Better Interiors - September 2015


September 2015

134-page Issue

` 100

The BaThroom


150+ contemporary and sleek ideas to

revamp this essential space at home


Graphite Design Studio

P&D Associates

Prashant Chauhan

SwitchOver Studio

BeSt BuyS

120+ finds that will transform your

utilitarian wash room into a utopia of style

Colour & Style

Five leading Indian design firms offer a

bounty of ideas that you can recreate today


Bathroom secrets…

From the yore of Turkish hammams to the magnificence of modern-day spa retreats… we all are

well aware of how bathrooms have evolved and continued to pamper us over the years. The

history of this essential space in the home has always intrigued me and I’ve come across quite a

few quirky tidbits. For instance, bathrooms were considered unnecessary during prehistoric

times. Only when man decided to stick around in a place long enough to make a home, did the

essential washroom come about. The story of Turkey fine-tuning the hammam (public bath) is

testimony of how splendid Asian architecture is. Today’s spa is quite possibly an offshoot of a

typical Turkish hammam which has three rooms — the caldarium (for hot bath), the tepidarium

(the warm room for bathing with soap and water); and the cool room for resting after the bath.

During the Indus Valley civilization, efficient sanitary systems have beguiled us today with the

vision Harappans possessed. This technology fed into underground

drains flowing into cesspools. Smart, isn’t it? Then the most

fascinating fact that Indians were way ahead of the British when it

came to establishing rooms we could bathe in — Indian palaces in

the 1700s had flush toilets and elaborate bathrooms replete with

sink-in marble tubs. There’s so much fascinating information about

the history of the bathroom… and the truth of the matter is, we

haven’t stopped innovating. So this month, we celebrate the

ingenuity that the bathroom has experienced.

Dressage from Graff

(available at Etre Luxe) is

compact and comprises of

a square sink, a shelf

with a towel hook, an

adjustable mirror, and a

wooden drawer.

We’ve got a selection of the latest products to create your private

glamour room. Turn to the Parade pages for a visual treat that

encompasses products from more than 25 top brands in the

sanitaryware and fittings market. When it came to the best

designs and material that are taking the market by storm, we at

Better Interiors, have roped in five big design houses to share

their latest works. In a unique photo feature in Colour & Style, feast

your eyes and steal an idea or two from more than 20 bathroom

designs. So if you have been wanting to revamp your small

bathroom or wish to replace your old shower head with a brand

new beauty, go ahead and indulge yourself.

Deepa Nair


editor’s pick

New in


SwitchOver Studio designs

a residence full of nuances that

reflect the varied passions of its

inhabitants. This playful Mumbai

apartment in suburban Khar rides

high on experimentation and

customization and showcases

the joie de vivre of this family

of three.

P&D Associates

want their spaces to be an

epitome of comfort, class

and highlighting Indian

minimalism. We feature

their newest creation, a

bungalow in Baruch

which has a warm and

pious demeanour.

Graphite Design

Studio’s design for the Brown

Sugar Cafe and Lounge in Jaipur

strays away from traditional

design and revels in a gamut of

eco-friendly materials. This

quaint and lovely Parisian-styled

bistro welcomes guests and

nature with wide open arms.

The Home

Label’s Breezy

Blue’s draws

inspiration from

Sussanne Khan’s

favourite holiday


Santorini and the

classic stripes seen

in Ralph Lauren’s

vacation homes.

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September 2015



150+ contemporary and sleek ideas to

revamp this essential space at home


Graphite Design Studio

P&D Associates

Prashant Chauhan

SwitchOver Studio

` 100

SEPTEMBER 2015 134-page Issue


120+ finds that will transform your

utilitarian wash room into a utopia of style


Five leading Indian design firms offer a

bounty of ideas that you can recreate today



Annkur Khosla Design Studio,

Essentia Environments, Pinakin

LLP, The Orange Lane and

ZZ Architects share with us the

most trendiest and stylish

bathrooms — more than 20 of

them. These glamourous rooms

will leave you awe-struck and

inspired to recreate one for

your home.

Cover Photograph: Laura Rizzi;

Courtesy Pinakin LLP




Thing Tank




From news, events to store

launches and exhibitions… the

latest happenings in the

design world.

Colour & Style

bathroom glamour

If you’ve been thinking about

giving your bathroom an overhaul

but aren’t sure how, take a look

at these 20 (and some) trendy

and head-turning bathroom

designs from five renowned

design houses in the country

for inspiration.

Swish List

Classy furniture, pretty

upholstery, bright wallpapers and

Ganesh idols… an assortment of all

things beautiful for the home.


comfort catalogue

From fabulous bathroom suites

and spas to gorgeous WCs;

bathroom furniture and faucets,

we gather the trendiest and most

innovative launches from top

brands in the segment that are

bound to indulge you.

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When cool meets classy

SwitchOver Studio create a spacious, fun and classy home

for a young couple in Khar, Mumbai, that has its own unique

identity and a design language like no other.

soulful Design

An Indian soul in a modern structure... P&D Associates

designs a bungalow in Bharuch, Gujarat, for a spiritual


Space & Spice

a rustic renDezvous

The Brown Sugar Cafe and Lounge in Jaipur is brought to

life by Graphite Design Studio with the use of eco-friendly

materials and Parisian sensibilities.

FinaL TakE





Appliances, flooring and cutlery… a complete list of the

latest in home essentials.


A comprehensive guide to the stores and people listed in

the issue.

Pick apart

The Better interiors team chooses their favourites.




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CloCkwise, from top left

Warm parquet floor and a cosy

four-poster bed bedecked with linen

from Good Earth make a warm and

intimate guest room.

This interesting console is relatively

new but made to look old. The skull,

picked up from Spain, is carved out

of wood.

Artist Bharat Yadav’s work holds

centrestage in the bar area. The

industrial lamps were bought from

Marina, Delhi. While the bar was

designed and made at site, the bar

stools were sourced from Inhabit,

Hyderabad. The artefact is from Bali.

Cement sheets create a neutral

backdrop for the open kitchen.

Aamir’s love for machines can be

seen in this vintage bike he picked up

as an indulgence.

View from the master bedroom.

The bird is carved out of wood.

The balcony has deck wood tiles,

while the internal flooring features

text: Rupali SebaStian; photographs: SebaStian ZachaRiah; Courtesy aamiR & hameeda

parquet. Walls flaunt work of local

Andhra artists.


Write back

{CentreStage} Habitat

design diva

This is my first letter to any

magazine ever. I was so excited to

see Studio Creo’s Parushni

Agarwal’s interview in the Perfect

10 section of your magazine. I’m a

regular at the studio and have

picked up some products from

there which hold a place of pride

in my home. It is no surprise then

that I love the work that Parushni

does and am quite a fan. It really

feels great that a magazine such

as yours would feature someone I

admire. Great stuff!

Khusboo Malani, new Delhi

Cafe with art

Refreshing, colourful and

ingenious are adjectives that

come to mind when one flips

through the project featured in

the Unwind segment. The Project

Cafe in Ahmedabad designed by

Workshop Inc is such a fresh and

invigorative space that one falls

instantly in love. I adore the space

A Designer


Luxuriating in great views and replete with

interesting design flavours, the Hyderabad home of

interior designers Aamir and Hameeda Sharma

treads a different path.


of the


letter of the Month

It has been five years since I’ve been reading Better Interiors

regularly and I must congratulate the editorial team for maintaining its

editorial quality month-on- month. Though all the products and

news-based features are exciting, it is the projects section which

interests me the most. And I must particularly mention here, the

covers for the last few months have been excellent. I realized that they

are all part of the projects you have been featuring, and not the DIY’s…

this is a refreshing change. Can you please continue to do the same

going forward? Must congratulate you for the fantastic cover for the

August issue and the absolutely well-written story in the inside pages.

Interior designers Aamir Sharma and Hameeda Sharma’s home in

Hyderabad was an absolute treat and I thought it definitely is not a

“glorified junkyard” as the man of the house lovingly calls it. The house

is beautiful, artistic and exudes an extremely unique aura. Looking

forward to more such interesting stories and covers!

Roshni singh, guRgaon

for merging three concepts: art,

cafe and retail. The bright,

mismatched furniture against the

white walls; the display of art,

accessories and clothing and the

minute design features like the

brass birds or the clocks make for

a lovely ensemble. It seems like a

place any one can walk into for

some conversations, some

pondering and some shopping. I

like that!

asMa sayyeD, bangaloRe

full foCus

Writing this letter to show

complete appreciation for the

detailed features the team does

on any one industry of design

topic for the In Focus section. I’ve

been reading most of them and

over a period of time they have

come very handy in making

decisions about the kind of

flooring or bathrooms or

mattresses that work best in my

home. As home owners we

sometimes have no idea how

important a veneer or laminate

surface can be in the aesthetic

appeal and functionality of our

home and this piece was quite an

eye-opener. Good job.

DeepiKa ananD, MuMbai

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siMple and striKing

We always see fantastic and

sometimes ostentatious projects

in the magazine… but subtle,

simple and minimalist, yet striking

homes are a rarely seen. So, I was

very happy to see the Mumbai

home created by Nitido Interior

Design. It was with no jazz, yet

had all the requirements for a

home. It was interesting to note

that the project was finished on a

war-footing. Please feature

more such lovely projects in

the magazine.

pRateeK shanKaR, pune

produCt paradise

I always look forward to finding

the most latest and gorgeous

products in the market being

featured in your magazine.

Whether it’s Bazaar, Techniques or

Swish, I enjoy knowing what’s out

there and then make a list of the

things I can buy (my very own

To-Buy list) for my home. I’m a

visual person and I like the small

introductions and vivid images

featured in these segments. While

the Bazaar section was very nice, I

was disappointed that there was

no Techniques in the August issue.

Please make sure there is one the

next time around.

pauloMi Roy, KolKata


{DesignBytes} Roundabout

A round-up of whAt’s new in stores, products, Art shows And much more.

compiled by: ALIfIyA MehAMDABADWALA

quick take



chesterfield sofas

Gulmoharlane has introduced

the Chesterfield Leather Sofa

Collection. hand-made by

artisans in Jaipur, it is designed

in the colour burgundy. A three

seater Chesterfield sofa, a wing

back arm chair and an ottoman

complete the range.

antique trunks

by anemos

Anemos has launched a range of

drawers and chests which are

suited for both indoor as well

as outdoor areas of your homes.

They can be used to store

clothes, children’s toys,

stationery and other

general things.

centinox sink

by franke

franke has come up with a new

product Centinox kitchen sink

with a Centenary design formed

from the highest grade stainless

steel 304 18/10. It comes with a

basket strainer waste too.

tex mex bar decor

aVailable at


houseproud has unveiled the

Tex Mex bar decor and serve

ware. Designed with a tavern

touch, there are trays, coasters,

bowls and plates that can give a

perfect Mexican touch to your

bar, den or kitchen.

hands opens largest

store in new delhi

hands has opened india’s

largest store for hand-crafted

carpets at Sultanpur, MG Road,

Delhi. Comprising of three floors

and spread over an area of 11,000

sq ft, a total of 1,500 hand-tufted

and hand-knotted carpets of

various designs and finishes

covering traditional, transitional,

contemporary and art deco styles

are on display. The store also

showcases special edition carpets

like Dali Rose (a tribute to artist

Salvador Dali); and the unique

hand-knotted wool carpet with

4,500 knots per square inch,

which took 13 long years to

complete by a family of craftsmen

from Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh.

Tel: (011) 26806475/8

Kajaria enters



segment with


kajaria ceramics has

entered the bathroom

faucets segment under the

brand name Kerovit. The

collection includes lavatory

faucets, shower

components and bath

fittings that use innovative

valve and trim options

and exude the fine


cosmopolitan appeal and a

stylish allure. The faucets

are crafted with advanced

international technology

and employ high-quality

chrome finish. Kajaria has

set up a state-of-the-art

manufacturing plant at

Bhiwadi, Rajasthan, to

produce these faucets.

Vitra opens two stores in mumbai

Vitra, the leading bathroom

solutions brand, has opened its first bathroom

fittings stores in Mumbai. Located at the VBCL

store in Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel and

Asiatic Construction Company at Duncan Road,

the franchise showrooms are spread over an

area of 700 sq ft and 1,000 sq ft respectively.

Istanbul, Metropole, Water Jewels, Nest, T4

and Memoria are some of the latest collections

of bathtubs, faucets, wash basins and stylish

bathroom furniture available at the

stores currently.

Tel: 7382122233/9490642548

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ihGf delhi fair to be held

in october

ihgf delhi fair-autumn

2015 organized by the export

Promotion Council for handicrafts

at the plush India expo Centre &

Mart in Delhi, will be held in

October 2015. The 40 th edition of

IhGf spanning over five days will

comprise comprehensive

selections in over 2,000 products

and more than 300 trend specific

design developments across 14

product categories such as

houseware, tableware,

kitchenware, hotelware, furniture,

hardware, accessories, lamps, and

so on. Besides playing host to its

international patrons by

representing major brands and

labels from across the world in

India, the show is an extensive

resource for design professionals

and consumers alike.

Ansavv’s flagship store in delhi

Aosta cucine in


Aosta Cucine, a modular kitchens

manufacturing company, has unveiled their

flagship store in faridabad, haryana.

Covering an area of 1,200 sq ft, the store

has a soothing and homely ambience. It is

strategically located in a high footfall area

and displays designer kitchens, designer

doors and wardrobes. The products range

starts from a price of ` 2,00,000 onwards.

The company uses Italian technology to

manufacture products with five years

warranty. Currently, the company has 11

stores in the country, with plans to open

around 50 in the current fiscal. Plans are

also afoot to open a plant in Sonipat, having

Italian and German machines.

franke fabers

new studio

the opulent interior decor

brand, Ansavv has recently launched its

flagship store in the upscale South Delhi area.

The store has been designed for the

sophisticated and well-travelled who seek out

flawless and unique decor pieces. Sprawled

over an area of 12,000 sq ft, the store features

rare Italian pieces comprising exclusive pony

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skin furniture and rugs, state-of-the-art

lightings and objetd’art hand-picked from

across the globe. Ansavv has also tied-up with

some of the finest luxury brands like

Swarovski, Versace and Rosenthal, showcasing

the most exquisite limited edition items from

all over the world.

franke faber india has opened

its exclusive showroom franke Studio in

Bangalore. Located in the Basavanagudi

area, the studio is spread over an area of

2,400 sq ft and aims to give a holistic and

stylish kitchen experience to the customer.

It has a wide array of collections to choose

from such as White series, Black series, SS

steel and many more. The products

available under the same range include

hoods, hobs, ovens, dishwashers,

refrigerators, coffee machines, wine

chillers, sinks, and taps.


palo santo hotel is wrapped

in 800 varieties of plants



5 th august 2015 to 30 th september 2015

bhau daji lad museum, Veermata jijabai

bhonsale udyan, byculla (e),

mumbai 400027

tel: 23731234

The exhibition centres around the series

Winter by Julian Opie, a sequence of seventy

-five prints that represent a circular walk

taken by the artist through the french

countryside. The prints absorb influences from

17th -century Dutch landscape painting to

Street View on Google Maps.

the award-wining palo santo hotel

(located in the leafy Palermo area of Buenos

Aires) is the first boutique hotel built following

the LeeD rating system. Designed by local

architect Mario Cito, the luxury hotel is in place

of a former printing house. The energyefficient

building is wrapped with a biodiverse

vertical garden, features a 66-foot high

rainwater cascade, a top french restaurant

serving seasonal dishes, contemporary

furniture and stunning multicolored fSC

certified palo santo wood flooring that gives the

theme announced for

wAf 2015

the world architecture festiVal’s

(WAf) theme for this year’s program is

“50:50”. The world’s largest architectural

festival and awards event is annually held in

Singapore and this year’s theme takes its

inspiration from Singapore’s 50th anniversary

hotel its name. Opened in October 2014, the

hotel is inspired by Patric Blanc’s vertical

gardens at Musée du Quai Branly and Caixa

forum with its front and back blooming with

800 plant species. Created by architect Jorge

Garino, this luscious 98-foot-high living wall is

not only beautiful, but also delivers extra

insulation, oxygen, and a delightful aroma to

all rooms.

as an independent country.

It will look back on how

architecture and urbanism have

changed during the last 50 years

as well as look to future of what

may change or alter in the

upcoming 50 years. The

conference will revolve around

three topics including Designing for

Tomorrow; Imagining the future

and Cities and Urbanism. In

addition to the conference, WAf

includes an awards ceremony that

recognizes projects across 30 categories.

Shortlisted projects include projects by foster

+ Partners, Zaha hadid Architects, OMA, BIG,

and herzog & de Meuron.

satrangi: A Gond expression

12 th august 2015 to 6 th september 2015

ojas art, 1aq, qutab minar roundabout,

mehrauli road, new delhi 110030

tel: 26644145

Ojas Art presents Satrangi: A Gond expression

— an exhibition of 40 artworks by Gond

artists Shyam, Venkat Shyam, Roshni Vyam.

The beautifully crafted artworks are a collage

of seven colors which is visible in the

polychrome masterpieces. The assimilation of

the same spreads like a rainbow, hence the

theme of these works takes the most

appropriate nomenclature Satrangi.

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Discover The sensiTive anD syMbioTic relaTion of The bhil coMMuniTy wiTh

Their lanD Through The beauTiful painTings of gangu bai.

Tree Matters

ThIS lATeST offeRINg fRom

Tara Books — a publisher who

introduced children and adults

alike to the richness and diversity

of Indian art — is a visual treat.

Previously the company has

presented works of Gond artists,

the Mandana art of the Meena

tribe and Madhubani amongst

others. Tree Matters is a visual

narrative of the life of the Bhil

community of Central India. It’s

centred around artist Gangu Bai’s

(part of the Bhil community)

paintings which bring alive the life

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and stories of the Bhil people in a

celebratory way. The Bhil

community is one of the oldest

Indian indigenous communities.

They share a sensitive and

symbiotic relationship with the

land and the environment, a true

exception in these times of

ecological destruction, pollution

and insensitivity. The community’s

lifecycle, as the reader will notice,

is interwoven with their

environment; the forest and the

trees. The text by Gita Wolf and V

Geetha supplements the art

TRee MaTTeRs

Publisher Tara Books Private

Limited, 2014

Text Gita Wolf and V Geeta

Illustrations Gangu Bai

ISBN 978-93-83145-23-2

Pages 44

Availability Tara Books

Price ` 400

Reviewed by Varna shashidhar

without overpowering it. The

simplicity of the artists’

experience is complemented by

the narration.

The Bhils have immense

reverence for trees that they

consider protector, mother and

god. The cultural landscapes and

practices of the community are

shaped by this special

relationship, evident with their

marking of trees by stones. These

foraging tribes have a lifecycle

from birth that is deeply

interlinked with the forest where

seasonality and ceremony are all

marked by trees in the forest. The

book also highlights sadly the

changing relationship between

the Bhil people who were once

foragers where the forest

provided them everything and the

rules of the land that has skewed

this relationship.

The ecological wisdom contained

makes this a fascinating book not

just for children alone but for

adults as well. It manages to instil

admiration for the Bhil community

and their ecological practices and

a bit of pride in our art and

heritage. In harsh times of

destroying nature, the Bhil

community lives in close harmony

with the natural world, presenting

us with a splendid example of

truly sustainable living or living

lightly on land and Gangu Bai

stirring paintings will delight.


gagan vij’s huMan sculpTures have The rooTeDness of a

classical chola inDian bronze.


Gagan Vij

ANchoRed By: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdwAlA ; PhoTogRAPhS: Courtesy The aRTIsT

The Self-TAughT New

Delhi-based sculptor, Gagan Vij

says his engagement with this

form of art started early. he cast

his first bronze sculpture at the

age of 13 and thus began his

artistic journey. a graduate from

Delhi University, Gagan gave up

all other commitments and

devoted his life to his art from

2003. human figurines form the

crux of his creative endeavours

while bronze is his material of

choice. The sculptor attempts to

peek into his subconscious in

order to go beyond the manifest

and explore the sub text. Unfazed

by contemporary trends, Gagan’s

work is grounded in classical

ideals of the Indian art form, but

he has the ability to make himself

visible in a modern context.

he has shown his works at several

exhibitions including Yoga Chakra

— a group show organized by

sangeet Nathak academy, New

Delhi (June 2015); Threshold –

group exhibition by Palette Group

(Dec 2013); and ardnareshwar

solo show, ashish Nagpal Gallery,

Mumbai (Nov 2008). additionally,

Gagan has been commissioned

for a number of private collectors,

institutions and public projects.

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sTefan rurak TransforMs hurricane Debris inTo sTunning Designs.

PRoducT deSIgNeR

stefan Rurak

ANchoRed By: aLIfIYa MehaMDaBaDWaLa; PhoTogRAPhS: CoURTesY The DesIGNeR

BRooklyN-BASed PRoducT

designer stefan Rurak’s sandy

Project is an initiative to transform

timber salvaged from the hurricane

sandy into items of beauty and

utility. stefan has been fascinated

with Zen Buddhism and its powerful

parallels which drove him to

apprentice with New York City’s

most respected custom

woodworker, Palo samko. after

learning under his tutelage, he then

founded the sR studio (2011) based

on the vision that furniture cannot

only fulfil functional needs but also

have the expressive power of fine

art. In the aftermath of the

hurricane, stefan began carefully

selecting pieces of fallen sugar

maple and walnut. he would

repurpose them into furniture and

jewellery. The stump stool by stefan

features repurposed slices of sugar

maple that have been uniquely

shaped to render a scooped-out

seat for comfort. The stool’s legs

and the base are made of walnut.

since each piece is made to order, a

stool or bench can take three to four

weeks to complete. a portion of the

furniture sales is donated to the

Mayor’s fund.

36 BETTER INTERIORS September 2015


MeeT archiTecT prashanT chauhan, one half of The young,

TalenTeD anD spunky Design firM zero 9.

when in life did this passion for design engulf you?

It all started with this curiosity of the blue-prints... they

were fascinating. The interesting thought of how an

architect visualizes and fabricates a space, and how it is

experienced by others, intrigued me. further on, enrolling

into architecture college this passion found its own form

in almost everything I laid eyes on… right from clothing,

shoes, automobiles and even visual communication.

ANchoRed By: DeePa NaIR PhoTogRAPhS: couRTeSy ZeRo 9


PRashaNT ChaUhaN

Tell us about the team at Zero 9… does your

collaborative energies come together to form the

firm’s design philosophy? And what would your

philosophy be?

Design is boundless, we believe. hence, our multifaceted

team-pool of designers from various design streams

(including space, graphic and product design), bring in

sensibilities from diverse perspectives. We have always

believed in placing the client’s sense and taste as the

focus of our creations.

Zero 9’s design offerings runs across advertising,

exhibitions, architecture and interiors… which one

is closest to your heart, and why?

exhibitions and advertising get my adrenaline pumping as

it is more of a time-bound venture. Interiors and

architecture are more refined and planned.

which is that one essential element found all

across your work?

Client’s reflection. It’s the client’s need, thoughts and

lifestyle which we shape, enhance and realize. This comes

across in all our works, be it advertising, exhibitions,

interiors or architecture.

what is your take on the state of architecture and

design in India today?

architecture and design has come to centerstage now.

People are design-conscious and aware. a lot of innovative

products and solutions are on offering today, but sadly

aren’t manufactured in India. We need a lot more

innovation on products done here in India, which would

eventually put Indian products on the global market.

oN A lIghTeR NoTe...

how do you unwind?

a long walk along the beach always does

the trick. sometimes, even cycling works.

given a choice… the country you

would shift base to? And why?

Youngistan! The cleaner, greener and

more civilized India which we all need to

shape up. Lets do our bit and I am sure

we’ll be there in no time.

The one thing you would save if your

house was on fire?

Phone! else how would I call the

fire ambulance.

The funniest moment in your

design career?

an intern once for a project, was assigned

to get photographs framed. We were

shocked to see when the frames arrived

without any photos in them.

The title of your autobiography

would be?

Celebrate Life.

38 BETTER INTERIORS September 2015


HigH Five!

presenTing five aTTracTive anTi-skiD anD anTi-slip floor Tiles opTions for

your baThrooMs.

SomANy ceRAmIcS

The brands slip shield floor tiles are coated to keep friction high

even when the surface is wet and soapy. This preempts any

possibility of slipping. The tiles are well-suited for both indoor and

outdoor use and are resistant to graze and blemish, and hence lend

a sense of timelessness to the design. They are available in colours

such as white, brown, grey, cream and white.

` 43 onward (per sq ft)

h & R


The granular or

irregular surface

structure of these

anti-skid ceramic

tiles, break the film

of water or liquid

into smaller

droplets, thereby

increasing grip on

the floor. hence,

these tiles are

perfect for

bathroom use. The

range is available in

an array of hues

— brown, blue,

white and ivory,

being some

of them.

ANchoRed By: shRaDha shahaNI; PhoTogRAPhS: couRTeSy The MaNUfaCTUReRs


The explorer edition Collection, 2015 of

the brand consists of wall tiles, anti-skid

ceramic floor tiles, glazed vitrified tile and

vitrified double charged tiles. The design

and colour variants available are Nitco

Casa, Dura Digi, Duracottura and Trulife.

With the help of reactive finish, Casa Wall

tiles create an engraved finish whereas

DuraDigi has finishes that appear like

wood, slate, stone or even marble. The

Trulife range takes its inspiration from

nature and the aesthetics of Duracottura

tiles are marked by clean lines.


The brands newly launched Wood

Collection will lend your bathroom a

completely different look. The repertoire is

inspired by true wooden textures and is

made with punch effect to give it a real

wooden look. They are stain-proof,

anti-skid and have almost 0 per cent water

absorption. They are also scratch and

abrasion resistant. The easy-to-handle

collection is available in 24 exquisite

designs that include Mahogany, Chestnut

and other elite wooden textures.

` 100 (per sq ft)


The brands vitrified floor tiles have

a rustic or matt finish to provide the

grip needed in the most aqueous

and moist places. available in

unique sizes of 598 mm x 598 mm,

598 mm x 1,198 mm and 1,000 mm

x 1,000 mm, these tiles create an

unparalleled visual for your

bathroom floors and walls alike.

The range is available in an array of

colours such as ivory, dark grey,

light grey, black and other pastels.

` 91 onward (per sq ft)

Unlisted prices are on rerequest

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{DesignBytes} Roundabout

pick of the Month

wiTh iTs unique hyDrofresh Technology, The newesT range of

refrigeraTors froM bosch, iMpresses.

keeps iT fresh

RevIewed By: DeePa NaIR; PhoTogRAPhS: BoSch INdIA

oNe wRINkle oN A TomATo, cAuSeS A huNdRed

wrinkles on our engineer’s face... announces the newlylaunched

innovative Bosch refrigerators with the

revolutionary hydrofresh technology. The company informs

that these refrigerators have been specially-crafted for the

Indian consumers. Indian families these days, typically have

both the spouses working, and therefore, they no longer have

the time to indulge in grocery shopping on a daily basis.

In fact, they prefer to buy vegetables and fruits in bulk and

stock their refrigerators. It has been observed that while

doing this, food not only loses its nutritive value, but also

becomes tasteless and dry. Bosch refrigerators have come

up with an answer to this problem in the form of its cool

hydrofresh feature. hydrofresh technology not only helps

keeping food fresh and juicy for up to 30 days, but also

maintains its fresh smell and nutritive value. The unique

CrisperBox allows one to control the humidity level

manually and can increase the shelf life of all fruits and

vegetables. The ChillerBox with its temperature (3 to 4 dC)

lower than the test of the fridge ensures the contents stays

fresher for long. The refrigerator also comes with an increased

capacity, keeping the stocking need of Indian consumers in

mind. other vital features include the freshsense, which

constantly checks and controls the fridge and freezer

temperature irrespective of the temperature outside. The

airfresh filter with anti-bacteria makes sure the food smell

doesn’t mix up, and nothing smells fishy. It removes the odour

and filters the bacteria inside the fridge, making sure the air

inside is clean, fresh and safe for your family’s health. Multi

airflow, a one-of-a-kind feature improves the circulation of air

around, regulates the temperature and also eliminates all

possibilities condensation, making sure temperature is equally

distributed to all the shelves. While the electronic

Temperature Control is placed on the door so you can control

it without opening the fridge; the Temperature Rise and Door

alarm detects temperature rise when the power fails or when

the fridge door is left open, and quickly alarms you. What’s

more? The Multi Utility Drawer allows you to organize your

fridge just like your wardrobe. The product is available in

four variants.

Bosch India, Website:

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{ThingTank} Swish List

Frazer and haws

To welcome the festival season, the brand introduces a range of

decorative Ganeshas called Mangalmurti. Our favourite piece is the

Ganesh Rajyog, an adorable baby Ganpati that is bedecked with

sterling silver and Zirconia jewellery, seated on a gaddi like a prince. It

also has a tiny sterling silver mouse that appears to scurry around.

Then there’s the Ganesh Natraj, where the Ganpati is in a dancing

pose, reminiscent of his father, Lord Shiva. Handcrafted in white

marble, the figuring is crafted out of sterling silver with 24-karat gold

gilt. But the highlight has got to be the Ganesh Kumkum, an endearing

form of the lord which showcases Ganesha taking a nap with his

rodent friend nearby. The vibrant red figure is seated on a clear glass

base and is adorned with sterling ornaments.

Quirky coffee tables,

gorgeous Ganpatis,

embroidered bed sheets

and more...


The brand’s beautiful wall-coverings, Indian Fusion in

collaboration with Krsna Mehta aims to reflect the

fusion of traditional with contemporary art. The blend

of colours (bright pink, blue and green), patterns,

shapes and designs are reminiscent of our culture and

tradition. For instance, the Bougainville Lanterns

wall-covering bears semblance to the Muga silk from

Assam. It is carefully crafted with a screen room

bordered by bright pink bougainvilleas and a Mughal

jaali design with Mughal lanterns. Then there’s the Lake

of Wisdom that captures a serene lotus pond, filled with

beautiful flowers, that is home to peacocks and swans

and a garden in full bloom.

compiled by: Shradha Shahani photographs: cOUrTESY ThE BrandS


Desi Beats 2, the latest furnishing

collection from the brand

effectively captures the rich history

of India: from modern-day villages

to the sights of the city. The

collection consists of pure

cotton-infused furnishings like king

bed sheets with matching pillows

covers, bedding packages, double

comforters, cushion covers, duvets,

and mugs, coasters and

kitchenware. The prints featured

represent an aristocratic time. For

instance, there’s an Indian woman

dressed in her best Rajasthani

poashak adoring a parrot. The

offering is priced between ` 499

and ` 4,999.

the home label

The brands newly launched collection Breezy

Blue’s takes its inspiration from owner

Sussanne Khan’s favourite holiday destination

— Santorini — as well as classic stripes that

often show in Ralph Lauren’s vacation homes.

The line-up comprises of cushions made from

pure cotton linen and hand spun rope

(` 3,400), vintage seaside prints sealed in

linseed finished frames (` 3,000 onward),

magazine hammocks in washed denim to hold

all those zines (` 4,000), sunshine yellow

chairs (` 5,900), cobalt blue and pop yellow

convex mirrors (` 13,500) and lastly sunburst

wall art.

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Swish List


The brand’s latest television and media unit collection is an

exquisite piece of art for the home. The Evol unit (` 19,999)

is designed keeping in mind the’60s penchant for curves

and angled (contradictory) elegance. It is made from oak

veneer and has a matt crimson red interior. Another sleek

yet stylish piece is the Cubvoid unit (` 24,999). As the name

suggests, it is a cube with a void. It is crafted from

high-grade marine plywood and finished in a high gloss

DuPont polyurethane coat in white from outside and rich

matt Turquoise on the inside. There’s also the Trapezoid

unit (` 23,999) inspired by Euclidean geometry. It’s a

pristine white on the outside with a rich and deep

black core.


The brand new offering from D’decor is

the Luxurious Embroidered Bedding

Collection which consists of bed sheets and

cushion covers. Flaunting dreamy floral and

delicate ornamental motifs, they are spun

from pure and soft cotton, satin and cotton

twill. The thread counts range from 200 to

400. The collection come in colours such

as pale yellow, beige, ivory, vanilla, silver

and strong earthy tones. Each set

comprises a bed sheet, two pillow covers

and two cushion covers. Prices range from

` 4,995 to ` 10,995.

the great eastern home

The regal brand has launched a collection of coffee tables

that will make lovely additions to any home. A key piece is

the quirky teak table (pictured here) that shows off a tiny

little staircase. Another elegant piece is the two-deck

coffee table crafted from rosewood that has a lower rack

with rattan work. The round coffee table features rich

textures owing to the use of a mix of woods such as

rosewood, mahogany and teak. Last but not the least is the

contemporary oval table with a drawer is made from teak.


There are two new ranges from this

renowned home furnishing brand. The

Fading Horizon consists of duvet covers,

bedcovers, quilts, pillow cases, cushion

covers, bed sheets and bath towels. The

offering is infused with bright hues such as

yellow, mellow orange and deep red. Made

from pure cotton, this line-up is priced

between ` 499 and ` 7,999. The second

addition, the Dahlia Prints Table collection

has table covers, place mats and napkins in

refreshing shades of blue, green and red all

proudly sporting the Dahlia as a central print.

Made from pure cotton, the product cost

between ` 899 and ` 2,500.

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Comfort Catalogue

The new-age bathrooms can be equipped with unimaginably stylish

and innovative products. With a plethora of options available, it’s hard to pick

just one. We, therefore, present the latest, awe-inspiring and gorgeous

range of bathroom suites, faucets, washbasins and vanities, WCs and bidets and

bathroom spas products for that total wellness in your private room.

Anchored by: AlifiyA MehMdAbAdWAlA, deepA NAir ANd ShrAdhA ShAhANi; PhotogrAPhs: courtesy The MANufACTurerS

September 2015 BETTER INTERIORS 49

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Bathroom Suites

Duravit India

Designed by architect Philippe Starck, the ME collection comprises of

various sizes of bathtubs, shower trays, toilets, bidets, washbasins,

furniture basins, washbowls and vanity basins. They come with

optionally matching siphon cover, pedestal or vanity unit, as wallmounted

or floor standing version with chrome feet. The slender rim of

the wash basins, toilets and baths form a recurring design element.

Price on request


Featured here are two ceramic

washbasins and a WC from

Hindware Italian Collection’s

Median range and a massage

bathtub from the brand Amore.

The WC features a slow falling

seat with germi-clean (antimicrobial

properties) and a

water-saving dual flush. The

massage tub is packed with

features — back and whirlpool

hydro massage, a touch control

panel and anti-odour drainage

being some of them.

Price on request

Etre Luxe

The Formosa collection by Italy’s Olympia Ceramica feature

bathtubs, wash basins, wall hung WC and bidets. Made from

vitreous china, the collction is characterized by soft shapes

and strong personality. Seen in the picture is a bathtub, a

free standing wash basin and pedestal ; a wall hung WC and

a bidet.

Price on request

FCML India

The I Bordi collection from Tueco is an interpretation of new classicism.

The bathtub featured here is crafted from Carrara marble with Skidoo

floor-standing taps. The Carrara marble vanity top accommodates

white Duralight wash basins fitted with Skidoo wall-mounted singlelever

mixer tap in chrome finish. The shower door in extra-clear

tempered glass is bedecked with geometrical motifs.

Price on request


The stylish Metreaux collection comprises a beautiful freestanding

bath, coordinating furniture, brassware and accessories. The

freestanding bath is made from Bagnoquartz (a composite stone

that is robust and ultra-durable) and has a satin matte texture. The

wash basins look stunning when teamed with the furniture range

including shelves and vanity units in African Wenge and Balinese

Teak finishes.

50 BETTER INTERIORS September 2015

FCML India

The Academia Collection from Tueco is inspired by the neoclassical balance between material

and shape as it combines classical luxury features with sophisticated designs. Both the bath tubs

and wash basins are made from Duralight marble with gold-leaf finishing on the bath tub and

the mirror.

Price on request


True to its name, the Retro

Nouveau collection is filled with

old world charm, embracing

traditional style with a modern

twist. Wash basins, bath tubs,

sanitaryware, accessories and

furniture all are part of this

range. It is available in a wide

selection of finishes such as

chrome, bronze, gold, nickel

and copper.

Price on request


This gorgeous suite accommodates a

bathtub called Juventus and a watercloset

and wash basin called Torrin. Made from

ceramic, the products belong to the

Hindware Italian collection. The WC uses

the smart flushing technology which

enables water saving. The wash basin

exudes a contemporary look and design

whereas Juventus features eight hydrojets,

six wave nozzles and eight airjets for a

complete spa feeling.

` 13,160 (WC); ` 16,460 (washbasin);

Price on request (bath tub)

Duravit India

Cape Cod comprises of ceramic wash bowls with distinctively thin edges, a range of bathtubs

and bathroom furniture. While the furniture is made of solid real wood and available in Vintage

Oak, American Walnut, European Oak and White Beech finishes; the wash basins are produced

from a specially developed high-strength ceramic mass with an elegant finish (DuraCeram).

Price on request

FCML India

This dazzling bathroom suite is

the Ritz Collection from Milldue.

The aesthetics of the collection is

characterized by geometrically

shaped panels on the fronts of the

vanities and the bathtubs, which

are decorated with timeless

materials such as marble, glass

and metals.

Price on request

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Parryware India

The Laguna Whirlpool and Waste bathtub boasts of six whirlpool jets,

one HP European waterpump and a water level sensor. The vanity

termed as Iris is made from water-resistant particle wood whereas the

faucet from the Verve collection is known for advance water-saving.

The WC, again from the Verve collection has a soft close system seat to

avoid breakages.

` 66,800 (bathtub); ` 25,990 (vanity); ` 15,000 onward (WC)

Roca India

W+W is the fusion of a washbasin and WC in

one single piece. Complemented by the

Singles-Pro tap, it is the logical choice where

sustainability and excellent design are key.

W+W filters the water from the basin and

reuses it to flush the WC.

` 2,25,000 (washbasin and water closet)

Parryware India

The Poise plain bathtub has an

automatic pop-up waste and self

draining system. The Orchid

vanity features soft close doors

and drawers that are made from

moisture-resistant particle wood

whereas the faucet belongs to the

single-lever range. Jazz, the WC

has a soft close system to avoid

shocks and breakages.

` 19,900 (bathtub); ` 29,550

(vanity); ` 15,500 (WC);

` 2,000 onward (faucet)

Parryware India

This bathroom suite comprises of a bathtub, a vanity set and a WC. Europa is a plain

bathtub with a ceramic steel bath tub overflow. The Aster vanity features soft close

doors and drawers that are made from moisture-resistant particle wood. The WC

Jewel WH has a soft close system seat to avoid breakages.

` 12,500 onward (bathtub); ` 21,800 (vanity); ` 2,000 onward (faucet)


Mosaic Collection

(comprising of WC, bidet

and wash basin) by Stile

from Italy is the perfect

blend of an accurate

hand crafted work and

experimentation of new

materials and


Rome-based Luca

Cimarra has designed

the entire range. The

Mini 9.0 set with elegant

mosaic work decoration

can be found in six

different colours: gold,

platinum, black, white,

grey and lilac.

` 52,530

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Toto India

The Neorest Suite Collection is a

perfect combination of

technology, comfort and design.

LE II and XH II are the latest

toilets that come equipped with

the Actlight technology — a

powerful cleaning system that

brings about unparalleled levels of

health and hygiene. The Wcs have

a sensor-activated lid, an

automatic water-saving flush and

an adjustable dryer.

Price on request

Parryware India

The shower area here has a Universal Shower Tray with embossed anti-slip and shower tray overflow. The over the

counter ceramic basin is called Glam whereas the faucet Spark belongs to the single-lever range. Rose, the vanity set is

made from moisture-resistant particle wood and PVC board. Lastly, I Klin is a wall-hung WC with a soft-close seat to

avoid breakages.

` 3,250 (basin); ` 6,500 (shower tray); ` 1,600 onward (faucet); ` 1,60,000 (WC)

Roca India

Contesa is a steel

enamelled drop-in

bathtub. The

wall-mounted bath

shower mixer has an

automatic diverter, a

1.7 metre flexible

shower hose, a

handset and swivel

wall bracket.

` 26,000 onward


` 12,000

(bath mixer)

Villeroy & Boch

Thanks to a rim height of about 18 mm, the ceramic sink from

the Venticello collection has a light and elegant appearance.

The three water saving DirectFlush WCs, also available as floor

standing models, can be ordered with SlimSeats in two

different designs. The vanity units with heights of 420 mm

and 590 mm are also part of this collection..

Price on request


Created by NOA design group, Metropole comprises of wash basins and

WCs. The washbasins are built with a Integra space saving siphon with

hidden overflow channel for superior hygiene. The special bowl of the

WC pan features a channel free design that rules out germ

reproduction. Also, the WC pan dispenses a liquid cleaner with every

flush, cleaning the pan thoroughly for maximum hygiene.

Price on request

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Bidets & Water Closets

FCML India

Ilbagnoalessi dOt from Laufen designed by

Dutch architect and designer Wiel Arets aims

to devote all objects of relaxation while

creating this collection. The WC and cistern

therefore boasts of clean edges and sharp

lines. The range is available in white with the

patented Laufen Clean Coat and is made from

vitreous china.

Price on request

Toto India

Part of the Toja series, this toilet has

a rounded-off rectangular shape. A

new glaze features on the ceramic

WC to maintain its smooth straight

surface and pure white lustre for

years to come. The range also

includes wash basins, showerheads,

faucets and closets.

Price on request

HSIL India

The ceramic wall-mounted closet

from Hindware Italian collection

easily fits into any bathroom

leaving ample space for

movement. The stylish WC has a

slow falling seat cover and water

saving dual flush. It is available in

white and ivory colours.

` 23,610

Roca India

This wall hung clean rim water closet from the

Gap collection is made from vitreous china.

Clean Rim allows the water flow to circulate

along the whole inner perimeter, achieving

higher efficiency in the water flush down on

the inside of the bowl. Moreover, it does not

have furrows, edged angles, corners or gaps

in the surface, making it easier to clean.

` 12,000 onward

Parryware India

This ceramic floor-mounted

single suite called Kaiser

boasts of siphonic flushing for

effective bulk waste disposal.

It has a dual flush 4.5-3l cistern

which has a water saving

double button to choose

between 4.5 or 3 litres of

flushing volume. Due to the

soft close system, the WC

avoids shocks and breakages.

` 15,950


The V-Care range of shower

toilets has been designed by the

design studio NOA. The series is

made with a specially designed

nozzle spray that allows the user

to regulate the water as desired.

It can be used via a remote

control for nozzle position, water

pressure and the temperature

of the water and the seat. Other

features include a rimless design

of the inner bowl and hidden

installation of V- Fit.

Price on request

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The black wall hung WC from the Blend series by Italy’s Artceram created by the

award winning design house Meneghello Paolelli Associati has gentle, soft curves.

The collection includes WCs, bidets, wash basins and bathroom accessories in white

and black hues. Available in a size of 360 mm x 520 mm x 370 mm, the WC and bidet

featured here has decorative gold lettering on its body.

` 71,480

FCML India

The common design feature of WCs and bidets

in the Kartell by Laufen range is their conical

shape. The WCs have an equally powerful

flush with 6/3 litres and with 4.5/3 litres. The

wall-mounted WC and bidet are fastened to

the wall with a new assembly system — this

renders the use of protective covers obsolete

and the surface remains smooth and easy to

clean. All WCs and bidets are available in white

with Laufen Clean Coat white and matte white.

Price on request

Villeroy & Boch

The wall-mounted Subway 2.0 washdown toilet is made of vitreous china. It has a

concealed trapway and a D-shape bowl with a water use of 1.6/0.8. gpf (gallons per

flush). The Ceramicplus surface of this toilet ensures easy-care and dirt repellent.

With Ceramicplus water immediately form droplets that simply flow off the surface,

taking the dissolved dirt and lime scale with it.

Price on request

Kohler India

The Pureclean bidet seats can perfectly fit on

a variety of toilets as it comes in three shapes.

A retractable wand, an adjustable front and

rear wash, water pressure control, a noncorrosive

body and single easy-to-use lever to

control functions are some of its important

features. Also notable is the gentle cleansing

offered by Pureclean that helps kids clean

themselves more thoroughly and promotes

awareness of the benefits of cleanliness.

` 6,999

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Washbasins & Vanities


Epitome of French chic, the Biarritz collection

of wash basins has smooth contours and a

variety of finishes. Lending opulent splendour

to the basin and bath, it features simple to

operate crosshead controls combined with a

beautiful curved spout. It comes wiith a choice

of basin mixers, plus a deck mounted or floor

standing bath shower mixer.

Price on request

FCML India

These gorgeous vitreous china wash basins

form a part of the Trace Collection which is

designed by Gianni Veneziano and Luciana

Di Virgilio from V+T studio. The repertoire

is available in three shapes, rectangular

square and round, and colours such as

glossy white, matte white, glossy black and

matte black.

Price on request

FCML India

This gorgeous wash basin belongs to the Majestic collection from the

brand Milldue. Created by Samuele Mazza and Alessandro La Spada,

the washbasin is made from ceramic whereas the vanity top is made

from extra light beveled glass.

Price on request

Etre Luxe

Called Beauty, this vanity by

Oylmpia Ceramica, is an

extraordinary design

comprising of a wash basin

made in livingtech; a wall

mirror with wooden frame;

cabinet stool with wheels, taps

and other accessories. With its

large mirrored surface and

wooden components, a host of

accessories and toiletries can

be accommodated here.

` 5,68,500

Duravit India

L-Cube — the new bathroom

furniture program designed by

Christian Werner — is

available in high-gloss finishes

in Apricot Pearl, Jade and

Dolomiti Grey, as well as with

real-wood fronts in brushed

dark oak finish. A key

characteristic of the range

is a shadow gap that

surrounds the fronts and

sides of the furniture.

Price on request

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FCML India

These beauties from Valdama belong to the Seed Collection designed Prospero

Rasulo. The collection consists of vitreous china basins in varying shapes, and

colours such as glossy white, matte white, glossy black and matte black. Inspite of

being in different shapes, all the basins sport soft rims and are rounded to lend a

soft and cosy feel.

Price on request

FCML India

Laufel by Italian brand Kartell uses two

materials that are poles apart to create this

lovely bathroom suite — the vanities use

plastic in their making, whereas the wash

basins are made from ceramic.

Price on request

FCML India

The stand alone basin and basin mixer are a part of the Cono collection from Gessi.

The basin is made from Cristelplant whereas the mixer is crafted from brass. The

organic and geometric design makes this collection fit into both contemporary and

classical interiors. The basin mixer comes with IS-PVD which is an enhanced vacuum

technology for thin film deposition.

Price on request

Etre Luxe

Italy-based Graff in collaboration with Studio

Lombardo Nespoli and Novara have created a

unique bathroom vanity called Dressage. Made

from thermoformed board of Corian DuPont

combined with Canaletto walnut solid wood,

the collection is compact. Sitting atop the

surface is a square sink, a shelf with a towel

hook, an adjustable mirror, and a wooden

drawer for storage.

Price on request

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The Memoria Black series

comprises of an open cabinets,

chest of drawers, tall cabinets and

mirror. The open shelf unit

smoothly revolves on its hinge to

reveal a mirror on its back side.

The wide full-extension drawers

come with 40 cm and 80 cm

depths, and the deluxe anti-fog

mirror is a great convenience for

personal care after a shower.

Price on request

Parryware India

This ceramic bowl basin Poise will add much

panache to your bathrooms.

` 9,900


Germany-based Alape’s 2step is a new and very distinctive basin range

with geometrical form, and features a distinctive stepped tap area on

one side. In two steps, the basin’s depth is split into two different levels

— the tap area can be used as a functional shelf for accessories that

get wet during use, while the surrounding counter top and furniture

remain dry.

Price on request


This wash basin with an integrated half

pedestal is called Vibe. Moulded in ceramic to

give your bathroom the extra oomph, it comes

in two colours: white and ivory. Some of its

important features are bacteria resistant; stain

resistant and being water saving pro. Apart

from that, it comes with a 10-year warranty.

Price on request

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Rio is the latest entrant in the wash basin category from the brand.

Exuding a fresh and lively vibe, the wash basin reflects reflect exactly

how you feel after using them. A wash basin with an integrated half

pedestal, it is available in white and ivory colours.

Price on request

RAK India

RAK Elegance

bathroom vanity units

are a stunning

combination of form,

function, design and

durability. The Coral

vanity is made of high

density PVC while the

wash basin is made of

ceramic. This vanity

is 100 per cent water

proof with soft

closing fittings

and stainless

steel hardware.

` 21,500


` 6,100 (mirror)


The Unisono basins from the 3mm series are

available in floor-standing pillar washstands,

which is a combination of a basin and a

cylindrical structure. This new and iconic basin

has been developed from 3mm glassed steel.

The cylindrical washstand is available in

diameters 325 mm and 400 mm. The

wall-mounted basin can be used with either

wall-mounted taps or floor-standing fittings.

Price on request

RAK India

The Maple vanity from RAK’s

Elegance collection has been

designed to enable optimum

utilization of space in your

bathroom, making it appear large

and airy. Comprising of a cabinet

(700mm x 460mm x 500mm),

wash basin, mirror (700mm x

730mm) and side cabinet, it comes

in a sleek wall-mounted design.

Made of PVC, it is easy to clean,

dust-proof and water-proof.

` 18,000 (vanity+basin)

` 7,500 (mirror+side cabinet)

Duravit India

P3 Comforts is a complete bathroom range for

a young, sporty target group. The soft overall

form and gently rounded corners bring a touch

of calm and order to the bathroom. The

pronounced depth of the basin optimizes

draining and facilitates cleaning with

additional storage space on the left or right

of the wash basin, adding an interesting

creative touch.

Price on request

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This stunning three-hole basin mixer is part of the latest CL.1 series. Two different texture

options are available for the fitting’s handles. The spray face is an in-house development that

gently immerses the user’s hands in 40 soft, individual jets of water. Plated finish, polished

chrome and platinum matt are the three finishes available.

Price on request

Etre Luxe

This floor mounted bath tub filler

with hand shower is part of

Brizo’s Virage collection. The

faucet has a brilliance brushed

nickel finish with a brass body. It

is also available in chrome,

Venetian bronze, brilliance

brushed bronze and brilliance

brushed nickel finishes. The

H2Okinetic hand shower has a

60-82 inches stretchable finished

metal hose; indexing hand shower

holder and auto resetting diverter.

Price on request

Ess Ess

Part of D-Series, this Pillar

Cock faucet is made of

high quality brass and is

available in a silver colour.

It is flexible and is resistant

to shock, abrasion,

corrosion, UV and

chemical damage.

Price on request

FCML India

Part of the Eleganza collection,

this basin mixer is made from

brass and finished in chrome. The

faucet is available in other finishes

as well such as brushed chrome,

antique brass, polished gold,

polished gold with white or black

inserts, brushed gold, satin gold.

Price on request

Hangrohe India

The Axor Citterio E series of bathtubs,

showers, bidets and bath mixers comes with

a smooth design concept. The basin mixers

are available with classic-looking star handles

or as a single lever mixer with joystick handle.

The single lever mixers are available in four

different heights and a combination of

different design elements thus compatible

with a variety of wash basins.

Price on request

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The Oros Faucets from the Hindware Italian collection is an alluring range made from chromeplated

brass. It is 100 percent leak-proof and uses a ceramic cartridge for smooth performance.

` 11,990

Grohe India

This single lever bath mixer

belongs to the brands Allure

Brilliant collection. It is made from

brass and finished in chrome. The

faucet shows off its crisp planes,

intriguing angles and cut-out

details. It comes with SilkMove

technology which consists of a 46

mm cartridge that delivers

gradual and precise control of the

waterflow and temperature.

Price on request

H & R Johnson

This 1,000 tall-body basin mixer belongs to

the Elite collection. The collection has two

material variants: high quality stainless steel

and chrome-plated brass to ensure uniform

flow of water and temperature. Some of the

additional features are water saving

technology and thermostat control.

Price on request

Delta Faucet Company

This beauty belongs to Sotria Bath

collection by Brizo. Triangular

silhouettes mark the aesthetics of

this collection that consists of

single-hand and widespread

lavatory faucets featuring channel

or closed spouts, a wall mount

lavatory faucet with a channel

spout, as well as freestanding tub

fillers and roman faucets. Finishes

include polished chrome,

brilliance polished nickel, matte

black and brilliance luxe

nickel finish.

Price on request


Part of the Hindware collection, this brass

basin mixer is chrome-plated for ever-lasting

shine. It features a ceramic cartridge for

smooth performance and German aerator for

uninterrupted flow. It is also 100 percent


` 3,690

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Roca India

Termed as Esmai, this chrome-finished basin mixture comes with pop up waste and flexible

supply hoses.

` 10,000 onward

Grohe India

The Bridgeford collection consists of wideset

and vessel faucets and tub fillers. Made from

brass it is available in durable oil rubbed

bronze finish, brushed nickel InfinityFinish and

StarLight chrome. The collection comes with

Grohe SilkMove technology which consists of

a cartridge that delivers precise control of the

waterflow and temperature.

Price on request

Roca India

The chrome- finished

basin mixer called

Singles Open

features a

pop-up waste.

` 50,000 onward

Samir Ceramics

This basin single lever mixer with pop-up

waste called Thor (gold with mother-of-pearl)

is from the brand Effepi Rubinetterie. The

nozzle is first drilled with tools used for

barrels, and then it is bent. The lever in a form

of a comfortable joystick is another anomaly

here. It is available in chrome and gold finish.

` 3,28,200 (bath mixer) ` 1,09,637

(basin mixer)


The Single Lever

Single Hole Extended

Basin Mixer Vessel

Faucet has a solid


brass construction.

The one piece


ceramic disc

cartridge allows both

volume and

temperature control.

It has a flexible

knitted hose with 3/8

or 1/2 compression


` 11,900

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Grohe India

The three-hole basin mixer is made from brass and is finished in StarLight chrome. It comes with

a metal lever, a spout with flow control, and pressure-resistant flexible connection hoses

(between spout and side valves).

Price on request

Samir Ceramics

The attractive and delicate form

of a swan is the inspiration for the

Crystal collection from Italian

brand Effepi Rubinetterie. The

body of the faucet is gold-plated

and is embellished by Swarovski

crystals. It is available for both

washbasins and bathtubs in single

handle mixer taps (in 3-hole and

5-hole variants).

` 2,92,800 (bath mixer)

` 2,47,350 (basin mixer)

Samir Ceramics

From the house of Italy’s Effepi Rubinetterie

comes this state-of-the-art bath mixer with

flexible double clamp shower has been plated

with 24 karat gold and decked with Swarovski

crystals. While this one is shinny gold finish,

also available are chrome, bronze, polished

nickel and matt gold finishes.

` 2,92,800 (bath mixer) ` 2,47, 350

(basin mixer)


This basin mixer

without pop up (part

of the hydrus range)

is constructed with

solid brass metal

which provides great

strength, durability

and quality. Plated

with chrome, it can

withstand years of

use. Wide angle of its

lever provides ultra

comfort and flawless

smooth operations

and controls the flow

of water under any

water or temperature


Price on request


Here’s the Five Hole Wall Mounted Bath

Shower Tub Mixer with Hand Shower. The five

hole installation has each of these holes

spaced 4-6 inches apart. It has a solid brass

construction which is chrome plated. It comes

with Zero Drip technology. The diverter handle

controls water flow between the faucet and

hand shower.

` 49,900

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Roca India

The Moai 2, the chrome-finished

basin mixture has an aerator, a

pop-up waste and flexible

supply hoses.

` 35,000

Toto India

The Classic Series of faucets

come with a charming cross

handle design. These faucets

also feature the Ecocaps fitted.

The lavatory faucets as well as

the extended lavatory faucets

are available in chrome and

gold finishes.

Price on request

Toto India

The Contemporary series of faucets come

with new-age styling and smooth operating

levers. The faucets also feature Toto’s Ecocap

that adds air to water to achieve a full jet with

the less use of water. The Aerial Pulse feature

allows aerated water to be delivered with a

pulsating function, so less water produces a

more wholesome coverage flow of water.

Price on request


Part of the Orion collection, this

faucet is an apt example of design

artistry and innovation. Made of

brass and having a chrome finish,

it comes with a hot limit

adjustment ring and two stoke

operations for water saving and

controlling. Its integrated

honeycomb structured aerator

comes with lime build-up

protection while the anti-clogging

dome screen of the aerator filters

sediments and dust particles.

Price on request

Hangrohe India

Talis Select comes with the

brand’s popular Select technology

wherein instead of using a

conventional lever handle the

water flow is started and stopped

by pressing the Select button. The

faucets are available with a flat or

round outlet. It is also fitted with

an aerator that limits the flow of

water to fiver litres per minute.

With its conical body and

elegantly flowing lines, the mixer

is a combination of functionality

and aesthetics.

Price on request

Roca India

The L20 E is a battery-driven

faucet. It features a hand

presence sensor that

instantaneously turns the faucet

on/off without wasting a single

drop. The electronic faucets have

a water flow limit of six litres per

minute and are specially

recommended for public and

semipublic spaces due to its water

and energy saving potential.

` 17,000 onward

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Bathroom Spa Products

Etre Luxe

The new Pera whirlpool from

Hoesch comprises of three

massage zones for varying

treatments of the skin, muscles

and metabolism. A total of eight

back jets, two calf jets, four thigh

jets and six foot jets pamper the

body from head to toe. The

system is conveniently operated

from an intuitive control panel on

the edge of the bath.

Price on request

Etre Luxe

5 MM by Treemme Rubinetterie is

made of brushed stainless steel

and has a thickness of mere 5

mm. It can be found in two

different versions. The use of a

single thickness for all the

components of the tap; for the

control levers and for all the

applications of the series make

the design of 5mm light and

barely noticeable.

Price on request

Duravit India

Designed by EOOS to allow two people to

bathe together comfortably, the whirlpool

and soaking tub of the Duravit Paiova 5 is

shaped like a trapezoid. It has a seamless

acrylic panel, support frame, two backrest

slopes and the Combi-L whirl system. The

pleasantly flat jets swivel their massaging

water streams up and down the muscles

along the back.

Price on request

Delta Faucet Company

Inside each H2Okinetic showerhead, the

natural energy of water is harnessed and

channeled through a series of carefully placed

highly engineered H2Okinetic chambers.

These chambers sculpt the water into a unique

wave pattern that oscillates, providing a dense,

concentrated spray. Also, the oscillating spray

pattern self-cleans each nozzle.

` 27,500 onward

FCML India

Designed by Prospero Rasulo, the Cono

collection from Gessi comprises of a

wall-fixing rain shower, hand shower,

built-in mixer with diverter and a wall

mounted atomizer jet. It is available in an

array of finishes chrome, copper, white,

black and metal black.

Price on request

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Roca India

Virginia is an oval-shaped free standing acrylic bathtub

without a tub filler. It has a drainage system and measures

1700 x 800 x 560 mm with 192 litres of water capacity.

` 1,26,990

FCML India

With its alternating glass and

wooden walls, Tueco’s Finnish

Sauna Arja feature the

innovative Biosauna technology,

which entails a treatment that

combines the characteristics and

benefits of a dry sauna with those

of a steam room. A touch screen

control panel, situated outside the

cabin, allows you to set the

temperature and humidity levels

as well as treatment duration.

Price on request

FCML India

The Cono collection of brassware and

ceramics from Gessi comprises of a wall-fixing

head shower, built-in mixer with diverter and

wall mounted atomizer jet. The innovative

design created by Prospero Rasulo will fit in

both contemporary and classical bathrooms,

owing to its graceful profile, and fusion of

organic and geometric features.

Price on request

Delta Faucet Company

Temp2O Technology has a digital

temperature display featuring

LED colour indicators to signal

different water temperature

ranges for easy, visual indication.

While blue represents

temperature less than 26 degrees

celsius, magenta represents

temperature between 26 and 43

degrees celsius and red

represents temperature greater

than 43 degrees celsius.

` 6,450

Etre Luxe

The Pao Spa series by Italy-based Treemee has

integrated rounded and angular shapes. Water

flows from squared openings whose cascade

effect creates the sensation of a small spa. A

complete shower panel is also available. The

series is available in four different finishes:

chrome, brush nickel and black/chrome.

` 5,00,000 onward (brushed nickel

and chrome) ` 6,50,000 onward

(black and chrome)

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Grohe India

The Rainshower Icon range of vibrant hand showers and shower sets

are like a breath of fresh air. The halo-shaped spray face reduces the

aesthetic volume and delivers a large full spray due to its perfectly

aligned shower nozzles. It also comes with Grohe DreamSpray

technology that allows one to enjoy their shower experience to the

fullest inspite of using minimal water.

Price on request

Grohe India

The Eurocube shower system

entails a shower arm with a

projection of 400 mm, an exposed

single-lever shower mixer with a

diverter and handshower with

EcoJoy technology for perfect flow

with less water. It is finished in

StarLight chrome.

Price on request

H & R Johnson

The Lute collection

has been designed

using high quality

gloss lucite special

cast acrylic sheet with

fibre glass

reinforcement. The

thick acrylic sheet

gives the Lute its

colour, which does not

fade or turn pale over

years of use. Another

important feature is

extra deep design for

full body immersion.

Price on request

FCML India

Kartell by Laufen’s bathtubs have a central

drain hole and a linear overflow just below the

upper rim, which gives users the feeling of

being in an infinity pool. The overflow is fitted

with atmospheric LED lighting. An air whirlpool

bath system provides maximum relaxation in

the bathtub while the aromatized misting

enhances the effect of the overflow lightning.

Price on request

Hansgrohe India

The Croma Select range features

the Select technology which

makes it easy to switch between

spray modes intuitively, at the

touch of a button. The hand

shower offers individual

showering fun with three

different spray modes: from

SoftRain via IntenseRain to the

massage spray. All showers are

available in modern white-chrome

with a white spray disk

and handle.

Price on request

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The Eco Air Hand Shower combines an invigorating shower and massage. They are also

committed to the environment and encourage water saving.

` 3,490

Hansgrohe India

The Joco range of multi-coloured hand

showers is crafted for kids and has an

animal-like appearance with a crest on their

heads that’s fun to play with. The hand shower

features two spray modes: a stronger normal

spray and a soft spray that lets water flow

gently over a toddler’s head. A slight twist of

the showerhead, and there’s an easy remedy

for lime scale build-up too.

Price on request

H & R Johnson

Sydeny forms a part the Combino Jaccuzis collection of the brand. The collection is a combination

of a jacuzzi, bathtub, shower panel and a shower encloser. The shower panels have an anodized

aluminum body. A tray provision for keeping toiletries is an add-on.

Price on request

Hansgrohe India

The new Rainmaker

Select 460 overhead

shower with a new white

glass surface adds

oomph to the bathroom

ambience. The rimless

surface, surrounded by a

narrow chrome casing

gives the overhead

shower (head size of

460mm x 300 mm) a

high-quality look. It has

three spray modes (rain

spray, rain stream and

mono spray) and a


spray disc.

Price on request

Roca India

Morning showers will be like no other with

The Puzzle collection. It comprises of four

pieces, a thermostatic concealed faucet, a

handshower with water inlet, cluth and

hose, a headshower without cascade

waterfall, and lastly a body jet.

` 1,19,000

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Hafele India

Edelbad’s Emo shower is made of high grade

stainless steel and plated with chrome, thus

preventing corrosion or deterioration through

excessive use of water. The shower system

has an integrated panel-touch feature with

multi-functional operations including light and

sound control. The faucets come with a

self-generating system to save energy as well.

Price on request

Villeroy & Boch

With individual, hand-fitted real-wood veneers, the free-standing Squaro Prestige bath tubs

(1,800 mm x 800 mm) are transformed into items of elegance. Made of the material Quaryl,

they are offered in six different types of wood: Rouble Burl Wood, high gloss; Dark Chestnut, high

gloss; European Oak, matt; Smoked Oak, matt; Satin Walnut, matt; Yew, high gloss.

Price on request

Grohe India

The Ondus Digital range lets you

recreate your perfect water

experience over and over again

with the same temperature and

the same pressure. The wallmounted

system has an

advanced touch operating panel

with backlit icons, an integrated

digital display and intuitive menu

navigation. What’s more? It has a

temperature sensor and a feature

called SafeStop which stops the

shower at 38 degrees celcius.

Price on request

Hafele India

Launched under the Hafele brand, this

round overhead shower is made of

Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (chrome

plated) while its 45° ball joint is made of

brass. The easy-to-clean nozzles prevent

water scaling and blockages. It includes a

flow restrictor with a regulated flow rate

of nine liters per minute.

Price on request

Cardio Fitness India

Helo sauna boasts of a powerful

sauna heater, which is easily

accessible. It has wide and

comfortable benches with

movable ergonomic backrests.

The walls and ceiling in the visible

areas are made of elegant

massive wood panels in 19 mm fir

in cartridge construction. It is

framed in water resistant

aluminium and the entrance

sports an all clear ESG glass.

Price on request

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76 BETTER INTERIORS September 2015

Today, in the hands of the modern design

professional, the once neglected corner of the

home has been transformed into a spa-like

retreat or super luxe suite. The pampered bathing

is not just about high-end fixtures, sink-in tubs

and showers that soak you in a stream of light and

colour — it is about design acumen and the

material interplay that the designers use to create

this relaxing cocoon. We roped-in five top class

design firms to share their latest creations… each

one here is dipped in heavenly luxury.

Anchored by: DEEPA NAIR

PhotogrAPhs: courtesy thE ARchItEcts AND INtERIoR DEsIgNERs

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Colour & Style


Annkur Khosla of Annkur

Khosla Design Studio

1 Exquisite Italian marble and

black Brazilian gold floor creates

the shell of this impressive

bathroom Annkur created for a

Bangalore home. The sculptural

black granite washbasin has

been hand-carved and goes

well with the fantastic Jeeves &

Wooster Hat Light suspended

from the ceiling. Interestingly,

the mirror is integrated in the

sliding window which overlooks

the courtyard beyond. Being next

to the courtyard, and to bring

the outdoors in, the architect

introduced a dry landscape feature

with polished granite pebbles.

2 Everything is natural and earthy

in this calming bathroom which

sees sand-blasted Jaisalmer gold

on the walls and polished Jaisalmer

on the floor and the counter top.

A bespoke vanity counter here

flaunts beautiful printed motifs

and enhances to the royal feel of

the bathroom. A lavish jacuzzi is

set on a elevated platform and

is bathed in warm light from the

dome-shaped Flos chandelier. A

Yusuf Arakkal painting completes

the look.


3 Annkur says, “Material change

and design planning can alter

the experience of a space.”

And this bathroom is a perfect

example. Teamed with the beige

agglomerate marble flooring, the

beautiful Spanish printed tiles

catches your attention the moment

you enter this space. The marble

is extended to the counter top of

the vanity which holds twin wash

basins from Kohler. This minimal

bathroom also had sleek glass

shutter wardrobes from Nolte.

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Colour & Style


1 A bathroom which can easily

pass off as a living room of a

house… this one is designed

for a family in Gurgaon. An

extensive walk-in wardrobe

leads to this bathroom with a

large shower enclosure. Here,

the floors and walls are draped

in Grey William Italian marble

and sees treated hardwood on

the countertop with a lacquered

floating vanity for company.

The Buddha, the blue bench

and the clock has also been

specially sourced by the team

for this house.


2 Designed for a young occupant,

this bathroom flaunts a large

artwork by Satyajeet Shinde

(set against a textured veneer),

right above the water closet.

Interestingly, the flush plate has

a coveted place, a large special

counter has been created to

accommodate it… which can

also display some accessories. A

Foscarini lamp, Valdama basin,

Gessi fittings and a stautario

marble counter top are the

other highlights here.

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Hardesh and Monica

Chawla of Essentia


3 A bachelor’s bathroom, this one

is sans a conventional door — slip

glass (which can become opaque

with the slightest touch) is a wall

between the bedroom and the

bath. A black theme runs through

this space with Versace tiles on

the floor and wall, with quartz (on

the counter top and back

of the water closet), to break

the monotony.

4&5 This gorgeous master bathroom

for a couple in Gurgaon has

the luxury of a calming vertical

garden in the courtyard running

next to it; and a beautiful lake

beyond it. The flooring here

is stautario marble with deck

flooring in the courtyard and

veneer and composite stautario

on the counter top. If you note

the vanity it would seem almost

floating… it is created from marine

ply and topped with lacquer. As

the couple likes to spend a lot of

time in this relaxing bathroom,

a mirror television is set next

to the large mirror which runs

alongside the vanity. The shower

area is spacious and sees leatherfinished

grey marble flooring.



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Mohak Mehta and Pallavi

Choksi of Pinakin LLP

1&2 This master bathroom of a luxurious and

beautifully-crafted Delhi home flaunts some

exquisite materials. The bespoke lacquered

black vanity is set against a large mirror

which gives the space a grander feel. A freestanding

bathtub is set against an intricately

carved jaali-patterned screen and is bathed

in warm light from the antique chandelier.

Italian marble on the floor coupled with

the warm wooden panelling make this a

glamourous room.

3 Also part of the Delhi house, this powder

bathroom will leave anyone awe-struck. A

beautiful collection of colourful handmade

ceramic plates are strewn across a red

laminated door which opens up to the

powder room. Rich silk ties, lined up on a

rod create drama and provide an element

of surprise. You can’t miss the face of

Napolean created out of mosaic tiles

reflected on the mirror. Lastly, the standalone

floor wash basin and the unusual

suspended lights make this powder room a

ravishing one.

4, 5&6 Extravagant, generous and gorgeous… this

master bathroom for a Mumbai residence

belongs to a young owner in his late 20’s.

Hence, the architects decided to create a

lavish, dynamic and sporty private space.

The most striking and unifying element of

this large bathroom is the Bisazza floor — an

unusual premium pattern in a black and white

hue. Ample storage is provided in the white

lacquered vanity which is neatly set against

a large mirror which runs along this furniture

piece. Complementing the vanity is the white

marble counter top for the twin basins from

Gessi. The shower cubicle has Greek Thassos

marble walls and is set next to the relaxing

jacuzzi which affords views of the expansive

ocean and palm trees. If one is not gazing

at the sea, then the lovely Flos Skygarden

ceiling lamp is a deserving substitute. To add

more wow-factor, the architects brought in

a stunning Dolphin sculpture from New York

which is made entirely from metal scraps.

Then, there is also the impressive Dipoli

White side table crafted in ceramic from the

famous Andrew Martin.

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interior designer

Shabnam Gupta from

The Orange Lane

1&2 The design philosophy followed in the

bathrooms of this Mumbai bungalow was

to seamlessly weave the washrooms in the

same design fabric as the house. Hence, the

use of ethnic wall niches, painted shutters,

Gaudi- inspired ceiling treatments, and

artwork in the washrooms can be seen

in them… all contribute to elevating the

space. Seen here is the powder bathroom

with niches that have dual purpose — of

storage as well as lighting. The impressions

on the storage shutters have been carved

onto white painted plywood and have

been embedded in a marble counter.

The impressions on the wall are done on

plaster of Paris. The framed art work and

towel holders all work as a team to keep

the concept intact. The powder room had

egg white finished clean walls and brightly

coloured stained glass windows that adds a

pop of colour.

3&4 Shabnam says, “There is a lot more to

washrooms than being a space that houses

a water closet and wash basin. What excites

is the challenge that is to transfer space

that is predominantly functional into a

space that exuberates leisure and ease. To

achieve this through design is what excites

me as a designer.” Therefore, in this master

bathroom we see some interestingly play

of materials, accessories and furniture.

The grey marble flooring is offset with

brightly coloured painted shutters and green

distressed furniture to go with it. The wall

niche used as shelves/storage is something

ancient Indians have used in forts and homes.

The jalli work painted on the storage shutters

complements the beauty of the niches. The

walls have been treated with marble and

ethnic accessories.

5&6 For Sagar Villa the client being a landscape

designer by profession, one of the

parameters kept in mind while designing

was the aspect of the colour green. It can

be witnessed in the guest bathroom which

follows shades of sea green rough finish

stones for walls. This contrasts well with the

green granite (counter top) and slate flooring

for the shower area. The granite counter is

divided into two parts — the area below the

sink is enclosed with hand-painted wooden

shutters, while the other has open niches.

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1&2 Designed for a

contemporary duplex

penthouse in Mumbai,

this bathroom has been

designed in subtle white

tones to make the space

look larger and clutterfree.

Italian statuario

marble is used on the

floors and walls, with the

detailing of blue sodalite

marble in the shower and

basin area, and the dark

veneer on the ceiling

and doors to break the

monotony. The storage

cabinets are finished in

lacquer and the basin

counter is detailed and

appears to be floating.

Large peripheral

windows provide a

panoramic view of the

city’s skyline and allow

natural light to filter

into the space thereby

enhancing the overall

look of the bathroom.


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Zubin Zainuddin and Krupa

Zubin of ZZ Architects

3&4 This bathroom for a Mumbai client complements

the white Italian marble of the rest of the house

and is done in a softer beige tone marble with a

striking mosaic pattern (from Sicis), which runs

above the eye level. The soak tub (from Kaesch)

gives you an infinity feel as it fills up to the rim.

The mosaic pattern forms a stark backdrop

to the privately cornered tub area. A grab bar

makes it practical for the user to use the tub

comfortably. The large mirror above the counter

adds depth to the bathroom, while soft lighting

renders a warm glow.

5&6 Created for a teenage girl, this bathroom is

colourful and full of life. The architects wanted

the space to flow freely like a young mind;

therefore, there are more fluid surfaces. The

requirement to have a separate shower space and

an additional area where one can soak their feet

and use as an alternative shower once in a while

led them to craft a customized civil partition with

a circular cut-out acting as a ledge for keeping

products on display. The strong red floral mosaic

pattern (from Sicis) floating behind the shower

bench is visible from the other areas as well.

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Simply Splendid

Indulge in these three distinct projects: two residences and

a restaurant… they are replete with talent, taste and elegance.




SwitchOver Studio designs an unconventional and playful apartment in

Mumbai that reflects the personalities and passions of the young couple

inhabiting the space.

P&D Associates design an Indian minimalist yet modern bungalow for

a spiritual family in Bharuch.

By using eco-friendly materials, the young talent of Graphite Design

Studio create Jaipur’s eclectic and warm Brown Sugar Cafe and Lounge.

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Simple techniques, materials and

commonplace elements have been

tweaked to create endearingly wow

moments all through the apartment.

Here, in the passage, a large canvas

of dark grey paint comes to life

with family portraits captured

in DIY paper frames, adding an

interactive component to the house.

Overlooking the inanimate images

are animated sketches of The

Simpsons’ characters, printed on

transparent vinyl and later pasted

on white doors.

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When cool meets classy...

With stakes riding high on spaces not adhering to a specific style, interior designers

Disha Mehta and Ratica Jain of SwitchOver Studio, play the cards of experimentation

and customization to deliver an idiosyncratic apartment in Mumbai.

text: Vishanka Gandhi; PhotograPhs: abner Fernandes; courtesy switchOVer studiO

interior designers



For a home with an entrance

doormat reading ‘kat le’ (get lost

in english), you know this space

belongs to patrons of fun and

entertainment. Bringing the playful

element to this 1,600 square-foot

apartment are interior designers Disha Mehta

and Ratica Jain — the brains behind the young

design firm SwitchOver Studio. The duo is

driven by the philosophy to give substance to

every client’s vision using their design

sensibilities and on-site prowess. and for this

apartment, they transformed the client’s

sense of humour into endearing moments that

make you say with a smile, “oh, this is fun!”

The site is a large 3-BHK apartment in

suburban Khar, Mumbai, and the client is a

young, modern couple with an unconventional

lifestyle. “Free of preconceived ideas, they

wanted an uncluttered pad to party and play

cards while their eight year old son ran about

playing football,” informs Ratica, about the

brief. Driven by a relatively open-ended brief,

basic specifications included providing white

wardrobes, a place to lounge near the window

overlooking trees in the living room and a

non-standard dining table. In response to that,

the interior designers created a shell in shades

of white and grey, minimally packed with

simplistically-crafted furniture.

The duo started by revamping the outdoor

lobby. a rustic grey wall sharply contrasts the

brightly coloured potted plants fixed to it.

Paying homage to the owners love for the

fantastical Lord of the Rings movie and

stressing on the aforementioned “kat le”

instruction, is a sign above the door that reads

‘no admittance, except on party business’ in

the classic Lord of the Rings font.

ensuring a continued crest in the creative

frequency showcased in the corridor, just

beyond the main door lies the dining space

with its intriguing dining table. a favourite

amongst the guests, the table is a raw piece of

wood with knots and holes, matte polished

with a mere 24 inches as its shortest width.

Disha explains that it is largely a table for

playing poker rather than for having a

sit-down meal. For balancing the tense poker

moments is an unusual mix of chairs and a

bench. each chair is uniquely carved on site

and painted in a different hue, providing the

only set of bold colours that you will see in the

house. adding a touch of British classic is the

black and brown checkered upholstery,

reminiscent of skirts donned by bagpipe

playing Scottish men.

The dining space is well lit with a large window

and natural-white track lights. Visually

separating the living and the dining is a two

feet wide column artfully transformed into a

classical column with mouldings. Physically,

loose pieces of a two-seater sofa, a threeseater

sofa and an inviting leather armchair

inconspicuously demarcate the living space. a

29’ long and 9’ wide C-section suspended

from the ceiling becomes the source of

indirect warm-white lighting over this seating.

Minimally executed and chic in appearance, it

is the cove lighting without a false ceiling.

as it was a big living room, the client wanted

to capitalize on the view outside. This led

to designing an informal seating on a raised

platform by the window, at the other end of

the room. It was minimally furnished with an

Indian seating and a pouffe. This nest being a

significant requirement of an extremely short

list of requirements, the designers made

sure that it was well curated with complete

attention to detail. “The raised platform

is clad with black tiles cut and fixed in a

herringbone pattern,” says Disha. Here, the

interior designers showed-off their sartorial

skills by hanging bespoke curtains — they

stitched a line of red pom-poms adding focus

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The entrance had a grey matte-finished wall that

was later scraped to give it a rustic look. Setting

the playful tone of the house is the disclaimer

that admittance is reserved only for those willing

to party. Balancing the grey wall and the funny

elements are the warm hued plants growing out

of vibrant coloured pots.

Predominantly following a palette of cool colours,

the living and dining areas look contemporary

and classy. In the living area, standing out against

the neutral coloured shell are the wooden coffee

tables. Made using salvaged wood, the raw

quality is retained by sanding it on site and simply

polishing it to a mat finish.

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to the otherwise plain sheers. The effect

is stunning, wherein a horizontal line runs

across the

living room and bleeds into the guest

bedroom sheers, adds visual continuity

between the

two spaces, making it appear

volumetrically expansive.

toP: The living room seating encourages you to put your legs up and relax with a glass of whisky while

playing on the X-box, resonating the ‘fun’ vibe of the clients. In keeping with minimalism, the vastness

of the space is accentuated by breaking the living room wall and connecting it to the guest bedroom

with a modern glass partition. This along with the living room curtains continuing into the guest room

adds flow and visual connectivity.

above: One of the most important part of the client brief was to provide for an intimate space by the

window in the living room. This is done with a raised platform that physically divides the space into

a formal and an informal section. With the original parapet wall broken, the low Indian seating and

pouffe become the ideal lounging seats for looking outside the French windows.

a solution to accentuating the vastness of the

living room is their ingenious play of volumes.

For greater open space, they broke down the

living room wall and provided a modern glass

partition to the guest bedroom. Minimally

furnished, the guest bedroom just has a

sofa-cum-bed. For maximum storage, full

length wardrobes were provided behind the

powder bathroom. abutting that, and

accessible from the living room is the recessed

bar behind plain white doors. The powder

bathroom, adjacent to the guest bedroom, has

an interesting play of colours, patterns and

textures. an artwork of Moroccan patterns in

soft shades of grey, blue and yellow become

the floor and the intricacy of the pattern is

beautifully carved into the ceiling. The gold of

the bathroom fittings and the vibrant green of

the plants seen through the window, bring in

focus to the space. not commonly seen these

days, the pedestal basin is another smart

addition to the powder bathroom.

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concePt: to provide an uncluttered, open space with ample storage, a corner by the window to enjoy the

morning chai and a dining table that doubles up as a poker table.

Replete with experimentation, the designer

duo moulded the ordinary into pleasantly

surprising elements. “For the passage we

designed a photo wall of white handmade

frames hung with wooden cloth-pins on

twisted metal wires. The idea is to keep this

wall interactive by changing the pictures and

the configuration,” asserts Disha. On a similar

note, announcing entry from the passage to

the master bedroom and the eight year old

son’s room are vinyl printed sketches of

america’s famous animated sitcom, The

Simpsons — Homer with Marge Simpson

and Bart Simpson, pasted on their

respective doors.

Behind smiling figures of Mr and Mrs Simpson

is the tranquil master bedroom. Here, sheer

curtains that fade from blue to white, loosely

brushing against a collage of light and dark

brown flooring. Squint your eyes and it feels

like standing on a pristine white beach staring

at a calm sea fading into the clear white sky.

The staggered wooden flooring seems to be a

result of the sea rolling up to the shore and

then receding back, pulling the grains with it.

Sedimentation of blue, ochre and white sea

salts translates into the headboard fabric.

“The master bedroom like the rest of the

house had to be white. Here, the main

above The aesthetics of the

guest bedroom is a manifestation

of functional and logical design

thinking. The classical moulding

on the column is a reflection of the

moulding carved in the living room

columns. Full height wardrobes

with antique metal handles provide

ample storage and concept

continuity, respectively.

Left The powder bathroom is

sheer purity of delicate prorations

and intricate patterns. The

existing window is modified to

suit the narrow proportions of the

bathroom. Moroccan patterns of

the flooring tiles are replicated in

fibre moulds and cast in POP on the

ceiling. The subtle shades of grey,

yellow and blue make for a cool and

fresh ambience.

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cLockwise, from toP Left a curtain holder with a

customized metal chain tie-back.

The son’s wardrobes are dotted with playful aircraft and

yatch knobs.

In the master bedroom the dresser is a customized, 36” high,

white Corian console. above that hangs a mirror with an

elegantly carved wooden frame.

To give character to the sheer curtains, the designers stitched

a line of red Pom-poms onto them. The vegetal print of the

Indian seating complements.

a Scrabble nameplate... pieces of Scrabble tiles on a GPS map

of the house.

a quirky side table painted in blue PU with rhinoceros

metal knobs.

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above The dining

table has a raw wood

top. Complementing

that are cane

chairs upholstered

with a checkered

printed fabric, akin

to the skirts worn

by Scottish

bagpipe players.

Left Sitting in

disguise, the bar is

a hole in the wall

hidden behind

innocent white doors

flushed with the living

room wall. It has a

light fitting made

using plumbing pipes

and filament bulbs,

suspended from

the top.

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flooring statuario marble (living, dining,

passages, kitchen and guest bedroom),

laminated wooden flooring (bedrooms),

tiles (bathrooms) walls Paint ceilings

Gypsum false ceiling finished in paint,

cement finish (living and dining areas)

furniture suede fabric (sofa), suede

fabric with metal frame (dining bench),

jute fabric, cane weaving, wooden frame

(dining chairs), cotton polyester fabric

(indian seating/headboard/sofa cum bed)

requirement was having a 12” high mattress

with enough storage. This took shape as a low

8” box bed with a 32” tall headboard,”

they explain.

above Transforming

the narrow passage is

the wall of memories.

With a simple system

of paper-made photo

frames clipped to

twisted metal wires,

the contents and

the composition of

the frames can be

regularly altered by

the residents.

right The kitchen is

where functionality,

vintage print and clean

design come together.

Disha and Ratica understand the mindset of

the modern clients and their off-beat

requirements. “In order to pass on the travel

bug to their son, the passage wall of his room

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cLockwise, from toP Left

The wardrobe fascia in the son’s

bedroom clearly reflects the storage

type within — different sizes for

the kid’s books, clothes, toys and

miscellaneous objects. The yellow

laminated elevation is a playful

take on ‘complete the picture’

board games.

The master bedroom is replete with

a 12” high bed, side table, vintage

dressing and full-length wardrobes

in white.

The master bathroom features an

elongated drop shaped shower

and similar looking fixtures which

standout against the wooden

flooring tiles with a matching

laminate on the counter.

Homer and Marge Simpson

welcome you to the calm and

peaceful master bedroom. Here, the

flooring is a staggered arrangement

of light and dark cooled wooden

laminate. This also gives depth to

the stark white room.

The kid’s bathroom is a simple,

clean space of white tiles with

yellow grouting. Here, the mirror

is a playful take on the shape of an

upside-down egg.

has a large world map with the right boundary

of India,” says Disha. His wardrobe fascia looks

like an enlarged board game where you have

to place the right pieces to complete the

picture. each rectangle is a result of the

specific object stored within, be it books, toys,

clothes or other miscellaneous objects.

The residence is full of nuances that reflect

the varied passions of the inhabitants. Being

lovers of plants, little potted plants become a

part of the visual throughout the house. The

poker table in disguise of a dining table is

accompanied with a frangipani providing

oxygen to play for longer hours. a balcony,

running around the guest bedroom and the

living room is made accessible by lowering the

parapet wall to make it a facade of French

windows. This space is set to become a patch

of green complementing the green trees

beyond. Like sand castles tactfully moulded

out of sand, Disha and Ratica deconstruct and

translate the quirky sense of humour into a

welcoming home. It's classy and fun vibe

completely justifies your desire for a similar

home, which you are bound to feel

fact fiLe: Location khar west,

Mumbai area 1,600 sq ft Principal

designers disha Mehta and ratica Jain

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Soulful Design

Entrusted with the design of a bungalow in Bharuch belonging to

a spiritual businessman, P&D Associates create a warm and pious

space with some intricately rendered craftsmanship.

text: AlifiyA MehAMdAbAdwAlA; PhotograPhs: TejAs shAh; courtesy P&d AssociATes

interior designers



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White has been used throughout

the bungalow for a pristine and

refreshing effect. Shades of brown

to incorporate a sense of warmth

come through the furniture, the

lamps and the panel behind the

media unit.

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Like a boomerang, good and honest

work will always end in karmic

gratification, coming back to you in

plentiful. That is exactly what

happened with Bharuch-based

interior designers Devang Patel and

Pratik Siddhpura of P&D Associates. When it

was time for their client, Mukesh Shah to get his

home constructed and designed on a plot in

Bharuch, he approached this talented duo on

recommendation from a friend. Devang and

Pratik believe in respecting a client’s

perspective and needs. They design spaces to

be an epitome of comfort, class and Indian

minimalism. The designers were entrusted the

task of not only building (yes, they worked on

the structure too) a bungalow, but also the

interior design of a space for a family of six (the

client and his wife, two children, and parents).

A businessman and a strong devotee of Lord

Shrinathji, the client’s brief was simple — a

home that’s spacious and reflective of their

spiritualism. The bungalow, a 2,300-squarefoot

space is spread across a ground and first

floor, and terrace. Built on a plot size of

1,900-square-foot, the home has three

bedrooms, a living room, dining and kitchen, a

family room and a pooja room. As the designers

had discussed every small design and functional

requirement with the entire family; and having

worked on the details meticulously right at the

above Dual tones

have been used on

the facade of the

house. The wooden

tiles on one side give

an impression of a

wooden structure.

The main gate

complements the

structure beautifully,

with the lotus

motifs creating a

striking imagery.

right A doubleheight

roof protrudes

out above the entrance

door. The textures and

colours of the teak and

brass door are further

highlighted with the

shimmer of the MS

lights hanging above.

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clockwise, from toP The dining area can

be seen from the corner of the living room. The

white paint, vitrified tiles and extensive use of

teak unites the two spaces.

Like the other parts of the house, minimalism

and purity are the key components of the pooja

room. The small Krishna and Radha idols stand

gracefully on a bed of rose petals.

The first step into the house takes you to a small

foyer area which has been accentuated with a

bevelled mirror.

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concePt: To build and design a bungalow for a spiritually inclined family of six, that is indian in context and modern in aesthetics.

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eginning of the project; the construction and

execution stage was smooth sailing.

Two distinct visuals greet when you spot the

simple yet striking bungalow. First is the

intricate lotus carvings etched on a block that

forms a part of the main gate. These beauties

are further accentuated with LED lamps. The

second is the facade, which tricks the eye into

seeing two separate entities. Essentially, they

are the white concrete exterior (social spaces)

and the other one sporting wooden tiles that

accommodates the private spaces.

The main door itself is a preface to the beauty

that lies within. Made of teak with a brass

clockwise, from toP left A stunning teak dining table with an onyx tabletop and teak chairs

(with comfy cotton cushions) have been made by the designers for the family to spend quality time

together. Travertine has been used for the wash area (seen behind).

The lotus motif has been applied on the main gate as well as in the master bedroom. While beautiful

mother-of-pearl inlay on a white stone is the centre of attention in the master bedroom, the carved

and illuminated flowers on the gate create a tranquil aura.

Devang and Pratik have used a one-piece handmade tile for panelling on one section of the master

bath that looks like woven ribbons of concrete.

Teak is the signature material of P&D Associates and they are known to use it beautifully in every

project. An apt example of it is this magnificent teak door with a contrasting brass panel.

As a staunch devotee of Lord Shrinathji, the client wanted his faith to be reflected in his home’s

decor. This brass frame with embossed motifs of the Lord fulfils his wish in a delicate and artistic way.

The family room on the first floor and the living area on ground floor have been designed in a

similar fashion.

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From the foyer, steps lead up to the first floor.

Upstairs, there’s a family room (just above the

living), a pooja area, master bedroom and kids

room. Akin to the living area, the family space too

sports a similar composition with a lovely handabove

A sittingcum-lounge


has been created

on the huge terrace

by placing a small

bar, jhoola and

chairs. The glass

ceiling with a brass

column encasement

adds drama to

the space.

left This

bathroom on the

terrace sports a

grey and brown


like the other bath

areas of the house.

column and a long cylindrical wooden handle, the

entrance is a small yet striking specimen of the

stunning wood work that awaits one inside.

Customized MS hanging LED lights (powdercoated

black) at the entrance literally lights up the

craftsmanship of the door. A foyer (right in the

centre of the house) leads you to the living room on

the left and on the right are the dining, kitchen and

parents’ room. Brown, beige and white are the

dominant colours in the living room as suggested by

the facade. Encased in a wooden frame, brass

Shrinathji figures sit subtly on the feature wall here.

The coffee table (with its L-shaped striped design)

and the media unit are specimens of the beautiful

craftsmanship that Devang and Pratik are known

for. A warm ambience is created with rich suede

upholstered sofas; decorative veneer panels behind

the media unit; and a paper lamp as the centre

piece. The open kitchen and dining area have a

minimal and clean design. The table and chairs are

made of teak with white onyx used as the table top.

The parents’ room was designed on the ground

floor, keeping in mind their age and limitation of

movement. Simple and serene, it comprises a bed

with a brown leather headrest, a side table and a

small wardrobe.

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structure concrete, wooden tiles doors and windows

Teak, glass floor italian marble, vitrified tiles, teak,

wooden laminates furniture Teak walls Textured

paint, veneer bathrooms italian marble, travertine

kitchen black pearl granite

painted artwork of Shrinathji hung on a feature

wall. However, the area behind the television

displays a decorative veneer panel along with

printed vitrified tiles. A pooja room was designed

right above the foyer and opposite to the steps

landing on the first floor. Devoid of ostentation, the

space reverberates with spirituality with extensive

latticework created out of wood and metal.

A clean look has been achieved in the master

bedroom with the focus element being the

mother-of-pearl inlay on the white stone wall.

Teak flooring and side panels create a

warm ambience.

A master bath and dressing area forms a part of the

master bedroom. Keeping true to the client’s

insistence for Indian spiritual motifs, the national

flower finds its way on the wall behind the bed.

These mother-of-pearl lotuses have been carved

on white stone while teak panels lay on both sides.

Then there is warmth and serenity with the rich

teak hard wood flooring. The Italian marble

bathroom has one side of the wall (behind the wash

basin) made of a single piece of hand-made tiles

showcasing a woven effect.

Colour has been used generously albeit with care

in the kids’ bedroom. Meant for a boy and a girl,

it features a black-and-white collage on canvas

with the children’s photographs.

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above Soft

hues have been

employed for the

parent’s room

which is devoid

of any striking

design elements.

left Travertine in

two shades (grey

and beige) has

been used for the

flooring as well as

on the walls of the

parents’ bathroom.

In contrast, the children’s room is splashed with

vibrancy, albeit in a restricted manner. This has

been achieved by hanging a colourful fan with a

light from the ceiling and furnishing the bed with

bright bed linen. However, the key design element

is a horizontal strip of a black-and-white collage

that recounts the kids’ prized moments.

The huge terrace above has been demarcated by a

box-like structure on one side. The ceiling has a

glass top, beneath which is an encasing of MS bars

(painted brown). One side of the wall too has these

MS bars as a divider, which throws beautiful

shadows as the sun moves from morning to

evening. A jhoola (a quintessential Gujarati decor

feature) hangs from the ceiling on one side while

comfy chairs are placed opposite it. Ample natural

light seeps through the glass roof during the day,

while one can gaze at the stars at night.

Devoid of over-the-top interiors, accessories or

colours, this home would have risked being austere

and mundane, however the designers have expertly

circumvented the challenge. They have brought life,

warmth and a calming effect to the home with their

simplicity, materials and textures.

fact file: client Mukesh shah location bharuch, Gujarat

area 2,300 sq ft Principal designers devang Patel and

Pratik siddhpura

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{CentreStage} Space & Spice

A Rustic Rendezvous

110 BETTER INTERIORS September 2015

inTerior designers



Seldom do you see a lounge or even

a coffee shop conceptualized

solely from materials that are

recycled and natural. These days,

a party hub or place to hang out

with friends is full of loud lights

and overdone interiors. However, Brown Sugar

cafe and Lounge, nestled in a posh locality

called C-Scheme in Jaipur, has an aura of its

own. It’s earthy, classy and edgy.

Initially, Brown Sugar started off as a small

bakery in 2011 by Vishal Jalani. The owner then

decided to take onto something bigger and

better. The entrepreneur kicked off this dream

with a new 1,800-square-foot commercial

space nestled in an apartment building in

2014. “We zeroed down on the name Brown

Sugar because it is key ingredient of our

cakes, coffees and desserts,” elucidates Vishal.

Earlier on in 2011, the young restaurateur had

entrusted his childhood friend and architect

Akshit Tholia and his wife Astha Tholia with

the design of his bakery. The duo is the muscle

behind Graphite Design Studio, a young

architectural firm conceived in 2012 that

has undertaken a couple of residential and

office projects.

This cozy al fresco nook was

specially made to accommodate

larger groups of 12. The seating is

made from wood and is upholstered

with brown leatherette whereas the

quirky seating for two, besides the

pergola has been upcycled from

bicycle tyres.

Created by Graphite Design Studio, Brown Sugar Cafe and

Lounge in Jaipur shuns conventional design and experiments

with a gamut of eco-friendly materials. The result is a gorgeous

and eclectic bistro that embraces nature with open arms.

TexT: Shradha Shahani; PhoTograPhs: Tarun GupTa; courTesy GraphiTe deSiGn STudio

The brief was quite straightforward. “The

explicit requirement was a multi-cuisine cafe

and lounge, which every age group could

connect to, especially the youth,” explains

Akshit. “It should be able to combine a bakery,

lounge and cafe rhythmically and must house

a variety of seating arrangements. Lastly, one

of the most important concerns of a

restaurateur — a kitchen and beverage

counter that would enable things to flow

smoothly and not hamper the service provided

to customers.” The site came demarcated with

indoor and outdoor areas — 1,000 sq ft

(inside) and 800 sq ft (outside). Thankfully,

the structural work was minimal. The basic

design idea was to create a bistro reminiscent

of Parisian cafes. “The minute we suggested

the idea of a restaurant that’s raw, industrial

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and bistro-like, Vishal couldn’t help but

envision this space just as we had proposed,”

informs Astha. “Our choice of materials was

also organic, bearing in mind the budget,”

she adds.

ToP The bright yellow scooter that bedecks Brown Sugar’s foyer is known to draw people’s attention

and also gets many to pause at the entrance for a memorable picture. The back-lit acrylic and wooden

Brown Sugar logo rests on a reclaimed pine wood wall besides the gate that unveils the al fresco

area of the bistro. The surrounding area and pathway embraces greenery with open arms due the

innumerable frangipani trees in graphite planters and tall bottom palms.

Below To add to the Parisian look of the cafe, Brown Sugar houses a wooden pergola that

accommodates three wooden lounges. The planters and lights add a sweet charm to the space.

Although the cafe is discreet, it is still

conspicuous due to the back-lit acrylic and

wooden logo which beckons visitors just like

moths to a flame. What catches your eye first

is a vintage yellow scooter parked against the

backdrop of a low pine rafter wooden wall.

“This quirky piece now gets guests to pause

for a memorable picture,” informs Akshit. The

low wooden gate, beside the logo, unveils the

al fresco area of the establishment. As you

make your way through, the different outdoor

seating arrangements will leave you baffled.

Almost all of them are custom made and one

or two are hand-picked from a local market.

One seating for two on the left is made from

recycled bicycle wheels that can still rotatable.

Some others are wooden high bar style chairs

and tables. There’s also bench-style seaters

made from wrought iron and finished in old

style patina paint with contrasting bright

yellow cushioning.

While inside, patrons don’t miss out on what’s

happening outside thanks to a stained glass

sectional door, which on a pleasant day folds

up completely to merge the two sections. A

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concePT: To create a space that merges a cafe, lounge and bakery rhythmically as well as accommodates a kitchen and beverage

counter that enables things to flow smoothly.

ToP The reclaimed pinewood fencing, potted plants, customized lights and high bar stool seating bring to life and

old-fashioned Parisian bistro.

aBoVe lefT The pergolas are decorated with whimsical bird cage lights. Adjacent to the pergola, are these

adorable two-seaters for couples made from recycled bicycle wheels.

aBoVe righT Here’s a sneak-peek of the inside with the glass door slightly ajar. Customized glass lights and

planters beautifully bedeck the pergolas that lead to the inside.

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Space & Spice

clockwise, from ToP lefT

The three pine wood lounges under

the pergola are upholstered in dark

brown leatherette.

Here’s a laid-back nook of sofas

made from wood and upholstered in

beautiful shades of blue and green.

Wooden high bar stools and fun

benches reminiscent of school days

beckon visitors to leisurely pass

the time. The benches are painted

in patina while the cushioning is

dressed in contrasting

yellow leatherette.

Behind this sitting, one can see

the bare brick wall transitioning

to an acid-stained one. The two

work perfectly to achieve the raw

industrial look.

The distressed and raw look of the

four-seater brings in a sense of oldworld

charm to this space.

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flooring Kota stone and kota cobbles

(outside); acid stained concrete and

wooden flooring (inside) walls reclaimed

pinewood and acid stained wall finish

from Bharat Flooring fencing reclaimed

pinewood railing Jaipur pottery Tiles

door Stained glass furniture Wood and

leatherette and suede upholstery

wide gamut of organic materials have been

used in the interiors… from acid-stained

cemented walls to bare exposed brick walls

which lend a grungy withered tone. Acidstained

concrete and wooden flooring,

custom-made wooden furniture with patina

finish; battened wooden doors and a rustic

finished stained glass collapsible metal door

are some of the other materials used.

ToP All the services here are left untouched deliberately to achieve an

industrial look. Even the cassette air-conditioners are clad with recyclable

pine wood painted in a distressed ivory hue. Brown Sugar also finds a way to

incorporate blue pottery art which is the essence of the city in the railings

seen here.

aBoVe The double louvred stained glass window with patina-painted wooden

shutters, that solely bedecks the wall, completes the picture here.

An assortment of quirky and eccentric fans

and customized lights crafted from metal and

glass, and cemented lamps illuminate the

space in a soft glow. Another highlight is the

exposed brick and glass service counter,

which is decked with a back-lit extruded

wooden logo. The unit shows off its

blackboard shutter on which latest offers,

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Space & Spice

aBoVe Here is the

exposed brick and

glass counter that

accommodates freshly

baked delights. The

counter is backed by

a display cum storage

wall made from

pinewood and painted

in a distressed

ivory hue.

lefT There could

be no better way to

bring out the Parisian

bistro appeal, than this

double-sided clock.

notices and customer reviews are displayed.

The duo has also found a way to incorporate the

essence of the city in the restaurant. The

famous blue pottery art of Jaipur finds itself on

serving tools, as tiles in customized iron railings

and in the mirror and wash basin of the

powder bathroom.

If the space already seems to delight you, the

food follows, too. Melt-in-the-mouth cottage

cheese steaks, lip-smacking Italian sizzlers and

scrumptious home style lasagnas are some of

the many much-loved dishes here, while the

After Eight shake is perfect on a hot day. Pizzas,

pastas, comfort food like nachos, nuggets and

fries, and shakes like the Dutch Truffle, Peanut

butter, Oreo and Rocky Road sit comfortably on

the menu alongside some all-time favourites.

It’s Parisian, warm, classy and edgy. It’s rich in

materials and each piece here is fashioned with

great thought, keeping Mother Nature’s

sentiments in mind. The Brown Sugar Cafe and

Lounge will not only please the eyes but will also

satisfy your palate thoroughly.

facT file: Project Brown Sugar Cafe and Lounge location C- Scheme,

Jaipur area 1,000 sq ft (indoor), 800 sq ft (outdoor) Principal architects

akshit and astha Tholia services Kishore

116 BETTER INTERIORS September 2015

{FinalTake} Gallery

Cutlery for kids, interactive kitchen, innovative

products for office hygiene and more…

compiled by: Shradha Shahani; photographs: courtesy the BrandS

engaging Kitchens

Interactive Kitchens, Bleu Concept’s latest innovation aims to

cater to tech-savvy people, who like to keep themselves

updated at all times, even while cooking. Hence, the kitchen is

designed to create a panel system that incorporates a television,

laptop, speaker or a Wi-Fi system. The shelves are made from

black painted glass whereas the shutters are made of high gloss

painted MDF. Lastly, the cabinets are made from high quality

MR grade plyboard. The colour palette used for this range

entails electric shades of blues and greens to lend a young and

vibrant appeal.

price on request

Laminates that


Pergo has added a new range of

Luxury Vinyl Planks and Tiles to

the already existing collection of

laminates. The flooring comes in

fourteen different designs and

two quality levels i.e Optimum and

Premium. The products in

optimum range belong to Class 33

with glue down laying system,

which is more suitable for

commercial areas whereas the

Class 32 premium range products

have Perfectfold 3.0 installation

system (a mechanism which

allows you to lift the tiles at any

point since they are not stuck to

the floor), making it perfect for

residential use. They are easy to

install and durable. The PUR

(Polyurethane) coating over the

top surface makes them so tough

that it can withstand years of use.

price on request

Fun and FroLic

With Wonderchef’s Eat For Fun cutlery range for children,

meal-time is going to be an enjoyable and fuss-free

experience for both you and your bundle of joy. The vibrant

colours, shapes, cartoons and Animos characters that adorn

the cutlery range will urge your kids to eat on their own. They

not only look splendid but are made of 304 surgical grade

stainless steel with anti-bacterial properties and food-grade

FDA approved plastic. What’s more? They are BPA-free,

non-toxic, colour-safe and healthy. This proves to be

beneficial to kids who are prone to infections easily. It also

aims to help with hand eye coordination and self-feeding.

The collection is dishwasher safe upto 500 washes.

` 240 onward

Bacteria at Bay

Soto II, Steelcase’s latest launch consists of anti-microbial

surface accessories that undergo anti-microbial treatment

using silver ion to reduce bacteria in your work spaces. Most

people spend a lot of time at their workplaces where the

constant need to collaborate with others makes them move

from owned workstations to shared workstations. This

creates common touch points, which have high bacteria

presence. This technology reduces 58 per cent of infection

rate at workplaces. The range comprises of launch pads,

divider screens, mobile caddies, functional screens,desk

pads, monitor bridges and laptop shelves.

price on request

118 BETTER INTERIORS September 2015

microwave magic

LG India’s latest offering is an All-in-one Microwave Oven with Charcoal

Lightning Heater. This microwave oven has specially been designed

keeping in mind the different types of cooking required by an Indian

household like frying, baking and grilling. The marvel allows consumers

to use it as a kettle, toaster, steamer, tandoor, barbeque, air fryer, OTG,

induction rice cooker and even an idli maker. It comes with 301 Auto

Cook Menus with features such as Diet FryTM that makes food by

cutting down 88 per cent of oil. Its motorized rotisserie rotates 360

degrees horizontally to ensure uniform browning of tandoori food.

Another unique feature is the Steam Chef accessory — a steel base

barbeque that utilizes steam to cook food. It claims to cook more

efficiently compared to conventional charcoal grilling. Lastly, the

microwave oven has a special feature to pasteurize milk.

` 23,590 onward

rough and tough

Asian Granito has unveiled a new collection of heavy-duty vitrified tiles

called Grestek Hardstone that are tough from the inside and beautiful

from the outside. They come in two thickness variations, 16 mm and 10

mm. Owing to its thickness, these tiles can withstand heavy traffic and

are there ideal for shopping malls, railway stations, ports and airports,

restaurants, parking areas and hospitals. The range is available in 16

designs and a variety of colours such as kota stone, granite and other

natural stones.

` 165 onward

September 2015 BETTER INTERIORS 119

{Final Take} Directory







H & R JoHnson

Opposite Damjis Hotel, Azad

Rd, Vile Parle (E), Mumbai 57;

Tel: 26105724; Website:

KaJaRia CeRamiCs

D1 -307 Boomerang

Chandiwali Firm Road Near

Chandi Wali Studio, Off Saki

Naka Rd, Andheri (E), Mumbai

09; Tel: 1800112992; Email:;

Website: www.kajaria


Nitco House, Station Road,

Kanjur Marg (East), Mumbai

42; Tel: 25782951; Website:

RaK india

25, Dheeraj Heritage, Junction

of Milan way, SV Road,

Santacruz (W), Mumbai 54;

Tel: 65205854; Email: info@; Website: www.

somany CeRamiCs

F 36, Sector 6, Noida 201301;

Tel: 0120- 4627900; Email:


com; Website: www.

20, Gurunanak Road, Station

Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 53;

Tel: 66782030. Also at Inorbit

Mall, First Floor, Link Road,

Malad (W), Mumbai 64;

Mobile: 932161 6677; Email:; Website:

FRazeR and Haws

Shop No 15, Santushi Shopping

Complex, Race Course

Road, New Delhi 03; Tel: 2410

6086. Also at 11, Main Market,

Ajmeri Gate, Sharbia Road,

New Delhi 03; Tel: 24627818;

Website: www.frazerand


Jogani Complex, Bldg No 6,

Unit 9, VN Purav Road,

Chunabhatti (E) , Mumbai 22;

Tel: 24054248; Email:;



422, Bhavna Bldg, Swatantrya

Veer Savarkar Marg,

Prabhadevi, Mumbai 25; Tel:

40702020; Website: www.


High Street Phoenix, Valet

Parking Services, Extension of

Entry Rd to Phoenix, Lower

Parel, Mumbai 13; Tel:

24901485. Also at Ambience

Mall, Nelson Mandela

Marg, Vasant Kunj II, Vasant

Kunj, New Delhi 70;


tHe Home LabeL

Tel: 3077 0280; Email: help@; Website:

tHe gReat easteRn Home

The New Great Eastern Spg

And Wvg Mill, Dr Babasaheb

Ambedkar Rd, Byculla,

Mumbai 27; Tel: 22910764.

Also at Khanna Estate, LBS

Road, Vikhroli West, Mumbai

79; Tel: 25777272;

Website: www.thegreat



1205, Shri Masthiyamma

Prasanna , 100 Feet Road,

Indiranagar, Bangalore 38;

Mobile: 8025210332/3;

Website: www.bagno

CaRdio Fitness india

Matulya Centre Premises,

Ground Floor, Senapati Bapat

Marg, Lower Parel Behind

Kotak Mahindra Bank, Mumbai

13; Tel: 66627788

deLta FauCet Company

Unit No.1061 & 1062, Tower B1,

Spaze IT, Sohna Road,

Gurgaon 122018; Tel:

124-4066109; Email: india@; Website:


302, Sigma Building,

Hiranandani Complex, 3rd

Floor, Powai, Mumbai 76, Tel:

42323900; Email: mail@; Website: www.


61, Titanium, Near Prahladnagar

Auda Garden, Prahladnagar,

Ahmedabad 380015; Tel:

7966112300; Email: info@in.; Website: www.

ess ess india

Plot No 278-279, Industrial Area

Phase 1, Panchkula; Tel:

0172-2582278, E-mail:;


etRe Luxe india

99, Empire Plaza, Opp Metro

Pillar No PP14, Sultanpur, Main

MG Road, New Delhi 30; Mobile:

9999991169; Website: www.

FCmL india

A-217, Okhla Industrial Area

Phase 1, New Delhi 57, Tel:

26372701; Website: www.

gRoHe india

14th Floor, Building no5, Tower

A, DLF Cyber City, Phase III,

Gurgaon 122001, Tel: 124-

4933000; Website: www.


Office Nos 601- 604, Lunkad

Sky Station, Viman Nagar, Pune




Ground Floor, Notan Heights,


Indian Home Variations &

Distributions LLP, Unit 119-120,

New Satguru Nanak Indl

Premises, Besides Silver

Metropolis, Jay Coach,

Goregaon (E), Mumbai 63;

Tel: 40681919; Email: info@;

Website: www.

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411016, Tel: 020-66259500;


HaFeLe india

Office No 3, Bldg A Beta, I

Think Techno Campus, Opp

Kanjurmarg Station (E),

Mumbai 42; Tel: 61426100;

Website: www.hafele

H &R JoHnson

(See Hi Five)


301-302, Park Centra ,

Sector-30, National Highway

8, Gurgaon, Tel: 124- 477

9200; Website:


19/1 Shop No 7 Himalaya

House, Pune Solapur Road,

Fatima Nagar Wanwadi, Pune

411040; Tel: 020- 26875169;

Website: www.isenberg


J1/B1 (Extn), Mohan Co-op

Industrial Estate , Opp

Badarpur Thermal Power

Station, Mathura Road, New

Delhi 44; Tel: 26946409;



KoHLeR india

6th Floor, Office Tower,

NH-8, Ambience Island,

Gurgaon 122001;

Tel: 0124- 4319601; Website:

paRRywaRe india

No 62, K G N Towers, 4th

Floor, A Wing, Eithraj Salai;

Egmore, Chennai 105;

Tel: 49022000; Website:


Queo Emporio, SCO 302, 29,

Sector Rd, Gurgaon 122001;

Mobile: 9971108773;

Website: www.queo

RoCa india

No 62, K G N Towers, 4th Floor,

A Wing, Eithraj Salai; Egmore,

Chennai 105; Tel: 49022000.

Also at Level 3, Tower B,

Building 10, DLF Cyber City,

Delhi, Gurgaon 122002; Tel:

4278347; Website:

RaK india

(See Hi Five)

samiR CeRamiCs

Majithia Apparments, Near Irla

Nurshing Home, S V Road, Irla,

Vile Parle, West, Mumbai 56; Tel:

26254771; Website: www.


Elegant House, Raghuvanshi

Mills Compound, Senapati

Bapat Marg, Lower Parel(W),

Mumbai 13; Tel: 22623300;


toto india

101 Kamla Executive Park,

Opposite Vazir Glass Works,

Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri

(E), Mumbai 59; Tel: 40223717;




viLLeRoy & boCH

DHL Park 903, 9th floor, SV

Road, Goregaon (W), Mumbai

64. Also at Mumbai Palladium

Annexxe, High Street Phoenix,

Mumbai 13; Tel: 40040014;

Email: bathandwellnessindia@; Wesbite:



annKuR KHosLa

design studio

54, First Floor, The Arcade

World Trade Centre Complex,

Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 05; Tel:

22153779; Website: www.

essentia enviRonment

E - 40, South City I, Gurgaon

122001; Tel: 4975650; Mobile:

98189 04466; Email: info@;

Website: www.


Raghuvanshi Mills, SB Marg,

Lower Parel, Mumbai 13;

Tel: 65002400/2500;


sHabnam gupta

tHe oRange Lane

31N, Laxmi Industrial Estate,

Andheri link road, Andheri (W);

Mumbai 53, Mobile: 26334073;

Email: info@theorangelane.

com; Website: www.

zz aRCHiteCts

A-403, Prathmesh Tower,

Raghuvanshi Mills Compound,

Lower Parel (W), Mumbai 13;

Tel: 43606666; Website: www.



Soulful Design

p&d assoCiates

24, Narmada Darshan, Opp

GEB, Maktampur Road,

Bharuch 392021; Mobile:



com; Website:

When cool meets classy…

switCHoveR studio

Email: info@switchoverstudio.

com; Website: www.


A Rustic Rendezvous

bRown sugaR CaFe

and Lounge

Ground Floor, Axis Mall,

Bhagwan Das Road,

C Scheme, Jaipur 302011;

Tel: 0141- 3319238

gRapHite design studio

68, Janakpuri I, Imliwala

Phatak, Jaipur 302005; Tel:

9928334414; Website: www.



asian gRanito india

202, Dev Arc, Opp. Iskcon

Temple, SG Highway,

Ahmedabad 380015; Tel:

66125500; Email: info@; Website:

bLeu ConCepts

414/1 Ghitorni Metro Station

Gurgaon Road, New Delhi 30;

Tel: 26501236; Website: www.

Lg india

Plot No 51, Surajpur Kasna Rd,

Greater Noida 201306; Email:;



55, Dr. E Moses Road,

Worli, Mumbai 18;

Tel: 66627900;



No. 10 Cambridge Road,

Halasur, Bangalore 08;

Tel: 30550300. Also at Sp/13,

Kwc, Kalbadevi, Mumbai 21;

Website: www.steel


Supreme House, 7th Floor,

Plot No. 94-C, Opp IIT Main

Gate, Mumbai 76; Tel:

32191488/ 32151148; Email:;


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{Final Take} Pick Apart

Pg 100 Very often, people either

fill their homes with a whole lot of

things or they leave it completely

stark. What’s wonderful about this

three-bedroom bungalow in

Bharuch created by P&D

Associates is that it has found the

right balance; it’s neither

overdone nor too simple. The

mother-of-pearl inlay on the

white stone wall, the hand-made

tile in the master bath that seems

like concrete woven ribbons and

the black and white collage in the

children’s room add oodles of

style to this abode. My favourite

space comes to be the sittingcum-lounge

area created on the

terrace. I could completely lose

track of time swinging away on

that lovely jhoola.

Shradha Shahani

Everyone has their favourites and the Better Interiors team is no exception.

Sure, we are a bunch of committed ‘unbiased’ folk who report on design

trends faithfully... but we also drool and how!

Pg 90 Having worked for architecture/interior design magazines for a

few years now, I come across a disparate variety of spaces, designs and

talent… some I find mundane or boring while some leave me awe-struck.

The apartment in Mumbai, designed by SwitchOver Studio (featured in the

Habitat section) is one such project that I found to be completely charming

and wonderful. The space does not have any ostentatious decor or

stunning pieces of furniture, but a happy and playful vibe that makes one

feel instantly at home. The vast space, the Simpsons sketches, mismatched

furniture and the enchanting entrance strike a chord. I’d love to have a

space like this for sure!

Alifiya Mehamdabadwala

Pg 44 I’m a staunch believer in Lord Ganesha and every

year we bring Ganeshji’s murti home for 10 days and the

house is filled with relatives and friends joining us in aarti and

feasting on modaks. My mother, who is a great devotee of

Ganesha too, has been collecting big and small figures of the

Lord since years and treats them as her prized possessions.

Therefore, when I laid eyes on the Ganesh Natraj idol

featured in Swish List, I thought of my mother. This beautiful

statue in a dancing pose I know will be very expensive, but I

would love to gift it to my mother.

Vilas Salve

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