Wednesday, June 06, 2018

'Voices in Design' at Simply Sofas

When great minds come together extraordinary things happen. Simply Sofas along with IIID BRC organised 'Voices in Design', an event to bring the most highly regarded architects and designers on one platform at the Simply Sofas Mission Road Showroom, Bangalore. An intense discussion between renowned architects Krishnarao Jaisim, Sandeep Khosla, Sanjay Mohe, and author Apurva Bose Dutta marked the evening of May 25th, 2018. Featured in her book 'Architectural Voices of India', these icons spoke of their unique journeys in architecture, their deep passion for creating, and the challenges facing Indian architecture today. IIID award-winner Shruti Jaipuria of Maia Design presented her unique approach to interior design through a selection of acclaimed projects - Toast & Tonic, The Black Rabbit, Smoor, and The Flying Squirrel.

An intense discussion with (Left to right) author Apurva Bose Dutta, Ar. Sanjay Mohe, Ar. Sandeep Khosla, and Ar. Krishnarao Jaisim


Launch of the book 'Architectural Voices of India' by author Apurva Bose Dutta


A presentation by IIID award-winner Shruti Jaipuria of Maia Design

A memorable evening at Simply Sofas. Thanks to IIID BRC. 

The highlight was the introduction of cutting-edge Italian designer furniture brand, Molteni&C, with a special feature - 'Architects and Their Furniture', which presented the work of master architects Gio Ponti, Foster+Partners, Jean Nouvel, Vincent van Duysen, Patricia Urquoila and Michele de Lucchi - designers of furniture for Molteni&C. The brand is specialised in high-end home furniture and premium luxury projects (such as hotel, ships, theatres, and public buildings). The collection of Molteni&C bedroom, living, and dining furniture is now exclusively available at Simply Sofas in Bangalore and Chennai.

Molteni & C. The defining name in premium luxury furniture.

All in all, a memorable evening with wine, cheese, and voices in design.



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Friday, May 25, 2018

14 Great Things We Saw At Milan Design Week 2018

Salone del Mobile/Milan Design Week 2018 is filled with exhibits, astounding installations, extraordinary product launches, new designs, and the latest in furniture. There is so much more to see and experience, but when you see people crowding at an installation, more people wonder what's happening and more curious people join the crowd. There are some designs and installations we felt were best of the lot, so here are our shortlisted picks from the fair.



Materials Village, an installation dedicated to materials, new technologies, and sustainability will host more than 20 companies. Two great installations dedicated to the theme of sustainability and materials were presented in the Art Garden. A spectacular tower by Studio Marco Piva shows materials at the base of an architectural project, whereas another installation of excellence on the theme of circular economy is curated by the famous designer Yona Friedman for CONAI and Consorzi di Filiera for packaging recycle. Among many new entries, a name of excellence stands out such as PUMA with the MIT Design Lab of Boston, showcased together an ongoing research in the field of bio-design. The project was on a high-performance fabric that reacts according to the percentage of air pollution. The exhibition focused on how the next generation of wearables can adapt in real time using living organisms to enhance performance and personal expressions. The four experiments include breathing shoe, deep learning insole, carbon eaters, and adaptive packaging.



Nendo: "forms of movement" is the sensorial exhibition, proposed by the award-winning and very anticipated Japanese studio Nendo. This year 10 concepts were presented based on the idea of movement, originating from an object’s function, material or production process. Some of the noteworthy mentions include woven table, bouncy layers, paper torch, zippppper project, blooming shades, four-layer vase, seven sliding cases, press tiles, variations of time, sketch capsule figures.



The up-cycling and recycling of plastics are important for the future of the planet. Ecobirdy is a new brand that creates ecological design furniture. The first collection of children’s furniture is produced exclusively from recycled plastic waste from Europe. A “terrazzo” look created with small coloured pieces of recycled plastic toys gives an original touch to the collection and makes each product a unique piece. This idea is to contribute to a more sustainable future as against the biggest man-made danger to the oceans there is. An effort in innovation for a beautiful planet.



Dassault Systèmes teams up with leading designer Kengo Kuma to tackle air pollution. Kengo Kuma presents a giant spiralling air-purifying sculpture with the ability to absorb the emissions of 90,000 cars per year. The sculpture – titled ‘breath/ng’ – comprises 120 hand-folded panels and is a towering 6 meters tall. It is a challenge to create a solution-based design that maximizes the use of existing pollution and neutralizing solutions.



Under Super Cover, a special installation by Studio Modulo indicates how form is essential. A delicate and embracing cloud invades the space with soft tones, lights and metallic sounds and guides the visitor through ancestral feelings, on a journey made of natural elements and sensory suggestions.



A garden pavilion, “Living Nature. La Natura dell’Abitare”, by Carlo Ratti Associati explores the relationship between nature and living. It is designed to explore whether or not space, urban or domestic, can become more human-friendly through the sustainable use of natural resources. Visitors who enter will experience four different seasons of the year - Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn.



The bath exhibition at iSaloni 2018 focused on innovation and sustainability. Cutting edge products for modern bathrooms reflected today’s strong demand for efficiency and energy savings, with the accent on water efficiency, indoor pollution prevention and personal health. Wellness and technology came together in ergonomics, colours and accessories, designed to stimulate emotions. Highlights included ceiling lights with inbuilt showers, cubicles that solved space problems, closets with enhanced hygiene features, and more. Some of the interesting things include Cleanet Riva shower toilet - a new technology with the sensor based washer. A design by Laufen. Dornbracht’s “Aquamoon,” created in collaboration with designer Michael Neumayr, was recently voted as one of the most extraordinary new products of the Salone del Mobile 2018. It consists of four different shower rays, which in combination with the different light scenarios make showering an experience for all the senses.


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For the first time, Grand Seiko makes its presence at Milan Design Week 2018 with 'THE FLOW OF TIME' art installation. It shows the worldview of Spring Drive, which has reached a new dimension that makes you feel the transience of time, approaching the essence of time. Twelve acrylic objects in different shapes are shown in the space, and parts of the Spring Drive watch movement are sealed inside of them. Looking into the objects, small twinkling parts and framed scenery are merged together, so you can feel the watch movement is approaching the essence of time. And small lights in the transparent objects imply the existence of small electricity generated by the parts themselves in silence. It is an art installation in which one can feel Grand Seiko’s thought just by looking into it. Designed by Takt Project.



Urban Hugs by Architect Stefano Boeri, a prototype public space designed to promote the gesture of hugging and conversation. To detach networks of social interactions for a few seconds and embrace each other. To abandon the metropolitan solitude for a few seconds and embrace someone: a friend, a stranger, a love, a lover, a son, a grandmother, the florist, the bartender, the head office, the Cast Iron. It is accompanied by the melodies of the cello by Piero Salvatori, in a liberating embrace. A micro-architecture made entirely of wood, which defines the physical limit where one can stop and isolate from the rhythms of everyday life. The prototype of a "minimal" place that is both open and permeable to view, but personal and intimate in fruition. A space for two.



Flavio Lucchini resident artist and author of all the artworks in the Superstudio’s garden. For Parade 2018, he stages “White Totem – Fashion Art Design” which showcases impressive white totems destinated to squares and urban spaces. With a background as an architect and art-director of important fashion magazines, Lucchini reflects on women dress as a metaphor of contemporary society. The Totems recount a dress that has become a pagan idol and at the same time make fashion eternal.



Kawai, in collaboration with the light artist Takahiro Matsuo, exhibits the poetic installation “Crystal Rain” where a piano with a transparent end floats upon undulating waves of water. As the instrument is played, each note sparkles as droplets of light, raining down into the space surrounding the piano, enhancing the crystal transparency and luxurious glow of this piece. This dreamlike piano is created to celebrate the company’s ninety years.



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Melogranoblu presents "Oneiros",an installation in which the visitor comes in contact with a creature with shimmering shapes, sleeping in an empty space, alive and mysterious, ancient and incomprehensible. Glass is its flesh, light is its breath, colour is its movement. It seems to be in front of the original shapes of the creation and to watch the very own flux of the matter, its eternal mutation, following the line of our gaze and the suggestion of our thought, released from the dream.



Caimi Brevetti's exhibition space is designed to create strong feelings in the visitor. This is obtained through an unusual way of presenting sound-absorbing acoustic products created with Snowsound and Snowsound Fibre Textile technologies. It reduces the annoying acoustic reverberation improving quality both of life and of work. As protagonists, this project allows one to experiment and at the same time activate the sight, touch, and hearing senses through a real experience that the visitor can do by going through a sound tunnel.



The Cotodama Lyric Speaker is the next generation speaker. It shows song lyrics beautifully through your phone. its design concept is "decorate your life with lyrics". The speaker visualises lyrics as an art piece in your living room. The brother model speaker consists of two boards leaned against the wall like a vinyl record jackets. front side is a screen which displays the lyrics, and the other one located behind contains two audio speakers.



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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Best Young Designs We Saw At Salone Satellite 2018

If you are wondering where can young designers get visibility, then it is the Milan Design Week for sure. Every year, at the Milan fair, there is an event dedicated to the young designers – Salone Satellite. These young designers from all around the world come together to showcase their creativity, ideas, and be visible in the furniture market. The Salone Satellite Award is a further opportunity to facilitate contact between young designers and businesses. This year’s focus was Africa and Latin America, with designers from all over the world exploiting crossover forms - bridging design, technology and tradition.



Natalia Wieteska's Brinkk sideboard under the brand Envee is a storage solution inspired by the sculptural forms of contemporary architecture. The seemingly gravity-defying, monolithic, block of timber with its incision is an exercise in precision and perspective. The full collection consists of a range of sideboards and bookshelves which use this approach as inspiration. This product won the Red Dot Award for the Design Concept.



Cecilia Xinyu Zhang is another young designer whose works - The Fifth D Clock and Equant Suspension are worth mentioning. Her work explores the idea of introducing spatial consciousness into objects in altering viewer's perception on object and space. The Fifth D Clock is an attempt to interpret the concept of Fifth Dimensional Space. And, Equant Suspension lamp with an adjustable circular reflector provides indirect, diffused, and reflected illumination. This means single point light sources can create diffused lighting. Cove lighting is in the past as sleek decorative lights work in tandem across a spaces of all sizes.



Designer Gavaz De Biasi and his team pick drift wood from riverbanks and lakes. They cure them and build furniture that’s truly special. Tables, sideboards and pieces of art. The concept is committed to the daily and creative use of what environment provides us with.



An elegant and playful floor lamp wants to light your readings with its big bright eyes. Its prominent tail moves together with the eyes when you adjust them closer or further. Dorking floor lamp by Sergi Ventura. Young design from Salone Satellite. His designs start with the desire to tell a story willing to decorate spaces that want to be unique.



Imagine one solitary light, surrounded by a hanging sequence of cones and parabolic hoods, white on the inside and black on the outside. The light flows through the cones, bouncing off the white, adding to the interplay of the installation. The star of Salone Satellite, the Milan Furniture Fair for young designers, and creator of this wonderfully orchestrated ‘mobile’ is Hiroto Yoshizoe. He focuses on interpreting the ideas of change, time, and movement in space to create designs from both modern and analogue approaches.



Even furniture can be used to make statements. Evocative young design at Salone Satellite is the Whittle Away shelf by Stoft.



Colours infused into wood with a polymer resin. By allying wood and resin, the studio Atelier Insolite gives birth to unique, original, and eco-friendly pieces.



The idea is to create emotional connections between furniture and people. A groovy modular system made of five velvet-covered foam shapes. Colourful design by Ilco.



Zsuzsanna Horvath's work is based on turning sheet materials into sculptural three-dimensional objects. Her kinetic spatial creations formed by gravity come to life with the help of light and air movement as ripples go through the thin cuts.



The Verdable table, by Anna Szczurek and Sophie Berianidze of Beriana studio complies with this modern need to optimise space. The table’s mirrored top reflects any flowers that are placed in the vase-pedestal, amplifying their presence.



Felicia Arvid's textile room. She's a Danish designer who juggles between fashion, design, and architecture. Using her knowledge from the fashion world she works with textiles and fabrics to create a new design. She used wool for the sofa, where you can insert a side table or a lamp wherever you like. With wool, she also created acoustic panels and room dividers which can be customised with different colours and arrangements. Wool has sound absorbing quality. Her sofa-bed system embraces the individual and the diverse ways of living by adaptability.



Rust Harvest. One of the most original ideas at Salone Satellite is this unusual technique by Studio Yuma Kano. The rust of a metal sheet is transferred into the acrylic. Organic warmth in a man made material. This design aims to inspire a fun, creative world where everyone is able to find new possibilities by exploring unnoticed aspects of the everyday.



Rehome is a project all about rapid production of inexpensive furniture in high volume to meet the criteria of the primary needs in temporary housing. Plywood and corrugated cardboard as furniture materials allow rapid production, building, and recycling and brings furniture to life. Beds, tables, and more, the ultimate bid to make sustainability count.



Market is a design collective specialised in branding of commercial spaces, but actually provides a wider range of disciplines - the collaboration with associated creative professionals strengthens their design approach as well as the formation of exemplary and well-tailored products and brands.



PileUP Life is a lifestyle brand founded in Taiwan. In order to design a modular chair system, we have deconstructed a chair into 9 parts, from seat to legs. By standardising all components, users can mix and match different parts to create thousands of styles, as they were playing with legos.



Indian Designs at Satellite

We are thrilled to see the Indian presence grow year by year.

Studio Wood, a young Delhi-based firm, designs bespoke furniture and spaces with diverse materials and adds quirkiness to create unusual products and spaces.



Chandigarh based Studio Ardete blend art, design, and functionality together - to celebrate the joy of life - made evident in their furniture, inspired by the flower.




SaloneSatellite Award Winners

Stefano Carta Vasconcellos won the first place for his Light Kitchen design. This kitchen counter can be assembled with seven elements and with no screws.



Tink Things designed by Benussi&theFish won the second place. The clever design caters to the children's playful and sensory needs, helping them grow happily and with awareness.



Himuroyuri’s Soft Block design won third. A new home decoration object that through its softness and bending capacity and a tease to twist encourages interaction and distraction for anyone at any age.



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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Naturdeco. The room of the living world. MDW 2018 Report: Day 6

Flora and fauna come indoors with soft decoration, some more permanent. The world’s most industry-defining furniture makers introduce their new products at Milan during Design Week as a critical focal point in their calendars, marking the beginning of global trade for the new collections.



While core products demand innovation and newness, creating perfect ambiences for them to be seen in is most difficult, since architects, designers and buyers from all continents, and hence various influences, are present. Nature has always been inspirational to human creativity, right from the time when the sun was first worshipped for bringing life giving warmth and light. And so it is at Milan Design Week 2018. Inspiration from Nature mitigates risk while triggering the instinctive comfort that we humans possess within.



Here are key observations on Naturdeco, a new stylistic language in interiors:
Tall plants, shrubs and small trees in pots with unusual, fancy planters.
Elements from the insect world, not just butterflies and dragonflies, but beetles, ants, exotic birds and mammals, are evident in tabletop and shelving props, panels, partitions, bookends, wall prints, frames images, and wallpaper. Many of these are presented in reduced form and in monotones, often in gold.
Non-repetitive organic motifs are popular, and are creatively used, flowing from wall to ceiling.



Naturdeco is a trend that’s here to stay as we get closer to environmental matters in our lifestyles.



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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Interior Design Trend Analysis MDW 2018 Report: Day 4 and Day 5

Colours. Change and challenge.

Colours and finishes matter greatly to the interior design and furniture industry, simply because of the large number of uniquely produced elements that come together to make a room beautiful and functional.



When a sofa engages with a handmade carpet, the colour synergy pre-exists in the system. These tones are made to come together by an interior designer or architect on the notion that they present the right picture, for that room. And of course it depends on the skill and effectiveness of the designer creating the ensemble.



We found some vividly established trends, across all segments.

Perhaps the biggest trend is the use of gold, bronze and brass - a vague assimilation of symbiont metallics that is best described as alchemical, or surreal. Legs of chairs, vertical supports of shelving, Richness and class are direct results.



Dark and light - the usage of similar colours in two deeply contrasting tones.
A dark forest green and a lighter, almost desaturated pastel green.
Wine red/burgundy and light pink.
Deep rust/terracotta and a subtle peach.
Royal blue and the baby blue off-tone.


These need not exist together; the colour palette has expanded such that they are seldom used in concert. More often, the darks are used together, as are the pastels. This evens out the context of presentation, in say, for example, a dining space with chairs of multiple colour tones. One thing to note though - the darks work best with single tone upholstery, especially velvet.



These tones are being used in upholstery, laminates, paints on walls and cabinetry, carpets, drapes, wallpaper. They go well with metallics.

Bronze-gold, high gloss black chrome and warm grey metallics are accents that are used for legs of tables and cabinets, small panels, taps, handles and small decorative elements. They are required to add a luxe quality to any ambience.



Warm grey and blue remain primary base colours, and are used on core surfaces - walls, ceiling and floor - setting the stage for class and style easily. Blue, golden yellow and even red maintain relevance, as product differentiators.



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