#PoV – Our speaker for day 3: Prof. Nidhip Mehta -Architect, Educator, and Dean of School of Design (Pearl Academy)

Prof. Nidhip Mehta, comes from a rich background of design & architecture with more than 20 years of experience in the domain along with a long-standing stint as a prominent educator in India. As...

#PoV – Our speaker for day 2: Prof. Mookesh Patel, Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University

With more than 3 decades of far-reaching experience as a leading teaching and research faculty at ASU (Arizona State University), Mookesh Patel is a stellar name in the domain of design, with deep expertise...

#PoV – Our Speaker for Day 1 – Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee, Dean, Faculty of Design, Manipal University Jaipur

Anuradha Chatterjee is an Indian-born Australian feminist academic practitioner in architecture and design based in Australia and India. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Design, Manipal University Jaipur. A renowned author with...

Cindrebay School of Design presents PoV (Point of View) Design talks

“Gaining knowledge is the first step to wisdom. Sharing knowledge is the first step to humanity”  - Anonymous    The true spirit of Cindrebay School of Design   Our onus as Cindrebay School of Design has always been...

Interior design world tour – Chapter 1

Culture has a significant influence on interior design which can be attested when we look at interiors from different parts of the world. The evolution of art, climate and materials also play a key...

The vintage magic wand – tips for retro interior design

Just like in fashion and clothes, vintage style is making a come back in interior design. This means that old treasures stashed away in attics and storage units can now have a spot in...

in remembrance

Sometimes a loss is so great, that it's difficult to put it in words and is rather better conveyed with art, sculptures and architecture. Words play a lesser role and emotions are described in...

For old times sake – Cesky Krumlov

Architecture is a spectator to history. Old buildings and heritage structures tell stories of times long gone, the chronicles of our ancestors and therefore need to be respected and preserved. As an Indian architect...

Hospitals – life saving architecture

A lot has been spoken about the value (or lack thereof) of the Central Vista Project. Rs. 20,000 Crores meaning Rs. 2,00,00,00,00,000 is being drained on a new parliament building and the PM's house...

Sustainability – DOs and DON’Ts

In the last couple of years, sustainability, in general, has gained a lot of traction in terms of research, application and this heavy realization that construction is the biggest contributor to the carbon footprint.  Before...

Reduce stress levels with these Interior Design techniques

The second wave of Covid 19 in India is adversely affecting mental health. Stress levels are at an all time high with people scrambling to protect themselves, friends and family. Tough times are ahead...

Design ideas for a private home bar

With Covid-19 still looming above us, we might have to spend a few more months indoors. The second wave has brought on lockdown in many parts of the country and as a safety measure...

To school or not to school – the design aspirants debate

The notion to 'Un-school' is rife amongst millennials and Gen Z. There are good arguments made by both sides regarding the advantages of self learning and the extra edge gained via design schools. Some...

Creating boundaries – fences, compound and border walls

We've often discussed mass and void in the context of design. Yet, the walls that envelope our living space are worthy of another discourse. The façade is a big actor in terms of safety,...

Of mood boards and color schemes – creating interior design concepts

Designers often struggle with the idea of how much to deliver before acquiring a new project whereas clients would like to see options and ideas before they can finalize the team. The tussle between...

Slope it – pitched roofs in modern residential design

The presence of the sloping roof in almost every child's sketch of a house speaks of the significance of the element. Pitched roofs are buried so deep in our minds that it has become...

Fashioned with wood – infused with love

Wood ranks high in the list of sustainable, regenerative building materials. Our fascination with it has been constant for generations and till today (exterior or interior) wooden constructions remain highly sought after. Wood is...

Seeing spaces through a child’s eyes

Kids perceive the world differently. They have a more innocent and have an acute sense of imagination. It becomes crucial thus, to design kids spaces in a way that speak more to them, enhance...

Taking the metallic route in Interior Design

Metal is a popular material choice for space designers. It is one trend which has withstood the test of time - both in terms of style and durability. Iron, steel, gold, bronze, copper or...

Sustainable Clothing: fast fashion and ethical fashion brands

fast fashion; noun: inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. (Oxford definition) Large corporates which mass manufacture cheap clothes to abide by the latest fashion trends feed the idea...

Exploring temporary interior design – décor and set-up

One thing which I frequently come across as an architect and interior designer is people's fear of making permanent changes to their living environment. Often, parents and elders are scared to make radical alterations...

Fighting a pandemic with Design – designers’ contribution in 2020

After having faced immense challenges, the final month of 2020 is here. This year has truly been a testing time for us all. Yet, having said that, the handling of the Covid 19 pandemic...

Elements of Bohemian fashion – revisiting Boho Chic

Tassels, dream catchers and that soft romantic look - yes we are gushing about the Bohemian fashion trend! The Coachella concerts would surely be a little less dramatic hadn't it been for this gorgeous...

Cargotecture – Why chose shipping containers for architecture?

In the quest towards sustainable architecture and green building design, shipping containers are becoming the next big choice. The idea of using shipping containers for architecture, popularly referred to as 'Cargotecture' has promise. They...

National Memorial for Peace and Justice – Narrative Architecture

In a bid to start a clear dialogue about the racial injustices in America and as repentance for the mass atrocities committed, EJI proposed building a memorial which recognizes this dark past. A fitting...

Design flexibility – keeping up with a user’s changing world

When it comes to interior design - styling, layout and additions need to be flexible for a generation which thrives on everyday changes. A rigid design allows change at a higher expense and can...

Decoding hotel room interiors – an insight into hospitality design

Hotel rooms are an interesting typology in interior design as they strike a balance between comfort, luxury, style and novelty. Even though the requirements in a suite remain more or less the same throughout...

Biomimicry in architecture

Design stems from nature and here man can find the solutions to many of his problems. The careful construct or imitation of the systems, typologies and features of flora and fauna for arriving at...

Positive energy spaces – decor that brings good vibes

The last few months have been very hard for the whole World. Dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, being away from friends and loved ones, losing jobs and staying indoors for months on end has...

Experiments with Bamboo – sustainable design initiatives with green building materials

Bamboo has been the material of choice in many parts of the World since ancient times. This fast growing plant has all the qualities of a sustainable green building material. It is sturdy, resilient,...

Kozhikode’s design vibe – a look at 3 exceptional interior design projects in Calicut, Kerala

Kozhikode in Kerala, earlier and commonly known as Calicut is famous for its Malabar cuisine and spices. This coastal city has been a tourist attraction owing to its natural landscape, heritage architecture, art and...

Placing theory and philosophy in design

Theory and philosophy can be interlinked with Design, not as a direct translation but in the context of a few underlying principles. Ethics which are ingrained in everyone, dictate how we design whether we...

Participatory design – hand crafted details by designers

The hands on involvement in every aspect of design right from the first conceptual sketch to the very last decorative feature in a space is a quality of the best designers. Design is a...

Interiors of Live performance spaces : Auditorium design

Drama theaters and live performance spaces celebrate the cultural and social tradition of India. Cultural shows, music performances, dramas, plays, one act shows, stand up acts and fashion shows are all events which are...

Fashion at home – the Corona effect

For the last few months, people around the globe are in lock-down owing to the deadly Corona virus pandemic. Yet, that hasn't stopped us from igniting our creative genius everyday. Collectively, we have found...

Transportation design – leaps in the mobility industry

Differentiated as Public and Private, Transportation as a word has a broader meaning than just being understood as an activity of going from one place to another. What started as wheels and carts have...

Top 10 interior designers in Pune

Pune is a vibrant cosmopolitan city in Maharashtra India. Known as one of the student hubs in the country, it is also the destination for innovative architecture and some path breaking interior design projects....

Mixing materials in interior design with panache

Young design firms are breaking stereotypes by mixing interior styles, building techniques and materials in interior design. Bold patterns, colors and inventive material palettes are being used to achieve more futuristic interiors which make...

How to become a professional fashion designer in India

Clothes and couture have always been synonymous with India as we’ve had a long history of unique fashion contribution to the World. Fashion design is a highly reputable and lucrative career in India where...

Re-visiting spaces – Interior design overview

History has proven over the years that humans fulfill their needs by creating a comfortable space/environment by everything possible available in its vicinity. Space is the most versatile extent that can be transformed into...

Furniture Fashion – Exceptional chair designs

Design is such a fun medium to express and create. Ideas take center stage in the form of spaces, facades, furniture and products. Functionality and aesthetic go hand in hand when it comes to...

Co-existence – Efficient shared spaces

For many years now, humans have been encroaching on the planet, claiming for themselves the biggest chunk of Earth. Differentiation has become the practice wherein everyone wants to disregard the needs of the 'others'....

Architecture which heals – The influence of spaces on mental health

"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us", Winston Churchill's famous quote rings true for so many of our structures. Architecture is an important tool which heals, evolves and spreads cheer. Mental health and stress need...

Vishnu M Nair: Illustrations that evoke myriad emotions

A man falling through paper planes against an azure sky, moldable orange pencils, bright coloured tangerines, a giant skull on a small cross-legged body, a coy moustachioed man, Vishnu M Nair’s art, like a...

Vital Architecture – Planning for the next 100 years

Frank Gehry, one of the greatest architects of our time has rightly said, 'Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.' A building is a big economical, social and cultural...

Kajal Deth: Artfully balancing the socio-political with the metaphorical

Affable, instantly warm and an impassioned conversationalist; Kajal Deth doesn’t understand the mores of formal interactions. The painter, photographer and graffiti artist is not one for small talks, instead - often at the first...