Pantheon replica made with thousands of forbidden books

Jul 14, 2017

Thousands of prohibited books were used to create a replica of the Parthenon in Athens on a Nazi book-burning site in Kassel, Germany. The Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, takes a stand on censorship with this Athenian symbol of democracy. The site for this display is historically the same place where over two thousand prohibited books were burned in 1933 by Nazi sympathisers. The installation is a part of this year's Documenta 14 art festival in Kassel, a city in the north of central German state Hesse. The constructed design responds to a brief that asked contributing artists to explore the relationship between Kassel and Athens – the festival's partnering city.


Gucci Enters the Luxury Home Decor market

Jul 13, 2017

Gucci released illustrations of its newest venture into home decor items that it is soon to launch. Gucci decor will be the brand’s first entry into the home decor space and will be launched in September. Some of the designs revealed include Chiavari chair with velvet upholstery and a cat head design. The  scented candle and incense burner is created together with Manifattura Richard Ginori. Gucci joins other fashion brands including Fendi, Armani, and Ralph Lauren, which have expanded their reach into the home decor sector, offering furnishings, and more.

Apple unveiled interactive Homekit experiences in 46 of its retail stores, worldwide

Jul 13, 2017

Apple unveiled interactive Homekit experiences in 46 of its retail stores, worldwide. Apple’s new retail stores, use the Home app from either an Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad to control devices like the Philips Hue light bulb, the Hunter ceiling fan and many others. One can virtually view the effect of the connected smart home systems by giving commands to the display system in the store. Outside of the U.S., Apple offers these experiences in 15 stores, including ones in the U.K., UAE, Germany, Mexico, Singapore and even their latest opened store in Taiwan. Non-interactive HomeKit experiences will be offered at all of Apple’s other stores — the ones without “The Avenue” window displays.

Jan Boelen named the curator of the Istanbul Design Biennial 2018

Jul 13, 2017

Jan Boelen, the art director of Z33 Contemporary Art House in Hasselt, Belgium, and the experimental design laboratory atelier LUMA has been named the curator of the Istanbul Design Biennial 2018. His experimental design approaches and innovative contemporary design has a trendsetting take in the industry. He is also in consultative committees of several institutions such as the V&A Design Museum in Dundee in Scotland and the Holland Creator Industrial Foundation. He was the curator of the 24th Ljubljana Design Biennial in 2014. Organised for the fourth time by Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation, the Istanbul Design Biennial will take place between September 22nd and November 4th,  2018.

CenturyPly launches a new product – VenLam

Jul 12, 2017

VenLam is a product that gives the aesthetic beauty of real wood along with the ease of working with high-pressure laminates. As the name “VenLam” suggests, it is a combination of Veneers and Laminates. VenLam is made by a technologically advanced process where decorative face veneer layers and layers of impregnated Kraft paper are fused together. There are 17 varieties of designs available with a size of 8*4ft in the thickness of 1.0mm. The superior lustre and increased durability make VenLam an ideal choice for a wide range of applications. Some of its features include- resistance from hot water, suitable for fabrication, no nailing is required and can be shifted in roll form. It also confirms to E1 grade in Formaldehyde emission standard and is Termite and Borer resistant.

Delhi's first store to support and nurture budding artists

Jul 12, 2017

A delight in the home décor accessories, Attune is a first store that promotes young qualified designers from globally recognised design schools to showcase their creativity. It is connecting the young designers of the country with design connoisseurs, imparting a sense of Make in India and buying local with global aesthetics. An array of glass lanterns, lamps, artefacts in various materials and home accessory trinkets like artistic boxes, ceramic arts, candles, tea lights and decorative cushions is how Attune promises to be the Mecca of home décor products. The collection has been designed and crafted in India by combining chic design with intriguing materials. Attune has been conceptualised by Poonam Bahl and Neeta Chait, design lovers driven by their passion to promote Indian talent and craftsmanship and cater to customers looking for customised hand crafted products. 

Junichi Kyushima Appointed as Managing Director, Toshiba Johnson Elevators (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Jul 12, 2017

Toshiba Johnson Elevators (India) Pvt. Ltd. (hereafter TJEI), an affiliate company of Toshiba Corporation, has announced the appointment of Junichi Kyushima as its new Managing Director.  Kyushima, currently serving as the Vice President of Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (hereafter TELC), has served as part of senior management responsible for Overseas Division and has played a vital role in TELC’s entire global business operations. Furthermore,  Kyushima in his earlier stint in India, has served as Managing Director at TJEI from 2012 through 2015, and with his abundant experience in both strategic global business operations and specialized experience in the Indian market, he will play a key role in TJEI’s strategic efforts to grow into a major player in India’s elevator and escalator business. Accepting his new role, Kyushima, said “India is a significant market for Toshiba and we are focusing on building strong customer relationships. TJEI brings innovative and technologically advanced products, with a focus on quality and safety, along with installation quality and after-sales maintenance services. We will continue to put forth our best efforts to become one of the most trusted companies in the business.”

Shortlist for The World Architecture Festival released

Jul 11, 2017

The world’s largest architectural awards program, The World Architecture Festival released its shortlist for the 2017 round of awards. The recently revealed awards shortlist includes architectural practices from 51 nations, and projects spanning 68 countries. The awards are divided across 30 categories of architecture, with finalists to go onto separate awards in the building, landscape and future project categories respectively. A total of 43 Australian projects has made the 2017 WAF shortlist, 30 of which appear in the building category. All shortlisted practices for the 2017 World Architecture Festival are now invited to present their projects at an event to be held in Berlin from 15 to 17 November this year. From there, category winners will go on to compete for either the World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, or Landscape of the Year. This year’s awards have drawn around, 924 project entries, representing an 18 percent increase from last year.


Google’s Nest Labs has released the first of its safety products in Australia

Jul 11, 2017

The $3.2 billion company by Google, Nest Labs released its first four security products in Australia for the Asia-Pacific region. The products that will now be for sale locally – through iSelect’s new eCommerce store Life Admin. It will include both indoor and outdoor cameras, taking footage stored on a Cloud system, which will be available even if a thief has the wherewithal to steal the camera. The footage can be watched online and send an alert to your phone. If anything seems suspicious, you can talk back to your home through your phone and there’s also an advanced feature that can recognise a person talking or a dog barking.    

Amazon to make available service for smart home device set-up

Jul 11, 2017

Amazon releases its own set of in-home product installation service. The Amazon Smart Home Service Store allows the user to book free consultation appointments for its various smart home devices.The service price to set up the various devices may vary. The servicing team are experts onboard with Amazon and not third-party contractors. These service men have been licensed and certified for the task. Amazon is starting this service with an aim to increase sales of its smart home devices by increasing the accessibility and understanding of various systems for its new customers.