The city of Mumbai came together for a final hurrah to the herd

Mar 26, 2018

The city of Mumbai came together last night to celebrate the closing ceremony and the final sale of gorgeous elephant sculptures for Elephant Parade India, officially launched last year on 12 August 2017 on the occasion of World Elephant Day 2017. Surrounded by the iridescent creations and amazing people that have made this possible, the closing ceremony was hosted by Ruth Ganesh, Trustee, Elephant Family and patrons and supporters of Elephant family including Haseena Jethmalani, Akshay Chudasama, Alex Kuruvilla, Manish Malhotra, Sangita Jindal and Vikram Goyal. The evening was a star-studded event and was attended by artists, designers and celebrities including Dino Morea, Tanishaa Mukerji, Kim Sharma, Tanya Dubash, Mehr Jesia Rampal, Aarti Surendranath, Abhishek and Pragya Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor, Elizabeth Hurley, Manish Malhotra, Varun Bahl, Sanjeev and Alyona Kapoor, Yash and Avanti Birla, Pratapsinh Gaekwad, Kanika Kapoor, Kiara Advani and Sophie Choudhary to name a few.

The first ever Elephant Parade India has been heralded as a resounding success with an outpouring of love and support from the public of Mumbai and has raised over 5.75 crore INR and rising for Elephant conservation in the country whilst capturing the public’s imagination and reaching an audience of 35 lakh people. Following the parade announcement in August 2017, a selection of elephants travelled the country at special preview events in Jaipur, New Delhi and Kolkata before coming to Mumbai. In the last month, 101 spectacular elephant sculptures turned heads and melted hearts in staggering numbers as the city of Mumbai welcomed the #helpthehathi campaign with open arms making it the world's biggest public art event.

Salone del Mobile 2018: Experience a new dimension in bathroom design by AXOR and hansgrohe

Mar 23, 2018

When the world’s leading trade fair for furniture and design opens its doors
in April, the international furnishing and design industries will gather in Milan. At this year’s
Salone del Mobile, AXOR and hansgrohe, the two brands of the Hansgrohe Group, will visually
impact visitors with ground-breaking bathroom and kitchen innovations. From 17 to 22 April
2018, industry professionals and design-conscious consumers will be able to explore new
products presented by the two brands at the Rho exhibition centre in Hall 22.

“With our strong brands AXOR and hansgrohe, we have consistently and steadily made a name
for ourselves as a leader in innovation, quality and design,” Thorsten Klapproth, Chairman of
The Executive Board of Hansgrohe Group explains. “For decades, delivering good design has
been a top priority — one of our mantras is: ‘beauty is a point of honour’. But we go far beyond
aesthetically pleasing design: we think of water in the bathroom and kitchen in completely new
dimensions, adding functional value, thereby creating an emotional water experience. This is
deeply anchored in our company’s DNA. That’s why this year we are once again presenting
high quality, functional design objects at the Salone del Mobile. By the way, this doesn’t just
apply to our new products; the Hansgrohe Group booth itself is also sure to be an impressive
attraction for our guests,” Klapproth promises.

Schneider Electric’s annual award recognises pioneering contribution made by women entrepreneurs

Mar 23, 2018

Strengthening its commitment towards gender parity not only within the organisation but also in the society at large, Schneider Electric,the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today honoured women entrepreneurs with Prerna Awards. The awards were presented during Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit held in New Delhi on March 19 and 20. The three recipients of the honour were Ching, founder of Shakti Foundation Trust which ensures education of children of women from low income groups and prevents child abuse and delinquency; Laxmi Menon for her innovative idea of making pens with waste paper embedded with ayurvedic seed which could become a plant once thrown away  and creating a team of elderly, specially abled women to support her work; Pabiben Rabari who started one of India’s first women artisan enterprises of the which employs women artisans from the villages  to help them earn a livelihood.

The Prerna Award, which was instituted in the year 2015, recognises women entrepreneurs who have excelled in largely male dominated fields of work or have made atypical contribution towards the sustainable development of the country and have empowered other women in the process.

Talking about her life journey Pabiben shared, on the sidelines of the award ceremony, “I thank Schneider Electric for giving me this honour. I witnessed gender inequality from a very young age. I had always wanted to remove this from the society. With this initiative, now there are many women in our village who are employed and financially independent, while taking care of their families as well.”

Laxmi too added to that voice by stating, “It is my belief that if you are not a part of the solution, then by default you are a part of the problem. So, it is just an effort to positively impact our environment. The seed pen is what I have tried to do in my capacity to bring in some change in the plastic menace. I thank Schneider Electric for the acknowledgement.”

While Ching, stated, “Our aim is to empower women who work as domestic help. Today, we all need domestic help and without them we cannot function but in turn no one is taking care of these women. So, we have taken a step to help their children and provide them the basic education. Today, we have 74 children who are going to proper school. The award from Schneider Electric has given me motivation to do more and even better.”

The awards were presented by Chris Leong, Chief Marketing Officer, Schneider Electric and Rachna Mukherjee, Chief Human Resource Officer, Schneider Electric India who spoke about Schneider Electric’s vision to usher in change in the society by supporting women entrepreneurs across geographies.

Talking about the need for women leaders in our ecosystem, Rachna Mukherjee, CHRO, Schneider Electric India said, Diversity is an integral part of Schneider’s history, culture and identity. At Schneider Electric India, we are committed to driving this approach both within and outside the organisation. I take immense pleasure in awarding these courageous women, who have challenged the status quo in the society, faced all odds and are now taking diversity from homes to their place of work.”

The winners of Prerna Awards are selected after a rigorous assessment of the work done by the nominees, in line with the societal commitment of Diversity & Inclusion philosophy at Schneider Electric. Among the key criteria, nominees need to be small to medium scale women entrepreneurs who have worked in empowering other women through employment or skill building, have been bold enough to break traditional mindsets, worked in male dominated sectors and have been the change agents in contributing towards betterment of the society. The jury comprises Senior Leaders of Schneider Electric India including D&I Head, CHRO India Zone and MD & Country President.

The Economic Times and Saint-Gobain calls for entries for The Smart Green Awards 2018

Mar 23, 2018

The Indian Real Estate Industry is on the growth trajectory for creating sustainable living places. In order to encourage new ideas and techniques that are incorporated in building sustainable, aesthetically appealing and technologically driven developments, The Economic Times & Saint-Gobain are back to host the Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018 on April 27th, 2018 at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. The Summit includes multi-faceted conferencing activities that will showcase International and National Keynotes, Policy Roundtables, Thought leadership on Sustainability and will culminate in a glamorous award evening that is set to recognize the game changers of Indian architecture and design.

In its past 2 editions, The Smart Green Summit and Awards has successfully encouraged and recognized new ideas and techniques that incorporate sustainability and technologically driven developments over the years. The third edition of The Smart Green Summit and Awards looks to the future of living places centring on the theme ‘Wellbeing in Living Place'. The categories for the Awards this year focusses on smart living places across the segments of home, work, hospitality, healthcare, education, and public spaces to name a few. Individuals, communities and organisations are invited to register their nominations for these most coveted awards by the 20th of March 2018.

The Summit is going to witness the stalwarts of the industry from national & international markets who will mull over the larger agenda of creating a sustainable future. In attendance will be an audience of over 500 eminent developers, architects, designers, government officials, sustainability experts, and other architecture and design related executives who work towards creating well-being in living places.

AIS Windows present Smog Resistant and anti-pollution window solutions

Mar 23, 2018

Smog and pollution resistant glass solutions help reduce the use of artificial air-purifying devices. By bringing down the use of air purifiers, home and commercial space owners can save a lot when it comes to electricity bills. These window solutions help experience a healthy lifestyle with minimum use of artificial purifying sources.

If you are already using an air purifying device, then you can always check the quality of air before and after installing airtight windows. You’ll notice a huge change in the number of pollutants in the air after you install the innovative pollution & smog resistant windows.

GX - Airtight Sealed Windows to Prevent Air Leakage:

  • Special attention at Survey and installation for air-gaps:

At Glasxperts, we have an expert team of survey engineers who go through every possible inlet from your window opening and while installation, putting dedicated efforts to fill-in the air-gaps to manage issues of pollution prevention and reducing acoustic and guaranteeing safe & secure living.

  • Completely Sealed Window System:

Strongly sealed windows with high-quality gaskets and joints. These high-quality fusion welded joints ensure that there are no gaps left and they don’t allow pollutants to enter the living space.

  • MULTI-LOCK Window system:

These advanced multipoint locking systems ensure extremely tight closing of the outlet. This locking system keeps the pollutants outside.

  • Silicon Sealant:

Silicon Sealant adds our special attention to the issue of air leakage through the gaps of window and wall. Specialized high quality silicon sealant ensures that these gaps don’t exist and thus preventing the leakage.

  • Double Glazed unit glasses:

Double Glazed unit glass solution belongs to the range of modern glazing systems which are integrated in window systems. The multiple benefits of double glazed solutions prevent heat, noise and are highly durable. Completely sealed DGU is an advanced technique that plays its role effectively when it comes to air leakage. AIS has specialization in manufacturing these DGU glasses which enable Glasxperts to create a gap proof window system.

  • Retro fit solutions:

Retrofitting is the technique of adding an extra layer of glass on the existing window from inside. At AIS Glasxperts we have a highly specialized window solution where we retrofit your windows using this technique. This also adds additional benefits of acoustics, heat reduction, UV protection, dust reduction etc


SUMMER SALE @ Peekaboo Patterns!

Mar 20, 2018

It's time to splurge as peekaboo announces its BIG SUMMER SALE  this season!

 Starting from 20th March 2018 until 20th April 2018, you can have your shopping bags ready to grab the best of the best deals and offers on a vast range of products at Peekaboo.

The range of products on which discounts can be availed includes FURNISHING- Bed covers , Cushions, Quilts ,Night sheets , Bean chairs  etc , FURNITURE - Beds , toy chests, library units,study units , activity tables , chairs etc, ACCESSORIES - rugs , bags , wall arts ,schools accessories , travel accessories etc. Get up to 50 % off on various products and have a blast this summer.

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‘Birla White Yuvaratna’ - MITS architecture student wins national design award

Mar 20, 2018

Jagrati Jain, a fourth-year architecture student at Madhav Institute Of Technology & Science (MITS) – Gwalior, bags India’s best design award. She has designed concept for Amaravathi Convention Centre, as a part of the ‘Birla White Yuvaratna’ competition announced last year. The award is most acclaimed Indian design award for the architectural fraternity, organized by Birla White every year.

Inspired by Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Design in India’ vision for building a beautiful India, the competition encourages young architects to push the boundaries of design and creativity. The annual design contest has received a huge response from students and architectural fraternity across India and Nepal. Over 2,000 drawing entries from 100 institutions have been received by Birla White.

“I was thrilled to hear my name and that of MITS being announced as the winner. This achievement has established the credentials of our institute as the center for academic excellence in architectural education in India. I would be delighted to see my concept on Amravati Convention Centre gets converted into a recognized infrastructure,” said Ms. Jagrati Jain.

The winners exhibited their projects at a final event held in Mumbai last week. They were felicitated by Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Director board member at Aditya Birla Group companies, in the presence of eminent architects and construction professionals from across India.  The jury for this year’s contest was an elite panel of renowned architects which included Ar. Rajeev Sathe, Ar. Ketan Vaidya, Ar. Nilabh Nagar, Ar. Ramaswamy Natesaiyer, Ar. Ravi Ramakrishnarao and Ar. Nishant Gupta.

“Birla White works in close association and partnership with all the stakeholders in the construction industry to materialize government’s mission to build a great nation. The newest allies to this mission – the Young Students of India will be inspired and encouraged by Yuvaratna Awards and they shall contribute with all their heart and soul into making a better future together”, said Dr. Sunil Kulwal, CEO at Birla White.

Zaha Hadid Architects to build Navi Mumbai International Airport

Mar 19, 2018

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been appointed as the architect of the new Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) following an international design competition.

ZHA’s appointment has been awarded by GVK, operators of Mumbai’s existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International (CSI) Airport that is fast approaching capacity. In 2017 GVK formed a joint venture with the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the development arm of the State of Maharashtra, India to build the new airport.

Navi Mumbai International Airport is a long-awaited addition to Mumbai and Maharashtra’s transport infrastructure and integral to sustaining the region’s continued growth. The foundation stone for the new airport was laid by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18 February 2018, with the project placed on a fast-track programme of completion.

Prime Minister Modi said at the foundation stone ceremony, “The aviation sector worldwide is moving very fast... we cannot afford to lag. For 70 years, there was no aviation policy in India, which we we have now implemented to provide all-round connectivity.”

Demand for air travel in India makes its aviation sector amongst the world’s fastest growing. The country’s airlines currently operate almost 450 passenger planes, with 900 additional aircraft ordered for delivery in the coming years, representing more than 200% growth.

With a total planned capacity of 60+ million passengers per year, NMIA will be built in Navi Mumbai, across Mumbai Harbour, connected to the city by the planned Mumbai Trans Harbour Link and rail links with the local and national networks. 

As part of its commission, ZHA will be responsible for the overall long-term design and execution of NMIA’s Terminal 1, Air Traffic Control Tower and associated landside access.

Cristiano Ceccato, ZHA Project Director, said, “We are very proud to have been awarded the Navi Mumbai International Airport that will be a much needed addition to Mumbai’s infrastructure and an additional gateway to India. Our ambition is for the design to speak to India’s future, while celebrating its present and honouring its past.”

Mouzhan Majidi, ZHA CEO, said, “Navi Mumbai International Airport is a transformative and unique project and we look forward to our partnership with GVK, working together to develop NMIA into one of the most sustainable passenger-centric airports in the world, and the opportunity to contribute to India’s continued growth and success.”

Aptronix Launches its 25th Store & 9th Service Centre in Vizag, India

Mar 19, 2018

Aptronix (Apple Premium reseller), a chain of retail stores & service centres launched Vizag’s 2nd store and service centre. This is Apple’s 150th Premium Reseller store in the country. The new store & service centre was inaugurated by Tollywood Actress Pranitha Subhash , Sutinder Singh Founder, MD- Aptronix and Meghna Singh, CEO, Aptronix in the presence of various guests and dignitaries.  Staffed by highly trained sales & technical personnel, equipped with the most advanced technology, this new store & service centre is immediately operational and will support customers on all Apple products.

Spread over 3500 SFT, The new store has complete range of Apple products including Macbooks, iMac, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch and Apple accessories.  The Authorised Service centre adjacent to the store at Dabagardens is a state of the art new facility, which is running a free service camp for all customers who own apple products!

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sutinder Singh, Founder, MD, Aptronix said, “, we are extremely delighted at the launch of the 25th Aptronix Store along with 9th service centre in Vizag. The opening of this store and service centre in restating of commitment and belief to our customers in this region. We are the largest Apple partner in the country and are actively looking at expanding our footprints into various cities across India. With the present plans and execution strategy Aptronix will soon have 50 stores by end of 2018”.

Commenting on the opening, Meghna Singh, CEO, Aptronix said, “This is the 150th Apple Premium Reseller store in INDIA and we are happy to launch it in Vizag. Our primary aim is to provide easy access to our customers who can get their range of Apple products in there city & also get it serviced in very less time. The Service Centre will enhance and improving our service network and ensuring higher level of customer satisfaction across Andhra Pradesh. We at Aptronix are proud Apple enthusiasts and are passionate about our brand which strongly resonates the core values of Apple right from their innovative approach for business strategy, customer experience, after sales support and much more”.

Aptronix values customer experience and is always looking to provide the best of apple and technology to them. In a joint initiative with Apple, Aptronix stores across all cities are offering their customers 6 month free screen replacement on all iPhones bought from Aptronix. This is a huge value add for customers, since broken screen replacement cost ranges from Rs. 13,000 for iPhone 6, up to Rs. 30,000 for iPhone 10! Once a customer buys an iPhone from Aptronix, they need to download the iCircle App, which is Aptronix’s Loyalty program app, and they register their phone and get free screen replacement for 6 months!


Astrum announces India’s first Keyboard with round shaped keycaps for better comfort, KW300 priced Rs. 2199/-

Mar 19, 2018

Astrum one of the leading new technologies brand known for its innovation and intelligent solutions, introduces India’s first Wireless Deskset KW300, comprising of the high-performance keyboard which comes with the unique round shaped keycaps, an elite performance mouse, and a Nano wireless receiver; offering you the ultimate on-the-go comfort

Crowned with comfortable and trendy retro keycaps, your fingertips fall perfectly on the right keys; thanks to the correct spacing frame. With KW300, you experience the high-level architecture, integrated with 13 Multimedia Keys so that you don’t need to trek the monitor to adjust the controls.

Never worry about the battery consumption, the wireless Bluetooth Keyboard comes with an Auto Power saving feature to maintain the energy surge as well. The new option, loyal to its users and typing aficionados, delivers essential features combined with an exceptional typing experience.

With the sturdy and heavy-duty build, this keyboard has a very urbane appeal that not just provides comfort to your fingers but also to your palms. The adjustable angle to the hind end enables you to lift the frame or to keep it flat according to your ease.

Wires are too old-school; switch to wireless and enjoy the seamless experience of 360-degree working of up to 10 metres. The Nano wireless receiver offers cable-free-comfort with 2.4 GHz frequency range, just needs to be connected to the USB port of the processing unit and you are on-the-go to enjoy your work. Lightweight i.e. weighing just 710g and comfortable, you can carry it anywhere conveniently.

“Change the way you work or play, with our newest wireless keyboard that breaks the conventional rules & have pushed the boundaries with the innovative solutions, giving you a comfortable and high-quality experience. Additionally, the Wireless Deskset, KW300 has been awarded the ‘HKB Designed in Hong Kong Award’ for the year 2018 conferred by Hong Kong business magazine,” says CEO of Astrum, Mr Manoj Kumar Pansari.

The product is now available at the leading online and offline stores in India.