Monday, 27 April 2020

Walls that Stand Out!


There are few décor elements as fun and versatile as wallpapers. Many top designers will agree that wallpapers are the ultimate décor solution for a quick, affordable and visually transformational home makeover. When done right and with delightful patterns, wallpapers can be just the respite you need from plain, boring walls! The confusion, however is, how to find the right wallpaper to compliment your décor scheme.

The origins of wallpapers can be traced back to the 16th century where it had very limited use. But by the 20th century, it was widely applied in kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and other areas, and became increasingly popular in households of varying income levels. These early wallpapers had very simple designs, most of them being floral motifs and pictorial scenes that depicted everyday life or so. Block printing was a very popular method of printing wallpapers. The design was drawn on a wooden base and then the base was inked with paint and placed face down on the paper for printing. This, however proved to be an expensive method, while also being extremely laborious!


Over the years, wallpapers underwent major transformations in terms of methods, designs and applications. Block printing gave way to digital printing and screen printing. Floral motifs were now replaced by geometric or line motifs. However, floral motifs too have undergone a major transformation and today we can see them in a variety of patterns or designs.

Wallpapers make a space look lively and speak volumes for its creativity. Selecting the right wallpaper that defines your space is an exciting and rewarding adventure to embark upon when looking to give your space an instant upgrade. However, a wallpaper needs to be in sync with the space’s surrounding walls & colours to truly make an impact. A single wallpaper cannot be used for all the walls in a single space. Different corners require different wallpapers to suit the utility as well as design aspects of the space in question.

BFT is excited to announce the launch of our newest product line – Wallpapers by BFT! Wallpapers have a long history for adding personality to interiors, hence Bharat Floorings has introduced the perfect marriage - an eco-friendly wallpaper collection, featuring some of our best tile designs in various shades and styles to spruce up your walls. From floral prints to geometric patterns, this collection of eye-catching wallpapers is sure to inspire your next home makeover project! We offer a range of wallpaper designs in different colour and texture variations so that you can pick what works best for each unique section of your home or office space.

All the wallpapers are available in three different textures: Lined, Fabric and Smooth Non-Woven Textures, and five color options. Below we cover the different sections of a house and how to pick the right wallpaper design to elevate the aesthetics of the space.

Living Rooms:

The living room is a dedicated space in our home for family members to gather together and spend quality time. It is a private space for the family, which literally brings the family together. We binge watch television, read a book, discuss stories and important daily matters, and make important family decisions, all whilst lounging here in the living room. This is one space in a home, which exudes calmness, gives us peace and a sense of belonging: belonging to the space, to the people. Living rooms makes us feel at home. 

To capture this sense of belongingness, BFT created the French Beauty & Café Habana wallpaper ranges. These patterns provide a sense of calmness and beautify the space lending it an artistic appeal.

The French Beauty pattern is inspired by classic French motifs which enhances the beauty of the space while the classic Café Habana pattern exudes style. These wallpaper designs can fit in well giving the living room a rich, opulent look. Both the wallpapers serve as an inviting backdrop for all those candid family moments spent in the living room.   




Families are woven together for a lifetime. They say, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you.” For these endless moments with the family which are cherished forever and are woven inside us, BFT created Endless Knot Wallpaper. As the name suggests, our familial ties are an endless knot which come together in the living room. This wallpaper can give your living room a serene look. Endless Knot is one of the many symbols of Himalayan monasteries. It is a symbol representing the interweaving of the spiritual path, the flowing of time & movement within which it is eternal.


Master Bedroom:

The most intimate space for most of us is our bedroom. Cozy afternoon naps, a quick cards game, gossiping with family & friends, bedrooms are those spaces which provide us with the most comfortable sittings. After a tiring day at work, to unwind and enjoy some much deserved me-time, bedrooms give us the most beautiful silences. After the living room, this is probably where we spend the maximum time. It is said that your bedroom is a reflection of your personality and lifestyle. Bedroom walls often adorn frames showcasing travel, art, special family moments, and whatever else you hold close to your heart. 

The Doppio wallpaper highlights these special memories by bringing your attention back to the wall to notice and cherish these special moments over and over again. BFT’s Doppio is a hexagonal shaped pattern. The versatility of this pattern allows you to create a variety of designs with just a single pattern by choosing different colour variations for the stripes.



Waves, a pattern inspired by the waves from Goa’s iconic beaches finds great application behind the bed, a.k.a. your sleep zone. Beaches are synonymous with peace and tranquility! The soothing nature of this wallpaper is designed to produce a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere, which can help you wind down for a good night’s sleep.






Study Room:

A common notion around study rooms is that it is a very serious space and has a no-nonsense rule. This is true, but only to a certain extent. Such spaces can be fun too in a sense that it should spread positivity and represent a happy work environment.

Keeping these notions in mind, BFT’s Trinity pattern gives a sober yet distinctive and inspired look. This pattern adapts to modern spaces with ease.  Turn up the quirk factor with this fascinating pattern that contributes towards creating a space that inspires and promotes creativity! 


Children’s Room:  



A children’s room is a space that is open to experimentation when it comes to vibrant colours and designs. This room is the perfect place to explore imaginative ideas, to move away from the norms, and design a space that’s as unique as your kids are! That’s where the Murdasshu Type A pattern from the BFT+ Range, a fun play with lines that immediately electrifies the room, comes into the picture. This design of Japanese Lines is primarily inspired by the ideas in the book “In Praise of Shadows”. It is a Japanese essay on aesthetics written in 1930s by Junichiro Tanizaki. Murdasshu was used in Sian pascale’s pottery practice and inspired this design. These lines of dashes are simple but also energetic.



Another of BFT’s wallpapers that complement the children’s room is the Kite (Type A) wallpaper. Belgium’s alleyways and public spaces are the inspiration behind this wallpaper. BFT designed this pattern by marrying the aesthetics of Europe with modern Indian sensibilities. This design is apt for children’s bedrooms that are aching for some sort of quirk or colour.




BFT’s new Wallpaper Range has been curated by incorporating BFT's best tile patterns for an affordable and stylish interior transformation! All the wallpapers are eco-friendly, durable and are sure to up your décor game! Each wallpaper design has been selected keeping in mind the different kinds of spaces where this product can find its application.



The wallpaper range by Bharat Floorings is developed to add personality to your interiors. The versatile design elements can be used for an accent wall or a fully-papered room for a bold look. Pick one that suits your personality and watch your space transform right before your eyes!



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Friday, 3 April 2020

Folk Art - “Around the Globe”




Folk art’ is an expression of the world’s traditional cultures. It encompasses a range of functional and embellished media, including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more. This beautiful art form is made by individuals whose artistic skills convey their community’s authentic cultural identity, rather than an individual or idiosyncratic artistic identity.  Embodying these characteristics born out of indigenous communities, we introduce you all to the International Tile Range. From SUMI-E inspired by Japanese drawing styles and strokes, KALOCSA by Hungarian folk art to the FILETEADO art born in Buenos Aires and CIREBON inspired by the traditional Indonesian Batik, this range brings forth beautiful folk art from across the globe!


We picked 9 countries and taking inspiration from the iconic art of each country we divided the designers with BFT team into 3 groups of 5 members. Initially we got 9 distinct and desirable patterns for 9 countries from which we shortlisted 6. Each group had to come up with one or two designs representing the art of that country. Rough sketches, drawing, graphic designs were worked upon, resulting in these quirky and attractive patterns. 


Here we give you an idea of what’s in store for you with this all new designer collaboration range that draws inspiration from the vibrant elements of folk art from all around the world.

JAPAN
Japanese art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper, woodblock prints and paintings, ceramics, origami and more.
We found inspiration for our tiles from the art of Japanese ink painting, popularly known as Sumi-E. Further delving into Japanese art, we discovered the beautiful oil paper umbrellas which formed the basis for our WAGASA range. We explore the intricacies of these beautiful art forms and how we incorporated them into tile patterns below:

WAGASA
Wagasa or Japanese umbrellas were first introduced from China at the beginning of the Heian period (794  - 1185). Over the centuries, these umbrellas have become a status symbol and an art form. Characteristically, the umbrella handle and scaffold are often coloured black, however, sometimes other colours are applied as well. The surface paintings include traditional Japanese culture, often borrowing elements from nature such as birds, leaves and cherry blossom flowers.


SUMI-E

The SUMI-E is a type of East Asian brush painting that uses black ink – as used in East Asian calligraphy – in different concentrations. Ink wash painting uses tonality and shading achieved by varying the ink density, both by differential grinding of the ink stick in water and by varying the ink load and pressure within a single brushstroke.

Fetching inspiration from the drawing style and its strokes, the SUMI-E tile was created.


SWEDEN

The Swedish Folk Art Painting is known as “Rosnaling” which translates to "Decorative Painting”. The Swedish art form has its roots in the Dalarna, Hälsingland and Härjedalen regions in central Sweden. 

During the 1700s and into the mid-1800s, this art form was further developed and became extremely popular. Embodying the diverse expressions and techniques of Swedish folk art, we created this quirky Dala pattern. The wooden horses have become a global symbol of Sweden.

Folk art helps us recount our origins – it tells the story of where the design comes from, and the Dala pattern is the most pertinent representation of Swedish folk art. Hence, when we chose Sweden as our inspiration, the Dala Horse became immediately became the central theme.

DALA

A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse is a traditional carved, painted wooden statue of a horse originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna (Dalecarlia). In the olden days, the Dalecarlian horse was mostly used as a toy for children; in modern times it has become a symbol of Dalarna, as well as of Sweden in general, and the inspiration behind the DALA tile.



ARGENTINA

While tango may be the Argentine capital's most famous export, fileteado, a unique style of artistic drawing that originated in the city's wagon factories, is another local highlight. The filetes were born as simple ornaments, becoming an emblematic form of art for the city.

FILETEADO

The fileteado porteño was born in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 20th century as a popular decorative practice. It originated in wagon factories, where the first teachers of the trade developed it spontaneously until it was fully matured with shapes and colour. For many years, the city’s cars and wagons had an original decoration which was embraced by buses and trucks.
Inspired by the horse motifs in the design, we created the FILETEADO TILE.

HUNGARY


The most frequent ornament is a flower with a centrepiece resembling the eye of a peacock’s feather. Hungarian folk art inhabits an important space in the country's culture: colourful embroidery, pottery, lace and more are displayed in museums, produced by local craftsmen.

Listing below the two exquisite art that we took inspiration from:

KALOCSA

It was in the beginning of the eighteenth century that the present style of Hungarian folk art took shape, incorporating both Renaissance and Baroque elements, depending on the area, as well as Persian Sassanide influences. Flowers and leaves, sometimes a bird or a spiral ornament, are the principal decorative themes.
The floral motifs are an inspiration behind the KALOCSA tile. Our eternal love for floral designs comes through in this new range!

CSÚCSI

The CSÚCSI pottery was created for everyday use. It was common in an average household to have 300 different pieces of pottery fulfilling various functions. The designs incorporate floral motifs for decorative purposes. The most popular combination being blue and white.

The floral motifs are the inspiration behind the CSÚCSI tile.

MEXICO

Folk art in Mexico has always been a part of the community either in the countryside or city! It is within the community life that people keep their traditions alive and can support each other. One of the most appreciated aspects of the Mexican Folk Art is the great variety and diversity in the forms and styles between communities and raw materials available in the country!

CALAVERA
There is probably no symbol more iconic for the Day of the Dead than the skull, or “calavera”. The “calavera” is usually an ornately decorated representation of a skull, often featuring flowers, animals, and other decorations. During the holiday, this imagery is seen everywhere, from Ofrendas, to paper crafts, and even to cartoons on newspapers. In a way, the Calavera has become an embodiment of the holiday itself.
Inspired by the colourful representation of skulls, the CALAVERA tile was designed!
OTOMI
The Otomi have developed an international reputation for their textiles, sometimes called Otomi fabrics, and sometimes ‘Tenangos’ after the valley where many Otomi people live. These textiles have become a major product associated with Mexico, giving the Otomi a bit more recognition in the land of the Maya and Aztecs.

Incorporating this Mexican folk art into our tiles, we came up with the OTOMI tile! 

INDONESIA
The culture and art of Indonesia has been shaped by interaction between local indigenous customs and multiple foreign influences. Indonesian art forms can include designs traced back to early animistic beliefs, ancestor worship, Hindu or Buddhist influenced motifs brought by Indian traders, Chinese or Islamic symbols and beliefs. Indonesian art forms are rich in symbolism. The diversity in Indonesian textile forms is astounding and is yet another representation of its rich cultural heritage. Indonesian textiles include hand drawn and stamped batik, the design of which takes months to create.

CIREBON

Batik is an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth. The tradition of batik making is found in various countries; the batik of Indonesia, however, may be the best-known. Indonesian batik, Cirebon, made in the island of Java has a long history of acculturation, with diverse patterns influenced by a variety of cultures. It is the most developed in terms of pattern, technique, and the quality of workmanship.
Taking cues from the motifs in the designs, we created the CIREBON tile. This beauty makes for the perfect addition to your balcony or patio area!


At Bharat Floorings & Tiles, we always strive to innovate and create stylish and modern patterns for your home décor! Being a full-fledged design house that provides services of the utmost quality to our consumers, we give you the opportunity to create your own unique tiles by letting you choose from a range of diverse patterns that come together to narrate a riveting story. Traditionally known for our Indian inspired heritage designs, this time we decided to step outside the boundaries of our own culture and explore a world beyond. The result is a brand-new collection in collaboration with Idea Spice that features the cultural identity from “Around the world” inspired by folk art – what we call the ‘International Tile Range’.

Now that you know what inspires our new collection, come check them out for yourself and discover which one appeals to your aesthetics.

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Tel: 91 (22) 4057 4400/23/44
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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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