Dream Home- Goa Vacation Home by Shabnam Gupta

The client wanted a home that exuded a serene vibe with warm engaging spaces but also has its share of quirky elements. The concept envisioned for this two-story structure was modern eclectic with hints of traditional elements. The intent in this project was to infuse pockets of greens within the interior spaces to break away from the concrete jungle like feel in cities.

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Upon entry, the round green seating with wooden angel wings is a striking visual. It is abstracted in two different shades emphasizing on the good and the evil. The living room breathes with a double height form-finish concrete ceiling and exposed white-painted brick walls. The dining area in the living is accentuated by the printed black and white floor and the concave dimpled ceiling, developed by placing ‘taslas’ within the slab before casting. On the other side the living room opens to the pool area framing the concrete faceted wall, bringing in diffused light through the slits.

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The stairwell volume is encased in a MS frame glazing which extends into a skylight above, overlooking the courtyard outside. It provides a constant flood of sunlight into the adjoining spaces throughout the day. The seating nook below the staircase acts a focal point with a pop of colour and letters. The home comprises of five bedrooms, each with its own character that is different from the rest.

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The master bedroom emphasizes the seasmless floor, walls and ceiling all in an egg white colour. There are leaf inserts in the wall to go along with brass inlay in the in-situ flooring and the vibrant hand painted hibiscus flowers on the walls. The kids’ bedroom houses the bed within the floor and reflects a sense of playfulness having been painted in a bright blue with a herringbone hardwood floor and white cane ceiling. All in all this is a home that adds the right bit of tranquility one wishes for in a vacation home.

Dream Home- Nagorniy Residence by Oleg Klodt

The client asked Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design to create a contemporary, stylish interior, where she could live comfortably with her family. The main issue was the restricted size of the apartment, in which she needed to arrange all the zones of strategic importance for her life.

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The main approach the studio took in the design concept was a balance of contrasts. The palette of colours is based on a combination of black, grey, and light-grey tones, set off with focuses of brighter shades – yellow, turquoise (the chairs), and orange (the scatter cushions on the sofa). There are levelled concrete floors throughout the apartment, and there is almost no textile used in the decoration. Comfort and softness is instead provided for with soft carpets, which make a harmonious combination with the tactile surfaces.

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The lounge is dominated by bright colours. The minimalist furniture recalls the swinging Sixties, and the decor creates a special atmosphere. There is a view to the kitchen from the lounge – the transparent chairs have bright-blue upholstery, while the dining-table is made from circular sections of plywood with a black top, with a textured metal apron.

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The master bedroom is decorated with panels of distressed glass, which highlight the tall tailor-made headboard, and the wall decorations. The children’s bedroom was specially designed for a young girl who is in love with everything British. The design of the room is based on British motifs and laid out in thematic British colours. The area above her bed is laid out using individual lighting, which has inscriptions and designs from the London Underground network. The opposite wall is decorated with photo-wallpaper showing views of Westminster Abbey – which gives a new perspective to the room proportions, giving it a broader feel. To impose the British symbol, the door to the bedroom imitates the doors of London’s legendary double-decker buses.

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Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design designed a project in which the different spaces in the apartment blend into each other, and so the overall feeling is one of holistic integrity. The overall result is a restrained and elegant interior, which combines the best of Belgian motifs with the style of a New York loft.

Dream Home- A Beautiful Apartment from Gerard Faivre, Paris

Gérard Faivre Paris transforms Parisian apartments and properties as ready-to-live works of art. Based on the pillars of comfort, luxury and originality, Gérard Faivre’s ‘Art Homes’ have revolutionised the Parisian property market. To transform each property into an original work of art, Gérard Faivre takes his inspiration from the soul of each home.  Depending on its atmosphere, the designer develops the perfect decor and fills it with works of art, tailor-made creations and vintage furniture.

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Transforming old apartments into prestigious homes is one of Gerard Faivre’s main talents. Beyond the decoration, each home is also equipped with electronic equipment and home automation systems.  A recent addition to his ‘Art Homes’ portfolio, this apartment was conceived as a ready to live in pied-a-terre with the view of Arc de Triomphe.  This particular apartment boasts of three lavish suites, a trio of living rooms and a sleek marble kitchen. In this home Faivre manages to create the perfect balance between clean modernism and contemporary artwork. The smooth grey tones used in the furniture and on walls balance perfectly the bold artistic elements like lighting, carpets, fireplace and painting which are eye-catching and bring a designers touch to the space. 

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Gérard Faivre Paris offers the opportunity to move into an exceptional residence without the usual constraints, which also include a dedicated concierge service similar to those found in the best Parisian Five-star hotels.

 

Brand Alert- Sicis at Milan Design Week

In the recent edition of Milano Design Week, SICIS presented its own unique vision of interior décor: contamination of styles and a balanced inspiration between classical and contemporary that offer ambiences of sophisticated comfort and elegance.

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A large residence welcomed the guests: each of the ten rooms, built and furnished according to a specific mood had been tailored on the market’s demand of originality, quality and completeness. The house opened to visitors as a magical entry, reproducing designs of the famous eighteenth century Japanese painter, Ito Jakuchu. They had thus been able to show the versatility of the VETRITE, a new and innovative covering material, used for floors and walls, to clad an entire wardrobe or a wellness room but also for exclusive panels with artistic mosaic, or table tops and other furniture.

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They had focused particular attention on the upholstered pieces, creating a series of proposals that best express the renewed textile collection TESSERE. Eclectic and harmonious, elegant and sophisticated is the style that the Company feels is its own and this year they have been able to share the same with visitors.

Brand in Focus- Sixinch Design India

The global leader of foam-coated furniture, Sixinch Design, marks its entry in the country with Sixinch India – owned by Namrata Seth and Gagan Deep Bhatia. Sixinch India is synonymous with panache and never-ending creativity. The name originates from the space between our ears – a mere‘six’ inch wide gap. Founded by Pieter Jamart and Michel Sels in 2003, the Belgian company, Sixinch, blends innovation with progressive design. Sixinch is globally known for creating, designing and manufacturing high-end foam coated furniture and architectural products. The flexibility of the Sixinch Technology allows one to create and customise full foam furniture [without any support of wood/spring] using high density foam which is seamlessly sprayed with a Sixinch weather-proof, flexible coating that results in a soft seating.

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Bringing in this global legacy to India, the leading designer and manufacturer Sixinch aims to create dramatic impact by offering their customers varied services like:

Sixinch Collection: A wide range that varies from the classic Louis furniture, to the award-winning organic Cliffy Sofa and other modern geometric shapes

Sixinch Custom Projects: The freedom and opportunity to turn one’s creativity into reality. The company excels in customized pieces as the Sixinch Technology offers the capability of producing virtually any shape of any size in any possible color

Sixinch Application: Sixinch products can be incorporated for commercial, retail, residential, hotel and other infinite possibilities across indoor and outdoor spaces. The company also aspires to make a notable difference by using this technology to sculpt wall surfaces and provide solutions for the medical, automotive and marine industry.

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Sixinch has been an essential tool in a designer’s portfolio and has gained reputation and recognition for its design and products. The company has been acknowledged globally with numerous awards and has many successful projects to its credit such as Goldman Sachs, Tiger Global, Google, Microsoft, Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Centre Pompidou, and Nespresso and has also collaborated with designer’s such as Tom Dixon & Karim Rashid.

Store Watch: Studio Creo

StudioCREO offers a unique and personal blend of furniture, lighting, flooring and home accessories from some of the most iconic Italian brands. With a minimalistic touch to works of art & design StudioCREO brings together inspirational and eclectic collections in a visually stimulating environment. Simple functionality, considered design and the latest innovation are the foundation of their philosophy. 

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The most recent highlighted collection is Nikoo Interiors, a carefully curated selection of furniture from Italy. The products are designer pieces from reputed brands such as Le Comfort, MAB, Calligaris, Ditre Italia, Tumidei and Midj, Diemmebi, Connubia amongst others. The quality promised by each brand is to reckon with for a luxury experience. In addition to easing the process of having this furniture, Nikoo Interiors also provides design assistance to select and customise the look customers aspire for. These products are designed in such a manner that they utilise space in the most effective manner. The pieces are light-weight and are accessibly priced, making home styling within reach. 

Visit Studio CREO
E-52, New Manglapuri, Mandi Road, New Delhi 110030
Contact: 011- 46002100

 

Parineeti Chopra’s Gorgeous Home, designed by Shabnam Gupta

Parneeti’s terrace is for laid back lounging and cheery conversations. Colourful, quirky cushions and interesting centre tables make for a unique setting. Simple home with bursts of colour is what Parineeti wished for, her interior designer Shabnam Gupta, from The Orange Lane gave her just that.

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Shabnam’s Tip, “The table can be lit with kerosene lanterns. Decorate with fairy lights, you can use them on the trees, pergola, etc. Rustic decors usually suit outdoor events really well and they can turn out really great if you pay attention to details. A simple wooden table, some miss-matched chairs and a table runner are enough to create a casual yet chic space.”

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Parineeti’s den is the area she spends most of her time. This area of her home is a mirage of colors. Shabnam took it a notch up with bright cushions in contrasting colors with fun paintings on the wall and made it the most eye-catching, fun room in the house. Shabnam says, “I am a big fan of making full use of the corner space. This could be a little corner in the living room or in the kitchen. It is a great space to unwind after a rough day.”

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Shabnam used royal blue on Parineeti’s balcony to make it enigmatic, added lots of greenery and carefully placed a swing seat to make it a cozy corner. According to Shabnam, ‘The key to create an amazing outdoor space is to have vertical garden & plants. They bring a sense of colour and depth to the space. Decorate the balcony edge with colourful potted plants to give out an air of coziness. You need some seating in order to truly sit back and relax! Place a bench on the side so you can enjoy the view from a stylish resting spot. The simpler they look the cleaner vibe they give.”

Store in Focus- Baro, Mumbai

In 2014, began a furniture experiment at the Highlight Films office in the commercial hub of Mumbai. It involved handmade furniture in reclaimed and old teak, largely speaking the mid- century modern language. In the course of two years the visitors were pleasantly surprised by what they found here. The experiment propelled the next steps and the concept evolved into a brand that has its own identity but draws on the ideas and inspiration that sparked Highlight Living. This is the genesis of BARO. The vision: a seamless union of aesthetics, ethics and ergonomics.

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The furniture collection consists mainly of co-founder Siddharth Sirohi’s designs, heavily influenced by the timeless mid-century modern movement, with a particular attention to the balance between form and function. The pieces are manufactured locally, using only reclaimed, weathered teak and an entirely natural linseed oil and beeswax polish. The approach is old school, relying on traditional wood joinery methods, but the result is as timeless as it is contemporary.

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Apart from original designs, one can also expect to find pieces of vintage furniture, which have been restored to an exquisite new form. Whether original pieces or restored classics, BARO furniture is a nod to the cherished wabi-sabi aesthetic. The accent is on the essence of a thing, with all its charms and flaws, rather than cosmetic appeal. When an old piece is restored, it is not to hide its natural ageing, but to celebrate it. And when a new piece is modelled, it is keeping in mind the principles of balance and transience.

Store address:
12, Sun Mills Compound, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Home Profile- For the Love of Dogs

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There are some who hesitate to adopt a pet citing lack of space. And then there is Rubina Dhankar Qadir Din, who insists that her home in Gurgaon belongs to her 46 dogs while she and her husband share the space with them.

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“Life has a strange way of working out.” Rubina says as we meet at her Barsati (terrace), which has been converted to a Living cum Dining space of their house. “I was married and living in Mumbai with my first husband for 14 years. At that point I was a journalist with NDTV and Times now. After my marriage ended I moved to Delhi with my mother and started working with JJ Vallaya as a brand manager,” she continues while sipping her herbal tea. After a few years she moved back and started an ad production company. During this time she dabbled in Interior Design for friends. Finally in 2012 Rubina moved back to Delhi where she met my current husband Abdul Qadir, a fitness instructor and Dog lover as she discovered. “Soon after we started living together in my condo in Gurgaon we started adopting street dogs. No one wanted these dogs and most had terminal illness’s. We started with 12 dogs who have now slowly gone up to 46,”

In the beginning of 2015 they decided to put the condo on rent and look for a larger house with open spaces for the dogs. She shares, “It was getting expensive to take care of them on just my husband’s income so I tried to figure career prospects too. Meanwhile, I put up images of the condo at various sites looking for people to rent.  People started complimented me on the space and design. Soon they started asking me to design their homes.”

The ground floor of the villa was also styled by her, but as the dogs grew in number the space appeared  more lived in. As a result they decided to focus on a living space at the Barsati. The Barsati has two basic rooms, converted as a living and dining area with the open space offering outdoor seating. The two rooms in fact have been left as raw as possible, with just single brick layers of the walls, tin roofs and aluminium doors.

Despite the almost raw sense of style, the space appears inviting. In her own words, “My style is very rustic chic and that is the style I am comfortable with. A lot of the furniture you see here has been designed by me, I believe in reasonably priced furniture but I’ll splurge on accessories. Fortunately my husband is also very house proud. He loves to gift me gorgeous home accents from different designers and stores. As a result, I have a collection of plates from Good Earth and some accessories from Oma. However, the two pieces which have stayed with me from my first house, is the Nepalese Tara statue and the Limited collection Fab India cabinet,” Perhaps due to the overall sense of bareness, we can’t help but notice the trunks. She confesses, “My husband is a hoarder and since the ground floor is devoted to the dogs, we had to find a creative way to store his t-shirts. To find a suitable storage solution, I sourced traditional trunks and made them work as part of the décor.”

Along with the trunk another very noticeable element is mirrors. There are at least three-four in each room along with posters and frame. For Rubina the use of mirrors came naturally, as she loves them, “I think they add character to a space, so I use them a lot. But most people can’t tell how many there are, as I place them in unique ways, each reflecting something unique, for instance the one in the living space reveals the reflection of the chandelier,” she shares.

When she initially started her business, Rubina would request clients to provide dog food as payment for her services. However she soon realised that people could be quite unfair. Sometimes, she would receive only two bags of dog food as payment for the whole house. “That experience shocked me. So now I have a transparent fee structure for my interior styling services. My business really picked up after eight months of styling homes. In fact, now I am tie-ups with different designers such as Sarita Handa, Elvy and so on.” she explains.

With 46 dogs living at home doesn’t entertaining guests pose a unique challenge, we wonder. She agrees, “We used to be sociable, but now with the dogs we rarely go out and even if people come over we hang out at the Barsati. However, my husband and I are both very content with the direction our lives have taken for both us and our babies,”

 

Review: Flick a Dish Cafe, New Delhi

Having stayed away from home in a different city for almost 4 years, I know that nothing can take away the feeling of missing Home cooked food. As a matter of fact, eating out is just never as good and given the crazy lifestyle we all lead, cooking dinner each day seems like very difficult task, so we end up avoiding doing so. Keeping this concept of ‘Ghar ka Khana’ in mind we have a new cosy cafe, called Flick a dish.

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The cafe looks like someones living room, with red walls and curios across the walls, vintage table clothes, antique teapots and old Bollywood movie posters. A little off the main Ring road in Delhi, the idea behind this cafe is to satiate all those desires for home cooked food. Most dishes have kept authentic flavours in mind, but there are a few experimental dishes like Omelette curry. We wanted to have a simple meal, so besides the omelette we tried the Paneer Mumtaz and Chicken Korma along with Tawa roti. But even most other dishes like Chicken Pakora, Baked mushroom in white sauce, Malai Kofta, Mutton cutlets and mutton chops looked quite delicious, a must try for next time and looked right out of our grandmothers kitchen. IMG_6347

The restaurant is run by Mrs Jyoti Mathur, the author of ‘My Cooking Recipe book for Special Children’, who believes in making every meal a memorable experience. With a very simple menu, the experience is definitely something I would recommend you go for if you are craving a simple no fuss meal in what could be your grandmothers living room.    

Name: Flick A Dish Cafe
Address: A-66, Dayanand Colony, Lajpat Nagar-4, New Delhi – 110024
Contact: 011-26472292-93, 9810115058
Timings: 12 noon till 11pm
Meal for two: Rs 800