The olfactory odyssey of tangerine wafts through time and space with its roots in the sun-drenched port city of Tangier in Morocco, bearing fascinating tales of numerous empires, world trade, arcadian gardens, and poetry. After centuries of voyages, the much-loved citrus fruit has now manifested in Good Earth’s exquisite latest collection, envisioned by founder and creative director Anita Lal along with Aratrik Dev Varman of Ahmedabad-based design studio Tilla. We sit with Mrs Lal and Aratrik at her Good Earth space in Mumbai, as she prompts us to peel open an orange, explaining that it’s the way The Buddha suggests. You feel its rugged texture, tear open the skin and delicately nudge a segment out. There’s the tantalising aroma, the bite and an explosion of citrusy sweet aromas. “Hah joy,” she exclaims and explains, “it’s mindful eating.”
Unveiling in the festive season, the Tangerine collection transforms fine bone china into a canvas of culinary artistry, shining the warmth of the North African sun onto these freezing winter months. Drawing inspiration from India’s rich artistic legacy, it masterfully blends the vivacious motif with Good Earth’s signature shades of aqua and jade. Additionally, inspired by Morocco’s intricate mosaics, courtyards, Zelig tiles, and exquisite decorative arts, 15 unique motifs adorning the tableware were meticulously hand-illustrated by Jisha Unnikrishnan.
Anita Lal hides stories in the details of her work as evidenced in the gilded accents of the collection that pay homage to the noble metal’s historical significance, echoing its use in manuscripts, miniature paintings, and architecture.
Often relegated to the realm of the mundane, tableware is perceived as a mere functional backdrop for a culinary spectacle to take centre stage. However, the sophisticated yet whimsical Tangerine collection by Good Earth transports us to far-off lands while evoking a symphony of emotions through an interplay of nature and geometry, maximalism and minimalism.
Hidden in the bustling metropolis of Surat, Gujrat is a restored bungalow where time suddenly stops moving forward. The lines of geography are blurred and you are whisked off your feet and transported to a quaint Italian trattoria where you can almost feel the cool Mediterranean breeze with every indulgent morsel. Aptly named ‘Trezoro’ — Italian for treasure, this three-story 4,500 sq ft epicurean gem, designed by Moiz Faizulla and Samad Shaikh, Principal Designers of Studio-M Design, is a marriage of culinary excellence and thoughtful design.
A multisensorial sanctuary
Perhaps, there is some truth to the saying that the taste of food is heightened in the comfort of a home, whether it be at your nonna’s or your daadi’s. In the cosy cocoon of the old villa, the designers have carved out a sanctuary of a space that, much like a multisensory gastronomical delight, orchestrates a symphony on your design palette.
Gracing the exterior of this fine-dining Italian restaurant is stationed a whimsical art installation inspired by Pieke Bergmans, seemingly greeting the patrons with a playful “ciao”. Upon entry, you are welcomed by a carefully planned spatial layout with various seating arrangements that resonate with the artistic potpourri of design elements, furnishings, and décor.
Erasing the line between the indoors and outdoors, the interiors are a testament to biophilic design — with a palette of refreshing greens paired with the warm accents of reclaimed wood in chairs and decorative wall-hung log sections. However, the pièce de résistance is the U-shaped staircase where the reclaimed wooden treads stand out against the gleaming white and the pendant lights draw the eye upwards as you ascend on a sumptuous voyage.
The Italian restaurant’s most unconventional feature can be found on its walls. Strategically peeling away the plaster, the designers reveal the bones of the eatery, structurally and metaphorically from the original brickwork wall to an intricately woven traditional carpet. The meticulously chosen furniture honours local craftsmanship while the mosaic-tiled table tops act as a unifying thread. Juxtaposed against the industrial ceilings are an array of vintage-inspired glass light fixtures, a symbiosis of the old and the new.
Trezoro is a portal to the past with an eye to the future. It invigorates your taste buds and nurtures your soul, not just through its delectable menu but also through conscientious design, conjuring an immersive trip down memory lane for anyone who steps through its doors.
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Each nook and corner is an ode to the essence of a warm abode, where the patrons are embraced by a cozy allure; Photograph by Noaidwin Sttudio
In order to contravene the sobering utilitarianism of designing an office space, one of its key functions must prioritise employee wellness. People spend almost a third of their lives at work. When the premises they inhabit are characterised by ergonomic furniture and minimalist interiors, embellished with sublime art pieces, their collective psyche tends to absorb this unobtrusive elegance. In Pune’s vibrant nucleus, a headquarter for real estate builders Ravima Ventures exemplifies this stylistic typology imagined by Natasha Shah, founder and principal designer of her studio Between Walls.
Tapping into earthy materials and subdued tones, Natasha crafts an environment orbiting around the client’s persona. Consequently, the structural layout of the 1,800 sq ft workspace embraces an unhindered continuity between the segregated areas while sculpting daylight in generous abandon.
The reddish-brown madani flooring is the standout feature, complemented by a delicate grey tint on walls and ceilings, achieved through micro-cement and duco paint. “We chose to do this because we wanted to show the magic of the most simple materials and colours,” Natasha elucidates. The most challenging aspect proved to be the reception foyer, where the team had to strike a razor sharp balance between spatial harmony and purposefulness.
As one enters, a ribbed door ushers them into a waiting area laden with bench-style seating and mirthful wicker ottomans shaped like tamarinds, an inspired touch that introduces a breakaway relief of outdoorsy warmth and texture. Straying clear of vibrant hues, the statement wall accents depicting silhouettes of deconstructed buildings, are made from locally sourced sand and corten steel. A charcoal shade, in congruence with the company’s name and logo, is predominant throughout.
The prominently curved cubicle where the PA sits, also serves as a display for business catalogues, contributing to the cohesive adaptability of spatial organisation. The three directors’ cabins, along with the pantry and washroom, are located towards the rear. Near the waiting area, a private meeting room offers a cloistered space for confidential discussions. Adjacent to this, the purchase, pre-sales and accounts departments efficiently carry out their operations.
Beyond the reception, a Moroccan archway leads into a conference room that is accompanied by a mandir and a contemplative rocking chair corner, orchestrating a graceful interlude in the midst of the daily grind.
Besides this one would transition to a workstation, as if sauntering into an antechamber, carrying on the motif of fluted wall panels that elicits an ambience of intimacy while large windows facilitate “getting in as much natural light” as possible.
Natasha’s aesthetic ideology draws from the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s mantra of less is more, crucial for optimising every square foot while eliciting an aura of uncomplicated sophistication.
Since the 2000s, witnessing a turn of decades and an impressionable evolution of the world of design and arts, the presence of Lladró in India has been significant. Defining the art of porcelain and creating a trove of stunning objects and collectibles, the brand headquartered in Valencia, Spain, saw yet another momentous hour in India recently. Cue, the opening of Lladró’s striking new boutique in New Delhi’s MG Road, the nexus of design and fashion retail, with five floors spanning 5,100 square feet. It stands as the second largest store globally, after its Boutique Museum in Valencia, Spain.
Their vibrant showroom in New Delhi is a porcelain haven, laying out a full spectrum of artistic creations, from grand High Porcelain pieces to contemporary sculptures, accessories, home fragrances, and stunning lighting.
On the ground floor, you’ll find the New Concept line, featuring pieces designed by renowned artists like Jaime Hayon. These works are on display alongside the magic of light in porcelain in the brand’s lighting collections. The second floor takes you on a journey through tradition with Heritage pieces. The Spirit of India series is a standout entity as well, capturing the essence of Hindu iconography with incredible details.
The expressiveness of the faces is truly remarkable, paying homage to Hindu gods with precision and respect. The third floor is a treasure trove of High Porcelain masterpieces, alongside select Contemporary Heritage pieces, a gallery of true artistry.
Lladró has reinvented itself under Ana Rodríguez Nogueiras’ leadership, where the showroom enables an immersive shopping experience. “The lounge is where we want guests to relax, this store is something where somebody can come in, spend hours, (finding) inspiration. So (ideally) we would want the prescripters in terms of the designers, (and) the architects to come down with their clients, have a look, (and) have coffee with us,” Says Rushil Kapoor, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Lladró India, while unpacking their process of getting all the infrastructure together for an excellent experience, from offering assistance of their adept team including architects and interior designers, helping one create their own unique spaces, to collaborating with Lladró Spain for customisations, which are later air shipped within five to six weeks.
Lladró’s New Delhi boutique is all about revolutionising porcelain art, showcasing its innovative potential, and ensuring an indulgent shopping experience.
Offices are a reflection of the work we do, but intelligent yet modernistic office interiors is what makes the space brim with life and vivacity. From contrasting colours and textured backdrops to ergonomic furniture and cosy corners, offices can engulf a whole world of design and lifestyle in it.
Browse through the curated edit of 15 striking office interiors that ELLE DECOR India wants you to divert all your attention to! These workspaces may just compel you to change your love for work-from-home to work-from-office.
Anomalia Studio LLP and Atelier X Architects, Mumbai
Cinema always captures the sentiment of its viewers. Similarly this tenth-floor Mumbai office, which stands as the origin of over 2000 films, is designed by Anomalia Studio LLP and Atelier X Architects. It is transformed into a place, which is a symphony of contrasts, with indulging mahogany-red tones, blending with dark greys that lend the place a sense of drama.
The idea was to demolish the idea of the traditional 9-5 working rule and adapt a new curve, which is visibly portrayed in the layout, encompassing a discussion table for opinionated conversations, the editing room which forms the core of the space and a meeting room to stir up some ideas.The textures in the space add a sense of boldness when it comes to presenting the office, creating a balance between the fun and the sophistication, a design can bring to an office space
In the spotlight:The director’s cabin illustrates a textured grid panelling, portrayed as the perfect backdrop to the terrazzo table.
Studio IAAD, Delhi
Things are always better with lush green plants all around, especially when they are complemented with a modern design-centric office. Located on the first floor in Hyatt Andaz, Aerocity Delhi, the workspace is designed by Rachna Agarwal of Studio IAAD, stands as an apt example of biophilic design, with tinges of gold tones, fused with neutral toned walls wrapped by the greens.
This office is partitioned into two parts, one being the reception, the main workstations and two partner cabins, and the other being the meeting rooms, a cafeteria and smaller workspaces. They hold a theme of sleek modern cubicles, balanced by plants, subtly decorated with art frames hung on the walls. The tall glass windows allow natural light to enter, creating a lively atmosphere, for working with utmost focus. The office lends a view of lush landscapes on the outside, and a sophisticated working environment with a zesty modern touch on the inside.
In the spotlight: Being a finance oriented office, the designers worked to create a space that offers a sense of playful zest with different sections aiming to lower the monotonous work to a rather vibrant one, balancing modernism and linearity.
Arredatore Design Studio, Kolkata
Inspired by the classic New York loft style, is this 3500 sq ft workspace, on the outskirts of Kolkata, designed by Arunika Sarkar and Arindam Chatterjee ofArredatore Design Studio. On entering the office, the aspect perceived about the space is inclined towards fostering sustainability.
One is welcomed by a fresh take on creativity, consisting of raw bricked walls rendering an iconic touch, with a pop of colour. The first level consists of a concrete cement flooring, repurposed to make the reception desk, cloaked by Godhra bricks. The round sage green doors infuse a burst of colour. As you make your way upstairs, through the marble stairs, you encounter a whimsical console table, emitting a futuristic feel to the vintage Soho style space, further directed by a passage composing a collection of artworks. The overall feel delivers us a blend of individuality, functionality and style.
In the spotlight: The space offers a unique way to promote sustainability by repurposing materials, while delivering a vibrant, stylish yet organic mood to the space.
Interiors by Mili Pvt Ltd, Mumbai
Equal play and equal brainstorming to bring out the best at work is an ideal day in office! This expansive workspace in Lower Parel, Mumbai, curated by Mili Savekar of Interiors by Mili Pvt Ltd, is a true treat to one’s eyes. The blend of the monotone canvas of black, cream and wood, with hints of blue tones give a sense of tranquillity, throughout the day. A wall carrying a range of luxe materials, occupies the attention of the patrons upon entering the office.
The staff area features a dark toned oakwood table, beside which sits a conference room, divided by a large glass partition. As you enter the main cabin, a curved sofa, textured to provide comfort, is designed with chairs laced with abstract prints, exhibiting a fusion between playful patterns and earthy tones. The motif of connecting abstract modern with the traditional monotone shades, offers a feeling of comfort amidst the calculated chaos.
In the spotlight: The washroom adds a maximalist approach with the quirky yellow tones to the sophisticated wood panelling.
Interiors by Mili Pvt Ltd, Mumbai
Transpiring an imaginative canvas for a legal firm, Interiors by Mili Pvt Ltd. moved beyond trends to curate a rather timeless yet contemporary workspace by showcasing a synchrony of classic elements and the modern abstract hints. Sprawling around 1,000 sq ft area, the office in Mumbai invites one to delve into moodboard of profuse daylight, playful patterns and artworks, geometric clues and an overall opulent look.
The reception area showcases a white marble inlay design with artwork by Ajay Patil dressing the wall. On entering the director’s cabin, one sees a custom designed desk, with a hand stitched leather top. The antique brass coated cabinetry creates its place, lending a vintage feel, while the conference room displays a bright red back-painted glass on the table, distinguishing itself from the oak veneer panelled walls.
In the spotlight:The space revels in a clever symphony of artworks and geometry, while laying out furniture and decor elements that make the place feel seamlessly classic yet trendsetting.
JTCPL Designs, Mumbai
The tones inspired by the earth is what connects us to the nature around us. This pharmaceutical company RPG Life has taken a holistic approach on wellbeing, by curating this office in Worli, Mumbai designed byJTCPL Designs and a team of Vipul Tapke, Siddharth Sukhathankar, Aniket Pednekar, Ramesh Barai, Sanjay Khant with Elsie Nanji.As you enter the office, the muted beige tones, with a pop of greens invite you indoors. The consideration of instilling biophilic elements demonstrates affinity for health and enhancement.
The layout embraces the concept of open-ceiling, contributing to an airy ambience, with beige tinted walls, further decorated with light coloured woods and green tones. Each element the space consists of inspires a shared purpose of harmonious living.
In the spotlight: The purpose of the space is to portray a sense of human enhancement with a futuristic touch.
P&D Associates, Mumbai
A traditional touch to the workspace can give you a homely feeling, finding comfort in the work. This office in BKC, Mumbai is envisioned by Devang Patel and Pratik Siddhpura, Interior Designers,P&D Associates,which presents a modern approach with intricate colours and hints of gold tones, carefully balanced by the subtle demeanour of wooden hues.
At the reception desk rests a gleaming idol bathed in gold, with carved wooden walls, acting as a backdrop. The employee area consists of cubicles with glass partitions for privacy, and as you make the way towards the directors’ cabin, you observe a more privacy driven space. The rich materials such as Italian marble, concrete flooring and decorative veneer highlight a sense of grace, radiating cultural hints and at the same time balancing the space with an elegant design approach.
In the spotlight: The contrasting coloured paintings give a pop of colour to the whole place, concluding the whole look.
Roaish Architecture+ Design, Chennai
A play of pastels creates a fusion in this Chennai admin office, designed byRoaish architecture+ design. Nestled in an expansive area, is a culmination of the old Banyan tree, grounding the whole space with neutral colours of pastels. The sections impart a sense of systematic approach to the place, with functional, movable partitions for better accessibility.
Being an admin office for a school, the structure of the office features a theme of a non conventional school culture, promoting creativity and inspiration. On exploring further, the conference room creates a welcoming space for inviting discussions and forming an opinion centric space.
In the spotlight:The overall space provides a thought provoking motif of how school spaces can have a fresh approach on the regulations they impart.
Shivani Bhandari Design, Ahmedabad
Blue hues are said to stimulate calmness and relaxation, and this is exactly what this area promotes. This workspace by Shivani Bhandari Design in Ahmedabad is crafted keeping consistency in mind, delivering monotony and at the same time, posing as an origin of creativity.
A passage, framing a divide between the two dimensional cubicles, carrying a mixture of pastel blue, completed by the wooden hues, delivers an affirmative outlook for encouraging transparency among employees. Adjacent to this are the cabins of directors lined by, enclosed by huge glass walls, to offer an outlook and boost effective connectivity.
In the spotlight:The words carved around the cubicles portray an energetic charisma, motivating the people to instil creativity at work.
Sreya Seth Design
Law, a profession bearing indefinite wisdom, can often demand a gush of energy and boost. This office formulated by Sreya Seth Design focuses on helping the lawyers work in a space that feels like a breath of fresh air and a sanctum of splendid design.
With a culmination of dark toned wood and beige hues, include a contrasting tinge of orange to energise the space. Equipped with sliding partitions to enhance productivity and a vibrant colour play, this space characterises itself different from the traditional law firms. The overall look of the space gives it a modern approach while promoting a collaborative and conventional theme.
In the spotlight: With the endless hours of working, lawyers tend to feel a need for an energy charge, for which the office is supplied with energy pods for the people to unwind and charge up.
Shubham Suratkar Architects, Pune
Let curves seize the spotlight with this office space, designed by Shubham Suratkar Architects in Baner, Pune, posing as the vibrant tones stimulate the minimal decor embodying the contrasting sage green and orange hues.
The visitors are greeted by a waiting area, illustrating vibrant green hues, compensated by white chairs. The reception area awaits with a site of a media library and huge french doors leading to a space which is instilled by a plant filled terrace.
The work station adapts the orange hues with taking a part in Space utilising concepts of double shelved storages and cane woven shelves for ventilation. At the heart of the office, stands a conference room, letting a curved Italian marble table take charge to transform the space with a sophisticated touch. The place is decorated further with ambient lighting to give a soft finishing glow to the room and complementing the contrasting tones which meld them into vibrant orange shades.
In the spotlight: The curved furniture gives a whole look to the office, showcasing design approach in a unique way.
Who knew that an office, with a vision of contemplating a range of geometry elements, would be confined into a cube. Squelette Design has taken a concept of conceptualising this office into an extended cube. Keeping in mind the notion of micro-climate, the space is designed with courtyards and courtyards to deliver a more breathable approach.
The office stretches across, with an entrance of a passage, surrounded by plant beds, leading to the reception and then the main office. The whole palette tailors to the sharp minimal approach with a mix of brown and cream neutrals.
The elements of geometry which have been inculcated is shown in the space, which is completed by a raw look of granite finishes. The tall glass windows provide the space with a clutter- free approach and heighten the workstation by rendering a contemporary approach.
In the spotlight: The vibrant art work amidst the neutral toned furniture exhibits a pop of colour breaking the monotony.
Studio Bipolar, Delhi
Nothing makes a place alive like a vibrant colour! The citrusy orange, the place encompasses, will make you feel a tropical zest in your workstation. The design is curated by Studio Bipolar,in Delhi. Spanning across a campus of 100,000 sq ft, are three buildings , the main office, the production studio and the graphics studio.
As the co-founder of Studio Bipolar explains” We tried to focus on highlighting the volume of the space since, for me, that was the hero of the project”, the main office spans across the building demonstrating a phenomenal transformation.Being a media giant, the office held a requirement of production hours to enforce creativity and collaboration. Spread over 6000 sq ft, the production house presents a space for an interactive experience, radiating thoughtful discussions.
The co-founder Sanjana Mathur also emphasises, “We really wanted to pick materiality across the campus that would complement the greenery present on-site, which is why we opted for neutral earthy elements like Kota and Kadappa stone.” This concept resulted in the selective choice of materials to blend the vivid interiors with the environment surrounding to give an organic touch to the camps.
In the spotlight: The design concept has resulted in the selective choice of materials to blend the vivid interiors with the environment surrounding to give an organic touch to the campus.
Studio Patternmaker, Ahmedabad
Design is what captures the idea and transforms it into a reality. This office in Ahmedabad, designed by Studio Patternmaker, has captured the idea of creating a pleasant environment to foster creativity.
A space where ideas brew with creativity, the office is kept as a subtle toned concept with peaks of colour, bursting from the tropical artworks. The rich Italian marble floors stretch through the office with Burma teak wood panels trickling down the walls. The offices hold a curved glass partition with different colour palettes extracted from neural tones, with a wall of traditional artefacts, resting on the open shelf, producing a backdrop.The meeting rooms are melded in with the similar tones, keeping the consistency, imparting a sense of openness and mobility.
In the spotlight: The idea of instilling the ideas and visions of the patrons, transformed the space, giving its own character.
Terra Firma Architects, Ahmedabad
Ditching the monotonous environment, this skin clinic in Ahmedabad has adapted a modern conceptualisation to make the people visiting them a rejuvenating experience. Tucked in an urban area, Terra Firma Architectshave perfused a tender concept of balancing an airy colour palette with tinges of pastels. The skin clinic has turned towards curating an experience, with designing the space portraying a delicate touch visually, but carrying a durable touch physically.
With the abstract chemistry culminating, the pastel tones blend with the wooden strips, decorated with the abstract wallpapers, showcasing a visually appealing space. The reception and the main corridor consist of mint blue hues with brass elements. As we enter further, are the rooms, each depicting a different pastel theme. The aim is to create a relaxing experience for the visitors by also featuring a time which encourages cosy discussions and engaging atmosphere.
In the spotlight:The coming together of pastels, wood tones and clean textures completes the skin clinic’s canvas.
Sai Lakshmi Architects, Chennai
Nestled in T.Nagar, Chennai is the THOL Dermatology Clinic by Sai Lakshmi Architects, which is an assemblage of monochromatic hues, carefully placed to create a minimal and contemporary feel.
A spacious stretch encompasses the office, which is broken down into segments using obscured glass and reflective materials to obtain maximum natural light. One can expect a rejuvenating experience at this space with an overall combination of textures and colour choices which adapt the pops of colour, to add a bit of playfulness!
In the spotlight: The green hues of plants accompany the interiors, giving it a harmonious and botanical approach.
In the serene embrace of Saral, where tranquillity whispers secrets to modernity, a visionary trinity of SILA, JCK Group, and Top Notch Realty wove the threads of innovation into a masterpiece — Inner Circle, the first ever gated villa and condo in Alibaug originally crafted by veteran designer Pinakin Patel, a few minutes shy from Mandwa Jetty.
When Nakul Munim of his namesake studio Nakul Munim Design and Supriya Hiremath of her creative firm Supriya Hiremath Vora Interiors, were beckoned into this resplendent endeavour, a singular mission emerged — to craft the beating heart of Inner Circle, a clubhouse that would redefine community living.
The Design Journey
A testament to contemporary living rooted in the organic design trend, their canvas was nothing short of spectacular, featuring a 27-metre swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a cosy café where residents could savour coffee in leisure, and a lounge where evenings could transform into cinematic experiences with friends and family.
In this realm of creative liberty, Nakul and Supriya were entrusted to shape up their design magic. Retaining the essence of the task for being functional but also infusing it with poetic expression of style and warmth the spaces emerged as an embodiment of modern, organic, and chic aesthetics.
An Artful Welcome
At the heart of the reception lies a remarkable wall feature, an architectural masterpiece akin to sculptural art.
“We affectionately call it the book wall inspired by the traditional Indian Jaali,” explains Nakul. Further adding, “You can either borrow a book to savour in the various nooks of the building or indulge in quiet reading right here.”
These walls adorn both local and city-sourced art, doubling as a pop-up gallery and inviting Alibaug residents to engage in recreational activities beyond their homes. Traversing into the café— deep, inviting sofas and armchairs create intimate seating for groups, while a long, stylish bar, complete with bar stools, separates the arrangement. Smaller tables and chairs are designed with the same organic sensibility to accommodate different sizes of groups. The highlight of the café is its extension to a charming patio, a cosy oasis of its own.
A short ascent, flanked by the exquisite terracotta-tiled wall, leads the way to the poolside lounge and hangout room. A splendid bar awaits, distinct from the café bar in both colour and vibe. This is the perfect spot for evening cocktails or leisurely poolside lounging. Open shelves hold coffee table books, board games, and objets d’art, while the room’s central seating area faces a stylish TV wall.
The lounge opens up to the grandeur of a 27-metre swimming pool and its surroundings. Along one side of the pool, a captivating terracotta grill wall provides both safety and seclusion for the seated guests, all while allowing the gentle breeze to caress them. Poolside furniture is a harmonious blend of comfortable sunbeds and custom umbrellas, their colours and patterns carefully curated.
Floor-to-ceiling windows frame lush greenery outside, creating a tranquil backdrop for an invigorating workout. Mirrors stretch from floor to ceiling, reflecting every effort and achievement. With its minimalist interior and top-tier equipment, the gym becomes a space that exudes positivity and motivation, a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Striving to craft an organic yet unquestionably stylish ambience, they embarked on a journey guided by the captivating hues of terracotta, the soothing shades of green, the timeless elegance of ecru, and the rich embrace of brown. These colours not only evoke a sense of groundedness but also breathe life into the space, infusing it with a perpetual sense of freshness and vitality.
It Takes Two To Tango
At its heart, Supriya’s design philosophy is “staying true to your surroundings and the context of where you are designing a space. It is important to take inspiration from where you are.” while Nakul believes, “My design philosophy is completely non-formulaic, where understanding my client’s needs, purpose, and way of using the space is always the starting point and is therefore entirely style-driven.”
Amalgamating these two unfolds the clubhouse, which is a delightful experiment with intricate design details, serving as the unifying thread that seamlessly weaves together the various areas within the space. Each distinct zone offers a unique experience, yet they all converge effortlessly, creating a fluid and harmonious journey for all who enter.
As your feet touch the lush greens, with views ahead stretched till the horizon, while you soak up in the mellow sunlight that pierces through tall palm trees, an enchanting frame ofSundara by Mosvold Boutique Hotelsgrips the sight. Unwinding in a property which caresses the quietude that the surrounding has to offer, with the tender gushing sounds of the waves, this destination emerges as a comforting escape. And adding to the sheer delight of travelling to this culturally and architecturally-rich country, Sri Lanka is now visa-free for the Indian passport holders. A cue enough to book your flights, we guess?
Situated in Balapitiya on the southwestern coast of the island, Sundara, the 8-key luxury villa, is an ode to the ever-so-rooted and resplendent Sri Lankan heritage, taking inspiration from the post colonial design concepts. As the name suggests, ‘Sundara’, meaning beautiful in Sanskrit, is truly a spectacular getaway, engulfed in a certain tropical minimalism, which the island country is famed for as well.
Singular design clues
With a curation of eight luxurious rooms, each reflecting a varied theme of the elements, substantial to the Sri Lankan heritage, while giving its own personality and style, Sundara has attained a perception of the blend between the empirical boutique hotel and the authentic preceding Sri Lankan legacy in design.
The palette embraces the hues of greens and blues with a hint of wood textures, offering a continual flow of the extensive reaches of the habitat, the villa encompasses up to 19 people at once, offering access to the unsullied beach to pamper your eyes with the momentous sunsets.
As you savour the rejuvenating stay at Sundara, the venue also presents some of the most exclusive local experiences that you can discover and dive into. Like, curating a meal with the authentic taste of the local food, indulging in a boat safari, wandering through the Ambalangoda mask museum, witnessing the turtle hatching at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and lastly, ending the day with encountering the works of Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga Estate, which is truly a reigning design marvel.
Nilanka Martinus, Managing Director of Mosvold Boutique Hotel reveals, “As Sri Lanka bounces back after a momentary tourism slump, experiential, boutique luxury is surely the way forward. Our guests at Sundara by Mosvold love to be immersed in our selection of curated local experiences by day and enjoy our gorgeous Sri Lankan design sensibilities and authentic hospitality by evening. This is indeed a unique selling point of our diverse island.”
In Ayurveda, our cosmos, our existence, and by that rule, our bodies are a sum of five elements. Air, water, fire, earth and ether (space). On the first day of my arrival at Six Senses Vana, the wellness resort perched scenically on the foothills of the Himalayas, a medical screening awaited me with one of the learned in-house doctors. The conclusion? The vata and pitta doshas in my body were seemingly imbalanced, a result of seasonal weather changes and an often undisciplined lifestyle routine. Immediately after, I was tailored a customised schedule of treatments, activities and food choices that would ensure physical, mental as well as emotional wellness.
The sight and sound of wellness
At Six Senses Vana, wellness is not a fad or a trend. It is in fact, the only way of life that seeps into everyday. From being a mere concept, wellness materialises into sight, sound, taste, touch and surroundings here, carefully interlaced into public and private spaces that a guest indulges in throughout the stay. Amidst all of this, hospitality at Vana persists at an elevated, unparalleled level, doused with thoughtful luxury and detail-oriented services that mould a holistic environment for well-heeled travellers seeking uninterrupted solace.
Sprawling a colossal 21 acres of area, the property is cosily enveloped by stretches of Sal forest, shrouded by the tall, lean and deep green trees native to Uttarakhand’s geography. With quiet hours and consciously quiet pathways meandering around, a resounding silence of the jungle, birds and your own footsteps blanket the senses. The property has been architected such that the periphery of the sprawling Sal forest has not been disturbed, making it a naturally abundant landscape that perennially frames Vana. Exemplary of co-existing with nature at all hours.
Unlike the cumbersome luggage of ensembles we carry on our travels — one (or two) for each day — Vana intentionally asks you not to bring clothes, letting you slip into an austere pair of all-white khadi kurta pyjama on all days that one spends inside the retreat, not worrying about what to wear everyday! On my arrival, a basket of fresh, juicy, blushing peaches also awaited inside the room, setting the farm-to-dining table record of its own.
Let the phones be silent!
Phones and suchlike devices are not allowed in the community spaces at Six Senses Vana. The gadgets that otherwise monopolise our ultra-commercialised, urban ecosystem become an afterthought (or perhaps, no thought), nudging us to a deliberate, sensorial interaction with the environment — the calm sky, ruffling trees, the subtle yet standout design of the place, the passing-by staff and residents, and of course, yourself.
A pulsating nexus of the wellness retreat is also the way its many centres, restaurants, villas and rooms have been built and designed. A dulcifying palatte of woods, browns and off-whites drapes the walls and floors, with a slew of artworks, installations and exquisite lighting fixtures layering the expansive spaces.
An exquisite trajectory of the city of Kolkata is rekindled with a vivid imagery, perfect for the ongoing festive season in a surprising yet evoking intervention by Asian Paints, paying a cherishing tribute to the city’s historic 150-year-old tram. A deep dive into West Bengal’s longstanding culture, its evolution as well as a future that’s still building, Asian Paints envisioned the tram on the iconic Tollygunge to Ballygunge route into a living piece of art by introducing a heritage-themed package for their premium interior paints line, Royale Glitz, for the first time.
These unique endeavours beautifully encapsulate Bengal’s traditions and lifestyle, and an exemplar of the unparalleled portrayal of Goddess Durga by celebrating the city’s revered heritage. Asian Paints’ initiative and graphic representation aptly capture the strength of women through colours and charms.
The cheerful essence is splendidly captured by a limited edition festive pack for Royale Glitz with in-mould labelling (IML) packaging, which incorporates augmented reality (AR) integration, allowing patrons to dive into West Bengal’s colourful and cultural mosaic. The artwork in the AR depicts the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Howrah Bridge, the world-renowned Ilish fish, the Bankura House, the Chau Dance, Alpona art, and other iconic Bengali entities.
The exteriors of the first compartment of the tram depict Asian Paints and Sharad Shamman’s (APSS) remarkable association of 38 years in Kolkata. The company immersed itself in tradition, honouring the artists of Kumortuli, the potters’ quarters, with hand-painted artwork. The first print commercial and the first winning pandal, along with the sindoor khela and dhunuchi dance are featured.
The second compartment transports the travellers to a timeless Kolkata setting that mirrors the opulent allure of the paint. The artworks echo the stunning details of the set. The tram’s patterns pay homage to West Bengal’s Pujo legacy and spirit. It’s a recurrence of old Bengal’s beauty. The bogie additionally emphasises the unique stories accentuated in ‘People of Pujo,’ a video series that captures the lives and passions of those that make Pujo, ‘that time of the year’.
Inside the bogie, the revamp also features Pujo decor with cane installations, Alpona art, and a museum-style visual narrative of APSS’ revolutionary narrative. Visitors can also engage with ‘People of Pujo’ stories through interactive features and QR codes, bringing to life the knowledge on the people behind the Durga Puja festivities while travelling the tram. The interiors date from the British era which are a blend of Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture with borrowed details of Gothic revival and Neoclassical styles. The interiors have the ultra-sheen finish of Royale Glitz and a Glitz photo booth for a thrilling experience.
The tram’s captivating design will traverse the city from 16th October to 31st December 2023, inviting everyone to join the celebration and engage themselves in vibrant colours.
This initiative fosters a sense of community happiness, a core theme of Durga Pujo, a festival symbolizing the victory of good over evil and the way to new beginnings. For nearly four decades, Sharad Shamman has thrived thanks to the unwavering efforts of artists, sculptors, and committee members who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Since 1985, Asian Paints Sharad Shamman has upheld its reputation as Kolkata’s prestigious Pujo Awards, celebrating and promoting creative and aesthetic excellence in Durga Pujo pandals, transforming them into dynamic hubs of art, culture, and boundless expression.
The Trees is one of India’s most sustainably planned mixed-use projects that has been conceptualized and delivered on an urban design vision seldom seen in India. Located near Mumbai’s eastern shoreline, adjacent to the largest preserve of mangroves in the region, the former 34-acre factory complex is now a mixed-used, vibrant and livable new district that proactively engages with the city. With residential and commercial enclaves as two distinct bookends, the master plan sites Taj The Trees on the Eastern Express highway as its jewel abutting the site’s green heart on the other side which is designed to be the country’s first public art and sculpture park.
A grade separated drop-off eliminates constrained boundary walls with other uses; materiality reminiscent of the site’s rich industrial legacy; an infinity pool that spans the length of the building overlooking the development’s green heart; and a bespoke gin distillery bar on the rooftop overlooking the mangroves, are but a few distinguishing characteristics in which the hotel sets itself apart to redefine luxury.
The functional program of the hotel includes a contemporary ballroom, a well-appointed business center with meeting rooms, an executive lounge, generous spa facilities, a fitness centre with leafy views, Shamiana, an all-day dining restaurant, Nonya, a Pan Asian specialty restaurant together with 151 private rooms with green mangrove and verdant sculpture park panoramas.
The building envelope below the tower is articulated with a slatted metal edge which makes for a softened but robust base for the building. Owing to the placement of the hotel, all its edges to respond to different urban conditions as frontages in the masterplan creating strong linkages with programmed experience and function at the street level in active dialogue with the masterplan. The building podium is articulated with slatted aluminum with a finish reminiscent of industrial patina that carries reference throughout the site’s jewel buildings.
The guest block fenestration on the two viewing fronts form a large unobstructed glass volume punctuated by elegant sail like vertical blade fins rendered in the same material as the podium slats. The two short sides delineate clean solid volumes of the rooms divided by a naturally lit corridor. The interiors speak of a quiet elegance with subtle Art Deco references borrowed from the city’s heritage. The rooms have a sense of airy wellbeing with clean lines and well-crafted details in stone, wood and fluted glass.
“We believe that the future of hospitality is here and now in Vikhroli. For the first time, both the Tata and Godrej Groups have partnered together to create a one of its kind 5-star property amidst a vibrant, mixed-use, and verdant development of The Trees. We are thankful to all our partners, IHCL, and our own internal teams who have worked tirelessly to bring the best of global hospitality and sustainable luxury to Mumbai.” Anubhav Gupta, CEO Vikhroli, Chief ESG, Sustainability & CSR Officer, Godrej Properties