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"It was one of life's most wonderful coincidences when I heard about Pavitra through a relative of mine. I thought furnishing an entire new house would be chaotic and a headache to execute, but working with Pavitra made it not only easy as a breeze but exciting as well. Not many designers would take a client's personal taste into consideration when planning a space, luckily I ended up with someone who does. I've met many interior designers but Pavitra's name always comes first to mind when friends or family ask me for a recommendation."

- Maryam

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Wednesday
Mar052014

Our latest project "Master Key Properties @ Business Bay,Dubai"

We recently completed the fit-out of a 2000 sq.ft. real estate office located in Business Bay, the central business district of Dubai. The client envisioned a contemporary space that exudes sophistication, they wanted a clear distinction between the ambience of lounge and the rest of the office area. They required the lounge to have a homely and welcoming atmosphere. This is where our challenge laid of how to blend perfectly two types of environments whilst keeping an overall corporate feel.

 

I must admit every time i enter a space which needs transformation my mind is a blank slate. It is a scary feeling because while i proclaim to be the better designer in reality i have no clue of how i am going to pull this off! My loved ones always tells me i am often self-deprecating but in my defence it keeps me on my toes. The realisation that there is so much to learn keeps me going. Staring at a blank canvas is terrifying & exhilarating all at once. As i delve head first to soak in my pool of inspiration, my mind drifts into the imaginary world and magically the ideas come flooding in through the crevices of my brain. The endorphins start to flow and i feel inflated floating away in my happy space. The reason i describe this is because it is what keeps me coming back to the drawing board, the endorphins that flood my system the feel good factor that accompanies it. I feel blessed to have a job that has this effect on me.

 

Coming back to the project, we first focussed on making the layout as functional and practical as possible then we elaborated on how to introduce the design elements subtly yet with maximum impact. We played with colours of the logo which were orange and grey. Orange was used in accessories and partitions as an accent colour. Keeping the nature of the business in mind we used a customised map of Dubai as the wallpaper in the lounge and meeting room which were also in the colours of the logo. It is a feature that is not only decorative but interactive for a real estate office such as this. We balanced task lighting with accent lighting to highlight design elements and provide proper illumination in work areas. For the lounge we used a timeless leather chesterfield sofa, the tan of the leather complimented the orange accents beautifully. We used rugs and accessories such as the Rory dobner  art piece which infused the space with warmth of a home yet did not stick out like a sore thumb in the corporate environment.

 

Even though the design is simple and the colours used are subtle, we have received much appreciation from our clients and their customers who visited the space. That in itself is the greatest joy and satisfaction of delivering a project. When your hearts in your work you will rarely disappoint or be dissapointed… so until next time “Stay True and Stay Funky”….. 

Saturday
Feb012014

The Armani Ristorante

While I was in New York for the BDNY show in November 2013 a dear friend invited me for lunch at the Armani Ristorante, which is located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of the city.

I entered a not so posh looking elevator (which honestly I think needs an uplift). As I arrived at the top floor of the Armani building I looked over to the right and found myself intimidated by the vibe of the space, Up market, stylish and extremely classy! I must confess I felt a little less posh like the elevator that carried me there, but I tried to stay true to my calm demeanor and waited for the friendly face to come rescue me.  Of course two lattes later I was much more comfortable in my surroundings.

The concept is very clean, the colors are simple, black floors and white walls and the same scheme follows on the furniture too. But I believe there is a reason why the rest of the interior is subdued; it is because it houses one of the most spectacular staircases I have ever seen. Right in the center of the building connecting all the floors stands this breathtaking sculpture! Yes that is what it is, it’s not a staircase but a striking sculpture that seems hand crafted to perfection. The beauty is in its fluidity and abstract form, from different angles it is a different shape. It is cleverly colored white which again stands out from the black floors. It almost reminds me of a sea creature emerging from the black waters, or like the world tree from “Jack and the Beanstalk” that connects the earth to the heavens above. Ok wow, I thought this post was going to be boring, but for those who do not get me please ignore the last statement. In my defense as designers it is helpful to have an imagination when conceptualizing.

The other design element that is striking is the LED curtain that lights up the glass façade. According to me it is a remarkably clever feature because it separates the Armani building from the sea of buildings on Fifth Avenue. It can be spotted from a distance, and that is crucial for any brand to be able to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

What always amazes me is how certain spaces, even though simple, are able to create an ambience that might either intimidate you or make u feel comfortable , hence I say spaces should evoke emotion!

Until next time…. “Stay true… Stay Funky”

 

Wednesday
Jan152014

Art through different mediums...

Art is vital to Interior Design. Spaces seem incomplete without the use of art in one way or the other. The beauty of innovation and technology is that it helps re-invent uses for conventional elements.

Photographs printed on different mediums such as acrylic, glass and metal is a perfect example of the above. I am thankful to the brains behind creating such innovative materials because it helps us as interior designers to push the boundaries even further. The application of these photographs in interior spaces is limitless. Now not only can they be used as artwork, but also as decorative partitions, headboards, wall panels… like I said the applications are limitless.

 

This image is back printed on acrylic. The white areas of the artwork will be clear offering a translucent effect. 

Photographs printed directly on our silver aluminum substrate is one of my favourites. 

 

Printing on ultra clear, tempered glass is another striking application. Other applications include printing on canvas or as a wall covering. I hope you have enjoyed this post..... see you next time.. till then "Stay Funky"

If you would like more information on this product please email me at contact@funkfactoryinteriors.com 

Monday
Nov252013

Get Wallpapered!

Every designer has been faced with the challenge of staying inspired, I face that challenge very frequently.  When all else fails I always go back to mother nature to draw inspiration, it is the one that never lets me down.

Inspired by the lines and organic shapes the topography of our earth creates, I decided to create a map for my daughter’s room. Here is a link to the video. For those of you who do not have the patience or inclination to create such an artwork, today's post is for you.

Wallpapered.com is a company that creates wallpaper out of street maps. They can customize a map for you based on the postcode you provide, in the color and style you prefer. From modern to vintage maps, the options are vast and fascinating. Here below are some beautiful examples of what they have to offer.

 

 I plan to have a map customized for a real estate office I am designing in Dubai as part of their meeting room, so not only is it a feature but also a point of discussion.  So what are you waiting for…. Stay Unique… Stay Funky!

Sunday
Sep152013

Fancy some Metal Skin anyone?

I would certainly love some metal skin on my furniture. There were a few times in the past I would look at a bar counter or a reception counter made of metal laminates and try to find the tacky joints where two surfaces met. Well today after being in this industry for more than a decade, I have learnt it is possible to avoid these joints and give the impression of a solid piece of metal to almost any surface in any shape. The product that makes this possible is Midas Metal. This product is extremely versatile and it can be sprayed onto any surface such as Mdf, gypsum, plastic, acrylic, stone etc. It coats the material like a skin which results in a flawless cover. The Midas surface comprises of 95% of bronze, brass or stainless steel. Take a look at the possibilities of using this product and get your creative juices flowing.

 

With today’s technology and innovative solutions, it is very important as a designer to keep on top of things, to explore different techniques and possibilities that will help us create better designs …while i scout for more intriguing products & spaces .….till next time you “Stay Inspired & Stay Funky!”