Style Picks: Unusual Staircases

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By Isha Marwaha

When someone says “staircase” You always imagine some old and boring staircase which we all know and are seeing since our childhood.But why not go beyond that?Here are some amazing and incredible designs of staircases which you would like to build in your home to give your house a fancy look!

Blood vessel staircaseBlood-vessel Staircase

bookcase stairsBookshelf Staircase

ribbon staircaseRibbon Staircase

sensualscaping stairsSensual-scaping staircase

spiral stairsSpiral Staircase

New Launch: Depot29, New Delhi

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Till a few months back, Safdarjung Market was a regular colony market with a few regular shops, one Costa Coffee and one restaurant that has been there for eons. Today it has changed thanks to new entrants in the market like Depot 29, the brain child of Vikas Narula and Girjashanker Vohra in partnership with chef Ritu Dalmia (of Diva fame)

Depot29, www.stylecity.in

Depot29, www.stylecity.in

Depot29

Walking through the Elevator doors, it feel like you have walked into a New York city Loft, complete with Graffiti on the walls, Simple wooden furniture, reading lamps and exposed ceiling. DEPOT29 is an acoustically treated venue for artists, musicians and performers. The sonic quality has been kept live with a perfect balance across the complete frequency spectrum while the stage can comfortably accommodate troupes of 4. As a concept, DEPOT29 strives to encourage collaborations between artists from different genres and forms, to create a blend not seen before and combine it with great food by Chef Ritu Dalmia. Keeping to the theme of the place every dish in fact is a twist on a classic. I loved the serving of the guacamoles in little ‘chai’ glasses with espresso spoons, and I loved the combination of the Mango and Basil Guacamoles. For a great acoustic and food experience with a twist you should try out the new Depot 29

Address: Levels 2 & 3, B 6/2, Commercial Complex (Opp. Deer Park),
Safdurjung Enclave
Phone:011-49540029

Travel: Fountain Wonders

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By Isha Marwaha

Fountains have always been used as an accessory to decorate and embellish outdoor spaces. Water becomes an artistic form of expression as it dances over sculptures and skylines. Find here a few of our selections which continue to attract millions of tourists with their spectacular light and water shows, or just with their unique design, see how many you recognize, if not time to revamp your bucket list

Fountain-in-Place-de-la-Concorde, ParisDE LA CONCORDE FOUNTAIN IN PARIS

Magic Fountain, Barcelona, SpainMAGIC FLOATING FOUNTAIN, MENORCA,SPAIN

Swarovski_Fountain, innsbruck_AustriaSWAROVSKI FOUNTAIN, INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

Trevi Fountain, RomeTREVI FOUNTAIN, ROME

Archibald-Fountain-Sydney-AustraliaARCHIBALD FOUNTAIN, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

New Launch: ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi

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The food’s delicious… love the place… Et cetera… Etc. The word usually does get around… when something’s worth speaking about…Went there last week… the performances were great but the food, sinful…A little bit of everything… food… music… and it’s beautiful! Et cetera… Etc.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi

A lush forest extends torpidly around the place. The structure set within has tall window arches, high ceilings and colonial style interiors… The lavish indoor seating and welcoming outdoor patio looks upon a private courtyard that requests your satisfaction. The view of the Qutab Minar from the recently opened ‘Ambawatta One’  makes ‘ETC’ one of Delhi’s trendiest new openings this season.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi,www.stylecity.in

Each serving prepared by the multi-chef manned kitchen is a hearty ‘Bowlful’ to be remembered owing to, both, its flavour and presentation. The Terraces swank their own bar and oversized barbeque that are an emphasis on certain nights. The cuisine spans across South East Asia – the menu is a bold compilation, in the form of scrumptious smatterings of Thai, Chinese, Burmese, Indonesian, Japanese Etc.

ETC Pan Asian Cafe, New Delhi, www.stylecity.in

 “And If food is music to the body then music is food to the heart” – a mantra well followed by the owners of Etc.  The venue aims to provide a platform for acts from the world of performing & visual arts. An enviable calendar boats a variety of entertainment options for visitors on each visit with performances & displays by musicians, actors, comedians, dancers, singers and artists Etc. With the varied indulgences in order, a destination is borne, where visitors can expect to be pampered by good food and an ambience to match at any given point through the day, and at night. Be it an indulgent cup of coffee with a friend or meal well eaten with those you love, watching the sun set over the Qutab while relishing a cocktail while the chefs pamper your taste buds or tapping your worries away to the beat of your favourite band…A little bit of everything all parcelled in an abbreviation, Etc.

Address:Ambawatta One, 5/1 Kalkadas marg, New Delhi- 30
Phone:  +91 8826297104
Price: Meal for two approx Rs.2,200 (plus taxes)

Style Picks: Ancient Metal

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By Isha Marwah

After 70′s it is the first time brass is being so strongly used in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is also seeing a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished decorators are enjoying brass’s luxurious, yet industrial appeal, it is seen in everything from chandeliers, hanging lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and decorative accessories. Brass is an affordable metal and is perfect for adding an element of luxury and timelessness into 21st century interiors. Here are some modern interiors that are inspiring us

Branching Bubble light, Lindsey Adelmen lighting

Branching Bubble light, Lindsey Adelmen lighting

Bronze Doors

Bronze Doors

Residence by Catherine Kwong

Residence by Catherine Kwong

Residence by Windsor Smith

Residence by Windsor Smith

Brass Chairs by J J Valaya, Home of the Traveller

Brass Chairs by J J Valaya, Home of the Traveller

Trend: Graphic Flowers

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Traditionally Flowers are considered delicate and pretty, but 2014 sees them as graphic, modern and sharp. Taking 3D forms on fabric and tiles while the shoots are just spectacular.So here is this trend which is rocking the world from Spring till winter 2014

3D flowers, Matthew Williamson, Antonio Marras; Erdem

3D flowers, Matthew Williamson, Antonio Marras; Erdem

Floral Rooms Bedroom-modern-Livingetc

Floral Rooms

W Magazine January 2014 issue gives new meaning to florals for spring The spread styled by Edward Enninful and photographed by Michael Thompson

W Magazine January 2014 issue gives new meaning to florals for spring The spread styled by Edward Enninful and photographed by Michael Thompson

Floral Wallpaper

Floral Wallpaper

Store Watch: Room Therapy, Hyderabad

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The narrative is colourful with distinct Indian and globally influenced echoes. This is exactly the story that Sona Reddy’s store – Room Therapy tells. A step in and the stunning décor will surely have you drooling. Nestled in Hyderabad’s prime area of Jubilee Hills, the store stretches to an area of 3000 sq ft.”When I first designed the store, the first few things that came to my mind was to make it connect with the senses- a space that smells good, feels good and overall a visual feast to the eye” – Sona Reddy

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

The store designed by Sona herself has interiors that project subtle yet interesting look. East meets west with interesting feature walls, high ceilings, iron Corinthian pillars and industrial chandeliers, lights and accessories – all are customized by her. A quick glance and you will notice numerous feature walls – each done with distinctive elements that create a statement in itself. One of the walls – almost 12ft high, adorns old drawers as shelves with varied décor products on display. The main chandelier at the entrance is made of mesh and 300 bulbs- not only is it striking, it emulates what Room Therapy is all about. Another interesting thing is that she has documented the construction and the interiors with time lapse. So the whole process has been recorded!

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

Room Therapy, Hyderabad, www.stylecity.in

With constant new additions, Room Therapy offers a product range that can instantly add character and personality to every room in your home. Crafted to suit distinctive needs, the store has decorative accents to flaunt across varied categories. There are a variety of wall décor pieces, candle holders, figurines, art, functional décor, vases, plants and garden accessories, which can blend well with any décor style. For the floor, you will find rugs that are available in varied styles and designs – contemporary, weaves and traditional. Amidst the furniture category, are chairs, consoles, coffee-tables and chests that can give a classic touch to a space, while keeping it subtle. All these products are mainly designed and manufactured in various parts of the country along with selected destinations abroad.

Dream Home: 345 West Broadway by Casamanara

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Established in Monaco in 2010, CASAMANARA is the collaborative effort of this talented brother-and-sister duo Piero Manara and Debla Manara-Berger. An Interior Architecture and Decorative Arts bureau, the two work together designing luxurious interiors for a wide variety of corporate and private clients. Driven by a fascination with beauty and a genuine sensitivity to the needs of each client, Piero and Debla create projects that appeal to the aesthetic senses as well as the practical in equal parts. For them, the word ‘beauty’ encompasses the entire creative process. From the initial spark that ignites the idea, to its finalized embodiment. The two work closely with specialist craftsmen and artisans, in order to ensure a thoroughly exceptional result, creating pieces that are bespoke and beautiful from the inside out.The portfolio of CASAMANARA boasts a range of diverse interiors – from sprawling summer villas in the South of France, to urban lofts in Manhattan, pied-à-terres in Paris and a country home in the East of England. The projects they’ve taken on demonstrate their ability to adapt to all manner of terrains, personalities, and functionalities. Here is one such project

345 WEST BROADWAY, NEW YORK

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

DINING ROOM
Wall Paint: Ralph Lauren; Marmorino, Artwork: Damion Berger (black and white); Tierney Gearon (colour), Dining table: Charlotte Perriand by Cassina, Chairs: Cassina, Bowl: Ochre, Flooring: Bleached oak hardwood floor, Rug: ABC carpet, Bookshelf: Custom-made, designed by Piero Manara

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

LOUNGE
Rug: Cigierre, Italy, Coffee table: Vintage piece, Infinity Table by Paul Evans, 1970, Sofa: Custom-designed by Piero Manara, Cushions: Aviva Stanoff, Sculpture: Owanto, Wooden partition: Wengué wood, custom-designed by Piero Manara, Artwork: Damion Berger, Lighting: Nora; recessed framing projector lights, Flooring: Bleached oak hardwood floor.

Dream Homes: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

KITCHEN
Decorative items (Glass vases (Pic 1 & Pic 2): Aero, NYC, Worktop: Canyon red marble, Sink: Steel sink by Scholtes, Kitchen appliances: Gaggenau; Miele, Breakfast stools: B&B, Cupboards: Varenna, Flooring: Bleached oak hardwood floor.

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

BEDROOM
Back wall: Grey suede by Elitis, Bed: B&B Italia covered in Rubelli fabric, Bedside tables: Fratelli Boffi, Lamps: Raku lamps, Carpet: Banana silk, ABC concept, NYC, Chair: Dune armchair covered in Rubelli fabric, Decorative cushions on chair: Damion Berger, Curtains: Donghia fabric, Artwork: Damion Berger, Flooring: Siberian wood floor

Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in Dream Home: West Broadway New York,  Casamanara, www.stylecity.in

BATHROOM
Flooring: Siberian wood floor, white oil and smoked finish, Wardrobes: Custom-designed by Piero Manara, made in France, Wallpaper: Timorous Beasties, Cupboards: Custom-designed by Piero Manara, made in NYC, Sink: Kallista black glass, Mirror: Deknudt mirror, Belgium, Lighting: Urban archaeology, NYC

Take the Plunge

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By Isha Marwaha

Pools are no longer just a hole in the backyard of some resort and hotels. Nor are they just a feature a resort must provide.Pools can be any style, any shape, with unique features. They reflect a growing desire for style with features such as waterfalls, fountains, dramatic lighting and creative finishes.  Here are few unimaginable and exotic places all around the world where everybody’s desire is to be and cherish amazing moments in the pool, from Bali to Switzerland!! So what are you waiting for, pack your bathing suits and get ready to take the plunge…

Giola-Lagoon, Greece
Giola Lagoon, a natural pool near the village of Astris on Thassos in the Greek IslandsHanging gardens, Bali
The pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, IndonesiaThe Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas pool on the shore of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, IndiaBoucan by hotel chocolat, St Lucia
Pool at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St. LuciaThe Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast
The Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi CoastThe_Cambrian outdoor pool, Switzerland
The pool at the Cambrian in Switzerland

Trend: Comics Galore

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By Isha Marwah

So as we know this week marked the demise of Archie Andrews albeit it was in a spin off from the original Archie comics, in the series Life with Archie. Well for most of us he has been quite dead for quite some time, I really can’t remember the last time I picked up an Archie comic let alone read one, considering I still have shelves full from my teenage years. But that is not to say, the trend if going away, if anything comic book characters can never really die and movie franchise’s and designers are proving that for years. So here is our Pick to show why comics are cool and here to stay.

Bamford Presents Popeye, Rolex

Bamford presents PopeyeSeries of Watches, Rolex

ARCHIE'S girls, MAC, www.stylecity.in

Archies Girls, by MAC

Wolverine by Reebok, www.stylecity.in

Wolverine sneakers, Reebok

superhero-fashion, Jeremy Scott, www.stylecity.in

Superhero fashion, Jeremy Scott

Marvel Wall mural, Komars

Marvel Wall murals, Komars

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