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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Workplace psychology and office design| Celebrating layers of history in a 500-year old building| Technology-aided baby monitoring for new parents| and more

Projects
Setting a precedent for expressive workspaces, Ippolito Fleitz Group curates the Roman Klis Design HQ to be the ‘Maldives of Design’.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

A hearty "Thank you" to you for the overwhelming response to our year's first Special Issue - Looking Back - Looking Forward that briefly traced trends gone by and those upcoming for the year 2020. What a way to begin the year, with so much love and encouragement. Thank you yet again. You help us continuously raise the bar.

Keeping pace with our reader's habits and giving you ample time to soak in the Special issue, we bring you only three new features this week - a boutique hotel in Spain, a restaurant in Vietnam and a progressive office in Germany. Quite uncannily, the underlying common thread is celebratory - just as the mood you've induced in our office this last week.

While the Vietnamese restaurant celebrates the aesthetic of an all-encompassing natural material - wood, and the traditional ethos of Vietnam and neighbouring Japan, the hotel in Mallorca revisits several layers of history in a 500-year old building, carefully assimilating and restoring influences and amalgamating them with contemporary ones.

The office design on the other hand - also our cover story - nurtures hope of more sustainable and humane environs by celebrating greenery in the workplace. Using the psychology of creativity to design the interiors has its fair share of impact and one hopes the design-creativity nexus will offer a long-term insight into even more progressive workplace design.

Enjoy the issue.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Special Issue “Looking Back - Looking Forward” What 2020 holds in store!

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The concept of sustainability is constantly evolving to encompass a growing number of ideas. IAnD speaks to four distinguished architects championing the cause to uncover ways in which designers have explored this umbrella term in 2019. As the global focus shifts towards climate change and resilient solutions, they explain the strategies that need a boost and how ecological and climate sensitive architecture expects to take shape in 2020.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

In life, change is the only constant. We hear these words repeatedly and they ring true in more ways than one. Trends are an important influence in both, fashion and interiors. They guide change. Team IndiaArtnDesign, therefore, dived deep into some influencing factors in design - looking back at the year that was, reviewing some key design trends that dominated 2019 while taking a sneak-peek at the buzz that would run the show this year.

The result - a Special Issue titled "Looking Back - Looking Forward", where we bring you some expert opinions from 13 stalwart designers/ architects pertaining to fashion, sustainability, façade illumination, interior styling and technology in design.

The issue scans through the design developments that were and looks ahead at the year 2020 and in some instances, at the decade ahead and where design is headed.

Mostly 3-minute reads, the features are engaging, informative and can be bookmarked as a go-to resource.

As always, we await your valuable feedback.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

When architecture is vocal| Wabi-sabi and luxury interiors| Contextual facade design| and more

Projects
tHE gRID Architects design a bungalow in Nagpur that holistically integrates light, air, greenery, materials and views, providing a living experience that extends beyond the built form…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

We bring you four very strong stories this week.

Our cover story - The Axis House is eloquent about how architecture can be vocal. Well, in the past too, we've brought you many such built forms that communicate on a metaphysical level. Here again is a footprint that defines an excellent balance of seamlessness and elegance - the base to nurture the growth of home and hearth.

The home in Ukraine too and its distinctive wabi-sabi references steer a similar path. Minimalist... Introspective... Invoking the sublime.

And the two facade stories intrigue with a narrative that goes beyond the built fabric, looking holistically at the social, economic and cultural context. Whilst the Tokyo hotel establishes its signature culture and vies for tourist interest; the Gurgaon facade attempts to break the industrial stereotype of a neighborhood, integrating sustainable solutions in the bargain.

Let me leave you to enjoy the read.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira

Editor

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Check out the Architects of the Year 2019| Most Loved Product & Project of the Year| Editor’s Choice 2019| and more

IAnD Exclusive
Team IndiaArtnDesign applauds Ar. Abhigyan Neogi of Chromed Design Studio, Delhi; and Ar. Fran Silvestre of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, Spain as the Architects of the year 2019!
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,
The year has drawn to a close. A fulfilling year that forged many new relationships, strengthened old ones. Some nasty incidents too peppered our scenarios. Yet, 2019 was a fulfilling year. You gave us a lot of encouragement and appreciation. A big "Thank you" for helping us constantly raise the bar.

This week we're bringing you the most loved project and product - by reader's choice and the Editor's choice too - top 3 projects of the year. Additionally, we bring you the two Architects of the Year 2019 as we applaud them at IndiaArtnDesign.

The decision has been tough, to say the least. Challenging too, as the works that we feature almost every day, all year round, have already been through a grind to find their place. Sifting through them again was daunting, but enjoyable; as several nuances of different projects came to mind... It has been a year full of learning and sharing knowledge. We take this to yet another level in 2020 as we ready ourselves to bring you new content - new formats, new perspectives.

Wishing you a very Prosperous & Contented New Year 2020!


Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The vibe of stylish homes| Samsung’s new mobile accessory| Spanish bar in Amsterdam| and more

Projects
La Cerveceria, Amsterdam’s latest bar establishment curates a complementary atmosphere that is touristic and local, both at once…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

'Vibe' is a buzzword in interiors. It's an established fact that the interiors of a space have a positive or negative effect on a person. Therefore, the studies of colour, pattern etc., etc., that take into consideration psychological balances of various elements for that overall sync. In our stories this week, vibe plays the showstopper all the way - in the homes in Mumbai and Delhi, the office in China and the bar in Amsterdam. Moreover, it's the vibe of a feel-good upgrade that is communicated via the Star of Galaxy by Samsung (check out the Product Hub).

It is the vibe of the season too that's upon us in full cheer. So, as you settle down post-party mode, browse through our stories and as always, we're waiting for your feedback.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Kartarpur Corridor – architecture that unites| A poetic building| Outer space interiors| and more

Projects
Eclipsing geographical boundaries and representing oneness and harmony, the Landport Terminal Building at Dera Baba Nanak, Punjab, marks a step towards unity between India and Pakistan.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

The best part about designing is striking a balance between work and play; between fun and responsibility; and between a deep sense of respect and accountability on one hand, and the challenge of a break-through on the other. Our many conversations with various architects and designers have veered around the aforesaid principles and aspects of a project - their animated visages a complete give-away of the passion that drives them. And as we see it, this is reflected in their projects as well, as you will see in the different approaches that govern our stories for the week.

The socially, culturally and politically significant Kartarpur Corridor project, the terminal of which is designed by Creative Group (our cover story) is a sensitively rendered design - manifold in its thought and execution. A must read.

The other projects - the LED overdose in Interstellar - the Mexico restaurant that takes you to another world; the pizzeria brand exercise that is executed with aplomb by Chromed Design Studio; or even the poetic architecture of the Shanxiao pavilion in progressive Chongqing, China... speak of dreams, aspirations, the keen desire to deliver to society at large.

We hope the nuances of design that've touched us, are communicated to you as well.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Read how performing art and light installations bond with architecture| Circularity and Adaptability in design – two sides of the same coin? | Marcel Wander’s Game Collection for connoisseurs| and more

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Projects
Kendle Design Collaborative crafts an individualistic home with mountain and valley views on a plot with minimal elevation…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Our bouquet of features this week addresses serious issues in the built environment. Circularity and adaptive reuse are close alternatives of the same base aspect - reuse and reduce. The Noord archive depot in Amsterdam is a built mass that epitomises this concept via its prefabricated nature, whereby the entire building is on offer for a different function, a new purpose - if required.

Taking this concept of entirety to an all new level is the Filux Lab - a light and cinema focussed space that acts as a laboratory for various light experiments and performances. Here, again, the building which already is an adaptive reuse project - makes itself available - doors, windows, walls et al... for art and projection - the very purpose it embodies.

Beautifully integrating aesthetics with design and planning is a norm. Adding a light touch to serious goings-on, are two projects that endorse this norm - the Colour Court in Noida that superbly and seamlessly integrates various leisure spaces under one roof; and our cover story -the Bridge View House - that is a modern oasis amidst Arizona's wilderness. In both projects, as you will note, sensitivity is key - human to built form; and built form to immediate surroundings.

Enjoy the issue and tell us what set the grey matter rolling.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Vikram Sarabhai Library IIM-A – setting a precedent| Studying architecture via community service| iF Design Centre at Chengdu promises to change the way creatives work| and more

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Somaya and Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (SNK) once again stand apart for their diligence, sensitivity and vision as they win the UNESCO Award of Distinction for the restoration work of the Vikram Sarabhai Library at IIM-Ahmedabad…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

It is a proud moment for us Indians and especially for the design fraternity that India is the recipient of four UNESCO awards this year. The highest has been the Award of Distinction swept away by Somaya & Kalappa Consultants (SNK) for their restoration and conservation work on the Vikram Sarabhai Library at the IIM Ahmedabad. The sensitivity to the built form and its inhabitants is integral to Ar. Brinda Somaya’s repertoire and here too, it shines through the tough technicalities mandated by the project, holding its own. Several thoughts chased away at our mind as we imbibed her thorough and easy-to-follow analysis of why buildings should be revived rather than pulled down and built anew. Progressive and pragmatic, Somaya epitomizes the grace, quick uptake and diligent action that is the need of the hour as far as modern iconic heritage is concerned. Do check out our cover story.

And of course, there’s lots more happening in the country and overseas. I hope you enjoy the issue.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Embroidered Architecture in Thailand| Women in Design 2020 Conference – Registrations open| A game of Jenga for the kitchen| and more

Projects
The Bayeux Media library façade by Serero Architectes Urbanistes is a strong, inescapable visual metaphor, as it stands facing the dense city centre of Bayeux, France.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

We seem to be brainstorming across the board this week! Our team brings you a potpourri of design stories - diverse; yet, so relatable. Ar. Brimda Somaya has given us much food for thought as she chairs the upcoming Women in Design International Conference coming January 2020, speaking about women achievers and path breakers in the field of architecture and design. But the highlight of the conference is that it will endorse that creatives know no boundaries.

Ar. Markus Roselieb of Chaingmai Life Architects takes his signature to another level with his design of an eco-friendly villa in northern Thailand, where locally procured natural materials weave a contextual narrative to shape up the mandates of a contemporary lifestyle.

Rooting context in design is the vibrant eatery in Gurgaon that epitomises the happy colours and vibe of Rajasthan. And on an inspirational note is the façade design of the Bayeux Media Library in France that talks about embroidery in architecture. An interesting and challenging take on a building design, the all-glass façade beautifully emulates the 11th century Queen Mathilde embroidery as its skin, becoming a landmark of Bayeux.

And not to be left behind - our Product Hub section brings you that covetous addition to your kitchen - a compact and handsome electric multicooker.

Enjoy the issue

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

World's first children's restaurant| Adding intrigue with kinetic art| The un-retail retail store| and more

Signature
Sneha Divias Atelier wields the power of minimalism, functionality and materiality to design White & the Bear, a child-focused restaurant cum concept store and activity centre in Dubai…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Child rearing has taken on newer dimensions aplenty. Keeping pace with the quick transitions in our urban lifestyles, we see that design and society can broadly be categorised as the two faces of the same coin. Change in one face depicts a corresponding echo in the other.

Our cover story, White and the Bear - that claims to be the world's first children's restaurant cum concept store - is a case in point of a holistic approach to child rearing. Check out how design - interiors, graphic, food and experience design - takes on the onus of playing responsibly on the psyche of the little ones. Impressive.

And we have kinetic art, an un-retail retail store, a new spiral puzzle and a trendy restaurant where minimalist black is the showstopper.

Enjoy the issue

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Will the Bookworm installation impact the authorities that be?!| Rocky surfaces cull out a luxurious home in Monaco| Eating out – cuisine or ambience; what’s your call? | and more

Projects
Jean-Pierre Lott Architects craft a very upscale project built into a rock in Monaco – a residence that is as exceptional in its space planning as it is in visual appeal…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Design has a solution for almost every problem. Our stories this week - especially the Bookworm installation hopes to address the issue of literacy in the country. The installation is proposed to travel to other cities and rural areas creating awareness about the importance of education. Trust this initiative bears ripe - very ripe fruit. On our part, I think we should propagate it as much as we can. 

Turning our attention to the cover story - a home cut out from a rock, this close-to-nature exercise is definitely the call of the times. Amidst the luxuries that we aspire for, taking from nature and giving back to it sustainably could contrbute a great deal to maintain the balance of our endangered ecosystems.

Moving to the fun part, we seem to be receiving a lot of new restaurant projects from all over the world. This underlines the fact that eating out is man's evergreen favourite pastime. Check out Sutra - the trendy gastropub in Noida and Piur - a pizzeria in Valencia.

As always, we will await your comments at editor@indiaartndesign.com

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Moving architecture at Dubai Expo 2020| Adam Kalinowski’s colour therapy| Instagram is the new interior ‘hotspot’| and more…

Reviews
A rainbow-hued sandpit in Tilburg, Netherlands, is redefining the idea of competitive sports for both - the player and the spectator.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Trust you had a fill of indefatigable festive fervour and merrymaking as much as we did. Now we're back rejuvenated to bring you more!

Presenting you with a bouquet of features, we take you around the world: from some beautiful homes in Mumbai and Himachal, India, to the much-talked-about International Dubai Expo and its moving-architecture-depicting Italian pavilion; from the massive reading room and library in Shenzhen, China to the Instagram-friendly café in Russia... and more.

Always, uncannily, a common thread emerges. Here, it is the human quality of interaction - with object, with person, with space... with self... that seems to drive front seat. And it is endorsed introspectively by our cover story - the Pitch of Coloured Sand by Adam Kalinowski, whose continuous attempts at decoding the human psyche through design and art seems to always result in a new insight. Experimental in nature, this entropic project focusses on the process of creating, as opposed to placing importance on the finished product.

So, introspect a little and share your insights with us at editor@indiaartndesign.com

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Pre-Diwali Special Issue: Ideas for a bright and beautiful home!

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Bring in the delight and vibrant warmth of the season into your home; set in the festive mood…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

23 architects and designers from all over the globe have shared their expert décor and styling tips in this Special Issue dedicated to Ideas for a bright and beautiful home! Experiences that will assist you in the ritual of making your home look truly breath-taking this Diwali as you bring out all the hidden treasures and go shopping for exquisite add-ons.

We’ve very consciously touched upon only the broader aspects just to lend you – the homemakers - a helping hand, to lead you in the right direction; ‘coz, we know your aura and your style are extremely personal.

For our architects and designers, we trust that reinstating ideas and interesting twists to ideas is fun and rejuvenating. Inspiration comes from unexpected quarters and at IndiaArtnDesign, we strive to give you an inspiration-capsule almost every day.

With beauty and sublimity in the air, gorgeous paper lanterns, millions of miniscule bulbs twinkling in the evening light, crowds everywhere… the festivity of Diwali is upon us and we are loving the feel of joy and cheer all around. It is the season to give and take – abundance of love and feel good.

We wish you a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali dear friends, happiness always!

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

NYC’s MoMA gets an experiential upgrade| Workplace transparency gives birth to a new social ecosystem | Coupling the artistry of sound and space| and more…

Projects
With the Lan Handling Technologies Building, studio cepezed orchestrates the holistic responsibility of architecture and design, on both – the construction and the social ecosystem fronts…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Let me begin by thanking you for your enquiries as to why we did not publish an issue last week. Whilst we had to drop last week’s issue due to certain unavoidable circumstances, and we’re sorry to have missed publishing; I am secretly elated with your enquiries. Thankyou for your warmth and love.

So, without keeping you waiting any longer, this issue has architects and designers from across the globe - Ukraine; Mysuru; New York; Netherlands, Surat, Mumbai… share with us their action-packed projects.

While each one stands out for its ingenuity and aesthetic appeal, one can’t help but deduce that design impacts at the very base level in any project – whether it is the renovation and expansion of a celebrated institute like MoMA or the brand exercise of a small eatery tucked away in a tier-II city like Mysuru, India.

And each case in point seems to have a one-point agenda – experience. The experiential quotient is then the highlight of each schematic that is worked out with diligence and vision.

Enjoy the read.


Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The different hues of design!

Ideas
Masquespacio Studio and Danish brand Lucie Kaas co-create a mask (MASQ) Collection, infusing aesthetic ideals into functional, everyday objects…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Adding a light-hearted tone to our issue this time are the soon-to-be-released 'functional art' pieces from the MASQ Collection. These vases that mimic faces are just one reference to how design can inform playfulness and quirk and turn a simple thought into a trending idea.

With humour as a very important part of life, design, when informed with a twist takes on a new perspective. So it does not have to be all serious and path-breaking like our other story on the rur-urban connect and a growing new ecosystem; it can also be like a reminiscing exercise, bringing back the glorious classic era like the home in Lutyens, Delhi. Or, growth-impacting on the larger urban scale like the skywalk... And lots more...

Discover the different shades for yourself...

Enjoy the read.


Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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