Government College For Women In Thiruvananthapuram Gets Hi-tech Library

Feb 24, 2017

Realising the importance of a modern library in raising the quality of higher education, government colleges such as the Government College For Women in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, are slowly going the hi-tech way by incorporating the latest technological advancements.

Constructed in an eco-friendly manner by Habitat Group of noted architect G Sankar, the four-storeyed library building was completed in less than one-and-a-half years with a cost of around Rs.  3 crore. 

The library provides users with the facility to access over one lakh e-books and more than 4,000 e-journals. The e-journals can be accessed free of cost as they have been supplied under a University Grants Commission (UGC) scheme. The e-books and e-journals can be accessed on the third floor, which is earmarked as a Research section and Cyber Centre. 

Casablanca Coast To Get Redesigned By The End Of 2017!

Feb 24, 2017

Lemay has won the prestigious international competition to redesign the corniches of Morocco’s Casablanca coast, which include the new seaside promenade of the Hassan II Mosque and the Ain Diab corniche. This win reinforces Lemay’s international presence and once again showcases Quebec’s creativity and design abroad. 

Lemay’s project is destined to become a landmark destination in Morocco. Led by Lemay Principal and International Development Director René Hubert and designed by the LemayLAB, this win further confirms the company’s ability to create tangible value for collectivities.

Lemay’s proposal stood out with its transdisciplinary approach combining broad expertise in international development, sustainable development, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and graphic design, edging out submissions by high-profile firms in the U.S., Europe and Australia. For the purposes of the project, Lemay collaborated with Moroccan firm Geodata, which specializes in topography and engineering.

The completion of the first phase of the Hassan II Mosque’s seaside boardwalk is scheduled for end of 2017, with the Ain Diab corniche inauguration planned for the following year.

Mobilia Wins The Best Booth Design Gold Award At Toronto’s Interior Design Show 2017!

Feb 23, 2017

Mobilia made a debut entry in Canada’s Interior Design Show in Toronto held during 19th to 22nd January 2017, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and took home the prestigious Best Booth Design Gold Award in its category. Mobilia featured its Roaring Twenties collection, designed in collaboration with Canadian décor darling Janette Ewen.

The collection of furniture and accessories was elevated with the ambiance of a velvety Speakeasy, complete with a jazz-age soundtrack and refreshments.

Designed by Montreal agency Jump&Love with the collaboration of DIX au carré, the booth invited guests to experience the allure of the 1920s in a sleek, semi open-concept space in the form of a house reminiscent of the MOBILIA logo.

The Roaring Twenties collection brings a touch of luxury and novelty. The collection dazzles the senses with soft velvets, ultrachic fabrics and geometric patterns. This vibrant, unbridled collection celebrates the Golden Twenties while shining a modern light on its designs. Perfect for any decor, for a subtle or dramatic impact, to your wild imagination’s content! All this with some unique pieces that Janette is particularly fond of—the lamps by Montreal’s up-and-coming designer Jean-Pascal Gauthier. 

Minneapolis-based Interior Design Firm, Studio Hive Gets Acquired

Feb 22, 2017

DLR Group today announced the acquisition of Minneapolis-based interior design firm Studio Hive. Founded in 2003 by Janice Carleen Linster, FASID; Shari Bjork, LEED AP; and Shawn Gaither, AIA, Studio Hive is consistently ranked as one of the leading interior design firms in the Twin Cities. Studio Hive is a recognized leader in the design of workplace, sports, and higher education environments, for clients including Gray Plant Mooty, Fox Rothschild, the University of Minnesota, UCare, as well as interior design at many collegiate and professional sports stadiums in Minnesota.

Studio Hive’s 14 design professionals will relocate to DLR Group’s Renaissance Square location at 520 Nicollet Mall by April 2017. With the addition of Studio Hive, DLR Group will have 80 employee-owners in Minneapolis.

Linster will head the Minneapolis Workplace Studio in collaboration with DLR Group Workplace Leader Cassandra Griep, CID, IIDA, and with Bjork and Gaither, to meet the needs of clients in the Twin Cities. 

Have You Experienced The Ceramic Industry’s First 3d Tile Visualizer Yet?

Feb 21, 2017

With remarkably innovative designs and solutions, Somany Ceramics, has been at the forefront of the ceramic sector’s growth in India.

Keeping in mind how technology has transformed our lives and homes, Somany Ceramics has created the 3D Tile Visualizer, the first-of-its-kind offering in the industry. The brand has taken advantage of how Virtual Reality can revolutionize marketing as customers can be transported to a digital world created using a brand’s products by launching this service.

The visualizer is a Real-time Room Planner, allowing customers to feed in dimensions on a touch screen to create a virtual layout of their entire house. The tile design center has the complete collection of floor and wall tiles by Somany Ceramics for customers to digitally try out designing their space irrespective of the tiles availability in the store inventory. Additionally, the app offers a prebuilt library of floor layouts for inspiration replete with stylish interior decoration options. With the help of a Virtual Reality Headset, the user can take a complete life-like scale walk inside the created house.

Location: Somany Experience Centre, K-4, 1st Floor, Diagonally Opposite Odeon Cinema, Middle Cir, Connaught Place, New Delhi.  

Have You Seen The New Face Of The Dubai Design And Fashion Council?

Feb 21, 2017

After the departure of former CEO and Bazaar columnist Nez Gebreel last year, the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) announced on 19th February 2017 that Jazia Al Dhanhani has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer. 

Previously holding the position of Executive Director of Industry Development and Marketing, Emirati national Jazia brings a wealth of experience to the role and will lead the development of the Council's mission to support emerging regional talent and the development of Dubai in 5 key design segments - fashion design, product design, architecture, interior design and graphic design, in line with the objectives set out by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. 

Part of the DDFC since 2016, Jazia has already overseen the creation and development of many of the Council's projects including the successful Mentorship and Internship Programmes, launch of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, etc.

Bangkok Studio Launches ‘greenhouse Mini’ To Invite Greenery Into Homes!

Feb 20, 2017

Bangkok studio, Atelier 2+'s Greenhouse Mini, launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, is designed to encourage owners to bring greenery into their houses in the form of miniature gardens. The tabletop planter, which was created for label Design House Stockholm, is an even more compact version of Atelier 2+ Greenhouse, a standing planter box. 

The plantbox has glass windows and a pitched roof – reminiscent of traditional Swedish houses formed by a solid ash frame. A galvanised metal tray slots into the base, while the top lifts off for owners to tend to plants. The studio's founders, Worapong Manupipatpong and Ada Chirakranont, were prompted to create the greenhouse after time spent studying in Stockholm.

IKEA has also ventured into the world of indoor gardening, releasing a hydroponic kit that lets owners grow plants and vegetables from their kitchens, without using soil or sunlight.

Ikea To Launch Unique African Line By 2019 Using Local Expertise!

Feb 17, 2017

The international furniture giant, IKEA, has recruited few of the best designers from seven African countries to create an exquisite African line in order to tap into the current “creative pulse” happening across the continent, says IKEA spokeswoman Johanna Martin.

Judging from the designers’ profiles, the range will unveil more than just ottomans in colorful African wax print textiles or beaded jewelry, and will explore what exactly “African design” means in 2017.

The team includes architects Christian Benimana from Rwanda, Issa Diabaté from Côte d’Ivoire and Nairobi-based Bethan Rayner and Naeem Bivji—all of whom have a focus on sustainable design with a social conscience. Product designers Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck bring the innovation that drives their Dakar design studio to the project, with fashion designers Selly Raby Kane, from Senegal, and South Africa’s Laduma Ngxokolo.

Post the collection launch in 2019, Ikea’s outlets will go beyond their current Morocco and Egypt, into new markets. 

Grohe Blue Home Named ‘kitchen Innovation Of The Year 2017’

Feb 16, 2017

Consumers have voted Grohe Blue Home as the Kitchen Innovation of the Year 2017 on the occasion of Ambient, the leading consumer goods show, in Frankfurt. This honour holds a special place for the brand as it comprises both a nomination round by a panel of expert judges and a concluding round inclusive of the consumers’ opinion. Having scored the best results in the “kitchen sinks and faucets” category, the innovative and highly functional GROHE Blue Home water system garnered the prestigious “Golden Award Best of the Best” award.

Grohe AG CEO Michael Rauterkus, takes pride in being rewarded for their efforts of designing “user-friendly” products that add value to people’s lives. The nominated products were assessed on seven criteria in particular, namely operating comfort/functionality, product benefit, innovation, design, materials, ergonomics and ecology. Grohe Blue Home’s modern drinking water system supplies filtered and chilled water with three selectable carbonation levels straight from a dedicated kitchen sink faucet, thereby obviating the need for industrialised water bottling as well as for driving to beverage stores and carrying heavy water crates. Compared to bottled water, the contribution to consumers’ carbon footprint can be shrunk by approximately 61%.

Marcs Fornes Installs Massive Aluminium Sculpture At Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center

Feb 15, 2017

New York based artist, Marc Fornes, has completed a permanent installation at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. Suspended from the building’s atrium, the coral-like sculpture, called Under Magnitude, showcases Fornes’s Structural Stripes, a material system cut from flat pieces of aluminum.

The branching installation, composed of 4,672 riveted components, achieves a curvilinear form similar to Frei Otto’s soap bubble model. Fornes bent the aluminum slats in a way that makes them sturdy enough to support human weight, despite their one-millimeter thickness.

Under Magnitude’s white color continues a palette that Fornes established in past works, such as Labrys Frisae at Art Basel Miami 2011 and NonLin/Lin Pavilion, shown at the Frac Centre in France.