Nuvoco Wins the FICCI CSR Jury Award for Women Empowerment

Dec 05, 2017

Nuvoco Vistas Corp. Ltd. (formerly Lafarge India Limited) one of the leading building materials manufacturers bagged the FICCI CSR Special Jury Commendation Award for the year 2016 - 17 in the women empowerment category at the 16th edition of FICCI CSR Award ceremony held at New Delhi. They were awarded for their project ‘Samridhi’, which has brought about economic empowerment of women in the community by engaging them in sustainable sources of livelihood.


The project has been implemented in Gangajalghati block of Bankura District (West Bengal). The project supports 120 women across five villages namely Barbaid, Deuli, Latiyaboni, Machhbanda, and Nidhirampur.  Through this initiative, Nuvoco aims to make women an equal contributory member of the family. Project Samridhi has managed to change numerous households by empowering the women through financial independence leading to stronger voice in domestic decision making. Additionally improving the overall quality of life through better access to education, nutrition intake and assets creation.


The project was started as a pilot in 2014 -15 with just ten households from small and marginal families in two villages. Gradually reviving and reinstating the Self Help Groups (SHG’s) started by adding more technical know-how for promoting mushroom cultivation on a larger scale. This activity has added nearly 40% increase in overall income of these households giving the women of the villages an equal footing with their male counterparts. A self sustaining business plan has also been set up for the same where the mushrooms cultivated, are marketed by the villagers.

Steelcase India launches Series 1, a chair for every persona

Dec 04, 2017

Steelcase, the global leader in workspace design and office furniture is set to launch Series 1, its range of office chairs in India.

Series 1 is an exceptional range of chairs, modelled after a variety of personality traits, identified in the workspace. Through their assorted colours and strategic design, each chair allows you to express your individuality and unique persona.

Reflecting various work modes, Series 1 entails, The Extrovert, for the ones with a burning passion that won’t let them sit quiet; the Optimist, for employees who never stop trying; the Minimalist for the workers who deeply believe that less is more and The Naturalist for the tranquil, unruffled workers.

Available in 11 mix-and-match options – for knit, flexor and colour, the chair has a wide range of seat and fabric finish options.  Enabling an abundance of choice and customization, Series 1 fits in with your distinct character. Thoughtfully designed, this latest solution boosts performance in any kind of setting, from collaborative spaces to focused individual hubs.

According to a 2017 Steelcase Global Workplace Report, only 69% of employees in India feel like they are able to choose where to work in the office based on the task. As more companies move towards modern interior design spaces, Steelcase aims to bolster its innovative legacy to cater to the needs of millennial employees in terms of comfort, efficiency and creativity.

 About Steelcase

For over 105 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leading organizations, namely, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Jindal and a host of others. Steelcase offers a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products/ services designed to support workplace wellbeing, increase productivity and foster social, economic and environmental sustainability. Globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations, Steelcase is a NASDAQ listed, industry-leading company with fiscal 2017 revenue of $3.0 billion.

TULIPS introducs Home Furnishing Trends 2018

Dec 04, 2017

TULIPS, a company is known for spritzing artisanal charm in homes and hotels through its bespoke curtains and linens by none other than Celebrity Textile Designer Raajkumarri Mutha is all set to introduce Home Furnishing Trends for 2018.

The latest creations are certainly going to be a trendsetter in Indian home furnishing industry. For more than 10-years, Raajkumarri Mutha is introducing home textile trends for the Indian market which are applauded by home industry experts and luxury homeowners, who feel proud having the mesmerizing creations of TULIPS in their space.

According to Mrs Raajkumarri Mutha-Founder, TULIPS, “With the latest collection by TULIPS, the year 2018 will witness pastel shades, geometrical patterns, artistic flair on fabric and wildlife inspiration. This year rooms will sparkle with spectacular curtain borders adorned using gorgeous passementerie (ornamental edgings) like pompoms, pearls, tassels, frog buttons, crochet flowers, pretzeled cords, et al. Pillows will be laced with golden threads which heralds the coming of meticulous and intricate hand-embroidery.”

TULIPS latest collection is crafted with sumptuous fabrics like silk, Turkish linen, and velvet and is a synonym of artistry. One can get tailor-made solutions of window dressing and its coordinates under one roof.

Price: On Request

Available at: TULIPS Flagship stores in:

Pune: A.G. Tech Park Gaikwad Avenue Aundh Pune – 411007

Bangalore: Shilton Heights Off St Marks road Bangalore - 560001

Delhi: E2 Defence Colony Ring road, New Delhi – 110024

Sans Souci Launches Their New Collection of Bespoke Lights

Dec 04, 2017

Sans Souci one of the leading lighting brand in the Czech Republic launches their new collection of bespoke lights – Bowls and Aurora. These lighting fixtures from Sans Souci not only enhance the look of the room but add to the overall décor and create a mood and personality to your space.

The beauty of the light fixture centre’s on a simple shape and the ever-attractive contrast. The smooth hand-blown bowls were rotated ninety degrees and suspended with the convex parts facing one another. This created a wave that is very elegant yet also pleasantly disordered. Bowls, a light fixture, which is a play of contrasting colours and metallic coatings looks perfect on smooth, hand blown bowls – cold white combined with warm gold and dark black with moon silver being the dominant combinations. The contrast is accentuated even further by an alternating application of colours and metallic coatings.

Each pendant is made of two parts, a hand-blown crystal-clear drop with soda effect inside and a hand-blown crystal clear cap with silver nano coating finish. They have combined hand blown glass components in a celestial play, imitating the fascinating phenomenon that originates in polar areas and is very rare in our latitudes. The light sources are programmed to put on a pulsating show of different coloured fans, rays or drapes. The lighting installation can be quickly and easily controlled by an iPod.

About Sans Souci: Sans Souci is a Czech designer and producer of decorative lighting fixtures, glass objects and architectural features. The brand carries out grand, unique projects focusing on light objects, exclusive light fixtures and luxury interior decoration features. Their speciality is original architectural features, such as railings, stairways, tables, skylights, columns, and others. What characterizes them is a high proportion of manufacture with emphasis on precision and detail. The production takes place in North Bohemia, a world-renowned glass-making region associated with the most significant phases of the development of glass-making in the Czech Republic as well as in the whole of Europe. 


Wisma Atria Interiors by Nomita Kohli launched Fratelli Boffi collection

Dec 01, 2017

Innovation, elegance and quality are what makes Boffi furniture design outstanding. This Italian brand will be making its presence felt at Wisma Atria Interiors at Lado Sarai, New Delhi through its inimitable selection of furniture, lighting, flooring and home accessories. The company will be offering meticulously designed and carved armchairs, bar, sofa, cabinets, Ottoman and sideboards at  Wisma Atria Interiors. Boffi is known worldwide for producing furniture destined to last forever.

Boffi was set up by Piero Boffi in 1934. Boffi worked in collaboration with some of the most talented and well-known designers of the time resulting in Boffi becoming one of the leading companies in its sector.  Their never-ending search for new materials and technologies to create even better solutions for families has led to a glamorous mix of fine details and refined designs. It’s a collection create exclusively for the living room and it includes a multitude of different pieces and designs to choose from in order to achieve an elegant, unique and sophisticated décor. It’s a combination of classical lines and basic elements gently transformed into modern art pieces.

According to Nomita Kohli Director Wisma Atria Interiors. "We have introduced Boffi to the Indian market because we believe in offering high-end designing solutions for contemporary living space. Each piece is a masterpiece with the exclusive concept behind its designing. This contemporary Italian furniture collection is a perfect blend of style and exclusive design inspired by tradition and modern concept to add vivacity to your living spaces."

The Fratelli Boffi collection available at Wisma Atria Interiors by Nomita Kohli represents furniture pieces comprising of elegant, stylish and comprehensive embellishments to adorn your living spaces in an artful fashion. The well- the designed collection is promising enough to be steady and durable enough exhibiting craftsman’s creativity and innovative skills with the refined finishing touches that are surely noticeable from this splendid furniture collection. 

Faber launches built in coffee machine

Dec 01, 2017

Warm up this winter with a perfect cup of coffee according to your taste. Select the variety of coffee, cup size and operating mode – service or self-service – individually. With faber coffee machine making coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato and hot chocolate are wonderfully easy. Faber's built in the coffee machine is extremely simple to use: a single touch is all it takes to serve up wonderful coffee, milk creations etc. The quick and easy preparation is unbeatable in self-service operations.

Faber’s coffee machine comes in a black glass finish with fully electronic control, fully electronic display and adjustable coffee grinder

The features include ease of use: “built-in bean to cup coffee centre provides a perfect sensor touch system. Auto self-cleaning and maintenance system: convenient quick rinsing of milk system. Faber coffee machine is designed with automatic reminding cleaning and protection function when machine been used over 2 months or 50 litres water. Lcd will display "ready filter" that means the filter must be replaced. Design: the elegant design with distinctive design features and black finish will fit in like a dream in your kitchen. Plenty of choice:the new systems give you the freedom to select from 12 standard varieties from mild to strong, from smooth to intensive all with exquisite flavour and aroma.with the whole bean system you can store any variety of coffee beans in the bean reservoir and brew ground coffee by the cup giving you just your choice of perfect coffee.

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.