Year: 2021

Why Interior Designers need to think Beyond the Box.

I had written on this topic some time back on this blog, an updated version of the post was published on Times of India Online . I am replicating the post here for the readers of this blog The Pandemic of the BOXES – Why Interior Designers need to think beyond the box. The boxes have taken over, where we live – BOX, our entertainment – BOX (think TV), our breakfast – BOX (think breakfast cereals, tetrapack milk), our lunch – BOX (think Swiggy), our travel – BOX (think Car), Our work space – BOX (think Cubicle), our gateway to the world – BOX (think cellphone). The other day I was asking a client her requirements for interior design and not surprisingly she said Kitchen (BOX), Wardrobes (BOX), TV Unit (BOX) and Foyer Unit (Another BOX). “So, do both you and your husband have a 9 to 6 job”? I […]

Residential Interior Design Themes – Simplified

Designing a home based on a theme aligns the space to what the theme fundamentally represents – things such as energy, peace, calm, efficiency, indulgence, frugality, nature and the likes. It is because of this that the subject of “Themes for Home Interiors” comes up quite often in interior design discussions, the interesting part however is that each client as well as each Interior Designer has her own version, understanding and visualization of the theme. In our conversation today we will try not just to describe the usual themes that are used in residential Interior Design but also standardize these so that customers find it easy explaining what they have in mind to their Interior Designer. First let us simplify – While there may be 40 – 50 independent theses, each of these can broadly be classified into 2 major ones The 2 Main Interior Design Themes: 1. Contemporary: Contemporary […]

Interior Design and the Pandemic

The Pandemic has brought profound changes to the way people live – be it the requirement of constant sanitization, the home doubling up as both the office and the school, all the way to higher rates of pet adoption to ward away loneliness. Interior designers in Bangalore and across the World need to adapt to these new needs and ensure that design is relevant to the new normal. Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the SJIM Global Leadership Conference on this very topic. The event hosted some of the leading business leaders across India speaking on the topic of Innovation and Creativity. Below are pictorial excerpts from my presentation, trust you find this of value as you design your own home The Need to De-Tangle Spaces Demilitarized zones for the Home Low – Maintenance Interior Design Minimalist Interior Design & Giveback to the Environment Pet Friendly Home […]

My Interior Design Blog on Times of India Online

Times of India Online will now be featuring my Interior Design Blog. I have named it “The Culture of Space” in line with the profound influence of design on the culture, behaviour and moods it curates. I had also written an article on it sometime back on this Blog. We also published the first article on ToI today called Interior Design – The Sixth Element. The article deals with why design needs to be holistic and centered around the people and not just on the looks – a topic that I have been quite vociferous about in my writing and my work. Do read about it here – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/the-culture-of-space/interior-design-the-sixth-element/ As always, do feel free to send in your comments & questions both here and on ToI Cheers Nandita Nandita Manwani is a practicing Interior Designer in Bangalore and the founder of The Studio by Nandita Manwani

Pandemic & Perspective – The Interior Design Challenge

The Pandemic is forcing Interior Designers to think differently. The doubling up of the home as an office is inducing cultural changes in the home environment that need a fundamental shift in perspective in how home interior design needs to be thought, planned and executed. I will be speaking on this Design shift and challenge that the Pandemic poses to Home Interior Design & the Design fraternity in my upcoming lecture at the St. John’s Institute of Management Leadership Conference 2021. Anyone interested in attending can check here http://www.sjim.edu.in/leadership_conference.php Cheers Nandita Nandita Manwani is a leading Interior Designer in Bangalore and is the founder of The Studio by Nandita Manwani

Interior Design Trends 20 – 21

The Redfin Blog recently requested inputs from leading Interior Designers across the Globe on the major trends in Interior Design in the year 2020 and the Interior themes that are expected to gain momentum in the current year. At “The Studio” we feel that 2020 was a defining year for the Interior Design Industry as it turned the focus from extravagism to minimalism and giveback to the planet. This design trend is expected to continue and gain momentum in 2021. Do read about our comments and those from other global designers over here – https://www.redfin.com/blog/2020-home-design-trends-wrapped/ Cheers Nandita