Deceuninck launches a unique shift and door system Legend Slide for Indian Market

Feb 19, 2018

Envisaging the retail customers demand, Deceuninck, an 80 year old Belgium-based brand (dealing in UPVC Door & Window system) has recently launched a unique shift and door system Legend Slide,which combines simple operation of Lift and Slide system and has an exceptional sealing capability of Tilt and Slide. The door system, offers Ease of Use has an Aesthetic Design, with a flawless Insulation and High Performance.

Having customers all over India and ranking 3rd in the global market, Deceuninck is one of the world’s leading UPVC Profile Company.Aiming to expand its footprint in the Indian Renovation and Individual Home Owners Market, Deceuninck is betting on the Indian market’s huge growth potential and the demand in housing sector increasing every year, especially in the urban and semi-urban areas.

To meet the retail customers demand for various colour profiles, brandoffers a wide range of white as well as colour laminated profiles. The system is tested for Air Permeability – EN 12207 – Class 4 – 600 pascals, Water tightness – EN 12208 – Class 8A – 450 pascals. Wind Resistance as per EN 12210 – Class C4/ B4, Additional stiffeners possible for higher wind loads.

The new product has a continuous all-round seal and the guiding and locking elements in all four corners of the sash, this ensures a tight seal for stringent energy efficiency requirements.

Introducing Alba bathroom collection from Roca

Feb 19, 2018

Roca, India’s leading manufacturer of bathroom products introduces Alba Bathroom Collection, a premium solution for your bathroom. Inspired by the highest sense of tranquility, the collection consists of a smart toilet, bathtub, basin and furniture.

Crafted to lend elegance and style to the bathroom space, Alba products also provide unparallel comfort and performance converting the space into a calm relaxation zone. Alba In-Wash integrated toilet offers an intelligent system that can be controlled through an App on your iphone/ipad and also through an easy-to-use remote that comes along with the product. The toilet also boasts of features such as night light, heated seat, auto open & close seat cover, auto flush, instant water heating, user detection & user profile memory. It uses an embedded air pump-assisted flushing system to execute a strong, silent flush, and the nozzle uses an ultraviolet disinfection system to ensure maximum hygiene.

Alba Furniture offers optimum storage capacity despite compact that can easily fit in any bathroom space. Alba Furniture range comprises of an on-counter basin fitted with LED light, a compact size vanity offering great storage capacity and a wall mirror.

Nine iF Design Awards for AXOR and hansgrohe Products

Feb 19, 2018

Highest recognition for outstanding design achievements: a total of nine products by the AXOR and hansgrohe brands of the Hansgrohe Group have been distinguished with the iF Award 2018. The Black Forest bathroom and kitchen specialist currently holds sixth place in the iF ranking, making it the highest-ranking company in the sanitation industry. The Hansgrohe Group outperformed some 2,000 listed companies, ahead of prominent brand names such as Audi, BMW and Apple. An international jury of 63 experts evaluated 6,400 product entries from 54 countries in categories including quality of design, workmanship, degree of innovation, environmental compatibility and functionality. 
“We are very pleased at having again been distinguished with a shower of iF DESIGN awards, and view this as a validation of our design philosophy. In collaboration with prestigious designers, we focus on delivering products of the highest quality, on successful product design and above all, on creating optimal customer value,” Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management, Hansgrohe SE says. “Innovations, such as our intuitive Select technology or our new high performance PowderRain spray make both showering and controlling the flow of water a true experience. Today, we are one of the leading trendsetters in bathroom and kitchen design, a fact also reflected by our position in the iF ranking.” 

Nine awards for innovative products  

Together, AXOR and hansgrohe, the two brands of the Hansgrohe Group, received nine awards from the International Forum Design (iF). Three of AXOR’s award-winning products belong to its new high-end shower collection - the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200, the AXOR Showerpipe 800 and the AXOR overhead shower 350; a fourth award went to the AXOR Select thermostat. The premium brand hansgrohe won the jury over with its Raindance E overhead shower, the Raindance E Showerpipe, the Raindance E Unica shower set, the hansgrohe ShowerTablet and the hansgrohe Silicatec kitchen sink combination C51. The company will show a selection of these award-winning products at its booth at the SHK ESSEN trade fair from 6 to 9 March 2018 in Germany. 

Scoop Collection by Vector: Bright, quirky and comfortable

Feb 16, 2018

Innovation,minimalism and smart furniture is the way to define 2018’s interiors. Owners and designers are now focussing on aesthetically appealing yet functional spaces. Keeping this current trend in mind, India’s leading turnkey solutions provider, Vector Projects has added the stylish ‘Scoop Collection’ to their wide range of modern armchairs.

Inspired by a Pelikan’s beak, this eye-catchy armchair was crafted to break the monotony in an unfettered and creative way. Scoop draws attention through its unique concept of additional space - a seat combined with a bottom shelf. The pocket available in the lower part can be used to place books, laptop or even a bag, making it perfect for interiors with limited space.

A stylish amalgamation of ergonomics and futuristic design techniques, this collection fosters all types of interiors: from homes, to library, conference rooms, lounges and offices. Its shape and back cushioning makes it comfortable to sit on for longer hours. Customisable with a range of solid and multi-coloured fabric, Scoop is available - with or without armrests and has two base options - round flat base and a four-star base. The frame is made of metal tube with cross section fi 20x2 mm, in four colours: black or metallic (powder coated) and shiny chrome or satin chrome (chrome).

Completely adjustable WC height with new Viega Eco Plus element

Feb 16, 2018

The demand for products that can be individually adjusted offering convenience and comfort for different age group and people with different functional abilities is growing. Especially, in hospitals, care homes and multi-generational households. For e.g. Accessible bathrooms require products which are adjustable to the changing needs of their users and can be adapted with little effort to different living situations. To meet this demand Viega has introduced a new Eco Plus element with which the WC can be adjustable in height smoothly at the touch of a button without any subsequent alterations and electronics. Additionally, an attractive design hides the necessary technology behind a glass panel giving it an aesthetic look. The product is designed with Viega ingenuity that has wowed the jury at the “Bathroom Comfort for Generations” product competition for its ease of use and appealing quality.

Aesthetic and Robust Design

The movable inner frame with flexible outlet bend and flush pipe are hidden behind toughened safety glass, together with the control system. This allows the WC ceramic to be safely, smoothly and reliably moved 80 millimetres up and down. The maximum seat height is 48 centimetres. Only the release button which is mounted on the glass panel is visible.

Flexibility to meet design demands and ease of use

The WC element is installed in accordance with the principle of all Viega Eco Plus modules. In the same way, the familiar system dimension has been retained - with a width of 490 millimetres and an installation height of 1,130 millimetres.

When the WC element is assembled, the tiler can work up to the opening with the help of the supplied polystyrene cover. The fitter then simply positions the plastic cover with surrounding seal and fits the glass panel. Then, he fits the release button and WC ceramic.

Reflection: Capturing the soul of a city. Oil & acrylic paintings by Mahesh Karambele

Feb 16, 2018

The colour blue and its varying hues find place in Mahesh Karambele’s paintings that narrate the
hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis like Mumbai. Adept at painting cityscapes that depict the
splendour of vertical growth intertwined with the city’s humungous human interface, the artist
pays homage to his home town by drawing out the beauty in the mundane.

“The ways and subways of life,” says Mahesh Karambele have not only led him to be a passionate
artist but have literally constituted the ethos of his musings on canvas. The strength of his brush
dipped in oil paint confidently etches out silhouettes of vehicular traffic, bridges, carts, flower
sellers, the iconic dabbawalas of Mumbai, capturing the ethos of the city that never sleeps.
With buildings flirting with by lanes and pedestrian traffic, painting vivid scenes of ordinary folk
and everyday humdrum of city living, the artist unveils his collection aptly and simply christened
‘Reflection’. The Mumbai monsoon holds a special place as the artist creates washes and adeptly
applies the oil medium with the expertise of the watercolour technique. The romanticism and
inspiration that accompanies the rains is well depicted.

The rush that characterises Mahesh’s canvases can allude to the adrenaline rush that the
artist tends to work with, driven by the hidden joys in everyday chaos, crammed by lanes with
Mumbai’s crowds and the perennial metropolitan pace of living. His paintings draw out the best
of the perspectives as the colours shine bright against the evening light – the luminosity combined
with the transparency of the weather – culls a beautiful cityscape that one can lose oneself into...

Soneva Launches ‘A Festival of Colour’ Campaign to celebrate rare experiences across its resorts

Feb 16, 2018

Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has launched its first ever year-long campaign known as a ‘Festival of Colour’ to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year, ranging from visiting Michelin-starred chefs and astronomers, through to authors, champion free-divers, artists and more. Each month of the year is associated with a different colour and theme, which will be brought to life at Soneva’s resorts in the Maldives and Thailand through special on-site events and collaborations.

Underscoring the Festival of Colour is a series of short “colour” films created by the renowned French film director Bruno Aveillan. Bruno visited Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in early 2017 to shoot the films, which were inspired by the different colours he found at the resorts. Soneva plans to release one colour film each month during the campaign on its website and on social media.

As part of the Festival of Colour, Soneva has confirmed a huge line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.

Fine dining experiences are a pivotal part of Soneva’s Festival of Colour, and the company has so-far confirmed 28 of the world’s top chefs (many of which have at least two Michelin stars and above or are included within The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) for exclusive dinner events.

The video for the first colour in the Festival of Colours, pink, will be revealed shortly. Soneva’s Festival of Colour runs from February 2018 – February 2019. For more information about Soneva, visit  For more information about the Festival of Colour, together with the calendar of visiting artists, visit

VitrA unfolds its illustrious Metropole Series

Feb 15, 2018

VitrA, a leading bathroom solutions brand of Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division in Turkey introduces its high tech & trendy bathroom furniture- Metropole. The new line of VitrA, is designed to add value to architecture. It is the natural allure of elegance & simplicity. NOA, an award-winning design group brings the prestigious Metropole series along with a new range of bathroom furniture. Metropole series, a high-tech and trendy, stands out for smart functionality in tastefully restrained forms. The series offers nearly endless possibilities for a restful and inspiring bathroom
décor with an intelligent, innovative and timeless range.

Metropole series offers a wide range of infinite washbasins which are made with various dimensions for maximum ease of use. Metropole washbasin units are compatible with two options, mineral cast and ceramic washbasins, the series promises nearly endless possibilities for restful and inspiring bathroom décor. The elegant & pure white color theme option of Metropole furniture
contributes to its beauty of natural bathroom décor.

Indian demand for American hardwoods expected to grow significantly

Feb 15, 2018

India, as a market for American hardwoods, is expected to fulfill its
potential over the course of the next few years, according to the American Hardwood
Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American
hardwood industry. Aiming to leverage the growing demand in India and the need for
alternative hardwood species, AHEC has announced its participation at the tenth edition of
INDIAWOOD, which will be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center from March
8 - 12, 2018. Testament to its renewed confidence in the Indian market, AHEC is returning to
the show with eight U.S.-based hardwood and veneer exporters, who are all keen to do
business in the country.

To date, the much-publicized potential offered by India for American hardwoods has not
been realized. It has proven to be a tough market for U.S. hardwood exporters in which to
gain business for a multitude of well-documented reasons and the actual volumes of US
hardwood products shipped have been small relative to market potential. However, Indian
imports of hardwood lumber have risen considerably during the past two years, as the
market has shifted away from its preference for logs and as positive developments have
taken place in the wood manufacturing sector. There have also been a few recently documented
cases of furniture and joinery manufacturers buying kiln-dried U.S. hardwood
lumber for the first time. More importantly, they have been pleased with the lumber
received and very happy with the products that they have made.

Hyatt Regency Pune launches EQ:IQ, its brand new Events space

Feb 15, 2018

: Located in the heart of a thriving Corporate & Lifestyle hub, Hyatt Regency Pune is known for its innovation and warm hospitality. EQ: IQ short for Emotional Quotient: Intelligence Quotient,  the latest addition to their portfolio, is a contemporary events space that will change the way meetings and social events are organised making it the perfect new haven for its guests. EQ: IQ is a one of a kind concept in the country that creates the perfect balance of work and play complemented by gourmet cuisine. It is the largest events space in the city (19,000Sq.ft) with meeting rooms named Newton, Einstein, Galileo etc and each room equipped with cutting-edge technology. A highly trained personalized concierge for events takes care of all aspects making it easier for the hosting company and ensuring that events are organised and run flawlessly. Unique breakout zones themed tea/coffee breaks and high-end service ware are some of their other USP’s.

The interiors of EQ: IQ is modern and chic whilst not taking away from the stellar offerings. The design is created allowing natural light to flow enhancing the experience of the guests. Comprising of three distinctive zones – Event, Dining and Social spaces EQ: IQ is a combination of public and private zones that will ensure meetings and events are more productive. The three small and one large meeting rooms can be combined with the free movement of walls to create a larger space making it perfect for gatherings of all sized groups. The dynamic seating created outside the meeting spaces is a perfect way to break the monotony of the traditionally styled meetings. One can unwind while sipping on tea or cocktails at Escoffier located in the pre-function area or enjoy a quick read at the sports-inspired library. A quick round of foosball or pool can help you relax in between the intense meetings/conferences.