Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"The Studio" - now on Facebook : A photo palate for interiors in the "Indian" context


Thestudiobangalore

Over the last few months, I realized that I have been accumulating a good number of photographs of interior work - both ongoing and finished, on my phone and nearly none had found their way to this blog. The prime culprit - the thought that I will "one day" get a good photographer to cover "finished" interiors of the entire project/s and then put the best ones out here .... a "one day" that is yet to come :(

There is a lot that pictures communicate, not just how good (or bad) the interiors look but also insight into what goes into creating good designs - thus initiating and invigorating the viewers' own thoughts & ideas. What I also found was that while the western world has its  Houzz.com's and other websites, there is hardly ANY place that has insight into home interiors in the Indian context...let me explain what that means.

As Indians our needs are fairly unique and these need to be factored in while designing homes - things such as gas cylinders in the kitchen, a place for storing slippers in the foyer and a provision for people to sit and put their shoes on, false ceilings that need to take care of accommodating the ceiling fan (ask a westerner what a ceiling fan is and watch his expression), storage spaces in the kitchen for lines of boxes containing different spices - the small - small boxes that we have quite similar to the ones in the paan shop :), the puja unit, the jhoola in the living room... I could keep going on and on but I guess you get what I mean by design in an "Indian" context.

So back to the point - if you look around for ideas and pictures of designs that cater to our Indian needs you will hardly find much on the Internet. The facebook page of The Studio is an attempt to fulfill that exact gap - apart from getting all those photographs out from my phone that is :). It is also a forum I am experimenting with for a more continuous interaction with my readers (you).

I will be glad if you visit the page (it's at https://www.facebook.com/homedesignbangalore) and give me your feedback - a "like" if you like it or a comment if you see something amiss and want it added. Just be a little considerate as the content on the page is only what was added this afternoon after the page was created. Based on your feedback it will grow over time.

While it's said that a picture says a thousand words, sometimes those thousand words need to be written down for the best impact. Therefore this blog will continue to be THE medium for exchanging thoughts, questions & ideas. The Facebook page will serve as a medium of conveying some of those ideas through pictures. And both this blog and the Facebook page will interlink to bring you the best of each. Also, if you have any picture that conveys a unique idea/ thought or lifestyle then do please share and I will be more than happy to put that up ... just ensure that it is not copyrighted.

As always will welcome your feedback

Signing off

Nandita


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8 comments:

  1. Good initiative NM :) Now it will be easy to keep in touch with such helpful blog and get the insight of home interior from such well known interior designer.

    We are awaiting many more pictures on the FB page.

    Thanks :)

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  2. Hi Nandita,

    Very nice pics on FB. Can you please guide me on the material for long run for the top cabinets in Kitchen? Is commercial ply a good choice for top cabinets and wardrobes?

    Thanks
    Sindhu

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    1. Please refer http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html
      do also go through the comments under the said post

      Regards
      NM

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  3. Hi pls advise it is possible to fabricate a wardrobe sluder with mirror without alumnium framing. Can the mirror be pasted on blockboard directly? Will this require any special sluding mechanusm? What thickness of mirrors are normslly used for wardrobes?

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    1. You may paste a 6mm mirror on top of a 16mm blockboard. The regular sliding mechanism (top running one is recommended) should do.

      Rgds
      NM

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  4. Hi Nandita,
    Your blog is so informative about all the aspects of home interiors.
    We bought a 3bhk flat for which we have got a quotation from one of the interiors. The quote says 'door edge 5mm teak wood beeding with polish'. Some of my friends say these days they are using 'edge binding'. Does it really make any difference apart from the look. Can you pls shed some light here.

    Thanks,
    Prasanna

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    1. Nowadays edge "banding" is popular as it gives a seamless finish and needs no polishing. Other than the look there is no other advantage

      Rgds
      NM

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