How to combat heat in Interiors

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It’s India and it’s naturally a million degrees out there. People are constantly looking for shade and breeze in the sweltering summers, and as designers we can’t just sit still! A lot of people out there, think the only way to cool their spaces is by installing an AC. For those people, I have three words, ‘YOU ARE WRONG.’ Using

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Plants in Interiors

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It is so obvious, isn’t it? Plants and greens are the quickest, easiest and cheapest ways to literally bring life into your homes and spaces. Plants in interiors, although a grossly overlooked element in design, can be really great dominant parts of our spaces. Not only do they purify the air we breathe and cool the house, but also add

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5 Books every Designer should read!

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Never underestimate the power of a good book! It has the power to move you, make you feel a thousand fold and leave you with an unsettling feeling of wanting more. The thing about books, as Jhumpa Lahiri rightly says, is they let you travel without moving your feet. Designers, in their quest for birthing new ideas everyday, should ideally

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Why get a Masters in Design?

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As a Masters in Architecture aspirant, I have been asked this question multiple times in the recent past. Apparently, getting a masters in design is not something easily digestible by all. You get to hear questions like, “You’ve already studied for 5 years? Why study for 2 more?” or “What extra are they going to teach you, that you don’t

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How to chose a Design Thesis Topic!

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All you design students, it’s that time of the year again! The pressure is building up, and there are prime decisions to be taken. Whether you are an Architecture student, interior design, fashion or graphic design, end of semester project or thesis is a tough task to select. Challenging yourself with a suitable project and delivering it with equal finesse,

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Ar. BV Doshi wins 2018 Pritzker Prize

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There’s been no budding designer, architect or environmentalist in India, who hasn’t idolized Ar. BV Doshi! At 90 years old, Ar. Doshi has been awarded the highest Architectural honor, equivalent to a Nobel Prize in the field, “The Pritzker Prize, 2018.” Having worked with the likes of Ar. Le Corbusier and Ar. Louis Kahn, his designs and thoughts are a

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10 Incredible Ideas for your Backyard!

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Backyards are usually a very underrated place in Indian homes. We all have them, but they are invariably used for hanging clothes, as a washing space, as parking or just an empty grass garden. When everyone is fighting for space, and trying to make theirs look beautiful, why ‘back’ out from using your backyard? Here are some exceptional ideas you

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Must Have Modern Furniture!

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“Furniture is to spaces what limbs are to the human body.” A space, however well designed, well lit, is incomplete and inappropriate without suitable furniture. Modern furniture is all about clean lines, simplicity, minimalism and elegance. It combines functionality and aesthetics seamlessly, so that every piece looks striking and serves its purpose with equal ease. So how to tell modern

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Date With A Designer : Ar. Sonal Birdi (Villa 55)

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Cafes and restaurants, irrespective of where they’re situated in the world, always have something in common. They exude charm, create a relaxing ambience and call you in. Villa 55, the newest addition to Nagpur’s social scene, triumphs all the three qualities. Designed in the modern contemporary style by Ar. Sonal Birdi, the restaurant boasts of three main spaces, a small

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