Shades Of India Releases A Nature-inspired Collection

Dec 28, 2016

Internationally known as one of India’s most creative textile brands, Shades of India, led by Mandeep Nagi and David Housego, work along the principle of combining contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship. 

The brand has released their new range – ‘Cosmos Collection’, which springs from colours and textures. The luxe look dwells along casual lines with the combination of soft hues with metallic hints, discreet embroidery and lavish silk and velvet inclusions in the collection. With these elements infused throughout the collection with differing colour and texture combinations give the look a familiar yet new feel. In addition to this, the collection has a direct correlation with natural elements in every range through the constant presence of earth colours, natural materials like silk and the nature-inspired names of each of their ranges: ‘Morning Dew’, ‘Stones in the Earth’ and ‘A Chinese Garden’.

Shades of India is also available at New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The Cosmos Collection is currently available at the Meharchand market store in New Delhi. For more information, visit their website - http://www.shadesofindia.com/

Peabody’s Interiors Opens Its Doors To Eponymous Schlagenhaft Studio

Dec 28, 2016

After contemplation over 2 years, the owners of Peabody’s Interiors have formally launched an eponymous design practice, ‘Schlagenhaft Studio’ confirms Kelly Boecker, President of Peabody.

This new unit of Peabody’s, a high-end home furnishings and custom work store at 8655 N. Deerwood Dr. in Brown Deer, is named for Boecker’s uncle, the late Jon Schlagenhaft, while retaining Peabody as its retail division. 

According to Kelly, with the economy again on firm footing, people have been building the types of expensive homes that call for design talent, thus giving them “some really huge projects” as opposed to five years ago when as many people weren’t looking for interior designers.

“We just did a $10 million house in Mequon that we finished up this year,” Boecker said. “So people are starting to spend again, and I think having these projects in our portfolio is a big deal for us.” 

Peabody is currently working on a planned residential high rise here and a project for a TV celebrity in Nashville.

Laura Purvis: An Inspiration To All Women Designers!

Dec 28, 2016

In 2013, Laura Purvis, Owner of Decorating Den Interiors, world’s largest interior decorating franchise company, purchased it to offer clients more than window treatment, her former forte and business.

The company offers full-service interior design services including furniture, accessories, window treatments and remodeling. 

Purvis has access to over 100 vendors, giving her a greater choice of products while saving her time and her clients’ money.

When Purvis first launched her business, her top priority was reaching her sales goal. Now, it is about the relationships she builds with her clientele.

Purvis wants to bring a new concept to Birmingham – an all-inclusive design center, similar to something clients might see in Atlanta.

“My business’ mission is to bring beautiful design ideas to my clients in the comfort of their homes and make their dream rooms become reality,” she said.

Flipkart Launches A Brand For Selling Electronic Accessories

Dec 27, 2016

Flipkart recently launched Smartbuy, an umbrella brand for selling electronic accessories and home decor products, and plans a second brand next year in order to improve margins in the commodity sector.

Rival company Amazon also has its private label ‘Amazon Basics’ to sell electronic accessories, and ‘Symbol’ and ‘Myx’ in the fashion industry, while Flipkart depends on Myntra and Jabong to drive private label fashion sales.

With India’s e-commerce expected to grow by 60-70% in 2017, making it a $30-34-billion industry, which will help drive private label sales as a response to investor pressure on profitability.

“Given how the market is at the moment, where there is pressure from investors who have been asking about profitability or a route to profitability, products that earn additional margins are going to be a focus,” said Devangshu Dutta, Chief Executive at Third Eyesight.

Robert Brown Sees Channeling As A Spin On 1970s Design

Dec 27, 2016

Miami designers Robert Brown and Todd Davis from Brown Davis Interiors suggest channeling as a “new spin on 1970s design” that enriches the chicness quotient of Miami homes. 

Recognizing the 70’s as a significant design period, Robert Brown shares hints on giving this trend a twist – “colors are more subdued, such as the purple chairs the firm created for a penthouse dining room in Miami Beach”.

Brown Davis Interiors, which was named to the prestigious AD 100, has designed the British Embassy in Washington, DC, as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton’s homes in Washington and Chappaqua, New York. Recent projects include designing the entire floor of a penthouse in Miami Beach and houses in New York, Washington, DC, and Delaware. Last year, the company also launched the Brown Davis Exclusive for Keith Frit fine furniture collection that is sold at the John Rosselli showroom at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach.

Telangana Plans To Construct A Furniture Park By Mid 2017

Dec 27, 2016

Planned out over a hundred acres in Telangana, an industrial park for furniture and home décor manufacturers is expected to attract investments from domestic, typically small and medium enterprises, as well as firms from China and South East Asia. 

The project is estimated to be ready by mid 2017, offering a massive opportunity for trade in terms of import and export apart in this dry port.

With the aim to “house enterprises making products associated with home embellishments”, according to Principal Secretary to the Industries Department Arvind Kumar, companies into furnishings, decorative tiles, ceramics, electrical goods such as chandeliers, and a range of other products will be part of this park. The center is expected to help with job creation and national earnings through the export exercise.

Also glorified to host IKEA’s first store in India, Telangana seems to be the perfect strategic location to attract more investment. 

Kobi Karp Appointed To Renovate & Restore Meyers Group’s Newly Acquired Hotel

Dec 26, 2016

Coral Gables-based Meyers Group selected the eponymous Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design to renovate historic hotel, The Camino Real Hotel in El Paso, Texas starting March 2017.

The 356-room hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, got acquired by Meyers Group for an undisclosed amount in October 2016.

Areas to renovate include all the rooms and suites, conference rooms, ballrooms, and restoration of the original tenth-floor rooftop. Panoramic views of the Franklin Mountains, the historic Rio Grande and the Mexican border will be available along with drinks at an expanded bar room next to the rooftop terrace.

The redesign will feature such local materials as copper, brass and burnished leathers. “The unique vision of restoring and renovating this storied hotel in El Paso is inspired by the rich, historic architecture and material details of the 100-year-old hotel,” said Kobi Karp, founder and principal at Kobi Karp Architecture and Design, said in a prepared statement. 

Iifl Home Loans Organizes Free Health Check Up For Locals In Kolkata

Dec 23, 2016

IIFL Home Loans, one of the leading housing finance companies of India has taken a massive step towards realizing its corporate social responsibility by organizing a free health check up camp on 24th December in Kolkata. The camp will be organized in collaboration with Columbia Asia and is likely to benefit more than 100 attendees at the camp.  

An official of the IIFL Home Loan stated the importance of people needing, “medical guidance & counseling to lead a better life”. With tests being conducted under the guidance of health professional specialists, patients needing further care will be referred to hospitals. The free check up and consultation time at the camp has been scheduled from 10 AM to 4 PM.  The check up and counseling will foster health and productivity within the community.

The address of the camp is ‘Shukhobrishti by Sapoorji, Amphitheater, New Town Action Area – III, Kolkata, West Bengal’.

Preceding Kolkata, a series of health and eye camps have been already organized across the country with a track record of 366 visitors in the past. Post Kolkata, the next camp is listed for Patiala (Punjab).  

Philips Lighting Releases New Human-centric Led Light Range For Hospitals

Dec 23, 2016

Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, announced its third generation Philips HealWell lighting system that is specifically developed to support sleep, biorhythm and improve patients’ and staff’s experience, comfort and satisfaction in healthcare facilities.

According to research, high levels of light during the day help to regulate the human body clock, hence by simulating natural daylight patterns in hospitals, Philips HealWell automatically manages this rhythm. There is an option for patients and staff to control individual settings as per their comfort. The staff needs high levels of functional light for a better working environment of tending to patients.

Philips HealWell generation 3 is completely LED-based and uses Philips Tunable White SmartBalance luminaires and Philips Color Kinetics Color Cove lighting. HealWell can be installed as a standalone system or as part of the hospital’s centralized lighting system. It is controllable by a Philips Dynalite management system, which can include energy monitoring and eventually be used to support integration into building management systems. 

Teknion Bags 7 Trophies At The Good Design Awards 2016

Dec 23, 2016

Teknion Corporation has announced that seven of its products were honoured with 2016 Good Design Awards. This awards ceremony, presented annually by The Chicago Athenaeum, celebrates the most creative industrial, product and graphic designs in the world.

David Feldberg, Teknion President & CEO takes pride in Teknion’s “latest contract furnishing products” being rewarded by a set of globally eminent judges. Mr. David also accredits Teknion’s talented partners in addition to the team members for the honour - Justus Kolberg, Tom Lloyd, Luke Pearson, Pablo Pardo and Michael Vanderbyl.

Founded in Chicago in 1950, Good Design remains the world’s oldest and most recognized program for design excellence worldwide, with a recorded several thousand entrees from over 55 countries this year. The Good Design jury selected over 900 product designs and graphics from over 45 nations worthy of the award following the submission in November.