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Re­gion’s prom­i­nent ar­chi­tects and in­te­rior de­sign­ers on the lat­est trends that are rul­ing the home decor scene.

TREND­ING NOW Amanat Gre­wal, 26 In­te­rior De­signer, Chandigarh

Gre­wal feels that trends in in­te­rior de­sign now seem to mimic those on fash­ion run­ways, trans­lat­ing them­selves on to fab­rics, wall­pa­pers, and cush­ions, etc., thereby trans­form­ing homes into style state­ments. “The en­tire plethora of green, from lime to emer­ald, is highly vis­i­ble. Tex­tures are in and can be seen across medi­ums—from fur­ni­ture, fix­tures, fab­rics to wall­pa­pers. Mar­ble and brass con­tinue to dom­i­nate as ma­te­ri­als of choice for both kitchens and bath­rooms,” she says. The in­te­rior de­signer says that an in­creas­ing num­ber of house own­ers are ask­ing for quirky light­ing, vases and lamps. Gre­wal is happy that de­sign­ers are get­ting to as­sert them­selves. “Thank­fully, unique­ness is be­com­ing a norm and

no­body is ask­ing for de­sign ideas that are in­dis­crim­i­nately re­peated in home af­ter home. This helps us push bound­aries of in­te­rior de­sign,” she says.

TREND­ING NOW Monita Bhard­waj, 41 In­te­rior De­signer, Chandigarh

Bhard­waj is witnessing a detox from digi­tised ex­pres­sions in de­sign to em­brac­ing of nat­u­ral­ness and im­per­fect forms, both in terms of ma­te­ri­als and spa­ces in con­tem­po­rary times. “And thank God for that. I al­ways have clients who are ask­ing for sig­na­ture in­te­ri­ors. I am glad that more peo­ple are ap­proach­ing me and ask­ing me to ex­per­i­ment with ma­te­ri­als that are earthy and close to na­ture in their liv­ing spa­ces.” Point­ing out that many peo­ple in Pun­jab and Chandigarh are mov­ing away from ma­te­ri­als that shout ‘I am ex­pen­sive’ and are look­ing for age-old pat­terns and weaves in­cor­po­rated in fab­rics and art work di­vorced from over-the-top el­e­ments.

TREND­ING NOW Gauri Sharma Chandigarh/An­dretta (Hi­machal

She makes it clear that she is an artist first. That she does not take in­struc­tions from clients.That de­sign is an off­shoot of art. “I don’t give them what they want, but what they need.” The artist/in­te­rior de­signer says that more and more peo­ple are now di­vorc­ing run-ofthe-mill ‘pretty ideas’, and want spa­ces that re­flect their per­son­al­i­ties. “Shades of pink, greys are rul­ing in more eco-friendly spa­ces which boast of or­ganic struc­tures, less ma­te­rial and more of na­ture. Clear back­grounds and in­tense colours thrown around are pop­u­lar. I like the fact that peo­ple are open to bo­hemian and po­etic dis­play and want to cre­ate a page straight out of ro­man­ti­cism. Frankly, sur­real

Liv­ing work­ing spa­ces are not just struc­tures but things which mean­ing­fully touch all sen­sory im­pusles. PREETI AGNIHOTRI

spa­ces flanked by in­di­vid­u­ally crafted pieces are what peo­ple are look­ing out for,” she says.

TREND­ING NOW Noor Dashmesh Singh, 36 Ar­chi­tect, Chandigarh

Singh says that over the years, he has no­ticed a shift in the way peo­ple are mak­ing de­sign choices. “Peo­ple have de­vel­oped an ap­petite for en­vi­ron­men­tally-con­scious de­signs which are rich by virtue of their de­sign de­tail­ing and not just ex­pen­sive ma­te­ri­ally.” Stress­ing that even the cash-rich belts of north In­dia are now open to let­ting go of ex­pen­sive wood ve­neer­ing on wall sur­faces, Ital­ian and other im­ported stone claddings, etc, Singh adds, “As com­pared to a decade ago, it is en­cour­ag­ing to see clients ask­ing for a sus­tain­able and eth­i­cal ap­proach and lo­cal sourc­ing to cre­at­ing soft, sooth­ing and rich spa­ces rather than a mere as­sem­bly of brands.”

TREND­ING NOW Preeti Agnihotri, 53 Ar­chi­tect, Chandigarh

“I have a no fluff ap­proach with in­tegrity to­wards the process of shap­ing an idea re­alised through the un­der­stand­ing of the essence of the project at hand. So, I am not re­ally sure if I am the right per­son you have ap­proached,” says Agnihotri. The ar­chi­tect laments that man clients come with their own out­sourced deis­gns treat­ing ar­chi­tects like drafts­men. How­ever, she adds that the sav­ing grace is that today, many of the clients are look­ing beyond fads and un­der­stand­ing that any build­ing which is con­ceived and re­alised in re­sponse to its lo­ca­tion, sur­round­ings, and the needs of the peo­ple who are go­ing to use it will be the in vogue and re­main ‘fash­ion­able’ for all times to come.

TREND­ING NOW Name Badri­nath Kaleru, 30 Ar­chi­tect, Chandigarh

“Peo­ple are fast open­ing up to sus­tain­able ar­chi­tec­ture. Clients are de­mand­ing court­yards in their spa­ces and ask­ing for in­ter­link­ing of in­ner and outer spa­ces to pro­vide fresh air and break­out spa­ces for the users in terms of both vis­ual and func­tional break,” says Kaleru. The ar­chi­tect also says that more peo­ple are de­mand­ing mul­ti­level car park­ing’s for com­mer­cial malls, etc. “Thanks to the fact cit­i­zens in this part of the coun­try are well-trav­elled.” Kaleru adds, “Build­ing de­signs are no longer mo­not­o­nous with sin­gle tones but boast of op­tions for cladding sys­tems rang­ing from ver­ti­cal gar­dens to nat­u­ral stones in dif­fer­ent fin­ishes to clay tiles and exposed brick fa­cades.”

Photograph by SAN­DEEP SAHDEV

Photograph by SAN­DEEP SAHDEV

Photograph by SAN­DEEP SAHDEV


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