Monthly Archives: March 2017

Exploration is Key Art

Architecture Discipline Studio, located in the busy SDA Market, Delhi is a self-sufficient space, which emerges as a workshop of experimental design concepts.

Refurbished by principal, Akshat Bhatt, the office is spread across two levels and organised programmatically, with common, informal areas on the ground level, and formal areas on the first level.

Primarily designed as an open plan, the conventional studio space stands out via a combination of partition systems that integrate and separate spaces based on the program. Flexibility is thus woven into the schematic with small, snug volumes for a cabin, library and meeting room, encouraging an interactive ambience that can be transformed into a single expansive volume at will; the highlight being the incorporation of common services viz., data cables, light fittings etc. without any compromise in service, either ways. The organisation of spaces on the upper level differs, as they are designed as enclosed spaces to contain noise from the busy street fronting the office.

An idiosyncratic use of materials, with a combination of finished and unfinished surface treatments, integrated with explorations in light and colour create an ambience of lively spaces. Dual-tone MDF panels in coalition with perforated cardboard are used as noise cancelling partition walls on the ground floor, while the latter is teamed with glass-wired glass on the first floor to allow transparency between spaces. A combination of salvaged carpets from various projects creates an interesting collage on the floor, augmenting the energy that abounds.

In addition, a cohesive use of overhanging elements and colour as reflecting agents are used to fashion a space that interacts cordially with the elements within by visually enlarging the workspace.

The pragmatic use of materials, colours, movable and adaptable furniture, fixtures and partitions, and ancillary elements aid in maximising the spatial hierarchies, while simultaneously optimising the creative expression of the users.

As a story and material board of sorts, the studio conveys its capabilities and design perspectives to its clients

Synergy of Indian design art product

The third edition of Dialogues was held last month, in March at the royal Rambagh palace in Jaipur in a customary celebration of different ideologies in the form of signature products, specifically chairs; the venture aptly named SPADE (Signature Product Design at Dialogues Events).

To better understand the conception and intent of the event curated by a designer for designers, IAnD talked to Ar. Sanjay Puri. Excerpts from the conversation:

IAnD: What inspired the idea behind Dialogues? SP: There is a large untapped pool of talent amongst Indian designers. There is also a disconnect in knowledge about the products and technologies available to designers across India. Dialogues is a platform to create synergies across these needs. To allow interaction and create awareness of different aspects of design, the profession and product knowledge.

IAnD: How does the event accomplish this synergy? SP: Pan India 40 designers are invited to participate. 20 give brief presentations of their work, while other 20 design a product, which is manufactured before the event and unveiled at the opening. Product companies participate from different verticals viz., flooring, sanitary ware, furniture, lighting, art installations, steel products and more. Dialogues facilitates talks on social issues facing the design industry as well as one-to-one meetings between designers and product companies. Fields of architecture, art, social issues, jewelry design and product design get platforms to initiate and engage.

IAnD: What is the importance of signature products? What led to this event being centered on chairs? SP: Each event will focus on a different product. Future events will have signature lights, tiles, floor finishes and more. These products will be available for purchase. The events will create a range of Indian designer products increasing options for discerning customers and companies, providing an alternative to products being currently sourced from various parts of the world. The chair was chosen as it is one of the most used elements in all projects and common among commercial, residential, hospitality and institutional projects.

IAnD: How does an event like Dialogues benefit the design industry? SP: The initiative (SPADE) makes a designer focus on a product and the smaller details. The exposure to other signature pieces too increases this awareness. Each event has a different mix of designers, making it varied and interesting. Limiting the number of participants gives scope to focus on all aspects of design.

Does an event of this ilk, then envisage a sea-change in expected attitudes to designer products in the building industry? Whilst fashion design has found its place amongst the Indian diaspora eons ago, the building industry is yet to achieve its due. So, an event to create design awareness at various levels sure holds a promise. With Ar. Sanjay Puri saying that there is plenty in the offing, do we await some serious design transitions?

Responsible design boosts for lifestyles

Mezzanine Architects dissolve barriers and infuse pattern and colour to carve out the personalities of the inmates in a trendy apartment in just 86 sq. m. of space!

When people move from a larger space (here, 300 sq. m.) to a smaller one (here, 86 sq. m.), the architect takes on the added responsibility of designing a home that will soothe and comfort and to a great extent, reinforce the inmates’ confidence and spiritedness.

Architects Romulo Teixeira and Cintia Miyahira, principals, Mezzanine Architects have taken their personal ideologies a notch higher by infusing this home with a colourful, energetic vibe; thus mitigating the compactness that could have posed a drawback for their clients.

Located in Santos, Brazil, the compact home is opened up by knocking down the dividing wall between the kitchen and living, thus generating an open plan. Although linear in plan, the depth of its linearity is well balanced with large vertical wall art and ceiling-wall wood panelling that also acts the statutory demarcation of the dining area and kitchen. Juxtaposing horizontal lines via the dining table and its overhead luminaire effectively cut across the space, adding a touch of intrigue. Reflective surfaces of the dining table and the kitchen augment spaciousness.

Lightness is introduced via furniture and light fittings designed by the architect duo predominantly using the wire-frame typology. The spatial elements thus become porous with the playful paper-clip pattern extending to stool and table legs, wired chair backs, even the painting on the wall!

A monochrome schematic arrests attention accentuated by pops of neon hues in furniture, throw cushions and accessories. A palpable dynamism ensues. The place that could have appeared run-of-the-mill doing little, if at all, for the mindset of the retired couple, is thus transformed into a homely mystic – opening up a new chapter in their lives and lifestyles.

This Advantages to Aerial Drone Photography Art

There are advantages and disadvantages to all kinds of different photography. If you want something unique that not a lot of people have tried yet, you may want to go with aerial drone photography in Los Angeles CA. This is a relatively new photography type that is growing in popularity as drones become more readily available for the general public and as more people are becoming aware of the uses. Here are some advantages to using a drone to take your pictures.

The first and most obvious advantage to using a drone for photographs is that you will get a new perspective that you wouldn’t otherwise get- the bird’s eye view. This can be better for taking pictures of large subjects, such as a house you may be trying to sell. You can get more in the picture, which is great for a house because you may be trying to get the additional features included in the shots, like a yard or a pool. Someone working with the environment may also find this view helpful to get a bigger picture of the ecology in an area and how it changes over time.

The drones that are commonly used in aerial drone photography in Los Angeles CA have sensors that are able to see a slightly larger spectral range than the human eye. This means that there are more details available in the pictures that are taken by these types of machines. This not only makes the picture look better, but can also help if you are looking for something in particular within the photograph that may be more difficult for you to see from the ground.

In the case of using aerial photography for maps, there is the advantage of speed. An aerial photograph taken from a drone can come back to the user within a few hours, where a map can take much longer to prepare. This also allows daily comparisons of any particular area, which can prove useful in tracking wildlife or natural disasters over a period of time. This can also be useful in the military, shoring features that won’t appear on maps and also tracking military movements. These photographs provide a permanent way to track changes, which can be reviewed later.

If you work in construction, aerial photography an also benefit you. A bird’s eye view of a city can help you get a better idea of what areas need to be updated, what can be expanded and where there are dense populations within a given area. This can give much more accurate planning when choosing where to build, as well as ensure that there won’t be large negative impacts to the neighborhood or the ecosystem if certain projects are done.

There are many more benefits to using aerial drone photography in Los Angeles CA. If you can think of anything that you would like to use the drone photography for, do not hesitate to find a professional in your area and see if they dabble in the type of photography you would like to achieve.