A Germany company, Dr Weisner Lifestyle has recently been launched in the Indian market. The company brings together a range called SmartWash to provide the ultimate luxurious bathroom experience. The SmartWash range has a host of toilet seats to provide the ultimate luxurious bathroom experience. The hands-free design experience comes with features that relax, rejuvenate and soothe the senses.
The Astana Expo opened to the public last week in the Kazakhstani capital. The centrepiece of the grounds is Kazakhstan's National Pavilion, designed by Smith and Gill – a glass globe sat atop an undulating glazed podium. One hemisphere of the building is completely see-through, while the other is translucent.The globe is flanked by two matching buildings with two faceted mirrored facade and curving awnings. The Austrian pavilion, designed by Johann Moser and BWM Architects, hosts a range of interactive installations that encourage visitors to use their own bodies to produce energy, including a room filled with stationary bicycles.
Heimtextil and Ambiente India 2017 kicks off at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi with the textile minister, Smriti Irani inaugurating the fair. This textile masterpiece called CushionKari that is set to make a world record will be revealed at the fair. Over 180 companies from top home fashion players such as Gomaads, Flair Houseware, Welspun, AWKenox Steel, D‘décor, Raymond, Organic Home and others will be exhibiting their finest collections at the fair. The show organisers, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India have brought together companies from India, Bangladesh, China, Korea, Nepal, and Thailand.
Indigo Slam by Smart Design Studio received the ultimate prize, beating a shortlist of almost 200 designs.The project, located in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale, also took out an award in the Residential Design category. Paramount by The Office Space by Woods Bagot and First Peoples by Museum Victoria Design Studio, both of which received the prestigious Award for Interior Design Impact.
Senic, the makers of Nuimo have come up with a new smart product of lights called Covi. It is a speech-enabled light that promises to automate your home by working with Alexa. The product combines designer lighting with AI capacities. Based on the look of a kerosene lamp, it features a little knob on the base which would’ve previously been used to regulate the flow of oil. But today, it’s been modernised into a dimming switch that allows you to control how warm or cool the white LED light of the Covi glows.
While 3D virtual design applications allow you to customise furniture units, the new VisualCommerce allows you to customise your walls. The app allows shoppers and designers visualise their wall-mounted decor purchases in context. It offers retailers of home decor, window treatments, art, mirrors and wall-mounted lighting fixtures solutions. The augmented reality visualisation works with Android, Microsoft Surface and Amazon Fire OS in addition to iOS devices
Library Design Awards 2017 by The Australian Library and Information Association was awarded in Melbourne. Winners were awarded across a number of categories related to library design, including public, school, academic and ‘special’ libraries. Five libraries came out on top from a list of 33 entries. The award for the Public Library category went to the City of Perth Library by Kerry Hill Architects, which was designed with dedicated floors to target different demographics. The judging panel took a wide range of factors into consideration when deciding the winners of the inaugural Library Design Awards like the designers’ objectives, the community response, value for money, budget, a new build or a refurbishment, innovation and quality of the design, etc.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro have revealed designs for its new Juilliard School, the first overseas campus of the school. The project breaks ground in Tianjin, China. Julliard has previously topped design charts for their New York campus. While delivering some of the best facilities in the making of specialised artists, Julliard’s emphasis on design has born fruit. The school will have the main concert hall, a recital hall, a black box theatre and a music library. These spaces will be connected by a series of bridges that will have the school’s classrooms and practice facilities.
The project will consist of a 255,000-square-foot new terminal for the Long Island Railroad and Amtrak. This will increase the Penn Station’s total concourse floor space by more than 50 percent. An additional 700,000 square feet will be developed for commercial, retail and dining spaces to create a new mixed-use civic space for West Manhattan. Designed by original Penn Station architects McKim, Mead and White as a sister to the grand train hall, the Farley Building will see its core turned into a light-filled train hall meant to evoke the look and feel of its long-demolished partner.
The new range of Marks and Spencer’s home products are inspired by Frida Kahlo’s designs. In a surprising move marking her birth anniversary, the range was revealed. The vibrant colours and prints create a pleasant summer vibe. The vivid bright hues and traditional use of bold prints are the highlights of this range. The range consists of dinnerware, glass plates, bed warmers, candles and diffusers, cushion covers and more.