Viega Collaborates With WASH United & UNICEF To Achieve Team Swachh Bharat’s Mission

Dec 14, 2016

Through the Swachh Bharat Mission’ (SBM) initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of his aims was to provide every Indian the access to toilets by Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday on 2nd  October 2019.

‘Team Swachh Bharat’ is an initiative, co-developed by WASH United and UNICEF, to implement exactly this goal.  Viega is the first company to join the distribution of Team Swachh Bharat’s Action Kits to 3,500 schools, thereby reaching up to 7,00,000 children across India. This kit combines play-based learning with rule-based habit formation and engages children through daily and weekly activities throughout the academic year, thus improving “the standards of hygiene in the country in a sustainable manner”, comments Anna Viegener, Member of the Management Board and Shareholder of Viega.

Thorsten Kiefer, founder and CEO of WASH United, acknowledges this Viega’s commitment to invest in “production facilities for sanitation products in India” and “improve the living conditions of the people”. 

Lee Mindel's Design Collection Being Auctioned At Philips!

Dec 14, 2016

Architect & Designer and Interior Design Hall of Fame member, Lee Mindel will auction an extensive collection of his art and design objects in a sale at Philips, namely “Light & Aerie: The Collection of Lee F. Mindel, FAIA” as he is relocating from his New York City penthouse to a new tower by Herzog & de Meuron in TriBeCa.

Over a span of 30 years, Mindel has accumulated art, which includes works by celebrated design talents Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Ettore Sottsass, and others. "[Building the collection] was discovering my own deconstructed architectural DNA—finding the opportunity to surround oneself with the great minds of design and architecture as articulated in their works," Mindel says.

The sale of his art, a.k.a over 150 showpieces, provides Mindel with an opportunity to start afresh in his new home. "We are always in search of a new case-study type in architecture that seamlessly integrates architecture, interior, and context," he says.

IKEA Introduces 3D Knit Furniture Into Its PS Collection

Dec 13, 2016

The Swedish furniture brand, IKEA introduces its 3D knit PS 2017 armchair, which has a mesh back and sides stretched across a powder-coated steel frame. It is designed to be a light weighted, semi-transparent armchair that also lends a sense of "airy openness and space", comments Sarah Fager, In-house Designer at IKEA.

Based on a digital design, 3D-knitting uses computer-controlled manufacturing machines that knit fibers into intricate shapes. The technique was invented for the garment industry, but is gradually finding its place in the world of design and architecture.

Available in various colours, this £125 3D-knitted chair is part of the company's PS (post scriptum) collection, which is renewed once in three years with a different focus, trends and collaborations.

Morphogenesis Gets Hired To Design The Largest Office Center In The World

Dec 13, 2016

Delhi-based architecture firm, Morphogenesis has won the architectural competition to design the world’s largest center of 65,00,000 sq. ft. for diamond trade. The project restarted after a 1.5-year delay, with the Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani laying the foundation stone on 23rd October 2016.

Equipped with up-to-the-minute amenities such as safe deposit vaults, Customs clearance house, exhibition, training and entertainment centers, World Standard Convention Center, restaurants and a club, this diamond estate will accommodate over 4,000 offices and 1.5 lakh people.

According to the firm, the interior spaces are all planned ‘inside-out’, enhancing the idea of modernism through optimum use of space and resources, intelligent structural design and efficient distribution of cost. 

US Investment Company Buys 80% Stake In Philips’ Lumileds

Dec 13, 2016

Royal Philips NV, better known as Philips, has agreed to sell an 80.1% stake of its lighting brand ‘Lumileds’ to a US-based investment company, Apollo Global Management LLC, while retaining the rest. Philips, headquartered in Amsterdam, claims to receive $1.5 billion in the future, from the deal valued at a $2 billion once completed.

Reportedly, the deal was sealed after a year of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) rejected a $2.8 billion deal from Chinese investment firm, Go Scale Capital to buy Lumileds, due to US national security concerns as Apollo was a safer bet even though the offer was lower.

As stated on its website, Lumileds is the largest supplier of lamps to the auto industry, serving one out of every three cars in the world since 2014. 

Tom Dixon Lights Up The Welcome Lane Of The Television Centre

Dec 12, 2016

Tom Dixon, Creative Director of the renowned lighting brand, Tom Dixon crafts a spectacular and festive suspended light installation in the welcome lane of Television Centre in London’s borough, White City. The inspired work in the newly landscaped area off Wood Lane was opened to the public on Thursday, 1st December 2016.

The designer’s light installation is sponsored by White Noise, a live research project about urban change based in White City and Stanhope.

With a total of 160 geodesic brass pendant lights that dramatically illuminate the bare-branched trees, have been designed using intricately engraved and patterned razor thin brass sheets. Part of his Etch family of designs, these structures cast beautiful shadows when switched on together.

Interested art aficionados may find more of his outstanding work in museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.

Cofounders of Architezer Complete New Jersey’s Apartment Tower With Gridded White Exteriors

Dec 12, 2016

Architects Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects, co-founders of architecture website Architizer, have completed a 53-storey apartment tower in New Jersey’s Journal Square, quite similar to the 432 Park Avenue skyscraper in Manhattan.

Clad in aluminium panels, the high-rise building has a rectangular form and gridded windows, and consists of a slender shaft rising from a splayed base. Containing 538 rental apartments, it includes amenities such as a yoga studio, an outdoor pool and a "sky lounge" on the 53rd floor.

The team has skillfully taken care of both the regional and neighbourhood aspects while constructing the tower by setting the building 85 ft above sea level, and being distinctly visible to every New Yorker, and on the other hand, creating smaller volumes in the lower portion of the skyscraper to blend with Jersey’s surrounding structures respectively.

According to Hollwich, this “powerful landmark” in front of the Journal Square PATH station epitomizes Jersey City being an “extension of Manhattan. 

BMC Partners With IHS To Bring “Art In The Park” To Your Neighbourhood

Dec 12, 2016

The civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in conjunction with the Indian Heritage Society (IHS) has pioneered an initiative named “Art in the Park” across Mumbai, to bring traditional art and culture to the gardens in your vicinity. The service will have art and craft workshops (quilling, diya making, hand-puppet making, etc.), open-art gallery, music and dance performances showcasing the traditional, folk and classical art forms of the country.

Anita Garware, chairperson of the IHS, comments on the lack of effective and creative use of open spaces in the city and appreciates BMC’s help with providing public gardens for conducting events with “local participation and sponsorship”.

The open-art gallery arranged in these events provides a platform for budding students from JJ School of Arts, Rachana Sansad and the LS Raheja School of Arts, and also municipal school students and specially-abled children.

The most recent event was held at the Veer Ratna Baji Prabhu Udyan in Dadar West, whereas the schedule includes upcoming events at the Priyadarshini Park in Napean Sea Road on 17th and 18th December, 2016.

“C By GE” Smart Lamp Has All Alexa’s Capabilities Under One Design

Dec 09, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio-based global leader GE Lighting is launching a suite of Internet-connected products, the first of which is the new “C by GE” – a smart, LED lamp with embedded Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS). 

The smart features of this lamp prove Jeff Patron’s (General Manager, Connected Home Products, GE Lighting) statement of this product being “much more than connecting lighting to voice integration” right! In addition to controlling the LED lamp, the LED lamp by itself has all of Alexa’s capabilities. With voice commands, you can listen to the latest headlines, order your dinner, preheat your oven, or control other GE and non-GE products with a variety of other voice commands.

According to GE, this LED table lamp with a speaker and microphones is the first use of AVS embedded within a lighting product. The C by GE product brings the capabilities of the traditional Amazon Echo device without requiring an Echo unit, hub or even a smartphone!

Pantone Releases The Colour Of The Year For 2017!

Dec 09, 2016

Bidding adieu to Rose Quartz and Serenity, the reigning colours of 2016, it is now time to welcome “Greenery” into our home interiors! Pantone has declared this hue as the Colour of the Year for 2017: "a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew."

The upcoming year’s colour in trend is chosen as a response to our excessively busy urban lifestyle, highlighting high stress levels, overuse of technology and imbalance in global events. Rightly pointed out by Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, this exhaustive regime needs to be addressed with our reconnection with nature and “regenerate, refresh, revitalize and renew”. Since Greenery has a direct correlation with spring, it has a preexistent reaffirming feel to it.

On a more informative level, the new Color of the Year is chosen based on Pantone's own cultural litmus test, in addition to a collective study of colors noticed and trending across various fields and industries.