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First Word | February 2015

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An office design that follows the human anatomy and a restaurant that uses 10,000 animal bones in the decor. Yes, it´s for real. The former, the GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare office in Delhi by Space Matrix Design is a smart office in the true sense. Embracing the open office concept, the design follows the human anatomy where the reception area is the heart, the vein is the central circulation area, the meeting, ideation and break out zones make the brain and the workstations make up the skin. And then there´s the latter´s design, though not for the faint hearted, which is in tune with the unusual meat offerings that it serves up. The restaurant, Heuso in Mexico has every inch of the white space donned with real animal bones and a massive tree trunk fossil in a corner…eerie but interesting!

The lead feature on flooring has nine experts sharing their views on the Indian scenario and global trends that must be embraced. And an apartment designed by The Ashleys, a Mumbai-based design firm fuses contemporary design with ethnic elements, with every detail beautifully defined.

In hospitality spaces, the stunning new Holiday Inn at Delhi International airport designed by Bangkok based Carl Kalmedia of B-49 architects, brings together the historical, architectural and modern attributes of the capital city. And in Mumbai, inspired by Greece and with Santorini in particular, the new restaurant Kipos is awash in white and resembles a city square, with two distinct areas representing spring and autumn.

In a tOte-a-tOte, Architect Prem Chandavarkar, Managing Partner, CnT Architects shares his design insights on commercial buildings drawing from his own experience. In our endeavour to reach out to our readers and the fraternity, along with dezigngenie.com - our portal that covers over 20,000 products - CW Interiors conducted the Dezign Trends 2015 Showcase and brought under one roof some of the most renowned names of the industry and drew attention to all aspects of design trends.

As the year unfolds, be prepared for greater insights.

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