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First Word | May 2016

Firstword

The world lost on of its most talented woman architects recently. The first woman and Muslim to win the Pritzker Prize, besides other awards, Architect Zaha Hadid redefined curves like no other architect ever did! Her curvaceous architectural structures around the world are going to remain as memories of her talent, boldness and immaculate sense of engineering which set a trend that no one could easily follow. In this issue, we pay tribute to her work, her style and her achievements. May her soul rest in peace.

A beautiful white and grey European style home by Essentia Environment in Delhi offers a combination of luxury and nature by opening up the spaces to fantastic views of a community garden nearby. Each piece of furniture is curated with care as are the interesting light fixtures.

The office of Innov8 Co-working is another example of a Google-inspired, play-at-work kind of design. Motivational quotes, typography, funky meeting rooms, large recreational spaces, and ergonomic furniture come together to create a creative space that encourages freedom of thought. Sotally Tober - yes, you read it right - is a new restaurant designed by FADD Design in Bengaluru that uses new-age design techniques and combines art with design to lend a neighbourhood-pub-feel with a difference.

The 50,000 crore-plus furniture industry in India is rapidly evolving and newer, more innovative materials are becoming popular: Sixinch India has launched foam coated furniture that combines fresh colours with unique designs - read about this in our Storewise section. Designer Nida Mahamood shares dos and don´ts and offers several tips on designing kitschy spaces; and the feature on the new St Regis in Macau showcases the property that combines luxury with style.

The LED industry is slated to touch Rs 21,600 crore by 2020 given the government´s decision to switch to LED for all street lamps and public space lighting: the special feature on LED lighting highlights both players and trends.

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