The Ma­te­rial Pal­ette

MGS Architecture - - News - Com­piled by Seema Gupta

In­te­rior de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects are ex­per­i­ment­ing with a host of build­ing ma­te­ri­als, from the tra­di­tional to the most mod­ern, to of­fer in­fi­nite in­te­rior de­sign op­tions

In­te­rior spa­ces in In­dia have never been so uniquely de­signed and fur­nished. Along with the new prod­ucts in the mar­ket, the age-old tra­di­tional time-tested and eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als con­tinue to find favour. Ac­cord­ing to Sachin Gupta of Be­yond De­signs, home decor is the best way to in­ject your per­son­al­ity into your home and make ev­ery­thing look like a re­flec­tion of who you are, so per­son­al­ize and ac­cen­tu­ate your house, apart­ment or workspace. “The con­tem­po­rary eye com­bines ob­jects and ma­te­ri­als of the present with ob­jects and ma­te­ri­als from the past, not be­cause of fash­ion but be­cause of one’s own knowl­edge­able eclec­ti­cism - the re­sult of one’s own var­ied experiences and cul­ti­vated taste,” he says.

In­te­rior de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects are ex­per­i­ment­ing with a host of build­ing ma­te­ri­als, from the tra­di­tional to the most mod­ern, to of­fer in­fi­nite in­te­rior de­sign op­tions

Ar. Aditi Pai of The Pur­ple Ink Stu­dio opines, “The trend of be­ing or­ganic has in­fil­trated into ev­ery as­pect of ar­chi­tec­ture from spa­ces to ma­te­ri­als. In­clu­sion of green spa­ces in the in­te­ri­ors, while be­ing sen­si­tive to the out­doors is set to be­come a norm. With the ad­vanc­ing tech­nol­ogy and ease in ac­cess to it, we look for­ward to see­ing more work with bet­ter in­te­grat­ing of tech­nol­ogy us­ing nat­u­ral el­e­ments with cul­tural in­flu­ences mak­ing our cities fu­ture ready.”

The plain old con­crete, for in­stance, once con­sid­ered dull and de­void of any aes­thetic value, now has a new up­graded, pol­ished ver­sion, and is in­creas­ingly be­ing ap­plied in mod­ern day in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­signs. Af­firms Ruchi Mishra, DGM (Ar­chi­tec­ture), REPL, “The in­dus­trial look in in­te­rior de­sign has been around for a while now. One of the eas­i­est ways to achieve this is to use con­crete, a ver­sa­tile ma­te­rial. In fact, many de­sign­ers are now us­ing con­crete in un­ex­pected and un­usual ways from wall art to clocks and ta­bles to wall claddings. Few would have thought that this mun­dane ma­te­rial can be trans­formed into a tac­tile and dec­o­ra­tive sur­face for in­te­ri­ors, in­clud­ing kitchens. Light­ing made from con­crete has also made its mark with nu­mer­ous de­sign­ers tak­ing ad­van­tage of the hard-wearing, util­i­tar­ian prop­er­ties of the ma­te­rial, have cre­ated min­i­mal­ist light­ing de­signs.”

San­i­tary­ware has evolved to prod­ucts that en­hance hy­giene with their anti-bac­te­rial fin­ishes, sen­sor-based/ touch­less faucets, and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion. In light­ing, it is the en­ergy and cost sav­ing LEDS, dim­ming and other con­trols. LOW-VOC wall paints that are stain re­sis­tant, anti-fun­gal, and anti-bac­te­rial, re­flec­tive glass, lar­ge­sized de­signer tiles, DIY water­proof and heat re­sis­tant wall­pa­per, faux wood tiles, the list of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts based on new tech­nolo­gies is end­less. In the words of Ar. San­jay Kothari: “The ma­te­rial pal­ette is over­flow­ing with new fancy ma­te­ri­als, mak­ing it more and more dif­fi­cult to be min­i­mal­is­tic as the mar­ket forces are tempt­ingly strong. Ar­chi­tec­ture is all about space and form, and ma­te­rial plays an im­por­tant role in achiev­ing it.”

Builders and real es­tate de­vel­op­ers look to in­te­rior de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects for in­for­ma­tion on con­sumer de­mand and mar­ket trends for the in­te­rior de­sign of their projects. No doubt, prod­uct se­lec­tion is based on fac­tors like size of the project, bud­get and costs in­volved, eco-friendly ap­proach of the de­vel­oper, and the brand

im­age of the project, es­pe­cially in pre­mium class of build­ings. Mi­hir H Parekh, AVP Nilka­mal Ltd, opines, “The con­struc­tion in­dus­try needs to keep pace with the ever-grow­ing need for in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that are fast and easy, con­sid­er­ing the ever-grow­ing time crunch and labour cost. For any so­lu­tion to be prof­itable, it must be sus­tain­able, which means that it must be de­signed such that it is not only re-us­able mul­ti­ple times but is also 100% re­cy­clable, thereby help­ing users min­i­mize their car­bon foot­print.”

Man­u­fac­tur­ers of build­ing prod­ucts must take into ac­count con­sumer pref­er­ences, in­clud­ing re­gional life­styles, such that they can of­fer prod­ucts that meet vary­ing needs. Man­u­fac­tur­ers who in­no­vate to of­fer unique or cus­tom­ized so­lu­tions, have an added ad­van­tage and a com­pet­i­tive edge, pro­vided their prod­ucts en­sure unique­ness in de­sign, colour or fea­tures, tech­ni­cal strength and high qual­ity, and give value for money. Says Alok Ag­gar­wal, MD, Ozone Over­seas, “In­te­rior de­sign now is all about cre­at­ing spa­ces with more vis­i­bil­ity and clar­ity. De­sign­ers are look­ing for in­no­va­tive ways and ma­te­ri­als to add a new di­men­sion to the in­te­ri­ors in terms of en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency, uti­liza­tion and com­fort. Or­ganic ma­te­ri­als and prod­ucts en­able spa­ces to look larger yet of­fer pri­vacy.”

Af­firms Jimmy Mistry, “Peo­ple are look­ing for unique­ness along with qual­ity and af­ford­abil­ity. The con­sumer’s un­der­stand­ing of in­te­rior de­sign, brands, ma­te­ri­als and qual­ity is im­prov­ing day by day. Mod­ern­day con­sumers are look­ing to up­grade their lifestyle and are will­ing to spend more for qual­ity.”

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