Friday, 28 December 2018

The BFT Walk II – The Rise of Versatile Spaces

The first Bharat Floorings Walk in 2016 was a memorable event curated by Instagram influencer and photographer, Kuber Shah. The walk was themed around the appreciation of the heritage rich city where the brand’s headquarters reside i.e. Mumbai, and it took us on a journey through some of the most beautiful heritage structures in South Mumbai, namely the Abode Boutique Hotel and the iconic Royal Bombay Yacht Club in Colaba, amongst others.

After a highly successful event, we set off again on a sequel to The BFT Walk, this time with an entirely different theme, i.e. how design influences the way we interact - led by founders of design firm Studio Osmosis - Shilpa and Sameer Balvally and the Vice-Chairman of Bharat Floorings, Mr. Firdaus Variava. The team at Studio Osmosis are experts at combining multiple materials to create plush, warm interiors that blur the lines between formal and informal settings. For this very reason, we invited them to join us on a walk that focussed on how multiple design elements come together to create multi-functional spaces that cater to people’s personal, professional and social needs.

Increasingly, spaces are being designed such that they enhance social interaction, especially in co-working spaces where networking plays an important role when it comes to forming professional relationships. It should be a space where members feel connected, since co-working is fundamentally about giving people access to each other. Members should be able to shift out of the professional setting occasionally so that they are making friends rather than just associates.

Our first stop as part of the walk was a co-working space designed by Shilpa and Sameer – RISE Mumbai located at Lower Parel – a co-working space by Barclays. For any given co-working space, the place itself needs to have elements that inspire creativity. Creativity is all about experimenting with different colour combinations and unique patterns, and Shilpa and Sameer have incorporated that in the design of their meeting rooms. They’ve used the quirky handmade BFT+ designer collaboration tiles, Azul Iket pattern from the Origametes collection. These patterns are derivatives of the company’s design motifs and can be seen in different accent colours throughout the space giving a local context to the otherwise global design sense.

Flexible and fixed patterns cohesively map out the different uses of the spaces in the layout. The kitchen and bar act as a social interactive space of the office area. Shilpa and Sameer designed each of these different areas so beautifully keeping the central objective of the co-working space in mind i.e. attaining a merger between their existing design language and a subtle modernist Indian essence.

Our second stop on the walk was one of Mumbai’s most iconic addresses - The World Towers. Here we had access to a beautiful private residential space designed by Shilpa and Sameer. We also got to visit some of the common spaces designed for residents of the World Towers to unwind and socialize in a comfortable, cosy setting.

These days a home isn’t just perceived as a space where you live and perform all your day to day activities, but also as an entertainment spot. It’s become a space of hospitality and living combined. For instance, the seating in the living room of the residence that we visited has been designed for flexible and fun social interactions and can be added to easily for larger groups. 

The balcony, which runs along the curve of the living room, has been converted into an outdoor bar and is the perfect outward looking social space for informal gatherings with casual colourful seating and offbeat bar counters mimicking the Mediterranean colours.

Besides the fact that this esteemed residential tower is an architectural marvel and a symbol of luxury, what also makes it an attractive choice for homeowners is the community spaces. We had the opportunity to visit the elegant art gallery set amidst carefully curated flowering plants and trees, that houses the artworks of renowned artists from around the world as well as a cafe that serves healthy beverages and snacks. Pops of colour in the décor along with comfortable seating options where residents can relax, read a book from the library, or even enjoy a stimulating conversation with friends as they sip on a cup of coffee, make this space an ideal spot for residents of this prestigious development to unwind, socialise, network, or even work in solitude!

Another highlight of our visit to the World Towers was the grand ballroom – The Sea of Blue where we got to witness the magnificent lighting design installation created by ace architect, Arjun Rathi which stands out as a distinct work of art in this beautifully designed space.

Literally next door to The World Towers is Mumbai’s most popular entertainment hub! Our third stop on the walk was Riyaaz Amlani’s newest, revolutionary concept in the city’s entertainment arena – Flea Bazaar Café located at Kamala Mills. The way the Café has been conceptualised and designed is a classic example of how multifunctionality serves as a catalyst to create a wholesome, one-of-a-kind experience for anyone who visits this eclectic space. Flea Bazar is a casual and very friendly space designed to offer something for everyone. It is also busy throughout the day making it a great choice for lunch, coffee, dinner and even drinks. Currently home to 12 food pop ups, a bar, a wine shop, a paan stall, it promises a world of entertainment and food under one roof. 

A very interesting design concept used at Flea Bazaar Café are the tables set up in front of the stage. When the venue needs to make space for dancing or performances, the tables have a simple mechanism that pull them up to the ceiling! An ingenious, space-saving solution! The venue is designed in such a way that it creates a casual vibe, acting as the perfect hangout spot for large groups. It has taken the idea of the food court to the next level by creating something that we have never seen before in India!

Finally, we concluded our journey of versatile spaces in Lower Parel with lunch at one of the most popular restaurants at Kamala Mills – The Bombay Canteen. This place is not only popular for its food but also the vibe. Classical Indian dishes served with a modern twist in an old colonial style bungalow atmosphere provide for a nostalgic experience. It’s an airy space complete with high ceilings. A combination of Bharat Floorings’ Windmill and Bell Flower patterns from the Heritage collection adds to the old school charm of the space. This multifaceted space is filled with the buzz and bustle of large family groups in the day and enthusiastic party goers out for a good time in the evening. The diversity of the menu and the casual vibe of this all-day dining restaurant makes it a popular choice among residents of South Mumbai and beyond. 

The BFT walk attendees got the opportunity to chat with Sameer and Shilpa Balvally from Studio Osmosis as well as our Vice Chairman Firdaus Variava and understand design processes at both ends; i.e. how designers and brands work together to create homes that tell a story!

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Decor trends in 2019

There’s no doubt that the new year marks a new beginning – new resolutions, new memories, new adventures, new friends, a new wardrobe, and of course, new home décor! It doesn’t take a lot to make a space feel fresh and new. It certainly doesn’t require you to change the interior design of your entire house. Layering up your space with just a couple of new trends can transform it from ordinary to striking! From bold colours to elegant decor, you are sure to find something that is in every trendsetter’s recommended list while also catering to your own personal style.
With the new year just around the corner, we thought we’d do a round-up of the five trends that we’re excited for in 2019.

1) Comfort first

The biggest trend that everyone’s talking about is comfort. When redesigning a space, the way a room “feels” is just as important as how it looks. People are always seeking comfort when designing their home. While most people spend much of their day at work or running around doing chores, when they come back home, a comfortable setting is a happy welcome! Comfort in today’s design scope goes beyond just seating and sleeping arrangements, it is also achieved using warm colours, antique wooden items and traditional patterns in the overall décor scheme.  

While pleasing aesthetics are an important part of interior design, most people also believe that the rooms in our homes should be comforting, an oasis of sorts from the stress of the outside world. Essentially it comes down to choosing comfort where you need it the most. Make comfort a priority when it comes to overtly functional items like furniture to lounge on, flooring that feels good on your feet, and fabrics.

2) Bold Walls

Primary hues such as bold yellow, reds, and bold blues are going to be a popular trend in 2019. Customers are getting a lot more adventurous when it comes to playing with colours. Try a single accent wall in a bedroom to make a bold statement. Blue has been a particularly hot colour in 2018, and it is expected to continue as one of the more popular colour trends in 2019 as well; no matter the shade, it is a calming and inviting colour for the home. It’s amazing how in this bedroom, the talented designer used the Le Mill bold pattern form the BFT+ range in blue lagoon and white to make the wall stand out, while keeping the rest of the walls subtle

3) Florals Forever

The traditional beauty of florals is unmatched. Patterns come and go but florals are forever! Some designs can never go out of style and can never go wrong when used! Just like the unconventional French Beauty pattern from the Bloom collection. Timeless and long-lasting – two words that we think describe this collection perfectly! Minimalist, vintage spaces tend to have a sleek and clean aesthetic and are therefore, evergreen!

4) All Things Terrazzo

Our love for Terrazzo knows no bounds and therefore we couldn’t be more excited that this trend from the past is coming back with a modern twist! Terrazzo is an extremely versatile material which allows its use to extend beyond flooring, walls and table tops. Terrazzo is durable, decorative, inexpensive, hard-wearing and long-lasting. But what truly makes it popular is that it’s just so beautiful! 

At Bharat Floorings, we’ve gone one step further and created a completely unique and innovative Terrazzo conversation armchair and 2-seater bench which can be used in an open space i.e. verandah area, terrace or a garden!

5)  Pattern Play

Pattern mix of any and all kind - in fabrics, tiles or rugs, matched or mismatched, pattern on pattern is a fresh spin on the more conventional style. While it may seem complicated, if done correctly it can make a style statement! 

A useful tip for those who dare to try this trend - Combining patterns that are complimentary in colour helps bring them together in an unconventional way. It’s a fantastic way to create an intentionally vibrant look that doesn’t appear messy.

We’re looking forward to these trends, some of which we’ve seen being adopted in a big way in 2018 as well. Keeping up with trends is important for us as a brand so that we can design complimentary patterns for floors that can add significant meaning to your updated décor.
Watch out for new designs, patterns, collaborations and stories that Bharat Floorings will be working towards creating in 2019!  

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