AkzoNobel and MasterPeace complete 100 ‘Let’s Colour Walls of Connection’

Dec 01, 2017

AkzoNobel and global peace movement MasterPeace have reached a milestone of creating 100 “walls of connection” in more than 30 cities this year. The 100th mural was painted this week at the AkzoNobel education centre in Badshahpur, Gurgaon, India.The partnership was announced in March this year, and has since then revitalized walls in more than 30 cities, stretching from Jakarta, Indonesia to Quito, Ecuador and from Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Karachi, Pakistan. Let’s Colour Walls of Connection has demonstrated the power of paint brands such as Dulux to uplift communities and make living spaces more liveable and enjoyable. In fun and sometimes surprising ways, these walls have brought together communities, celebrating unity, kindness and connection.

 “We believe in the power of togetherness, and by helping bring citizens together to visualize their dreams and talk about them, we hope to bring down some of the walls we have built up in our minds,” said Aart Bos, MasterPeace Global Leadership Team. “It is truly fantastic to see the work that has been done by everyone around the world, driving change towards more inclusive and resilient communities. The activities that I witnessed over the past months show that our promise turned into an inspiring reality for many.”This week’s mural was painted at an AkzoNobel’s education project in India, named ‘parivartan’ (meaning: change), which has transformed the lives of more than 5000 children so far. The Gurgaon location provides education to children from unprivileged backgrounds. The objective of the project is to ensure children are admitted back to school through providing bridge education and ensuring children who are in school continue their education and improve their grades.

 “We are delighted that the culmination of the Wall of Connection project is aptly taking place at AkzoNobel education centre. We firmly believe that education plays a crucial role in breaking down various barriers resulting in an egalitarian as well as an enlightened society. Hence, we have been consistently focusing on providing education to underprivileged children,” added David Teng, General Manager, Decorative Paints, South Asia Cluster, AkzoNobel India.Through Let’s Colour Walls of Connection, AkzoNobel and MasterPeace were also able to contribute to two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals focused on creating sustainable cities and communities and forming partnerships to achieve those goals.

 The partnership was officially launched in Rotterdam last March, with the first of the 100 Let’s Colour Walls of Connection is being painted at the city’s Albeda College. Since then, walls have been painted in London, United Kingdom; Karachi, Pakistan; Monastir, Tunisia; and Bangkok, Thailand, amongst others.In an earlier interview, David Menko, Chief Marketing Officer AkzoNobel, and Aart Bos, MasterPeace Global Leadership Team, reflected on the partnership.


'hamsini' launches new collection of cushions

Nov 30, 2017

Drawing from the richly intricate and imaginative designs of India, hamsini is a venture that has evolved from the desire to fill homes the world over with the vibrant hues and shades this heritage filled sub-continent has on offer.

With a wide and ever-changing range of linen, using embroidered pure fabrics coloured in environment friendly natural dyes, hamsini aims to decorate spaces with it’s own unique collection.

Besides bespoke creations delivered on request, hamsini keeps in mind the utilitarian nature of products which today’s hurried world demands. Enhancing homes with elegance and style is hamsini’s goal, in addition to offering a glimpse into the endless treasure trove of Indian decorative art.

 Having said this, we invite you to feast your eyes on this vibrant collection, inspired by Gond Art, created by Hamsini Hariharan, the creative eye and mind behind the brand, hamsini. Synonymous to Gond Art, you will find Hamsini’s collection is rich in detail, colour and also tells a story of its own. The Gonds’ are also the community that brought to the country, the lifelike stories of the Panchatantra tales. A lot of Gond Art revolves around these tales which Hamsini’s Gond Collection of silk cushions depict. Many homes have been adorned by these depictions of deer, fish, birds and more telling a story from decades past.

‘Amra’, is another collection created by Hamsini which comprises of rich hues and intricate embroideries that herald from the Mughal courts of Royal India. In this collection you will find many subdued paisleys put together forming different patterns, often highlighted with a burst of colour all of which together are backed by a pop of colour.

Meraas launches in New Delhi

Nov 30, 2017

Recently launched in New Delhi’s posh market of MG Road, Meraas is all set to break the monotone of luxury labels in the contemporary world, as the brand adorns authentic Kashmiri and Persian artefacts, which are individually piece-de-resistance created by the human hand.

Meraas is a handcrafted brand, which is the result of the exquisite manifestation of the artisan’s craftsmanship at the highest level. The brand is soaked in heritage, curated by the finesse of Kashmiri artistry spanning generations when it comes to Persian inspired silk carpets, exotic Pashmina Shawls, Walnut-wood designer furniture and intriguing Papier-mâché products.

The fact that every individual piece in Meraas can never be duplicated, as it is handcrafted or be created via regimented technical process, the value of each product becomes a connoisseur’s delight. With a deep-rooted understanding and practical knowledge of artistry passed on from generations, Meraas preserves the 600-year-old heritage of most excellent Kashmiri crafts and strives to create a stable livelihood for the master Kashmiri artisans who are gifted with the métier of producing the most beautiful products.

Their designs arise from the artistic sensibilities and the cultural heritage that the artisans carry in their bosoms.  Since there is no standardized process of how these designs need to be created, there is a level of certainty where the outcome is aesthetically pleasing. It often forms moments of delight when customers encounter their work. Thus, their products evoke a sense of empathy and act as a conduit, where the décor items become art pieces.

Address:104/10, M. G. Road, Sultanpur, Near Metro Pillar No. 96, New Delhi- 110030

Velux designs extraordinary window that adds square footage space

Nov 30, 2017

Designed by Velux, the window is a unique design. Although on the outside it looks like just another ordinary window, it provides leg space and opens up to become a mini balcony. Moreover, the time taken to make this change is also as fast as opening a window itself. It is utility redefined, as it offers more space than what an ordinary window provides.

Ottimo Showcases Their New Collection of Space Saving Furniture by Tumidei

Nov 29, 2017

Ottimo showcases their latest collection of smart space saving furniture at their flagship store at Ghitorni designed by Tumidei. No matter what the size of your bedroom is, space-saving ideas are always welcome. The space saving options from their new collection by the Italian furniture manufacturer Tumidei will surely inspire you. Closets under beds, beds over closets, bureaus under beds, hidden storage and study desks, there’s a lot of space-saving possibilities available in Tumidei’s new collection. 

Tumidei has a large selection of cabinets, bookcases, multi storage units and entertainment units that offer plenty of storage space, while also adding flair to the room. The range also offers a variety of options to pick from in terms of both the design and the finishes used. So the next time you think of revamping your home, Ottimo is a good way to start!

About The Brand: Ottimo began life as an idea to showcase the best of Italian furniture in India. The brain child of Ashok Basoya, Ottimo showcases leading Italian brands in the field of interior design alongside Ashok’s own in house brand –Ottimo. Backed by years of expertise, patented technologies and innovative designs, Ottimo’s showcase traverses sofas, beds, doors, walls and floorings, kitchens, children’s room, rooms within rooms, studio apartments, kitchen appliances, home automation and more. 

Availability of the brand in India at: Ottimo: 354, Jagat Complex (1st Floor), 100 Feet Road, Ghitorini, New Delhi - 110030

Make your floor alive, with living expression collection by Pergo

Nov 29, 2017

Pergo is recognized around the world as a leading innovator of high-quality laminated flooring brand.  The Pergo Living Expression Collection will make your floor come alive. Pergo has always aimed at being simply the best when it comes to flooring.

Pergo Living Expression highlights the natural character of wood, even down into the bevels. The matt finish brings out the best of wood. Living Expression collections are equipped with Pergo’s trademark technology TitanXTMand PerfectFold™ 3.O that not only keep its elegant finish year in and year out but also fast and easy to install. Pergo Living Expression is the perfect combination of beautiful design and performance to revamp a place with the finest flooring with easy maintenance and care.

The Living Expression collection features with Pergo Genuine™ wood texture, a lightly polished structure that follows the wood grain in every detail, complemented by a silk matt finish. The Living Expression quality level is suitable for all-round domestic use, because of its extreme durability making it stand against wear, stains and fading.

About Pergo: Pergo is a laminate flooring brand with prominent positions in North American and European markets and as well as in India with growing market. The company develops, manufactures and markets flooring of high quality with distinctive designs and unique properties for both homes and commercial areas. Since the time when the company invented laminate floors in 1977 and created a new type of flooring material, Pergo has become one of the world’s best known and trusted flooring brands. Launched in India in 1999, Pergo entered the Indian market in the Laminate flooring category. Since then, we have successfully completed over 18 years in India, creating a huge base of satisfied customers. Pergo’s inventions are protected throughout the world by nearly 500 granted patents and pending patents.

Noiseless Bathtub Filling at The Push of a Button by Viega

Nov 29, 2017

Enjoy automatic bath filling with the Viega Multiplex Trio E that controls the temperature and water level, allowing you to take a bath under the perfect setting. This complex, yet easy to use automatic controller fills your bathtub with the push of a button. Viega has expanded its successful product family of electronically regulated bathtub fittings. The two versions of the Muliplex Trio E combine intuitive operating comfort with excellent design making them suitable for hotels and high-end residences. Users have the option to individually set the temperature and filling level for the bathtub. The Trio E controller also has a memory function that stores and recalls the setting allowing you to experience the perfect bath on a daily basis.

Two operating elements: The user can choose his preferred settings in an intuitive and self-explanatory way using both operating elements. The desired temperatures, as well as command “water stream”, are selected on the Multiplex Trio E2. The second element controls the water volume as well as switching to the hand shower. An illuminated light indicates current values by colour intensity. If the user has saved the preferred settings, the electronically controlled bathtub fitting controls the water level and the temperature. When the desired water level has been reached, the flow stops automatically. There is no need to watch the bathtub when filling.

The Multiplex Trio E3 version goes one step further in technical development – one of the operating elements is fitted with a display. This shows the current temperature and, at a touch, the user menu displays all other functions for filling the bathtub. The subtle design language clearly focuses on the style.

Both bathtub fittings offer protection against scalding and are equipped with a temperature shut-off. Users who wish to have the water warmer with a temperature more than 38 °C must consciously continue to turn the operating element clockwise. In this case, one revolution only increases the temperature by two degrees.

IOTA Introducing European Brand “Mois” In India

Nov 28, 2017

IOTA Boutique Furniture, India’s most trusted brand of imported furniture has introduced European furniture label “Mois” in India.

Each piece is designed using the advanced technology facilitating innovation and precision and turning a piece of wood into a piece of art. Designed to meet the current trends and need, the brand offers the products crafted from 1st grade MDF and solid wood materials. One can find the stunning range of wall units, coffee tables, dining room furniture and much more.

IOTA Boutique Furniture: 1/45 WHS Kirti Nagar, New Delhi-110015, Phone+91- 9958492212

Grohe launches Smart Control: The Future of Bathrooms

Nov 28, 2017

Grohe brings to India, a revolutionary technology for an unparalleled bathroom experience. Introducing the exquisite, elegant and extremely stylish Smart Control Shower. Grohe Smart Control Showers combine multiple breakthrough technologies in one shower system. It matches the intuitive interface of push button and volume control technology with the precise control of GROHE’s best-in-class thermostat along with industry-leading shower head.

Push Button & Volume Control: GROHE Smart Control showers have replaced the decades' old diverter system with an intuitive set of buttons that you press to turn on the shower and an integrated volume knob that you adjust for required water flow. You can control multiple shower patterns using these buttons.

GROHE Thermostat: GROHE thermostats are recognised as the best in the industry. An engineering marvel, GROHE thermostats adjust precisely to desired water temperature within 0.3 seconds – literally in the blink of an eye. Beyond that, GROHE thermostats constantly adjust the flow of hot and cold water so that the user never goes through a ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ shock in the middle of a shower. It also has safety features built in including automatic water cut-off in case either of water sources unexpectedly stops, the GROHE cool touch that prevents metal parts from heating up as well as a temperature lock system to prevent accidental changes in temperature setting.

GROHE Shower Head: GROHE shower heads have recognised the world over for the high quality of craftsmanship that combines Space technology rubber materials that never clog up with a shower head design that covers the entire body profile for a shower experience that is difficult to beat. The GROHE Smart Control Showerhead has two different shower patterns – an invigorating rainshower to kickstart your day as well as a relaxing Bokoma Spa pattern to help you unwind after a tiring day.

A thickness of only 10mm, its super slim design makes the Grohe Smart Control concealed wall plate elegant and space saving. It’s the high-quality materials crafted with the care that makes it seem like the Smart Control is from the future with a look of today.

Gunnebo India launches Firephant Fire Extinguishers

Nov 28, 2017

Firephant is a new type of fire protection system which with its unique innovative form and user-friendliness breaks new ground on the market for fire extinguishers. Its shape and size have an aesthetic appeal and it can be placed just like any item of interior decoration in a highly visible location, thus ensuring its life-saving accessibility. Firephant was designed by the highly reputed industrial design duo of Lars Wettre and Jonas Forsman. It recently took the Red Dot Design Award, an international accolade for best of the best in product design 2012, receiving praise both for its form and for its simple but secure function. Good firefighting equipment greatly improves the chances of controlling a fire. Firephant dry powder extinguishers contain an effective powder with a very high extinguishing effect. They are produced in compliance with stringent quality requirements and are suitable for private use. An extinguisher with an extinguishing effect in Class 1A is capable of extinguishing a 2-metre length of fire. Firephant has the highest extinguishing effect in its class and fully complies with Indian Standard IS 15683. The easy-grip handle makes the extinguisher easy to use and gives it excellent precision. With its handy size (1kg and 2kg) and choice of colours in red or white, Firephant blends in perfectly in the modern home. Firephant is a world-exclusive and award-winning Swedish fire extinguisher.