Asian Granito India forays into sanitaryware

Apr 22, 2019

In order to become a complete bathroom solutions player, tile maker Asian Granito India (AGL) has forayed into sanitaryware with around 160 stock keeping units (SKUs) in products including wash basins, water closets (WC), and urinals, among others. The company, at an investment of Rs 80 million, has adopted an asset and capital light strategy by opting for the outsourcing model for its initial foray into sanitaryware. The company’s sanitaryware business is expected to garner a revenue of Rs 800-1,000 million in the coming four to five years. Reportedly, AGL is expected to see a commercial launch of AGL Sanitarywareby June 2019 across India. Besides, the company is also expected to foray into faucets in the coming years in order to become a complete bathroom solutions player.


France to organise a competition to design a new spire for Notre-Dame

Apr 22, 2019

France is reportedly planning an an architectural competition to design a replacement spire for Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which had collapsed during the fire. The announcement of the competition was reportedly made by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, where he stated that instead of simply recreating the original spire, a new design is required to adaptto the techniques and the challenges of the current era. The spire was not a part of the original structure. It was built in the 12-13th century. The first spire is believed to have been part of the roof between the 13th and 18th centuries, but was removed due to wind damage.French architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc had added a new spire over the transept as part of his restoration in the 19th century.

BIG completes Massachusetts University building with domino effect walls

Apr 18, 2019

Resembling falling domino effect, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has completed an extension to the business school at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with gradually sloping walls. The New York firm has teamed with Boston firm Goody Clancy. Spread across 70,000 sq ft, the business innovation hub accompanies the original Isenberg building in order to provide a flexible space for students and faculty. The buildings linear structure is bent to form a full loop framing an internal courtyard for the life of the students. Its facades are pulled away in a domino effect to create a generous invitation from the Haigis Mall to the Learning Commons. The slanting roofline forms a feature of the 5,000 sq ft ground floor common area. Also, the three-storey building provides an internal garden.


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Crabtree launches India's first Futuristic Smart Experience Centre

Apr 17, 2019

In order to enhance its growth rate and deepen its engagement with customers, Crabtree has launched India’s first Futuristic Crabtree Smart Experience center in Jalandhar, Punjab. It is reportedly the first-of-its-kind initiative in the industry and aims to provide a holistic experience to the customers by live experience of smart products under one roof offering instant solutions for specific needs related to modern homes. The smart experience centre will help customers to explore, purchase and experience Crabtree's most intuitive and advanced range of products such as smart range of switches, switchgears, security systems and home automation products based on IoT and other futuristic technologies. Besides, the company has also unveiled an ultra-modern and aesthetically advanced range of Smart Touch switches.

Formafantasma and Dzek create tile collection from volcanic-ash

Apr 17, 2019

In order to glaze their collection of surface tiles, Formafantasma and Dzek have collected volcanic ash from Mount Etna in Italy. The Amsterdam-based duo and the architectural materials brand had presented the ExCincere collection of volcanic ash-glazed porcelain tiles during the Milan design week. The tiles are rectangular and feature yellow-brown tones. Available in two sizes and five volcanic glazes, the tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor surfaces. The tiles consists of fragments of pulverised rock, including basalt rock – a magnesium and iron-rich volcanic rock created by the rapid cooling of lava.The project follows on from Formafantasma's 2014 project De Natura Fossilium, a series of homeware objects made of basalt rock formed after Mount Etna erupted in 2013.


Notre Dame Cathedral: The burning of a spiritual beacon

Apr 16, 2019

The Cathedral of NotreDame, where a large fire broke out recently, is among the most famous landmarks in Paris, drawing about 13 million visitors a year. The fire that tore down one of the architectural heritage of France was reportedly controlled early Tuesday. The fire brought its towering spire and roof crashing to the ground and destroyed the 850-year-old UNESCO world heritage landmark.


The cathedral was reportedly undergoing extensive renovation. Reports suggest, the cathedral was in dire need of a makeover as weather and time had taken a toll on the building.


The cathedral had been build on the ruins of earlier churches and its construction went on for many decades. Major work had been accomplished between 1163 and 1250, where countless masons and craftsmen immensely contributed to the cathedral's construction. The cathedral, which was built on a small island called Île de la Cité, was considered as a jewel of medieval Gothic architecture. New level of refinement, structural innovation and artistic expression to the style through the height had been incorporated in the construction of the cathedral. The variety of ornamentation and effects of stained glass on light highlights the roots of the structure. The structure, ornament and architectural effects of light and shadow have embedded Notre Dame within French political history.


Though the flames have partially demolished the rich cultural legacy of France, French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the cathedral, which was once a spiritual beacon and an architectural marvel.

Philippe Starck, Kartell and Autodesk design the world's first AI chair

Apr 16, 2019

Philippe Starck's AI chair for Kartell is reportedly the first chair designed using artificial intelligence to be put into production. The chair was launched at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair during Milan design week 2019. It has been designed by Starck, using prototype generative design software developed by Autodesk.Starck has used Autodesk's prototype software to create a strong, stable chair using minimal material. The software has reportedly went through a process of learning in order to create a chair that was comfortable, structurally sound, and adhered to both Kartell and Starck's aesthetic preferences.The chair is produced via injection moulding, a manufacturing technique that the software was taught about so it would take the constraints of the process into account when coming up with the design.

Michele de Lucchi creates Earth Station

Apr 16, 2019

Michele de Lucchi’s Connecting Experiences comprises of a series of spaces that encourage visitors to engage with a selection of Poltrona Frau products by working, relaxing and learning together. The showroom installation are delineated by wooden screens, which are intended to add depth to the rooms whilst also creating privacy. The architect’s Milan-based studio ADML had been commissioned Poltrona Frau following a research project called Earth Stations, which he conducted over a period of two years.The project has culminated in the design of several conceptual buildings. The 3D models of these buildings are displayed on a dedicated gallery with the Poltrona Frau showroom. The showroom also features a co-working space and coffee bar. Also, the spaces include a reading room and a conference room.

Rodolfo Dordoni works with international designers for his latest furniture collection

Apr 15, 2019

Rodolfo Dordoni has informed that Minotti is planning on working with a diverse range of international designers in order to develop its identity. His latest collection of Italian furniture showcases new pieces of furniture from designers such as Nendo, Christophe Delcourt, GamFratesi, Studio MK27 and Dordoni. This year, his work has involved curves as compared to previous square geometrical forms. Among the new products launched are three sofa systems – West and Lawson, both designed by Dordoni, and Daniels, which was designed by Delcourt.Dordoni, who has been working with Minotti since 1997. The furniture features sofa seats backed with solid leather panels, and tables designed to seamlessly integrate with the seating elements.


HGH India aims to capitalise on growing Indian home decor market

Apr 15, 2019

HGH India is reportedly looking to capitalise on the growing home decor market in India as the home decor market is growing nationally at 20 per cent. The annual B2B trade show of home textiles, home decor, gifts and housewares will be held from July 2 to 4 in Mumbai. The show has been successful in bringing export-oriented manufacturers to the Indian market. Reportedly, the makers of handicrafts in Jodhpur and Moradabad, carpets in Bhadohi, kitchen linen in Karur and handlooms in Kannur, who were focusing on the export market, have now good presence in the domestic market after participating in the show. The show is known to connect the Indian market for home products and gifts with retailers, artisans and micro-enterprises.