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Design Chat at IIID


As part of its Festivals of Interiors 2010, the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) presented a design chat, points of view towards greening and affordability of life spaces, at Mumbai on February 13.

The chat showcased concepts of 20 personalities from the field, including architects, interior designers, graphic designers, consultants of green-building, hospitality and electrical and lighting designers.

Raja Chavan, Chairman, IIID, said: “The festival is designed to reach out to the common man and how good and affordable interiors could be made available for all budgets.”

Architect Kamal Malik spoke about the limitations that adhering to a style may place. “Style is a horrible word. We are not designing trousers. We don’t carry baggage, instead we reinvent the brief,” he said, addressing an audience of peers and students of design.

He defined several concepts which make him one of the influential architects of our times. One of the concepts was expansibility, like an open hand, which allows a structure to expand shape much after it is first built. “We can finish nothing,” he said.

He spoke about structural honesty, laying great emphasis on the process of design which takes into the account the end user.

Arzan Khambatta, the quirky architect-sculptor presented some of his work, speaking about scale and three-dimensional art. One of his quirkier sculptures is titled, ‘God nose’.

Rajeev Mishra, the principal of Sir JJ College of Architecture spoke about the relationship between design, architecture and how both are linked to function.

Shabnam Gupta, an interior designer introduced her entrepreneurial venture, Peacock Life. The store has recently opened in an industrial gala in Mumbai’s Laxmi Industrial Estate. She spoke about innovative use of design in a rented space.

“We want to take creative living to the common man. And both our pricing and sourcing reflect that. Our first collection is already sold out,” she said.

Satish Kulkarni, representing the sponsor, Asian Paints presented the colour trends for 2010 born out of research and trend mapping by Asian Paints. “Colour forecasts are not only for walls but also consumer durables, clothes, cars etc. Some of these permeate in form of trends,” he said.

The third edition of the festival was organised by the Mumbai Regional Chapter of the IIID, and was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Chhagan Bhujbal.

The three-day festival included an award to recognise excellence in interior design and concluded with a walkathon for green spaces. Award categories included outstanding achievement and general contribution in interior design; and excellence in the fields of interior design, engineering services, manufacturing, sales and social commitment.

Partners for the festival, managed by JK Events and Conferences, included BNP Interiors, Asian Paints Colour Next, Narsi, Times Property, MET, Pidilite, Johnson, Godrej Interiors, Philips, Amber and HNG.

The guest list included Architect Ashok Butala, President –IIID; Shrikant Nivasarkar, President of International Federation of Interior Architects; Architects Conrad Gonsalves, Hafeez Contractor, Bobby Mukherji, Chandrashekar Kanetkar, Ravi Sarangan, Jinu Kurien and Yatin Patel.

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