Piramal Realty Presents the Annual Vaikunth Flower Show

Jan 23, 2018

Following its two successful editions, Piramal Realty organizes the third edition of the annual Vaikunth Flower Show (VFS) 2018 on 20 and 21 January and 26 to 28 January 2018 between 4pm to 8pm at Piramal Vaikunth in Balkum, Thane. The Vaikunth Flower Show will showcase 20 themed gardens with over a million blossoming flowers from farmers across the country. This initiative is a part of Piramal Realty’s commitment towards developing vibrant communities that promote natural living, and spaces where residents can thrive. Dr. Swati Piramal, Vice-Chairperson, Piramal Group, “This year visitors can stroll through 20 unique themed gardens, each with a story of its own to narrate. We want our visitors to experience a show that is at par with international exhibits. This reinstates Piramal Realty’s endeavour towards creating spaces which induce community living. We are also celebrating the India-UK year of culture through gardens.” Piramal Realty also announces the exclusive launch of its newest tower, Vyan, at its 32 acre mixed- use development, Piramal Vaikunth. With a slate of skilfully appointed cosy 2-Bed Residences, Vyan offers exclusive amenities for its residents. Anand Piramal, Executive Director, Piramal Group, “Designed on the principles of Biophilia, Piramal Vaikunth promises a fresh, vibrant lifestyle surrounded by nature. It is a thoughtfully designed project tailored to provide a perfect balance between city life and nature.” Voted as one of the Top five flower shows in the world, the Vaikunth Flower Show recorded a turnout of approximately 50,000 visitors, including hundreds of children in the past years. At the Vaikunth Flower Show visitors can experience one of the greatest floral displays and see some of the exotic and rare flower species such as dahlias, cosmos, zinnia, silver-dust and lots more.

#PaperBoat An Official Attempt at GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the World’s largest cardboard structure

Jan 22, 2018

Somaiya riidl, Maker Mela; Nudes (Nuru Karim); and Jyna Packaging (Haresh Mehta) will make an Official Attempt at the Guinness World Record for the world’s Largest cardboard structure during the three day Maker Mela at the Somaiya Vidya Vihar campus in Mumbai. Over 300 students volunteer in the making of the cardboard structure. The Paper Boat made with 1000 sheets will be constructed using an Interlocking technique to minimise use of glue and reduce wastage. Arrangement of the cardboards like a jig saw puzzle will help in faster assembly. Measuring 88 ft (L) x 25 ft (W) x 9 ft (H) the Paper Boat is fully deployable and comprises of 3050 interlocking CNC pieces. The cardboard sheet size used is 40 x 60 inches and is double-layered 5ply – 6 mm thickness. The Paper Boat project is being attempted to raise awareness about the Global Water Management crisis that the world faces as humans negotiate the conflicting needs arising from economic development, food security, poverty alleviation and climate change, 844 Million People have no access to safe water. Says Gaurang Shetty, CEO Somaiya riidl, “What better way to inspire and innovate at Maker Mela than making something that is ecologically friendly, is challenging to build and creates awareness of environment protection – an issue that is close to the core value of Somaiya Vidya Vihar. Like a boat needs all people to work together and oar in a direction, it is only if we work together that we can address the water pollution crisis.”

[IN]SIDE – A biannual journal on Architecture and Design published by H&R Johnson (India)

Jan 22, 2018

[IN]SIDE is a biannual professional journal on architecture and design published by H & R Johnson (India) in collaboration with Matter as a chronicle on contemporary design practices and thinking. The discipline of architecture and design in India has transitioned from preoccupations of styling and aesthetics to concerns of production, ambience, craft, human interaction, material science, and parametric design. This journal aims to investigate this changing landscape of design thinking and design making in the country. As stakeholders of the construction and design industry, H & R Johnson (India) partnered with Matter to create a reflective publication that aims to dwell deeper into layers of process and ideas. Over the next three years, [IN]SIDE will explore architecture and design in India as a professional curatorial project to chronicle critical thoughts and methods that frame the multi-lateral viewpoints that have enriched our environment. Each edition will look at work through three simple windows: Space, Surface and Object. ‘Space’ deals with three-dimensional aspects – architecture, interior design, exhibition design etc. ‘Surface’ explores the role of the two-dimensional components in the making of space – materials, applications, techniques. ‘Object’ documents design of things that inhabit the space – products, accessories, furniture and lighting. This inaugural issue also contains a unique visual archive of the important events and milestones form the inception of H & R Johnson (India) to the present-day company traversing 60 years of rich history through ‘Origins’ as an umbrella theme. This first issue includes contributions from Joydeep Mukherjee, Samira Rathod, Chitra Vishwanath, Akshat Bhatt, Vikas Dilawari, Ayaz Basrai, Zameer Basrai, Ratan Batliboi, Ajay Shah, Abin Chaudhuri, Biju Kuriakose, Parvathi Nayar, Saira Biju, Nitin Barcha, Disney Davis, Pesi Elavia, Ramachandran Kurup, Anoop Sreekumar, Shivram Pednekar, Arun Rao and Farhan Akhtar. The 200-page book contains more than 350 full-colour images, drawings, essays, dialogues and editorial on projects of many scales and typologies.

Rustomjee Paramount launches Isle Residences

Jan 22, 2018

Rustomjee Paramount, one of the largest gated community projects in Bandra-Khar area is proud to announce the launch of its limited edition private homes named Isle Residences. This masterpiece of architecture has only 3BHK homes and further, to ensure the privacy of the residents, there will be only two apartments on each floor. A private lobby and sun deck add to the exclusivity of the homes. Every apartment boasts of well-appointed interiors with only the best fittings including home automation and modular kitchens by the leading premium lifestyle brand – Magppie. 4 RFID lifts grace the building and ample parking has been provided for at the Isle Residences. Commenting on launch of Isle Residences, of Rustomjee Paramount, Percy Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group said “Rustomjee Paramount is a shining example of the spaces that Rustomjee creates. It offers not only homes but lifestyle opportunities. Every aspect of the project has been thoughtfully planned keeping in mind the requirements of residents of a gated community – from entertainment, fitness, children’s recreation, space for elders… all aspects have been looked into. Our A and B Wings at Rustomjee Paramount are sold out and the recently launched C Wing, christened Isle Residences is sure to meet the exacting expectations of our esteemed clientele.”

AkzoNobel announces Heart Wood as 2018 Colour of the Year

Jan 22, 2018

AkzoNobel, the leading global paints and coatings company and the makers of Dulux paints in India, unveiled Heart Wood today as the Colour of the Year for 2018. As a part of the 15th edition of AkzoNobel’s annual global study, ColourFuturesTM, Farhan Akhtar, brand ambassador of Dulux in India, unveiled the colour trend – ‘Heart Wood’. Developed by the company’s Global Aesthetic Center in collaboration with leading design and 11 international colour experts, ColourFuturesTM 2018 conveys comfort and ease in response to consumers wanting to nestle down more and create a "welcome home". Heart Wood- a subtle and warm tone of grown-up pink, draws inspiration from the tactile qualities of natural wood and leather.

Flexi Homes launched by Mahindra Lifespaces

Jan 19, 2018

Flexibility is also about empowerment and choice. Every few years, most homeowners undertake the renovation of their houses by painting, tiling and putting up new furniture. Maybe new windows and doors could also be installed or an architect could initiate cosmetic changes to revamp the interiors. However, most renovations cannot go beyond the basics such as painting and interior designing. If homeowners could be empowered to change the entire layout of the house, it would be fantastic. To empower with the power of choice, Aqualily Flexi-homes – a unique residential offering at MWC Chennai provides innovatively designed living spaces that enable homeowners to alter internal layouts depending on their needs. This adaptability is delivered through the use of a dynamic wall & intelligent use of furniture. For example, a bedroom wall serves as a functional ‘flexi-wall’ that can either be collapsed or opened out to alter room dimensions to suit varied user needs. In fact, young families could especially benefit from the reconfiguring of rooms to meet their changing spatial and privacy requirements over time.

Musa basin and bath by GRAFF

Jan 19, 2018

Musa is GRAFF’s new collection including a vanity washbasin, a freestanding washbasin and a freestanding bathtub. These new luxury articles have been designed internally by G* Design Studio and have a fresh, linear look, that suits most of GRAFF’s contemporary faucet series. The three elements are all developed in Sleekstone®, a new patented, composite material that combines dolomitic stone with a unique resin, to create a solid surface product. Its durable properties make its surfaces easy to clean and require minimal maintenance. Sleek-Stone®, available in a gloss or matte white finish, is a smooth, non-porous material, resistant to scratches, mold and mildew, stains, abrasions and UV ray. This elegant and luxurious compound is also restorable and therefore, virtually everlasting.

BoConcept adds a range of products to its current collection

Jan 19, 2018

BoConcept has updated the accessories collection for Spring/Summer 2018 with new pieces in dusty rose, bold brass and calming blues. Textured and faceted ceramics and glass feature, in soft matt and gloss finishes. The collection’s new fabrics for its textiles, include rich suedes, sumptuous velvets and soft cottons. The new BoConcept gallery collection brings an elegant, gallery-like atmosphere into any home. Dramatic colours, patterns inspired by nature, and attention-grabbing graphic flourishes are the central themes for the new images. Rugs are the fastest way to transform a space from bland to beautiful. For SS18, BoConcept introduces new rug colours, shapes and textures, which provide the perfect starting point for an awe-inspiring space. This year, the brand has also added a new candle range entitled, ‘Ro,’ which is Danish for tranquility. Quality is always paramount and this range is no different. BoConcept has worked with one Danish candle manufacturer, ensuring, perfect designs, long burn times and industry low soot levels.

Home Care Air Purifiers by Tefal

Jan 19, 2018

Tefal has introduced Intense Pure Air purifier -- one of its kind -- that filters up to 99.97% harmful pollutants and also thanks to patented NanoCaptur technology it permanently destroys carcinogenic formaldehyde** present in all houses like no other purifier does. Formaldehyde is one of the most harmful indoor pollutants and has been identified as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Tefal’s promise is to take perfect care of the air that your family is breathing at home, all year long. Intense Pure Air XL-The 4 step filtration process ensures the air that we breathe becomes pure. The Pre-Filter stops the bigger particles like dust, human and animal hair, the active carbon filter catches the odour, gas and volatile organic compounds, the HEPA filter captures up to 99.97% of the particles and the fourth one is the patented NanoCaptur filter which destroys carcinogenic formaldehyde. The classical filtration technologies only trap and then release the formaldehyde back in the environment while Tefal’s air purifier permanently destroys formaldehyde. The micro-alveolar structure of the NanoCaptur filter provides a larger active surface ensuring the purifier lasts up to 12 times longer. The purifier provides an automatic pollution detection system by the air quality indicator and speed adaptation by autoregulation of the fan. The purifier also has the ionization feature- releases 3 millions of negative ions per cm into the air. These negative ions can then attach themselves to pollution particles, thereby, neutralizing the pollutants. The homogeneous filtration helps in adjustable air flow. The filter change indicator helps in easy maintenance of the product. The timer feature of the air purifier facilitates optimal energy consumption. It has area coverage of up to 80 square meters. The product is priced at INR 29,999.

Hitachi Exhibit Its Elevator at ACETECH Hyderabad 2018

Jan 18, 2018

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, “Hitachi”), Hitachi Building Systems Co., Ltd., which operates elevator and escalator business in Japan, Asia and Middle East, and Hitachi Lift India Pvt. Ltd. (“Hitachi Lift India”), a sales and service company of elevator and escalator in India, today announced that they will exhibit an elevator equipped with Hitachi’s latest technology, safety and comfort at  “The Economic Times ACETECH Hyderabad 2018” held in the HITEC EXHIBITION CENTER in Hyderabad, India from 19 through 21, January, 2018.

In the Hitachi booth, they will display an elevator model and excellent design samples and give a presentation of Hitachi’s entire business as well as its elevator and escalator business so that visitors can gain a deeper understanding of safety and comfort of the Hitachi elevators.

Hitachi’s elevator and escalator business in India

Hitachi established Hitachi Lift India in January 2008, and since then it has delivered its products including high speed elevators for luxury residences, hotels and offices. Hitachi Lift India currently operates in major cities in India, such as Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad. In Hyderabad, Hitachi Lift India opened an office in July 2017, and it has enhanced its operations in sales, installation and maintenance of its products.

By applying the latest technology used for Hitachi’s world highest (1) speed elevators running at 1,260m per minute and introducing it into the Indian market, Hitachi will contribute to improve convenience of buildings and provide highly safety products.