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First Word | October 2016

First Word (October2016)

The festive season has begun and the cheer and joy that it brings is reflected in this issue through the multi-faceted designs. Buzzwords this issue are technology and minimalism and both are reflected in the designs of various projects across the hospitality, commercial and residential sectors. In the home designed by Gaurav Kharkar, a tasteful mix of elegance and minimalism is reflected through the use of materials and finishes. Handpicked furniture, light fixtures and thoughtful art complete the picture, making the villa residence a perfect holiday home.

Innovation is seen in the design of the mirrored lights on the ceiling of India´s largest Farzi Cafe in Bengaluru designed by Delhi´s This Is It Designs. Using material differently, and designing the alfresco with a fusion touch, the design of this outpost surpasses that of many others. In Mumbai, Henry Tham´s new Asian gastro-pub Koko is creating waves for its unusual design, the brainchild of Sumessh Menon and Associates. Using unusual materials, custom art work, unique materials and off beat colour combinations, this restaurant spells class.

Architect Narayan and Associates design a stunning office for State Bank of India in Mumbai with unique materials that lend a rich look, yet ensure ease of working through sound absorption and acoustic treatments. Statement ceiling designs and a touch of culture brought in through artefacts give this office a timeless design. The Hyatt Regency Chandigarh, is another jewel in the city´s crown with the design reflecting the philosophies of Architect Corbusier. The grid layout, the natural light and the choice of earthen colour palette spell international class inspite of being rooted in the locale.

Internationally, London-based Michael Boyd Associates have designed a stunning retreat in Mozambique called the Benguerra Lodge that combines traditional crafts and native materials with local architecture, allowing guests to experience a peaceful getaway.

Our lead feature on bathrooms is another stunner presenting some fantastic new products, and design inputs from experts across the country. Complete with case studies and industry insights, the story is the perfect answer to all queries regarding luxury bathrooms......soak in this beauty.

Wishing you a Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year!

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