Bmc Partners With Ihs To Bring “art In The Park” To Your Neighbourhood

Dec 12, 2016

The civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in conjunction with the Indian Heritage Society (IHS) has pioneered an initiative named “Art in the Park” across Mumbai, to bring traditional art and culture to the gardens in your vicinity. The service will have art and craft workshops (quilling, diya making, hand-puppet making, etc.), open-art gallery, music and dance performances showcasing the traditional, folk and classical art forms of the country.

Anita Garware, chairperson of the IHS, comments on the lack of effective and creative use of open spaces in the city and appreciates BMC’s help with providing public gardens for conducting events with “local participation and sponsorship”.

The open-art gallery arranged in these events provides a platform for budding students from JJ School of Arts, Rachana Sansad and the LS Raheja School of Arts, and also municipal school students and specially-abled children.

The most recent event was held at the Veer Ratna Baji Prabhu Udyan in Dadar West, whereas the schedule includes upcoming events at the Priyadarshini Park in Napean Sea Road on 17th and 18th December, 2016.

“c By Ge” Smart Lamp Has All Alexa’s Capabilities Under One Design

Dec 09, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio-based global leader GE Lighting is launching a suite of Internet-connected products, the first of which is the new “C by GE” – a smart, LED lamp with embedded Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS). 

The smart features of this lamp prove Jeff Patron’s (General Manager, Connected Home Products, GE Lighting) statement of this product being “much more than connecting lighting to voice integration” right! In addition to controlling the LED lamp, the LED lamp by itself has all of Alexa’s capabilities. With voice commands, you can listen to the latest headlines, order your dinner, preheat your oven, or control other GE and non-GE products with a variety of other voice commands.

According to GE, this LED table lamp with a speaker and microphones is the first use of AVS embedded within a lighting product. The C by GE product brings the capabilities of the traditional Amazon Echo device without requiring an Echo unit, hub or even a smartphone!

Pantone Releases The Colour Of The Year For 2017!

Dec 09, 2016

Bidding adieu to Rose Quartz and Serenity, the reigning colours of 2016, it is now time to welcome “Greenery” into our home interiors! Pantone has declared this hue as the Colour of the Year for 2017: "a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew."

The upcoming year’s colour in trend is chosen as a response to our excessively busy urban lifestyle, highlighting high stress levels, overuse of technology and imbalance in global events. Rightly pointed out by Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, this exhaustive regime needs to be addressed with our reconnection with nature and “regenerate, refresh, revitalize and renew”. Since Greenery has a direct correlation with spring, it has a preexistent reaffirming feel to it.

On a more informative level, the new Color of the Year is chosen based on Pantone's own cultural litmus test, in addition to a collective study of colors noticed and trending across various fields and industries.

Iifl Home Loans' Builders Meet - A Leg Up To "affordable Housing For All By 2022"

Dec 08, 2016

India Infoline Finance Limited (IIFL) Home Loans, one of the leading housing finance companies of India, has organized a ‘Builders & Developers’ meet on 8th December, 2016 at 6.30pm in Hotel IBIS Pune. This initiative is a leg up to “affordable housing for all by 2022”.

The theme of this discussion was ‘Credit linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)’ and ‘Swaraj Home Loans’. The discussion addressed an audience of 40+ reputed builders, academicians and the Managing Heads of IIFL.

Mr. Monu Ratra, Executive Director & CEO of the IIFL Housing Finance introduced Swaraj Home Loans, which is a unique product of the company that provides first time home buyers flexibility in terms of strict income documents, credit score history, etc. There was an open house discussion for a more critical judgment of the concept.

After Pune, the awareness session will be held in Mumbai on coming 15th December.

Jaipur Rugs Wins The German Design Award 2017 For Two Designs!

Dec 08, 2016

Jaipur Rugs is breaking records with winning the German Design Award 2017 for the second time in a row, after the impressive win in 2016 for its rug Anther. The felicitation is to take place in February 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany.

This year, two of Jaipur’s rugs have won the awards – Kras and Taittu. These are a part of Jaipur Rugs’ Free Verse collection, designed by Kavi.

With a motive such as that stated by the Founder and CMD of Jaipur Rugs, Mr. Nandkishore Chaudhary of the company being “on an insurgent mission to bring back the lost dignity in one of the most under-appreciated professions—Weaving”, it is evident as to why the firm exceeds our expectations and sets a higher benchmark every year. 

Dyson Takes Over Dyson!

Dec 07, 2016

Recently announced by the company, Dyson Ltd. is switching its ownership from James Dyson to his son, Jake Dyson. Surprisingly, this multibillion-dollar company is owned by the founder wholly and solely, and not by shareholders. 

While Mr. James’ inventiveness was towards high-powered electric motors and vacuums, his son had a higher impact in the lighting industry with his lighting design studio for the last decade. Jake joined the Dyson board in 2014 before Dyson bought his company in 2015. Now, the larger establishment sells Jake Dyson’s lighting line as its own. 

The reason behind this internal takeover is Senior Dyson retiring at the age of 70, states Jake, thus also preserving the “family business” instead of the “worldwide success” being sold to any other entity. The main reason behind this being a further success is his interest in “designing products” and enjoying what he does!

Panasonic Opens Research & Development Center In India

Dec 07, 2016

Reports state that the Japanese multinational, Panasonic Corp. is about to create a research and development center in Haryana, India, in order to fuse its designs and the modus operandi of manufacturing refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines in order to cater to the local needs and tastes. The company aims to develop home appliances for the Indian and Middle Eastern markets at this new center. 

Panasonic intends to build a refrigerator plant at the same location for about 2 billion yen ($17.5 million), which will have an annual capacity of about 500,000 units and begin the release of these refrigerators in November 2017.

This trifecta plan also consists of the company partnering with India's Tata Group to establish another design division in Bangalore, where Panasonic will manufacture products to sell in Japan and other Asian markets.

British Heart Foundation Opens Its Largest Furniture Store In Woking

Dec 07, 2016

The not-for-profit organization, British Heart Foundation, opens its home and fashion store in place of British Home Store’s site in Woking, England. Inaugurated on 6th December 2016 by Anne Murray, Mayor of Woking, this is BHF’s largest outlet among all 730 branches across the United Kingdom.

Similar to every other retail store opening, there was a massive queue at Crown Square, situated in Woking’s town center, waiting for the ribbon to be cut and getting the first feel.

The Mayor was “pleased to see the reuse” of old units such as sofas, washing machines and beds that were on sale, as well as smaller second-hand goods including CDs, DVDs and accessories.

Residents donate unwanted goods, while volunteers encourage more people to drop items off to fill the shelves. For big items such as chests of drawers and dining room sets, the charity runs a free collection service. 

Zaha Hadid's “early Paintings And Drawings” Exhibition At The Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Dec 06, 2016

An exhibition of abstract paintings and drawings by late architect, Zaha Hadid, will be conducted at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, which was envisioned in partnership with her, and also renovated and restructured by her! This exceptional display of work opens its gates to visitors on 8th December 2016, until 12th February 2017.

The focus of the “Zaha Hadid Early Paintings and Drawings” exhibition will be on masterpieces created by the revolutionary architect before she accomplished her first building in 1993 – the Vitra Fire Station.

Her often noticed "abstraction and explosion" in paintings and drawings were particularly inspired by the work of Russian painter, Kazimir Malevich. This inspired work, calligraphy and sketches from her notebooks, all dated back to the 1970s will also be displayed at the exhibit. 

The Indian Design Industry Is Expected To Grow To Inr 18,000 Crore By 2020

Dec 06, 2016

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) expects the Indian design industry to grow up to Rs. 18,800 crore by FY 2020, while supporting its industrial design segment upto Rs. 11,000 crore.

According to Pradyumna Vyas, India Design Council Member, Secretary and Director of National Institute of Design, at CII – India Design Summit addressed and underutilization of design in the industry. This is further backed by reports stating that the potential size of the industry has not been reached, as the present market is only worth Rs. 2,100 crore, implying that more 80% of the design potential is yet to be realized in India. Mr. Vyas recognizes an additional importance of “inclusion of design” as boosting manufacturing, which further helps in growth of the industry.