CW Interiors and DezignGenie.com present the Idea Forum - Confluence of Indian and International Design.
A platform where design professionals meet and discuss interior trends and furniture design is not a mere idea anymore! We are often unable to connect with the design fraternity in large settings such as conferences and trade fairs. That´s why CW Interiors and DezignGenie.com had organised the first ever Idea Forum - a panel discussion on the confluence of Indian and international design, hosted by ICasa Furniture on the 8th March, 2016, at the host´s exquisite showroom at Raghuvanshi Mills. The format for the forum was intimate, involving not more than 40 people, who can be inspired and connect with industry stalwarts on relevant topics. The first Idea Forum comprised a panel of esteemed speakers such as Architect Nina Puri, Neemesh Shah, Founder, KNS Architects and Naushir DeVitre, Director of Talati and Panthaky Associated, along with Domenico Mula, Art Director and CEO, Dom Edizioni.
Architect Neemesh Shah established his company KNS Architects in 1997 along with his two partners. He has carved a niche for himself in the high-end residential and commercial architecture as well as interiors. He firmly believes that change is the only constant in life.
Nina Puri begun her practice in 1992 and her repertoire of projects include private homes and offices rendered with a wide palette of materials, colours and textures in a contemporary language.
Naushir DeVitre is the Director and Partner of Talati and Panthaky Associated Designers LLP. He has been involved in the field of architecture and interior design for over five decades having handled multiple projects all over the country. An extremely respected member in the design fraternity, he is a member of the Associate of the Indian Institute of Architects, Indian Institute of Interior Designs, India Green Building Council (IGBC) and is a proponent of LEED practices.
The panel discussion was an amalgamation of different school of thoughts aligned in the direction of design. Mula, who spoke in Italian (translated here), said, ´I love Indian tastes. It is very important for me to match my furniture to the tastefulness and design of the Indian people. I totally agree that my furniture has to be high level of design and comfort, but is also completely customisable to the tastes of the market.´
Rather than going to trade fairs, which is confusing for buyers, it is beneficial to have international brands enter the Indian market through a channel where ´touch and feel´ is possible. Hands-on experience is important in the Indian market and hence it gravitates more towards customisation. Customised furniture is always preferred to set pieces. DeVitre mentioned that for the customer look and comfort comes first, followed by price point.
Speaking of the latest trends of 2016, it was cited that space saving furniture is making waves in Mumbai, but in a city like Delhi it doesn´t hold much importance as space is not a constraint there. Minimalistic designs are more popular in Mumbai than in Delhi, and the climatic differences also bring a change in the taste of furniture design in the cities.
The participants were provided with insightful discussions and exchange of ideas that took place at the event and are already looking forward to the next Idea Forum. With the idea of making this a regular event, the organisers aim to bring together industry stalwarts and other professionals and engage them in a meaningful discussion to shed light on myriad aspects of the design, interior and architecture industry. To receive regular updates on the Idea Forum and DezignGenie, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to attend the next Idea Forum or if you are an architect, interior designer or a home stylist looking for a platform to display your work, drop an email to email@example.com.