A recent meeting with a celebrated architect in Mumbai, saw him ruing the rampant corruption that is hampering projects and consequently design. The powers that be need to address both the law and its execution to truly herald ¨achhe din¨ for the architectural and design industry.
After our ¨Bahut achha¨ much appreciated, 6th anniversary issue, we are all set to take on the challenge of the 7-year itch!
A gorgeous home from Gujarat by Uneven Architects showcases how young talent in India is taking to Indian traditional design with a contemporary twist. The architectural details juxtaposed in the interiors of this house - located 40 km from Vadodara - are just as striking as the detailing of the wooden elements as well as the simplicity with which the designers have executed the brief given to them. Architects Milind and Jasleen Changani from BN Shah and Associates played client and designer when they took on their own office. It accommodates not just their own needs, it includes a playhouse for their 6-year old daughter, and uses brick, stone and cement to create a raw and edgy looking workspace.
The Taj´s new Gateway Resort is an eco-hotel near Damdama Lake in Gurgaon. Designed by Delhi-based Rajeev Agarwal Architects, the design works around the existing trees using locally available materials. Moreover, the artwork throughout the hotel uses natural dyes and traditional art forms along with scrap metal sculptures in the landscape. Metal is also widely used in the retail store designed by Mumbai-based Studio Osmosis for a client in Benares. Steel pipes and a monochromatic design language lend this store an arresting look.
The world class interiors of radio channel Indigo in Bengaluru, designed by London studio Godrich Interiors is a treat for music lovers. Spread over approximately 9,690 sq ft over two floors, the Indigo Live Music Bar offers a fabulous music experience and ambience.
On the other side of the world, Toronto has found a new way to indulge men and women in style. The Majesty´s Pleasure, is the newest hangout where patrons can get their manicures and pedicures as they are being served across the bar! A combination of a salon, bar, cafe and retail store, this space designed using white plaster, copper elements and wood, is as unique in concept as it is in design. In features this month, we explore all components of luxury homes; some customised decor options; and Irish designer Joseph Walsh´s designs that are now available in India through promoter Ambika Hinduja.