Year: 2017

The Studio selected as one of the top upcoming Interior Designers in India

Thanks to all your wishes, The Studio was selected among the top upcoming interior designers in the country. The magazine in print will be available in stands next week. Do read about it here https://industry.siliconindiamagazine.com/vendor/the-studio-by-nandita-manwani-a-lifestyle-interior-design-firm-built-on-the-foundation-of-trust-cid-3799.html Glad, encouraged, thankful & deeply humbled. Cheers Nandita

New Q&A Module for you to ask your questions

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This blog today hosts over 3500 Q&A on home interiors under different posts. For some of the more popular posts there are over 500 questions underneath and the blogger tool has been found incapable to handle such volume. We therefore launched a stand alone Q&A module on www.thestudiobangalore.com yesterday that will allow you to post your question and provides a better visual interface to browse through previous answers. Will welcome your inputs and feedback on this new functionality. The Q&A module is available at https://thestudiobangalore.com/questions-and-answers/ Cheers Nandita

What is a Modular Kitchen, what you will need to install one and how it compares to its traditional counterpart

My first article on this blog in the year 2010 was on the same subject. To make it more relevant to today’s needs I spent some time updating that article and including fresh perspectives and experiences to it. Read on, and as always will welcome your questions, thoughts & comments ————————————————- Most people associate a Modular kitchen as one that looks great, is made in the factory and is installed onsite. However there is more to a Modular Kitchen than just the good looks. In this article we will look at what really is a modular kitchen, what kind of site preparation is needed to install a modular kitchen as well as the comparative advantages and disadvantages of a Modular Kitchen against its carpenter made counterpart. So here goes… What is a Modular Kitchen – The 3 Core Elements. 1. Modularity:  As the name suggests a “Modular” Kitchen consists of […]

Recent Press coverage of our work

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We have been getting some love from the press lately :). Please read about it here https://thestudiobangalore.com/press-coverage.php Cheers Nandita PS: If you have a question to ask then please note: On Nov 15th we have launched the Q&A module on The Studio website. The Q&A interface on this blog was unable to scale to the number of questions that we have been getting – you would have noticed being unable to  scroll down to a question once the number of questions below a certain post increases beyond a certain limit.  Hence if you have a question then please post it at  https://thestudiobangalore.com/questions-and-answers/ 

Plywood Fakes in the Bangalore Market and a brief interaction with the Kitply Management on the same

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A few days back I happened to get an email from a senior member of the Kitply Management team acknowledging the issue of Plywood Fakes available in the market. The gentleman also mentioned some of the things that Kitply is trying to do to weed out the fakes. I am reproducing the communication below as this will be of interest to the readers of this blog. Note that this is not a recommendation nor an endorsement of Kitply’s products or the company. ——————————– From: Gaurav Goenka  Date: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 4:23 PM Subject: kitply fakes To: [email protected] Dear nandita, I write to you as a senior member of the kitply management. I happened to come across your blog and congratulate you for the wonderful work you do and respect your views that you don’t want to be associated with any product/brand and as you very rightly said it […]

Elder Friendly Home Interior Design

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This subject has been close to my heart and I had written this article a long time ago. Glad to announce that the article was featured in Deccan Herald last Friday. I have been of a firm opinion that Interior design is not just about the woodwork nor the decor but really about defining the life and lifestyle of the residing family. Making one’s home elder friendly through intelligent, insightful and practical design is one such area where the real value of residential Interior Design stands out. The detailed article is available at http://www.deccanherald.com/content/627433/make-your-home-safe-elderly.html Do read and share as this is something that everyone who has an elderly person at home should know. Cheers Nandita

Acrylic Versus Hi Gloss Laminate Versus Duco– Which one to use for that perfect Hi Gloss finish for your Modular Kitchen, Wardrobe and other Furniture

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I have been getting a number of questions around Acrylic versus Laminate finish, where to buy Acrylic Laminates in Bangalore and how to use them for Modular Kitchen & Wardrobe Shutter construction, hence thought of penning this down as a dedicated post. Even before we get into a discussion on Acrylic versus Laminate Versus Paint its important to step back and understand what the discussion “really” is about. What I have understood from customer interactions is that when they say that they need an Acrylic finish what they really mean is that they are looking for a “Hi Gloss” Finish. A Hi Gloss finish can ultimately be delivered via using acrylic, laminate, Duco Paint, UV Coating, PU Paint etc. etc. and, mind you, none of the above techniques are superior or inferior than the other. The usage of one over the other really depends on the application (Kitchen or the […]

Organised furniture retail and the changing role of the Interior Designer

My article on whether to build furniture or to buy it from the market and how organised furniture retail will change the role of the Interior Designer published in the Bangalore edition of Deccan Herald today. Here is the link to the article on Deccanherald.com http://www.deccanherald.com/content/622540/how-do-you-like-your.html

www.thestudiobangalore relaunched: The new destination for Turnkey Home Interiors, Modular Kitchens & Wardrobes in Bangalore

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Exited to announce that after 6 months of work we launched the new website for The Studio. For those of you who are new to this blog The Studio is my own venture offering Customised Turnkey Home Interiors, Modular Kitchens & Wardrobes across Bangalore. The new website consolidates the 3 offerings from The Studio under a single umbrella (earlier we had 2 separate websites – one each for Kitchens & Wardrobes) to make it easier for customers to get a complete picture. We also have a refreshed new logo which is a combination of the Ganesha (auspiciousness) & the Swastika (beginning) signifying an auspicious new beginning:  a new home is really a beginning Happy to get your feedback on the website – do check in at https://www.thestudiobangalore.com Cheers Nandita

Furniture for Home Interiors – The Build versus Buy dilemma & the changing role of the Interior Designer.

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With the unorganized furniture retail market in India touching approx. $20 Billion, early bird online furniture retailers like Pepperfry, Urban Ladder as well as organized furniture retailers such as Lifestyle, Hometown, @ Home & Evok etc. have been busy tightening their supply chain, product designs and quality to capture a fair share of this huge market. IKEA’s phased entry over the next 2 years will signal the second wave of this market consolidation. To the common home maker while this adds the much-needed choice of furniture and ease of purchase, it brings with it a dilemma – whether to build the furniture or to buy it outright. The question we are trying to answer in this blog post today is whether the good old days of the “family carpenter” shaving the wood away for months to get the home ready for the family really numbered*? … That comment brings back […]

Some Photographs of my Home Interior Project at Mantri Serenity – Kanakapura Road Bangalore

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This one was keeping me busy over the last 3 months, so apologies for not being too active on the Blog. This was an end to end Interior design & Execution project including Decor, Furnishings and the full nine yards. Here are some pictures, shall welcome your comments and inputs Cheers Nandita Dining Area Kitchen Entrance Kitchen – From Inside Kitchen – With the Appliances Kids Room Kids Room – The wallpaper was customized based on the children’s interests 🙂 Living, Dining & Pooja Room Foyer Mural Dining Space Guest Bed Room Guest Bedroom – Another View Master Bedroom Another View of the Master Bedroom Study Pooja, Foyer Living Room & Kitchen – Full View Partition cum Showcase Two Dining Tables 🙂

The DIY Interior Designer Series Bangalore: Home Interior Design Best Practices Revisited

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This blog is now over 7 years old and over these years a lot of what I have written about in the initial years has evolved – things like interior design practices, new materials available in the market for home interiors, cost of materials, places to shop for interior work etc. Also, while on this 7 year journey even I have learnt through customers, your own feedback through this blog and my practice in Bangalore. I am therefore updating some of the most read and relevant articles on this blog so that these reflect the interior design best practices and needs of today incorporating the best of what I have learnt as a practicing Interior Designer in Bangalore over the last 7 years. In the first of this series of articles…am calling it the “DIY Interior Designer Series”… below is the updated article on Sliding Door Wardrobe design best practices […]

Chickpet & City Market Bangalore for Home Interior Shopping

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Found my way to Chikpet/ City Market today after many many years. All this while I have been doing my shopping for light fittings in and around South Bangalore, however for an an ongoing project I have been on the look out for specialty lighting hence thought of checking out what the most touted wholesale lighting market in Bangalore has to offer…all for goodness, was pleasantly surprised Most of the shops dealing in light fittings are in around BVK Iyengar Road hence the good thing is that it does not take too much googling and navigation skills to explore the market. If you plan a visit just ensure to take Uber/ Ola to get there as there is no way that you will find parking or peace of mind if you are in your own car. Back to the shopping experience and the good shops. So assuming that you are […]