Oberoi New Delhi to see an early opening in January 2018

Aug 08, 2017

 The Oberoi New Delhi that has been shut since April 2016 is to open earlier than its planned date of April 2018. The property that was built in 1965 is set to get a major upgrade in many of its systems as well as a complete overhaul of its interiors. The property will now offer 218 rooms and 32 suites. The revamped property will feature ‘the first of its kind’ rooftop bar in the city that will offer a 360-degree view of Delhi’s skyline, according to official sources on the project. 

Catherine Zeta Jones to launch her own home decor line

Aug 08, 2017

Catherine Zeta Jones is to launch her own home decor line. The award winning actress will be beginning her own line of home accessories on the QVC channel- Liberty Interactive Corp. The home and bedding range will be called Casa Zeta-Jones and will be released on September 28.  Zeta Jones expressed her delight to work with the QVC brand to release her new decor range. 

Rustomjee Showcases Rahul da Cunha and Prashant Godbole’s Rare Photography collection

Aug 08, 2017

Rustomjee group held a photography exhibition by communications professional Rahul daCunha (of Amul fame) and Art Guru, Prashant Godbole at The Lifestyle Gallery, Rustomjee Seasons in Bandra Kurla Complex. The exhibition showcased the entire collection of over 100 photographs capturing vignettes of everyday life for the public at large. In tune with the concept of ‘My Space’ by Rustomjee, this exclusive evening showcased the photographers’ penchant for street photography. The photographs captured moments spontaneously as they occur in real time as well as articulated the need for people to stay aligned with their passion and hobbies in life. ‘My Space’ is not just about ‘Space’ – it is a concept that makes room for inspiration, and therefore adds the individuated ‘me’ to the spaces. A concept that weaves together all the amenities within a real estate project that inspires individuals to pursue their hobbies makes space for friends, family and more. Amenities are just spaces, and any developer can offer those. What Rustomjee does, is to give inspiration to these spaces. 

IKEA launches solar battery packs

Aug 07, 2017

IKEA launches solar battery packs to its offerings. The new product can help home owners to cut down 70 per cent of their electricity bills, according to the company. The Swedish furniture brand has launched this product to compete with Tesla’s powerwall. The battery allows one to store solar energy and use it as per consumer convenience.  According to IKEA, 60 per cent of energy is sent back to the national grid when homes with solar panels do not use a battery. The homeowners thus miss out on a huge amount of potential savings generated by using renewable technology for power consumption needs.


OYO sets a rigorous expansion plan

Aug 07, 2017

As the leisure travel business expands, OYO is keen to expand its brand double fold by the end of next year. The budget hotel brand seeks to expand its current inventory of 70,000 rooms to around 1.5 lakh rooms by the end of 2018. The “India first business model” put their business goals into perspective and is not lead by competition.  Presenting pre-GST rates for the rooms, the partners also find the model very lucrative.  By the end of 2017, the brand aims to include around 30,000 more rooms. 

Govt to present ‘Housing Challenge' to help Housing for All

Aug 07, 2017

After the achievement of Smart City Challenge, the Union government is prepared to acquaint a comparative innovation to boost the Housing for All programs. The competition is to be called Housing Challenge. The challenge would be directed by states to pick the best and most practical innovation for each moderate lodging venture. National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), under the service of lodging and urban issues (MHUA), has been entrusted with giving a working model to the states. As per sources, the service has recognized 25 urban areas where the model can be taken off in a pilot scheme. The move comes after the Smart City Challenge (which has been utilized to pick urban areas to be produced as Smart Cities) was valued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

RERA to fine over 480 projects in Maharashtra for not adhering to deadline

Aug 04, 2017

The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) of Maharashtra decided to fine the projects that did not adhere to the July 31st deadline.  Over 480 builders will now have to pay Rs 50,000 as fine. Under section 3 of the RERA, no extension for registration was made available and is liable to a penalty that could go up to 10% of the project costs or imprisonment in case of non-compliance.  The Union government also entrusted the Maharashtra RERA with the Union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Dui in absence of the necessary authorities in their regions.

Faber launches Semi integrated Dishwasher

Aug 04, 2017

The latest generation of Franke dishwashers guarantees the very best performance. Class A+ for low consumption, excellent washing and drying results in a short span of time. This new dishwasher uses lesser water than that required for hand washing. Some of the features include adjustable upper basket, foldable bottom rack, third layer cutlery basket, delayed start, dual zone, etc. FFIL is India's leading kitchen appliances manufacturer with Swiss and Italian parentage for Franke and Faber brands respectively. Both brands have their own space and operate as an independent entity in the market. While FFIL sales sinks, faucets, accessories and bio-waste disposers under Franke brand, it sells its hoods, hobs, cooktops, cooking range, built in ovens and dishwashers under Faber brand.

Bird Group seeks hotel expansion in the Middle East and Europe

Aug 04, 2017

The Roseate Hotels and resort chain owned by the Bird Group, an Indian conglomerate is planning to expand in Europe and the Middle East under their hospitality arm. The group recently acquired a new hotel in the UK, Villa at Henrietta Park in Bath and rebranded it to The Roseate Villa. The Delhi based group also has a Roseate House hotel and The Royal Park in London along with a couple of other properties in the UK. Along with a couple of properties in Delhi, they seek on expanding their global presence with new acquisitions.  The group founded in 1971, the group currently has 45 offices.

Hindware launches super-premium brand Alchymi curated by designer Manish Malhotra

Aug 03, 2017

Hindware, a bathroom products company, redefined its brand identity with a new promise ‘Start with the Expert’, and a new azure symbol of expertise HW. The company also unveiled their super-premium brand ALCHYMI curated by India’s leading designer Manish Malhotra. Further, the brand inaugurated its state-of-the-art revolutionary concept store Lacasa in the upscale area of Vile Parle, Mumbai. With the consumers becoming increasingly well-travelled and style-conscious, bathrooms have evolved from being functional to more sensorial. Consumers are looking at super-premium solutions which can help them to personalize their bathrooms. Alchymi, Hindware’s latest super-premium brand, stands for ‘Style meets craft’ and is a design expert and has been created in the Hindware Design Studio using FloSense technology. Featuring four unique bath suites especially curated by celebrated designer Manish Malhotra, the brand will be available at 200+ Hindware brand stores pan-India. The suites will comprise of an exclusive range of basins, shower, faucets and accessories, etc. Manish Malhotra and Hindware Design Studio are developing new suites which will be introduced every quarter. This will help the consumers to get discerning designer bathrooms for themselves.