In order to explore an acquisition deal and to boost the company’s presence in the home goods segment, Kohl’s is reportedly in talks with home decor retail chain At Home Group. However, there is no certainty on the deal between the two companies. Reports suggest that At Home Group was considering options such as to sell the business due to poor stock performance and the ever increasing competition. That said, the home decor chain is also said to be in advanced talks with private equity firms such as Hellman & Friedman. The home decor chain at present offers furniture, mirrors, rugs, art, housewares, tabletop, patio and seasonal décor, through 188 stores, in 38 US states, while Kohl’s currently operates more than 1,100 stores in 49 states of the US, as well as its online store, Kohls.com and Kohl’s mobile app.
Panasonic, one of the largest domestic manufacturers of electrical construction materials, housing, diverse electronics technologies and automotive space, has announced the launch of its first exclusive L-Class modular kitchen experiential and franchise store in Bengaluru. The new storeoffers alluring range of modular kitchens, which entail diverse patterns designed to suit the needs of every individual as well as access to some of the most unique and elegant kitchen designs in India to create personalised and attractive dinning space as per ones needs.
The new range of L-Class kitchen designs are three-storied compartments, which have the highest storage capacity than usual models and it is also inserted with surgical grade SS film to prevent dents, stains and maintain overall product appearance. Additionally, the L Class kitchen model offers an extra 10 per cent storage capacity along with a special feature called floor stocker along with smart units for efficient storage. The model ensures safety through earthquake locking system that protects cabinet’s contents from quakes and helps avoid potential damage. In addition, the facility of safety strip and dust-resistance helps enrich the overall product life.
Panasonic aims rapid expansion in the modular kitchen business by tapping metro cities, along with Tier-I and Tier-II cities. Panasonic is all set to mark its presence across 31 cities by FY 2020 with the inauguration of Panasonic stores in Bengaluru.
Talking about the launch, Vivek Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic Life Solutions India said, “Today’s consumers prefer smarter products that are more elegant, comfortable and easy to use. They are choosing new-age materials and selecting contemporary sophisticated designs for their homes. We understand the importance of the kitchen, as the most vital part of the home. We, at Panasonic, aim to go an extra mile and offer our consumers the most delightful kitchen experience with our newly designed L Class models.”
Franchise store address: Inner Ring Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru.
The US-based studio LOHA has designed a dormitory in central California University with open air walkways and staircases by using durable and economical materials. The residential building of the UCSB San Joaquin Student Housing Complex has been designed to capitalise on the area's pleasant coastal climate and to provide opportunities for socialising and outdoor living. Spread across 95,000 sq ft, the complex is made of two cluster of buildings, namely one with three structures and the other with four. Each cluster has a rectangular building, which is formed in U-shape around a central garden. For the perimeter elevations, the team has used white, corrugated metal cladding. The courtyard-facing walls are sheathed in grey plaster. The buildings contain a total of 60 residential units, study rooms, lounges and dining facilities.
Custom designed windows wrap the facades of Tbilisi’s tallest towers, which are designed by Alexander Mezhevidze. The windows of the two 37-storey Axis Towers are made by Reynaers Aluminium. The structure is identical in form with one clad in white stone while the other one is with black glass. The white tower contains apartments, while a hotel, offices and fitness facilities are in the glazed tower, which is topped by a bar. The structure is in spiralling forms and glass facades. They have been designed to resist seismic activity and high winds. These tailor-made window system gives the building plenty of light, thus reducing noise. It also creates a suitable luxury aesthetic.
Fredrikson Stallard has reportedly completed the Reformation collection of furniture and art, which is made using cardboard that was found on the streets of the city. The Reformation collection includes a series of low-level coffee tables, a cabinet and a console table made from bronze cast to resemble cardboard, as well as a dining table made from aluminium with a white lacquer finish, and wall-hung works. These pieces are cast from collages of cardboard. The London-based studio had reportedly collected huge quantities of abandoned cardboard packaging which had been discarded on the streets on London. The firm broke down the pieces of cardboard by tearing, folding and flattening it into collage compositions. The cardboard collages are put into an industrial steel-press to be flattened before being cast in metal. The collages tend to slip whilst being pressed, meaning that unexpected forms emerge.
Henning Larsen will be collaborating with four Chinese studios in order to design a two-square mile business district for Shenzhen. The four Chinese studios are Shenzhen Cube Architecture and Swooding Architects, the Urban Planning & Design Institute of Shenzhen and Why Art Projects SL. The Scandinavian firm had won a competition to collaborate with these Chinese consortiums. The firm is expected to create a new district on the waterfront that would become the new centre of the city in southeast China. The area is expected to contain offices and three signature towers and will be attracting companies to move their headquarters to the city. Also, the development will contain conference facilities and cultural venues.
Architect Vincent Callebaut reportedly wants to give Notre-Dame Cathedral a new roof that generates energy and contains an aquaponic farm. The Paris-based architect has proposed to transform the historic cathedral into an eco-friendly building, generating more energy than it consumes, while producing 21 tonne of fruits and vegetables a year. It is also expected to give the gothic structure a new face for the 21st century. The concept proposed by the architect includes a roof built from cross-laminated timber (CLT) beams pre-stressed with carbon-fibre slats, with a tall spire rising at the crossing. In between the timber beams, crystal-shaped glass elements would contain a living layer made from carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen, able to absorb light and transform it into power. Right under the roof, an urban farm would be set up and could be used to grow food that could be distributed across Paris.
Urbnarc has designed Adira Resort in Kerala. The resort, originating from existing landscape environment, is planned around the theme of backwaters. The original island was made of dykes and levees for rice cultivation. The architect has created this luxurious property taking inspiration from a painting by Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian landscape designer. The team worked on the plan to bespoke destination and the entire resort has been designed to be accessible by water, keeping the existing waterway framework of the property. The water channels within the resort enhances the backwater experience in the region and allows for water based connectivity. Spread across 7,000 sq m land area, the resort also includes a spa within a water garden. The bespoke arrival experience involves guest arriving on customised traditional kerala houseboats while getting a flavor of the local fishing culture and the magical back-water landscape
ODD Architects has reportedly designed a residential tower with with facades made of rhythmic archways and terraces, that aim to create a bioliphic barrier between the structure and its urban setting. The sunflower tower is a direct response to increasing urbanisation without consideration for the natural landscape. The tower has been inspired by the formations of sunflower seeds and petals. Its floor plan creates a repeated pattern of archways, which frame the terraces of each apartment. Each of it contains a mini forest, which surrounds the apartment, thus creating pockets of plant life at each junction.
forests' ‘this assembly is based on repetition, generating a biophilic skin that positions the project towards an equilibrium between the built and the natural world’, odd architects said.
working together to create a vertical ecosystem, the tower would serve as a depository of plant and animal life, utilizing its equatorial context. in the city of quito, where it is envisioned, the sun is positioned at an almost perfect 90 degrees, and seasons do not exist. as a result, architecture and particularly high-rise buildings have the immense potential of becoming vertical ecosystems that can take advantage of the equatorial luminance.
‘as cities continue to grow, the natural landscape along with its endemic species is increasingly under threat’, odd architects continues. ‘with the ability to thrive all year round, incorporating a self-sustaining ecosystem into the built environment reduces the tower’s carbon footprint, and creates a constant and direct connection with nature.’
Homevista Decor and Furnishing will be reportedly expanding in two new cities. The brand, which runs online interior design and furniture company HomeLane, is expected to expand in Kolkata and Pune and invest Rs 1.5 billion. In the coming year, the startup is reportedly aiming to add nearly 1,000 homes in both the cities. That said, HomeLane is also expected to add 200 new interior designers in these two cities. The company expects to make up nearly 4 per cent of its business by the end of the year from Kolkata and Pune. At present, the startup has reportedly delivered over 3,900 projects in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and the National Capital Region (NCR). The company expects around 25,000 new home units to come up in the real estate market in Kolkata and Pune this year. Also, it has 10 offline experience centres across India. HomeLane provides end-to-end interior design solutions to customers.