Gauri Khan Unveils Her ‘signature Collection’ For Tisva

Feb 10, 2017

Gauri Khan unveiled her signature collection of Tisva luminaires at their lighting studio in Mumbai, post her partnership with the brand in November 2016. This collection of aesthetic luminaires is an expression of creativity that has been inspired by pure light.

In the presence of all renowned architects from across the country, Gauri Khan was enthused about the “stunning” collection, which she vouched to use in all her following design and decor work!

This collection features an exquisite range of handmade and mouth-blown crystal chandeliers and wall lights from Spain, where the oldest traditions of glass blowing are combined with the most advanced and innovative technologies. The range also includes handcrafted borosilicate chandeliers, pendants and chrome plated lights that form elegant lighting effects in any space.

On the occasion, Vikas Gandhi, Vice President, Tisva was delighted about how Bollywood’s favourite celebrity interior designer was able to reflect “Tisva’s philosophy of providing the Indian consumers, the best of lighting technology and design” through her newly launched artistic work.

The gorgeous Signature Collection will be available at select Tisva stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Chandigarh.

Eurokids Partners With Spacewood To Launch Child Friendly Furniture

Feb 09, 2017

In a first-of-its kind move by a pre-school, EuroKids International, India’s NextGen Pre-school chain has joined hands with Spacewood, a leading manufacturer of furniture solutions to provide child-friendly furniture at all existing 900+ pre-schools in India and at all pre-schools added in future. 

Ergonomically designed, the child-friendly furniture boasts of attractive designs, world-class quality and unmatched durability. Besides, the furniture is not only child-friendly, but also environment-friendly with zero to very low carbon footprint.

EuroKids International Co-founder and CEO, Prajodh Rajan over the foundation’s 15-year tenure, has always kept his pre-school students’ “development, safety and engagement” at top priority. Their partnership with Spacewood is just another step in the direction to “provide ergonomically designed, environment friendly classroom furniture” for the kids. Spacewood Director, Kirit Joshi shows enthusiasm with this partnership as this provides them with a platform to touch upon a “complete innovative concept in the Indian market”. 

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017 Goes Cashless With Freecharge!

Feb 09, 2017

FreeCharge, India’s fastest growing digital payments platform, today announced its association with Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) 2017as its ‘exclusive wallet partner’. The partnership is aimed at providing a swift and secure way to make cashless payments during the festival this year. The cultural extravaganza from Feb 4th until Feb 12th will witness a fabulous mix of visual, performing and culinary arts, right in the heart of Mumbai.

FreeCharge has partnered with Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, India’s largest free multicultural festival with a vision to promote the growth of digitization across the country and also to facilitate a mechanism for secured payments in the fastest and most effective way possible. FreeCharge will be partnering with over 120 vendors at the festival ranging from food to music, art, literature etc. Additionally, customers will get a chance to avail exciting cash back offers daily.

Expressing his thoughts on the partnership, Mr. Govind Rajan, CEO, FreeCharge, was thrilled to “offer everyone a hassle-free” one-of-a-kind cashless experience at KGAF 2017. Brinda Miller, Director, KGAF 2017 put forth the ease of sales for her vendor clients with the cashless payment gateway.

British Paints Launches "color Touch" Mobile App Enabling Users A Virtual Experience Before Purchase

Feb 08, 2017

British Paints, which traces its origins back to 1919, took another step forward in empowering customers to make best informed choices before they actually initiate purchase – this is through their digital initiative “Color Menu Color Touch”. This app is available for free download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

This Color Touch app includes features such as choosing your colour from the fandeck, choosing customized colour combinations, searching nearby dealers for a convenient commute, glancing through the brand’s entire product catalogue, viewing the company’s famous television commercials and corporate videos and of course, accessing the brand’s most important aspect today – its social media accounts.

Ranjit Singh, President, British Paints takes pride in the trustworthyness of the app as it also shares “complete technical details” of the brand and products, hence, also enabling “the entire family to participate in the selection of colors, room by room, as also for exteriors, thus ensuring complete satisfaction with the choices made”. 

Osram Lighting Solutions Acquires Maneri-agraz Enterprises, Extending Business To South U.s.

Feb 08, 2017

German firm, Osram Lighting Solutions has acquired the business operations of Houston, Texas-based Maneri-Agraz Enterprises. Maneri-Agraz Enterprises serves as a national provider of energy efficient lighting solutions for commercial and industrial facilities and delivers lighting solutions to a range of markets from warehousing and manufacturing to retail and the public sector.

Maneri-Agraz’s clients include large and renowned food and beverage production and distribution facilities, aerospace facilities, and technology companies, among others. Osram will add Maneri-Agraz to its service division Sylvania Lighting Solutions (SLS), which is a segment of Osram’s Lighting Solutions business unit. John Maneri, Founder, Maneri-Agraz, and future Consultant of Sylvania Lighting Solutions, takes pride in becoming part of the lighting business giant.

According to Eladia Pulido, CEO, Osram, the deal helps extend Osram’s service business into the industrial and commercial business sectors in the South and Southwest regions of the U.S.

Kimpton To Open Another Grand ‘la Peer Hotel’ In West Hollywood!

Feb 07, 2017

The long-in-the-works La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood is scheduled to open its door this summer, led by architecture firm, Moule & Polyzoides, in conjunction with LA-based architect, Gulla Jonsdottir, for the interiors.  

The 105-room hotel is located on Melrose Avenue and La Peer Drive in West Hollywood’s Design District. In addition to guest rooms, the hotel will offer a pool, gym, and a rooftop deck spanning 4,000 square feet. The hotel’s design will be a mix of artsy exterior and a contemporary interior (leather interior walls will make an appearance).

Renderings of the interior spaces show what looks a lot like an upscale spa, with plenty of neutral, earthy tones and a liberal dose of accent plants.

Apart from being one of the developers, Kimpton will also operate the hotel along with KHP Capital Partners and AJ Khair. Big year for Kimpton with the opening of another massive project, namely The Everly Hotel, in Hollywood!

Yves Behar Designs A Revolutionary, ‘smart’ Turntable!

Feb 03, 2017

Yves Béhar has designed a smartphone-connected compact turntable that plays music by spinning on top of a still vinyl record. The Love turntable aims to make it easier to play vinyl records. Béhar designed it for the new company Love Turntable Inc.

Unlike traditional record players, Love is capable of skipping tracks. This is because its single arm is equipped with a sensor that scans the record and determines its size and number of tracks before playing it back. The arm sits on top of a smaller, circular base, forming a compact and portable player. 

Users turn the system on by tapping the top of the arm's shell. The same action turns the player off, as well as skipping to the next track. Alternatively, they can access controls through an accompanying app, enabling them to pause, skip and play tracks remotely. Sound is streamed to speakers via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Love's design is based on that of classical instruments, with Béhar likening its shiny black finish to that of a grand piano.

Roca Presents India Arch Dialogue 2017 This February

Feb 03, 2017

Presented by Roca, India Arch Dialogue 2017 (IAD) is starting today onwards and will go on till 21st 2017 - an FCDI Initiative, at Gallery 1AQ, Qutub Minar Complex, Mehrauli, New Delhi. IAD 2017 is hosting a diverse gathering of design professionals including ace class architects, interior designers, fashion designers, real estate developers and photographers from across the world.

Change in lifestyle and spending patterns have led to a strong inclination towards international standards of technology and design. Roca, India’s leading manufacturer of bathroom products, is focused towards technology and innovation in design and provides high-quality solutions for the consumers.

Renowned professionals like Alexandra Schwarz, Roger Diener, Martand Khosla, Akash Bhatt, Priya Paul, Sandeep Khosla, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Samar Jodha to name a few, will engage the audience by sharing their professional expertise using varied mediums to stimulate, challenge, facilitate and grow an environment of exchange. IAD is hosting top-notch architects from around the world who will host the session on Architectural Abstractions, followed by interactive sessions on The Impact of Contemporary Art on Architecture.

Ikea Releases Stunning New ‘jassa’ Collection Inspired By South-east Asian Design

Feb 03, 2017

Ikea’s new limited edition Jassa collection is not to be missed! Inspired by Indonesia and South-East Asia, Jassa’s eclectic mix of furniture, textiles and accessories is packed with pieces that will bring a feel of sunnier climes to your home.

Created by Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek in collaboration with Ikea’s design team, the collection centres around sustainable production values, earthy materials and vibrant colours and patterns.

Every piece is made from rattan, bamboo, water hyacinth, sea-grass or cotton and all the natural fibres are entirely handmade, which results in unique characteristics in each piece. ‘The beauty of a handmade collection like this is that you get a bit of variation in the end products,’ says design team member Iina Vuorivirta.

Ikea’s Jassa collection will be available exclusively in stores from March 2017, and will be available only while stocks last. Sustainably made, vibrant and beautiful – we’re making a note in our diaries now!

Weston Williamson Proposes New Design Concept To Resolve Palestinian Housing Issues

Jan 31, 2017

British studio Weston Williamson has revealed a housing concept that aims to resolve the lack of affordable housing in Palestine by allowing residents to expand as their finances grow.  

Like the housing project Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena designed in Mexico, building work is designed to be carried out incrementally, with new rooms added as the occupants' wealth grows.

Weston Williamson claims the needs of the majority of Palestinian households are not being met by the present housing market, with up to 70% unable to afford average house prices.

Basic apartments would be built around a central circulation core, and each would have its own large balcony.

The scheme, which is proposed for the West Bank and Gaza, is designed to provide long-term homes that "grow with their inhabitants", allowing residents to expand outwards onto balconies using prefabricated panels.