Wednesday, 8 January 2020

ALTERNATIVE MATERIALITY - Circular Concrete Innovations

“Being Future Proof today rests on the use of materials that are HEALTHY for the environment and humankind, materials which ADAPT to their surroundings, materials that CLOSE THE LOOP and become valuable resources at the end of their lifecycle, as well as materials that are RESILIENT, recovering quickly from challenges” – Material Driven UK

At BFT, 'reusing and recycling' has always been a top priority! As a company that manufactures handmade tiles, we are attuned to nature and natural materials. As you all know, BFT has been dealing with a one-of-a-kind material – cement and has been manufacturing handcrafted tiles since 1922. Cement tiles at BFT are made by hand, one at a time, using mineral pigments. Cement is a fine material that has a diversity of capacities; it can support the function of a space, but also change the way spaces relate to or communicate with us; it can even evoke certain emotions in us.

As an environmentally conscious company, we always look at how we can reduce our footprint on nature and create awareness about the same. Therefore, we recently took it upon us to encourage sustainable design amongst those who hold the reins to the future of design in India! BFT is happy to have collaborated with one of Mumbai’s most esteemed school of design and innovation-ISDI to host a workshop on developing 'Alternative Materiality', where we invited students and faculties from design schools and colleges like IES College of Architecture, National Institute of Design, SIES, Rachana Sansad, IDC IITB, to explore different re-cycled materials along with cement to create their own cement tiles. Design interns and designers who were working on sustainability models also participated. It was a power-packed fun 3-day workshop on exploring how different materials used along with cement binding form beautiful tiles. Due to a great, the response of the workshop NMRC and ISDI screened the materials the students created at the workshop. Students were first given a brief introduction about the eco-friendly and sustainable materials by Shreyas More and Meenal Sutaria Co-founders of New Material Research Center at ISDI, then groups were formed where the students did a broad-spectrum analysis of what materials they were going to be using so that on the 3rd day while they were developing their cement tiles, they had clarity on the products. The students got to explore, learn and work on several topics in those 3 days:
-  Best practises in Circular Economy.

- Best practises in understanding material performance and development.

- Hands-on experience in developing frontier materials

- Ability to work at local scales to impact global changes.

- Knowledge from speakers and faculty interaction.

- Knowledge and industry exposure with Bharat Flooring

- Workflows and methodology for addressing complex design and business problems.

The goal of this workshop was to shift from a “take, make and dispose of" economic model to a more circular approach which involves a regenerative use of materials, where material waste as resources, flow in a continuous loop from one life to another, and there is no waste. The circular economy offers significant opportunities to boost economic growth, job creation, and innovation while providing a framework to design sustainable materials and systems around them.

The students received insightful details about eco-friendly materials and sustainability from our keynote speakers Susmith CS founder of Malai Biomaterials; Madhav Raman Anagram Architects; Parshva Shah founder of Artemis Green Crete and, a remote session with Purva Chawala and Adele Orcajada founders of Material Driven.

“One thing very important while creating a sustainable product in the vicinity of the material.” – Parshva Shah

Demand for authentic and sustainable products is increasing. The renewed enthusiasm for this ‘green’ product is partly that it is environmentally friendly and sustainable, just as it was many centuries ago. The idea of the Alternative Materiality workshop was to try different materials and see what works the best and how we can take it ahead to the next level. The technique uses a mould to make designs in many colours and a press to harden the tiles without requiring heat. Cement tiles are therefore considered to be a ‘green’ or ecological product. “You have to be able to design a space that will last a long time with minimum and exotic materials” – Madhav Raman, Anagram. Cement can achieve this objective in more ways than one!

Cement is an incredibly durable material. The cement tiles at Bharat floorings have lasted up to 60 to 70 years if used and maintained properly. Vibrant colours and mesmerizing patterns are hallmarks for today's tiling designs. We love what one simple material such as ‘cement’ can create! Cement tiles are 100% handcrafted, and really incorporate the concept of Wabi-Sabi in them. Cement is reminiscent of times gone by, full of beauty and less taxing on our environment than other industrial produced materials.

Ever thought of what makes a product sustainable? How can we design a sustainable product? Will the audience/consumer buy sustainable products? Sustainable products are those that provide communal, commercial and environmental benefits by providing public health and the environment – from the traction of raw materials until their final deposit.

Sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Many of the challenges facing humankind such as climate change, water scarcity, inequality and hunger can only be solved at a global level and by promoting sustainable development a commitment to social progress, environmental balance and economic growth.

While making sustainable products, use materials that are locally and freely available otherwise the products created are not ‘sustainable’. – Susmith CS founder of Malai Biomaterials

We are in a period of transition to a circular economy, increasingly focused on renewable supplies and products with less social and environmental impacts. We used environmentally friendly materials for the workshop (also known as green building materials) i.e. sawdust, rice husk, grain husk, papercrete. Here are a few alternative materials that have a lower impact on the environment:

- Sawdust:
Sawdust is a waste from the wood and timber industry. As it possesses a firing capacity, it is normally used as a fuel source in thermal processes (biomass). It is also used as insulating material. Sawdust is the residue generated by saw teeth when the wood is cut into lumber. In the past, it has had some limited use by the pulp and paper industry. It gives a pulp with short fibres that is suitable as part of the furnish for tissue and writing papers.

-     Rice husk:

Rice husk is organic waste and is produced in large quantities. It is a major by-product of the rice milling and agro-based biomass industry. Rice husks are the waste materials after the rice grains have been removed and are predominantly composed of silica. They can be used as an energy source, but the high ash content, relative to other biomass materials, makes their use problematic during co-firing.

- Hay: 
Hay straws can be grown and harvested on any farm that grows wheat to produce flour for cereal, bread, pasta, or other staple food items. This material is fully biodegradable & compostable - and they provide a sustainable outlet for reducing waste.

-  Strawbale:
Straw is an agronomic by-product; the dry stalks of cereal plants, after the grain and chaff have been removed. Straw makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has many uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket-making. It is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bundle of straw tightly bound with twine or wire. Bales may be cube, quadrilateral, or round, depending on the type of baler used. Properly built, straw bale structures are fire-resistant, waterproof and pest free, with super-insulated walls, very high level of insulation for a hot or cold climate this is an expensive material but is a rapidly renewable material.

-  Rammed Earth:
From an environmentally friendly impact and sustainability point of view rammed earth can have many benefits over other current building practices. When appropriately designed and assembled, a building made of rammed earth should have an efficient lifetime greatly exceeding that of most contemporary structures. Modern rammed earth buildings can be made safer by the use of rebar or bamboo, and mechanical tampers reduce the amount of labour required to create sturdy walls.

-  Bamboo:
This fast-expanding grass growing in recent times has made its mark as an eco-crop. From construction to homeware to fabrics, bamboo is having its moment in the limelight. Bamboo is so flexible—it can be the star, the defining feature of a space, the wow—and it can also feel invisible, natural, like a nest or cocoon around you as if it wasn’t ‘designed’ or ‘built’ at all. This is a material that has been used thousands of years, and it will still look like new and will never be eaten by insects.

In the process of designing such circular biomaterials, this alternative materiality research presents the following four challenges to consider and overcome in the upcoming phase: material extraction, increased performance, adaptability for digital fabrication and overall effectiveness. It aims to take the research further into live size testing and mass manufacturing to measure impact on a building prototype scale.

The world economic forum forecasts that the fourth industrial revolution for the earth will significantly be focused on solving the world’s most pressing environmental challenges of resource scarcity, climate change and waste generation. The green charcoal demonstrates a framework of thoughts and approach for materiality in architecture to provide solutions to address these challenges. For damage done to the earth in the last 5 decades, net-zero is not enough. The approach to both the building materiality and building systems must be a performative, circular and net positive, thus representing a radical departure from architecture’s role of preservation and entering architecture’s need for transformation.

To make sustainable products you need sustainable materials and one good source of sustainable materials are biomaterials because they come from nature and they can always go back. “Usually people have this thought if there is a conflict between sustainability and luxury, but I think there’s a conflict between suitability and frugality not with luxury.” – Madhav Raman, principal and co-founder of Anagram Architects. The idea is can you make luxury frugal. Philosophically you can because luxury is invested in trying to create things that are precious and things that are precious are usually not wasteful, they quantifiably less in number, so it’s key to understand sustainable luxury from the idea of trying to take consumption of resources out of the context of luxury, focus more on creating experiences that are not so permanent or are impermanent or are transient where the sense of luxury can be something about being in the moment rather than by creating products that need to be kept aside and preserved for a long time.

It’s amazing what mankind can come up with when you harness the beauty of nature and all the natural products available to us!

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Mumbai – Showroom
Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd
32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44

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Thursday, 14 November 2019


What is Maximalism? It is nothing but a reaction against ‘minimalism’. Bold colours, a mixture of patterns, textures, layers, repetition of design, detailed intricacies, luxurious materials, and more make the ‘maximalist’ space joyful, passionate and powerful. 

‘Maximalist’ being their inspiration, Huzefa Rangwala and Jasem Pirani, founders of MuseLAB design studio in 2012, recently designed a project, a 100-year old colonial bungalow using the play of patterns and colours in a way that was not only visually rich but also tactile in nature! Each space and/or product designed by them embodies integrity and is created with the same care, skill and attention to detail. MuseLAB is an end-to-end design studio; offering a bespoke and leading-edge approach to design with a precise focus on unique and highly customized environments, interiors and furniture.

This beautiful two-acre property located in the heart of Pune is surrounded by tranquillity and greenery all around, away from the hustle of the main city. The client’s love for colours and various Indian art designs were an inspiration for them to create a completely unique space using the ‘Maximalist’ design scheme. Chic maximalist style is a balance between eclecticism and a careful thought on design. To make sure that your interiors still feel connected even with a mix of colours, patterns and textures in the room, the designer should find a link between pieces, e.g. sticking to one colour tone, and adding only some pop of colours, to make the space stand out. Look for shades that will draw attention from one piece to the other, but always remember to maintain a symmetry, so that the space looks uniform, and you can layer more and mix colours and styles broadly.

The furniture design and layout used in this space by Muse LAB takes cues from the historic arches, arched openings and arcades to soften the transition between the rooms, building the strength of the structure. Every piece of furniture was customized, as the idea was to create a unique and exclusive furniture gallery, sticking to the concept of the space. Simultaneously, Muse Lab wanted to celebrate the extravagant volumes of the two rooms by keeping the ceilings as simple as possible with the primary focus being on the suspended sculptural elements and the refurbished roof structural elements i.e. the quirky lighting and arches.

They decided to treat the floor as their canvas to create a contemporary and resplendent Rangoli pattern in Terrazzo. The midpoint of the pattern emerges from the living room which bleeds into the formal dining space as a series of concentric rings. Combining these traditional shades with different elements like brass, wood, and glass can never go wrong. Its ushers in our deep-rooted cultural elegance and traditionality into our urban homes. How beautiful is this space! 

The motif of the arch has been reinforced in various forms, the chariot unit has been crafted using Nigerian teak, and the statement dusty pink the semi-circular sofa has been strategically placed in the centre of the space, bringing the whole space together in a seamless manner, making it a perfect example of ‘maximalism’ done right. 
The play of scale with repetition of elements and layering of materials is what creates the harmony amidst the organised chaos. Designs are an easy way to embrace the trend when juxtaposed with a perfect clash of colours and décor!

Decorating for comfort means filling your home with things you love. Maximalism means enveloping your home with even more of those things… And this stunning home is just a classic example of this trend.
Hope this article assists you in achieving the right kind of look for your space! If you’re redoing your home and need any assistance, contact us or visit our showroom as our in-house designers are always happy to help.

Photo credits: Sameer Tawde 
Come visit us at our stores for more suggestions in Mumbai, and New Delhi, Goa, Pune and Bangalore (by appointment).
For more details visit us at –

Mumbai – Showroom
Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd
32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44
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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

How to Make Small Look Big!

A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams. It should never be about how big the house is, it’s is always about how happy and content you are within it. Let not the size of your space define the interiors and look of it.

While decorating your home, you might face a lot of challenges, it may be overwhelming, but it’s also ‘thrilling’ as it’s your space, your comfort zone, where you can be yourself. Your goal should be to showcase your design aesthetic in a tasteful way, whether you face difficulties from an interior that lacks natural light to a layout that’s much smaller than you’d like. But instead of viewing them as uncertain blocks, use them as motivation to design the home of your dreams! 

When it comes to crafting floor plans, choosing paint colours, and creating a home that’s as functional as it is beautiful, it requires a bit of know-how, here are a few tips and tricks as to how you can beautify your small apartment and make it look more spacious than it actually is! 


Selecting the right type of pattern, design and colours for your flooring can create an illusion and can help shift the focus of a room’s size towards its appeal and function. Add neutral or pastel colours for the flooring to complement your furniture as this can expand the alleged size of any room and can open the space instantly. Light and neutral colours give a room an open and airy feel, making it appear larger and spacious, whilst also drawing in natural sunlight from outside. 

A flooring installation trick - installing flooring running parallel to the longest wall in the room instantly makes a room appear more spacious. 

BFT recommendation: while selecting tiles for a small area, don’t use intricate designs and multiple colour combinations, as it will create clutter! Instead go for a more subtle and elegant colour scheme such as pastels, and a pattern that is a combination of plain with pattern motifs. Another great way of using patterns in your space is in combination with plain tiles, and by running a patterned border either as a statement to that floor or use the pattern tiles in the edges to complete the floor. You may not be able to increase the size of a small room, but you can easily fool the eye with a few flooring tricks that make a room look bigger.


The placement and what kind of furniture you install in your apartment will identify the usability and the spaciousness of your space. One of the most important aspects while buying or making furniture for your home, is to ask yourself a question, will you really use the same? Do you really need it? If yes, how could you make it functional and increase the usability to save space? Remember, less is more and especially while designing a small bedroom there is already a lot going on, so keeping the décor and furniture minimalistic should be of utmost priority.

Invest in dual-purpose furniture, because in a small space every inch counts, some examples: use your walls for storage by adding cabinets, or a sofa cum bed, under-bed storage space, a 4-seater folding dining table with folding chairs; these are just some ways 
in which you can create a functional space that looks and feels spacious.

If you have a dead zone, utilise it by adding a mirror or a beautiful, artistic piece that could help in adding a unique charm within the space or another great option is to add some planters to make it look refreshing! Think of what you love the most, and incorporate that within the space, as you don’t want any tiny area to become ‘dead space’. 


Just because you don’t have an enormous home doesn’t mean you can’t parade your style. A small room can really open with the right lighting. Keep window treatments to a minimum in a small space to make the most of the natural light, but you can also make a statement, with quirky lamps and lighting that can highlight the overall decor aspect of the space. Rather than settling for traditional floor lamps that take up floor space, try table lamps or geometric-shaped long lamps that occupy less space. Adding an accent to the ceiling by incorporating lighting around the perimeter can provide light as well a unique detail not common to most living rooms; a great way to incorporate stylish lighting into a space! Other such examples are string lights, wall sconces, or pendant lighting.


Apart from fancy furniture placement and lighting, there is no better friend to a small space than a well-placed mirror. A well-placed mirror can solve any design dilemma, breaking up any visual clutter. Here are some tricks that can be easily incorporated in a smaller space – use a large floor length mirror behind a piece of furniture in tight spaces to make it look prominent, it also creates an illusion in the bedroom making the space look bigger and better. Like you can see in the image below this space has a full-length mirror placed, this not only allows a wider angle but also gives the space a whole new appeal.

Another great way to use a mirror is to place it on the front of an openable cupboard – this will create a multi-functional as it creates a statement look while at the same time opens into a cupboard for storing useful items!

Indeed, these are some essential tips to keep in mind while designing a small apartment. Remember, it’s important to keep the space functional but never fail to add charm with some interesting décor elements. The only aim should be to strike the balance between the two. Your apartment may be short on space, but that doesn’t mean it has to be short on style!

Don’t shy away from refurbishing and spending a little on your home, that’s the space where you go to after a long day of work, so bring out your style and keep it trendy, whether it’s big or small, the size shouldn’t be a concern.

Hope this article assists you in achieving the right kind of look for your space! If you’re redoing your home and need any assistance, contact us or visit our showroom as our in-house designers are always happy to help.

Come visit us at our stores for more suggestions in Mumbai, and New Delhi, Goa, Pune and Bangalore (by appointment).

For more details visit us at –
Mumbai – Showroom
Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd
32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44
Follow us on our Instagram account - @bharatfloorings and Facebook page -@Bharatflooringsandtiles for more updates!

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Festive Decor Guide!

Diwali: the festival of lights, where family and friends come together to pray, feast, celebrate and revel in each other’s company. It is marked as the New Year in the Hindu calendar. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair.

It’s also that time of the year again when you are staring at your walls and curtains, sitting on your sofa eyeing that cushion, and thinking, it’s time for a change…for something new! With little décor inspiration, you can turn your decor pieces into year-round sparklers with a festive edge.

From faux flower arrangements to eclectic candle displays, whimsical fairy lights to dreamy lanterns, here are some ways you can conjure up a Diwali-inspired wonderland fit for any day of the year.

Playful Flooring:

Getting arty is the desirable way to do up your home this festive season! Playing with different colour combinations, textures, designs and materials can help in creating an attractive space.

There is no better option than adding some beautiful handcrafted tiles to your floors! The floral pattern has recently been a preferred choice amongst all interior designers, that can be used all year round, so if you’re looking to revamp your space this season, adding some elegant motifs would help in enhancing the beauty of your home.

Traditional, modern, eclectic, contemporary: words that best describe the elegant and beautiful floral pattern by Bharat Floorings known as the Bloom collection! They look gorgeous once laid like you can see in the image below.

Flower Power:

The festive vibe is incomplete without fresh flowers that add colour and fragrance, that amplify the beauty of a space instantly. Something as simple as placing some pretty flowers in a fancy vase or placing a potpourri of petals on the centre table, or hanging garlands along your frames are easy, minimalistic, and fanciful ways to create a festive look instantly.

Mood Lighting:

What’s Diwali without all the bright lamps that together light up our homes and souls? While these lights come in many shapes and forms, this Diwali create your own whimsical fairyland by adding soft lights on the walls by creatively designing it with some wall art or over a gauzy canopy. Another great way to light up your home this festive season is by adding tea lights.

Glitz it up this Diwali by adding some tea lights in your home. They make a great addition to your festive décor! This geometric shaped tealight holder is made of metal and is crafted with a holey black iron finish that will make your space look festive and all decked up. The beautiful holder can look gorgeous used in your indoor space or outdoor (porch or patio area).

If you’re looking to add something long-lasting that looks ethnic as well as has a contemporary look, this beautiful geometric lamp is a versatile addition to your home! It gives a clean look that will stand by you for the next few years! Investing in a side or standing lamp or even LED’s on walls is a great idea. The design can depend on the interiors of the space. This season, the focus is on simplistic, yet sculptural lighting solutions. The traditional chandelier makes a return, with multiple pendants arranged in clusters.

Soft Furnishing:

The idea behind picking home decor for Diwali is essentially simple. The purpose is to create a cohesive, wholesome and beautiful look that particularly brings out the spirit of the festival.

Your living room is going to be the central area of focus for both you and your guests on this festive occasion. Pick soft furnishings that work with the Diwali theme, but at the same time, are personalised and versatile too, so that you can reuse them. Patterns and designs can be more ethnic or minimalistic renditions of the same. Try out different looks and choose what works best for you, and your living room!

Don’t be afraid to mix and match bold prints in an array of colours so they can create a statement instantly. Our vote goes to floral prints with tiny motifs that are in vogue all year round. Diwali is all about embracing vivid and bright colours, so don’t shy away from vibrant shades like teal green, maroon, bronze and red that add a fun festive vibe. Choose materials like jacquard and damask for the drapes, these are rich in appearance and texture and will have your home looking like new in no time. Traditional printed cushions with a hint of shimmer can create the desired jovial look.

Everyone has its own sense of style and taste that needs to be a signature spread across your space. Small details like the colour combinations, furniture, designs and patterns must all be in sync to make any space look lavish and rich instead of mismatched and haphazard. Your space should have a theme that your interiors should follow!

Diwali, indeed, is that time of the year that not just calls for grand parties and fancy outfits, but also an updated house that starts the ball rolling on a new, improved life in the coming year! At the end of the day, your house is a reflection of YOU, and an enhanced space is a better representation of yourself to anyone that visits your abode. What better time to bring in new additions than the onset of the festival we’ve all been waiting for since the start of the year!

Hope this article assists you in achieving the right kind of festive décor for your space! If your redoing your home and need any assistance contact us or visit our showroom as our in-house designers are always happy to help.
Come visit us at our stores for more suggestions in Mumbai, and New Delhi, Goa, Pune and Bangalore (by appointment).

For more details visit us at –

Mumbai – Showroom
Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd
32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort, Mumbai - 400 023Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44
Follow us on our Instagram account - @bharatfloorings and Facebook page -@Bharatflooringsandtiles for more updates!

Bharat Floorings wishes you a very happy festive season!