Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Over a Table of Coffee

Conversations happen over cups of coffee. We all know that. How about over a table of coffee? Imagine having a conversation not only over a table of coffee, but about the table itself. Sounds uncanny? Imagine a table top that’s not just an ordinary slab of utility but a piece of art - a piece of art which is a result of unconventional thinking and rigorous efforts. Imagine it to be an outcome of intelligence combined with art, of a vision that’s contemporary yet timeless. Now, imagine having a conversation about a table; such a table.

Yes, that’s what happened when we unveiled our first table top at the ID Satellite, Mumbai in the November of 2016. Bharat Floorings has been known to create artistic cement products, but this was special. In collaboration with Red Blue and Yellow, we designed the Space and Time themed table tops which were inspired by the magnificent and mysterious nature of space and unchallenged authority of time over the universe. Built in two sizes, the table tops were not only built in concrete using colours resembling space and time but also comprised of optic fibres that would emit lights to lend an astonishing effect to any interior space. These elegant table tops were displayed at Red Blue and Yellow itself for the public eye during the ID Satellite Design Trail. The table tops garnered appreciation and applaud from art enthusiasts, interior designers, décor consultants and lifestyle bloggers at the event and even after that.

Following the popularity and much cherished enthusiasm associated with the first limited edition table tops, we decided to design a newer one. This time it had to be completely different that the previous theme, since the previous one was strictly not to be replicated. Without much hesitation, our team narrowed down upon the idea of having the classic terrazzo look for the table top. Why just the look, why not a table top made of actual terrazzo? Bharat Floorings and Tiles answered this question with the latest version of table tops – The Terrazzo Table! As one would guess, a white cement terrazzo table top was conceived with Red Aventurine & Red Jasper stone chips and our signature Pink, Red & Verona Red chips, anchored upon powder coated MS (Mild Steel) table stand with a Matte Black finish. What more if you may ask, the Terrazzo Table was unveiled at the India Design ID 2017, thus, making the idea develop an unsaid tradition.

Well, when the next time you pick up a coffee table book alongside a warm, fresh brew, and think of what is missing, look down to your table.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Let’s Design!

India Design ID came into existence with the thought of bringing together creative minds from across the country under one roof to showcase their ideas and make design more accessible to the masses. Initiated by Ogaan Media, India Design ID is organised every year in the month of February in New Delhi. It provides a pragmatic platform for both, upcoming and established, architects, interior designers, product designers and décor enthusiasts to display their work and be updated of the ongoing trends. In addition to India Design ID, mini events like ID Exhibit, ID Symposium and ID Satellite contribute to the same purpose on a smaller yet equally popular scale.

2017 saw the fifth edition of India Design ID with names like Elle Décor and Asian Paints associated to it. Like every year, Bharat Floorings was a part of it fuelled with pride and excitement. And design being the centrality of the event, Bharat Floorings, also known for its innovative and unconventional designs, has always been a popular name at India Design ID. The two recently unveiled collections by Bharat Floorings, Made in India and DashDashDot, found themselves a place at the event. Alongside them was a white cement Terrazzo Table top with Red Aventurine and Red Jasper stone chips, and the signature Pink, Red & Verona Red chips, rested on a powder coated MS (Mild Steel) table stand in Matte Black. The table was complemented with cement products like candle stand and a cement tray. The Bharat Floorings and Tiles stall was an embodiment of sterling designs created in cement. Designers and architects from long and far made it a point to visit the BFT stall at the India Design ID.

India Design ID not only serves the purpose of showcasing talent from across the country but also encourages them to collaborate with each other and contribute to the evolution of interior designing. Many brands and individuals came together and merged their concepts to create something more beautiful and artistic. Bharat Floorings and Tiles, in a collaborative effort with Fabrichaus by Atmosphere, came up with an interesting furniture set that included a beautiful cement table set amidst a concrete sofa and a chair. Some other products like the Plain Tiles with Fern Acid staining, the Japanese Line by Sian Pascale from the BFT+ range and Dark Blue Terrazzo Tiles with Glass Chips share space at the Asia Paints Colour Next Pavilion at the India Design ID.

Like every year, India Design ID 2017 was an extravagant event to kick start the year on artistic notes. For those who couldn’t be a part of the event, follow up on our social media pages for a glimpse of it and make sure you don’t miss it the next time.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Decorative Concrete

Concrete is no longer a product only to be used beneath your feet. People have discovered that concrete can be used in ways more than one, as cosmetic and aesthetic upgrades to various structures, and as a result, decorative concrete is a term growing popular amongst designers and architects. Decorative concrete is all about adding beauty and appeal to the structure while still retaining its function as a part of the building.

Types of decorative concrete are obtained through various processes that are also given away by their respective names. They include stamped concrete, acid stains, coloured concrete, dyed concrete, polished concrete and more. Micro cement toppings are used to create a canvas for decorative treatments such as stain, dyes, textures and stencilled patterns, and acid staining is used to create earth toned colours on the concrete surface. Both can be used indoors and outdoors, and for homes and offices alike. While the micro cement provides unlimited design possibilities, the acid stains light up the ambiance and provide a protective layer to the floor. Bharat Floorings also has the Terra Natura™, a concrete that is patterned or embossed to resemble brick, slate, flagstone, stone, tile, wood, and various other patterns and textures. Being cost efficient, stamped concrete is commonly used for sidewalks, swimming pool decks, and interior flooring.

Indian Patent Stone or IPS flooring can be grey or coloured. When red, it is also referred as "red oxide flooring". This was used extensively in old houses being basic but beautiful flooring and providing good wearing properties. IPS can be coloured and is given either a wax coat or a sealer coat to help preserve the said colour and prevent stains. Bharat Floorings offers IPS in 30 colours, and with either a smooth or a rough finish. It has been used in many places including commercial and residential spaces. Many interior designers have opted for IPS for their own living spaces.


While decorative concrete is mostly used for floors, walkways and more, some like to think out of the box and use it to transform their space into a work of art.