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` 100 November 2014

GAURAV KHARKAR & ASSOCIATES

STUNNING FUSION OF
DESIGN & LUXURY

CUBE ARCHITECTENTHE INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMERS

PLUS Shobha Bhopatkar

DSP Design Associates

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CORNERSTONE

The November issue is full of vibrant and innovative designs; theyre all ingeniously
designed, meticulously planned and aesthetically spectacular projects.
Over the past few issues, you must have noticed the difference in the projects
we have been featuringmost of them have one thing in commonan innovative
approach to design. One such Mumbai-based young architect couple is
Gaurav and Vidhita Kharkar; they are trendsetters of sorts with a high-level of design
sensitivity and an innovative approach to design. Coming to the other arena of
design, the corporate interiors of ZS Associates designed by DSP Design Associates
has a perfect balance of functionality and aesthetics, where you can admire how
the team has achieved a sense of openness by exploring visually sound ideas in
creating this workspace.
In our Portfolio section we have featured Senior Landscape Architect
Shobha Bhopatkars green designs that have successfully contributed to the
changing face of Pune.
Also, check out the admirable project designed by Netherlands-based
Cube Architecten who has transformed an old storeroom into a swanky yet
sustainable T-Park.
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a fun process. I am keen on visiting the school for my sons admission.
Thank you, Society Interiors!
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I am a regular subscriber of Society


Interiors. This time when I opened
the copy to read it I was thrilled to
see your redesigned magazine.
Must say the magazine looks all
the more interesting with the new
fonts and effects. The green news
section looks very appealing. Kudos
Society Interiors!

I love collecting antiques and


artefacts. The artefact range from
The Vedic Collection featured in
your In thing section denitely lends
an artistic charm to ones abodes. I
especially loved the mini brass globe
and the gramophone artefact.
Ramya Chandrak, Bengaluru
The projects designed by FADD Studio
look very captivating. I loved the way
the reinterpret old trends in a fresh
and modern manner.
Gautam Nayak, Mumbai

Prathamesh Deshpande, Pune

The accessories and artefacts


displayed in actors Shekhar
and Adhyayan Sumans
home lend the space an
artistic air. The limited edition
chess board polished in
24-carat gold is denitely the
highlight of this home.
I am keen on seeing the
personal spaces of many
more Bollywood celebrities
in your magazine.
Nidhi Mishra, New Delhi

Design rm Space Dynamix has lend


a sustainable touch to the MLDLs
Mumbai ofce. The use of innovation
sustainable materials like calcium
silicate boards and coir sheets
makes this ofce space stand out
from the others.
Supreet Ail, Chennai

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I visited the Blue Planet in
Copenhagen and must
say the space with its spiral
design offers visitors a
captivating experience. Its
a well-designed project.
Kritika Alhuwalia, Mumbai

Avinash Patils Karad bungalow designed by Ar. Jitendra Bhandari


seamlessly blends classic and contemporary styles. The use of a diverse
material palette lends the home a green touch.

Trishala Shetty, Bengaluru


I am a true Yash Raj
Films fan. Anything they
come up with interests
me. I recently visited their
cinema-inspired couture
Diva Ni. The moment
you step in, you feel no
less than a diva. A must
visit destination or all the
elite shoppers.

Steven Narhonha, Goa

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Godrej Properties, has given a clear
idea about Godrej Properties new
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research on green development.
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interviews like this in Society Interiors.

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Principal Architect and Managing
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LIFESTYLE
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GAURAV

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Gaurav Kharkar & Associates


have lent a artistic and
grandiose touch to the
Mumbai home of Chetan
Doshi; Ar. Ajay Sharma uses
a blend of international
design trends and classical
Indian culture to design
the Agarwals bungalow in
Dewas; Interior designers
Tanvi Rajpurohit and Archis
Patel have struck the right
balance between two styles
for real estate builder Vipul
Dharsandiya in Vadodara.

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WORKSTATION

The vibrant ofce of ZS


Associates designed by
DSP Design Associates
is characterized by
sustainable features and a
vibrant palette.

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GREEN DESIGN

Netherlands-based Cube Architecten


transforms an old storeroom to create
the sustainable T Parka semi-public
plaza.

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PORTFOLIO

Showcasing Landscape Architect


Shobha Bhopatkars green designs
that has successfully contributed to the
changing face of Pune.

FURNISHING SECRETS

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Bold yet sophisticated, the metallic soft


furnishings will lend your personal space
the much needed sheen.

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RESTAURANT DESIGN
The interiors of New Delhis newly opened China Garden replicate
traces of Chinese inuence.

CITYSCAPE
Marvel Realtors new luxury apartments in Marvel Kyra at Pune.

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170

AT HOME WITH
Actress Sonali Kulkarnis home
lends a minimalistic charm and
positive vibe truly reecting her
simple persona.

CORPORATE INTERIORS

176

Choose from these efcient


storage solutions that will not only
de-clutter your home ofce and
workspaces, but also increase
productivity.

RETAIL DESIGN

190

Sona Reddys inviting store Room Therapy is


offset by earthy elements and accessorized by
kitschy statement pieces.

STORE PROFILE

196

New Delhi-based lifestyle store House of Raro by


designer siblings Rajeeta and Rolly Gupta is the
one-stop solution for high-end furniture and
accessories.

REGULAR BEAT: In Thing, Talking Shop, Property Watch,


Green News, International News, Know Your Architect

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CONTACT DETAILS
THE FURNITURE REPUBLIC
1st Floor, KST Building
Metro Pillar No. 128
Near Fortune Hotel
416 MG Road, Ghitorni
New Delhi 110030
08527100811
live.smart@furniture-republic.com
www.furniture-republic.com

FINE

DETAILING

Discover the nest collection of animal life as The Furniture Republic brings
to you stylish and unique Murano glass accessories. These gurines from Italy,
created using coloured and clear glass will denitely add a glam quotient to
your personal space. The animal gurines are available in an array of hues; right
from blue and black to yellow, red and pink. The exclusive collection features
sea mammals, royal swans with fading colours and inserted into a crystal base,
horses in motion, birds of joy with a crystal nest base, a 24-carat gold-plated
Pegasus detailed with a gold-plated stand on a sand-blasted crystal base,
among others. So, decorate your home with these awe-inspiring and delicate
glass animals that are crafted with utmost detailing and seem true to life.
`29,900 to `1,99,000
Co-ordination: Trisha Mahajan
Photographs: Courtesy The Brand

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CONTACT DETAILS

MIRACO COTTAGE INDUSTRIES


EMPORIUM
No.84, Barton Centre
M.G Road
Bangalore 560001
080-25595963/40913053/41325904
miracoindia@gmail.com

ETHNIC

TOUCH

Those of you, who wish to beautify the empty, drab spaces in your
home can head to Miraco Cottage Industries Emporium in Bengaluru.
They have a wide range of handcrafted, ethnic gurines made out of
materials like marble, wood, metal and camel bone. One of their most
popular collections is the range of elephant gurines. Right from simple
and rustic designs to intricate and ornate patterns with embellishments,
these gurines are hand-picked from across the country. The elephant
statuettes in tribal and Rajasthani designs will lend your home an ethnic
touch. Apart from these, the store also offers an interesting collection of
accessories like mirror frames, carpets, vases, candle stands,
among other products.
`1,500 Onwards
Co-ordination: Apoorva Somaiah
Photographs: Sandesh Ravikumar

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CONTACT DETAILS
FRAZER AND HAWS
Estaa
2nd Floor, Kwality House
Kemps Corner
Mumbai 400 036
022 23824429

SILVER
ARTISTRY

Are you in a quandary about what to gift on special


occasions? Fret not and head to Frazer and Haws, as they
unveil Wedding Laurels, a collection designed to capture
your special moments. This wedding gifts collection includes
elegantly crafted silver products for the newly-wed couple.
From the royal blue Midnight in Paris themed bowl to the
Quatro Fleur photo frame and the Timepiece Flight & Fancy
to the Tee Light Lush, they have a wide range on offer.
For the divine intervention you can opt for the Krishna Prem
Jyoti or the Radha Krishna Jhula gurines. So, this wedding
season choose from these nely crafted designer pieces.

` 7,000 Onwards
Co-ordination: Delilah Rodrigues
Photographs: Courtesy The Brand

GROHE
KENSINGTON
HOME IS WHERE
MY GROHE SPA IS

Refined styling and elegant


details lend an air of understated
luxury to the Kensington
collection of faucets.

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CONTACT DETAILS
MANTRA GOLD COATINGS
270 , TTK Road
Alwarpet, Chennai 600018
9884398833
vp@mantragoldcoatings.com

EXQUISITE

CREATION
Mantra Gold Coatings, a new ultra-luxurious store in
Chennai is the new destination for those who would
d
want to enhance the beauty of their home.
The store has on offer stunning artefacts and
gurines of deities in brass and gold and silver
plating as well. Brass door knobs that bear traditional
nal
motifs of the veena or a leaf are highlights of the
store. The gurines of Hindu gods and goddesses
that are crafted with utmost perfection make for
great gifting options. Wall-mounted brass lotuses
in varied sizes will deck up your mundane walls.
Another unique design expression at the store is
the collection of the Buddha artefacts.
`500 Onwards

Co-ordination: CSS Latha


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Professional platform
Conceptualized and executed by ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Pvt. Ltd., ET ACETECH is a class-apart platform and an effort
designed to drive the building industry by bridging the consumer-supplier gap. The Economic Times ACETECH 2014 will be a
perfect platform for the nest national and international brands to meet eminent architects, real estate developers, hoteliers,
equity investors in infrastructure, builders, engineers and designers, from across the globe. Buyers, clients and suppliers will
assemble at the show and share, witness and pick from a wide variety of options available for their respective businesses.
This year, ET ACETECH will be hosted in Mumbai at Bombay Exhibition Centre from 6th-9th November 2014, followed by
Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. The show will be staged in and around a vast expanse of 2mn sq. ft. area gross
spread over four months. ET ACETECH and Mosbuild Association will have more than 1,625 exhibitors from across the world. This
year, ET ACETECH will stage eight Allied Events which will include ACETECH Design Wall, ACETECH Connect, ACETECH Felicitation
and Gala Networking Night, Grand Stand Awards, The International Lighting Summit, The Design Mock Up Studio and the ET
ACETECH Glass Intertech.
At The ACETECH Design Wall more than 450 brands competed for recognition from the pioneers of construction, interior and
design fraternity. In Mumbai on 5th September 2014 at Taj Lands End, Design Wall 2014 undertook its 6th edition in association with
BLUE STAR LTD. along with eminent sponsors like INNOVATIVE IDEALS & SERVICES (INDIA) PVT. LTD. and R K MARBLE PVT. LTD., to name
a few. After large number of entries ACETECH conducted an internal screening, along with its ofcial tabulators Ernst & Young,
and shortlisted the top 50 brands which displayed their innovative products, services and technologies before the esteemed jury
panel comprising of more than 100 renowned Architects, Designers and Builders from across the world like Anita Arjundas, Niranjan
Hiranandani, Ar. Zarir Mullan, Ar. Seema Puri Mullan to name a few. The winning products
will be displayed on the splendid Video Wall to be created at the venue of The ET
ACETECH Mumbai show on 6th November 2014.
On the other hand Connect, an initiative of ACETECH initiated direct meetings of
Indias top Construction Houses, Architects and Designing rms with brands exhibiting
at ACETECH in Mumbai on 10th October 2014 at Taj Lands End. Dignitaries like Gunisha
Sanyal (Head Purchase, Hiranandani Construction) and Ashish Joshi (VP Purchase, Oberoi
Realty) etc. were present at the event.
In association with Roca Bathroom Products Pvt. Ltd., ACETECH Felicitation and Gala
Networking Night will recognize and honor the best of the works in the eld of Architecture,
Construction and Design Industry On 6th November 2014 at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai .
Dignitaries such as Chris Bubb, Rajeev Piramal, Ar. Arunjot Singh Bhalla to name a few will
grace the event. Ace Architects, Builders, Interior Designers, HNIs and Construction related
brands (exteriors and interiors) will be present on the other side of the podium.
Grand Stand Awards will appreciate and honor the efforts of exhibitors and participants
who have put in their best to make their stand spaces look fantastic and grand.
The International Lighting Summit 2014 will be an event running concurrent to the Mumbai
exhibition on 7th November 2014 to add knowledge and value to the Lighting Industry.
Speakers like Dr. Amardeep Dugar, Vilas Prabhu, Jaspreet Chandhok, Sarvdeep Basur,
Satish Rana, Kunal Shah and Ar. Poorva Keshkar will be seen discussing various aspects of
light and light technology used in todays industry. Also, be prepared to meet some of the
most dignied dignitariesAr.Ratan J. Batliboi, Ar. Nitin Killawala, Ekta Sanghavvi, Kanchan
Puri Shetty to name a few. To promote the offerings of brands, ACETECH is also dedicating
an exclusive hall of 6, 500 sq.mt. for lighting brands at the Mumbai ACETECH from the 6th of
Nov to the 9th of October at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.
On 19th December 2014 at Pragati Maidan, Delhi The Global Green Summit 2014 will
be seen uniting all architects, building material vendors, consultants, relevant industry
associations, key players and relevant decision makers from the ministry and local
government bodies for one sole purposeto raise and discuss the vital issues pertaining to
the industry and work towards building of a greener ecosystem.
info@etacetech.com, urvashi.c@abec.asia

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LUXURIOUS

DESTINATION

Simone Arora recently hosted a glamorous evening to


celebrate the launch of her store Simone in Mumbai.
Spread over an area of 8,000 sq. ft., the two-storey store
and products on display reect Simones design ethos.
Meticulously crafted, the store showcases soft furnishings
designed by Simone, sophisticated furniture, beautiful
artefacts and home accessories, bed and bath linen,
tableware, art, lights to name a few are curated from
all over the world. Over 10 exclusive brands including
B&B Italia (exclusively retailed at Simone) were stylishly
displayed to render an understated luxurious experience
to all the guests. The evening had a high-prole guest
list of Sanjay and Zarine Khan, Suzaane Khan, Farah
Khan Ali, Gauri Khan, Avanti Birla, Pria Kataria Puri, Laila
Khan, AD Singh, Natasha Poonawala, Tanya Godrej,
Phirozshah Godrej, among others.

ELEGANT

FITTINGS

Hfele, the world leader in architectural hardware, furniture and


kitchen ttings recently launched its exclusive Hafele Design Studio
in collaboration with Steel Touch Hardware Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai. The
exclusive studio spreads across approximately 1,336 sq. ft. area and
offers internationally acclaimed range of innovative products. The
studio not only features a complete range of architectural and interior
ttings solutions, but also displays host kitchen appliances, lighting and
sanitaryware from the house of Hfele.
www.hafele.in

STURDY

WINDOWS

Fenesta Building Systems, one of Indias largest UPVC windows


solution provider, recently launched its signature studio in
Mumbai. The studio displays products ranging from windows,
doors, conservatories in various design and colour possibilities.
Composite doors suitable for exteriors as well as interiors are on
display in attractive colours and also a life size conservatory
provides the consumers a real experience of the product.
The design team at Fenesta uses a special software to help
customers visualize and create unique, customized solutions
suitable for any type of faade. Fenesta Signature Studios will
be soon introduced in other cities like Ahmedabad, Chennai,
Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune and Bengaluru.
www.fenesta.com

- VIRGINIA freestanding bath creates the perfect haven for you to


unwind and relax your senses
- GAP WC delivers on both compact and functional style, ensuring
complete optimization of space
- The L20 faucet collection offers high sustainability with the innovative
cold water start system
- The VICTORIA-N furniture collection is designed to suit every lifestyle
with its simplicity and permits customizing the bath area with different
compositions
The Gap

Roca Bathroom Products Pvt. Ltd.

L20

Victoria-N

Visit us at: www.roca.in

ITALIAN FINESSE

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lifestyle
The Italian luxury brand, Visionnaire, recently showcased
the Wellness & Beauty Collection at the Bologna Water
Design in Bologna, Italy. The collection includes Duke
Separe, a double-face divider screen in wallpaper and
mirrors. This screen can be matched with the Windsor
bathtub; while the Windsor Mobile Trucco Vanity Table,
in pearl-coloured lacquer with triple adjustable mirrors,
is another highlight of this collection that combines the
Victorian stylistic codes, unique details and an intriguing
femininity.
www.visionnaire-home.com

VERSATILE

RANGE

Roca, one of the global leaders in sanitaryware solutions, presents


its minimalist and versatile range called The Prisma Furniture
Collection. This collection offers state-of-the-art mirrors that are
integrated with LED lighting, innovative basin and furniture solutions
for your bathroom. All the products in this range elevate the visual
appeal of the space, while offering great storage capacity.
The wall-hung accessories come in both horizontal and vertical
orientations, making them adaptable to any kind of bathroom
space. The range also includes basins that come in an assortment
of options. From double bowls, to wall-hung vitreous china vanities,
one can choose from several varieties. The base units comprise
one, two and four drawer options and an optional lateral towel rail.
www.roca.in

TIMELESS COLLECTION

InV Home presents its latest collection of beds, which


is a combination of design, functionality, aesthetics,
comfort and style. The collection includes unique
beds in modern and chic designs. Some beds from
this collection have side storage units, which can help
to cut down clutter. One of the beds from this new
collection is fully upholstered with white linen fabric,
giving it a unique modern design synonymous with
international elegance and luxury. Upholstered cloth
beds designed in a dynamic and versatile style for a
contemporary look, are also a part of the collection.
011 26801811/12/13

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products
COLOURFUL

SWITCHES
Anchor Electricals Pvt. Ltd.,
unveiled their new line of
colour plates for its agship
modular switch brand Roma, in
Bengaluru. With a new theme
called Colors Start Playing,
the assortment of textures
and nishes in the product
range give customers around
168 colour plate choices to
style their homes. Along with
the range, Anchor has also
introduced silver-coloured
accessories to complement the
aesthetic needs of new-age
homes and cater to the tastes
of the rustic, urbane and elite.

CONTEMPORARY

DESIGNS

Kutchina, has introduced a latest innovation in auto


clean chimneys. The Island Auto Clean Chimney, is
best suited for open kitchens. This chimney is mounted
from the ceiling, with touch control switch panels on
every side for ease of operation. It also has multiple
blower speed control and comes with an elegant
glass nish. The island chimney is also equipped with
the latest dry auto clean technology, wherein, a single
push of a switch is good enough to clean the chimney
automatically and deposit the dirt in the oil collectors.
www.kutchina.com

www.anchor-world.com

FINE

LIGHTING
Tisva, a lighting brand from
Usha International Ltd. has
introduced a collection
of aesthetic luminaries to
illuminate contemporary
homes. The brands uniquely
designed products include
LED designer range,
chandeliers, wall lights,
ambient lighting, pendants
and utility products including
CFLs, led lamps, t5 battens
and downlights. They also
have an exciting range
of playful lights, catering
specially to kids. The beauty
behind every piece has
been combined with
cutting-edge technology
to showcase inspirational
lighting.
www.lifebytisva.com

WINDOW TO CELEBRATIONS

www.encraft.in

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enhance the beauty of a building manifold. They come in wide choices
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ENCRAFT's high precision engineering makes the windows and doors
virtually impenetrable meeting top of the industry standards for
thermal and sound insulation. Also, they offer effective protection

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products

QUALITY SHUTTERS

Gandhi Automations have launched their latest range


Gandhi Rolling Shutters that are ideal for situations where
side room is at a premium and security is required. These
shutters require very little headroom above the structural
opening. They combine strength with elegance, along
with durability and are designed for both external and
internal applications. These shutters are fabricated of
interlocking galvanized insulated and non insulated,
stainless steel, patented aluminum or polycarbonate
slats and patented MS rolling grills. They conform to IS
6248 and are solidly constructed to promote trouble-free
operation and long life.
sales@geapl.co.in, www.geapl.co.in

COSY CUSHIONS

Parents looking out for options to re-do their kids room


with cute, young and colourful soft furnishing can rejoice
for a while as The Home Elements has launched a range
of creative cushions. The range has been specically
designed for the little brigade. From cushions that feature
animals like lion, giraffe to animations of cartoons, pirate
characters and travel modes, there is something for
everyone to play with or rest on. This cushion collection is
absolutely the right choice for kids as it not only enhances
the learning process but also serves their playfulness.
www.thehomeelements.com

FUNCTIONAL SINKS

Nirali, one of Indias No .1 stainless steel kitchen sink


company, has launched Exa multi-purpose kitchen
sink under Niralis Expell kitchen sink range. The
collection is an example of path-breaking innovation.
Understanding the pressing constraints of todays
modern homes, the sink comes with detachable lids
that cover unwashed vessels and also doubles up
as an extension of a kitchen platform. These lids also
help maintain hygiene by not allowing insects to
pry around at night. Conforming to AISI 304 quality
stainless steel, which is 1.2 mm thick; the Exa kitchen
sink has deeper bowls and comes with a satin nish
to give kitchens an aesthetic appeal.
sales@nirali.com, nirali@nirali.com
www.niralisinks.com

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tiles and floorings

Pergo, one of the global leaders in laminate ooring has


introduced Original Excellence Collection (AC-5 Grade)
Class 33), which is available in 25 attractive options. The new
range consists of single strip, multi-strip plank patterns with
different shades of walnut, merbau, oak; also the genuine
sawcut, genuine wood and genuine rustic surface structures
create an intensive experience of space in your room. The
collection is designed for high-trafc areas and comes with a
lifetime guarantee for residential usage.
www.pergo.co.in

DURABLE

SURFACES

FINE
FLOORING

Notion a pioneering brand in wooden ooring


has introduced Hardwood Flooring, made from
hardwood, plywood and HDF glued with top layer
of hardwood veneer. The range is versatile and
tougher then solid outdoor decks and laminate
ooring because of higher resistace to moisture and
humidity. It is a better option than old ooring choices
like cement, marble, tiles etc. as they also work well
in kitchen, basements, living area, bedrooms, lobby
and even bathrooms. This easy-to-clean ooring is
an innovative option for a luxurious style, ease of
installation and its environmentally friendly benets.
www.notion.net.in

STYLISH TILES

Asian Granito India Ltd. introduced its rst uber exclusive


collection of digital wall tiles printed by 8-colour technology
that will have all the stunning effects of absolutely new
combination of colours and amazing highlighters by the
3rd re technology. This technology offers smoother surfaces,
with increased design and image resolution to give ner
details to effects. Through this technology, myriad effects
like emboss, polished, luster and precious metals, among
others can be printed on the tiles. Aimed at kindling the
imagination of the higher premium class, the exclusivity
and rare combination of colours like golden, silver, purple
and orange among others, would be the most appealing
features of this range of digital wall tiles.
www.aglasiangranito.com

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art

COLOURFUL

ARTISTIC PARADISE

MLANGE

Renowned artist Suvigya Sharma unveiled his latest


collection, An Art Collectors Paradise at Cymroza
Art Gallery, Mumbai. Bollywood actress Rani
Mukherjee added a glam quotient to the show as
she expressed her afnity for art. The highlights of
the show included colonial stamp-paper paintings
embellished with 24-karat gold and a lifesize 4D
Siddhivinayak painting in 24-karat gold, silver and
semi-precious stones. The show also featured a
collection of 22 distinctive gold paintings on 100
per cent antique stamp papers and a series of 24
paintings of goddesses embedded in pure gold,
Suvigya redened magnicence by carving artwork
on synthetic ivory and also by the rened Tanjore
works he is renowned for. The event was concluded
on 2nd October, which is Gandhi Jayanti, where
Suvigya paid a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi through
a portrait of him on a stamp paper.

Gallery Five, New Delhi is hosting The Challenge,


a group exhibition of watercolours from 14th
October to 14th November 2014. 18 artists from
different parts of the country will be participating
in this exhibition. The show will exhibit works by
senior artistsAkbar Padamsee, Sakti Burman,
Ganesh Haloi, Jai Zharotia and Laxma Goud;
contemporary artistsSudip Roy, R.K. Saini
and Bikash Poddar and young contemporary
artistsAnubhav Som, Ramesh Jhawar and
Karan Thapa. All these artists have one thing
in commonthe condence of working with
watercolours, because of the controlled uidity
demanded from this medium. For the exhibition
these artists have tried to capture life in their
controlled strokes.
galleryveartconsultants@gmail.com

www.suvigyasharma.com
091 9829200060

POTS OF PANACHE

22 leading potters from Mumbai came together to showcase


their extraordinary talent in pottery-making through an exhibition
titled Cerafestcelebrating studio pottery at Coomaraswamy
Hall in Mumbai. The exhibition that began on October 31st, 2014
continued till November 2nd,2014. Giving clay unique forms, designs
and colours, the potters made an earnest effort to present varied
dimensions to art. Cerafest is an attempt to bring the studio potters
into the mainstream of the visual art eld and give ceramics its due
recognition. In addition to showcasing creations, the exhibition also
had a live workshops and training sessions under expert guidance.
cerafest2014@gmail.com

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miscellaneous

WONDERFUL

WALLS

Marshalls Wallcoverings has introduced the One


Wall Movement that encourages people to
do up any one wall in their home or ofce with
Marshalls wallcoverings. More than just being a
solution to shabby walls, it is also an opportunity
for aesthetically inclined people to make
their favourite wall the highlight of the room.
Available in over 10,000 international designs,
these easy-to-install wallcoverings dont fade,
chip or peel; and are durable, eco-friendly, 100
per cent washable, energy-saving, safe, hygienic
and re-retardant.
www.marshallswallcoverings.com

SPREADING LIGHT

Internationally-renowned LED experts, acdc UK in association with


Versalite Hitech Lighting Pvt. Ltd. recently launched their latest
innovative architectural outdoor light xture Fusion, an IP66, LED
oodlight in the Indian markets. The event, attended by Indias elite
lighting designers, architects and interior designers, took place at the
Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi Mumbai and gave guests an opportunity
to see the power and punch of the Fusion ood light tting. The
luminaire was designed to meet the demands for a variety of lighting
applications including shopping centres and retail environments,
contemporary and historic faades through to airports.
www.versa-lite.com

EXPANDING

BUSINESS

Geeta Aluminium, a agship company of Geeta Group of


Companies primarily engaged in the domains of marketing,
distribution and fabrication of aluminium windows & doors
has opened its fth showroom in Mumbai. The showroom
consists of a range of aluminum system windows and
doors along with aluminium solid sheets which will be
displayed for all. The opening saw renowned architects
and interior designers like Zahir Cassum from Talati &
Panthaky Associated Pvt. Ltd., Nimish Shah from Sanjay Puri
Architects Pvt. Ltd., Rohit Mankar from Parallax Design Studio,
Prashant Mewada from Oberoi Realty Limited and many
others. Targeted at building professionals, interior designers,
architects, fabricators and home owners, the companys
new windows are precision-engineered to counter wind
loads up to 2 kPa, a common problem faced in high-rise
buildings during extreme weather conditions. They can also
withstand the brunt of heavy monsoon showers and provide
complete sealing to ensure a noise and dust-free home.

property
watch

WHAT: Xrbia Abode


WHERE: Jambhul Road, Talegaon, Pune
TYPE: Residential Township
DEVELOPER: Xrbia Developers
PRICING: `11.12 lakhs to `33.72 lakhs
FEATURES: Spread over 10 acres, the project offers 1, 2 & 3BHK
apartments with amenities like garden, play area, clubhouse,
tennis court, lotus pond, jogging track and more.
PROJECT COMPLETION: September 2016

WHAT: The Amazing


WHERE: Khar (W), Mumbai
TYPE: Residential
DEVELOPER: Kripa Group
PRICING: On Request
FEATURES: Offers 3 & 4BHK
penthouses with facilities like
valet parking, concierge
services, party area and
much more.
PROJECT COMPLETION: NA

WHAT: Intellicity
WHERE: Plot No.10, Techzone-IV, Greater Noida (W)
TYPE: Residential and Commercial
DEVELOPER: Airwil Group
PRICE: On request
FEATURES: The project includes 3BHK villas, studio
apartments and commercial spaces with amenities like
helipad, rooftop restaurants, gym, spa, recreational pool,
cycling and jogging track, etc.
PROJECT COMPLETION: December 2017

WHAT: Marbella
WHERE: Golf Course Extension Road, Sector 65-66, Gurgaon
TYPE: Residential Township
DEVELOPER: Emaar MGF Land Limited
PRICING: `6 Crores Onwards
FEATURES: Offers 4 & 5BHK apartments with facilities like
spa, lounge, treatment rooms, health club facility,
gym, etc.
PROJECT COMPLETION: NA

WHAT: Raheja Oma


WHERE: Sector 2A, NH 8,
Dharuhera, Haryana
TYPE: Residential
DEVELOPER: Raheja Developers
Limited
PRICING: On Request
FEATURES: The 40 storey tower
offers 1-4BHK apartments with
amenities like mini theatre,
medical facilities, clubhouse,
sauna, sky pad, etc.
PROJECT COMPLETION:
June 2016 (independent oor)
June 2017 (tower)

WHAT: Mantri Signature


WHERE: ECR Road, Chennai
TYPE: Residential
DEVELOPER: Mantri Group
PRICING: `3.19 Crores to `5.26 Crores
FEATURES: Comprises 3, 4 & 5BHK
apartments with facilities like
swimming pool, gym, childrens play
area, sports facility, multi-purpose
room, cafeteria and more
PROJECT COMPLETION: NA

WHAT: NX One
WHERE: Plot No 17, Tech Zone IV,
Greater Noida (W)
TYPE: Residential Township
DEVELOPER: Sarvottam Group
PRICING: `3,300 to
`4,400 per sq. ft.
FEATURES: Spread over 25 acres,
the project includes amenities
like clubhouse, jogging tracks,
swimming pool, corporate suites,
retail space, food court, play
school and more.
PROJECT COMPLETION:
December 2017

WHAT: Fairwealth Breeze Homes


WHERE: Sector 95A, Main Alwar
Bypass Road, Bhiwadi, Rajasthan
TYPE: Residential
DEVELOPER: Fairwealth Housing
Pvt. Ltd.
PRICING: `2,600 per sq. ft.
FEATURES: Offers 1, 2 & 3BHK
furnished and semi-furnished
apartments with facilities like sky
club, sky pool, sky lounge, gaming
zones, sports courts, jogging trails,
spa, retail stores, etc.
PROJECT COMPLETION: NA

WHAT: Gera Trinity Towers


WHERE: Kharadi, Pune
TYPE: Residential
DEVELOPER: Gera Builders
PRICING: `1.33 Crore to `1.64 Crore
FEATURES: Spread over 13 acres, the project includes
2 and 3BHK apartments with amenities like private
rooftop cabanas, swimming pool, the Zen zone,
landscaped courts, etc.
PROJECT COMPLETION: March 2015

SLEEP WELL
INTERIOR DESIGNER
ANJALI GOEL SHARES
HER VIEWS ON
SELECTING THE RIGHT
MATTRESS FOR A
GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP.

omfortable sleep is very important for


a fresh state of mind. It rejuvenates
one to work with full energy. Mattresses
indeed play an important role in providing
a comfy and contended sleep.
Interior Designer Anjali Goel says, Quality
of sleep is very important. One should be
very conscious about selecting the correct
mattress as we devote good amount of
time in sleeping. We make all efforts in
educating people about the right kind of
mattress for them. I personally prefer spring
mattresses as it is soft and give that sinking
feeling which I love the most.
Sharing insights about selecting the right
mattress, Anjali says, Mattresses should be
selected keeping in mind ones own body
type. One must dedicate a day entirely
to mattresses and make a visit to mattress
galleries for experiencing the look and feel
of the mattress rather than just rushing for
whatever is available at the first glance.

greennews
Understated
Sustainability

French Ar. M Jerome Vincon of Lode Architecture has designed The C House by incorporating
sustainable features. The solar heat gained during summer is used for heating the swimming
pool. The terrace is kept cool with the help of solar panels on the roof. The heat generated is
also used in providing hot water to the entire home. The north position of the patio highlights
the temperature difference between the two sides of the house. This architectural system
allows natural cooling by convection without air conditioning. The entire home is insulated
with concrete slabs on the exterior.

urban
tree houses

going green

Vietnam-based Vo Trong Nghia Architects has


designed House for Trees, an effort to counter
rapid urbanization and reintroduce nature in the
city of Ho Chi Minh. With prototypical houses, the
project aims to add green space into the city by
accommodating high-density dwellings with big
tropical trees. Five concrete boxes function as pots
that hold trees planted in them. With a thick soil
layer, these tall structures also function as storm
water basins for detention and retention, thereby
reducing the risk of ooding the city.

Mumbai-based architectural rm Premnath and


Associates has designed the Cygnus World School in
Vadodra. Spread over 7.5 acres of land, the school
uses sustainable practices like rainwater harvesting
and cross-ventilation. Every classroom is planned
with ventilators above windows and doors, keeping
the internal area well-ventilated and cool.
Ambient temperatures are maintained with
vermiculite plaster from inside and the tile cladding
from outside, which add to the heat insulation of
y-ash brick walls. The terrace has a layer of heat
insulating white glazed tiles that reects heat. Other
sustainable materials used for the construction
include low VOC materials like paints and sealants
bagasse boards for manufacturing of furniture and
other recycled materials.

Efficient Designs

Mexico-based Garduno Architects has


designed O2 Restaurant. The architects
have transformed an underground plaza of
a parking lot into this garden restaurant by
incorporating ingenious sustainable ideas.
A unique heating system was invented for
this place, where the heat generated by the
kitchen is absorbed by copper coils containing
a uid with a very high boiling point. The heat
is then channeled through the terrace oor
and to the bases of masonry couches on the
terrace bar. This heating process not only
provides comfort to clients but also save the
kitchen from using an additional mechanical
cooling system. Some sections use LED lighting
and the furniture is made of certied wood.

Sustainable Opulence

Washington-based architects Coates Design,


have designed The Ellis Residence that raises the
bar for energy-efcient housing, while maintaining
aesthetics and livability. Perched high upon
Yeomalt Bluff, the home enjoys breathtaking views
of the Puget Sound and City of Seattle.
The home uses 70 per cent less energy compared to
an average North American home. This is achieved
through the use of geothermal heat, photo-voltaic
energy collection, solar hot water, thermal massing
and heat-recovery technologies. Additional features
include rainwater collection cisterns, radiant oor
heating, triple-glazed windows and a vegetated
roof. The design comprises lush outdoor greenery
with contemporary indoor designs.

Upcycled Workspace

Ahmedabad-based architect and interior


designer Suraj Kathe of Suraj Kathe Architects
has designed an ofce for Collective Trade
Links using metallic industrial waste along with
salvaged material. Industrial waste sheets such
as sheer and partitions and car wastes were
procured and aesthetically integrated into the
design as light xtures and other decorative and
functional elements. Apart from these materials,
treated chemical containers were used as
planters in this zero impact workspace design.
The project is an ideal example of reduce,
reuse and recycle practice.

international news
Tall Wonder
Danish architectural practice
3XN has won an international
competition to design the
50 Bridge Street Tower,
and the masterplan for the Quay
Quarter Sydney. Positioned to the
west of Jrn Utzons Opera House,
the new 200 m. tower will feature
five rotating glass volumes and
offer breathtaking views of
the Sydney Harbour. Exterior
terraces that directly connect to
multi-level interior atrium offer
shared amenities and provide
natural sunlight to workspaces.

Award Winning Design


Design firms Snhetta and Dialog have released the design for the
New Central Library in Calgary. The stunning structure aims to fulfill the citys
vision for a technologically advanced public space, for research and collaboration.
Inspired by the nearby foothills, the architects will create a terraced topography
that steps over an existing light rail transit line which crosses the site. At its
mid-section, the building rises to form an arched, wood-clad entry that serves
as a new public plaza and directly connects pedestrians through the site from
neighbouring communities.

Upcycled Chair
UK-based product designers Andrew
McDonald and Simon Taylor of the firm
Two Makers have designed the Randonneur
Chair by using bicycle geometries and
traditional frame-building techniques.
The classic steel tubing rocking chair was
inspired by the hand-built racing and touring
bicycles of the 1940s. The framework is
assembled with air-hardening heat-treated
steel tubing, while the seat is made from
sustainable hardwood and saddle leather,
which offers a balance of strength, weight and
comfort. The design is both a celebration of
cycling and of bespoke British craftsmanship.

Knotted Structure
London-based architectural firm Atelier Chang has designed Knot House; a resort, which
includes five residential structures on Geoje Island, South Korea. Built for South Korean
hospitality group House of Mind, these five buildings have been staggered diagonally
down the slope with walls that fold up from the ground and across into the living rooms.
Full-height glazing rises three to five m. tall in each apartment to maximize views across the
water. Sections of timber from the terraces continue inside along the ceilings to provide a
visual connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. At the entrance to each apartment,
the roof folds down to provide an angular covered porch.

Sailing Wellness
Russian architect Vasily
Klyukin has designed the
White Sails Hospital & Spa,
a stunning hospital design
shaped like a ship that is
set to take shape in Tunisia
Economic City. This project has
been envisioned as a medical
facility-cum-international clinic
for patients to experience
peace rather than fear.
A mammoth, ship-shaped
structure spans across the
site, with four towering
sails accommodating labs,
preventive care centers and a
wellness spa.

Distinctive Creation
Italian architect Leonardo Rossano in
collaboration with Belo Horizonte-based
architect Debora Mansur has designed
the DNA Bench, for furniture brand
True Design. Inspired by dynamic forms of
biogenetics, the modular bench is designed
using a unique construction technique
where a single section of curved plywood
is replicated in design to create multiple
seating configurations. The captivating
piece of furniture is shaped after the helix
form. Each section creates an individual
seat for users.

KNOW YOUR
ARCHITECT

ar

WORKSTATION

VERSATILE

SPACES
DSP DESIGN ASSOCIATES
DILIGENT SPATIAL PLANNING,
SUSTAINABLE FEATURES AND A
WARM COLOUR PALETTE INFUSE
YOUTHFULNESS AND VIBRANCY
INTO GURGAON-BASED
ZS ASSOCIATES OFFICE.
Text: Marina Correa Photographs: Courtesy the architects

T
1

Zesty orange
and purple infuse
vibrancy into this
collaboration hub.

o create a functionally efcient ofce for ZS


Associates, a company primarily into sales and
marketing consultancy and also outsourcing,
technology and software services, DSP Design
Associates rst understood the companys
employee prole.
The team headed by Shweta Grover along the
team members Anamika Chatterjee, Harvinder
Singh and Harish Saini did an extensive research
on the companys work culture. Once they found
that the employee were knowledge workers,
who required a stimulating environs that would
facilitate opportunities to create innovative ideas,
they systematically classied their work modes
into four groups i.e. Focus, Collaborate, Learn and
Socialise. The work desks and cabins were a part
of the Focused Work Mode; under a Collaborative
Mode meeting rooms and collaboration hubs were
created; the training and meeting rooms were a
part of Learn Mode; while cafeteria, gym, breakout
areas became a part of the Socializing mode.

The corporate logo


is juxtaposed against
a muted palette
of grey, white
and brown in the
reception area.

Red upholstered
chairs set on a blue
carpet forms a
breakout area.

Linear benching
makes this
workspace area
functionally efcient.

This ZS wall area is an


inspirational area to
enjoy a cuppa while
soaking in some lofty
thinking.

As the company was moving


to their own ofce, measuring
1, 36,197 sq. ft. area, the change
in their working style and work
mode posed as the major
challenge for the architectural
rm. A complete overview of
their work culture, requirement
and wish-lists had to be
understood and amalgamated
with contemporary workplace
trends to bring about a versatile,
agile and collaborative work
place, says Shweta Grover, DSP
Design Lead for this project.
The scale was an important
consideration for the client to
meet their future requirements.
So, the rm tackled this need
by using the workstation as a
building module and
applied linear benching
system to achieve a higher
headcount and make the
workspace more efcient.

4
5

A muted grey and white colour


palette dominates the center of
this large cafeteria.

Smaller breakout zones turn into


colourful niches for discussion and
debate.

The workstation can be rearranged to t a new work setting, while ample open space provides
a future scope of expansion, which gives the facility more strategic viability, Shweta adds.
Being a rm conscious of its environmental impact, DSP has adopted eco-friendly features
across the entire building such as occupancy sensors, LED lighting xtures; besides placing all the
workstations along the glazing so as to make the best use of the natural light.
Another important design aspect is the vibrant colour scheme introduced through the corporate colours
orange, rust, teal and purple infuse a warm and vibrant atmosphere and a sense of belongingness to the
space. However, to offset this dynamic colour palette, which could have been a tad busy for an ofce
interior, the rm has prociently integrated subdued hues such as black, white, grey and brown.

Turquoise and sky


blue add a cool vibe
to this collaboration
hub.

Deliberate use of
black and grey
clearly keep the
focus where its
meant to be in this
training zone.

10

The games room


sports plenty of
board games
besides vibrant wall
decals.

11

Bright yellow stripes


running through the
ooring enliven the
well-equipped gym.

9
Specially designed graphics and frost lm patterns on partition panels reect the
ZS work culture and spirit. Interestingly, a ZS wall displays testimonials from their
global teammates as well as quotes from famous business leaders, turning it into
a wall of inspiration.

10
11

12

Another brightly
hued breakout zone.

13

A rosy pink carpet


celebrates yet
another interactive
hub.

12

13

Unlike regular hierarchical work structures, where cabins are placed


in the corners, here the cabins are clustered at the centre of the oor
plate to make them accessible from all areas. However, each oor has
enclosed cabins as well to nurture a focused work mode, when desired.

14

Subtle colours dene this


focus room, while frost lm
patterns on glass doors
display the ZS culture.

15
14

Mosaic tiles form an


interesting pattern on the
mirror panel in the large
washroom.

15

The cafeteria, gym,


collaboration hubs, training
rooms and recreation zone
are all housed on the third
oorisolating the rest of the
ofce from this high-energy and
audible level zone. An outdoor
area, accessorized with plants
and other natural elements, is
used as an extension of
the cafeteria.
Overall, this well-dened
and vibrant ofce contributes
towards a much-needed work-life
balance and in turn spawns a
healthier corporate culture.

SHWETA GROVER
DSP Design Associates
Pvt. Ltd. was founded
by Yatin Patel, Mehul
Shah & Bimal Desai in
1998 and, as they say,
the rest is history.

DSP Design Associates Pvt. Ltd.


6th oor, Devchand House,
Shiv Sagar Estate,
Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli,
Mumbai 400018
022 49151800
shweta@dspdesign.co.in

GREEN DESIGN

VERDURE

DESIGN

NETHERLANDS-BASED CUBE ARCHITECTEN


TRANSFORMED AN OLD STOREROOM IN
AMSTERDAM INTO T PARKA VERDANT,
SEMI-PUBLIC PLAZA THAT HAS A SUSTAINABLE
DESIGN AND USES UPCYCLED MATERIALS.
Text: Delilah Rodrigues Photographs: Yvonne Lukkenaar

n old storeroom in
Jodenbreestraat, Amsterdam, which is now redeveloped
into a T Parka sustainable semi-public plaza. Architects
Pieter van der Pot and Marloes van Heteren of architectural
rm CUBE Architecten were choosen to design this
multi-functional plaza after winning a closed competition.
Spread over an area of approximately 5,700 sq. ft.,
the old storeroom was completely revamped adopting
green design and using upcycled materials into a swanky
interactive space.
Located at the entrance of the huge ofce building,
the plaza has a reception desk that also interconnects
with the rest of the building. An admirable feature of this
multi-purpose space is that the plaza can now also be used
for working, collaborating, meeting, or just snacking at the
organic food bar that churns out delicacies like pastries,
beverages and sandwiches. Presentations and meetings
can also be held at the plaza.

The process of transforming an


old storeroom into this verdant
plaza was not an easy task.
A unique and refreshing aspect of
the multi-functional space is the use
of real ora throughout the space.
Large plant cages that vary in size
are suspended from the ceiling to
form a canopy between real
birch trunks. The plants in the
hanging cages were an essential
part of the design right from the
beginning as they not only ensure
good air quality and a green
experience, but also have a
positive effect on the acoustics.

These plant cages were the biggest challenge in the design


process. Initially, we looked at an automatic watering system,
but, in the end, we opted to hang them on 10 electric hoists that
are usually found only in theatres. Every 4-5 weeks these cages
are lowered to take care of the hydroponic plants, says
Ar. Pieter van der Pot. Plants are used in other parts of the plaza
as well. Planters that form a natural lter are hung along the
large glass doors. The huge rimmed windows that bring in natural
light are also accentuated with hanging plants, giving them an
added touch of greenery.
The colour scheme of the plaza includes hues of green,
brown and white with a pop of yellow for the lantern-like
lighting xtures. Speaking about the use of a limited colour
palette, Marloes van Heteren says, The colour palette used
across the space embodies a sense of calmness. The walls
consist of imprints of shadows of leaves, while one wall has
monochrome wallpaper that replicates tree trunks, giving the
space a forested feel. The textured ooring in grey and brown
has the natural look of a mud oor. The grey ceiling is given a
rugged unnished look with a grainy texture and exposed large
grey pipe-like structures.

CUBE ARCHITECTEN
Design firm CUBE
Architecten uses
sustainability as a core
element for each of
their projects with an
aim to make a positive
contribution towards a
sustainable society.
DESIGN CREDITS
Architects:
Pieter van der Pot
Marloes van Heteren
Contractor:
Ooijevaar
Installation Advice:
Linssen
CONTACT DETAILS
www.cube-architecten.nl
info@cube-architecten.nl

The dimly-lit food bar is made of pinewood laths that are spaced
15 mm. apart is covered by an acoustic cloth. The insides of the
food bar is clad in green and yellow checkered tiles. The architects
have used an assortment of distinctive lighting xtures, sourced
from different brands that help to break the monotony and make
for a riveting atmosphere. Pendant lights used above the counter
and above some of the tables and chairs are recycled from the
storage depots of the municipality of Amsterdam.
Sustainability being one of the key principles; many furniture
pieces used in the plaza are also recycled from articles found in
various depots of the municipality. We could reuse parts for the
installations and the furniture pieces, adds Pieter. The seating
arrangements include an interesting melange of furniture pieces
in different forms and sizes, placed between trees just like in a
park. Some of the eye-catching furniture pieces include green
wave-shaped lounge chairs and tree stubs used as seating
tables. Most of the tables are reused, while others are made
from birch trees.
The architects have denitely attained their goal of making
this multi-purpose plaza resemble a garden or park; thus,
giving Amsterdam a functional yet peaceful space to sit back
and enjoy.

LIFESTYLE

CLASSY
LIVING

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GAURAV KHARKAR & ASSOCIATES


HAVE DESIGNED AN APARTMENT
IN MUMBAI, DRAPED IN LUXURY
AND GRANDEUR.
Text: Marina Correa Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Branded furniture,
a colourful painting
and leaf-shaped
mirrors beautify
the spacious
living room, while
sweeping sea
views heighten the
aesthetics.

A dinette unit and


delicate artwork
ank the elegant
Italian dining table
on either sides.

aking on the challenge of


designing a sea-facing apartment
at Napeansea Road; one of
Mumbais posh addresses is denitely a
dream come true for any architect or
designer. Young architect couple
Gaurav and Vidhita Kharkar of
Gaurav Kharkar & Associates had a
free-hand in conceptualizing, designing
and executing the complete interiors.
However, the only criterion was the home
should not only reect the owner Chetan
Doshis jet-setting lifestyle, but also take
care of the functional requirements of
the entire family. Being a businessman,
in the construction and pharmaceuticals
industry, with a air for good life, the
benchmark was already high when it
came to the interiors.
Principal architects and interior
designers Gaurav and Vidhita translated
this vision by adopting a rich and opulent
material palette coupled with branded
furniture, ttings and accessories and
teaming it against a neutral backdrop.
Spread over an area of 2,150 sq. ft.
the space had to be diligently utilized
to ensure four spacious bedrooms apart
from the other functional areas. Clean
lines, smooth and polished surfaces
along with few intricate details highlight
a predominantly contemporary decor,
while exotic marbles, granites and
veneers complement the use of coloured
glass, mirrors and metallic surfaces.
On entering the apartment, one is
greeted by a large corridor where the
architects have tactfully created an
illusion of space by opting for mirrors on
one side of the wall. One cant miss the
unusual shoe rack on the opposite side.
An exotic Brazilian granite Turtle used
on the walls continues into the living
areaspecically onto the plasma
LCD unit, while on the opposite side it
shows off a storage unit with niches in
wave-like patterns.

Attractive
artefacts and
textural surfaces
add an extra
dimension to the
passage area.

A cosy corner
with a glorious
sea view forms
a study area
within the master
bedroom.

The aesthetically placed leaf-shaped mirrors from Villeroy & Boch complements the beige
toned Natuzzi sofas, while bursts of colours are infused through the Shiva painting, soft furnishing
and artefacts.
In the dining area, the singular block of entangled wood with a circular clear glass top itself
is a piece of art from Italian brand Porada. Replicating the circular dining table is the dome-like
carved wooden ceiling and Artimide hanging pendant light. It is anked on one side by a
semi-precious stone embossed bird motif artwork while on the other side are dark veneer-clad
dinette units that make spaces for all the cutlery. Between the two dinette units is a functional
kitchen, with steel panels on the dado and back-painted blue glass on the shutters.
One notes a gradual transformation in the decor from functional areas to the personalized
areas where the master bedroom exudes a lavish and private vibe. Automated roller blinds
provide privacy to the see-through bathroom, while exotic Brazilian granite Cardhu adds a
touch of glamour to the bathing area. This yellow-coloured granite window breaks the monotony
of the plain walls while the blue colour from the paintings and cushions exude a cool vibe.
To add an element of warmth and complement the granite, we have used fumed chestnut
veneer, informs Gaurav. Smartly concealed within the overall panelling is the toilet door with a
mirror band running vertically; three full-height sliding shutters are seen on the wardrobesthe
central overlapping shutter is nished in veneer with horizontal ribs providing continuity of material
in a different form. The two side shutters are mirror-nished brightening up the room as well as
enhancing its volume, he adds.

The mauve and


white pattern
designed
wardrobe
shutters exude a
youthful vibe in
the daughters
bedroom.

Sleek and
shiny surfaces
dene the sons
bedroom.

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Most importantly, storage has been handled deftly: for instance, the L-shaped television panel has ample
storage within. Adding another dimension to the decor is a window near the study table that offers a
panoramic view of the sea.
The parents bedroom is a fusion of classic and contemporary styles with back-lit jaali patterns on the side
panelling of veneer, which exudes a sophisticated look, while the stylish Italian branded Giusti Portos bed
along with a regal looking maroon lounge chair adds opulence to the room. Visual continuity is ensured with
the use of white and maroon coloured exotic marble Montepulciano in the bathroom.

Yellow-coloured
granite peeps
from the
see-through
window in the
master bedroom
adds vibrancy to
the overall decor.

The black and


white hanging
pendant light
complements
the bedrest in the
daughters room.

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A young and playful feel has been rendered in the daughters room with the use of mauve, white and grey
tones. Fior di Pesco Carnico, an Italian marble clads the window above the headrest wall, while the wardrobe
shutters display a random mix of mirrors and back-painted glass animating the space with a youthful look.
Sleek and trendy best describe the sons bedroom with the headrest grabbing attention. Embossed
steel motif on the Bronze Armani marble used with a chamfer effect as the headrest brings in the glamour
quotient. Smartly designed concealed handles complement the full-height wardrobe shutters while the
black back-painted glass complements the natural veneer.
Overall, a rich textural play of materials fosters a sumptuous feel without being ostentatiousjust what
was intended.

GAURAV & VIDHITA KHARKAR


Gaurav Kharkar & Associates
was established in 2007.
The firm handles a wide spectrum
of architectural and interior
design projects, which includes
residential, commercial, retail
spaces and IT parks. They strongly
believe that clients satisfaction is
their biggest reward.

GAURAV KHARKAR & ASSOCIATES


Block No 304, 3rd oor
Srishti Square, Next to Jalaram Park
near Nirmal Lifestyle
Mulund-Bhandup Junction
LBS Road, Bhandup (W)
Mumbai 400 078
022 2566 9613
www.gauravkarchitects.com
gaurav.arc81@yahoo.com

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CONTEMPORARY

LAN

BUSINESSMAN VARUN AGRAWALS


SPRAWLING HOME IN DEWAS
DESIGNED BY AR. AJAY SHARMA IS
AN ECLECTIC MIX OF INTERNATIONAL
DESIGN TRENDS AND CLASSICAL
INDIAN CULTURE.
Text: Delilah Rodrigues

Photographs: Courtesy The Architect

mpressive and welcoming, the


luxurious bungalowIndra Hirathe
abode of Varun and Vipul Agrawal in
Dewas, in Madhya Pradesh, reects
the owners impeccable taste and eye
for creativity.
Spread over an area of 9,000 sq. ft.,
the home has been designed by suave
architect Ajay Sharma of Innerspace
who has a magical knack of reading
the minds of his clients, giving them
what they want and yet maintaining
his style and design language.

The staircase
seen from the
landscaped
backyard
is in perfect
symmetry and
is accentuate
by beautiful
metal-nished
light xtures.

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Explaining the clients brief, Ajay says, Being a
well-informed and well-travelled businessman, my client
wanted a home that has all the luxuries, but at the same time
reects traditional values and his humble attitude.
Designed following bio-cosmic principals, developed by
Shri. Raj Shekhar Chawla, the home emanates a positive aura.
An admirable gate opens to a well-manicured garden, which
further leads you into this inviting three-storey bungalow.
In the interiors, the triple-height living room is open to the sky
with a spell-bounding 40 ft. high skylight, enclosed in glass.
The white colour scheme further creates a soothing
ambience, whereas colourful designer furniture pieces
sourced from Roche Bobois add exuberance to this space.
A feature wall clad in Statuario marble has an in-built LCD unit.
Further, one admires the adjacent double-height wall
with a mirror mural that enhances the decor. An attractive
pedestrian light from Catellan Italia takes centre stage in this
area. A portion of the living area has been segregated by a
geometric patterned screen to form the dining area.

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The snakes and ladders rug and


animal motifs lend a playful vibe.
Note the admirable yellow and
grey colour combination in this
bedroom.

The white ooring


and a wooden
panelling on the walls
lend this bedroom an
earthy feel.

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This interactive space has been designed to accommodate
the entire family, also keeping in mind easy accessibility.
In this area, the design highlights are the unusual eight-seater
dining table and interesting lighting xture from Artemide.
This area is further accentuated by a wall treated with bronze
mirror and champagne leang.
Commenting on the bedrooms Ajay adds, We have put
in meticulous and thoughtful thinking, while designing the
bedrooms as they are personal spaces. The master bedroom
follows an all white theme, as white is the favourite colour of the
client. We have also created a blend of champagne leang
with white for a royal look. Under-bed LED lights have been
used for a dreamy effect, while a red couch adds a splash of
colour and tones down the monotonous look of the bedroom.
The sons bedroom has an earthy feel with white ooring
and a wooden panelling on one of the walls. The bed has
an upholstered headboard, with a compact seating at the
footboard. The LCD unit panel has a groove running with defused
light, which also features on the ceiling and a bathroom wall.

4 5

This bedroom has red and


white colour scheme. Note
the side table, which is both
a storage unit and steps to
reach the play area.

The all-white master


bedroom has a
champagne leang
on white that lends
it a royal look.

Note the ornamental


frame, nished in
silver leang around
the LCD unit, in the
drawing room.

The
state-of-the-art
home theater has
a projector screen,
recliner chairs and
bright acoustic
panelling.

The triple-height
sky-lit living-cumdining area has
vibrant furniture
pieces. Note the
pedestrian light that
enhances the look
of the space.

One of the kids bedroom in a combination of yellow and grey has a


mezzanine, which functions as a play area. The railing for this area has
interesting geometrical cutwork. Every single detailing in this room has been
thoughtfully designed. Elements like an orange couch, a rug with a snakes
and ladders print, the chairs, the cushions and the headboard have been
selected with a lot of care. The animal motifs on the wall add a playful
touch to this room. This area is eye-catching and usually the centre of
attraction for visitors as it breaks free from the white colour scheme, informs
the architect. The other kids bedroom is done in a vibrant red and white
combination. The play area in this bedroom is situated behind the bed.
The side table in red and grey performs the dual function of storage and also
as steps to reach the play area.
The bathrooms are well-equipped to provide a rejuvenating and relaxed
ambience. The elder sons bathroom uses ocean travatine and onyx for the
basin counter, which is back-lit. The LCD unit camouaged within the mirror
is an admirable feature of this space. The younger sons bathroom has an
unusual shaped washbasin made in Corian. Most bathroom xtures and
ttings have been sourced from Italy and Spain.
Further, one notes a luxurious drawing room designed with furniture pieces
from Ligne Roset and Roche Bobois. The wooden ooring gives the room a
cosy ambience, while the LCD has an ornamental frame with silver leang.

This bathroom has an unusual


shaped washbasin that is made in
Corian.

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Ocean travertine and onyx has


been used for the basin counter in
this bathroom. Note the grooves
with diffused lighting on the wall.

AJAY
SHARMA

Ajay Sharma is the director of


design and consultancy rm
Innerspace, which strives to make
their clients dream a reality. They
are always in the pursuit to provide
aesthetic designs with elegance,
technology and comfort.
INNER SPACE
A-10, Parle Colony
1st oor, Sahakar Road
Beside Gokul Arcade
Vile Parle (E)
Mumbai 400057
091 22 3893745, 091 9833 185947
www.innerspacegroup.com
ajay@innerspacegroup.com

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A home theatre with a red and grey colour scheme has been designed with a projector screen,
recliner chairs and acoustic panelling. The architect has used soothing colours and hanging lights
to create a relaxing ambience in the spa area. The kitchen is simple with a white colour palette
to lend a spacious feel. The ample storage options, and ttings and appliances sourced from
Valcucine make the kitchen the most functional space.
Indra Hira is a ne example of what good client-designer rapport can achieve. Here, two
threads of thoughts, have been inextricably and seamlessly woven into a beautiful home.

LIFE STYLE

OPULENT

BUT TASTEFUL

INTERIOR DESIGNERS TANVI RAJPUROHIT AND


ARCHIS PATEL HAVE STRUCK THE RIGHT BALANCE
BETWEEN TWO DIVERSE STYLES FOR REAL ESTATE
BUILDER VIPUL DHARSANDIYA IN VADODARA.
Text: Esther Cabral Photographs: Courtesy The Firm

here is a ne line between opulent and ostentatious decor, and perhaps


the greatest triumph for young designers Tanvi Rajpurohit and Archis Patel
of a+t associates is that they managed to stay on the tasteful side of that
delicate balance for Vipul Dharsandiyas home.

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The ow of natural light into the linear


living room highlights the beauty and
intricacy of the classy selection of
furniture and accessories.

The home is
characterized by
wooden accents as
seen here.

Located at Akota, Vadodara, the 2,400 sq. ft., home of real estate builder
Vipul Dharsandiya perfectly reects his afuent lifestyle. Explaining the concept
Tanvi Rajpurohit adds, Our aim was to achieve the clients requirement by
adopting a rich material palette rather than opting for cosmetic embellishments
for this 4BHK apartment. The designer has opted for simple forms and clean
lines, which are highlighted with rich natural materials to radiate grandeur.
Further accentuating the overall decor are the subtle colour palette, thoughtfully
sourced LED light xtures and unusual custom-designed furniture made from
Burma teakwood, veneer, brass and duco paint nishes.

Furniture pieces in the spacious living


room are placed in the centre to
break the linearity, while the artworks
add colour to the space.

The master bedroom is chic, elegant


and sober with a headrest made of
rustic vitried tiles in mehendi green
and this intermediate wooden panel
is bejewelled with rich brass
inlay work.

The elevated platform in the


childrens bedroom creates space
for leisure and play activities.

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One wall in the parents bedroom


is clad with Italian stone and the
headboard has a stylish pattern
on leather.

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Note the traditional


Indian elements in this
largely contemporary
set-up.

Right from the entrance, the thoughtful design style is noticeable. The entrance has
an interesting wall panel made of mint stone mosaic and a wooden panel with graphic
ethnic motifs. These elements are highlighted by the use of indirect lighting. Elaborating
on the dramatic entrance, Tanvi adds, The client wanted a traditional jaali metal safety
door, so we crafted a metal sheet with a contemporary pattern inspired by traditional
designs.
Here on, the layout and space planning is focused on ensuring privacy, both visually
as well as acoustically. It is essential that within the home, one gets a chance to
be at ease. Hence, we have segregated the home into different zonesutility zone,
semi-private zone and personal zone. The kitchen, dining space and storage area are
clubbed into one cluster, next to the puja room. These spaces have a open plan without
rigid walls, Tanvi explains.
As the client is a connoisseur of Indian art, one notes an interesting display of hand-made
Madhubani paintings in the linear living room. All the furniture pieces are placed in the
centre to break the linearity, while the artworks add colour to the space. A noteworthy
mention is the wall behind the diwan that is clad in wallpaper and adorned with
Madhubani paintings. An alluring lighting xture adds to the opulence of the space.
Two full-length French doors, anked on either side of the seating arrangement, allow
access to the semi-covered balcony. To maintain continuity, the design pattern on
the back of the swing is replicated on the metal mural and hung on one of the
balcony walls.
The all white kitchen has white composite marble platform and walls, duco painted
furniture and cabinetry in white. Breaking the monotony of white are the dark wood
breakfast table and seating, customized by the talented duo. The use of traditional
materials gives this space a contemporary Indian theme.

Tucked away in a corner, the bedrooms reect the personality of its occupants.
In terms of design, the variety of materials used is what distinguishes each of the three
bedrooms. One wall in the parents bedroom is clad with Italian stone. The headboard
of the bed has a stylish pattern on leather, while the master bedroom is chic, elegant
and sober. Here the wall behind the bed is adorned with rustic vitried tiles in mehendi
green. The intermediate wooden panel is bejewelled with rich brass inlay work. The rest
of the furniture is in walnut polished veneer. According to the designers, they enjoyed
doing up the childrens bedroom the most. Unlike the usual trend of using bright colours,
they maintained a more matured design scheme for this bedroom. We have provided
an elevated platform space on two sides of the bed to create free space for leisure and
play activities. Further, keeping their age in mind, we introduced a graphic panel with
inspiring quotes by Mahatma Gandhi. The overall ambience is neither too traditional nor
too trendy, but more contemporary, Tanvi says.
On the onset, the home has a simplistic quality to it. However, the execution of this
project wasnt as simple as it looks. The designers had to face several challenges while
designing the home. Firstly, they had to combine two 2BHK apartments on the topmost
oor of the building to create this single seamless unit. This required many civil changes
and bringing down of old partition walls and building newer walls. Then the client also
wanted an attached dressing zone and bathroom for each of the four bedrooms.
Additionally, we were not supposed to hamper with the existing plumbing lines and
connections as this could have caused problems for the other occupants of the building.
Therefore, the location of the wet spaces like the bathroom and washrooms were
retained, Tanvi adds.
Despite these challenges, Tanvi and Archis have managed to strike the right balance
between functionality and luxury for this apartment.

TANVI RAJPUROHIT & ARCHIS PATEL


The design aesthetic of
a+t associates is marked
by clean, simple and
sophisticated lines, a
neutral colour palette and
interesting textures.

a+t associates
A-12, Ashapuri society,
Near Shrenik Park Circle,
Akota, Baroda 390020
09898596562, 09427695284
atassociates.05@gmail.com

The all-white colour


scheme in the
kitchen-cum-dining
area is accentuated
with a dark wood
breakfast table,
six-seater dining table.

PORTFOLIO

DESIGN
LEGACY
SENIOR LANDSCAPE
ARCHITECT SHOBHA
BHOPATKAR HAS BEEN
EXPLORING DIFFERENT
MODELS TO LAY A
GREEN CARPET AROUND
CONCRETE STRUCTURES;
THEREBY GETTING US
CLOSER TO NATURE.
Text: Swati Balgi Photographs: Courtesy The Architect

CONTACT DETAILS
Shobha Bhopatkar & Associates
1202/17, Dream Presidency,
E Apte Road, Shivajinagar,
Pune 411005
020 25532652
shobhabhopatkar@gmail.com
www.shobhabhopatkar.com

reen is the colour of the heart chakra; green is the colour of nature; green
is the predominant colour on our planet; but, sadly, the colour is vanishing
from the natural fauna due to the construction boom. However, there
are a few committed individuals who are determined to retain the green
face of the earth. One such individual, who persistently follows the green
philosophy, is Pune-based senior Landscape Architect Shobha Bhopatkar.
Over the years, her rm Shobha Bhopatkar & Associates has witnessed
signicant changes in the professional practice. From solely focusing on
landscape architecture, it has now added a new vertical of Interior Design,
which is headed by Mayuri Bhopatkar Bhakeythe second generation of
the Bhopatkar family. Going down the memory lane, Shobha says,
Earlier, it was a period of struggle for me as I had to work with labourers,
travelling in tempos with plants and soil; and complete the plantation. All of
this was a learning experience. Today, things have changed for the better.
Our work is now more global, competitive and design-oriented process.

Here we take a look at some of the projects designed by architects Shobha Bhoptkar
and Mayuri Bhoptkar Bhakey in Pune.

P L Deshpande Garden (Phase 2)


The P L Deshpande Garden in Pune, designed by Sobha is touted as the largest
Japanese garden in the country. Now in its second phase, the team has re-created
a Mughal Garden, similar to the Shalimar Garden in Srinagar and Brindavan Garden
in Bengaluru. The garden has been thoughtfully landscaped with unique Mughal-style
features like viewing decks, dancing fountains, pavilions with onion domes and
cast-iron railings. The garden has lawns on all sides and ample seating arrangements.
The expanse of the garden has running water and a pool that reects natural elements,
shady and fruit bearing trees, and owering and sprawling lawns. Indeed a masterpiece,
it literally forces you to unwind within its soothing environs.

Park Innia Township


Located on the outskirts of Pune,
Park Innia Township has a simple
contemporary style landscape and
a fully-equipped clubhouse. Here the
challenge was to create a contemporary
and geometrical architectural planning
to create maximum space for amenities.
Hence, the landscape planning follows
a similar design language with minimum
built forms and maximum green spaces;
making it a healthy and sociable space.
In this project, the landscaped area is
developed in the middle of the built form
as a garden and a clubhouse; whereas
the linear piece of land is surrounded by
buildings and roads. Here again,
the team has used a lot of natural
material for the pathways and benches.
They have efciently handled the linear plot
by thorough and efcient space planning.

TCS Sahyadri Park


This project in Pune is inspired by the majestic
Sahyadri mountain range, which is a UNESCO World
Heritage site and one of the eight popular hotspots
of biodiversity in the world. The team has replicated
the mountain ranges by using lawn mounds,
owering trees, shrubs and created water bodies
along meandering pathways. The architect has also
used innovative materials and nishes like pioneer
bricks for pergola columns, sera grey and black lime
cladding for the main structure, yellow limestone
and pebble wash for pathways. An amphitheatre
was designed for performances and as a gathering
space for users.
An admirable effort was made by the architect
to create a sustainable macro-environment within
the campus by planting native species. Truly, a
successful attempt in re-creating the landscape of
the Sahyadri ranges.

Megapolis Township
This huge township in Pune was designed in three phases; namely: Sparklet, Sunway and Splendor.
In order to lend an iconic identity to the entire residential scheme, six podiums were designed in the
similar manner. The orientation of the podiums was decided after studying the accessibility to the
podium and movement around the building cluster. The open space acts as a buffer for phase two
(Sunway) and the main access road. The open space on the ground level is used as a recreational
zone with amenities like a tennis court and other play areas. The landscape is tactfully planned in a way
that it is not interrupted by vehicular movement. The staggered form of the clubhouse itself creates an
enclosure for the swimming pool and ensures good light and ventilation to all the rooms. The full-height
glazing panels were envisioned for the clubhouse to achieve a panoramic view of the amphitheatre.

P N Gadgil
Over the past decade, legendary retail
jewellery brand P N Gadgil from Pune has
expanded its reach; opening a series of
stores across the country. Its newest store in
Pune is inspired by the Wada concept and
represents the latest wave in its evolution.
Offering a tightly edited selection of
jewellery, it caters to a sophisticated yet
casual, contemporary customer, says
Mayuri. Incorporating the Wada concept on
the exterior faade, the design team set the
tone with signature elements for the interiors.
Its boutique-like ambience, fresh mix of raw
and rened materials, custom-made pavilions
and commissioned artworks push the
retailers brand towards a new direction
and, at the same time, connects it closely to
a community.

Kalyani Guesthouse
This guesthouse is conceptualized as a home with opulent interiors. The designer has accented
the space by using traditional jaali work and a well-balanced colour palette of beige and brown.
The other ner nuances are the aesthetic use of cutworks and mirrors, ethnic accessories such
as accent chairs, consoles and dry owers. Being a guesthouse, we have provided sufcient
storage to accommodate the daily necessities of users. Though small in area, the kitchen has been
efciently designed to satisfy the needs of the clients, says Mayuri. The project was completed
within the stipulated time frame.
After this exceptional body of work, Shobha now aspires to design an amusement park.
With many projects in the pipeline, all we can do is just wait and watch.

FURNISHING SECRETS

METALLIC

MELANGE
ADD A TOUCH OF SHEEN AND
SOPHISTICATION TO YOUR PERSONAL
SPACE WITH SOFT FURNISHINGS IN
BOLD METALLIC COLOURS.
Text: Divya J Shekhar Photographs: Courtesy The Brands

home that does away with dated


decorations and pass style schemes
never fails to make a grand style
statement. With plethora of options
available in colours, patterns, fabrics and
themes in soft furnishing, we are often
confused while making the right choice.

To begin with you can start by moving


away from safe shades and conventional
styles. Instead opt for metallic colours
which are in vogue. Since these bold
metallic hues give your space the muchneeded glamour and exuberance.
While opting for metallic colours for
your bedspreads, curtains, cushions or
upholsterey, you need to be careful with
the right proportion. For starters, most
experts agree that the richness of metallic
shades like ruby reds, emerald greens,
silver, gold, bronze and brass, copper
browns, steely blues and greys, add an
instant amboyance to your space, so
overuse is a strict no-no. For instance, if
your soft furnishings are in metallic colours,
it is best to go easy on metal accessories.

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Nirav Meswani, Director,
Surprise Home Linen, agrees,
Metallic colours add bling
and opulence to any interior
space, if used in the right
proportion. While using such
colours, one has to bear in
mind that going over-board
is a strict no. Too much bling
can be an eyesore. He adds
that while using metallic
colours, it is best to keep
other aspects of the room like
wall colours and accessories
neutral and simple. Otherwise,
there would be too many
design elements in one room,
all screaming for attention.

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Secondly, customize the use of


metallic colours depending on the
mood you wish to create for your
space. Bhakti Hegde, Director,
Chartered Housing, believes that
metallic colours add energy to the
whole space because of their royal
texture. Consumers prefer metallic
colours as they are rich, vibrant and
bold. They instantly add personality to
the space and tend to create a very
informal and relaxing ambience.

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Use of metallic shades can be decided


based on the type of rooms. Nikita Desai,
Lead Business Excellence, DDcor, says,
Living rooms can look bolder with velvety
metallic curtains, while pouffes or
arm-chairs with metallic upholstery
can make a luxurious style statement.
Bedrooms, on the other hand, have a
wider scope where decorative pillows
and shams, footrests beside the bed and
sheer on the windows can lend a very
personalized feel to the space.
She adds, Ofces can deck up their
waiting spaces with metallic tones, while
accents through upholstered chairs can
convey a bold attitude in the cabins.
Parushini Aggarwal, Owner and Creative
Director, Studio Creo, says that a bedroom
can be transformed into a luminous
paradise by using metallic furnishing.
Try mixing metallic hues with white and
black for a modern look. If classic is your
style, pair gold and silver with neutral tones
such as grey and beige.

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Parushini adds that no matter how ne your soft


furnishings are, it is important to coordinate them with
other elements in the room. If you have used strong
metallic colours for your furnishings, you can tone down
the overall look of you room by opting for curtains in
neutral colours. Like, for curtains, choose an off-shade
version of your furnishing colour for a monochromatic
look. One can also add light-coloured decor vases,
lamps or chandeliers to coordinate the look.
Gold-coloured frames or other curios can be used to
further accessorize the space.

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Vivek Gupta, Founder, The Big Door,


avers, Metallic accents go well with
distressed wooden furniture as well as
pure silver furniture. Pale wall colours
and earthy brown shades paired
with metallic accents and furnishings
create an impactful, yet soothing and
easy vibe. Nikita adds that lighting
also plays an important role. If metallic
colours dominate the room, it is best
to have dramatic lighting, whereas if
they are used as small accents, soft
lighting lends a sober yet stylish feel to
the area.

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1 & 25 WISMA ATRIA INTERNATIONAL
www.wismaatria.in

While solid metallic colours help


balance understatement and
sophistication, various patterns coupled
with these hues can add elegance
Bhakti states, Geometric patterns suit
metallic coloured furnishings the most.
The clean lines help to tone down the
look so that it is classy and not gaudy.
Vintage or abstract patterns, gold leafs,
oral motifs or stripes also look good
with metallic-coloured furnishings.
With these points in mind, use
metallic colours for your interiors to the
best advantage.

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LEGACY

RE-DEFINED

THE NEWLY-OPENED RESTAURANT CHINA GARDEN IN


DELHIS HISTORIC CONNAUGHT PLACE RESONATES SUBTLE
TRACES OF CHINESE INFLUENCE IN ITS ELEGANT INTERIORS.
Text: Ekatmata Sharma
Photographs: Manoj Kesharwani

RESTAURANT DESIGN

he 30-year-old chain of celebrated restaurants China Garden has opened its new outlet in
Connaught Place in Delhi. The restaurants design religiously follows its legacy of Chinese inuence
within the space. In a commercial space like Connaught Place, the two-storey Chinese speciality
restaurant boasts of a sprawling space covering an area of 5,500 sq. ft., with a seating capacity
of over a hundred guests. The ne dining restaurant is designed by KNS Architects who have
beautifully incorporated their signature style and new ideas by the owners.
Henry Wang, Joint Managing Director, China Garden, says, Considering the prime location
of the restaurant, we wanted the space to have a formal yet casual ambience to cater to the
surrounding ofces and families. We chose a neutral colour scheme, which is perfect for an all-day
dining restaurant and for the evening. We focused a lot on lighting so the ambience could be
easily converted to a formal setting. Two separate spaces are created with different
ambiencesthe main restaurant on the ground level and the lounge upstairs. While the main
restaurant is quite bright and airy, the lounge upstairs is very intimate and cosy, informs Henry.
The glass entrance door of the restaurant has Chinese proverbs embossed on it, while the
reception lobby is warm and inviting with exclusive Chinese teapots placed on the wall shelves and a
red King chair. Henry mentions them as signature elements of China Garden since decades.
Our patrons will surely nd the signature elements at this China Garden restaurant too. Firstly, and
most importantly our signature menu, then of-course our signature bamboo style restaurant chairs,
our red king lobby chair, which over the past 30 -years has become China Gardens signature chair.

It is used in our lobbies and of course the


Chinese tea pot collection,
informs Henry, who along with his
father Nelson Wang (Founder of China
Garden) and brother Edward Wang
have lent a personal touch to the
restaurants design. We love to get
totally involved; form the conception to
design process. We are very particular
about selection or placement of
artefacts, paintings, crockery, linen and
even furniture, almost everything has a
personal touch to it, adds Henry.
The spacious dining area is gracefully
designed, making the overall design
monochromatic. As this is the rst
all-day dining restaurant, a lot of
consideration was given to its all-day
nature. The colour palette includes
earthy tones and a lot of day light is
welcomed through the huge glass
windows, also offering a view of the
historic Connaught Place. says Henry.
The long sofas in the corners and the
chairs in the center placed around
circular tables exude a very plush and
luxurious sitting arrangement.
The wooden chairs have Chinese letters
scribbled on them and the main wall
has a Chinese proverb painted on it.
The Chinese writing on the wall is a
famous proverb that summarizes the
enjoyment of life through the avours of
food and beverages, says Henry.
The beige walls of the dining area
are adorned with small black and
white framed photographs by a
celebrated photographer displaying
Chinese culture and establishments.
The lighting is kept very subtle with
low-lying ceiling lamps and ceiling
LED lights. Henry concludes saying,
We have used lighting as aesthetics
and exibility to turn the space into an
intimate ambience by night.
In all, the restaurant emanates a true
Chinese treat for the senses.
CONTACT DETAILS
CHINA GARDEN
G -4,5,6
Marina Arcade
Connaught Place
New Delhi 110001
011 23413456

Henry Wang

CITYSCAPE

PARADIGM OF

LUXURY

MARVEL REALTORS
GIVES LUXURY A NEW
DEFINITION WITH THE
MARVEL KYRA
PREMIUM
APARTMENTS IN
PUNE.

TEXT
Delilah Rodrigues

PHOTOGRAPHS
Courtesy Marvel Realtors

ltimate luxury, perfect space planning and latest


technology are the criteria most people look for when
selecting their dream home. Keeping this requisite in mind,
Marvel Realtors has introduced premium lifestyle apartments
Marvel Kyra, another jewel added to Punes real estate crown.
Located in the famous Magarpatta Township, Marvel Kyra is in
close proximity to the airport, malls, multiplexes, hospitals, schools, IT parks and
other prime areas. Spread over 4.5 lakh sq. ft. area, the project comprises three
18-storey structures consisting of 4.5 to 5.5 BHK duplexes and penthouses.
Two dramatic sky boxes, which are the major highlights of this project, connect
the three towers. Commenting on the unique sky boxes, Vishwajeet Jhavar,
CEO, Marvel Realtors, says, The sky boxes literally create a home in the sky
feel. These sky boxes have a gymnasium, spa and restaurant.
The project is conceptualized and designed by Singapore-based
architectural rm HB Design, while the landscaping is done by
Ar. Thanapong Boonyasiriwat from Singapore-based landscape architects
and design consultants Ecoplan Asia. The unique faade of the towers
feature ns and ledges with a decorative tile nish. These elements are also
incorporated into the landscape design along with green walls. A water
stage and other sculptural features are also part of the outdoor spaces.

The faade has a


decorative tile nish.
Note the unique sky
boxes that create a
home in the sky feel.

The red and


yellow upholstered
furniture pieces add
amboyance to
the neutral colour
scheme of the living
room.

The wooden ooring


and indirect lighting
in the T V room makes
for a cosy ambience.

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The spacious double-height entrance lobby is characterized by grandeur
and opulence. The expansive apartments face the north or the south for
unobstructed views and exceptional cross ventilation. One of the highlights of
the apartment is the double-height outdoor deck, which is landscaped and has
ower beds. The living room and bedrooms have a rened material palette with
imported marble ooring, POP or gypsum nish for the walls and ceilings,
VRV central air conditioning, and telephone and cable TV connections.

The pop of yellow


for the upholstery
adds vibrancy to this
area, where as the
colour coordinate
geometric wall
paneling and rug use
rich colours.

The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe


and the master bath has a jacuzzi and steam
room. All other bathrooms have separate
shower cubicles, solar heater connection,
designer ttings and sanitaryware.
The apartments have a modular kitchen with all
the appliances for modern-day cooking.
Marvel Kyra has state-of-the-art home
automation technology, where each apartment
has automated touch screen management
systems with personalized programming for
mood lighting. The developers have made
a conscious effort in following sustainable
practices, which includes the use of CFL lighting
xtures, rainwater harvesting and segregation
of organic waste among other things. Marvel
Kyra also provides amenities like swimming
pools, trellised barbeque decks, expansive
playground, tennis court, party lawn, ower
and herb gardens with pavilion, clubhouse and
concierge service, among others.
Lastly, absolute privacy and maximized views
are the hallmarks of living in Marvel Kyra.
The layout of the towers and staggered tower
positioning ensures that no two apartments
have any direct visual contact. In addition,
each apartment has a private access and
lift lobbies.
If Marvel Kyra has to be summed up in two
words, then its tagline Condentially Luxurious
ts the bill.

The storage shelves are


well-arranged to lend the
passage a clutter-free look.
Note the huge painting that
adds character to this space.

The leather headboard


adds an interesting touch
to the monochrome bed,
while the hues of yellow used
personalizes this bedroom.

DESIGN CREDITS
Architect:
HB Design, Singapore
Landscape Design:
Ecoplan Asia, Singapore
CONTACT DETAILS
MARVEL KYRA
Magarpatta Road,
Magarpatta City,
Hadapsar, Pune 411028
020 26151506, 30250700
www.marvelrealtors.com

AT HOME WITH

CHARM
MINIMALISTIC

BOLLYWOOD ACTRESS SONALI KULKARNIS


HOME IS CHARACTERIZED BY MINIMALIST
INTERIORS AND FREE-FLOWING SPACES.
Text: Priya Kamath Photographs: Courtesy Bbhupi

onali Kulkarni became a household name, especially with the song Who Ladki
Hai Kahan from the super hit movie Dil Chahta Hai. She has been appreciated
for her roles in movies like Singham and Taxi No 9211; and has also worked in a
number of hit Marathi and Gujarati movies. Apart from acting in movies, Sonali
has also been an editor with Viva, a supplement of the Marathi daily Loksatta and
her columns have been published in her book So Kul published by Rajahansa
Prakashan. The talented actress will soon star opposite actor Nana Patekar in
an upcoming movie titled Dr Prakash Baba Amte The Real Hero.
Sonali and her husband Nachiketh Pantvaidya, current head of
Sony Entertainment Television are the quintessential urban couple with a zest for
life, who also love inviting people to their sumptuous abode. The warm and inviting
home truly reects the couples personas. Located in suburban Mumbai, the
two-bedroom apartment showcases Sonalis real talent in putting all the right
design elements together harmoniously.
For Sonali family is as important as her career. Hence, in spite of being extremely
busy with her career, she found the time to design her cosy home. We moved
into this home three years ago. When my husband and I started designing
the home, we were very clear that we wanted a simple home that had open
spaces and a de-cluttered look. So we were very selective about furniture and
artefacts. She further adds, My home truly reects our simple lifestyle. I feel most
comfortable at home and I look forward to coming back home and spending
some quality time with my family.
The living-cum-dining area has white marble ooring and a white colour
scheme, except one wall that has been painted in an ochre shade. We opted
for a white colour palette as it makes the home look spacious, adds Sonali.
The living area with its minimal furniture pieces and vibrant upholstery catches
your attention. A sofa set, diwan, centre table and dining table are the only
furniture pieces in this area.

Sonali continues, The multi-purpose diwan in the living area has been specically
designed by me and Nachiketh. It has a pull-out option that doubles up as a bed,
which can be easily pulled out in case you want to relax. The sofa has been sourced by
Nachiketh. Red and green coloured cushions and a wooden centre table with a glass
top accentuate the sofa set. The four-seater dining area that faces a huge LCD unit has
a hanging light xture and a small bench on one side. Photographs of the family adorn
the walls of the home, giving the space a more personalized feel.
There is a small balcony outside the living area where Sonali has kept all her plants.
I call this space the hanging garden. Since I am not in favour of having indoor plants,
I have made sure; I have a balcony when I designed my home. I have planted a variety
of small plants here like Tulsi and other owering plants, adds Sonali. In the mornings Sonali
loves sitting near the balcony sipping a cup of coffee; while in the evenings, she loves
spending time here with her daughter. Both Sonali and Nachiketh being avid readers, one
thing you will nd throughout her home are books. I consider books to be the jewels of
my home. We have a huge book rack in the living area that has an amazing collection
of books. Also since my husband is into music you will nd instruments like tabla and the
tanpura in the living area. During his free time, he loves playing the tabla.
The master bedroom also follows a simple decor. All the furnitures in the master
bedroom have ample storage options. When asked what she loves most about her
bedroom, Sonali quickly points out to her dressing table. My dressing table has been
designed as per my requirement with a full-length mirror and storage space to keep
my essentials, says Sonali. The book rack in the bedroom gives a clear idea of the
couples love for reading. The space also displays all the accolades won by Sonali.
The other bedroom has been converted into a study where Sonali spends most of her
time. The space has wood look-alike ooring, a wooden study table, a book rack and
a wardrobe. Although the room follows a white palette, one wall done in orange lends
the space a bright look. Since, Sonali does her work here, the space has been provided
with ample light.
I havent invested more on accessories since I believe positive vibes and
warmth are more important in a home rather than artefacts, Sonali concludes.
The home with its simple decor is a true reection of the couples unpretentious and
composed personalities.

CORPORATE INTERIORS

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STORAGES
DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOME OFFICE &
WORK SPACES BY INCORPORATING
EFFICIENT STORAGE SOLUTIONS.
Text: Trisha Mahajan
Photographs: Courtesy The Brands

To

keep your home ofce and your workspace organized and clutterfree, you need to have efcient Storage Solutions. Storing things
systematically will save a lot of time in nding important documents,
papers, folders or les. Paper work and documentation cannot be
avoided. Even though the world is becoming paper-less and green,
we are still far from becoming a paper-less economy.
Storages will always be an integral part of any ofce space,
says Swapnil Nagarkar, Vice President B2B of Godrej Interio.

Some factors to keep in mind, while


purchasing storage units are height
and shape, which depends on the
use of the storage and the space
required for the same. In addition,
storages should offer maximum
usability as they are long-term
purchases. Also, going with the trend,
one likes to adapt modern designs
and contemporary patterns that are
visually-pleasing and contribute to
the aesthetics of the ofce.
Nomita Kohli, Owner and Proprietor
of Wisma Atria Interiors, adds,
Efcient storage options can
magically lighten workload.
An organized desk makes for an
organized mind. An organized ofce
in such a case accounts for number
of things; a bigger or smaller space
is not the main problem, the way
things are stored is crucial to business.
Lost les, mislaid folders, missing
ofce supplies can all add up to lost
revenue and low ofce morale.

There are several options available, depending on the kind


of storage and the things that need to be tucked away.
While banks or insurance companies require bulk of archival
storages to store customer documents; MNCs, on the other
hand, are not so heavy on papers and require smaller storage
solutions. Parushni Aggarwal, Owner and Creative Director,
Studio Creo, says, Many ofce storage options are available
such as in-built shelves, racks, bookcases, ling cabinets, roll
door cupboards and classroom storage units. For spaces that
have a exible layout, one can opt for racks, drawer units and
storage cabinets. They come in different sizes and styles to suit
your work space. In case of a small space, one can opt for
wall shelves, shelving units to maximize space as practically as
possible. Whatever ofce storage you go for, dont forget to
check all the little organizers like boxes, baskets or drop les that
will help in keeping everything organized. Also available are
archival systems, personal storages, wall-mounted storages, store
benches, lockers, standard storage cabinets, shelf assembled
storage cabinets, mobile storage cabinets and safes.

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Before making a purchase


for your storage unit, the
important thing to consider
is the space available.
While larger businesses can
accommodate storage units
on the oor, smaller set-ups
can hang them on walls in
order to maximize space.
Mahesh Jain, Business Head,
Stellar Furniture and Lifestyle,
mentions, Floor-based units
are far better, as wall-hung
panel dividers do not go on
the oor and are missing about
3 ft. of the panel at the base
of the closet system, making
it uneasy to change the rod
sections. Owners of this kind
of system have limited exibility
if their needs change in
the future.

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Another factor to consider


is the point of visibility as some
prefer to have closed units with
things stacked inside them,
while others prefer aunting
the les, documents and other
storage options. One can have
cabinets, which either show the
contents, conceal it away or are
a combination of the two. Sliding
and suspended door cabinets
need no extra space to open the
doors. Vertical tambour storage is
best for ofce spaces. Hinged door
cabinets and drawer cabinets
are other popular options; but
it totally depends on the kind of
work done. While lawyers prefer
bigger storage set-ups like a library
without doors; corporates prefer
closed units, says Sameer Hora,
Managing Director of IDUS.

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After one has zeroed in


on the best suitable storage
unit, next comes the turn
for choosing the aesthetic
features. Ebony, laminated
with glass nish, oak, steel
and leather mostly act as
the main materials. Parushni
adds, Most storage options
produced these days are
created with wood veneer
and hardwood, which gives it
durability in addition to design.
Glass can be chosen to add
a dash of modernity and
transparency. Built-in lighting
systems in glass cabinets are
other preferred choices.

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As far as choosing the right colour is


concerned, Swapnil mentions, Colours
play an important role in any ofce space.
Storages are no longer hidden areas of ofces.
With swoosh of colour options in storages;
they can make for an integrated aesthetic
looking ofce. Storages can also be put up
in highlighting colours to add to the beauty
quotient. While dark colours at times can
make the space look smaller and the overall
environment dull, lighter shades gives it an
expansive feel and exudes positive vibes.
Storage solutions are important because
they contribute to a clutter-free environment
and also a great pocket saver plan, when
used judiciously. Praveen Rao, President,
Dmart Exclusif, says, A growing enterprise
often has the need to hire more staff and
make room for them. The only option available
is to lease or rent a larger ofce, which is
indeed expensive. In such a scenario,
if efcient storage options are to be
considered, then they will not just save
space, but money too. When there are
storages available, everything will be at
right place and there will be more room for
employees and equipments.
It is important to have right storage system;
so make a careful and sensible decision.

CONTACT DETAILS
1 & 2 CASA PARADOX
www.casaparadox.com
3 STUDIO CREO
www.studiocreo.com
4 & 21 IDUS
www.idus.in
5 PORTSIDE CAF
www.portsidecafe.com
6 GODREJ INTERIO
www.godrejinterio.com
7 & 13 GRANDEUR INTERIORS
www.grandeurinteriors.com
8 & 16 THE GREAT EASTERN HOME
www.thegreateasternhome.com
9 THE FURNITURE REPUBLIC
www.tfrhome.com
10 & 11 SHANKH
www.shankh.net
12 VISIONNAIRE
www.visionaire-home.com
14 DMART EXCLUSIF
www.dmartexclusif.com
15 STYLE SPA
www.stylespafurniture.com
17 & 20 ROCHE BOBOIS
www.roche-bobois.com
18 & 22 STELLAR FURNITURE &
LIFESTYLE
www.stellarglobal.com
19 WISMA ATRIA INTERIORS
www.wismaatria.in

RETAIL DESIGN

INVITING &

INDULGENT

TEEMING WITH ENERGY AND OFFSET


BY EARTHY ELEMENTS PERFECTLY
DESCRIBE SONA REDDYS STORE,
ROOM THERAPY.
Text: Nandini R Penna
Photographs: Courtesy The Designer

CONTACT DETAILS
ROOM THERAPY
No.8-2-293/82/a/885/1
Road No.45, Jubilee Hills
Hyderabad 500033
www.roomtherapyhome.com

hopping is not only about the products you purchase,


but also the overall experience. The ambience,
placement of products, well-informed staff; all contribute
to a wholesome shopping experience. Hyderabad-based
architect and interior designer Sona Reddy has created a
similar surreal experience for her store Room Therapy.
Sona Reddy, founder and creative head of Room Therapy,
has tried to create a space that customers can call they
own. Not everyone is fortunate to emulate grand design
styles in their homes. I believe that small changes and clever
accessorizing can make a big difference and create an
inspirational look. With my passion for design, travel and
food, I bring forth ideas for both outdoor and indoor home
decor, she says.
Room Therapy offers complete solutions for interior space.
Spread over an area of 3,000 sq. ft. the store, right from the
driveway, showcases a varied material palette that includes
stone, beaten metal, stainless steel, cast iron, driftwood,
mango wood and sheesham; all accentuated with rough
nishes. A massive blue painted metal door that leads you
into the store has a skillfully crafted door knob displaying the
shops logo. Needless to say, the door opens up to a lobby
that is characterized by a double-height ceiling and uses
hand-made tiles in blue and brown.

The simplistic style comes alive with the kitschy


accessories in wood and metal crafts. The statement
pieces include a metal mesh with hanging lights
that makes for an exquisite chandelier; seven blue
hanging lights in metallic hues (crafted at Sonas
workshop) above the cash counter; wooden rafters
and a cement slab. Huge glass windows let in ample
natural light, apart from giving a view of the plush
greenery outside. Some smooth wall surface display
a ight of ceramic birds.
The display area is kept open and de-cluttered
so that the store layout can be changed easily,
if necessary. In order to ensure that the layout
remains open, Sona has visually segregated
different sections. So the areas that have cement
ooring house dining furniture, beds, furnishings
and mirrors; while the central space with wooden
ooring displays various artefacts and other
furniture. Most of the display tables are made from
iron that gel well with the rest of the decor. Products
are also creatively displayed within exposed brick
niches or on hanging bars that give an illusion of
the product oating in air. Sona shares, I mostly
work with natural wood and use it without polish or,
rather, give it a rough polish. No one can replicate
ones work as they are usually site specic and
therefore, unique.
Two iron beams hold up the stairway made of wood
that leads to Sonas ofce and other display spaces.

The landing to the upper oor becomes display spaces for beautiful
mirrors, which also create an illusion of space.
Sonas cabin follows the same decor style with distressed
wooden tabletop, metal base chairs, abstract creations in metal
and wood. One of the spaces on this oor displays carpets. This
area is accessorized with blue glass chandeliers and owy fabrics
xed to the ceiling; giving it an Arabian Night feel. Tastefully
selected objects share the space with fashioned goods on a
console made of painted metal sheets. The design elements in
bold juxtaposition of contrasting colours and intriguing textures
highlight the vivid patterns.
Sona Reddys Room Therapy brings together the stark
contrasts of vibrant exuberance and warm earthiness;
nevertheless, an indulgent and inviting space.

STORE PROFILE

OPULENCE

REDEFINED
F

NEW DELHI-BASED LIFESTYLE


STORE HOUSE OF RARO IS A
ONE-STOP SOLUTION FOR EXCLUSIVE
FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES.
Text: Trisha Mahajan Photographs: Courtesy The Store

ounded in 1997 by the designer siblings Rajeeta and Rolly Gupta, House of Raro is a global
solution for the Indian market when it comes to modern and contemporary furniture and
accessories. This high-end store in New Delhi offers not just furnishings, but also sources and retails
exclusive international luxury tableware and antique lights. As a space for truly bespoke furniture,
House of Raro has a wide spectrum of products on offer for its discerning clientele; right from
furniture pieces, accessories and artworks to carpets and wallpapers.

Spread over a sprawling 7,500 sq. ft. area, the showroom is


segregated into various segments showcasing individual pieces as well
as high-end products. House of Raro is all about rare and exclusive
designs for furniture and accessories. Our showroom is a labour of love,
where people with an aesthetic sense will nd great pleasure,
informs the designers.
The lobby on rst oor makes way for diverse bays, displaying
different set-ups for the living, dining and bedroom areas. The last two
bays and a gallery act as the showrooms prive section, showcasing
limited edition designs. Moving ahead is House of Raros studio and
ofce space. The entire showroom has been designed keeping in
mind grandiosity and luxury. Rolly says, The store stands for lavishness.
It has been designed in a modern French art deco mood, where one
can see composites in each bay that speak about a particular style
and feel.
The store has been designed using a diverse material palette, which
includes exotic woods, veneers, leather and semi-precious stones.
Wood comes together to create a conceptual space, which literally
glows with promise and allure. Floorings have been kept neutral and
feature a wheat oak wooden surface, while the ceilings are basic
with a white POP nish. The entire store, in fact, has a monochromatic
colour scheme that is highlighted with rich brown or pastels.

CONTACT DETAILS
HOUSE OF RARO
356-357 Sultanpur
MG Road
New Delhi 110030
08527443666, 09818297298
info@houseofraro.com
www.houseofraro.com

Commenting on the lighting used in the store, Rajeeta says, We have


always emphasized on using special lighting in all our projects. There are
hi-denition focus lights to accentuate the furniture. In addition,
there are decorative chandeliers, table and oor lamps to add on
to the exquisite collection.
Along with the varied collection, the dynamic designers offer interior
design consultancy and turnkey services as well. In addition, the talented
designers plan to launch the brand in London followed by the Middle
Eastern region soon.

READY RECKONER

3LAM ................................................................ 5

JAYNA............................................................ 19

AIS GLASS .................................................... IBC

JINDAL ALUMINIUM .................................... 125

AJAY PIPES .................................................. 203

KENT RO ......................................................... 47

ALL CLEAN..................................................... 39

KRISMAR ........................................................ 53

AMBADI ......................................................... 33

KURL ON ........................................................ 81

ANCHOR ....................................................... 17

KUTCHINA .................................................... 117

APOSTROPHE ................................................ 18

LESSO ...............................................GATEFOLD

ARTISTICKS .................................................... 12

LIEBHERR ........................................................ 41

ASIA PACIFIC............................................... 139

LUXOR ...........................................................IFC

ASIAN GRANITO ............................................ 45

MAISHA ................................................. 174-175

ASIAN PAINTS ........................................... 30-31


CAPELLA ...................................................... 189
CERA .............................................................. 43
CLASSIC MARBLE .......................................... 57
COLSTON .............................................. 194-195
CUSTOM & EXCISE ...................................... 135
DESJOYAUX POOLS ...................................... 71
EBCO ............................................................. 10
ENCRAFT ........................................................ 59
FABER ........................................................... 201
FAN STUDIO ................................................... 63
FENESTA .................................................... 24-25
GANDHI AUTOMATIONS PVT LTD .................. 8
GMGR ............................................................ 65
GRAANDPRIX ............................................... 67
GROHE ........................................................... 49
HACKER ......................................................... 51
HAFELE ........................................................... 35

MARSHALLS ................................................... 85
MODIGUARD............................................... 107
NEELKANTH .................................................. 204
NEROLAC ...................................................... 11
NIRALI ............................................................. 15
NOVELTY FURNISHINGS ................................ 97
ODONIL ......................................................... 37
OTDC ........................................................... 173
OYSTER ............................................................. 7
PRINCE PLASTIC ............................................ 20
QUEO ........................................................ 28-29
QUTONE ........................................................... 6
RAK................................................................... 9
RAK............................................................... 115
ROCA............................................................. 55
ROYAL TOUCHE ............................................ 21
SKIPPER ........................................................ 157
SLEEK .............................................................. 13
SLEEPWELL ..................................................... 73

HAFELE ........................................................... 79

SOMANY CERAMICS ................................... BC

HANDS CARPET ............................................. 61

SPRINGWELL .................................................. 95

HETTICH ..................................................... 22-23

STYLAM .......................................................... 14

HSIL ................................................................. 83

TESSIMUR ........................................................ 16

J&Y FABRICS ............................................. 26-27

UNIQUE TREES ................................................ 77

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