CW Interiors |
Edit | June 2012

First Word

Architecture’s highest honour will be bestowed upon Wang Shu, a 48-year old, Hangzhou-based, Chinese architect – the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Having completed his study of architecture in 1985, Wang Shu and his wife, Lu Wenyu, founded their professional practice in Hangzhou in 1997, naming it “Amateur Architecture Studio.” This is a significant step in recognising the role that China plays in setting new benchmarks in architecture. Question is, when will India follow?

As I pondered this question, another one that came up during discussions with an international editor, was the role that women architects played and the recognition they got. Wang Shu’s wife, is a case in point. While it is impossible to debate this question in this space, it is one that lingers.

This issue, while we cover a stunning spread of products seen at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012, we interview Indian designer Gunjan Gupta who showcased her products at the fair this year, putting India on the global map. Let’s hope that on my next visit to the fair, I encounter more such Indian exhibitors rather than Indian buyers!

Lamenting the lack of Indian brands, in an interview in this issue, international designer Karim Rashid says, “If India does not establish some brands soon, imports will just take over the country!”

Almost as a rebuttal, we bring a storehouse of Indian talent this issue. A beautiful home designed by Sonali Shah of Mumbai showcases the play of coloured lights in all white ambience. Architect Sameep Padora on the other hand dazzles the Mumbai crowd with his fabulous design for Fashion TV’s hospitality venture – the F Lounge. Diner. Bar Spread over two levels, the venue epitomises the fashion, glitz and glamour of Mumbai.

Architecture firm Studio 5 creates a fabulous office with a futuristic design approach; while young designer Ameet Mirpuri showcases his creativity at the Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach. The design captures the stunning views, whilst offering a hospitality experience rooted in tradition.

Our global project is the stunning new W Hotel in Paris designed by Diego Gronda of the Rockwell group Europe – the firm has been involved in the redesign of two popular dining destinations at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel in Mumbai; and Architect Benny Kuriakose shares his thoughts on sustainable architecture in the Indian context.

Finally, our stunning trends feature on kitchens, covers the entire gamut….

With Indian developers seeking to establish unique selling propositions for their projects, Indian architecture should leverage the opportunity to put itself on the global map.
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