Twelve properties to be added in India by Louvre Hotels by the end of 2018

Jul 25, 2017

Under its expansion plans, Louvre Hotels Group is to add 12 properties in India by the end of 2018. Hotels will be unveiled in Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, and Delhi among other cities and will be under all three Golden Tulip brands to target largely the mid market segments of the market. In January this year, Louvre Hotels Group had acquired a majority stake in Indian hospitality chain Sarovar Hotels. Founded in 1976, the Paris-based hospitality major is part of Shanghai based Jin Jiang International Holdings Co Ltd, one of China's largest tourist and travel conglomerates.

Steelcase and Microsoft launch creative workspaces

Jul 24, 2017

Steelcase and Microsoft have joined forces in a partnership to explore how the workplace can more successfully drive creative performance by co-developing ‘Creative Spaces’, an interdependent ecosystem of spaces and technologies designed for the diverse modes of creative work. Some of the key areas would include a focused studio, a Maker Commons, an ideation hub, a duo studio and a respite room.  The focus is on acoustics, privacy, proximity, employee health and other psychological factors to provide a wholesome office environment. Maker Commons: Socializing ideas and rapid prototyping are essential parts of creativity. This space is designed to encourage quick switching between conversation, experimentation and concentration. While the focus studio provides room for individual creativity, the Maker Commons is designed to encourage quick switching between conversations, experimentation. The ideation hub serves as a high-tech destination that encourages active participation and equal opportunity to contribute as people co-create, refine and share ideas with co-located or distributed teammates. The duo studio, on the other hand, promotes working in pairs and creates a space where two people can co-create shoulder-to-shoulder, while also supporting individual work. The Respite Room as the name addresses the need to balance active group work with solitude and individual think time. 

Havwoods launches its signature Handgrade collection for India

Jul 24, 2017

Havwoods’ Handgrade collection is designed for large spaces that need a very different approach to flooring than regular ones. In this collection, the planks are an enormous 2 to 4 meters long and come in mixed widths of up to 480mm. The thickness comes in various options, ranging from 19 to 23mm. They are made from engineered 3-layered oak and birch plywood, 1-strip plank, hard-waxed oil finish and come with the T&G ends matched. The planks are made with the deepest seen bevelled edges to give it a smooth worn surface & allow for finesse in fixing. Every plank in this collection is hand worked, lending a unique character to each of them. The tiles are all distressed, cobbled, bevelled and spawned to give it a unique, rustic character that is impossible to attain with regular flooring. Havwoods Handgrade collection planks come in 8 shades, viz. Consul, Galway, Walcot, Duke, Hallam, Shaklin, Neston and Ryder, offering a range of shades and choices to fit into every design requirement.  With a range in thickness, sizes and width, the Handgrade collection offers a wide variety of sizes, for an array of spaces. The C2C certification ensures that the flooring is of the top quality. 

Godrej Garden City becomes the largest township to be certified at the Platinum level by the Indian Green Building Council

Jul 24, 2017

Godrej Properties Limited, Godrej Garden City (GGC) township project in Ahmedabad, received the Indian Green Building Council Green Residential Society Platinum Certification. The IGBC GRS Platinum certification is recognised as the highest rating for residential societies. With this achievement, Godrej Garden City becomes the largest township in India to be GRES Platinum certified. GGC is located just off SG Highway in the heart of Ahmedabad. The project is within Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation limits and is easily accessible from any part of the city. GGC is currently home to over 1500 families and has a fully functional International School with 900 plus students, a City Square retail facility with over 33 brands, and a 70,000 sq ft club house. The project also has facilities for health-care, recreation, hospitality, and banking.  Important planned civic facilities and public utilities will make GGC fully self-sufficient. The master plan has been created by world-renowned architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill who have also designed numerous landmark projects across the globe such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is currently the world’s tallest building.

KitchenAid India has launched its major appliances with the launch of KitchenAid Built- In

Jul 21, 2017

 KitchenAid India has launched major appliances with the launch of KitchenAid Built- In. These major appliances include a number of new built-in and freestanding ranges, and refrigerators. The range will feature a total of 30 appliance models including refrigerators, wall ovens, ventilation hoods, dishwashers, under counter beverage centres and more. The appliances bring a seamless, high-end aesthetic to the kitchen, crafted with unique visual elements on the outside that hint at the superior performance inside. KitchenAid is also presented, its stainless steel made-to-measure kitchen special top: spaces crafted with artisanal attention to detail with the newest technology. KitchenAid made to measure special top can be fully personalised. One can decide the shape and size of their kitchen top and choose from additional features such as fully equipped rear splashbacks, raised worktop edges and rounded corners. Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.

ShopClues has introduced Home Berry, a home décor label

Jul 21, 2017

ShopClues, the online marketplace has introduced a home décor label called Home Berry which offers furnishings at affordable rates. The range of products includes bed sheets, towels, pillow covers among other décor products. As the merchants for these products double up as manufacturing partners, ShopClues would be largely involved especially in quality control and branding. 

Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority launches website to foster transparency in system

Jul 21, 2017

Tamil Nadu Real Estate Regulatory Authority launches a website for consumers to keep a tab on real estate developments and their details. All new projects with more than eight units have to mandatorily register with the authority and furnish the necessary details.  Buyers can also file complaints if needed on the website itself.  Developers can register their projects on the site. Even real estate agents have to be registered. Those properties that are nearing completion and haven’t applied for the clearances are also brought under the government’s preview with this website.  This aims to bring transparency to the real estate of Tamil Nadu.  

Mandy Moore enters home décor with new collection of blankets and pillows

Jul 20, 2017

Mandy Moore enters the home-style market with her collection on Shutterfly that includes pillows, blankets and wine glasses. Inspired by her home renovation project, this singer and actress love the experience of redoing her home so much that she took to make her own line of products. Some of the items in the collection also feature a family phrase, ‘Golly Goops.’

Legrand Launches INNOVAL Studio, a one of its kind experience centre and design studio in India

Jul 20, 2017

Legrand India, an electrical and digital building infrastructure solutions provider inaugurated their state of the art experience centre Innoval in Mumbai. Innoval will host its India group company products – Legrand, Numeric & Valrack. Globally Innoval’s are present at France, Greece, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Dubai, and now for the first time it is making its entry in the Asia Pacific region with India. The Mumbai launch is expected to be followed by openings in Ahmadabad and Chennai. Innoval is Legrand’s global brand of products showcases. The name Innoval is a reflection of Legrand’s brand value of developing ranges of innovative products (Valley of Innovation). The narrative at Innoval is based on the concept of ‘Source to End Usage’, where the products are arranged in relation to each other and according to where they fall on the energy and data distribution grid. Keeping in mind the vastly different profiles of visitors, the products are arranged as per the business verticals, namely - Home Automation, User Interface, Energy Distribution, Structured Cabling, UPS and Cable Management. The design approach is based on the concept of Designeering. It has all the technicalities of engineering but put forth in an intuitive and easy to understand communication system. 

CleanMax Solar recognised as India’s largest rooftop solar developer for third consecutive year

Jul 20, 2017

CleanMax Solar, India’s leading solar solutions provider, has been acknowledged as ‘India’s largest rooftop solar developer’ for the third consecutive year, in the latest Bridge to India (BTI) report. BTI’s ‘India Solar Rooftop Map 2017’ pegs CleanMax Solar’s market share at 24%, up from 23% as per BTI Rooftop Map 2016. Holding nearly a quarter of the market, CleanMax Solar caters to many of India’s leading corporates, large-scale industries and infrastructure projects. CleanMax Solar has commissioned more than 80 plants in FY 2016-17, with a capacity of over 38 MW and leverages its scale advantages to offer very attractive solar power costs to its customers. The OPEX ‘zero investment’ model facilitates consumers to avail solar power at significant discounts to grid tariffs, with no capital investment. Since its inception in 2011, CleanMax Solar has commissioned over 200 projects for more than 50 corporates, with a combined onsite solar capacity of 85 MW.