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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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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!”

 

Sunday
Aug112013

BLUE HILL AT STONE BARNS



Having been in Nyc for more than a week the hustle and bustle of the city certainly overwhelmed me. So we decided to travel to Upstate New York. What surprised me during the car ride was how the landscape changed from skyscrapers and crowded city lanes to winding roads and lush greenery in a span of just 40 minutes.

Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns was where we were headed. Tucked amidst the green pastures and fields of blue hill laid this little gem. The guests of the restaurant are offered multi-course farmers' feasts featuring the best offerings from the field and market.

Since the surroundings of the restaurant were so breathtaking, the decoration was kept bare minimum. The architecture of the barn was highlighted with lighting. The main table was the centerpiece, adorned with all things natural and earthy from the farm itself, tea light candles were placed strategically to add to its magic.  

We sat below the open night sky that sparkled from the lights of the stars above, nothing but silence surrounded us as we savored the fresh produce from the farm.


What I gathered from this experience is that it is very important for a successful interior design to provide the customer with more than just a visual experience. We should focus on providing the customer or guest with a complete experience something that can be enjoyed using all our senses. Hence things such as smell & sound also play a key role, I will definitely apply this to my designs henceforth. Every experience adds to my learning in some form or the other, directly or indirectly.

Till next time….keep your mind open and stay Funky darlings! 

                                       "All pictures courtesy Keigan Soans"

Friday
Jul122013

W HOTEL

While still in New York I decided to pop by the “W hotel” lounge bar. It was on located on one of the upper floors of the hotel, it almost seemed like the bar was in a passageway. I loved how they challenged the space by using dark colors and strong design elements.

There was so much movement created in the space by the way in which the lines flowed from one side to the other, connecting both ends, this way the design did not stagnate.  It was almost as if I was walking beneath the waves. I am greatly inspired by designers who can take an interior space and create architectural elements that transform a mere box into something that moves you and speaks to you.

 

I hope these spaces have inspired you as much as it has me….. ...stay inspired.... "Stay Funky"

 

Friday
Jun282013

CROSBY STREET HOTEL

If you have wondered about my sudden disappearance from my Facebook page and my blog it has been for good reason. I have been out and about exploring the mean streets of New York City. A rather sudden and un-planned vacation, which is how most of my vacations take place. Though New York has an overabundance of museums, parks, historic sites to visit, I found solace walking the streets and I have walked for hours. The streets, I felt was where the core of the energy emerged from and it spiraled through every path, around every buildings into the fabulous open sky. It is the energy that makes this city unlike any other. A mélange of crazy people crammed the streets of times square, every color, shape and size, each bringing his own unique energy, but yet co-existing with the other.

Bringing my focus back on interiors, I would like to feature the Crosby Street Hotel a boutique hotel located on 79, Crosby street. This is a charming cozy boutique hotel, simple interiors but with an eclectic mix of fascinating items.

The streets of New York City have been mesmerizing they beckon me and it is hard to stay away for too long. I hope you have enjoyed this post… see you next week with yet another feature… till then “Stay Funky”

                                     "All pictures courtesy my husband Keigan Soans"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday
May312013

TILE+LIGHT

I have certainly missed writing these past few weeks and I hope you have missed me too! Honestly I have been swamped with work (which is a great thing so no complains), and did not want to fill my pages with un-inspiring content. So here I am back with another cool product and inspired to write about it.

Kano ceramic tile co. has collaborated with award winning Korean Designer Hyomi Kim and created Tile + Light. It is the integration of Led lights into ceramic tiles. They have 4 different modules to choose from to customize your designs. I think the tiles are best used for wayfinding and lighting stairs or stairwells.  Have a look at the examples below…

 

I hope you thought this product was cool too! Till next time... Stay Funky!