Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Designer Speak: Richa Bahl

We bring you the second round of the testimonial Q and A, this time with Richa Bahl. Richa Bahl is a familiar name in the interior designing circuit, especially among the B-Towners.  She discovered her passion for interior designing when she started designing her own home.

Richa Bahl began her professional design studio from 2009 and since then it’s been exciting journey of design and more. Her choices and influences are based the various travels to different parts of the world and hence her love towards a fusion of bringing the old and new together. She has been featured in design magazines such as Elle decor and Inside Outside. Her clientele includes the likes of Anurag Kashyap, Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt.


BFT: How would you quote something for Creative Work Spaces?
RB: "A good looking work space is motivation enough to go work every day”

BFT: What office spaces have you done using Bharat floorings?
RB: Phantom Films. I wanted to use the range of tiles from Bharat Floorings which are not traditional looking but have a modern yet look vintage feel. Since it’s a creative space the tile patterns I chose were more 3D looking and add the element of fun as well. The flooring pattern takes you to another zone. The different floorings have been used on the two different floors.

BFT: What kind of feedback have you received regarding the flooring from your friends and family?
RB: The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The employees love the flooring and enjoy using the space. They have observed the details of the floor, they like the different patterns and it gives them a great sense of pride to be part of the space.

BFT: What trends do you see in office spaces?
RB: More community spaces within the offices where people can interact and exchange ideas. Typical cubicle style seating is going away. 

BFT: How should be smaller offices with less space designed?
RB: Open seating plan for all levels of employees, more use of natural light and less reliance on artificial light.

BFT: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we say Bharat Floorings, and how is your relationship with the brand?
RB: I love using Bharat Floorings. It gives me a sense of connection to old India, growing up year’s nostalgia. It gives me the ability to choose from traditional to modern. I can choose for my different themes/projects.

BFT: Your personal favourite collection of tiles from BFT.
RB: I love using different patterns for different projects, but I am very fond of In-situ collection and BFT range of colours and their Heritage™ tiles collection.

BFT: One word to describe Bharat Floorings would be…..
RB: Nostalgic.

The above conversation is from an interview during a past event on Creative Work Spaces. More interviews coming soon.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Designer Speak: Rubel Dhuna

While some are eagerly waiting for HBO to air the next season of Game of Thrones, few others prefer to read the story word by word and allow their imagination to explore the playground. We’ve being posting video testimonies for quite some time now, and we thought why let the classic format of interview die in the pursuit of technological dependence. Hence, here we are with a segment of testimonial interviews in the glorious Q and A format with some renowned interior designers and architects.

To begin with, we have Rubel Dhuna, the founder and chief architect of RDa (Rubel Dhuna Architects). Based in Mumbai, Dhuna is a LEED Accredited Professional from the USA. She has previously worked for Design Development Group (DDG) in Baltimore (USA), projects in Turkey, urban planning of Lavassa and construction of 2 award-wining projects in India.


BFT:  Kindly tell our readers about yourself and your work.
RD: I’m Rubel Dhuna, the founder and principal architect at RDa (Rubel Dhuna architects). Since its inception, the studio has worked on a gamut of projects in architectural and interior spaces, ranging from luxury residences, retail spaces to industrial and bespoke office interiors. My philosophy is to create memorable experiences through insightful design. Experimenting with materials and patterns is a significant part of my design process, and I constantly seek ways to embrace natural light and craft elegant and timeless spaces through simple details.

BFT: How would you quote something for Creative Work Spaces?
RD: A work space is a true reflection of a company’s spirit and culture.  Regardless of which profession you belong to, a work space can be designed as inspiring and inviting.  It is essential to blur the lines between work and life by designing a healthy and comfortable work environment. Flexible layouts, maximizing natural light and plantations will never go out of style.

BFT:  What office spaces have you done using Bharat floorings?
RD: The Lawyers Chamber and the Jamsandekar’s chamber, both in Fort, and the Examiner Press Building on the Dalal Street.

BFT: What kind of feedback have you received regarding the flooring from your friends and family?
RD: People instantly fall in love with the patterns and colours.     

BFT: What trends do you see in office spaces?
RD: 
1. Outside coming in is always a welcome trend.
2. Celebrating older trends by mixing retro styling with plenty of textures, patterns and vintage pieces.
3. Open office plans are here to stay, allowing greater interaction between co-workers and easy exchange of ideas. Having said that, there is a resurgence of privacy and acoustics in the workplace.

BFT: How should be smaller offices with less space designed?
RD: An Office is not merely a workspace; it is where you spend most of your waking time. It is basically where life happens. Flexibility is the key. The ability to transform a space with minimal intervention can make it multifunctional and fun. To be able to experience the entire volume available rather than being restricted to smaller claustrophobic spaces is highly preferred.

BFT: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when we say Bharat Floorings, and how is your relationship with the brand?
RD: We have used Bharat Floorings for many of our projects – residential and commercial spaces. The fact that they are versatile and have a wide range of designs makes it a ‘flooring haven’ for designers.

BFT: Your personal favourite collection of tiles from BFT.
RD: The LeMill Collection and the Origametes. Also, the amazing pastels colours available in the terrazzo floors are an all time favourite.

BFT: One word to describe Bharat Floorings would be…..
RD: CHARMING.

The above conversation is from an interview during a past event on Creative Work Spaces. More interviews coming soon.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Splashy Affair

Monsoon is fast approaching and soon the city will be all drenched, for some with the splashes of joy while for others with the mean drool of nature. Either ways, it’s all going to be wet and slippery all over again. Some people pull out their least favourite clothes to wear, with their raincoats or umbrellas, out of the closet. Some people simply choose to enjoy the drops running down their skins. As everyone gears up to battle the rains, Bharat Floorings too uncovers the non-slippery outdoor range of tiles.


In the early nineteenth century, Bharat Floorings introduced Stilan®, a range of non-slip heavy duty tiles. Believed to be made using ingredients next to diamonds in hardness, these tiles have an incredible and unmatched history. The Stilan® tiles have been used across many Central Railway and Western Railway platforms. India’s busiest railway station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or commonly abbreviated as CST, has them installed where lakhs of commuters walk every day. Existing there for over fifteen years now, it provides a silent testimony of their unmatched strength and beauty. Most of Mumbai’s textile mills that existed before Phoenix Mills arrived used the Stilan® tiles for their shop floors. Soon the factories, warehouses and compounds of Hindustan Lever, TELCO, Jindal, Raymonds, and many others were floored with Stilan® tiles. They are also used by some of the most prestigious and elegant buildings across India including the historic Flora Fountain in south Mumbai. For a more contemporary example, the Stilan® tiles have also been installed at the platforms of the Mumbai Metro stations.


With monsoon just around the corner, durability and grip is one major concern amongst people. Be it a place of commercial, private or public commute; some tragic and otherwise funny accidents often happen while the floor is wet and slippery. Bharat Floorings to the rescue! Often seen in parking lots, around swimming pools and other areas with chances of water spillage, the Stilan® tiles are ideal; or rather perfect, in order to prevent such incidents. So watch your step!