Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Reflecting Nature through Design

Nature! Where do we start with this perennial source of inspiration – be it artists, architects or designers, everyone has looked to nature for creative inspiration at some point or another. A close look at nature can unlock the imagination and inspire the deepest form of creativity! Nature paints the most beautiful pictures that can easily take your breath away. Wouldn’t you agree that nature’s wonderful creations deserve a collection of their own?! You bet they do!  
That’s where Parallax Design Studio comes into the picture! The studio was established in 2005 in Mumbai. This studio approaches creative problem solving with the observation and understanding of the unique values and requirements of each client. The central concern of the practice is excellence in design through active collaborations with graphic and product designers, engineers, artists and local artisans. The firm deals with a wide range of projects and is not restricted to a particular genre. We collaborated with the tremendous artist and designer, Rohit Mankar from Parallax Design Studio, to create a beautiful nature-based series - the Aranya collection.

Design Inspiration
The idea for the Aranya collection was born when Rohit was working on a project in Alibaug where he saw black tiles which had fish moulds in them. That’s what got him to think about playing around with the various aspects of nature to come up with a beautiful nature-inspired series.

This series is inspired by traditional stone inlay floors found in Indian architecture. We took the same inspiration for our motifs as the traditional designs - nature, flora and fauna – but reinterpreted them in a modern way. Our Vice-Chairman Firdaus Variava and Rohit Mankar met and discussed this idea and took it a step further to create the Aranya collection.  

The Aranya collection draws its inspiration from the patterns of nature in motion - the sculptural forms of a bird mid-flight, the gentle flutter of a butterfly’s wings, delicate overlapping petals in a Gerbera flower swaying in the breeze, and the beautiful proportions of a dragonfly. Each theme creates a sense of nature captured in motion, and when combined, the different themes come together to create a mystical woodland setting. This collection adds that perfect touch of whimsy and liveliness to your floors. You can play around with the different motifs or use plain tiles to create a wonderful pattern, be it on your floors or walls. These various patterns are available in different colours and combinations which when mixed together create absolute magic!!!  

We are thankful to Rohit Mankar for this lovely collaboration and creation. It was great working together to bring the elements of nature to life through creative design! We hope you enjoy this collection that encompasses nature’s most awe-inspiring masterpieces in a way you’ve never seen before!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

'Floor'ed by the tropical paradise- Goa!

A tropical paradise, Goa has long been an escape for travellers who are looking to leave the dull monotony of life behind and relax for weeks or for months at end in stunning surroundings. Pint-sized Goa is more than just beaches and trance parties. Goa's identity is defined by its beautiful natural environment together with the prevalent Indo-Portuguese and vernacular styles of architecture. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality, there's nowhere in India quite like this vibrant state.

It was ranked the - best-placed state by the "Eleventh Finance Commission" for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 set indicators.

Goa’s rich architectural wealth is evident in its most iconic architectural form i.e. the Portuguese-style bungalow mansion, with its wrought-iron balconies, shady front balcãos (pillared porches), oyster-shell windows and central saquãos (inner courtyards).  Today, Goa is not just recognized as a tourist destination but is also well-known for its world Heritage architectural masterpieces.

Did we say just ‘Heritage’? Yes, we did! Bharat Floorings and Tiles have always been known to be associated with beautiful Heritage™ tiles which adorn architectural marvels across the country. Therefore, it’s no surprise that our tiles have found a place in Goa’s exotic dwellings. We have done so many luxury villas with Isprava developers and projects – from modern to vintage- keeping in mind the architectural style of Goa. Our new store in Goa is designed to provide a design experience to our customers and shoppers with a wide range of tiles and qualified sales representatives who are always available to lend you top-notch service.

Keeping in mind Goa’s culture and its iconic beaches, we have created The WAVES Tile that belongs to our splendid Made In India collection! We have brought out the identity of Goa through our tiles, what could possibly be more exciting than that?

Going back to some of the sites where our tiles can be found - we have done some mesmerizing sites across the state blending the Goan theme and architecture. These beautiful sites bring out the beauty and essence of Goa. From the BFT+ Range to the Heritage™ Collection patterns - our tiles have been installed to create a wonderful look and provide an extension of the soothing and calming Goa vibe.  From restaurants to Villas and churches, we have done it all! A few iconic sites are Villa Azul; a few Private residences; a Private villa- Branco in New Goa; Restaurants – Showbar, Café Soro and many more.

Villa Azul a super-exclusive luxury home that’s nothing less than a work of art designed by Studio MoMo. They chose patterns from the esteemed Heritage™ collection, each tile complementing the beauty of the interiors in its own way. Retro compass inspired by nature’s elements, an unusual trendy pattern appreciated by all, gives the space a contemporary look. Every tile used In Villa Azul is customized in different combinations and colours as per the style and layout of this beautiful home. From different bedrooms to the veranda area, our cement tiles add elegance and charm to the exotic villa. Villa Azul has been added to one of the most prestigious projects on our list. The old seasoned charm and the contemporary amenities make it one of the best holiday homes in Goa.

Another iconic Private Villa designed by Alice von Baum uses the customized Daisy pattern, Retro compass pattern, which have all been designed by her and our Terrazzo Grandezza tiles in grey and white colour. These designs used in different shapes and colours were specially designed for this spectacular villa in Goa. 

A custom design Herringbone Pattern from our Heritage Tiles Range used in four different shades of Grey, White, Green and Blue Lagoon at a private Villa Verde in Goa. The Heritage tiles are one of the most famous and oldest collections of Bharat Floorings. The various patterns and colour scheme used at this beautiful Villa in Goa compliments the entire look and feel of the place.  The colours used while designing the space are well thought of which highlights the space, giving it an elegant look. Developers: Isprava. Interiors: Studio Momo.

 Some of the classic works of designer Alice von Baum are showcased in this Private apartment incorporating the Bhangda pattern - the Fish design with Unitinta tiles in shades of white and grey used in the Bathroom. This customized pattern from the BFT+ designer collaboration range creates a unique and distinct look which adds character to the space. Another pattern installed in the bedroom is the Unitinta™ tiles in different colours and styles which make for a stunning floor. However, the colour combinations used in the rooms are closely similar to each other in the entire villa. The combinations used to design the space unite the look of the interiors and bring it together.

 A famous Bar in Goa ‘Showbar’ is a modest attempt to pay tribute to the vast yet rarely acknowledged Art-Deco movement of design and architecture in Goa. Showbar is a pub & diner conceptualized within the distressed walls of a 1940’s cinema hall that once existed in Candolim, Goa. The design of the pub introduces modern elements that are inspired by the Art Deco movement – a dramatic lighting installation, contemporary furniture, cubist floor tiles and stylized geometric patterns and forms. The designers, Raya Shankhwalker Architects used the Cast in situ Terrazzo flooring in Terracotta red, Silver grey, Mint green in the Main Hall. Our Cast in situ cement flooring in the 3D cubist pattern is also used in the bathroom. These tiles bring out the theme of the restaurant.

The Soro Restaurant designed by Raya Shankhwalker Architects. “Soro” meaning alcoholic beverage in Konkani, is a tavern conceptualised within the ruins of an old corner store. The interior walls of this restaurant have been brought to life with vintage graffiti. Some bold elements of graphic design were introduced into the flooring by using our mixed customized patterns - a very popular and trendy BFT pattern installed in various places.

BFT loves to experiment with different patterns and styles which never fail to disappoint! We are glad to be a part of such lovely spaces seeking the quintessential heritage look. Each pattern at these various sites has a different story to tell which is just wonderful.  We can’t get over them, can you?

Goa Office Address-

Bharat Floorings & Tiles (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd.
Shop No. GF 1/2, Block 8, Techno Park,
Chogam Road, Porvorim,
Bardez, Goa - 403521
Mobile: +91 9822423211
Office Landline: +91 83224 12789 
E-mail: jawahar.naik@bharatfloorings.com

Contact Person: Jawahar Naik