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Showing posts with label Vol VIII. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vol VIII. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Design: an unshackled vocabulary!

Projects
Honest expressions and transparent spaces - this warehouse-turned-office is a modern-day renaissance project by SJK Architects.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

The vocabulary of architecture has never been limited by geometry. In fact, it can take off at various tangents from the existing and the available to confer the space with new meaning. In the evergreen tussle between form and function, our stories this week strike on the latter: building around an existing tree to foster organic growth and preserve the environment; making full use of an irregular floor plan by maximising utility and function to fulfil the demands of a contemporary lifestyle; or as our cover story illustrates - repurposing a space, adapting it to new functionality and usage... not once but twice over, and accomplishing the program on a fresh footing each time... simply endorses the versatility of a design vocabulary that is unshackled by any 'ism'.

We hope you appreciate the brevity of our features that are especially curated to conserve your time without losing out on the essence of the information shared. Write in to us with your feedback on editor@indiaartndesign.com

Wishing you all a very Happy Vijayadashmi! May incessant success build your milestones!!

Warm regards,
Savitha
Editor

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Design defines awakening

Thought n Impact
Expected to greet the public in 2023, Bio-architecture Formosana (BAF) together with Carlo Ratti Associatti (CRA) present the National Library in Taiwan, which hopes to transform a large undeveloped suburban plot in XinYing District.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Design is a very responsible defining element that carves life's processes for the betterment of the immediate recipient and has an enormous reciprocal impact contextually.

Our stories this week focus on the need for a change in perspective. The way we view aging structures, our desire for all things glossy and well-finished, our communal ties, and the like.

Human strife and a continual depletion of resources is being constantly, universally attested. We bring three instances to the fore - all three dynamic and part of our everyday lives - travel, old buildings and the basic human need to acquire knowledge.

Let me leave you to discover a wealth of possibilities...

Awaiting your feedback, as usual, on editor@indiartndesign.com

Warm regards,
Savitha
Editor

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Do we call it ingenuity or design?

Projects
On the southern tip of Di Lido Island, Miami, SAOTA designs a masterpiece of modern living – incredibly idyllic and distinctly dramatic…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Ingenuity is an integral component of design. Through the ages, basic construction and finishing materials have remained the same, yet, the design approach reinvents them with every application. In our stories this week, an aspect of design that stands out is how a single element of design can premeditate the programme.

While the home in Mumbai uses camouflage as its highlight, marking the simple chic interiors with strategic intrigue; The Window Factory in Ahmedabad curates an inventive display of windows in an informal and warm ambience, connecting the seller and buyers via an intimate dialogue. Likewise, the Delft railway station contextualises its design by annointing the ceiling with the map of the district. And in our cover story - the palatial waterfront home in Di Lido island, water becomes the resuscitating factor throughout with various spaces flirting with waterbodies; routine activities like having a cuppa or relaxing are woven around the deep blue waters, thereby programming the spaces and the mindset into luxe mode.

Explore it for yourself...

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nature’s aesthetics: Open-to-sky Spaces Special Issue

IAnD Exclusive
Who doesn’t enjoy the simple pleasure that comes with a private outdoor space? At IAnD, ace correspondent Ar. Vinita Wagh curates a hands-on guide on treating your open-to-sky spaces by visiting the balconies, decks, swimming pool areas and gardens and terraces designed by five select designers, who have conceived versatile outdoor spaces to enhance everyday living…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Bring the outdoors in or the indoors out? A question that has time and again, in countless ways, redefined the various open-to-sky spaces that form an important adjunct to our homes, offices...

The association of interiors and exteriors is a narrative as old as architecture, the influence of one always evident on the other. Certain spaces borrow charm from the exteriors, and others bleed into the landscape. While lines are blurred, lifestyles are transformed. Off late, the significance of the easily accessible outdoors has intensified. They might be small, but they're not insignificant. They're versatile, unique, comfortable and powerful motivators for socialization.

This week, we bring to you multiple such spaces that play up the drama and intimacy of the quintessential private outdoors, each with a personality of its own - some spirited, some calm; some eclectic, some bold; some statement and some chic; where warm lighting, textured materials, green landscape and bright accents combine to exude a unique appeal that encourages one to linger, creating spaces that are not only well-loved, but also well-lived.

See for yourself here...

Warm Regards,
Ar. Vinita Wagh
Correspondent - IndiaArtnDesign(dot)com

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Design can inspire change

Thought n Impact
One world, one love. A celebration of humanity. Karim Rashid’s architectural proposal for the Church of Globalove suggests exactly that.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Two stories stand apart from the milieu in what we offer you this week. Both clearly elucidate that design can inspire change. Our cover story that brings you renowned designer Karim Rashid's musings in the form of 'The Church of Globalove' is a space that he proposes as a replicable model - meditative and introspective - that will prove influential in changing the outlook, attitude and consequently, the behaviour of fellow human beings.

As if on cue is our story on the change in billboard design by Zaha Hadid Design, where an organic billboard creates an excitement among the onlookers and can perhaps be the change that the marketing and advertising worlds are continually aspiring for.

Starting tomorrow, we bring you the Open-to-sky Spaces Special Week - a new story each day all through the coming week that will trace the essence of and highlight various private outdoor spaces, and what makes them so desirable. So, stay tuned in!


Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Design is a responsible response to society

Thought n Impact
Noida’s studio Archohm resurrects a derelict and defunct Kattha (catechu) factory and repurposes it to house an interdisciplinary institute -The Design Village.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

An architect is a keeper of society's conscience. Many an architect bends his back to ensure that he sustains the societal fabric and actively contributes to contemporary history in the making. Our cover story this time is enriching in its various nuances. This adaptive reuse project that celebrates a once-glorious industrial space now houses a school for creatives. I would urge you to read beyond the written word and feel the ethos of the magic of sustainable design. This is the need of the hour.

Each of our other features are equally engaging - albeit arresting your attention at different tangents. A gallery space with folding volumes; a co-working space and a community centre that depict how a simple analogous design approach can create two similar programmes with aplomb and a sprawling, luxurious home...

Enjoy the issue.
Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In life as in design: balance is key!

Projects
The Design Alley’s aesthetic for this Aurangabad home is a potpourri of elements that harmonize appealingly to create an original, hybrid look.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Balance is an oft used and sometimes, philosophically, an over-used word. However, it immediately struck a chord with our team as we were faced with bringing you the excesses of life in our stories this week. It seemed like every story that we shortlisted had 'excess' integral to its makeup. A different, almost begrudging respect began to stem from understanding this tenet of design. Our cover story says it beautifully as the home décor weaves in the cultural nuances of the homeowners and makes for such a beautifully home-grown space to rejoice in.

Just as we were taking in the plethora of elements around us, Architect Trevor McIvor's 'Home beautiful' struck a balance with its spatial generosity and minimalist approach. The balance. Almost as if it has an unsaid presence; destined.

Enjoy the issue.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Multi facets are integral to design

Ideas
mimaristudio’s animated design and perky interior lends personality to the 4500 sq. m. headquarters of Turkish packaging company, ISPAK Ambalaj in Istanbul, and leaves a colourful mark…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Design anywhere - across all fields - even in its finer nuances - can never be viewed in isolation. The changing socio-cultural ethos demands a relook at the way we perceive our living spaces. In fact, it is reciprocal in many ways: the design informs behaviour and vice versa.

Our stories this week explore this phenomenon as we touch upon the science behind luxury retail; the perennial going back to the roots - to the science of Vaastu; and the progressive office-design idiom that seems in a continuous state of reflux. Yet, still, one can't help admiring the reinvention of the theme, where predominantly, colour and light play the showstoppers. Our cover story illustrates this rather dramatically. Need I say more?

Enjoy the discoveries...

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Rootedness makes design authentic

Projects
A curtain of sandstone red against the backdrop of a light blue sky - the geometric outlines of the Thapar University of Patiala paints a compelling picture.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

There is a plethora of everything out there. Yet, designers are reinventing themselves; and there is a continuous outpouring of new designs, old designs in new avatars, even breakthrough designs...

Scouring through aesthetic, innovative stuff day-after-day; even featuring some gems for you readers by digging deep and writing about them, we've come to realise that the best does come from a merging of sensibilities - new and old. Whilst everyone wants something new, one cannot deny the value framework that is passed on through generations and makes one what he/she is at the core of his/her very being.

Our cover story - the architecture and façade design of the University in Patiala is a project after this very essence of rootedness and contemporaneity, all in one breath. The traditional footprint of its masterplan and the ethos of present day aspirations have crafted a space so inimitably youthful - it's a place after the students' customary sensibilities.

This and lots more...

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Design can be intriguingly organic

Projects
Hiren Patel architects create an equilibrium between the natural outdoors and interior architecture by chiselling a 4049 sq. ft. weekend home as a single volume on a generous plot…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

When Architect B.S Bhooshan from Mysore was planning the Tungal school in Bijapur, there were no predetermined specifics apart from a master footprint. The development grew organically with local craftsmen and masons adding their own flavours to the evolving functional requirements.

When Architect Yang Liu was designing the interiors of the property in Beijing, it changed program periodically, till in the end, even he did not know what he was chiselling the space for! This organic approach has its pluses like none other. Keeping aside sceptic arguments, one can safely say that the pleasure of discovery on unformalised terrain is unmatched.

Our stories this week use organic as the mantra and our cover story validates it in the simplest form, with a universal approach.

Let the introspection seep in.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Design is food for the soul

Heritage
Ar. Brinda Somaya dedicates yet another iconic structure to the city of Mumbai – the soul of the Tata Group - Bombay House, restored and refurbished for gen-next!
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

We have great news for you. You can now receive this IAnD issue via WhatsApp also!

Currently in test-mode, some of you may have already received last week’s issue on WhatsApp. Do let us know your experience and how you’d like us to make it better. For those who’d like to avail of this convenience, do send us a WhatsApp shout on +91 9820461587 and we’ll be happy to loop you in.

The talk of the town - the transformation of the iconic Bombay House – our cover story, I must say how satisfying it is to meet a creative whose work goes beyond the ramified constructs of the accepted. Her vision, her sensitivity and the very nature of her interaction with what we consider as mere brick-and-mortar, makes one want to relook at things with her vision. This is none other than Ar. Brinda Somaya, who has once again brought history to life with her restoration of the 94-year-old colonial structure.

Our other offerings this week fill in a mixed bag, where we bring you ideas for home interiors and décor via a penthouse in Mumbai and a duplex apartment in Bangalore. Speaking of technology, we have something for all Harry Potter fans – the new magic wand – the Kano Coding Kit, a know-how game for all age groups that makes you believe in dreams all over again! And then we have two distinct curvatures – one that shapes the roof of a hospitality jaunt in the forests of China and the other, an experiment with ultra-thin aluminium as an arresting entrance canopy in Texas.

Lots to soak in. Enjoy!

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Designer’s Personal Spaces – a special issue.

IAnD Exclusive
Architect Abin Chaudhuri’s home epitomizes the essence of the bond between his mother and his son, and effectively doubles up as a creative canvas for his artistically-inclined 10-year-old boy…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

The word personal evokes a gamut of emotions; the foremost being a sense of ownership. And with this, come the seemingly little-nothings that make the personal special - like none other!

With our creative geniuses designing stunning abodes for the masses day-in and day-out, we were piqued to get some insights into what really makes these architects and designers tick. We thus approached them with a request to visit their own personal spaces and came back totally in awe of the different philosophies that guide them.

Our team visited the personal abodes of designer Parag Ainchwar in Pune, Ar. Puran Kumar in Mumbai, Ar. Harish Lakhani in Hyderabad and Ar. Abin Chaudhuri in Kolkata. From Valencia, Spain, we were invited into the offices of interior and identity designers, Masquespacio and Fran Silvestre Architects.

It is indeed difficult to enumerate our learnings here. Instead, we have wholesomely shared with you all - verbatim from the architects and designers - with each feature. We trust the takeaway will leave enough food-for-thought. As Team IAnD concurs in unison, "You never know what and who inspires whom!"

Enjoy your read. Write to us at editor@indiaartndesign.com

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Design is progression in continuum

Projects
Dipen Gada and Associates designs an office for a builder in Vadodara that sports an indigo blue flooring and is surrounded by green pockets wrapping its periphery…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Breaking away from the norm and thinking out-of-the-box are phrases that seem to constitute the new normal. And the root of this burgeoning phenomenon lies in the unchangeable truth that change is a constant.

Without rubbing it in (there is no need to), we present this week's stories that bring you exceptional design solutions from across the globe - Turkey, Frankfurt, Vadodara, Kolkata...

Speaking of diverse design sensibilities and perspectives, starting tomorrow, we bring you a peep into six selected designer's/architect's personal spaces. A whole lot of question marks popped into our heads as we reviewed these abodes and we are yet to get them all sorted out! Look out for the stories and do please continue to shower all your love on us by posting your thoughts, suggestions, or simply - your comments!

Enjoy your read.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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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 façade 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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