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

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

How does subconscious learning impact design solutions?

Signature
With an exhibition design as well as an outdoor interactive installation that opened to the public last evening at Okhla Grounds in New Delhi, Ar. Amit Gupta gets candid about how exhibition design and installations are an opportunity to further one's skill set… Over to Amit…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Time and again we observe a going back to history. A going back to traditional ancient architectural methods and typologies. Of course, the signature lies in the smart tweaking that contemporises the design and planning to suit current living needs, even trends.

A house built literally in the midst of a desert doesn't shut out the barren nature. Instead, Kendle Design Collaborative opens up the interiors using the courtyard typology and glass walls that promote seamlessness.

The retail store by Labvert Design Studio too contemporises traditional Japanese craftsmanship and ingeniously contextualises the brand to its location.

But going back in time also means going back to a strong value base. Our cover story - a simple thought and practise put into words by Ar. Amit Gupta of Studio Symbiosis, kind of underlines the premise that rootedness is a continuum. It resurfaces periodically, each time making an indelible impact - both physically and metaphysically; urging one to think and question the status quo. Agree??

Enjoy the issue and share your thoughts with us.

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Watch the dynamic duo share the secret of their inspiration. For the very first time – for the readers of India Art n Design. We are #Incandidconversationwith Architects Krupa Zubin and Zubin Zainuddin – releasing on 19th Feb 2018 
https://youtu.be/M3kv5R5Y5wM
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

How much and when has a building impacted you?

Projects
Tadao Ando stated that “I believe that way people live can be directed a little by architecture”. Ar. Archana Shah designs this residence by not just manoeuvring contemporary living ideas but marking a posey for timelessness.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

When design drives a solution that is contextual in nature, what is the premise? Established that design speaks a subjective dialect: it means different things to different people; at different times; is situational; circumstantial even. Yet, there is a universal vocab that underlines a typology. One that guarantees appeal, acceptance. So irrespective of the premise, contextuality can be varied and manifold.

We bring you two residential architectural projects - one in Noida - a fairly new township by many standards and the other in the Alpine ranges of South Tyrol, Italy. Both attest to the immediate surrounds without compromising on contemporary mandates. And when it comes to the interiors, we found the perfect adjunct in a recent project by Ar. Archana Shah (our cover story).

Acknowledging the shift (existential and progressive), is the new academic building in Nottingham that illustrates the role of design beyond the physical.

Deep dive and enjoy the read!!

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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When your spouse and your work roll into the ‘love of your life’, life is set! Watch out for the journey of architects Krupa Zubin and Zubin Zainuddin of ZZ Architects #inCandidConversationwith IndiaArtnDesign

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Design plays facilitator of positive vibes in the human psyche!

Thought n Impact
Sasaki Design Studio engineers their design Incubator with a lively and peppy vibe to spur creative thinking…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Collaboration and transparency are like two sides of the same coin - an empathetic state of mind that has been endorsed by projects like the Mumbai office interior by Rajeev Sathe Architects, a community housing project in Hiroshima by Masahiko Fujimori Architects, and the incubator at Sasaki Design Studio in Massachusetts. These projects show how an open-source approach in the physical realm fosters a green pathway in the physiological domain, paving the way for a smooth interface, focus, and consequent growth.

As we sit mulling over the impact of design on the human psyche, the other element that subtly comes to light is the presentation or aesthetics that forms the primary visual tool that facilitates the appreciation of the real design. The discipline of architecture and design masters this tool. We revel in uncovering this mastery time and again, day after day...

Enjoy the issue.

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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The interconnected life of Brinda and Alfaz Miller
 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Working with linear spaces and vertical typologies!

Projects
Shashi Prabhu and Associates designs the Airoli Sports Complex in Navi Mumbai, playing on a vertical program..
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Burgeoning population, infrastructure and a heaving societal aura has given rise to terms such as linearity and verticality in building layouts. Constraints in space vis-à-vis expanding aspirational requirements are making way for newer footprints that make inroads into breakthrough typologies. An example is our cover story - the Airoli Sports Complex by Ar. Shashi Prabhu and Associates - perhaps the oldest and much revered in the hall of architectural fame. Turning a generally laterally-spread typology into a vertical format without compromising on any of the essentials is what this project approach is all about. And it raises the bar. Do take a look.

Besides, an architectural extension to a home in London, a linear interior design for a luxe home in Gurgaon and a highly eloquent architectural exercise in Valencia keep you intrigued... also reveal some idea-gems, where interiors and architecture are concerned.

It has been a revelation of sorts for us. Hope it is for you too...

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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The interconnected life of Brinda and Alfaz Miller

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The success of a design lies in the personal make-up of its designer/architect.

IAnD Exclusive
The bond between the artist and her architect husband is a meeting of two creative minds, fuelled by the enriching crosscurrents of drastically different personalities.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Our cover story this week is the third episode of #inCandidConversationwith - our video series that aims to get to know the personal characteristics of professionals - to better understand what makes them the way they are... what drives them as highly successful achievers. This delightful episode features Architect Alfaz Miller and his very talented wife, artist Brinda Miller.

Seated in their collector's paradise - a home filled with their love for all things inanimate and animate, the couple get candid about their very personal lives. Watch the video if you haven't already - https://youtu.be/NAf7l-EO-mo

Besides, we bring you the interactive-façade building in Taipei; a plush hospitality venue in Delhi, India, and a perfect travel locale in the paradise island of Mustique refurbished by none other than the maverick genius, Philippe Starck.

Enjoy the issue and keep us posted with your feedback.

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Can thoughtfulness be the third dynamic, besides form and function?

Projects
ZZ Architects undertakes a study in the sensitive and sagacious use of contemporary elements to highlight a home filled with mementoes…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Wish you all a very auspicious beginning to all things fulfilling in the year ahead. As we make a rejuvenated comeback - relaxed, re-energised - we surface to a brimming cup of varied design projects that diffuse the essence of design addressing human emotions at the core.

Each of the design stories that we've picked for you this week has an underlying sensitivity and sagacity that looks at the problem from a humanist viewpoint. Be it in the progressive environment that we see in the Microsoft research centre - although an open office is a given in these times; or the classic ambience and the subtle undertones that characterise the beauty and nail salon by Minnie Bhatt Designs; or more impactfully, the home that ZZ Architects has designed (our cover story) for a couple passionate about their collectibles... a thoughtful approach is the new high!

Let me leave you to explore...

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Does practicality have a place in the marriage of two creative souls?

Stay tuned to catch the enjoyable chitchat between Artist Brinda Miller and Ar. Alfaz Miller...
Coming Soon…
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The who, what and why of 2018’s most popular design stories at IndiaArtnDesign!

IAnD Exclusive
Interacting with design stories day-in and day-out leaves a residual impact on one’s thought processes. Join me in sifting out some profound take-aways from our bouquet of 2018!
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

The year 2018 has sped by! Eventful, exhilarating, a pure fun and result-oriented sojourn as new stuff unfolded at our studio and our team grew from 12 to 19 members. We touchdown on our systems every single day with renewed energy - thanks to you - dear architects and designers, who share the first look of your creations with our audiences We take this opportunity to apologise too - as our flooded mailboxes sometimes keep us from responding promptly to you. Please do bear with us.

Our global readers - a growing discerning base - thank you for your appreciative emails and your valuable suggestions. We're constantly working on bringing you an enriching design information experience with that one select project every day. Speaking of which, our milestone introduction this year has been the web series titled "in Candid Conversation with" that explores the personal lifestyles of your favourite architects, designers and artists, bringing you glimpses of the pulsating personal energies of the person behind the professional. We thank you for your immense appreciation of the series; we've equally enjoyed making these videos for you. There are many more coming your way in the new year.

So, see you in the new year with new beginnings and lots of fresh ideas. Wishing you a joyful, successful and healthy New Year 2019!

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The value of uniqueness in design

Projects
The Grid Architects designs home units that are visually connected yet subtly separated, with the focus on the responsive, inclusive lifestyle of a large family.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

So how important is it for a design to be unique? This week's stories majorly explore the residential typology and yet each abode stands out - attuned to distinct sensibilities. So, the question that arises is - should design within the same typology be unique? Studies show that uniqueness in design is in fact not a mandate. Only because there is a more generalised ruling set that has already determined user-comfort. Therefore, nuanced alterations are key; and not necessarily a fresh design.

Well, let's say then that it's the approach that counts; and this is what we celebrate in tailoring unique solutions. From a home with glass walls perched on a lakeside in Lechlade, Gloucestershire celebrating the scenic waterscape; to a chic apartment in Pune; to our cover story - an expansive luxurious home segregated into individual units and woven into a beautifully landscaped abode, design solutions run deep and distinct to the said premises.

On another note, uniqueness also comes forth in being sensitised to the human-built-form equation.

Find out more as you browse through...

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

When simplicity rules, design soars!

Heritage
Archohm’s urban renewal of Lucknow’s Hussainabad is a momentous endeavour that composes quasi-pedestrianisation, landscape and the built forms onto one heritage-themed canvas.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

It is a well-known fact that simplification comes long after one had tired the most complex of things; the most convoluted stuff. It is also known that simplification is the key to realisation - of body, and soul; physical and metaphysical. On an abstract plane, our stories this week hint at this phenomenon.

A good representation of minimal... Zen... is the rice-crackers store in Tokyo. A humble abode, yet so beautifully designed by Ar. Ineyama, the all-Cedar-wood store showcases a dynamic play of design with just a single material and method. Do check it out. In the same vein, the humungous colonisation of housing for the neophyte urbanite being built by studio MVRDV in Pune veers towards the learning that people are open to simplified explanations of life and life practices; it only needs to be communicated.

Our cover story this week - which glides through the heritage precincts of Lucknow depicts how purity of thought and approach can win over the masses - it preserves and rejuvenates - at the same time.

Enjoy the issue and write in to us at editor@indiaartndesign.com

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The underlying human connect!

IAnD Exclusive
The ease with which Brinda Somaya aligns her personal and professional life is enviable.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Team IndiaArtnDesign just crossed a new milestone. Episode 2 of #inCandidConversationwith - our newly launched video series on the personal style statements of creatives like architects, designers and artists - premiered yesterday, Dec.4, 2018 to a wholesome audience who have loved the look and feel of the concept. Thank you, patrons. We're humbled.

Featuring renowned architect and urban conservationist, Brinda Somaya, the 4-minute episode touches upon the real woman behind the garb of the absolutely lovable professional. If you haven't already, or even if you'd like to catch it again - here's the link https://youtu.be/mKMBb24RPUQ

Everything revolves around a human connect. It is a palpable connect. And when it thrives between the built form and human interaction via colour, form or even space - both positive and negative - it effects a relationship. And this intensifies when one gives back to, goes back to... nature. Our many stories from around the world - the oncology healing centre in Netherlands by MMEK Architects, the bio-inspired medical spa in China by Ar. Alberto Apostoli and the nature-driven design of the Anant University in Ahmedabad - put the onus on the human connect as the ultimate this week.

Enjoy the issue, especially the video. Like, share and subscribe to our YouTube channel. There's so much more in the offing...

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

In dialogue with brick and mortar

Projects
Very few architects have a way with walls. The way they chisel the built form speaks volumes for the spaces carved, the human interaction with them and the surrounds. The 5-Element House by Studio PKA is one such abode…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

An innate social responsibility shines through all our stories this week. Responsibility that is born out of respect for nature, for heritage, for human and plant life; almost like an ode to inherent aesthetics.

Handcrafted sensitivity of Bangladesh meets the precision of the Dutch as a collaborative effort by both architects culls out a village supermarket more like a community centre. A beautiful merger of function and humanitarian values.

Just as serene and sentimental, is the restoration and refurbishment of an old mansion in East China that is now transformed into a boutique hotel. Restraint proves to be the showstopper in this architectural makeover.

And of course, our cover story on studio PKA from Mumbai that yet again endorses the fact that when architecture speaks it's potent language, it results in a bonding of human and surrounds as none other.

Enjoy the issue. There's plenty to mull over...

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Psychology in design

Ideas
Studio TAB fashions a retail space for JJ Silks in Bangalore, drawing a parallel to the celebration of colours, patterns and the royalty of the quintessential Indian silk sari, using the thematic as their muse for the showroom design…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

In the age-old tussle between form and function, our stories this week clearly border on the premise - function follows form! Whether it is the Jasmine flower inspiring the built form in Fuzhou, or the splashes of paint inspiring an interactive public installation in Shanghai or even the exclusive silk sari showroom in Bangalore being a take-off from the sari itself, the underlying emotion that connects with the masses is a representation - an identity that appeals to the senses, making them receptive to the built form, the interior surrounds...

So, in this race for empathising and relating to human behavioural patterns, aspirations and motivation, success of a project is measured by how design works with the psyche of the user to deliver the needful - so the surrounds assist in boosting purchases, in enhanced footfall... making users perform the actions that are expected of them. Also referred to as Design Thinking. A very gainful tool.

Let me leave you to mull on that note...

Warm regards,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Comimg Soon… Ar.Brinda Somaya

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Multifaceted design stories

Projects
Renesa Architecture Design Interiors flaunts Casa Forma, a 7200 sq. ft. residence juxtaposed against the panoramic canvas of the Himalayan foothills.
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

It is good to be back after a joyous festive break and especially when the excitement is mounting afresh on the promotional campaign of our next video in our recently launched #inCandidConversationwith! Trust that each of you have seen the Episode 1 of Season 1 featuring none other than the dapper Ar. Sanjay Puri. In case you've missed it - click on the banner below.

So, our next in line is the epitome of grace, the architect for the masses, Ar. Brinda Somaya - who opens up her doors and her heart to IndiaArtnDesign in an intimate tête-à-tête. This prolific and conscientious architect has a very individualistic style that is bound to floor you. Stay tuned. She is coming soon... on our YouTube Channel. In fact, you could subscribe in the meanwhile and be sure not to miss out on all the excitement!

This week's stories reinstate the potent vibe that endorses design as effervescent, rejuvenating, breaking ground... Whilst Chitte Associates strive to bring old school and modern on the same page with their office design in Vadodara; Renesa Architecture delves into defining a typology that could visit homes built at the foothills of the Himalayas - once again striking a balance between old school and modern.

Happy reading!

Warm regards,
Savitha
Editor

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Soon… Ar.Brinda Somaya

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Design is... auspicing the new!

IAnD Exclusive
A look at the life and style of the award-winning architect Sanjay Puri reveals a passion for fashion, his profession and a certain country revered for its style!
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Diwali - the Festival of Lights has a special significance in the metaphysical sense of the word. Illumination translates to positive change - within or without - and in this issue, we, at IndiaArtnDesign, subscribe to it to the fullest.

An auspicious beginning to our new presence on YouTube is another proof in the pudding - our team is raising the bar at curating cutting-edge content. A pat on the back, very humbly, goes to our enthusiastic team members, who have the most natural tendency to keep reinventing themselves. And we take this opportunity to thank YOU, our growing readers, as you continue to endorse your belief in us.

So, enjoy the new video series #inCandidConversationwith and stay tuned in to personally interact with many more stalwarts from the architecture and design fraternity in the coming months. On the new developments in the technical area of architecture - we have a very engaging story on thin concrete and formwork and a new product on illuminated concrete. Dubai is all set to welcome yet another iconic building and up its tourist quotient. And offices and homes are, as always, on the road to reinvention, time and again.

We wish you all a very Happy Diwali! Enjoy the video and give us your feedback.

Warm regards,

Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Pre-Diwali Special – Ideas you can use!

IAnD Exclusive
Take pride in the diversity of our Indian culture by adding traditional elements to bring out the true meaning of Diwali…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

Diwali is a festival of lights, colour and style... Family, friends, neighbours and communities come together to celebrate with wholesome fervour. As a run-up to the upcoming festive season Team IAnD have put their heads together to curate the best possible ideas under dedicated themes that will not only appeal to your senses, but also be practically viable.

Under the Frugal Call theme - we show you how you can do things with a twist without spending a bomb! Our Relatable Stories make your heirlooms see the light of day so that you and your guests can revel in some candid nostalgia.


Yes, another gem is Let Colour be your Guide - where we have laid out a kaleidoscope of colours for you to pick and choose what suits your taste and use it with or without abandon!

Studied Flamboyance is the only theme, where you need to carefully juxtapose an over-the-top element with a muted background so that it does not distract from what you want to show off. With plenty of ideas under each section, you will most certainly be spoilt for choice.

Enjoy the read and let us know what worked for you...
Wish each of you a very Happy Diwali from Team IAnD!
Warm regards,
Marina Correa
Special Correspondent - IAnD

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