VitrA unfolds its illustrious Metropole Series

Feb 15, 2018

VitrA, a leading bathroom solutions brand of Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division in Turkey introduces its high tech & trendy bathroom furniture- Metropole. The new line of VitrA, is designed to add value to architecture. It is the natural allure of elegance & simplicity. NOA, an award-winning design group brings the prestigious Metropole series along with a new range of bathroom furniture. Metropole series, a high-tech and trendy, stands out for smart functionality in tastefully restrained forms. The series offers nearly endless possibilities for a restful and inspiring bathroom
décor with an intelligent, innovative and timeless range.

Metropole series offers a wide range of infinite washbasins which are made with various dimensions for maximum ease of use. Metropole washbasin units are compatible with two options, mineral cast and ceramic washbasins, the series promises nearly endless possibilities for restful and inspiring bathroom décor. The elegant & pure white color theme option of Metropole furniture
contributes to its beauty of natural bathroom décor.

Indian demand for American hardwoods expected to grow significantly

Feb 15, 2018

India, as a market for American hardwoods, is expected to fulfill its
potential over the course of the next few years, according to the American Hardwood
Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American
hardwood industry. Aiming to leverage the growing demand in India and the need for
alternative hardwood species, AHEC has announced its participation at the tenth edition of
INDIAWOOD, which will be held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Center from March
8 - 12, 2018. Testament to its renewed confidence in the Indian market, AHEC is returning to
the show with eight U.S.-based hardwood and veneer exporters, who are all keen to do
business in the country.

To date, the much-publicized potential offered by India for American hardwoods has not
been realized. It has proven to be a tough market for U.S. hardwood exporters in which to
gain business for a multitude of well-documented reasons and the actual volumes of US
hardwood products shipped have been small relative to market potential. However, Indian
imports of hardwood lumber have risen considerably during the past two years, as the
market has shifted away from its preference for logs and as positive developments have
taken place in the wood manufacturing sector. There have also been a few recently documented
cases of furniture and joinery manufacturers buying kiln-dried U.S. hardwood
lumber for the first time. More importantly, they have been pleased with the lumber
received and very happy with the products that they have made.

Hyatt Regency Pune launches EQ:IQ, its brand new Events space

Feb 15, 2018

: Located in the heart of a thriving Corporate & Lifestyle hub, Hyatt Regency Pune is known for its innovation and warm hospitality. EQ: IQ short for Emotional Quotient: Intelligence Quotient,  the latest addition to their portfolio, is a contemporary events space that will change the way meetings and social events are organised making it the perfect new haven for its guests. EQ: IQ is a one of a kind concept in the country that creates the perfect balance of work and play complemented by gourmet cuisine. It is the largest events space in the city (19,000Sq.ft) with meeting rooms named Newton, Einstein, Galileo etc and each room equipped with cutting-edge technology. A highly trained personalized concierge for events takes care of all aspects making it easier for the hosting company and ensuring that events are organised and run flawlessly. Unique breakout zones themed tea/coffee breaks and high-end service ware are some of their other USP’s.

The interiors of EQ: IQ is modern and chic whilst not taking away from the stellar offerings. The design is created allowing natural light to flow enhancing the experience of the guests. Comprising of three distinctive zones – Event, Dining and Social spaces EQ: IQ is a combination of public and private zones that will ensure meetings and events are more productive. The three small and one large meeting rooms can be combined with the free movement of walls to create a larger space making it perfect for gatherings of all sized groups. The dynamic seating created outside the meeting spaces is a perfect way to break the monotony of the traditionally styled meetings. One can unwind while sipping on tea or cocktails at Escoffier located in the pre-function area or enjoy a quick read at the sports-inspired library. A quick round of foosball or pool can help you relax in between the intense meetings/conferences.


HipCouch, one stop for your custom and end-to-end interior design solutions based in Mumbai.

Feb 15, 2018

Hipcouch was founded in mid-2016,  a solution based on a simple idea: interior design & build; needed a redesign of the way we live now. The aim is to create a smart, accessible & personal service that works whether you’re looking to source affordable high-quality modular furniture, build your very own pieces of custom furniture or find an interior designer who can deliver your space adapted to your unique taste. By giving their clients access to the best furniture vendors & workshops (vetted across multiple parameters), the best up and coming interior design talent & exceptional customer service; they are here to make it easier than ever to design and build your home. 
Furniture manufacturing, which is the largest component of an interior design solution, is a large ($25-30Bn) but completely unorganized and fragmented market. Currently, to manufacture and deliver furniture for a single order, a designer has to work with multiple vendors, there is complete lack of on-time delivery and price negotiations are constant and sometimes happen even after the delivery of furniture.
Hipcouch is the only platform that is providing a truly custom-design solution as per the needs of the customer. Below are the services that they provide:
  • Custom Made - Hipcouch does not push catalogs to you. All their spaces are uniquely designed and executed keeping customers preference in mind.
  • Handpicked Interior Designers - Customers can get connected with experts interiors, decoration, and contractors who can help them build their dream home or office.
  • End to End - Single point of contact to manage all interior design and execution needs. Just finalize the designs and leave the rest to their expert designers and project managers.
  • Delivery and Installation - The team of well-trained experts deliver products to customers doorstep and install them.
  • Warranty and Support - All their products are backed by warranties and come with free offers sales support and maintenance.
About the co-founders:
Pankaj Poddar, Co-Founder; holds a B.E. in Computer Science from VNIT in Nagpur, M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in USA and MBA in Finance & Strategy from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Pankaj started his career working for Computer Associates. Parikshat Hemrajani also the Co-founder of Hipcouch; holds a B.E. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. They both co-founded, which they successfully ran and later was acquired by Livspace in 2015. 

Viega Advantix Stainless Steel Shower Channels Now in Modular Design

Feb 14, 2018

The trend towards shower channels is increasing rapidly. With leading brands introducing high performance rain showers and body jets the need for premium shower channels to match the interiors of the bathrooms is also on rise.  Hence premium and luxury housing demands high performance drainage systems which are also aesthetically appealing. Every bathroom, whether a new building or a refurbishment is different and demands personalised taste. To meet this demand Viega has introduced new Advantix shower channel range. Distinctive shower channel designs can be customised as per the architectural and needs.

Contemporary slick design for modern bathrooms

Superior design with German engineering is a perfect combination for high end premium projects. In its new modular-design Advantix shower channel range from Viega offers five different design grates and three frame variants that gel’s beautifully with every interior design. The stainless steel designer grates are available in matt and high-gloss polish. It also has a variant with grates made up of glass. Tileable grates to give you continuous seamless surface are also available. Thus Viega Advantix shower channels give architects and interior designers wide range to select from.

Many combinations options

In all new Advantix shower channel's modular kit system consists of two base units in five lengths. It also offers a choice of three drains, adjusting feet in two different heights, three frame variants, and five different grates. All component elements can be combined with each other giving planners flexibility and design freedom.

Flexibility to meet interior design demands

The slim base units in the new Advantix shower channel range are installed through either free-standing in the floor or directly on the wall. Together with the standard drain, the installation height is 95 mm. If the screed is lower, the drain can be shortened further on-site. Alternatively, for renovation, drain with 70mm height with flat adjusting feet is also available. 

Flou launches in India

Feb 14, 2018

Massimiliano Messina, President – Flou Italy joined hands with Capt. Mukesh Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director - Flou India to widen the expanse
of Flou base pan India. The premium unveiling of the brand will happen on 20th of January 2018, with their Gentleman Collection at the Flou Showroom,
New Delhi with an exclusive list of eminent names from the Design Fraternity with an extensive Media outreach session.

Currently, Flou is producing • more than 50 different beds, from single to king-size, from sofa-beds to studio couches, produced with fabrics, wood, leather, hide and other materials
• the technical accessories (mattresses, pillows, mattress supports, cover fabrics, duvet covers available in a wide range of colors and patterns reviewed every year) • the wardrobes collection “Guardaroba 16.32” (with some of the doors that connect and match with the textile soul of the company)
a complete collection for living quarters including linear and modular sofas, armchairs, occasional tables and lamps • Furnishing accessories – chests-of-drawers, night-stands, occasional furniture, desks, mirrors, poufs and bookcases. Thanks to this innovative concept, Flou has been able to convert from a ‘bed specialist’ to ‘bedroom specialist’, becoming one of the premium leaders in the market. The complete FLOU collection is available in the leading furniture stores in Italy and across the world, and in the Flou showrooms in Milan and New York.

Graffiti launches its Flagship Design HQ at Ahmedabad

Feb 14, 2018

Style cannot be defined but is immediately recognizable, continuous smooth surfaces that flow through the entire space like light, essential geometry, entrance hall, bathroom, living room, study. Light defines space and creates ambience.. Floor and wall coverings reflect or absorb the softness of light transforming into the matter, colour ….. life….. essentially the idea behind the Design HQ, to bring all spaces to life.

Through the Design HQ, our retail store, we try and provide an ambience that helps the mind to concentrate, meditate, be at peace and work towards how architecture can activate, enrich and celebrate the area for which it is meant.

 Space is a result of the passion at Graffiti to enhance any ambience be it a retail space, a spa, an airport or even a simple living space by innovating with the design.

For a widest range of tiles be it wall, floor, exterior, ceramic, porcelain stoneware, vitrified, et al and experience the splendor of wall & floor tiles visit the Graffiti Design HQ: Graffiti House, Ground Floor,  Block No. 20, Magnet Corporate Park, Behind Intas Building, Thaltej, SG Highway, Ahmedabad – 380054. Email:

Hacker, Rolf Benz and Hulsta conducted Fraternity Meet to discuss trends of 2018

Feb 14, 2018

The Fraternity Meet was a design-oriented event inviting all interior designers, architects, consultants, media personnel and people from allied disciplines. The opening of the event started off with a welcome by Ar. Karan Desai (Karan Desai Inc) for Capt. Mukesh Kumar – MD and Chairman of Hacker India – Kanu Kitchen Kulture Pvt. Ltd who further introduced the brands to the insightful audience - followed by Guest welcome for German friends: Bernd Bredenhoeller (Hülsta Export Manager), Ms Rehm Gisela (Häcker: Head of Marketing), Willy Kamm (Häcker: Export Manager) and Markus Sander (Häcker: Managing Director, Marketing). This was followed by a Q&A with the audience who dwelled into the brand story in depth.

The Grand revamp of the Kanu Kitchen Kulture showroom designed by Ar. Rohit Suraj, a symbol of their timeless communion with Hacker, Rolf Benz and Hulsta Germany, where Hacker synergy was a well over a decade and a half, jointly ruling over the Indian kitchen market with a whopping overall share of 35 percent in totality. Through achieving this feat, what has been common for both the companies, allowing such a long, fruitful relation is Ideology. Sharing the same ideals made them trust each and walk the unending journey of success, together. 

Foodhall launches Foodhall Cookbook

Feb 13, 2018

Foodhall, the premium lifestyle food superstore for people who understand and enjoy the finer nuances and aspects of food, presents its first cookbook. Curated by one of the finest food and ingredients stores in the country, this book not just takes you around the world to enjoy recipes shared by star chefs – from modern European to Asian, contemporary Indian to Mediterranean, and not-to-be- missed dream desserts, it also brings together the food philosophy of the region. After years of being a destination and an experience that provides world-class ingredients spanning across various cuisines, Foodhall has created this cookbook that is an amalgamation of their thoughts, vision and never-ending love for food.

Foodhall has inspired and enabled many home chefs to discover new recipes, cook amazing meals, and indulge loved ones. The Foodhall Cookbook is a passionate endeavour to instill the love of food and cooking (and eating!) in each one of you. The recipes have been contributed by five of India’s top star chefs - Gresham Fernandes, Kelvin Cheung, Pooja Dhingra, Sabyasachi Gorai and Zorawar Kalra.

All the sections in the cookbook are curated to let you travel regions through their ingredients, textures and dishes. These experiences are championed by chefs who have made a mark in their respective fields. For instance, Chef Saby’s section brims with vivid flavours of the Mediterranean. Gresham’s Warm Mushroom Salad showcases the beautiful textures of earthy mushrooms that highlight the simplicity of Modern European cuisine. Kelvin Cheung’s delightful Pumpkin Congee is reminiscent of the very popular Indian khichdi with brighter colours and extra crunchiness. Zorawar Kalra’s section stays true to Indian cuisine, yet modernizes it to make it cooler and much sexier. To culminate the culinary journey, an entire section devoted to desserts, highlights Pooja Dhingra’s expertise, namely Kesar Pista Cupcakes and Falooda-inspired Rose Chia Pudding. Every chef has merged Indian and international ingredients together, to create a distinctly unique food journey that finds its place in The Foodhall Cookbook.

Lingel Windows Celebrates the opening of Its first Showroom in Mumbai

Feb 13, 2018

Headquartered in Germany, Lingel Windows and Doors Technologies Private Limited has recently opened its first showroom in a prominent area in Mumbai. Lingel chose this location as it will be feasible for customers, Architects to visit the showroom anytime. Lingel already has its presence in 22 cities across India. Mr. Mario Schmidt, Managing Director Lingel Windows graced the occasion and inaugurated the showroom. Members of Lingel team from Mumbai, Belgaum, Goa and Pune came to celebrate the open of the new showroom. Other prominent faces from the industry were also present.

This showroom is one of its kind situated in the heart of the city. This is a very significant move for Lingel Windows to open a showroom after its flagship showroom in Delhi. The ever growing number of customers can now have a pleasure to look at the premium window collection displayed there.

Mr. Mario Schmidt, Managing Director Lingel Windows and Doors Technologies expressed his excitement saying, “This showroom is a very vital move for us in Mumbai as it will help create a Trust factor with our customers. Our customers will have an easy access now to take a look at the products that are displayed and make a choice easily. We are hoping that this will boost sales and our new line of products will be appreciated. We are eagerly waiting to welcome our clients to our showroom”.

Lingel’s initiative to open a showroom in the most happening city of the country demonstrates the company’s will to expand and stay committed to its customers by delivering its best.