A session was organized in Mumbai by TREK (The Real Estate Kings) on the concerns revolving around the two new laws in the country. The recently inaugurated laws of RERA and GST affects realtors, brokers, architects, bankers, construction contractors and vendors, investors, housing finance companies, NBFC’s among others who directly or indirectly do business with the real estate industry. Advocate Parimal K. Shroff of Parimal Shroff & Co. and Advocate Anil Harish of D.M. Harish & Company spoke about RERA whereas C.A. Ravikumar Yanamandra of Ernst & Young spoke about GST. Advocate Shroff said that “RERA is a fabulous initiative and it will be a win-win for all the stakeholders.” Advocate Anil Harish supported this further by saying, “The act is bound to forge a symbiotic relationship between the discerning home buyers and genuine real estate developers.” Speaking about GST, Ravikumar said that “GST will also help cut cash component in construction as products have to be sourced from registered vendors to get input tax credits.”Avinash Khater, Chairman of TREK concluded the discussion by saying, “GST & RERA will surely bring in the boost within the Real Estate sector through their progressive and diversified roles. We at TREK plan to promote regular knowledge sharing sessions like these.”
The American hospitality group of Marriott hotels seeks to widen its footprint in India to have around 100 functional hotel units by the end of 2018. The brand currently has 86 functional hotels in over 35 cities in India in a span of 20 years. Globally the brand has another 100 hotels in the pipeline. Currently, Marriott as a company is targeting all the customers, be it leisure or groups. The company also recently launched an initiative called Shadi by Marriott- a wedding focused campaign.
New Zealand based designer Ben Lewis shortlisted for the International Design & Architecture Awards. He is the first one to be selected from New Zealand for the award. The shortlist was for his Christchurch based project. The UK magazine that hosts these awards aim to celebrate interior design on an international scale. The 2017 International Design & Architecture Awards winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at The Dorchester in London on September 22.
National Institute of Design (NID), announced a five-day design workshop on “Ergonomics and User Centered Design” during 18-22 September 2017 at NID campus, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This will be conducted by Dr Subir Das. The Department of Industry & Online Programmes (I&OP) at NID integrates design knowledge and education with the varied segments of industry, commerce and service sectors. The key focus of the present workshop is to sensitize the participants to the knowledge of ergonomics and how it can be used as a tool for designing user-friendly products, tasks and work environments and thereby would help them to develop the much-needed confidence to face today’s highly competitive and saturated global markets. This workshop will be conducted by different NID faculty members and anchored by Dr Subir Das, Principal Faculty in Ergonomics. At NID he is associated with teaching, research, training and consultancy in design ergonomics, injury prevention, risk assessment, occupational health and safety.
The AXOR ShowerHeaven is an overhead shower with a 1.2 metre long and 30 centimetres wide generous, plane surface of a high-quality metal. It has four retractable wings and integrated ambient lighting. Three jet types guarantee a luxurious showering experience: the concentrated mono jet in the middle, the expansive rain jet, and the body jets with their unique PowderRain spray. A relaxing massage spray, a soothing rain shower, or a gentle drizzle: the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200 allows users to shower using each jet type individually, or all three in unison for a sensory experience. The AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200 was developed in collaboration with the Stuttgart-based Phoenix Design seeks to offer an unparallel bathing experience.
Adding to innovations in their extensive catalogue, Godrej Interio, a furniture and interior solutions brand launched a novel retail concept ‘Godrej Interio Experience Centre’ in South Delhi. It is the first-of-its-kind hub wherein one can experience the best of innovations and smart office solutions. The experiential centre is a great medium to establish a dialogue with the new-age customer and showcase unique offerings. Driving commitment to provide an unparalleled level of service to partners comprising of architects and designers, the Experience Centre is Godrej Interio’s contribution to the modern work culture. Through this centre, the effort is to offer experiences that will create an office environment addressing latest trends. The centre also gives an opportunity to Architects and Interior Designers, Decision makers of MNC/ Indian corporate, dealing with office interior space to explore unique designs and go over complete end to end solutions. Also, they get a chance to avail of the firsthand experience of furniture solutions, including security/ access control, AV solutions, safety systems etc that are required while making an office space.
Tisva, a home decorative lighting brand from Usha International Limited expands its footprint with the opening of its brand store in Ghaziabad. Located in Chanderpuri Hapur Road, this store is a tribute to the ‘art of illumination’ and brings forth designer lighting for contemporary homes. Well-known interior designer Gauri Khan is associated with the brand. Every Tisva light is combined with technology like tunability (colour control) and dimmability (intensity control). The wide range of products from Tisva include Ambient lighting concepts, LED designer range, Chandeliers, Table and Floor Lamps, Wall Lights, Pendants and Utility lighting products.
Tile launched two new Bluetooth trackers called Tile Sport and Tile Style. The systems in the pro series are capable of connecting to a network of people who use the same device to crowd source the missing object once out of Bluetooth range. The new device, however, has an advanced Bluetooth range and louder speakers. These two launches are so far the heaviest tile designs launched by the company so far. The tiles can be detected from a range of 200 feet, double the other products of Mate and Slim editions and also offers a yearlong battery life.
Klove, a new stove knob can now help cook through the process of cooking. It can be connected to a smart phone app and the knob will talk the recipe that can be saved from the internet or any other sources onto the app. It will be able to connect with smart home device systems like Google and Amazon’s systems of Echo and Alexa too. Sensors monitor the cooking. It went live on Indiegogo at attractively discounted rates. Since these IoT systems will enter India by the end of 2017, Klove hopes to be launched in India by early 2018. Bahubali Shete who developed the device system has also previously been involved in developing IoT and AI based systems.
Now in its seventh year, designjunction returns to Kings Cross this September from the 21st to the 24th as part of the annual London Design Festival. The 2017 edition of the show will present more than 200 international design brands, hundreds of product launches, 70 tempting pop-up shops and bespoke installations, in addition to the schedule of lively talks and debates. The show will take place across five key sites including the centrally located Granary Square (Registration and installations), Cubitt House (lighting and furniture), Cubitt Park (emerging designers and materials), The Crossing (installations and partnership projects) and the Canopy (retail).