Founded by Karishma Baid and Smriti Mohanka, The Workroom is an interior design practice based out of Gurgaon. The firm’s TFOD Profile has been selected as this week’s TFOD Profile Of The Week.
Sometimes, it is the most trivial interventions that have the maximum impact. A recent social experiment, that goes by the name of #BackyardExperiment, demonstrated this very hypothesis. Just a few minor alterations made to a public space in Canberra, led to a roaring 190 % hike in the foot fall of a public space over a short span of 8 days! That is the importance of Street Furniture, as it has a very dominant role in the urban landscape of a city. Though, there is no cumulative means to gauge the depth of difference that street furniture makes to the way space is utilized and conceived by users, the #BackyardExperiment project, elaborates the relationship between people, public space and its design. The least to say is that the results were quite dramatic.
Did you hold off plans to travel to Mumbai, because of the soaring hotel rates? Seems like your visit could be happening soon. Staying in Mumbai just got a lot cheaper and affordable for travellers looking for a basic and decent, and quite interesting, accommodation. A company named UrbanPod, just started a Pod hotel in the Andheri Suburb of Mumbai. A concept that originated in Japan, Capsule or Pod hotels, comprise of numerous minuscular rooms or ‘Pods’ or ‘Capsules’, providing very basic amenities, with the intention of reducing the expenditure of travellers. More common to countries like USA, Russia, UK, Netherlands, Singapore and Malaysia, it is the first of its kind in India.
Interior architecture is a field of limitless possibilities, the very reason it attracts the most imaginative minds. Consequently, we have unbelievably fabulous insides to buildings with innocuous looking exteriors – little flats converted to futuristic whiz-lands, state-of-the-art offices in decrepit warehouses and swanky malls in abandoned industries. But, conjuring up a perky workspace in a dreamy castle, you’ll agree, is taking it to the next level. Well, that’s exactly what designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen had to do when commissioned by Chris Morling, the founder of the U.K. tech giant Money.co.uk - to create a new world tech workplace in an old world Victorian castle!
Ever considered living in (what appears like) a stack of baskets? Well, this chic building along the Park Vilette Street in Paris’ 19th district has its apartments wrapped up in cubical timber cases that stack up in a seemingly uneven pile. Designed by Slovenian firm OFIS Architekti to fit snugly along a long, narrow site, this basket arrangement seems to win at every item on the design checklist from aesthetics to function, climate and sustainability!
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