naik
monolithic appearance, says Pranav. The Design team arjun pathak, shashank
walls are rounded at the edges, alluding to the ahuja contractors and carpentry Nihar
ageless beauty of 1920s Bombay, and don a interior lighting ankur Lighting and the
neutral textured finish. The Skydrops hang Hesperus hvAc yogi engineering
down a fastening mechanism of brass rods, Antenna check point
similar to the ones the garments are hung on.

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Fashionably Fun
Compiled by: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdwAlA; photographs: Courtesy Not So SeriouS

N
ot So Serious, the fashion brand
headed by Pallavi and Sidharth
Mohan, believes in clothes that are
unnecessarily well made, yet fun;
serious in execution, yet playful in
spirit. This is the same ethos that the brand has
carried forward while launching their flagship
store at Mehrauli in New Delhi. Design studio
Phenotype, headed by principal architect Anica
Kochhar, responded to this brief by
conceptualizing a whimsical space to resonate
with the brands philosophy.

Pallavi wanted to welcome her clients with the same


warmth and ease as she would when a close friend
would come visiting her. Therefore, the narrative
starts with the garden, then under the wooden
pergola and into the stores open verandah. The idea
is to bring customers into familiar surroundings, let
them nestle into a comfortable sofa, and engage
with the brand at leisure over a soothing cup of tea.

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One of the recurring themes of the brands recent
collections is the quirky Alice in wonderland
ethos. So the design team chose to embrace this
through interesting accents sprinkled throughout
the store the framed looking glass, the
eccentric hares and clouded mirror paneling.
About her design approach, Anica says Since the
brand also caters to children, we conceptualized it
as a welcoming place with lots of airiness and
room to play. Some of the elements that have
been amalgamated to recreate the story is the use
of grass on the floor and as a backdrop to most of
the clothes; and the checkered distressed
mirror-clad ceiling which adds height and
openness. Copper is used for all the metal accents
and as a main material in the palette, as it is warm
and compliments the cool grey-white verandah.
The designer has created the cash counter from
natural wood logs that lends itself to the outdoor
vibe of the space. The main couture section too
has a backdrop of distressed mirror, to create a
sense of expansiveness in the store. The powder
room, has multiple angled elliptical copper framed
mirrors which add an element of excitement
through the various reflections and are also useful
to appreciate all angles. The team has diffused
lighting throughout the space to resemble natural
daylight as well.

The application of the extensive grass panels is


intentional. The store plans to use the green grass
as an evolving canvas to keep experimenting with,
for each season or event.

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Power Packed
Compiled by: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdwAlA; photographs: Courtesy MiNiStry of beer

I
ndias first steampunk themed bar
Ministry of Beer (MOB) has opened up
at Connaught Place, the heart of New
Delhi. For the uninitiated, steampunk is
a science fantasy that incorporates
technology and aesthetical designs inspired
by 19th century industrial steam-powered
machinery. The restaurant, with its new
concept created by architect Sandeep Singh
of Studio Interiors Infra Heights, is a design
gem, featuring mechanical parts and antique
lights along with Victorian furniture.

With the aim to reinvent the night life in New


Delhi, Ministry of Beer spans over three floors
with the interiors crafted from historical
elements and anachronistic technological
features inspired by science fiction. The
unconventional entrance itself leaves one
confused and in anticipation of what lies
inside. The main door is made up of antique

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rustic wood patch and glass on one side with
a transparent glazing on the other side
overlooking the brewery. A steampunk nitro
mask hangs above the podium. To the left of
the entrance a wall has been designed with a
3D collage of grids, gears and industrial
elements, with a huge steampunk mask of
the Egyptian goddess of beer Hathor hanging
on a wooden base. From scrap tins on the
ceiling of the bar to a partition made of
plumbing pipes, the restaurant is filled with
elements that intrigue you everywhere
you look.

The backyard on the other hand gets an


industrial meets nature look with vertical
landscaped walls and pebble walls. The
furniture here is inspired by the Persian
boulevard with tables and stools in shape of
the Eiffel tower. The steampunk theme
continues on the 1st floor as well, with 3D
graffiti on one wall, a huge bulb signage of
LIVE @ MOB on another wall, a book shelf
that looks like a water turbine and such other
interesting decor. Bumblebee from the movie
Transformers greets you as you land on the
second floor guarding the space from any
bad energy. The decor on the second level is
different from the rest of the space. The
designer has created an old-world British era
bar vibe here with custom made lights,
bell-shaped chandeliers and number plates
from across the globe. The wall behind the
bar is made with extended wooden planks
with bottles kept in antique briefcases.

The list of unique, awe-worthy elements does


not stop here. MOB also has a unique 360
degree rotational DJ sound system and an
ETP installation, which is completely
environment-friendly and purifies the waste
water using specialized plantation certified
and approved by professors of IIT Mumbai.
MOB not only welcomes one to experience an
astounding ambiance but to also enjoy their
craft beers, cocktails and food. As a multi
cuisine resto pub, MOB serves an extensive
and scrumptious menu consisting of excellent
culinary delights and mouth-watering
signature cocktails. The delicacies from the
menu that will keep you drooling are Old
Monk Ki Raan, Triple Kukkad Burger, Sushi
Spicy Avocado Maki, Veneration Nigiri,
Fennel and Wild Mushroom Vada, Kachi
Ghani Achaari Murgh, Mutton Rahra Lukmi,
to name a few.

A combination of uniquely designed interiors,


soothing music, mouth-watering delicacies,
thirst quenching beverages and friendly staff,
Ministry of Beer takes you down to the urban
grunge lane to create a concoction that is
bold yet elegant, contemporary yet classy.

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Pod Life
Compiled by: deepA NAir; photographs: Courtesy urbANpod

U
rbanpod in Mumbai is the
first-of-its-kind Pod Hotel in
India offering discerning
travellers a truly unique stay
option. It is the brainchild of
three young business professionals Shalabh
Mittal and Hiren Gandhi from India, and
Berlin Lee from Singapore. The thought of
bringing a Pod hotel to the Indian shores
took shape when on one of their business
trips, Shalabh and Hiren stayed at one of the
most elegant Pod Hotels and absolutely
loved the experience. They felt that the
concept offers good-value to the travellers
without compromising on quality and safety.

With its futuristic concept catering to the


new-age travellers, business and leisure,
Urbanpod is modern, stylish and
minimalistic. The modern architectural
design and interiors of the Pods are done up

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cosy mattress and bed linen; personal locker
with secure keycard access; plasma TV with
headphones and mood lighting; personal
reading light and power socket; cloth
hangers and a dresser with wall mirror; free
WiFi, adjustable air-conditioning, and a
air-purifier; and a sliding door with locking-
facility for added privacy. Each Pod also has
a smoke detector and a fire-extinguisher as
a safety measure. The guests luggage is
stored in a separate individual-locker
facility. Each Pod grouping have their
washrooms in close proximity for ease of
use. Then there is a chic Cafeteria to laze
around and read a book, network and make
new friends from around the globe while
having a complimentary breakfast.
Urbanpod also offers 24-hour
concierge service.

Urbanpod is apt for the new-age traveller


who is passionate, bold and not afraid to
experiment and explore. The promoters
through Urbanpod aims to fill the gap in the
by Singapore-based firm Formwerkz. It suitable for couples, the Private Pods hospitality industry by offering a unique
offers 140-Pods with various upgrades have more room, and the exclusive Ladies product that provides an alternate, practical
Suite Pods, Private Pods, Classic Pods for Pods gives the occupant added safety and smart accommodation (good value-for-
men and an exclusive Ladies-only Pod and privacy. money) without compromising on quality,
category. The Pods are beautifully-arranged safety, comfort and style. They envision
side-by-side and one-upward to form Each Pod is self-contained with modern, taking the concept and brand pan-India and
elegant-arrays. The Suite-Pod category is technologically-superior interiors and has a have other offshoot formats in mind too.

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ReStore
Compiled by: deepA NAir; photographs: Courtesy ZArA

T
he newest shopping destination for Mumbaikars is
lifestyle brand Zaras first high street store in India which
is located at the Hutatma Chowk Square in the
architecturally rich Fort area of the city. The store is
within the heritage-listed Ismail Building and features five
commercial floors spanning an area of 51,300 sq ft. The building
dates back more than 110 years and has undergone significant
restoration and refurbishment. Architects from Zaras parent group,
Inditex, in collaboration with architect Kirtida Unwalla and Mona
Sanghvi worked almost two years to restore the building to its former
glory. Architect Kirtida Unwalla is the principal at Mumbai-based firm
K Unwalla Architects and she was the Project Architect
(Conservation) for Comprehensive Repairs and Restoration of Ismail
Building. Architect Mona Sanghvi, the principal at AMSA Consultants
was involved as Project Consultant Architect of Ismail Building.

The structures extensive renovation required deep research into


historical documentation of the buildings original architectural
characteristics. The project included many elements to allow the store
to blend historical tradition with contemporary architecture. Ismail

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Building, built around the turn of the 20th century,
follows Edwardian Neo Classical style, representing the
contemporary genre of the period. It first belonged to the
Sir Ismail Yusuf Trust, the family of which were among
the renowned landlords in the city at the time. During the
past century the building was put to many different uses
and eventually fell into disrepair.

The most important feature of the restoration has been


the facade, fully preserved both internally and
externally. Intensive cleaning of the stone has
uncovered the splendour of the columns and
balustrades of green basalt and limestone between the
balconies. The restoration and cleaning of the stone
facade has involved international teams of stonemasons,
as well as specialists in the preservation of stone. Inside
the store, recovery of the original brick is highlighted
and is left intact to celebrate and emphasise the
historical origins of the building. Also visible is the
recovery of original elements such as the moulding on
centenary doors and windows which now coexist
alongside a modern and bright interior that features
beauty, clarity, functionality and sustainability, the
guiding principles of Zaras store image.

In keeping with Inditex Groups aim to have 100 per cent


eco-efficient stores by 2020, Zara sets the standards for
highly demanding sustainability measures across all its
processes, combining these efforts with energy efficiency
and recycling in order to consume 30 per cent less
energy, and 50 per cent less water when compared to a
conventional store.

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compiled by: RASHMI KARANJEKAR; photographs: courtesy THE BRANdS

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Truvison, a Europe-based consumer electronics and appliances company recently
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Building Number 1, Okhla (080) 41233336/41433336 cAne Boutique 45888000; Website: www.idus.in
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lG electronics indiA home.com dashsquare.com; Website: Website: www.inhabit.in
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Fort House, 2nd floor, 221, Dr Road, Andheri (W) Mumbai 80011; Email: puneseasons@
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Estate, SJ Road, Lower Parel, 4933000; Website: www.
nicoBAr THE ART OF THE MATTER Mumbai 400013; Tel: (022) grohe.co.in
Shop No 79 & 80, First Floor, interior desiGners jiten 24929261; Email: contact@
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Road, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi; 301/302, Gold Leaf complex, SnapSHotS Sky Station, Viman Nagar, Pune
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Akota, Vadodara 390020; Tel: FASHIONABLy FUN Email: info@hansgrohe.in;
nivAsA (0265) 2311666; Email: info@ ArcHitect AnicA Website: www.hansgrohe.in
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operAe HoMe sHAntAnu GArG desiGn kutub Boulevard, 6/4 Kalkadas Email: ial@inalsa.co.in;
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Complex (1st Floor), 100 Feet Vihar Colony, Queens Road, Mehrauli, New Delhi - 110030 appliances.com
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scArlet splendour studio 69 B 305, Raja ji Puram, Lucknow
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floor, Kolkata 700016; Email: Jayanagar, Bangalore 560041; Ministry of Beer Website: www.panasonic.com
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Website: www.scarlet studio69_blr@yahoo.com; Place, New Delhi 110001; Tel: puresiGHt systeMs
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Mobile: 9830058311; Email: kol@ NATURAL CHARM 400021. Website: www. www.irobot.in
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tHe lABel life 203, 2nd floor, Deven Varad, urBAnpod
Tel: (022) 30770280; Email: Behind Boys Hostel, Nirala Urban Pod Pvt Ltd, Opus Park, soMAny cerAMics ltd
help@thelabellife.com; Website: Bajar, Aurangabad 431001; Plot F-21, First Floor,, MIDC F-36, sector-6, Noida 201301;
www.thelabellife.com Email: amrutadaulatabadkar@ Central Road, Andheri(E), Tel: (0120) 4627900; Email:
gmail.com Mumbai 400093; marketing@somanyceramics.
trAnceforMe Mobile: 74004 86116; Email: com; Website: www.
36 Laxmi Mills Estate, Shakti Mills MODERN LEARNING reservation.mumbai@ somanyceramics.com
Lane, off Dr E Moses Rd, ArcHitect sHAMilA theurbanpod.com; Website:
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24939916, 9869457852 desiGner fAisAl voHrA pvt ltd
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60-A, Linking Road, Near Arya Bank of Baroda Lane, Road 10, durAvit (W), Mumbai 400086;
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(022) 26608042/0243. Also at, 500034; Mobile: 9908011772;
Infinti Mall, 3rd Floor, Oshiwara Email: design@fpluss.in; GreenlAM industries ltd vector projects (i)
New Link Road, Mumbai 400053; Website: www.fpluss.in Decorative Division 1501-1505 , pvt ltd
Tel: (022) 26344450 Narain Manzil 23 Barakhamba Vector House, LBS Marg,
oFF tHe SHeLF Road, New Delhi 110001; Tel: Bhandup (W), Mumbai 400
zynnA (011) 42791399; Website: www. 078; Tel: (022) 6697 2893;
Zynna, S-56/20, DLF Phase III, AN ODE TO BOMBAy greenlamindustries.com Email: v@vectorprojects
Gurgaon 122002; Mobile: ArcHitects sHWetA india.com; Website:
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