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

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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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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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Can we really separate art from design?

Projects
Walk through this New Delhi apartment… only to walk out as an art aficionado…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

There is something about the world of art and design. Look closely and it will show you a glimpse of vulnerability. It may not percolate to the details but, certainly at the macro level, you can sense that little sensitive inkling of perhaps… the desire to conform?! In our stories this week, all are interwoven with an underlying artistic element.

So, you will see Studio Osmosis transform a small space to appear large using simple materials and approach with a touch of whimsy. The same small space concept blends with the whimsical in the single room for two by Studio Ben Allen that ingenuously brings architectural installation and interior design on the same plane.

Whether it is refurbishing a heritage property – the traditional Baserri in Northern Spain, or a luxurious home that exploits the ingenuity of contemporary and traditional artists to create bespoke signature pieces, art is at the heart of design!

Enjoy the issue.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The singular element in design!

Ideas
This is not your regular Chinese retail store! Designed by Domani Architectural Concepts, the futuristic outlet of Roaring Wild has been painting the town red…
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Making memories at leisure

IAnD Exclusive
Hospitality design is all that wishful thinking is made of. It gives wings to some of our aspirations and expectations…
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

When shadows come to life| A study in white| Paul Sandip’s extraordinary love for everyday objects| Lara Morakhia’s upcycled jewellery| and more

Projects
Ar. Fran Silvestre’s architecture touches the metaphysical as it throws light on important conjectures in design. Here is an apartment that alludes to a study in white…
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Editorial

Dear IAnDian,

There is always an unidentified depth in design. Irrespective, whether it is a large building, an everyday product or just a small, seemingly insignificant detail of design. All it needs is the trained eye. This issue is abuzz with both - design and details.

From awe-inspiring - like the shadow play architectural installation by Lucion Media, to repurposed antique jewellery with fine silver and ornamental gold flourishes by the amazingly enterprising Lara Morakhia; from the enamoured-with-everyday-objects - designed by Paul Sandip - winner of three Red Dot honours and the brain behind a lot of our taken-for-granted useful objects, to the introduction of quirk as a specifier - as you will see in out Product Hub offerings; to the soul searching of the cover story - an all-white apartment from Spain by none other than Ar. Fran Silvestre... every story we bring you imparts a take-away.

So, beat the heat and get immersed in some cool stuff. And, yes please, continue writing to us. All your feedback is being published in conjunction with the respective features. And, your valuable suggestions are being deliberated upon by our teams.

Warmly,
Savitha Hira
Editor

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