The recent blasts in Mumbai devastated the city....once again.... but the business of life must go on, so here we are with the next issue.
Recent figures have pegged the number of tourists to India at 4.17 lakh compared to 3.5 lakh tourists at the same time last year. Naturally the hospitality industry is booming and this issue showcases just that. Swiss hospitality major Mövenpick Hotels has set foot in India with their first hotel in Bengaluru. The architecture of the hotel by Siraj and Renu Architects showcases the chain's contemporary, intelligent design philosophy. The architects have created a 'flyover' within the premises of the hotel, probably a first in the hotel industry! And then we have the new restaurants in the Mumbai: The Wedding Cafe by Archhana Smart, an unusual concept with a fairytale-like design; and Amadeus, Farrokh Khambata's newest baby, designed by Neterwala and Aibara Interior Architects which offers a fresh take on contemporary, fine dining restaurant design.
However, the highlight of this issue are the works of Niels Schoenfelder, a German Architect who set up base in Chennai in 2003. His path-breaking projects, provide international design quality whilst leveraging local materials and concepts. A similar attention to detail is also seen in the design for the office of Thermax Ltd by Kapadia Associates. Designed on an add shaped plot it has made the best of the greenery that surrounds it. Small cities are emerging as design hubs and the home designed by Surat-based architect Vatsal Thakkar exemplifies it. Demonstrating a quirky mix of materials like cork in one room and onyx in another, the project showcases contemporary design with an artsy touch.
The international project this issue is a restaurant by Japanese Architect Koichi Takada who has created a wooden louvered tree right in the centre. This tree, which branches out onto the entire space, is rooted in the traditional Japanese festival Hanami - a festival that celebrates the annual blossoming of cherry trees.
In our special feature we have an indepth analysis on kitchen trends: why modular kitchens are gaining in popularity, what various brands have to offer, design tips and a study which shows preferred modular kitchens.
With this issue, we complete three years: three years of learning, endeavouring, growing, and excelling. Come September, look out for a blockbuster.
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