Urban Ladder partners with Interior Designer Ashiesh Shah

Apr 13, 2017

Award Winning Interior Designer and Architect, Ashiesh Shah is to partner with Urban ladder. Ashiesh is a trend setter and has done world renowned projects like Le Mill, Nido and Otlo. This partnership is said to affect the range of furnitures by the store to result in exquisite new collections for Indian homes. Urban Ladder is set to feature four new collections by next year. The first collection will be launched by October 2017. Ashiesh will also be a major influencer to bring in international trends in the Indian market at affordable prices. He seeks to source the raw materials and complete all other processes in India itself for this new range of products. This collaboration will focus on design and the use of modern materials to retain the simple and straight range of products by the brand. Urban Ladder delivers to eighteen cities in India and is working on further expansions.  

Connected LED T8 Retrofit Lamps introduced by Philips Lighting

Apr 13, 2017

Philips Lighting has introduced a new product that simplifies available technology of connection ready lighting. The new InstantFit LED T8 Lamp works on the EasySmart technology. The lamp is wireless and enables intelligent control from the Leviton Wireless Room Controller System. It is network capable and has low installation costs unlike other products for connected lighting. 

London’s National Memorial to the Holocaust: Proposed designs unveiled

Apr 12, 2017

Proposals by ten international design teams have been shortlisted from above 100 entries for the London National Memorial to the Holocaust.

The proposed memorial is to be built in Westminster Victoria Tower Gardens, near the Parliament. The jury will interview each team and even consider public reactions before selecting and announcing a winner.

The short lists are as follows: John McAslan + Partners and MASS Design Group, Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Associates, Allied Works and artist Robert Montgomery, Diamond Schmitt Architects and Martha Schwartz Partners, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects and David Morley Architects, Studio Libeskind and Haptic Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects and Anish Kapoor, Heneghan Peng architects and Bruce Mau Design, Foster + Partners and Michael Rovner,and Caruso St. John with Rachel Whiteread.

New CERA Style Studio opened in Kerala

Apr 12, 2017

CERA opened a new Style Studio in the landmark Marine Drive area of Kochi in Kerala. The store spread over 12,500 square feet showcases the entire CERA collection of home solution products. The newly launched Italian luxury sanitaryware, ISVEA features among other ranges of faucets, mirrors, sensors, cabinets, tiles and wellness products. The CERA Style studio also operates from locations like Chandigarh, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. To ensure their products reach developers and architects, CERA also operates a Style Studio on wheels.

Morpholia unveils new design app, AVA

Apr 12, 2017

Morpholio is an application developer that works solely on tools to enhance user experience in the architecture field. Their newest tool, AVA (Automated Visual Assembly) aims to simplify the process of interior designing by collating inventories and presenting an all-in-one tool to work on making presentation boards to editable data spreadsheets. The app allows designers to navigate through decors and patterns, materials whether they are on site or at a client meeting. The app addresses multiple purposes and creates scope to simultaneously deal with the different aspects of a design project any place, any time.

The Grand Théâtre de Québec to get glass casing as part of preservation effort.

Apr 11, 2017

Glass Casings by the architects Lemay and Atelier 21 was selected as the winning solution to preserve the deteriorating concrete envelope of the The Grand Théâtre de Québec. It is the largest innovative conservation project taken up by the government of Canada with an estimated cost of 16 million dollars. This glass case seeks to provide a protective casing around the iconic structure by Victor Prus which dates back to 1971. Over time, the freezing and thawing of the structure had caused the metallic anchors to rust which in turn left the cement panels exposed and the risk of collapsing. The solution seemed a perfect fit to protect the external murals by Jordi Bonet as well as respect Prus’ vision of the structure. The glass casing will have a gap in its set up so as to add features like climate control and ventilation to protect the cement sheets. The work is set to start in the first half of 2017 up to late 2018.

The Swarovski Designers Of The Future Award Winners

Apr 11, 2017

The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award by Swarovski and Design Miami/Basel this year was announced at Milan and was bagged by three young designers in the field of Product Architecture, Technology and Design.

Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular uses concepts of sociology and psychology like relationships, attitudes, history, etc and shapes them into architectural installations.

Marjan van Aubel, based out of London works largely with solar powered technology by combining scientific technology and chemistry. She has invented materials like foam porcelain and even solar cells.

Takt Project based out of Tokyo was founded by Atsushi Honda, Yoshitaka Ito, Satoshi Yoshiizumi, and Takeshi Miyazaki. They have invented ways to perceive the ordinary with a new approach. They invent and use 3-D components and special additions to customise daily objects.

The designs are to be unveiled during the Miami/Basel 2017 with a novel approach. Their designs will be displayed in a single installation set to coexist with the designs of the other awardees. The recipients will be given special access to the company’s diamond archives and laboratories in Austria to come up with their new ideas for the Miami Design Week.

US Brand, Ashley Furniture Homestore Now Available At Indian Store, Dash Square!

Mar 29, 2017

The country’s leading premium furniture retail chain, Dash Square, celebrated the India launch of the second Ashley Furniture Homestore launch in South India (Bangalore). The US brand is recognized globally for its innovation and excellence in design, now form the latest additions to Dash Square’s collection of International furniture brands.

For the first time in India, Ashley Furniture will display its VR experience at Ashley Furniture Homestore at Banshankari showroom. The VR tool lets shoppers design a new room with the brand’s furniture and virtually stands in the newly designed space while shopping at a store location.

Mr. Amruth Sampige, Managing Partner, Dash Square, and Mr. Charles Spang, VP – International Sales, Ashley Furniture Homestore, take pride in their new partnership as a reflection of their common focus on “quality, craftsmanship, and innovation”. 

Godrej Properties Adds A New Residential Estate Project In Mumbai

Mar 27, 2017

Godrej Properties Ltd. (GPL) (BSE scrip id: GODREJPRP), one of India’s leading real estate developers, announced entering into a development management agreement with Shivam Realty to build a residential group housing project in Kandivali East, Mumbai.

Spread over 5 acres, the project will offer approximately 93,000 square metres of saleable area and will be developed as a modern residential development comprising of apartments of various configurations. The project is strategically located with easy access to the Western Express Highway. The location offers extremely well developed social and civic infrastructure with multiple schools, hospitals, retail malls and residential and commercial spaces in close proximity.

Mr. Pirojsha Godrej, Managing Director & CEO, Godrej Properties said, “We are happy to add this new project in Kandivali. This strengthens our development portfolio in Mumbai and fits with our strategy of deepening our presence in key markets across India's leading cities. We will seek to ensure this project delivers an outstanding lifestyle for its residents.”

Milan Design Week 2017 Will Present A Chair Inspired By Samurai Body Armour!

Mar 24, 2017

The Long Neck armchair, which will be presented by Stockholm’s Design duo, Emma Marga Blanche and Fredrick Färg, during Milan design week as part of a collection called Armour Mon Amour, is a unique chair that envelops the sitter within a large shell-like backrest. 

"It is inspired by samurai body armour, where the hard and soft material is sewn together", explains Färg. The chair is the result of experiments with new textiles by the internationally renowned Swedish flooring (and now textile) brand, Bolon.

But Färg believes that the material experiments they have been developing for the collections could lead to a commercial product in future, just like the studio's experiments with sewing wood resulted in the Couture armchair.