Books – yes, they’re holding up very well against the tide of technology involving e-reading which threatens to turn them over and questions their survival. Readers from across generations still crave the comfort and romance of getting their reading fix from a bound bundle of well- thumbed paper, even the smell of which is enticing. True, nothing beats the joy of reading from an actual book, which is why they continue to be in demand and bookstores abound, catering to the indulgence of reading enthusiasts, not just with an adequate variety of book stocks, but ambiences and accompaniments to match. Here’s presenting a summary of explorations through variously designed bookstores across different countries, each providing a different environment, theatrics or experience for the visiting book browser.
With a process driven approach to designing, intrigued by the ‘road less travelled’, challenged by the unknown and with a penchant for site responsive architecture, Lester Rozario and Shruti Kamat, have earned a good place for themselves in the field of design in India. Along with his partner Shruti Kamat, Lester Rozario owns the multi-disciplinary and award-winning design studio Kamat & Rozario Architecture. Founded in 2007 they offer services in architecture, interior design and furniture design. TFOD is warmed by their presence and shines light on some of their creative designs.
Besides plaguing dumping grounds around the world, plastic waste is one of the biggest eyesores - whether in holiday destinations or heritage sites. Disturbing the ecosystem in oceans, shores and land alike, plastic pollution is a global menace. In the last few decades, usage of plastic products has been on a rise. Global consumption of plastic has shot up from 260 million tons in 2008 to 299 million tons in 2013. In India itself, it has gone from 4.7 million tons to 18.9 million tons in the last ten years. With the rise in plastic consumption is the consequent rise in plastic pollution. The hazardous effects of this non-biodegradable material is not news for anybody. Hence it is of utmost importance to either find a way of disposing plastic waste or replace it all together. Earthware by Samanvi Bhograj does the latter. They make plant based products as a perfect replacement of plastic.
Anupa Jangbari started Karyam Designs in 2010, a boutique design studio adept at designing soulful spaces. The spiritually designed spaces emerge from an understanding of the nature and purpose of the interior space, besides the basics of clients’ requirements and dreams. A well-articulated profile, frequently updated with new projects and images, helps Karyam Designs get picked up as this week’s TFOD Profile Of The Week!
On the 6th of August 2016, IIID Mumbai put together an event to felicitate Architect Hafeez Contractor on winning the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award. Held at Vivanta by Taj President the glamorous event was attended by over two hundred and fifty people from the architecture, design and construction fraternity. The function organized by the Mumbai Regional Centre of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID MRC) was supported by KeraKoll. While real estate giant Niranjan Hiranandani was the Guest of Honour, the event was graced by several eminent designers of the city, besides Ar. Contractor’s wife Pearl and daughter Zoish.
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