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They were a fad back in the 70s. They are redefining jewellery design now. Beads are adding contemporary sensibilities to classical thoughts to create jewellery for the women of today. Jewellery designer Riddhika Jesrani tells us how beads play a major role in creating elegant and modern jewellery designs

Statement Orange Day Beaded Necklace

Beads Represent an Evolution.

Women are evolving. They are becoming bolder and are willing to try new things. Fashion-oriented jewellery is one of these. Working with beads makes necklaces look grand and glamorous. How light reflects off faceted beads and makes the wearer shine is inspiring. It’s the attraction towards contemporary designs and materials that women are choosing to wear around their neck rather than traditional pieces. However, it’s important to not make the change look so drastic. That’s why adding some semi-precious stones helps bridge that thinking and strike a balance between the modern and traditional. It’s how vintage stories can be told in a young, contemporary manner.

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Big Bold Gold Beaded Necklace

Jewellery is an Experience.

While designing, one must think about the person wearing it. How do you want her to feel? Once you have the answer to that question, use material, form, texture, and colour to design that feeling in your jewellery. Each piece is a story that can only be expressed with these four key elements. For example, a faceted bead will add a different look in a necklace than a plain red round one. If you’re looking to make the design fun, then just add some felt beads. If you’re working on kids’ collection, keep the colours bright and the textures fun enough for the kids to enjoy.

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Signature Beaded Happy Buddha Necklace

There is Symmetry in Chaos.

It’s important to first visualise the design, scribble it out if required. Next, think of a colour scheme. Once that’s in place, pick out beads of different shape and size and lay them out. Then start eliminating. In other words, de-clutter. And you’ll realize that in the end, all you’re left with is what you string together. Make sure you take into consideration the colour and size of beads in order to balance your design.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Sunny Yellow Necklace
Signature Beaded Purple Burst Necklace

Jewellery Need not be Serious.

Put some fun in it. Create designs that remind the wearer that it’s not always about being perfect. It’s about enjoying the moment and being comfortable with the way things are. We all know how Indians take their jewellery so seriously. The idea is to get customers to buy a piece because it makes them smile and feel good every time they put it on.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Statement Elephant Necklace
Signature Beaded Disco Necklace

Fashion is Freedom.

Following fashion trends is totally out of fashion. What’s in, is to believe in your own style and follow what makes you comfortable in your skin. It’s this freedom that a jewellery designer must pass on. Treat each piece as an incomplete sentence, with a belief that the story becomes complete only when it is worn. After all, it’s not just about what statement the jewellery piece makes, but also about how the wearer wants to make that statement.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Icy Pearl Necklace
Signature Beaded Fiery Tortoise Necklace

Be Idea-Driven Rather Than Technique Driven.

Because, if the idea is in place you will figure out a way to make it. An idea or a colour scheme can be drawn from anything, anytime. It could be a rainbow you spot while traveling or the unique combination of colours in the food you’re having. Inspiration can ignite anytime and that’s why it’s important to keep your eyes peeled and ears perked up for anything exciting. Don’t worry if you don’t know the technique. It can be learned on the job. Just be original and believe in your creativity and creations.

Jewellery Design
Signature Beaded Pitch Black Necklace
Peacock Frenzy

Published in Issue 11

This issue also explored the Jewellery Design & Wedding Photography with some cool techniques to learn from experts in Gyaan section.

 

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“It’s not about the end, it’s about the journey.” Well, for Roopam Sharma, his journey from a model to a visionary is mind boggling. He designed and invented a device that would change the lives of the blind immensely.

A model from Faridabad, Roopam Sharma broke all stereotypes and went on become a worthy entrant in the Foreign Policy magazine’s “100 Global thinkers”. While studying at Manav Rachana Institute, he went on to invent a text-to-speech device that would help visually impaired people understand and learn about the world with much ease. Though Roopam had his eyes set on the ramp five years ago, his abundant talent and certain situations in life led him to a path of inventing products.

Visionary

Interestingly this is not the first product Roopam has created. While distributing cards with his friend in a village of Haryana, he saw an old woman tied to a bed screaming in pain, since the people around her had no measures to take care of her. Although disturbed by that sight, but determined to bring a change, he developed a position tracking device while attending a workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2015. That device would help the caretakers of patients with certain illness to be alert if the patient wandered off too far.

Roopam, a visionary and creator, always had a strong sense of sensitivity towards people with disabilities and a heart – to – heart conversation with a friend who was colour blind, broadened his scope of imagination. It was then that he researched and realized how miserably braille was failing in India, mainly because it was difficult, expensive and there was not much content that was printed in Braille. Thus, only 1% of people could actually use braille as a measure for learning. His persistence to develop a better method of learning for the blind also become a reason for his parents worry as he would often skip classes and concentrate on his experiments of product designing.

The final output was Manovue, a device that could be worn like a glove which was integrated with a mobile app and had a camera attached to the tip of the finger. The camera would capture the text that the person had his finger placed on, and would read aloud the content which would enable the visually impaired person to learn without restriction. A true visionary, Roopam went on to receive India’s National Youth Award (2017), Gifted Citizen Prize 21016 and UK’s Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.

The first trial of his product was held in India where over 800 people tried his product and their feedback was carefully adapted and incorporated in his design. Now he is working towards the Second trial which will be held in April or May in Washington DC, where he is currently based. The easy on pocket product ranges from 28$ to 650$. Though the device is still expensive, his aim is to reduce the cost to make it more affordable and more accessible for people around the world.

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If it was only about needs, everyone would be sitting in similar chairs and drinking coffee and wine in the similar glasses. Desires are just as important. And to make these two meet, a product needs to be balanced, following a rational process. Product design studio, ‘Design Gandhi’, founded by Hardik Gandhi, lists down eight basic elements whose combination ensures people are wooed by its beauty and surprised by its functionality.

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Xcent Multipurpose Stool

1. Define, derive, delight

That’s the process a product designer should follow to arrive at richly thought out designs and products that are just as ingenious as resourceful. Once you have thought of the idea, the next thing is to figure out how to manifest it. That requires a good understanding of material properties and their behavior in various contexts. What you have in the end is a tangible token of what used to be only an idea, something that makes the user smile and feel special.

Product Design
D MUG. Inspired from how one holds the coffee mug naturally.
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Knowledge Tree. Modified bookshelf that stores books in angles.

2. Keep it less to achieve more

In today’s cluttered and busy life, minimal designs can surely stand out. It’s important to understand that a product is a simple solution to an everyday problem. And minimal in no way means boring. In fact, minimal is something that one won’t ever get tired of seeing every day. In order to achieve that, you have to keep your designs colourful and dynamic, using appropriate materials and processes. That’s how products with an uncluttered and effortless appeal become hot favorites as they reflect clarity of thought and idea.

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Zigzag Floor Covering. Multisegmented floor covering.

3. Observe, observe and only observe

Getting ideas is no big deal if you have your senses open. Inspirations can come from almost anything around you. From a roadside ‘jugaad’ furniture to a tree to a flower petal, India is a beautiful source of ideas. Sometimes really insignificant objects are the most inspiring. As a designer, the next job is to transform them into something beautiful, and there you have your design.

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AER CLICK
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Home and Car Fragrances

4. Form and function go hand in hand

Marrying form and function might seem to be a tough part only if you consider them as two separates. The relationship between the two is not linear and one doesn’t come before the other. They come together in the form of an idea, when you are thinking of something new. Design is art with a purpose. Therefore, holistic thinking is the key to an innovative idea. Well, that’s also the difference between a designer and a decorator.

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Jaipur pottery

5. A canvas means opportunities

Space is a very important aspect of product design and you must ensure the product demonstrates the best utilization of space. Space is your context and also the content. As designers we should realize how people love it when a design manages to do a lot in less space.

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Jaipur pottery

6. It can do this, this and this! 

Multiple usage of a product is a fancy bonus for the consumers. So think of ideas and designs that can be re-arranged to cater to multiple wants. After all, who wouldn’t be amazed at something that’s a bookshelf, a stool and a great looking storage space? Remember, people like to be unique and that’s why they buy things that are unique.

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Aquarius

7. Show your funny side

Adding an element of humour in your designs helps create works that are more interactive, refreshing and young. Because you’re not giving your design just a utility, but also an experience. Incorporate an element of fun in your designs and consider them sold.

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ZigZag Modular Unit
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Kings Rolls

8. It’s common sense that’s not so common

Product design is no rocket science that involves design fundamentals or elaborate researches. At the end of the day, you are also a consumer and a human. And it’s common sense that helps generate newer ideas for spaces, thereby giving vent to intelligent creations.

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King’s Rolls Environment Graphics

Published in Issue 12

The first interactive issue of Creative Gaga with Augmented Reality features. This issue focuses on the transition of Advertising from real to virtual and blurring the boundaries of both at the same time. Also bundled with lots of interesting articles and interviews.

 

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It needs passion. It needs commitment. Patience as well. Product design requires a designer to make a promise with one’s own self in order to create promising designs. Products might be non-living things, but according to industrial designer Subinay Malhotra, they do have feelings and emotions of people living in them. More on how you can turn that little crush for product design into a full-fledged relationship.

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OQLAR - Personal Sir Sanitizing System
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Flasso – Milk Flask. Made using borosilicate glass, PC plastic, glass blowing and injection molding techniques

For most Designers, it all starts very Young 

Most design journeys start from childhood, whether it was drawing or dismantling toys in order to know what’s happening inside. Product design is all about growing up to understand the needs, target clients, various environments and create a customized solution so that people learn and discover their own demands in a very unique manner. It’s that end result which matters all the time and drives you towards it.

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Retro Rubik’s

Something new makes Hearts beat Faster

It’s something new that gets people excited and sweeps them off their feet. Focusing on form and function will not quite get you there. Research is what forms the base of it all. After a concentrated research has been performed, only then one can start to apply ergonomics and take the project towards the best material approach. Research allows a product designer to stay updated on what has already been created in that niche, and work towards new possibilities and creations. Of course, human psychology and trend is another thing a product designer must be constantly conscious of while creating something functional yet aesthetically appealing.

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Lash – Portable night light for Graffiti artists.

When Design Software play Cupid

They help materialize what you have in mind. They help your ideas meet their materialization. For product designers, the concepts of physics and dynamics are definitely a must to know, but through the use of prototyping and 3D printing software, one can work virtually with their ideas. The only way a designer can benefit from such software is when they practice. It allows you to tease the limits of your imagination, giving you a future never imagined.

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Plexus – Protection Gear for Skateboarders.
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DUSK. The portable device uses ergonomics and wireless technology.
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Drill Master – A designer mechanical device

Half a heart won’t keep the Designer in you alive for long

It’s important to be passionate and interested in what you chose to do and learn. Give it your hundred percent and learn with the best of concentration. Keep in mind that one either needs to be really happy with what they are working on or be very angry with it, to reach places.

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Product Design

Published in Issue 20

Pencil or stylus? Paper or touch screen? This is just a start to the long list of questions that are swimming in every designer’s mind today. They say change is the only constant but has digitalisation really taken over the traditional methods? Would there be a time when the pencil will be forgotten forever like writers have forgotten a fountain pen? We discuss the issue with famous Indian designers and try to understand what they think. This issue also has some very talented and unique designer like Sachin Puthran, Raghava KK, Ramanjeet Kaur and Pavan Rajurkar got featured along with much more. Mr. Xerty and Amrei Hofstatter came with unique interpretation in our MadeIn section.

 

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Why does your soap dish look the way it looks? And why do you hold a spoon the way you do? You probably wouldn’t have lost any sleep over these questions, not even when these everyday objects doesn’t work right!

E veryday products, they are so numerous and ubiquitous. They form the material framework of our existence, enabling it to function, not only in practical or utilitarian terms but also in ways that give pleasure, meaning and significance to our lives. But why don’t we notice them? Most of us travel by the same route every day, do similar tasks every day, go to same places and although we are awake and seeing things around us we are not actually looking at them consciously. Hence, such products are frequently taken for granted.

Design, to my understanding, is much about having an eye for such details and bringing back life to mundane objects. I would like to emphasize on the act of “Observation” as a necessary tool to design useful products.

 

For quite sometime now I have been deeply intrigued by the everyday mundane objects lying all around us. The market is flooded with a plethora of redesigned products but very few redefined objects.

When one re-designs a product, one tends to retain the essence of it’s being…the soul. However gives its body a complete make over…without even hitting on the mind. When we re-define, as the word itself suggests, we work on the soul of the product, we question its very existence. Thus, giving the product a new mind and a fresh body.

 

A beautiful body is as important as a beautiful mind. An aesthetically balanced product drives the customer close to itself. “Form-material” relation is one of the demanding parameters of a good-looking product. It makes it desirable. Color adds the oomph factor!

Mind is that aspect of the product, which interacts with the user/customer. Sometime it directs the user to handle the product in a particular way and sometime it doesn’t.

Soul is the essence of its being, its purpose, satisfying the user’s wants/needs.

It brings about the WOW! Factor. A good product is which is a perfect balance of BODY – MIND – SOUL.

Tips to design Everyday Objects


Step 01

Empathise

The first step is to gain an empathic understanding of the problem you are trying to solve. This involves observing, engaging and empathizing with people as well as immersing yourself in the physical environment to have a deeper personal understanding of the issues involved. Empathy is crucial to a human-centred design process and it allows designers to set aside their own assumptions in order to gain insight into the user’s mind.

 

Let us take the example of a regular multipin electric plug.

We all use them probably everyday at our office, home and even while in transit. It is such a mundane object that we do not even notice it most often. However, I am sure you would have sometime felt if the product could be improved. As a designer of everyday objects, I took this opportunity to elevate the experience of using a multi-plug.

 

The pain point I identified with was that the pins of a 2 pin plug get loose and tend to fall off when plugged into the multi-pin electric plug, causing sudden switching off of any gadget in use.

Step 02

Define

Next step is to analyse your observations and synthesis the pain points in order to define the core problem that you seek to solve. In my project, the exact problem was that the regular multi-pin electric plug had a flat bottom and there was nothing to stop the loose 2 pin plug from falling off due to gravity.

Step 03

Ideate

At this stage, we generate a lot of ideas. No idea is good or bad. I had this idea that by slanting the bottom side of the regular multi-pin electric plug the loose 2 pin plug might get self-locked due to gravity. My idea was to capitalise on the root cause of the problem to create the solution. Gravity caused the plug to fall off, now gravity will help it stop.

Step 04

Prototype

There is no shortcut to success. It’s time now to produce a number of inexpensive, quick models of the product so that we can investigate the problem solutions generated in the previous stage. This is an experimental phase, and the aim is to identify the best possible solution for each of the problems identified during the first three stages.

 

The solutions are implemented within the prototypes and, one-by-one, they are investigated and either accepted, improved and re-examined or rejected on the basis of the users’ experiences. By the end of this stage, the design team will have a better idea of the constraints inherent within the product, the problems that are present and have a better/more informed perspective of how real users would behave, think, and feel when interacting with the end product.

 

After several iterations, I arrived at an angle of 40° for the slant which now stopped the drop of 2 pin plug due to gravity.

Step 05

Test

The final product was tested for all electrical and safety compliances and launched in the Indian market as the Angular Multiplug. It has become an iconic best seller for the brand.

What once was simply a carpenter’s job has now become an entire field in designing. Furniture design has evolved from the regular chairs and tables to more sophisticated forms. Redo Design Studio from Poland, believe the evolution is due to the discovery of new and the unique materials that solve the functional problems. Here they reveal their concepts and beliefs to give a better understanding of furniture design.

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TAO FURNITURE SET. Inspired by Japanese calligraphy, the sturdy legs and arrangements establish a balanced form
PUFFI UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE SET. Designed for residential interiors, inspired by bean bags
PUFFI UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE SET. Designed for residential interiors, inspired by bean bags

CG. Kindly tell us about your journey; how did Redo Design come about? What were the challenges involved in starting off designing furniture? What is your design philosophy?

RedoDesign. The design has always interested me, and furniture design was something that stood out the most because my father was a carpenter. Hence in 2008, a co-founding initiative called Timoore was started which was dedicated to children furniture design.

 

But once Timoore started acquiring numerous projects, the need for a sophisticated and a dedicated design studio came about and that is how Redo Design Studio was first launched.

VI-CHAIR. The design is characterised by a simple and extremely compact form
VI-CHAIR. The design is characterised by a simple and extremely compact form
Base Light Armchair

CG. Your designs are simple and minimalistic. What do your designs communicate? What emotions and reactions do you instil in your audience?

RedoDesign. How one’s designs manifest has a lot to do with what the project demands. Projects that are intelligible, precise, clear and logical are appealing, not only for the designer but for the audience as well. People are surprised not only by form, shape and colour, but also by the way they’re perceived.

MAGH. This collection makes a wise choice of material with a base made of wooden legs contrasted with white lacquered MDF surfaces

CG. What are some of the things you need to be mindful of while designing furniture? How do you balance functionality and aesthetics?

RedoDesign. The material is the fulcrum of the balance between functionality and aesthetics. Everything from knowledge of the material, its possibilities to its limitations depends largely on the success of the project.

 

Properties of the materials used definitely play a vital role in the overall aesthetics of the design. It is the primary problem that needs to be solved wisely. For example, in a design by Benjamin Hubert, he makes use of wood veneer to design an ultra-light table.

 

When designing furniture, it’s an asset to be familiar with various properties of options available, everything from its structure and surface to texture and colour.

Boo Sofa
TAO FURNITURE SET. Inspired by Japanese calligraphy, the sturdy legs and arrangements establish a balanced form
TUBE LIGHTS. This lighting design uses a minimalistic approach to make these lights fit into any space

CG. Would you say your designs have any Polish influence? How do your designs appeal to the international segment? How do you give them a modern touch?

RedoDesign. If all the designs have any Polish characteristics, it’s entirely due to subconscious actions. Frankly, while designing, it’s hard to keep such things in mind. One is very much focused on the brief, the project and technicalities that style becomes an effortless task. It can be said that style and character develop over time through continual experimentation with material and form.

Ortho Pillow-SHELL
Ortho Pillow-PLUS
Ortho Pillow-TRIPLE
Ortho Pillow-VIEN

CG. What’s the story behind your contrasts add to the appeal of your designs?

RedoDesign. Every designer has their own private niche that they use as signatures in every design they create. Likewise, Redo Design loves using intense, pure colour contrasted with white, grey or black. It has a major impact on the visual perception of the whole project.

 

Of course, this depends largely on the specific project. Again, ‘something new’ is what we all work towards, and hence experimentation with flashy colours or even interesting nuances and shades is always happening.

WOOD SHELF. This colourful and concept based book shelf design has the potential to make reading space the favorite place for kids

CG. What advice would you give to those who would like to take up furniture design? The research must they do? What should be their motto?

RedoDesign. That is a difficult question. It is important to continually practice, improve skills and simple curiosity about the world. Don’t be afraid to be different.

Wing Armchair
NYMPHA. This is inspired by water lily leaves and has an essential element of a triangular pin welded to the top and the base of the furniture
BASE ARMCHAIR. This seat concept is based on the reduced form to a few basic organic solids
Product and Automobile Design

Published in Issue 27

This issue explores one of the widely discussed product design and automobile #design which is very close to our heart. We spoke to few leading names to find out the future of product design and understand the Indian designer sensibilities and practices. Everyone believe that it’s not just functionality but also the visual appeal of the product which plays a crucial in the success of a product. This issue is a bundle of inspirations and insights from the well know product and automobile designers. A must read which you will enjoy for sure.

 

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Industrial designing makes public art accessible to the masses. These products are part of the physical as well as psychological space of everyday life. By giving these products a personality, design can turn them into expressions of a culture and human emotions. Product designer Satyendra Pakhalé talks about the perceptions and process of creating products that bear this human touch.

Products with Human Touch
Kalpa. Ceramic vase and bowl in one design
Amisa. Mass manufactured interior accessory

Industrial Design Can Develop An Economy.

A designed product stands as a testimony to the cultural ethos of a society and mankind. A product arises out of the primal needs of human beings. Therefore, it has the opportunity to touch and affect a million lives. Using technology and creativity, these designs can contribute to an economy and rise above as cultural symbols. Hence, an industrial designer needs to come up with product designs that play a part in everyday life and improve living.

B.M. Kondane
Good Food. An age-old typology of a cooking utensil

“Taking life as the biggest teacher and researching your way throughout, one can draw ideas that can create a whole new culture”

Fish Chair.
Kalpa. Ceramic vase and bowl in one design

Every Product Speaks A Language.

The moment a user comes in contact with a product, it ought to take him by surprise – a joyful one. Products, hence, can be expressions of the basic human needs. Such sensorial language must be created through designs, which communicate emotions without compromising on the utilitarian needs. When these significant and crucial aspects are taken into consideration, the users embrace the products in a way that these gradually become a part of their culture.

Akasma. Revisiting the age-old typology of objects
Alaya. Ceramic baskets made of slip casting ceramics

Design, Technology And Material Are Intrinsic To Each Other.

In industrial designing, technology can’t be separated from its design. Sometimes the design looks so simple and useful mainly because of its technology. The reason why, while designing a product one needs to mould the two aspects according to each other to have advancing results. Only then the product’s utility is proven. In the same way, a material cannot be separated from design. If not chosen appropriately, either of them can defile the completeness of the product. It’s for the designer to marry every aspect harmoniously.

Mini Flower Offering Chair
Fish Chair.

Product Designing Is A State Of Mind.

It takes a lot to create a product design. It’s better to avoid dwelling in nostalgia, regression or tradition. This results in a contemporary look and feels that can keep pace with current times and connect with the future. Taking life as the biggest teacher and researching your way throughout, one can draw ideas that can create a whole new culture. A product design needs to be human, articulate and symbolic. It should have the creativity that gives a message or tells a story. With this approach, one can achieve that iconic simplicity and sophistication.

Add-On Radiator. Can be integrated in an architectural setting just like a window or space divider
Add-On Radiator. Can be integrated in an architectural setting just like a window or space divider
Add-On Radiator. Can be integrated in an architectural setting just like a window or space divider

The Seeker Must Find His Way, On His Own.

Creativity is not a faucet that can be turned on whenever one needs. Also, it can’t be taught. Industrial designing has its own life story. On this great stage, a designer needs to find his role, cultivate his character and perform on his own. Only then one can change the world with one’s creativity.

Add-On Radiator. Can be integrated in an architectural setting just like a window or space divider
Add-On Radiator. Can be integrated in an architectural setting just like a window or space divider

Published in Issue 10

With this issue, we are exploring yet another discipline of design – Web and UI. With the changing times, Indian designers are increasingly opting for this new medium. But are we really prepared to take the global challenge? What’s missing and what do we strive on? We invited few leading practitioners of the industry to deliberate on this issue.

 

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Matharoo Associates believe in clear emphasis on functionality, use of materials in their natural form and exercising restraint while designing a house or building. Their buildings are designed to unfold and reveal their secrets and meaning.

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Curtain Door House with Wall of Light

1. The House With Balls

The 600 Sq-Yard weekend home for an aquarium owner comprises of four separate fish breeding tanks, an observatory which could double up as living space and a private sleeping area, all with provisions for biogas, rainwater collection for fishes and ETHE. On opening the house’s distinctive shutters, this linear space transforms completely into an infinite one, continuously mingling with and perpendicular to its original direction.

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House with balls, Ahmedabad
Matharoo Associates House
House with balls, Ahmedabad

The house assumes a squat position and the curving wall to one side allows one to walk up the gentle slope on to the terrace running over the length of the house. Rainwater is harvested throughout the year to be used for the fish tanks and space made by this curving wall is used as a tank.

Matharoo Associates House
Prathama
Matharoo Associates House
Prathama

2. House with the Warped Court

The intention here was to use traditional design solutions, one of which is to center the spaces around a courtyard that provides a reclusive family area. The other was to use ‘Haveli’ inspired closed outer shell and hollow insides.

 

Irregular site lines act to generate a skewed wood form finished concrete box that encloses the house and provides a vision, climate, and noise buffer. These lines also help in making the best of the required margin space, engendering individuated clear and green spaces on all sides of the house enjoyed through the selective openings into these landscape gems.

Matharoo Associates House
Queen Mary’s High School

3. House with Wall of Light

The dwelling emulates the various facets of a diamond in several ways through the use of contrasting materials. The rough diamonds are represented by the concrete walls poured in stone casts and the polished ones are represented by the light emanating onyx wall.

Matharoo Associates House
Matharoo Associates Studio

One is opaque, the other transparent. One envelops the house and the other ties the house together. One absorbs, the other radiates. One is neutral, the other colourful. One is rough and the other is smooth.The core family and private areas are placed in a “black box” characterized by the use of Kadapa stone representing carbon, another avatar.

Matharoo Associates House
Patel Residence
Matharoo Associates House
House of Warped Court

One is opaque, the other transparent. One envelops the house and the other ties the house together. One absorbs, the other radiates. One is neutral, the other colourful. One is rough and the other is smooth.The core family and private areas are placed in a “black box” characterized by the use of Kadapa stone representing carbon, another avatar of the diamond. The base flooring is economical and common but robust kota stone as represents continuity and is set against the chic neutrality of travertine representing contemporary living.

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India Pavilion

The three identical staircases are aligned to the three site angles converging near the entrance; one is placed on the floor, second on the wall and the third on the ceiling; signifying the illusionary world of diamonds.

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Sand Stone and Water, house in Jodhpur

Published in Issue 01

With cover illustrations by Archan Nair, this issue brings inspiring Digital illustrations, Extreme Graffiti, expert’s insights on space design and many more!

 

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Made using staves from whiskey casks, Glenmorangie Original by Renovo Hardwood Bicycles is an open acknowledgment of the understanding that bicycles are for ‘the adults’ too. Meanwhile, the rather exclusive bike also stands as collaboration inspired by a shared passion for innovation with wood.

Exclusive as it looks.

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” None other than the renowned and revered English writer, H.G. Wells, famously uttered these words. While, in the day and age of today, there are all kinds of crazy bicycles made available out there, in bike shops around the world–ones ranging from steel and carbon to even bamboo–it is yet unlikely to find one made by using staves from whiskey casks. Glenmorangie whiskey casks, in this case, to be specific.

Not just for display

Thus named as the Glenmorangie Original by Renovo, this is not the kind of bike that is good enough only to be put up on display and merely serve as an exhibit; it is, instead, one that has been built solid and sturdy enough to go rolling into the hills and even speeding down the streets. The machine, with its stock 700x28mm tires, is a fine piece of engineering to actualise on the streets as a fast yet sturdy and responsive road bike–one that can, at the same time, transform into an incredibly smooth and stable adventure machine by just swapping-in larger tires upto 40mm wide and take on the roughest of unpaved roads.

Available in frame sizes right from 52 cm all the way up to 58 cm, the Glenmorangie Original by Renovo is a limited edition bike, and so has only a definite number of them available up for grabs. So, go on; ride one!

While the versatility of White Oak and Sapele wood is one of the many key aspects the bicycle symbolises, it simultaneously boasts of Trapezoidal curved Down Tube and a Top Tube that recalls the shape of Oak staves from Glenmorangie casks. Add to it a set of Shimano Ultegra 6800 Shifting and Braking Systems, and you get a smooth, effective, efficient, and most importantly, fun ride that does not disappoint one bit. Also, the frame structure and geometry recall the shape of the oak stavers from Glenmorangie casks, adding an element of ‘the natural’ to make it an authentic fit for the rider.

Studio ABD introduces and takes us into the idea and approach behind a range of luxury watches thoroughly inspired by Indian royalty (read kings, queens, palaces and the likes).

The Nebula Palace Collection: The essential idea

One of the legacies of India’s rich and varied history, which goes far back into early antiquity, is the numerous forts and palaces that dot the landscape through the length and breadth of the country. In the popular imagination, forts and palaces are redolent of mystique, romance, pleasure and intrigue. Above all the beauty, grace, strength and substance, though these proud sentinels are living reminders of India’s breathtakingly rich civilisation and culture.

 

The Nebula Palace Collection of watches was thus an attempt to celebrate this very spirit of splendour, romance, history, stories, and royalties with unique and contemporary forms; to find harmony between its graceful past and contemporary present, and to bring a fresh look in the world of watches.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: The focal point

The moment you step in Rambagh Palace, you inhale the warmth of the royal energy. The Nebula collection of watches hence revolves around and stems from this space, where each room is carefully detailed; from the architectural, upholstery and furniture to even bathrooms, they all have a unique style. The overall architecture of the palace, the beautiful courtyards; the fountains, paintings, jali-work, everything building up the unique experience of Rambagh is graceful and warm, thus also finding expression in The Nebula Collection.

Palace
Illustration: Studio ABD

King-spired for the Masculine

One of the main attractions of Rambagh Palace is the Polo Bar; it displays the glamour and pride of the Royal Polo. The main feature is the characteristic fountain inside the room, with Jaipur tiles creating a mosaic artwork. It radiates the equestrian prowess and style of royal men. The fountain is a circulating royal energy for decades, and this ever-moving energy is what attracts us to its masculine form.

Palace
Illustration: Studio ABD

Inspired by the iconic fountain form in the centre of the room, RPK combines elements of the palace to create a very elegant yet iconic timepiece. It has meticulous details on the side with royal horns and a dial layered with enamel, giving the watch a highly refined look. The hand-stitched leather strap integrates with the watch as beautifully as it articulates on the wrist.

 

The solid gold case is inspired by the iconic form of a fountain in the Polo club. The case adorns the polygonal shape of the fountain and captures the essence of the story of Polo Club.

Image: Titan Company
Image: Titan Company

The back cover is also in a polygonal shape to make the entire watch-story complete from front to back. Through sapphire glass, one can see layers of amazing Swiss movement which make the experience of owning a royal story complete with best of the world elements. A true royal lifestyle. Every element is refined, with attention given to each minute detail, so that every reflection of light creates a royal aura around the wrist…

 

Welcome to the Royal Club, gentlemen.


The ‘Queen’ like elegance of the Lotus

The lotus fountain is one of the iconic forms of royal architecture. It has intrigued visitors with its beautiful arrangement of petals and water pouring onto each layer. One can find the influence of peacock motif all across the Rambagh exteriors and interiors, but the most beautiful one is in the courtyard water body with mosaic tiles.

Illustration: Studio ABD

A symbol of royalty and grace, ‘Rambagh Queen’ unfolds its graceful corolla of petals. Inspired by the lotus fountain, the iconic symbol of Rambagh Palace, this ultra feminine watch shimmers with elegantly placed stones and layers of MOP petals placed on each layer of the case. The mother of the pearl dial with peacock motif adds a further touch of charm.

Image: Titan Company

The petit and beautiful queen’s watch is an epitome of a queen’s true character. The solid gold case revels in layers of beautiful and dreamy pearl petals.

 

The stones are hand-picked and set carefully to create an unmatched experience of luxury. A royal treat, indeed.

Image: Titan Company
Image: Titan Company