Trend forecasters and colour experts have made their predictions for the year. One common takeaway? The Indian consumer is becoming increasingly design conscious. Be it a cell phone, table or space, there is a constant demand for something new and innovative. Bringing you more on this, our February issue stuns with a bouquet of designs from young and savvy designers – look out for them in the year!
One such, is Shabnam Gupta who has made her presence felt in the industry through her quirky designs and out-of-the-box approach to designing spaces. This issue we feature her latest project – The Big Nasty, a bar earlier designed as an all-day diner. It was transformed in three days! Located in Bandra, Mumbai, it’s a fun design where industrial look meets colour and creativity.
Another young designer who inspires with her creativity is Padmini Pandey. Her design for the Suara Spa in Sea Princess Hotel, Mumbai, simulates the experience of walking in the woods, enveloped in nature. Even in a closed environment, through the smart use of material and design, this spa offers a unique experience in the current clutter of oriental spas.
Behzad Noshir Kharas of ThinkBNK, another young and savvy designer, designs an interesting home, as is the doctor’s clinic designed by Kumpal Mittra of Kumpal and Associates. The former creates luxury despite the challenges posed by vaastu compliances that the client mandated; while the latter is a simple, straightforward approach to creating a classy clinic for a dentist.
‘Shed’ding all inhibitions, we also feature London-based firm Shed’s Gothic design for Meatliquor. A restaurant by Meat Wagon that resembles a butchers shop, it’s definitely not a design for the faint-hearted! Meanwhile, soothing with some nature therapy is Hyderabad-based landscape designer Jagan Mohan who shares notes on fusing landscape design with interiors. And the outdoor furniture in Product Parade will inspire you to relook at your open-air spaces.
And watch your step….with our special feature on flooring.
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