The deep influence of Interior Design on the culture it incubates and behavior of inhabitants of the space.
I was browsing over all the old posts on my blog and could not believe that this is a topic that I’ve missed writing on. Choosing the right finish for woodwork is something that puzzles almost all home makers and making the wrong choice compromises the entire design and the look of the place, not to mention the additional cost of rework in case the finish chosen is incorrect for the space or the application. In the paragraphs below, we will go through each finish and its pros and cons, where it should be used and where it should not. So, without further ado … here goes Laminate Finish: This is by far the most common finish available in the market primarily due to the ease of application of laminate on plywood. Almost all factory-made modular furniture available in the Bangalore today is made in laminate. This is because factory […]
November 3 it is — Just in case you missed the earlier two Masterclasses, here is another chance for you to attend this November. For those who are reading this for the first time – these masterclasses are for new home owners and folks planning to have their homes designed and done up in the coming few months. We typically cover all the things (well, almost all) that I have learnt during my Interior Design Practice over the last 10 years including expensive mistakes to avoid. The registration link below has additional details – https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/Bangalore/323fb7d88313461c70419073ea674206 Note that the small fee is just to ensure we get serious attendees – the idea is not to make $$ from these classes (I actually end up spending more than I charge) but to disseminate as much information on good design principles as possible I look forward to meeting you there. Cheers Nandita
The interest in Lacquered glass shutters for home interiors seems to have picked up lately in Bangalore. I’ve had a number of folks asking for lacquered glass finish for their Kitchens & Wardrobes and while the finish looks great, it comes with its own set of pros and cons. Before deciding on any glass based finish there are things that home makers need to know and that is what we will discuss in this post today. Types of Glass Finishes available for Home Interiors: What is important to know first is that there are multiple types of glass finishes (not just Lacquered) available in the Bangalore market today. This includes Regular mirror: Tinted mirror (Grey, Golden etc.), Tinted plain glass (similar to tints for car glass) Ready made lacquered glass (which is basically painted glass) – available in both gloss and matte finishes Switchable Glass: Glass that can be converted […]
Earlier this April I had written about our hunt for optimizing cost for Interiors and how that exercise took our teams to parent manufacturers cutting out the middlemen etc. (you can read about that here). The whole objective was to be able to give home-makers a complete an honest home design experience – not just the furniture but all the 5 elements including Lighting, Painting, Furniture, Furnishing & Décor at starting rates that don’t burn a hole in the pocket and at the same time compromising zero on material, finishes and work ethics. Well now we do have tangible output from that exercise and am glad to announce new package rates from The Studio for Interiors in Bangalore. The 2 BHK package starting at 6 lac includes just about everything needed to experience and get a feel of quality home interiors and not just what you might call the tail […]
I recently had a vendor hand over a sample of HDHMR, the new magic material for woodwork that is expected to provide a lower cost but better option than plywood. Before I move further let me de-jargonize and explain what HDHMR means. The acronym stands for High Density High Moisture Resistant. Anyone would now ask High Density High Moisture Resistant WHAT?? The what, that no one ever explains, stands for the “Board”. Simply put HDHMR is a superior variant of MDF (Medium Density Fibre Board) that is higher in density (hence HD) and Higher Moisture Resistant (hence HMR) than MDF. Having seen MDF warp, bend and puff up with even a hint of water on it my first reaction was experiment first hand how the material will behave when exposed to water. So here is what I did. Dipped it in water for 2 – 3 minutes and let it […]
Announcing the second edition of our “show and tell” masterclass on Interior Design Best practices for Home Makers The masterclass will be held at the state-of-the-art Residential Interior Design Experience Center situated off Kanakapura Road, Bangalore. Enrolment is restricted home makers expecting possession of their new homes this year. Students, Contractors & Practicing Interior Designers in Bangalore may please excuse Detailed Agenda: Common Mistakes in Residential Interior Design Linking Life Stage & Lifestyle to Interior Design Choosing the right Material for Woodwork Importance of Lighting in Interior Design. Types of Lighting Colour Selection – The concept of the Colour Wheel Furniture Placement – Optimizing space and size Refer the event links below for more details Event Link: https://www.eventshigh.com/detail/Bangalore/a72d05ad63f5711911eec43c9e722125 Ticketing Link: (There is a small fee to ensure serious attendees): https://ticketing.eventshigh.com/checkout.jsp?eid=a72d05ad63f5711911eec43c9e722125 If you have any questions then leave a comment using the link on the left. Cheers Nandita
Interiors and Interior Design is usually the last item on the home buying list. Once the bank, builder and broker are paid off home makers end up with little for doing up their interiors. With shoestring interior budgets home makers end up compromising on the material, designs and workmanship, falling short of the dream home that they imagined. Planning the budgets for interiors hence needs to be integral to the process of home buying
Had the privilege of hosting the design masterclass for students of the school of Interior Design at Jain University Campus last week. A very positive experience interacting with the young breed of upcoming interior designers and giving them a glimpse of good design practices and expectations from design in the outside world. At The Studio we have been promoting the cause of lifestyle and life stage based interior design and the importance of the Persona (the user of the space) while curating interiors. No better a place than the minds of young students to instill this core thought and philosophy that will go a long way in getting Interior Design recognized as a core science in the country. Here’s a quick pic from the event Thanks Dr Sinha and the entire Jain Univ team and students for hosting us. Cheers Nandita
A number of readers of this blog have asked questions around what work sequence one needs to follow while doing interiors for their home. We all know how painful it can be in Bangalore just to secure availability of good vendors like electricians, carpenters, plumbers, painters, the false roofing guy etc. Having them come in at the wrong milestone not just delays the work but also leads to rework & adds to the loads of stress that home makers are already stacked under. Given below is a step by step work schedule that I have been using for my own work, it has gone through multiple iterations and incorporates the learnings from multiple projects over the years. If you choose to follow this for your home then you will have to do one thing back for me – make sure that you provide your feedback on whether this helped you. […]
When working with an interior designer, home makers usually expect just good woodwork and carpentry. The Q&A below discusses why customers should expect more from their designers and why that is not only good for the project but also for the Home Maker – Designer engagement.
In addition good interior design can be life changing for the occupants and helps in creating a living culture that stays with the family throughout their life
This article comes to us from our partner Artburt. Artburt has been passionately promoting the cause of Digital Photography as an art form since the last few years. In a discussion with Sriharsha & Siri (Artburt’s founders) last week we briefly were talking about some of the best practices to follow when choosing the wall on which to hang the artwork and a week later I get this ping from Siri that Sriharsha has penned down a formal blog post on the topic. Do appreciate you taking the initiative to do this Sri…thank you. So without much ado…here goes. Nandita The 5 simple steps to choosing the right wall to hang your precious art 1. Direction of Light: A room filled with loads of natural light is obviously the best for enjoying your art. That said its very important that we also consider the direction of the light entering the room […]
I was looking for Hi Gloss finish options that are 100% waterproof for the utility and other open to the rain spaces and was recently handed a trial sample of Polymer Shutters by one of the manufacturers. While acrylic shutters have been around for some time (note that acrylic also happens to be a “polymer”) Polymer shutters are a recent introduction. The difference between the two is that Acrylic shutters have the acrylic sheet pasted only on one side of an MDF / Ply board, Polymer shutters have the polymer surface pasted on all the 6 sides of ply. Since the finishing is done in a factory polymer shutters are seamless with no edges showing and the shutter looks like one solid block. The manufacturing process also allows for innovative stuff like integrating the handle within the shutter etc. I am in the process of testing the product’s capability to […]
Last week we were notified by the Houzz team that we have been awarded the Best of Houzz in both the Design and Service categories. The awardees are chosen by the Houzz community of which I understand a lot of the readers of this blog are members – so a big thank you to you for choosing us. The formal press release that has details of the award is below. Cheers Nandita The Studio by Nandita Manwani Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019 Awarded by the community of over 40 million monthly users, annual BOH badge highlights home renovation & design professionals with Top ratings and most popular home designs Bangalore, India, January 25, 2019 – The Studio by Nandita Manwani has won “Best Of Design & Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 8 year old design firm founded by Bangalore’s leading Interior Designer […]