IKEA To Launch Unique African Line By 2019 Using Local Expertise!

Feb 17, 2017

The international furniture giant, IKEA, has recruited few of the best designers from seven African countries to create an exquisite African line in order to tap into the current “creative pulse” happening across the continent, says IKEA spokeswoman Johanna Martin.

Judging from the designers’ profiles, the range will unveil more than just ottomans in colorful African wax print textiles or beaded jewelry, and will explore what exactly “African design” means in 2017.

The team includes architects Christian Benimana from Rwanda, Issa Diabaté from Côte d’Ivoire and Nairobi-based Bethan Rayner and Naeem Bivji—all of whom have a focus on sustainable design with a social conscience. Product designers Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck bring the innovation that drives their Dakar design studio to the project, with fashion designers Selly Raby Kane, from Senegal, and South Africa’s Laduma Ngxokolo.

Post the collection launch in 2019, Ikea’s outlets will go beyond their current Morocco and Egypt, into new markets. 

Grohe Blue Home Named ‘Kitchen Innovation Of The Year 2017’

Feb 16, 2017

Consumers have voted Grohe Blue Home as the Kitchen Innovation of the Year 2017 on the occasion of Ambient, the leading consumer goods show, in Frankfurt. This honour holds a special place for the brand as it comprises both a nomination round by a panel of expert judges and a concluding round inclusive of the consumers’ opinion. Having scored the best results in the “kitchen sinks and faucets” category, the innovative and highly functional GROHE Blue Home water system garnered the prestigious “Golden Award Best of the Best” award.

Grohe AG CEO Michael Rauterkus, takes pride in being rewarded for their efforts of designing “user-friendly” products that add value to people’s lives. The nominated products were assessed on seven criteria in particular, namely operating comfort/functionality, product benefit, innovation, design, materials, ergonomics and ecology. Grohe Blue Home’s modern drinking water system supplies filtered and chilled water with three selectable carbonation levels straight from a dedicated kitchen sink faucet, thereby obviating the need for industrialised water bottling as well as for driving to beverage stores and carrying heavy water crates. Compared to bottled water, the contribution to consumers’ carbon footprint can be shrunk by approximately 61%.

Marcs Fornes Installs Massive Aluminium Sculpture At Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center

Feb 15, 2017

New York based artist, Marc Fornes, has completed a permanent installation at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. Suspended from the building’s atrium, the coral-like sculpture, called Under Magnitude, showcases Fornes’s Structural Stripes, a material system cut from flat pieces of aluminum.

The branching installation, composed of 4,672 riveted components, achieves a curvilinear form similar to Frei Otto’s soap bubble model. Fornes bent the aluminum slats in a way that makes them sturdy enough to support human weight, despite their one-millimeter thickness.

Under Magnitude’s white color continues a palette that Fornes established in past works, such as Labrys Frisae at Art Basel Miami 2011 and NonLin/Lin Pavilion, shown at the Frac Centre in France. 

Opple Lighting Launches ‘Pipe’ – Portable & Flexible Table Lamp

Feb 14, 2017

Opple, a global integrated lighting solutions company, and one of World’s Leading LED Lighting brand today launched their new ‘Pipe’ table lamps. This is a new addition to their range of LED table lamps.

This product has been designed to offer smartness and portability to everyday life with a flexible angle that can be twisted as per one’s own convenience. Along with this, it offers a clip that can be attached to any kind of base, like a table, laptop, etc. This handy light provides flicker free and uniform light output that is healthy for the human eyes. It also has another feature of adjusting the brightness as per requirement.  A user can adjust its illumination to 10%, 40% or 100% by use of a simple touch button. This way, it protects the eyesight and brings in additional visual relaxation, reinforcing their motto of “Healthy Lighting”, as stated by Mr. Rambo Zhang, India Head, Opple Lighting.

Available for Rs. 1455/-, ‘Pipe’ is also easily chargeable, which comes with a 2.0 USB jack that can be connected to any power source. For more details, log on to www.opple.com

Architect Christopher Benninger Honoured With ‘Suryadatta Lifetime Achievement Award 2017’!

Feb 10, 2017

Every year on the occasion of Suryotsav, Suryadatta Group of Institutes organises a weeklong annual celebration in the first week of February. Intercollegiate competitions are held including socio-cultural activities, sports, debates, business games, various days celebration etc.

To celebrate its foundation, Suryadatta organizes the ‘Suryadatta National Awards’ to the distinguished national as well as international personalities for their remarkable contribution to their respective fields including Fashion Design, Interior Design, Hospitality Management and many more! Now a 14-year tradition for the company, this year the Awards were held on 7th February 2017 at their Bavdhan Campus in Pune. 

Among many other categories, one of our many esteemed contributors to CW Interiors Magazine, Architect Christopher Benninger from Christopher Charles Benninger Architects was a recipient to the prestigious ‘Suryadatta National Life Time Achievement Award 2017’.  

Wishing our renowned architect heartiest congratulations and all the luck to win more such awards and endeavours in the future!

Gauri Khan Unveils Her ‘Signature Collection’ For Tisva

Feb 10, 2017

Gauri Khan unveiled her signature collection of Tisva luminaires at their lighting studio in Mumbai, post her partnership with the brand in November 2016. This collection of aesthetic luminaires is an expression of creativity that has been inspired by pure light.

In the presence of all renowned architects from across the country, Gauri Khan was enthused about the “stunning” collection, which she vouched to use in all her following design and decor work!

This collection features an exquisite range of handmade and mouth-blown crystal chandeliers and wall lights from Spain, where the oldest traditions of glass blowing are combined with the most advanced and innovative technologies. The range also includes handcrafted borosilicate chandeliers, pendants and chrome plated lights that form elegant lighting effects in any space.

On the occasion, Vikas Gandhi, Vice President, Tisva was delighted about how Bollywood’s favourite celebrity interior designer was able to reflect “Tisva’s philosophy of providing the Indian consumers, the best of lighting technology and design” through her newly launched artistic work.

The gorgeous Signature Collection will be available at select Tisva stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Chandigarh.

EuroKids Partners With Spacewood To Launch Child Friendly Furniture

Feb 09, 2017

In a first-of-its kind move by a pre-school, EuroKids International, India’s NextGen Pre-school chain has joined hands with Spacewood, a leading manufacturer of furniture solutions to provide child-friendly furniture at all existing 900+ pre-schools in India and at all pre-schools added in future. 

Ergonomically designed, the child-friendly furniture boasts of attractive designs, world-class quality and unmatched durability. Besides, the furniture is not only child-friendly, but also environment-friendly with zero to very low carbon footprint.

EuroKids International Co-founder and CEO, Prajodh Rajan over the foundation’s 15-year tenure, has always kept his pre-school students’ “development, safety and engagement” at top priority. Their partnership with Spacewood is just another step in the direction to “provide ergonomically designed, environment friendly classroom furniture” for the kids. Spacewood Director, Kirit Joshi shows enthusiasm with this partnership as this provides them with a platform to touch upon a “complete innovative concept in the Indian market”. 

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017 Goes Cashless With FreeCharge!

Feb 09, 2017

FreeCharge, India’s fastest growing digital payments platform, today announced its association with Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) 2017as its ‘exclusive wallet partner’. The partnership is aimed at providing a swift and secure way to make cashless payments during the festival this year. The cultural extravaganza from Feb 4th until Feb 12th will witness a fabulous mix of visual, performing and culinary arts, right in the heart of Mumbai.

FreeCharge has partnered with Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, India’s largest free multicultural festival with a vision to promote the growth of digitization across the country and also to facilitate a mechanism for secured payments in the fastest and most effective way possible. FreeCharge will be partnering with over 120 vendors at the festival ranging from food to music, art, literature etc. Additionally, customers will get a chance to avail exciting cash back offers daily.

Expressing his thoughts on the partnership, Mr. Govind Rajan, CEO, FreeCharge, was thrilled to “offer everyone a hassle-free” one-of-a-kind cashless experience at KGAF 2017. Brinda Miller, Director, KGAF 2017 put forth the ease of sales for her vendor clients with the cashless payment gateway.

British Paints Launches "Color Touch" Mobile App Enabling Users A Virtual Experience Before Purchase

Feb 08, 2017

British Paints, which traces its origins back to 1919, took another step forward in empowering customers to make best informed choices before they actually initiate purchase – this is through their digital initiative “Color Menu Color Touch”. This app is available for free download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

This Color Touch app includes features such as choosing your colour from the fandeck, choosing customized colour combinations, searching nearby dealers for a convenient commute, glancing through the brand’s entire product catalogue, viewing the company’s famous television commercials and corporate videos and of course, accessing the brand’s most important aspect today – its social media accounts.

Ranjit Singh, President, British Paints takes pride in the trustworthyness of the app as it also shares “complete technical details” of the brand and products, hence, also enabling “the entire family to participate in the selection of colors, room by room, as also for exteriors, thus ensuring complete satisfaction with the choices made”. 

Osram Lighting Solutions Acquires Maneri-Agraz Enterprises, Extending Business To South U.S.

Feb 08, 2017

German firm, Osram Lighting Solutions has acquired the business operations of Houston, Texas-based Maneri-Agraz Enterprises. Maneri-Agraz Enterprises serves as a national provider of energy efficient lighting solutions for commercial and industrial facilities and delivers lighting solutions to a range of markets from warehousing and manufacturing to retail and the public sector.

Maneri-Agraz’s clients include large and renowned food and beverage production and distribution facilities, aerospace facilities, and technology companies, among others. Osram will add Maneri-Agraz to its service division Sylvania Lighting Solutions (SLS), which is a segment of Osram’s Lighting Solutions business unit. John Maneri, Founder, Maneri-Agraz, and future Consultant of Sylvania Lighting Solutions, takes pride in becoming part of the lighting business giant.

According to Eladia Pulido, CEO, Osram, the deal helps extend Osram’s service business into the industrial and commercial business sectors in the South and Southwest regions of the U.S.