Best of 2016 on

DEC 30, 2016 | By Team ELLE DECOR India
Travel back in time as we bring you the top trending stories of 2016 on The year saw many changes – we launched ED TV for you to binge watch awe-inspiring videos, design genius Marcel Wanders took up the role of our first Guest Editor and so much more.
From young domestic and international designers and artists to follow now, interviews with big wigs and latest trends poised to dominate interiors, to what to shop for and where to travel, we’ve got it all covered here. Embrace them in all their glory or tweak them to make your own statement.
New Kids on the Block: 15 young international designers you should know right now
Want to know which designers are going to shake up the design circuit? We suggest you give this article a thorough read. We started the year by rounding up the most promising and brightest talent in Indian and International waters.
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Work Buddies: 15 funky stationery items for your home office
Here’s a new year resolution: To be more organised in the work place. Our top picks of sticky notes, book ends, memo pads and calendars promise to help you in this endeavour.
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India Design ID – 9 installations that wowed us
During India Design ID 2016, which was undoubtedly the country’s most definitive design week, installations by creatives such as Alex Davis, Lekha Washington, Sunil Sethi, etc caught our eye. We delved deeper to uncover the story behind each. We hope you have booked your dates from 16th – 19th Feb for India Design ID in Feb 2017!
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Top 15 young Indian designers to know right now
The next wave of Indian designers is ready to sweep you off your feet with their awe-inspiring products. Get the low-down on all the young guns of the Indian design scene who are making waves nationally and globally.
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#EDEarthHero Bijoy Jain: 5 things you didn’t know
Sustainable was undoubtedly the keyword in this past year in the design world. And who better to champion the cause than one of India’s finest architects, Bijoy Jain? The founder of Studio Mumbai got candid in a heartfelt chat with us to reveal lesser known facts about himself.
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In the Open: 10 trends that capture the outdoors
Love Mother Nature? Then this story is definitely for you. These colour trends, which encourage building a closer relationship with the world outside, will surely get your creative juices going for the upcoming summer months.
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7 quaint hotels in the hills to escape to right now
Get a head start on planning your vacations next year. Our round up of the best hotels to head to at any time of the year will give you the head start you need.
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Clash Course: 4 bedrooms that will inspire you to mix patterns and hues like a boss
Looking to give your house a new look this new year? Seek inspiration from this unabashedly bold boudoir to draw up a reference for your own sleep castle.
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Paradigm Shift: A new platform of expression
This year was all about discovering talent. And Amsterdam based visual artist visual artist Jorge Manes Rubio and art historian and critic Amanda Pinatih along with advisors Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava of URBZ did just that. The Dharavi Design Museum initiative received a tremendous response from the residents of the hamlet, boosting the confidence of local artisans.
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15 young Indian artists to follow right now
We bring you a curated list of India’s young and talented artists who are making a mark for themselves domestically as well as globally. Famed for working across various mediums, from sculptures and installations to textiles and paper, these Gen-X maestros are all about going beyond the conventional.
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Turn a bland room into an art installation
Throw out the shade cards and go with your gut. Explore a creative twist on your walls, accents and lighting – think kaleidoscopic graphic art with cheery colours. Here are three things you can do to liven up barren corners and let spectators be in awe of your imagination.
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You’ll want to spend hours in this beautifully designed public toilet
In the middle of all our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives to resolve poorly maintained squatty potty units, a gleaming new structure made of perforated steel came up at the Thane’s Marathon Chowk highway, envisioned by Sahej Mantri, Founder of Agasti, a sustainable toilet project and planned by Principal Architect Rohan Chavan. This smart, clean and eye-catching restroom for women stands as an exemplary model in a sea of unhygienic public toilets in India.
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Marcel Wanders: Our First Guest Editor
He may be invariably referred to as an anomaly in the industry, but his products have never failed to surprise. This was why, Marcel Wanders, the co-founder and art director of avant-garde label Moooi was selected as EDIDA Designer of the Year 2006 for his brilliant work in the field. And in September, this design legend let us in on his world.
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This villa in Kerala is a slice of paradise
It comes as no surprise that Kerala is home to some incredible houses that offer zen-like comfort to its residents. And justifying this flair is a gorgeous villa perched in Kochi, imagined by Avinash Joshy and Steffy Thomas of Nirvana Design.Read more HERE
This new Mumbai restaurant will satiate your appetite for design
Ashiesh Shah describes how he designed Masque, a concept eatery occupying an old warehouse in Mumbai that plays with material and form. He emphasises the use of hard wood tables, brass structures, stone clad walls and floor mirror Chef Prateek Sadhu’s approach to naturally sourced and foraged ingredients.
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Launch of ED TV: Watch 3 experts set their signature tablescapes with Villeroy & Boch
At a selective gathering of Delhi’s designers, stylists and wedding planners converged at Villeroy & Boch’s Signature Table Settings held in association with ELLE DECOR India at the brand’s flagship store in DLF Emporio, New Delhi. Experts Punam Kalra, Alina Vadera and Punit Jasuja shared tips and insights with those present, while creating stunning tablescapes in tune with the upcoming festive season.
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EDIDA 2016: And the winner is…
Our annual round-up of the best in design that inspire with their groundbreaking forms – a result of meticulous research and hardwork. Presenting the movers and shakers of tomorrow – winners of the 15th ELLE DECOR International Design Awards (EDIDA) India 2016.
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Asian Paints Colour of the Year, Madder Red took over
Although the year is coming to an end, there are a few things that retain a classic status. This is why, we take inspiration from Asian Paints Colour of the Year 2016, Madder Red, to show you six ways the sublime hue can become a little piece of your heart and home.
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ED 16th Anniversary Special: 16 indie brands you need to shop from now
Another inspired year bites the dust and we already have reasons to celebrate – it is our sweet 16! As a part of our festivities, we dipped into the treasure trove called India. With our current December – January issue focusing on Gen Next, it was only obvious we curated a list of young indie brands you need to shop from now. Take a look to find many more “Ideas You Can Use Every Single Day”.
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Also read: 24 hottest destinations to shop from in Mumbai