Pepperfry, the leading furniture and home products company, has reportedly opened its new offline outlet in Thiruvananthapuram in order to widen its presence in South Indian cities. The new offline store Studio Pepperfry is the second in the state after the company owned Kochi Studio Pepperfry store. The new store has been reportedly established in partnership with Geosam Furnishings. The store is expected to offer variety of finishes, cutting-edge designs, quality products and free on-store design consultancy. At present, there are 12 Pepperfry Studios in South India across cities such as Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mysore and Thiruvananthapuram.
A collection of candle holders and bookends has been reportedly designed by Tom Dixon. The Swirl collection is made from a newly developed material which resembles 3-D marbled paper but has the weight of a stone. Reportedly, the collection is made from recycled powdered residue from the marble industry. On account of its nature of pigmentation and the pouring process, the collection bears unique colour formations and markings. Swirl includes three different types of candle holders, namely stepped, cone and dumbbell, while the bookends are differently patterned.
A three-day Amaravati Designer Festival 2019 will be reportedly organised by AP-CRDA and Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) at CK Convention, Mangalagiri. The three-day designer fest is expected to start from February 1. As Andhra Pradesh is transforming as the destination in the field of construction and attracting investors, this initiative aims in bring designers from around the world under one roof. Reportedly, Peter Rich, Norman Foster, Kamal Malik and Surya Kakani are a few among the participants who would participate in the festival. Also, the fest is expected to bring architecture students, real estate dealers and builders together to learn the latest innovations in the field of construction and designing.
Ashwin Mallya has reportedly unveiled elongated hexagonal tiles for flooring and wall. Kona, derived from the Sanskrit word for angle, is a 5 x 10 inch tile and is available in 28 colours. Among the patters are Crazy Green to Nursery Pink, combinations, Half and Half, field rendered in striped or diagonal formats, triangular Twin Peaks, and the concentric-band Stepwell. The hexagonal collection is in association with Bharat Floorings & Tiles, which was launched by Pherozesha Sidhwa.
The world’s first vegan guest suite inside a London hotel has been reportedly created by food design studio Bompas & Parr. the studio has made sure to omit the use of leather, wool and feathers for its interiors. The interiors are decked with plants, thus making it vegan-friendly. A majority of surfaces have been upholstered in Piñatex, a leather-alternative fabric originally developed by company Ananas Anam, which is made from cellulose fibres found in waste pineapple leaves. The rooms is furnished with slate-grey seatings, bright red scatter cushions and flower-embroidered headboard, which are designed by Emily Potter.
Japanese studio Nendo has designed crystal trays and homeware accessories with flat-cut crystals. The collection reportedly features four sizes of crystal tray called Soft Pond, and Tangent, a series of cube-shaped frames that hold various assortments of metal rings and crystal discs depending on their function. The trays are discs of four blue or green crystals that are layers on top of each other. The frame features overlapping metal structures which are designed to function as a candle holder, vase, tray and a mirror. Either in a mirrored finish with blue or matte black finish crystals, the frames are available.
Atelier Riri has reportedly completed a cluster of guest cabin clad in charred teak at a small resort on the Lombok island. The Indonesian architecture has designed the Kiyakabin resort, which is surrounded by a shared swimming pool. The Kiyakabin resort consists of three accommodation units with a communal restaurant and storeroom. The cabin represents the Sasak culture and is built in collaboration with local artisans. That cabins are built using local materials by using a timbre-frame construction method. The cabins are clad in locally grown teak wood. The natural teak finish is left exposed on some of the sheltered external walls and throughout the interiors, creating a distinct and contemporary contrast with the blackened cladding.
Weiss/Manfredi has been reportedly commissioned to redesign the embassy campus in New Delhi, India. The New-York-based architecture firm is expected to reimagine the campus new office building, support annex and surrounding landscapes of 28 acre. The firm is well-know for its work blending architecture with broader landscapes. The commission is also expected to restore the early modernist Chancery Building currently on the site, designed by Edward Durell Stone. With an aim to beautify the campus which will create a new foundation for American diplomacy in India, the landscapes will be provided with large canopies to provide shade, reflecting pools and garden wall.
Patricia Urquiola has reportedly fitted out the BMW Welt exhibition space with a swirling blue and green terrazzo floor within a 3-D printed frame. Inspired by the colours of the car company's M8 Gran Coupe concept car, the Spanish designer used her surface design to translate, extremely intuitively, the apparently fractured ice surface, green colour, which appears to change in tone against different lights. Besides, space has cars and lounge areas, featuring original artworks by Urquiola. The company has reportedly used robotic technology to 3D-print a bioplastic frame a couple of centimetres tall.
In order to bridge the gap in the market for luxurious and unique rugs, interior design firm Soucie Horner has reportedly partnered with the Tatosian brothers. The duo has reportedly formed the Chicago-based SHIIR. SHIR rugs come in the most high-end of materials such decadent cashmere or sleek leather. Interior designer Shea Soucie and her partner Martin Horner had established an interior design firm Soucie Horner year after in the industry, while brothers Oscar and Sarkis Tatosian are the third-generation rug purveyor of Oscar Isberian.