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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Design caters to a voracious appetite in us

Ideas
Restaurants are going above and beyond the usual to give customers more bang for their buck. IAnD unveils the scenario at three of Mumbai’s latest haunts…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

By nature, we are gregarious beings, seeking all the time. Seeking approval... company... emotional crutches... experiences... Our cover story speaks of three different experiences that have been recently unveiled at the upbeat Kamala Mills compound in central Mumbai. The three proximal eateries offer that 'something more' that works towards appeasing the 'seek' in each one of us.

It's interesting how one can imbibe and continue to seek... untiringly. And what's more amazing is that people continue to ideate, to deliver incessantly, anticipating the 'seek'. Which infers that the 'social' in man is an animal with a voracious appetite. A corollary to this would be an ode to those spaces that resuscitate on the spartan ... ascetic almost. The two vibes at either extreme; and there a whole lot... an awesome lot... a whole ocean of preferences, nuances, personas... in between... Therefore, to each his own. And the game continues...

Enjoy the issue.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The germination of design

Projects
Fran Silvestre Architects build yet another white abode, this time using strategic punctures as the highlight of the design.
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Editorial

Where does an idea originate from? The saying 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration is bound to come to mind as you take a look at this week's stories. An entire collection built from naught - or rather reminiscences of an era that spelt regality. Falguni and Shane Peacock's Amour de Junaagarh is a collection of lehengas that generously draw on applique and crystals to redefine the majesty of yesteryear India. To make it a tad more feminine (if you can ever do that!), there is the French influence that accentuates the gossamer delicacy of the apparels. Do check it out.

Moving away to the mountains and drawing strength from the wilderness - in fact, lovingly bringing in indoors is the Fababu House in Valencia, Spain, by Fran Silvestre Architects. A seemingly simple idea of living with nature without compromising on the comforts of a modern lifestyle. Check out our cover story on this beautifully chiselled sculpture-like home. As another quote comes to mind, "Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun"!

Enjoy the issue.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Design as a thought-provoking tool

Projects
Gautam Desai Design turns a two-bedroom Mumbai apartment into a spacious office with a homely, barrier-free spirit that encourages creative thought.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Perception is a very powerful social tool. When used incorrectly, it can even cost a life. Amidst the regular fanfare of an earthy home using the ever-inventive and timeless brick as the ambient factor (courtesy designer Aarti Aggarwal at Knock on Wood); or an apartment turned into a collaborative workspace promoting homely camaraderie and creativity (courtesy Gautam Desai Design); or the nuanced inflections of set design in interior styling of a luxury home in Shanghai (courtesy Qianxun Design), what has really caught our eye this week is the sensitive healthcare facility for overweight adolescents in the city of Maastricht in The Netherlands.

The facility is designed to appear more like an activity centre with nothing clinical about it, putting the young anxious minds at ease almost instantaneously. Said to have accomplished a 70% success rate, the meaningful design underlines (or should we say - read-between-the-lines) the adoption of a healthier lifestyle.

Enjoy the issue.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The definitions of luxury

Projects
Atelier Design N Domain manifest the Spanish word ‘Ohana’ meaning 'family bond' into the design of a sprawling 13,790 square foot home in Vadodara…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

We’re back after a much-needed break to a refreshing deluge of projects veering from hard-core architecture and technology to luxury lifestyles. We bring you a little of both this week. Marvelling at the varying degrees and meaning of luxury, we document for you three residential projects – a sprawling farmhouse by Atelier Design N Domain in Vadodara; a spacious 5-BHK by Cluster One Creative Solutions in Nagpur; and a Mumbai apartment by Kavan Shah Design Studio.

On the architecture front, we have Zaha Hadid Architects designing the first-ever free-form high-rise exoskeleton in Macau; Foster and Partners’ new landmark building for Madrid; an open-typology office design and the highlight as we call it (inhouse), the breakthrough in new materials by MVRDV, who have designed a beautiful fa├žade for luxury brand Bulgari.

So, till we put our gear together for another fresh bouquet next week, sit back and enjoy the read and write in to us at editor@indiaartndesign.com

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The urge to do something different!

Projects
Black in its bewitching tones embodies contemporary luxury, whilst providing a sensory experience; as AD Architecture endorses this apartment with an archaic philosophical bent…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

The urge to do something different consumes us all at some point or the other. So, we bring you that something different in three different scenarios of interiors (two from China) and not to leave fashion behind – you can read about designer Payal Khandwala’s reversible sarees!

The right kind of lighting can play a very significant role in the design and the mood that emanates from its confines. Check out GD Lighting Design’s take on an expansive office in a mixed-use building in Guangzhou, China. Subtlety at its best!

The other project from Guangzhou is an all-black interior envelope that literally creates a variety of moods in different shades of black. Understated and mesmerising; yet, perhaps, a trifle boring in the long run.

On the fashion front, the reversible saree could light up your mood – not to mention – your wardrobe; especially since you get two for the price of one! And, it’s different!

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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