The freezing temperatures in Istanbul were offset with the warmth of Turkish hospitality at Ideco, in Istanbul. While it was heartening to see the interest that Turkish designers and architects had in India, when we met up with architect Emre Arolot, winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, we were impressed with his philosophies (read about him in Architect's Take), just as we were delighted when we met up with Derin Seriyer, Nursema Öztürk and an upcoming design firm Kücük with their offbeat ideas.
Back in Mumbai, new store openings got our attention. Sussanne Roshan's 14,000 sq ft 'The Charcoal Project' is engaging with attention to every detail providing the customer with out-of-the-box décor solutions. From glamorous stores to luxurious homes, we bring to you an exclusive preview of the Fabiani home, designed by Singapore-based David Tay. Contemporary with heavy doses of art, this home totally reflects the personality of the owners. And while that's necessary for a home, an office needs to focus on employee comfort and output in terms of an effective design. Kreative strokes has managed to strike this balance with their design for the Manthan office in Noida.
On a more relaxed note, we bring to you the work of Kolkata-based firm Salient, who have lent the restaurant at Ffort Raichak – Reflections an organic touch. Another hospitality project is the boutique hotel designed by Mandviwala Qutub and Associates. With spaces running into each other, this project dares to be different and is one-of-its-kind in Ahmedabad. And since lighting is an essential design component across projects, our feature on lighting does just that: showcases effective lighting in different surroundings. This is buttressed with Product Parade that showcases just what kind of lights you can use in different settings.
Should be enough to light up your month….