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"Design should be timeless and not bound to any particular typology, a sensibility I imbibes in all my work, be it architecture or product...

New Normal: Design for Isolation

'For us as a design company when we see our clients, though it is their house, adapt and maintain the lifestyle we have curated...

Redesigning spaces, after Covid-19; Arianna Piva

"We are fighting today against Covid-19: the epidemy has such worldwide impact that it will be inevitably the new breaking point of the contemporary...

Beyond physical borders; Dima Srouji, Ramallah, Palestine

'In the case of Palestine, we are used to lockdowns/curfews given the apartheid regime we live under here. We're also very creative with the...

Striking a balance; Gary McGuinness, Humanscale, Dublin

'Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the long lasting effects that it will have on society and our work places, we will be adapting...

A bag full of stories

"Design should be timeless and not bound to any particular typology, a sensibility I imbibes in all my work, be it architecture or product design. Ideas come from everywhere if you are open to...

New Normal: Design for Isolation

'For us as a design company when we see our clients, though it is their house, adapt and maintain the lifestyle we have curated for them through our design gives us a push to...

Redesigning spaces, after Covid-19; Arianna Piva

"We are fighting today against Covid-19: the epidemy has such worldwide impact that it will be inevitably the new breaking point of the contemporary age. Today, even more than before, architects, designers and urban...

Beyond physical borders; Dima Srouji, Ramallah, Palestine

'In the case of Palestine, we are used to lockdowns/curfews given the apartheid regime we live under here. We're also very creative with the limitations we face. For example, there are designers in Gaza...

Striking a balance; Gary McGuinness, Humanscale, Dublin

'Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the long lasting effects that it will have on society and our work places, we will be adapting our current Health and Safety management system to include new...

Principles of Metamorphosis, Alfonso Femia, Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

"We expect that up to the end of August, we will maintain a 50% space use plan, while the other 50% will be carried out in smart working, both according to the needs of...

Gestural Interactions, our new Work Environment; Vishal Wadhwa, Magari

'I hope it's evolutionary rather than revolutionary... we learn to flow with the tide with more understanding rather than fight against it', Vishal Wadhwa, Partner Production, Magari Today, we celebrate World Day for Safety and Health at...

Building Climate Resilience; Alfonso Femia, Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

"The World Bank and UnWoman (United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and to the empowerment of women), have recognized that women are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and climate change...

Designing zero-waste systems; Ar. Aayush Chaudhary, ACad Studio

Designing zero-waste systems is the need of an hour for a sustainable future. The more reuse of the resources can help stop the climate change. The goal is for no trash to be sent...

Regeneration, Regenerate; Ravindra Gundu Rao, Ravi Gundu Rao and Associates

"If you look at the town planning regulations of say 1930’s, ground coverage of 30% was the maximum allowed thus the buildings of that period and the cities in general had similar % of...

Be Responsible to your Earth; Rupali Naik & Satish Naik, A Design Studio

“More people now realise the importance of a healthy environment and this is seen in the new age practices such as rain water harvesting which are actively included in construction plans of buildings. While...

Human vs. Human/Human vs. Nature; Yatin Pandya, FOOTPRINTS E.A.R.T.H.

"During the first civilization, we built compactly to maximise most land for agriculture as reproductive resource. We continued to build compactly even through medieval period for security reasons. Only post industrialisation, with the advent...

Live in-sync with nature; Ar. Prem Nath, Prem Nath and Associates

"This pandemic is a ‘Reminder-of-the-Decade’ to “DISCOUNT LUXURY & LIVE SUSTAINABLY”. Through this pandemic situation & a whole lot of countries under lockdown, the Earth has finally gone into REPAIR Mode, it is healing...

An Apartment Management System; Sangeeta Banerjee, ADDA

'Every resident has the legal right to know about where their money is going. A management software, especially a cloud based one, is a haven of records. Every dime and penny is accounted for...

A splash of colour. An aura of excitement! Ayesha Dodeja; Kitchen Studio

'With Climate Change taking centre stage at every global meet, Nations are joining hands like never before to tackle climate change. One of the factors that is contributing to this is Global Water scarcity....

Making Art & Heritage accessible to all; Prathyaksha Krishna Prasad

I have been particularly focusing my research on Urban Conservation and Regeneration, a fairly new concept in India, and the positive impacts heritage can have on development. The crux of the research is to...

New technologies like Glulam and CLT excite me; Shankar Prasad

"Good Sybaritic guides you to healthier and mindful lifestyles. In our resorts, we have experimented with eliminating air conditioning and mini bars- a few globally acclaimed resorts have been successful in this. Our objective...

Smita Vijaykumar, Co-founder & CEO, reNNovate

“For architectural spaces, Zaha Hadid is my personal favourite for the flowing spaces that she has created. She has redefined spaces, visualisation technology and actual building materials for generations to come! I am also...

Landscape Management & Spatial Planning; Bernd Scholl

'Planning strategies should focus on future looking at the past too. The experts should decide on the parts of city which needs to be preserved and those to be developed. A plan should be...

“We design”, Argyris Chronopoulos and Dionysis Koutsioumaris, ADD Architecture Studio

"We sincerely believe that “design” is an innate quality of human nature. The ability to combine different disciplines, to think out of the box, to produce something originally benefiting. If there is something that our...

Soil is beautiful; Rafa’t A’lavi, Director, VM Gallery Karachi

‘Perceiving art is not like reading a newspaper that everyone understands. People now have time to read a newspaper word by word; but they rarely have time to look at a work or art...

‘Less’ is more; Shagufta Anurag, Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd

‘Green materials are now being used widely which are unique in nature and allow more latitude in terms of design’, says Shagufta Anurag, Founder & Managing Director, Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd in...

Malini Doshi
, Founding Partner, Saransh

Kumbh camps are set up for each of the Kumbh Melas, every 3 years, to accommodate the mass influx of pilgrims for the event. Since 2004, a recurring project has been undertaken by Studio...

Ar. Shalini and Ar. Amit Gehlot; A.S.A. Design Consultants

Although modern interiors would continue to rule the root, a water palette consisting of glass, wood and pastel shade hard and soft finished would be in demand', says Ar. Shalini and Ar. Amit Gehlot,...

Jeffrey-Brice Ornstein, JBrice Design International

'I listen, study and do not waive from my commitment to giving my clients a unique, distinctive, revenue-generating and high performing asset.  I also believe that if you love what you do, it shows',...

Rob Wagemans, Founder/Creative Director; concrete

'The duty of designers like us is to fulfil a social desire as we design for people and their current needs. As an example, our Urby Harrison project shows the new residential needs of...

Aaron B Schwarz, FAIA, Principal and Executive Director, Perkins Eastman

“Materials and detailing of the materials needs to be influenced by climatic context. Those copying aesthetic trends without recognizing these differences can start their projects at a disadvantage”. Says Aaron B Schwarz FAIA, Principal...

Anthony Raj, Centre for Indigeneous Architecture, Chennai

'There are millions of families with no roof over their heads, particularly in the slums.  For lack of employments in semiurban and rural areas, people are flocking to cities. It would be cheaper to...

Ar. Siddharth Menon

'Earth buildings have existed in India like the rest of the world since ages. Even today one just has to step a few kilometers outside a city to experience its splendor. People are still...

Ar. Yatin Pandya, Footprints E.A.R.T.H

'As architects we are triply responsible. First by putting the manmade on the natural, we are altering the natural landscape and creating imbalance and therefore we have to be responsible to ensure harmony. Secondly...

Ar. Prem Nath, Prem Nath & Associates

"Urbanization & Vertical living has become future of building. We can’t afford sacrifice on agricultural land, we need to use limited land. This was foreseen by Honourable Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru & Le...

Antonis Panayides, M Moser Associates

'I have been doing projects in India for almost 5 years.  I am very fond of adaptive re-use architecture and retaining heritage within a culture. India is a culturally rich country overall and it’s been...

Vikas Dilawari, Vikas Dilawari Conservation Architects, Mumbai

'All historical sites are important and if things are done well and information shared than it does do proper justice, A simple example is Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum which is relatively a modest...

Ar. Abha Narain Lambah, Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Mumbai

'Fire audit of Government owned heritage buildings should be done at a priority' says Ar. Abha Narain Lambah, Conservation Architect & Historic Building Consultant, Abha Narain Lambah Associates, Mumbai in an exclusive interview with sawdust Apart...

Dr. Brinda Somaya, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, Mumbai

"I have always been very optimistic and there are great young architects in our country today and I am sure they will take India on to the world map of architecture; I have no...

Ravindra Gundu Rao, Principal Architect, Ravi Gundu Rao and Associates

"Education and training in design without emphasis on repair as an adherent art and science has led to present situation that we bemoan here. The ‘jack of all, master of some’ Engineers had it...

‘Less is better? Less is more?’, Piotr Marek

'It is hard to say what minimalism generally is. Less is better? Less is more? This is relative. Depends on person. I think we do things for people who think differently', says Piotr Marek, Founder, DESIGN...

Contemporary and minimalist designs, David Overi

'Our goal is to create objects capable of giving an identity to the home and a style to those who live it. Create an involvement of forms and feelings.', says David Overi, President of...

Simple is Beautiful, Vibhor Sogani

'Design is definitely not only about beautification. While aesthetics are crucial, there are many aspects which are integral to design', says Vibhor Sogani, Industrial Designer,  National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad Tell us about yourself in...

God is in the Details

History refers the architect as a Master – essentially the person who ‘Knows-it-all’.  Is it possible to be a ‘Master-of-all’ when buildings are more complex and construction technology is changing rapidly?  In other words,...

“‘Keep Believing’, even when you’re at the lowest point of life’, Tanvi Rastogi

Tanvi Rastogi, Squisito Design, New Delhi Are female designers accepted by all? What are your experiences and facts. It still is not easily accepted by society to hire female designers as the work is majorly labour...

‘Women are real architect of society’, Ar. Chitra Tibrewal

Ar. Chitra Tibrewal, Director, Gupta's Asso. Ar. pvt. ltd. What is architecture for you? How have you seen it collaborating with other fields? Architecture is passion for me. Good architecture can set your life style and...

‘I had no financial backup, everything I did, I did it myself’, Ar. Jui patil

Ar. Jui Patil, JR Architects What made you pursue architecture? Since I was 10 I wanted to be an architect. Back in those days, internet didn’t exist. I had joined public libraries to read during my...

‘Creating design out of a challenge is an art I love!’ Bijal Panchmatia

Bijal Panchmatia, Interior Designer, LEED AP ID+C, Design Director, TheMonetaDesign Are female designers accepted by all? What are your experiences and facts?  The need for the question to be asked itself speaks about the answer; we...

‘There is a difference in which salaries are planned’, Rupali Naik

Rupali Naik, Partner and Chief Designer, A Design Studio What made you pursue architecture? Since I always had a creative bend of mind, I wanted to pursue something in the field of creativity. I also wanted...

‘Contractors resist taking orders from a woman’ Ar. Archana Jaiswal

Ar. Archana (Yadav) Jaiswal, LEED Green Associate, Deepak Fertilisers And Petrochemicals Corp. Ltd, Pune, Maharashtra What made you pursue architecture? It had been my passion and love for art and creativity. What is your take on the state...

‘Architecture is not an impossible industry at all’, Ar. Shashirekha

Ar. Shashirekha, Chief Architect, Space Studio Chennai What made you pursue architecture? I have a brain that gets bored very easily; the challenges offered by the field of architecture and the endless learning opportunities to explore...

‘Architecture & Women’, Ar. Anika Mittal

Ar. Anika Mittal, Founding Director-Mold Design Studio and Founding Partner-Amalgam What is your take on the state of women in architecture today?... does the All-men network still exist?  I don’t think there is anything such as...

‘We are a vast nation with habitual wastage of resources’, Anthony Raj

'There are millions of families with no roof over their heads, particularly in the slums.  For lack of employments in semiurban and rural areas, people are flocking to cities. It would be cheaper to...

‘Artificial material and their use today, is a blind game’, Alhad Gore

'Artificial material and their use today, is a blind game that is going on with hardly any logic behind it', says Alhad Gore, Beyond Design Architects & Consultants Pvt. Ltd. in an exclusive interview with Sawdust.  Can...

‘We laud the ‘Smart City’ initiative by Govt’, Ar. Ninad Tipnis

'In the field of Architecture and planning, there are many golden principles which have stood the test of time and are relevant even today. The challenge for a designer is to marry these with...

‘Environment is a precious commodity’, Sachin Goregaoker

'Architecture is not just design; it is a passion that is related to art and the people that are associated with it', says Ar, Sachin Goregaoker, Partner, GA design Tell us about a project that represents...

‘Change in taxation has huge impact on industry’, Ar. Nagaraja GP

'The ambience of the place is what matters to us as designers; the cost also plays an important role for the client in executing a project.  At the end of the day, it’s a...

‘We believe in being local and thinking global’, Ar. Manish Dikshit, Aum Architects

"We believe in being local and thinking global. Interaction with peer group always helps in one’s growth. Foreign architecture firms can get a different outlook but local firms still have a stronghold in my...

‘I grew up in an extremely stimulating environment and saw up close how every meaningful creation came from disruption’, Prateek Chaudhry

'We make it a habit to explore unchartered waters and head in new directions, to disrupt the notion of "normal" and make our designs hum an unfamiliar melody', says Prateek Chaudhry, Founder & Captain,...

‘In Nature nothing is wasted, there is always a circular economy for every part and piece’, Ar. Sean Williams

'The emergence of net zero energy buildings and cheap alternative energy will progress the restorative design opportunities and have designers looking more and more towards a biomimicry or living building', says Ar. Sean Williams, Principal,...

‘I believe that India has all the elements & potential to achieve a smart city mission and succeed’, Tushar Mittal

'In the period when human kind is leaving no place to destroy Mother Nature, we try to go for environment friendly designs by using our bit in preventing the environment. By integrating “Environment Friendliness”...

‘Ultimately architecture is cultural and social – it is shelter at its most basic human level’, Prashant Paradava, PDC Architects

A well-planned and functional design will in itself create uniqueness / newness and do justice to the site says Ar. Prashant Paradava, Founder – Principal Architect, PDC Architects in an exclusive interview with sawdust. You have done...

‘The works and philosophy of Mies Van der Rohe have always inspired us’, Dr. Amit Hajela

The focus of our work over the years has been Humane Architecture which is people centric, the emphasis has been to provide comfort for the users and to create a harmonious and holistic built...

‘I started my practice at Hyderabad with one staff to work on the drawings’ Dr. Ramesh, Archinova

Dr. Ramesh, an interior and spatial architect, Archinova Design Pvt. Ltd. draws his expertise from multi-disciplinary practical and educational background. In an exclusive interview with Sawdust, he shares his vision and focus towards 2018'.  Says he that...

‘Aesthetics to us is as important as cost is to clients’, Ar. Vivek Puri, MAas Architects

Ar. Vivek Puri, Partner, MAas Architects, an Alumni of SPA, Delhi feels that most buildings from ancient times were using sustainable energy efficient designs. Learning from the past and interpreting in modern context is the...

‘We admire the flowing forms of Iconic Zaha Hadid’s designs’, Milind Pai Architects & Interior Designers

For Ar. Milind Pai, Milind Pai, Architects & Interior Designers,  major source of inspiration is none other than Mother Nature where he sees a flawless balance of design, eco system and the aesthetical beauty...

‘We believe in simplicity and contradiction’, i29 interior architects

For Jaspar Jansen and Jeroen Dellensen, Founder Partners, i29 interior architects, Netherland, Furniture in all of their designs actually takes a special place and this is also the innovative aspect of their work.  In an exclusive...

‘A lot of our products contribute to saving energy’, Anusha Technovision Pvt Ltd. (ATPL)

Alok Hada, Founder & Director, Anusha Technovision Pvt Ltd. (ATPL) For Alok Hada, who started Anusha Technovision Pvt. Ltd., a company that focused on selling Lutron Lighting controls products in India and claim to be among the...

‘Art is a distant luxury for general masses’, Times Art and Robotics

Avnish Godhani & Ajit Jariwala, Founder, Times Art and Robotics follows the tagline "Your Imagination, Our Creation". In an exclusive interview with Sawdust, they talk about amalgamation of creativity and technology in producing art pieces and product. What...

‘I have realised that there is a lot of interest in Indian architects and Indian architecture’, Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta

For Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta - Bengaluru-based architectural journalist, 'enjoyment is exploring new subjects in design, comprehending their ideologies and bringing forth architecture that makes a difference and needs to be noticed, which she does by...

‘We will increase the share of our business with high quality floorings in India’, EGGER Retail Products

For Stefan Pletzer, Managing Director EGGER Retail Products, who rose from the level of Sales Representative to the company’s highest position, success has come through hard work and dedication. In an exclusive interview with...

‘The threat is from the Chinese products since they are cheap’, says Dinesh Chengappa, Patio

Dinesh Chengappa, after working for several furniture companies, both in India and abroad, decided to take a plunge into business eight years ago in Bengaluru. Today, PATIO - Outdoor Furniture & Accessories where he...

“We are working towards establishing a PAN India presence”, Faus International Flooring

Maria Sauri who became the Managing Director of Faus International Flooring in January, 2017, has been associated with Faus Group for than decade now. She is very well versed with the core values of...

‘The market is graduating towards larger format tiles’, Al Maha Ceramics SAOG

  Economic slowdown in the region due to low oil price has affected real estate business of the region. How do you sustain growth despite general slowdown?  The Company has maintained its image in the market...

‘Trend in UK now is for industrial concrete / granite & also rose gold and chrome effect’, WeSprayAnything

"Trend in UK now is for industrial concrete / granite & also rose gold and chrome effect"  Paul Harris, trained originally to become an Architect, is a master of many arts and spray painting is...

Amit Gupta

‘It is critical to have a well-planned city, with an outlook of the future requirements of a hundred years.’   Amit Gupta, a post graduate from Architectural Association, London, started (with Britta Gupta) Studio Symbiosis in...

‘Only two materials -wood and glass-are used’, Attila Stromaje

'I was inspired by the architecture of pyramid stairs and the movement of the waves. I was also inspired by organic principles that can be static and dynamic at the same time, like water' says...

‘I was always fascinated by our great Historic buildings’, Prof. Gauri Kotnis Shiurkar

‘Our education system doesn’t give a chance to the students to develop the right side of their brain’, says Prof. Gauri Shiurkar, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Architectural Conservation from Ph.D. Research Center,...

We are planning to have our manufacturing facility in India by 2020, Deepak Shewani

'We welcome the demonetization by government as we hardly have any transactions in cash with our customers' says Deepak Shewani, Managing Director, MUPRO India Pvt Ltd, Mumbai in an exclusive interview with sawdust. Tell us about...

‘The main inspiration is flow of music’, Stanley Clayne Sandström

'I am an accidental artist with a small garage, and to recreate the Music Chair for others is cost prohibitive. That is why I am agreeable to licensing or other forms of manufacture. This...

‘Follow your instincts; they will not fail you’, Jeffrey A Day

'We play a part in what materials are used and the process in how they are manufactured. It’s a small part of much larger picture and I feel designers are doing their part', says...

‘We should avoid using toxic materials in designs’, Shu-Ching Tan

'In today’s society, the topics we should focus on are global warming, shortage of resources and uneven distribution of resources in the world', says Shu-Ching Tan, Founder, Herzu International Design, Taiwan Where do you live? Do...

‘We need to look at real sense of Green than ratings’, Ar. Nagaraja GP

'We keep our designs extremely simple by just believing in responding to climate, integrating nature into the built-environment and make the space a happy place' says Ar. Nagaraja GP., Principal architect, Aadyam Design Studio,...

editor's picks

A bag full of stories

"Design should be timeless and not bound to any particular typology, a sensibility I imbibes in all my work, be it architecture or product...

New Normal: Design for Isolation

'For us as a design company when we see our clients, though it is their house, adapt and maintain the lifestyle we have curated...

Redesigning spaces, after Covid-19; Arianna Piva

"We are fighting today against Covid-19: the epidemy has such worldwide impact that it will be inevitably the new breaking point of the contemporary...