We are beginning to reevaluate our beliefs, practices, and lifestyles in light of the importance of preserving the planet for future generations. With improved technology, there is room for improvement in ways that conservation for the benefit of our environment can transpire right at home.
Hansgrohe steps in here — the premium brand is synonymous with sustainable and innovative bathroom and kitchen solutions that save water and energy. Its deep roots in traditional blends and cutting-edge technology with eco-friendly practices lay out an impressive array of products that stand the test of time.
Being sustainable with Hansgrohe
Putting limelight on Hansgrohe’s EcoSmart and CoolStart technology and water-saving solutions, the homeowners can effortlessly meld facets of sustainability in their bathrooms. With the innovation of water-saving hand-held showerheads like the Pulsify, Raininfinity with EcoSmart technology, environment-consciousness becomes easily a part of our bathrooms.
By limiting the water flow through the nozzle, one can save an equivalent of 8000 kilowatt hours per year—enough to power a four-person family!
Meet the beauty of water
Technology can be beautiful and Hansgrohe exemplifies it with their latest strides. Their creations add not only to the environment but also visually maintain the feel-good atmosphere of this one space that we like to spend our time at.
The Hansgrohe EcoSmart hand-held showers feature a special flow control. Because of their ingenious design, only about 9 litres per minute of water is used by the cutting-edge spray nozzles.
While timeless with their finishes, they are available in different variants, making them a pleasing choice for diverse kinds of bathroom designs. This also helps aesthetically preserve the relaxing ambience of one’s private bathroom.
Several lines of showerheads, including the Raininfinity and Pulsify S, exhibit their ability to conserve water and cut down on energy use.
Incorporating Hansgrohe’s CoolStart technology into regular living is a smart way to make one’s home and routine more eco-friendly. This mechanism ensures that when the handle is in the middle position, the faucet automatically delivers cold water. Resulting to this, no extra energy is used to heat water for brief on-and-off periods.
With the successful launch of Hansgrohe’s new line Pulsify, the brand converges the world of modern living and technology-savviness by being at the forefront of innovation, design and quality.
Swarovski has been on a magical ride ever since its inception in 1895. Paying homage to the shimmering beauty of crystal, its stores across the globe are known to ignite the imagination, reflecting the uniquely captivating charm of the city itself. To reflect the brand’s new visual identity, overseen by the beloved Swarovski Swan, the enchanted makeover has now come to fruition with the launch of the first dazzling new stores in strategic locations around the world, the first 27 of which are Instant Wonder outlets.
A luxurious Invite
A new Swarovski store, themed in soothing blue tones, has opened in Phoenix Palladium Mumbai, reflecting the company’s revamped brand strategy. It has relocated from the ground floor of Palladium to the mall’s courtyard, making it more convenient for customers. Palladium Mumbai is the first landscape retail store in India, giving customers a chance to fully immerse themselves in the new brand’s vision.
Spark your imagination this Diwali
Swarovski’s passion for innovation and design and mastery of crystal cutting have defined it as the leading jewellery and accessories brand in the world. At the grand opening, Swarovski introduced Ananya Panday as the new face of their Diwali advertising campaign. Speaking about the campaign, Ananya says, “Diwali is a time when everyone comes together to celebrate the joyous light that guides us through the hardships of life. Not only do we celebrate this light, but we also radiate this light from within. Diwali also being the onset of a new year, I truly believe in bringing about transformative energy, to explore and accept the other sides of me. Along with Swarovski, I urge you to transform your expression and follow your own rules, while remaining true to yourself.”
Visit the store to indulge in a spell of luxury and engage in a landscape of adventure at the Palladium’s Swarovski store, the perfect destination to celebrate Diwali this year!
Is art for all or the subject of admiration of a select few? The long-debated question requires an equally detailed analysis.
Weighing in, St+art India Foundation in collaboration with Asian Paints launched, ‘From Craft to Contemporary’—a creative public art project open to all. Located in Lodhi Art District, New Delhi, the second edition features a collaboration with Warli artist duo Mayur and Tushar Vayeda.
Elaborating on the ethos behind the project, Amit Syngle, CEO & MD Asian Paints Ltd divulges, “India is known for its varied cultural and artistic heritage which has survived and evolved through generations and time. Each art form is unique and laudable in itself. Through this initiative, we endeavour to bring indigenous artists to the forefront by contemporizing their art form while giving them direct exposure to a global audience.”
He further emphasises, “Comprehensive research has gone behind bringing this project to life which we are showcasing through this contemporary labyrinth of art. We started this residency project in 2019 by using stencils to create a Gond art mural produced by Padma Shri awardee, Bhajju Shyam. I’m certain this project will strike a chord with onlookers and art connoisseurs.”
With the cooperation of a curatorial team, the campaign aims to reinterpret the traditional art form through the lens of new and imaginative techniques. To meticulously rekindle the richness of Warli paintings, the project was executed in three stages across three states.
Phase one: Maharashtra
Commencing in Ganjad, the hometown of the Vayeda brothers, the primary focus was a first-hand experience of the Warli community and tradition. The team thoroughly studied the origin of the art form, tracing its history back to 2500 BCE, within the Western Ghats of Maharashtra.
Formerly painted on walls using rice flour and bamboo brushes, the art form originated as a celebratory expression during the wedding and harvest season. Adapting and improvising, artists from Ganjad began to capture the community and its cultural nuances on canvas. Pioneering on, Mayur and Tushar continue to experiment with new mediums, making Warli more accessible.
“While there have been several attempts to rejuvenate Warli in the past, this is our attempt to infuse a new dimension into it. With a rigorous month-long process, we’ve collectively build new techniques that the community can utilise in their future work, ensuring the longevity of this collaboration,” reveals Hanif Kureshi, Co-Founder and Creative Director, St+art India Foundation
Phase two: Goa
After thoroughly documenting the practice, the process phase of the endeavour began in St+art’s studio in Goa. Scouting innovative formats to translate iconographic elements such as the flora and fauna found in the village, the team developed a narrative that would highlight the nuanced aesthetic of the folk art on a mammoth scale.
Phase three: Delhi
Executing the mural in Delhi in four months/weeks? was going to be a herculean task. This is where St:art’s in-house graphic designers and art directors came in to collectively experiment with time-saving techniques—from stamping to stencils to rollers. Despite the harsh weather conditions, the dedicated duo accomplished the task better than visualised.
Amit Syngle, CEO & MD Asian Paints Ltd. says, “India is known for its varied cultural and artistic heritage which has survived and evolved through generations and time. Each art form is unique and laudable in itself. Through St+art Residency ‘From Craft to Contemporary, we endeavour to bring indigenous artists to the forefront by contemporizing their art form while giving them direct exposure to a global audience. Comprehensive research has gone behind bringing this project to life which we are showcasing through this contemporary labyrinth of art. We started this residency project in 2019 by using stencils to create a Gond art mural in Lodhi Art District and now we are focusing on Warli art created by artists who are making this ancient cultural art accessible to the world. I’m certain this project will strike a chord with onlookers and art connoisseurs.”
What the Warli mural denotes…
An abstract illustration of the Sahyadri valley, the homeland of Warli, the mural renders to reality the ever-morphing mountainous range with corresponding earthy colours. Each of the layers portray a different element from earth to water to fire. The patterns are painted using custom-made stamps and rollers cut and carved in diverse shapes to add an organic touch to the project.
‘From Craft to Contemporary’ echoes the importance of archiving our Indian heritage and providing a platform to the neglected voices in the art fraternity. Making art more inclusive and accessible, the St+art India Foundation and Asian Paints initiative attempts to reintroduce indigenous art forms into the realm of the urban aesthetic.
Conceptualised to offer a redesigned lifestyle where luxury does not need to be explained is Viceroy SAVĀNA, located in Thakur Village in the suburb of Kandivali, Mumbai.
Designed keeping in mind a need for a balanced lifestyle and offering an experience of sensorial luxury, space, and exclusivity, this is a home built on the philosophy of quality and elegance.
“The residences at Viceroy SAVĀNA demonstrate that true luxury living does not mean filling your house with the most expensive things. It is not about what you put in, but how you feel inside your home and how that improves your quality of life,” elaborates Cyrus Mody, Managing Partner, Viceroy Properties.
Design details to know
The Sanskrit phrase “सव न” which means “one with the forest,” and the English word “Savannah,” which means “grasslands,” served as an inspiration for the architectural concept of VICEROY SAVĀNA and creating a residential cove that conveys a sense of a tranquil oasis in the midst of the bustling city. Each home was designed to encapsulate volume and airiness to provide the ultimate form of relaxed luxury.
Touring the home at Viceroy SAVĀNA, Mumbai…
Given that ‘privacy’ is essential in a metropolitan city like Mumbai, the foyer is designed to slow down the arrival and transition into the room while establishing a boundary between the public and private spheres.
On entering, the view of the living room is not apparent. A glance at the open area ahead acts as a magnet and is inviting. The living room and entryway are separated by a fluted glass screen that obscures the view but lets in light that encourages exploration. Continuing forward, the kitchen, living room, and dining area become visible.
Contemporary cornice design is employed to visually translate the emphasis on volume and to define the ceiling in the living and dining areas.
The living area is characterised by furniture and artwork that is oriented vertically, with the ceiling decorated in marble, the same as the walls and metal screens, while the ribbed wall design goes all the way up to the ceiling as well.
A sense of expansive grandeur is conveyed as the lines lead the viewer’s gaze skyward. Every room feels more expansive because of the French windows that run the length of the building.
The 10-ft ceiling height in the kids’ room is the hallmark as it acceded to implementing a bunk bed, which allowed for flexibility in the use of the space as it is used as a lounge during the day.
Ideas to bookmark – colours and materials
“We wanted to give a connotation of nature, which is missing in urban living, but still keep the space modern and luxurious,” reveals Cyrus Mody.
Stepping away from the canvas of earthy tones, a lighter palette was fused into the spaces. The dominant materials used are marble, light wood, and glass, while the gold and various shades of green found in the upholstery exude a sense of nature that is often missing from city life without sacrificing the sleekness and opulence of the design.
The veneers in lighter shades of tone are used to muffle the overall colour scheme to maintain the uniformity and continuity of the apartment, which adds to the impression of tranquillity as you go around the spaces.
“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words” once said Barry Dixon, an American interior designer. What starts a conversation within the glistening four walls of a retail, designer store is its carefully thought out, interestingly curated personalised interiors that truly give the ‘first impressions’ that are meant to impress.
ELLE DECOR India charts out a bookmark-worthy edit of designer stores in India across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and other cities that are a ‘must visit’ for not only their wide range of product offerings but also their ‘cool interiors’ that outline Art-Deco inspirations, metallic finishes, pastel colours, latest trends paired meticulously to candidly please the customer’s eyes.
Confession No. 1: Ashdeen, Mumbai by Ali Baldiwala
Crafted by Ali Baldiwala of Baldiwala Edge for fashion designer Ashdeen Lilaowala’s eponymous label the 1700 sq ft. store layout is nostalgic of the old structure’s rich roots and pre-existing natural wood floor which is polished to reveal its original grain and patina is refurbished to add a decidedly luxurious effect to.
Just like the set of a movie which keeps changing, through the changing seasons, the floor transforms to reflect the change in seasonal merchandise. The Ashdeen store is divided into distinct sections the main reception, the display racks, the centre housing sarees, bags and some more jewellery and the bridal zone features lounge seating and a display of lehengas and Parsi wedding sarees with an end result of glamour and sophistication.
Confession No.2: Raw Mango, Chennai
The Raw Mango store in Chennai is a sizeable 5400 sq. ft and set within a lush garden complex. Sanjay Garg worked closely with the architect and visual creative director Adityan Melekalam for over 8 months to bring alive this vision for the store.
Their Summer 2022 collective CHORUS relays design aesthetics of the Rococo period through woven ornamentation like birds, flora & ribbons but in a more vibrant colour palette. What makes it unique is the inspiration drawn from the property’s original structure and draws inspiration from the history and context of the bungalow it resides in by creating rooms and adding windows and chajjas. This screams minimal, modern Indian which is the overall aesthetic of Raw Mango as a brand.
Confession No. 3: Fizzy Goblet, Mumbai by Checkered Spaces
Fizzy Goblet is a designer footwear and accessories brand, which newly opened a duplex boutique store in the eclectic suburb of Khar, Mumbai. Neha Vikram, Founder and Principal Designer of Checkered Spaces has articulated Fizzy Goblet in muted tones of warm greys and soft lilacs with furniture pieces and metallic luxe, exuding a sophisticated connection between the product and the patrons
In contrast to the lilac tones, Neha has added curvilinear walls with splashes of blush, flushed with flutes and rose gold etched quotes and mirror frames for the bridal collection, making it a bridal dream.
The trending Fizzlet collection consisting of quirky and fun items carries you on a tropical beach and is enclosed by a pebble bed with green patches of ferns making the store a balance between its diverse collections embedded into the well-thought-out interiors.
Confession No. 4: Ensemble, New Delhi by Vertex Inc.
The new outpost of Ensemble at Emporio, New Delhi by architect Abhhay Narker, the Principal Founder of Vertex Inc. is the perfect amalgamation of built heritage and natural materials. To stay true to Ensemble’s design he retained some old features with their raw finish and paired them with sleek details.
Something unique about this store is the addition of new materials that were specially developed in coherence with the brand’s aesthetic. The wall texture and a chic double metal grid partition are examples of the same which pair well with the Baswara marble in shelving and door windows and rich woodwork. A touch of greens adds life and positivity to the space.
When ‘Soft tofu, satay sauce, spring onions, cucumbers, and purple cabbage’, along with minimalistic traditional interiors, make up a restaurant’s canvas, one might immediately think of a cuisine that hints at Pan-Asian flavours. Designed by NEOGENESIS+STUDI0261, restaurant SOY in Surat, Pal, embodies interiors that are the outcome of precisely researched social, historical, and cultural contexts, offering Asian cuisine inspired by the diverse but flavour-rich lands of Japan, Korea, China, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
It’s all in the minimalism
This 2,470 sq ft space took three months to retransform into a fine-dining restaurant with a composition of minimal materials and muted colour palette.
Based on Zen Buddhism, the concept of Japanese minimalism focuses on needs more than wants, keeping life uncluttered. This inspiration moulded the very idea of a space away from the distraction of excess items beyond the requirements. Hence, SOY becomes synonymous with all that minimalism encompasses in it.
Homage to Japanese traditions
Beyond the scrumptious Pan-Asian food, an onlooker’s attention would move to what’s truly magical at SOY, creating a space with the most minimalistic colours and themes and yet casting an impression with meaning and substance.
The kitchen platform, made of black granite, is the appropriate monochrome fit for the subtle background, tactfully designed to give the food a spotlight. Grey and brown tones, textural walls, and bold, curvilinear forms cohesively blend and transcend visual fluency, thereby creating a refreshing aesthetic.
In addition to these subtle aesthetics, NEOGENESIS+STUDI0261 brought out references to Hanswagner’s chairs. As a case study for the design, it was redesigned according to the anthropocentric requirements and context with a teak wood modification. What is unique about their furniture is a combination of wood and metal with traditional Japanese joineries to add to the whole distinctive canvas of the restaurant.
Food meets interiors!
SOY intends to become a trademark for its aesthetics and relaxed luxury, offering a sense of earthy rawness fused with a memorable Asian dining experience.
What comes down to making a restaurant extraordinary is pairing its interiors with its offerings: food and drinks.
Starting with a traditional twist to the classics, from Hibiscus Iced Tea to Vietnamese Iced Coffee, SOY is one to impress. The Avo Crispy Rice, Kwispy Tofu Bao’s, Mango Sticky Rice, Not a Bounty, and Gianduja Black Forest on the menu fit a food lover’s palette, too.
Overall, if something marinates with the phrase opposites attract, it’s the minimalist interiors at SOY, which are the appropriate backdrop to the seasonal, unique Asian food and beverages at SOY inviting the patrons to soak in the design delight that spills an understated charm of a kind.
What is my favourite thing to do? What do I wish I could do in excess and not face the repercussions? What is the best part about exploring new cities? So many questions, a straightforward answer – good food!
Sometimes, a craving for scrumptious delicacies is not enough. We say that because, with an elevated ambience, the food becomes more than just a meal. It becomes an experience. ELLE DECOR India’s curated list of restaurants brings forth a range of flavours that marinate well with their unique interiors.
Diona at The Grand Anukampa Hotel, Jaipur
Diona by Chromed Design Studio is an amalgamation of volumes, niches, rounded curves, and monochromated themes. The stones and marble used, emulate the layout and dynamism of Santorini. The white-painted wall made of broken marble complements the labyrinth of arches and vaults creating a captivating contrast against the pink city scenery and making its eccentric design stand out.
As one exits the elevator, a gleaming crystal ceiling is covered by a massive green wall with an artful emblem that is now buzzing on Jaipur’s social media. However, Alfresco, the outdoor area has cabana seating, ivory gazebos, and natural ambient lighting which is a complete contrast to the crystals. Alternately, Diona hosts a dining space overlooking the infinity pool with an Instagrammable bar in the middle which gives a whole other luxe side to the space, alongside a private lounge that witnesses heightened views of the Jaipur sky.
The Olive Cafe & Bar, Chandigarh
Embarking on an all new journey of newer design aesthetics and a refreshing table of gourmet food by chef Jyotika Malik, The Olive Cafe & Bar unfurls its latest outpost in Chandigarh helmed by founder and MD AD Singh of The Olive Group of restaurants. White washed walls, tropical settings, sun-bathed courtyards and a breezy mood altogether, the new avatar of the restaurant in Chandigarh is one to gaze at.
As you trail through the space, coastal elements layered in gorgeous sober tones, arched windows, bamboo baskets, hand-finished terracotta tile covered patio and more such details reveal themselves – a design canvas directed by Sabina Singh and executed by architect Vivek Popli. “With two bars and one giant kitchen, Olive’s feast-friendly!” And that’s how the restaurant likes to sum itself up in a nutshell.
Bar Stock Exchange- Vashi, Mumbai
Bar Stock Exchange (BSE) crafted by Saniya Kantawala of her eponymous firm Saniya Kantawala Design encompasses a large outdoor seating area and an expansive indoor section. What makes the exteriors truly exquisite are the glazed openings with layers of coloured film, evoking traditional stained glass windows. The interior is almost as intriguing if not more than the exterior. It’s dressed in shades of red with a black and white bar counter in piccolo tiling spanning the room and forming the centrepiece. The bar counter too features a free-flowing painted pattern in nature-inspired shades.
The hues, patterns, and playful installations overall create a lively, youth-centric ambience that is a perfect reflection of what BSE brings to the table!
Mensho Tokyo, Greater Kailash, Delhi
The sense of interiors of this four-walled restaurant by Architect and Interior Designer Paushika Gupta, Founder of Paushika Gupta Architecture+Design is all about experiencing a modern take on a traditional Japanese-style ramen shop.
The interior design of the space aligns with the restaurant’s ever-evolving yet simple and traditional Japanese cuisine who’s primary focus is food, and the harmonious combination of traditional Japanese design elements with contemporary twists provides guests with a refreshing open-dining atmosphere wherein one can view the skills of the chef preparing food.
Dobaraa in Mumbai likes to call itself a design agnostic venue! A sense of dramatic liberty captures the space with an aim to create a vibe that would push you to take on the world. To represent this, the restor-bar has inscribed unabashedly on their wall, ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’. Their interiors are a blend of both worlds, elegant in some corners, and grunge in others, still being easy and fluid to the eye!
Their cocktails aim to please as they offer ‘Not just mixed beverages but moods’ which sounds perfect for a heavy work day or a chill day with your gal-pals. They carter to calm, frolic, frivolous, walking-on-the-ceiling! They invent, reinvent and observe new ones every now and then at every table or corner making this place ideal for any time and any day.
Ombré (BarBar), Varanasi
The ancient city of Varanasi exudes a laid back, cosmopolitan but free-spirited mood. Located here is a cosmo-resto bar, Ombré, a rooftop bar along Mint Road at Subroto Chowk designed by Urban Mistrii Studio’s Ritika Rakhiani. It is one to please as it embodies the tranquil and powerful identity of the city while giving it a strong, modern interpretation.
The ombre colour palette goes from soft powder blue to a strong navy blue–signifying the river Ganges–its calm yet powerful charisma. Complementing the scheme, are the fluidic light fixtures transcending into the river like holy lamps. The light frame arches anchor the space–an expression of the built character of the city.
Overall, minimal additions to the walls, such as a wire-framed sculpture and wall quotes along with the ombre shadings break the monotony of the place. The gold bar furniture plays an essential role in harmonising the visual experience along with the overall vibe of the venue.
YOUnion, Kamala Mills, Mumbai
‘Young’ and ‘Wild’ are two words that accurately outline the mood that captures YOUnion. Keeping the jungle theme in mind, restaurateur Zorawar Kalra aimed at creating an ambience that translates for and pays homage to the millennials. The all-day gastro-bar encompasses a carnival-like vibe created in line with dramatic interior elements like neon green lights behind the bar, green veils that dive into the idea of wilderness, and gold furniture that transpires a sense of easy-luxe.
Beyond decor, YOUnion has the country’s largest menu dedicated entirely to 300 types of shots including a ‘Make Your Own Shot’ option. They also have fifty different types of Long Island Iced Teas, which is truly a dream for anyone who enjoys a glass (or more) of drinks.
Butter Bar & Kitchen, Pune
If that glaze-y, smooth texture of butter could be translated into a restaurant, it’d be Pune’s new hotspot Butter Bar & Kitchen, a project by Meraki Hospitality and partners Hrishikesh R. Shinde, Sangram Shirole and Suryabhan R. Shinde. Designed by Minnie Bhatt, the 8,000 sq ft restaurant brings to the table a modern European-Asian fare amidst what feels like a rustic hideaway wrapped in elegance.
Minnie muses, “The word Butter speaks of a feeling of fluid ease, warmth and joy. The interiors have been conceptualised to bring to life this feeling—one that has an easygoing casual vibe.” The menu is devised by chef Shailendra Kekade, while the drinks curation comes from the mixologists Nitin Tewai and Suyash Pande
TKYO is imagined by Chromed Design Studio’s Abhigyan Neogi and Ankita Mehra, and this is the place to be at, when in Goa! It is nested in the heart of Anjuna inside a century-old Portuguese house, which is miraculously preserved as it yet retains the verandahs and patio seatings from that day and age. It is a whopping 11,500 sq ft property that can house more than 200 guests and offers both indoor and al fresco dining options, inspired by Japanese architecture and house elements like a conventional Tori entrance, an impressive pagoda-style illuminated island bar, a prominent sake barrel wall and several wall murals painted by local artists, authentically emitting the venue’s essence.
TKYO is the crossroad of Japanese & Portuguese architecture with seamlessly integrated Goan design elements that makes the place feel refreshing and equally refined!
Silly, says a grand off-white door in one of the lanes of Khar in Mumbai, inviting one to its gorgeous 4,700 sq ft venue filled with whiffs of contemporary-vintage interiors, scrumptious food and a rather refreshing escape from the industrial moodboard of the city life.
The all day cafe and bar crafted by interior designer Keith Menon of Spiro Spero also hosts a 65-year old mango tree and a striking white-grey gravel pathway that nestles an outdoor garden seating. While the bar incessantly stirs up some of the coolest drinks and cocktails, a swing set inside the venue poses as a sweet spot to lounge at, with the mezzanine floor housing two long co-working tables for guests to relax at!
Fig at Malcha‘s new home is a rejuvenated 60-year-old building in the middle of Lutyens Delhi. A confluence of Japanese design and the Nordic way of life, it revitalises the area in Malcha Marg’s market with modern architecture without losing any of the age-old elegance of the components around it. The concept of Fig at Malcha is well-thought-out and made for the purpose of artistic expression. Fig at Malcha’s genuine identity is rooted in basic, meticulously picked, and handcrafted materials, and these attributes are reflected in the restaurant’s classic white decor, seamless concrete flooring, and terrazzo counters.
“Our team’s dedication to providing a genuine mindful dining experience is reflected in the place we’ve created thanks to our uncompromising approach and flair for exceptional craftsmanship,” shares Manish Yadav, the founder of Fig at Malcha.
Reimagining modern living with a sense of exclusivity and grandiose, Century Ethos is one such residential project that lets its homeowners belong to the inner club of connoisseurs and be a part of an exclusive league right in the nexus of the city yet away from the bustling noise.
Located strategically on NH 44/KIA Main Road, Hebbal, in North Bengaluru, Century Ethos offers resplendence for its true connoisseurs. The various design aspects and architectural elements come together to accentuate the lifestyle of its residents.
Luxury living at its finest
With its green golf zones, lake-view pier, leisure venues such as the pool area and party zones, including curated spaces for elders, Century Ethos’s new address in Bengaluru exudes the quintessential air of panache.
Club Cobalt, the clubhouse, is an ensign that features amenities judiciously spread indoors as well as outdoors. Designed by Morphogenesis, it incorporates modern elements while still evoking the traditional aspects through the use of craft, material, process and design.
The experience is further enhanced while promenading through the double-height lobby, doused in the earthy palette of Turkish Travertine, Dyna Royal, and Dark Emperador marble, which instantly captivates attention. Defined by large stone tables, artwork and a tall metal screen (jaali pattern), highlights the region’s storied past conveying Vijayanagar’s architectural style.
Looking closely, the design grammar of Club Cobalt conjures up a fine distinction between business and pleasure to sketch comfortable spaces for rejuvenation, relaxation and social meetings and congregation.
Breathe in the ambience of exclusivity
Tread through the wellness centre and the purposeful Daffodils Creche, take a pit stop at Bistro Cafeteria and indulge in the extensive array of elevated amenities at Oasis Pool, Contours Gym, Contours Spa with Steam and Sauna, and Aurum Banquet.
A blended working style has been adopted in the quest for an indoor and outdoor co-working space. Mindfully laid out design for the business centres, conference rooms and co-working zones ensures that one can host meetings and discussions while being close to home—all this, with the seamless assistance of concierge services. Elevating the very idea of elite, the clubhouse at Century Ethos is equipped with an AV room, a private party room, and a banquet hall, which can be used to entertain guests. And that’s how, Century Ethos poses as a pièce de résistance in the world of residential spaces, unfurling lifestyles that spell true splendour!
Spanning from the sierra to the shore, India is renowned for its reputation as a preeminent treasure trove abundant with destinations that offer not just a tempting slice of luxury travel but a slew of holistic wellness treatments, locally-inspired menus, access to nature’s bounty and culture exclusive to the city it is in.
With travellers seeking quietude away from the city chaos, ELLE DECOR India brings you an edit of soul-healing havens, wellness destinations in India.
Avās Wellness Living Project, Alibaug
Only about 20 minutes south from Mumbai in Alibaug is Avās, an exclusive and wellness-conscious community of villas, wellness spa, cafes and spots for unwinding imagined by Aditya Kilachand. Partnering with architectural firm SAOTA and Indian interior designer Sussanne Khan of The Charcoal Project, the sanctuary-like villas have been rendered an all-encompassing luxurious avatar.
Sussanne lead the designing of its villa dubbed Angan, inspired by the community and local environment to blend elegance and comfort with nature. Soft pink local stone clads the villa exteriors, with soaring ceilings, small framed glass windows, Aztec-inspired entrance and minimalist luxury furniture. The project’s palette combines Californian beach culture with Konkan countryside in its rustic, earthy setting. Sussanne says, “At Angan, we wanted to bring the outside in.”
Anlon, A Medi-Salon in Chennai
Manifesting a sanctuary of elegance and artistry is Anlon, a suave medi-salon crafted by The Storey Collective, covering a 3,500 sq ft space in the port city of Chennai.
The boutique project is the thoughtful brainchild of a leading dermatologist and a celebrity stylist evincing a striking but composed essence in its environs. A bare shell was converted into an open plan with a centre style section and a see-through divider from the foyer. Design elements include a cement-tiled floor, exposed concrete walls intermingled with brick, enormous hand-painted dome lights and art works. On the long partitioned wall, a pastel smoky blue and coral peach ombré was envisioned embodying drama and luxury. The medi-salon is a prolific play of diverse textures and lighting crafting a warm and welcoming ambience for its patrons.
Ananda in the Himalayas
The property skirted by the majestic Himalayan range that opened back in 2000 has renewed itself on many levels recently — from its renovated visuals of the villas, restaurants and spa to laying out holistic wellness programs that quench the soul. Local Himalayan crafts and its vibrant palette of nature-led colours translate into the design.
While the one and two-bedroom villas host temperature-controlled pools amid Sal forests, its restaurant fuses elements of traditional gond and yantric art with tapestries inspired by ancient Himalayan hill kingdoms. Enter its soothing spa, you will witness the new physiotherapy facility with state-of-the-art setups and offerings across Ayurveda and customised solutions.
Chittoor Kottaram by CGH Earth, Kochi
Wrapping in visuals of Kerala’s earthiness, serene luxury and the 300-year old heritage of the king Rajah of Cochin’s abode, Chittoor Kottaram by CGH Earth in Kochi poses as the gateway of self-indulgence and explorations of the many facets of the locale. A boat ride takes one into the palace restored by Lady Hamlyn’s Trust with riveting views of mystical gardens, tranquil backwaters and the palm trees that sway incessantly.
On the table, a Kerala-championing menu arrives with dishes planned and personalised to suit dietary needs, too. Alongside being one of the most soul-contenting wellness destinations in India, one can set out on a journey to discover the gems of Fort Kochi and the Muziris archaeological museum for yet another dose of history and culture.
Dharana at Shillim (Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa), Maharashtra
Nestled in the Shilimb valley of the Sahyadris, Dharana at Shillim of the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa is a serene eco wellness destination in India, in the western state of Maharashtra. From spectacular views of the nature around and holistic wellness activities to mindful eating and absolute detox from the digital and city-bound clutter, Dharana is a vitalising escape.
Hosting a plethora of diverse programs tailored to heal the body, mind and soul of its guests, Dharana at Shillim integrates philosophical, spiritual and artistic ways of health and wellness focusing on its firm roots in time and tested Ayurvedic treatments and traditions.
Evolve Back Resorts, Karnataka
Preserving their philosophy to create ‘around’ nature rather than ‘on’ it, Earthitects, an architectural firm from Bangalore, also short for ‘Architects of the earth’ works with a focus on the planet to craft wellness spaces that weave in ecologically-conscious design.
Mapping rejuvenating Evolve Back Resorts and private residences over Kerala and Karnataka, their properties are rooted in values of the land modelling an ‘abundant’ life reflecting a reconnection of humans, space and nature with an intention to offer luxurious vacations without compromising the area’s pristine natural beauty or cultural heritage.
Soul – Spa and Salon, Hyderabad
Emphasising on the importance of inner wellness, the Soul Spa and Wellness salon founded by Sheetal Bangur harboured in Hyderabad transpires perfect harmony between contemporary and traditional healthcare practices.
The setup imagined to perfection by Kanan Modi exudes a sense of repose with a soulful colour and material palette, alongside its array of top-notch services of beautifying treatments, spa therapy and workshops.
A boutique co-living accommodation facility in Fort Mumbai, Livlit is the beauteous brainchild of Mayank Bajaj. Introducing a content sense of wellness in calm and comfort amidst the chaos of the city, the modern minimal dwelling draws inspiration from vivid and contemporary structures and colours in its design plan.
Designed by architect Mili Shah, the stately Livlit Mansion is exotic with its futuristic setting and is appealing and elegant. Equipped with all the necessary materials and machinery, the one-of-a-kind hearth is the perfect way to unwind and socialise within the youth community.
Niraamaya Retreats, Kerala
Renowned for its breathtaking properties in picturesque settings, Niraamaya Retreats manifests a magnificent hideaway perched on a charismatic cliff overlooking the alluring Athirappily waterfalls in Kerala.
A beguiling blend of contemporary and comfortable living with luxury, the wellness retreat achieves an enchanting juxtaposition between old-world charm and new world exuberance. Envisioned with the exploration and expansion of body, spirit and mind. The remedying medley of resorts offers a sensory journey combining regional heritage and culture in their experience seamlessly.
Designers Dhruti Hamlai and Arwa Dholkawala took a leaf out of the name ‘Boundless’, a multidisciplinary studio in Bandra, Mumbai to design the interiors of this space. The idea was to shape up a versatile yet spiritually engaging space to draw in yoga and fitness enthusiasts, and those visiting for dance workshops, talks, screenings and more.
The designers elaborate, “The design focuses on texture rather than colour, with no clear distinction between floors, walls and the ceiling- celebrating fluidity and tactility throughout.” And add, “Boundless has a slow, intentional spirit, almost meditative that inadvertently nourishes those who visit the space.”
This design story is of love at first sight. Cue to a 40-year old villa that stands with an unruffled demeanour in Koramangala, Bengaluru. Once a renowned cafe, the structure with its alluring arches is now transformed into an inviting destination for Aanai Design Studio and its new furniture wing ‘Tusker Katha’.
A new home for retail and design envisaged by the practice’s founder Gayathri Padmam and Nikhil Haridas of Tusker Katha, the space draped in white at one glance glistens under the shade of an enormous tree. Hence, christened ‘Under the Rain Tree’.
“Although the villa was partially being converted to a display space, the intent was to bring the sentiment of “home” back into its rooms, giving clients and customers a sense of our design style and language,” says Gayathri.
A blank canvas to spotlight the furniture, the villa required minimal tactile interventions, with room for more visual stimulations. With a touch of traditionalism, the space transforms into a meaningful dialogue between sustainability and creativity through various exhibitions and presentations.
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The outpost hugs two floors, each serving its own functions and design lessons in the way the interiors are assembled together.
The space’s ground floor is entirely modified by opening the arches and obliterating everything but the base structure. Contrarily, the first floor bustles with energy and designated spaces for Aanai Design studio.
Reflecting their functional-with-aesthetic ideology, the floor encompasses a material library, meeting spaces and breakout zones. Initially a rather dark room with a partially damaged roof, the first floor was reimagined with enlarged windows to unlock maximum light and ventilation.
Why ED loves the layout!
White walls and ceilings present an unassuming backdrop to the eco-conscious furniture range on the ground floor. The standout elements, however, are the arches. Connected through a series of small arched fenestrations in the walls, the minimalistic but detail-oriented layout is a refreshing breath of life.