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Home & Design Trends

Vol. 8 No. 7

Home & Design Trends is one of the most widely read architecture and design magazines in the world today. The Indian edition launched as the Home TRENDS series, the magazine aims to meet the demand for a world-class reference source on architecture and design for the both professionals and home makers alike. With its outstanding and pertinent features, Home & Design Trends raises the bar by catering to the varied and evolving design sensibilities of today's India. This is Bookazine for professionals and is a very practical source of ideas and inspiration with comprehensive details of each project featured. "

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“The only way for architecture to remain relevant longer than its period of conception is by creating buildings that are self-reliant,” says architect Akshat Bhatt in his column this issue. This is so relevant, now more than ever. What a difference it would make if this were true of every single building that is made. And come to think of it, there shouldn’t be any other way. It’s interesting how it took a pandemic to bring to fore the lacuna in the way we approach everything, including design. And I feel, our architects have the power to not just change the way the world looks, but also the way we live. I think this shift is already happening with an increasing number of architects adopting a more sustainable approach to architecture.…

2 min
design in context

THE GOD OF LIGHT The SONIAH floor lamp by Yakusha Design under its product design arm, FAINA, is an embodiment of the sun. For the purposes of its design, the lead designer, Victoria Yakusha, delved into the history of the Ukrainian civilisation and found the sun to be a powerful symbol of worship. Just like most other cultures, the sun is considered to be the giver of all life. This inspired the sculptural SONIAH lamp, which has been designed using the eco-friendly ‘ztista’ material, which is a blend of clay, wood chips, straw, linen and recycled paper, and can decompose within just five years. MID-FORM Bower Studios’ Melt Collection was imagined during the lockdown. As the name suggests, the entire collection seems as though its frozen in the midst of melting, with tops…

1 min
forest trail

In the year 1980, Japanese consumer brand MUJI was born, treading into the unfamiliar but much-desired territory of providing simple yet functional products with a basic aesthetic that didn’t pander to the traditional definition of a ‘branded’ product. It’s been 40 years since, and the brand has grown by leaps and bounds, encompassing a whole range of products that are now being celebrated in MUJI IS, a book launched this year in celebration of its 40-year success. Since this October, Atelier MUJI Ginza in Tokyo is hosting an exhibition entitled ‘To the Forest of Verbs with “MUJI IS”’, which covers the products, ideas, people and social systems that MUJI has dabbled in since its inception. Designed by TORAFU ARCHITECTS as a forest of paper tubes, this show personifies 15 verbs indentified…

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THE VÅRBERG GIANTS BY XAVIER VEILHAN AND ALEXIS BERTRAND STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN The largest work of art in the history of Stockholm and the winning proposal for the Vårberg Art Competition, The Vårberg Giants are a pair of mammoth structures placed in two meadows of Stockholm. Pelousen, the lying figure of a bearded giant, and Stråkparken, a female bust emerging from a slope, are made of blue concrete blocks. Open for use as a bench, table, meeting place or playground, they sit somewhere between abstraction and figuration. The two giants have been anchored as landmarks; time markers around which the world will change. They are meant to outlive their creators and significant historical and cultural movements, while celebrating their natural environment. THE ELECTRIC NEMETON BY SAM JACOB STUDIO LONDON, UK Parked in Granary Square at Kings…

3 min
stories to spaces

Often, design thinking and execution run parallely, until they hit common ground and converge. There are a lot of factors that come into play when bringing a homeowner’s dream space to life, and the responsibility lies on the shoulders of that one visionary who can see an idea through to fruition. In the case of Sashya Thind Fernandes of ID8 Design Studio in Boston, her projects have an honesty from the very beginning. Idea and execution sit together comfortably from the get go, resulting in a tactile and textural experience of a space through an intuitive, immersive process. It’s this approach that has charted Sashya’s career and geographical graph, from studying architecture in Mumbai to working in England, until finally setting up home base and her own design firm in…

8 min
the feeling of design

Akshat Bhatt is the Principal Architect at Architecture Discipline, a New Delhi-based multi-disciplinary design practice he founded in 2007. His work highlights the emergence of an architectural expression that is contemporary, yet rooted in a critical understanding of regionalism. Bhatt’s notable projects include the hotel Mana (Ranakpur, 2013), the Discovery Centre town hall at Bhartiya City (Bengaluru, 2014), the India Pavilion at Hannover Messe (Hanover, 2015), and the Corporate Headquarters for The Oberoi Group, Gurugram (2019). The pandemic has raised several pertinent questions — about the way we think, live and consume. Do you think it will bring about a shift in the way we design our spaces? Do we need to re-think and re-evaluate our design sensibilities? These past few months, as we’ve been forced to stay indoors under lockdown, our…