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Décor APRIL 2023 CIRCULAR ECONOMY How design houses are innovating to reduce their carbon footprint and being creative about it Maximalism, but make it modern Awe-inspiring architecture of luxury stores Crockery and cutlery trends

APRIL 2023 THE GIST There is no Planet B is a scary thought and a potent one to remember at once. While the world comes together to reduce its consumption, we are trying to blunt the impact of consumption through technology. Sustainable materials in design is at the forefront of innovation in design and decor right now. In our decor special, we focus on the intersection of design and technology, whether it is about tech-enabled decor at homes, sustainable materials produced with new technology, Besides, we take a look at modern maximalism which, while a far cry from the opulence of maharajahs, takes its cue from there. Luxury stores which are a delight to visit, noted for their design, representing the brand’s ethos, gets our attention, If you’re a fan of art and aesthetics, many cues are to be picked up from these pages. Payel Majumdar Upreti —Editor Design meets technology S O C I A L M E D I A ADVERTISING SALES Mumbai (022 - 6846 8500) Regional Manager (West) — Katty Gia (+91 98705 32295) • Senior Manager — Lamont Dias (+91 91674 14988) Delhi (011 - 4562 5810) Sr. General Mgr. (North) — Asha Augustine (+91 98182 80431) Kerala (+91 94140 69321) — Sanjai Krishnan Manager Mktg. Services — Salim B • Client Servicing Manager — Reshma Malvankar Founders — Marzban Patel / Anita Patel • Director Publishing — Indu Joshi Editor — Payel Majumdar Upreti • Writers — Arushi Sakhuja, Schenelle Dsouza, Jade Crasto Creative Director — Muhammad Jaan Faruqui This magazine is printed by and produced by Mediascope Representation (India) LLP. Opinions herein are the writers’ and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Mediascope. Editorial enquiries concerning the reproduction of articles, advertising and circulation should be addressed to: LuxeBook, Mediascope Representation (India) LLP., 51, Doli Chamber, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005, India. Email: Material in this publication may not be reproduced, whether in part or in whole, without the consent of the publisher. 2|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022

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COMPILED BY SCHENELLE DSOUZA Ritu Kumar Set of 3 – `1800 1. Barisieur Tea and Coffee Alarm Clock Waking up to a refreshing brew of coffee or tea is rated the best way to wake up by many. Double that with a functional alarm clock and you have the perfect wake-up call! An automatic tea and coffee brewer, the Barisieur features an iconic design with large and dual servings, along with a pour-over carafe. Unlike other coffee makers that use a heating element and water pumps, Barisieur’s all-glass and steel brewing system, powered by induction heating uses a pressure boiling system that pushes the water up through the glass transport tube, providing a fresh brew every morning. Buy Here 2. Nanoleaf Shapes Connected Wall Lights Why go for ordinary looking lights when you can go for Nanoleaf’s stylish wall lights! An innovative curation, these connected wall lights come in triangles and hexagonal shapes offering a switch of over 16 million colour combinations that can be controlled via touch or voice modulation (Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit) or even directly through the Nanoleaf App. Moreover, the lights even come with a builtin rhythm module to produce light shows that match the beat of your tunes. Buy Here 3. Netgear Meural Canvas Adding a piece of art to your interiors is a great way to elevate your space. But what if you could change the artwork every single day? That’s right, with Netgear’s Meural Canvas, you can choose a different work of art for every new day, including masterful works from some of the greatest painters of all time —Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt. All you have to do is download Elevate your homes with these state-of-the-art décor pieces Cutting-edge design the Meural app, connect your frame to the app, and choose a stable Wi-Fi connection that will allow you to both explore images from the impressive art library and upload images from your own gallery. Another fun aspect of the Meural, the app will provide information for each painting, a biography of the artist and a short description on the painting itself. Buy Here 4. Samsung The Frame Tech pieces that double up as artworks are the hottest new trend, but one of the most exciting pieces has to be The Frame by Samsung. A 4K QLED TV, The Frame comes with a matte display coating on the screen to block reflections from light sources and other objects. This in turn allows viewers to enjoy the painting and focus on the minor details without obstruction. Available in 65, 75, and 85-inch variants, The Frame displays a stunning 4K resolution with customizable bezels in a series of different colour combinations. The Art Mode allows users to choose works from an array of curated creations that can be customized and controlled per their taste. Buy Here 5. The Portl Studio Smart Fitness Mirror Fitness at home has become quite a trend these days, given people’s busy schedules around the clock. And if you’re looking to kickstart your fitness journey at home, then The Portl’s Smart Fitness Mirror is just what you need. An interactive fitness mirror, the device is a mix of a smart home gym with an in-built personal trainer. It compiles different regimes from cardio and strength training to yoga and pilates. Moreover, it can even design a custom workout regime designed for your body type and your fitness goals. Buy Here 1 3 4 2 5 4|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|5 TRENDING

Maximalism is undoubtedly the ‘it’ word in the interior design industry today. It has variously become an expression of bold personalities; an eclectic mix of unique styles, striking colour palettes, patterns, shapes, and textures. While minimalism focused on the less-is-more aspect of design, maximalism seems to be all about more is more! Maximalism is still the biggest trend right now, but it seems to be undergoing an evolution. Sticking to the more is more trope; experts have begun to notice a pattern amidst the chaos, giving rise to what is now called modern maximalism. So how is it really different from maximalism? Calling it an individualistic expression of maximalism, Aroosh Mahipal – Co-Founder of White Domus believes modern maximalism to be a contemporary interpretation of the maximalist style. The main difference between standard and modern maximalism, he believes, is the historical and cultural contexts, as well as their design purposes and aesthetic goals. “In the past, standard maximalism was used in India as a way to showcase the wealth and power of rulers and aristocrats,” Mahipal shared. He believes standard maximalism to be rooted in traditional design with an emphasis on luxury.“Ornate buildings and palaces like the Taj Mahal or Amber Fort were built as grand symbols of their patronage and were intended to impress visitors with their opulence, beauty and scale.” Modern maximalism however, he feels, has a more individualistic and contemporary aesthetic sensibility. “It tends to be less formal than its traditional counterpart and often incorporates elements of pop culture or contemporary art. It is used more for the purposes of self-expression.” Adetee Sawhaney – Founder and Creative Director of Altus Luxury Living believes modern maximalism to be reinventive, more contextual and idiosyncratic to both, a space, and the individual. “The philosophy of maximalism is to create a space that is full of energy, colour, and character with each element carefully chosen to contribute to the overall effect. It is the idea behind the artwork or the furnishing that one chooses, which differentiates standard and modern maximalism.” Retracing history Maximalism in India can be traced all the way back to the medieval age when the obsession with more is more began with the royals. Back then, the elements of maximalism were defined by ornate architecture, intricate carvings and lavish materials like silk and velvet. “Maximalism,when tracked down through history was all about glitz and glam; gold accents, striking lights satin upholstery and an uncanny influence of Neoclassicism, Rococo and multiple design cultures; maximalism over the years has just got better,” says Neha Gupta, CoFounder and Interior Designer of Beyond Designs. While the design styles remain more or less of the same, Gupta feels that the inclusion of bold colours, floral patterns, embroidered details, and textural collages has modernised maximalism with increased experimentation. “People today, are not afraid to experiment. They will try to go for layering, experimenting with multiple patterns, textures and even colours.” BY SCHENELLE DSOUZA Decoding the evolution of modern maximalism Organised Chaos The evolution of modern maximalism Adetee Sawhaney, Founder and Creative Director of Altus Luxury Living AN EYE FOR DESIGN 8|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|9

For Abhishek Kathuria, Founder and Creative Director of Rosabagh, the evolution between maximalism during ancient and modern times has much to do with the society we live in.“A maximalist vision will always evolve over years. However, looking back and comparing the separate times, it is the relation of materials to design and the geometry of space that has transitioned with the development of our society at large.” He further shares that modern maximalism evidently continues to pay tribute to ancient design where the spirit of opulence is explored through different mediums – artefacts, wallpapers, traditional colour palettes, all of which draw heavily from the royal period. The use of opulent décor and rich elements back in the royal age was a way of conveying wealth and power of the rich and affluent – that was the idea of maximalism back then. Maximalism in the 21st century is a means of self-expression; a personal and eclectic approach to one’s own personal space. “With the power of the internet and social media, consumers have become exposed to newer forms of design, finding inspiration within different mediums and attempting to incorporate these elements in their cookie-designed homes which represent their own uniqueness,” says Nitush Mahipal – Co-founder of White Domus. The essence of self-expression through one’s home is what maximalism is all about. People want their home to be a true representation of their personality and so they often look for pieces that are an extension of their personalities. “We live in the era of personalisation, and this is a part and parcel of maximalism.” Apart from the elements used, there has also been an evident shift in the materials used. For the ancient royals, it was marble and wood. Today there is an exploration of non-traditional materials like resin, metal, concrete and leather. Room for more Minimalism is still very much on trend as its crisp lines and muted colours has recently dominated the design world, especially the urbanized population seeking reference in the design trend. However, loud and rebellious maximalism is also taking some of the spotlight. Less is more to more is more, the preference of design themes is changing where people are not scared to experiment and are introducing bold print and patterns to their homes. While it can get a bit tough for both the trends Sachin Gupta & Neha Gupta, Founders, Beyond Designs Altus Luxury Living 10|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|11

to co-exist in one space, designers can make it happen by finding a balance between both. Accentuating the heights of maximalism and subtly toning it down through minimalism can happen by merging the characteristics of both the design trends. A highlighted accent wall with a plethora of frames can be toned down with neutral walls on the other sides. Minimalism and maximalism is an ongoing conversation: you are either labelled a maximalist or a minimalist. But there may be room for both. In spaces, for example, we are seeing a rise in the use of maximalist aesthetics in minimalist spaces. There is a contemporary fascination with minimalism that carries on the ideals of European modernism. While it is true that minimalism creates the illusion of wide-open spaces, it has become too common in a world where people are looking to personalise everything. This is where maximalism comes in. Over the past few years, we have seen how people are incorporating big paintings Rothco- Abhishek Kathuria, Founder and Creative Director of Rosabagh APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|13 like to their spaces or experiment with bold fabrics and wallpapers to add a touch of their personalities to the spaces they inhabit. The biggest shift, however, has been in the use of sculptural furniture as a statement piece that is both functional and a piece of art. Looking at this from a pure material perspective, one can see a coexistence of both trends. The minimalist design expression descends from late 19th-century and early 20th-century European modernists who championed an industrial aesthetic with no decoration. There are several modern artists that are challenging the notion of how we use industrial materials and shape it into pieces of art that move away from the traditional geometric shapes of minimalism. This is precisely what we do at White Domus.We do not like labels,so we do not consider ourselves one or the other, but what is central to our work is to explore the limits of the industrial stainless steel, and shape it into seemingly impossible textures and shapes to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are the focal point of any space. Organised chaos While maximalist design is all about embracing excess and creating an energetic and visually rich space, it is important to strike a balance so that the space does not become overwhelming. Beyond Designs Rosabagh 12|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022

An orderly collage is better than a random splash of colour in various locations. Adding metallic and gold accent to interior design is a great idea in this scenario. Do not mess up being a maximalist by having a disorganised space. Put some luxurious patterned rugs in there instead of random artefacts that do not evoke reminiscence or charm. More will be more when it comes to modern maximal spaces. Employing components like wallpaper that tells stories, floor patterns to evoke conversations, tinted mirrors, warmer lights, bold colours in interiors will appear like chaos that is worth appreciating. Tips: Have a cohesive colour scheme: Use a colour palette that is cohesive and harmonious. Choose a primary colour and add complementary colours to create balance and interest. Use patterns thoughtfully: Avoid overwhelming the space with too many patterns. Instead, choose a few statement patterns and mix them with solid colours to create a visual hierarchy. Create focal points: Choose a few statement pieces or areas in the room and make them the focal points. This could be a bold piece of artwork, an ornate mirror, or a piece of sculptural furniture. Layer thoughtfully: Layer different elements such as furnishings, accessories, and art in a way that creates a sense of depth and dimension. Start with larger pieces and add smaller items to create a layered effect. Edit and declutter: Finally, edit and declutter the space to ensure that it does not feel overwhelming. Remove any items that do not add value to the overall design and ensure that there is ample space for movement and flow. While maximalism encourages layering and abundance, it is important to edit and declutter the space to prevent it from becoming too cluttered or overwhelming, maintaining a sense of order. It is all about creating a visually stimulating space, while still being functional and practical. Grouping related items together, such as books, vases, or decorative objects, can create a sense of order and make the space feel more intentional. Organizing elements by colour can also help create a cohesive and visually pleasing look. Similarly, dividing the space into zones, such as a reading nook or a dining area, can help define areas and prevent impact of elements and accents used in a space from converging into one another. By creating a focal point in the room, such as a statement piece of furniture, an eye-catching work of art, or a bold accent wall, you can draw attention to a specific area of the room without overwhelming the entire space. Lighting can be used to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, as well as to highlight specific areas of the room. Use a mix of ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a layered and dynamic look. While mixing patterns and textures is a key element of maximalist design, it is important to do so in moderation. Choose a few key patterns and textures to incorporate throughout the space, rather than going overboard with too many different elements. Although maximalism is often thought of as the opposite of minimalism and may seem easy to understand, it actually requires a delicate balance of elements to create a visually stimulating space without overwhelming it. Achieving a well-designed maximalist space requires expertise in layering, combining furnishings, accessories, and art to create a sophisticated look. A good understanding of colour theory and colour combinations is also essential. However, it is equally important to know when to stop, as maximalism can easily veer into hoarding if not carefully curated. Even though maximalism is all about abundance, it is crucial to highlight a few statement pieces such as a unique artwork, an ornate mirror, or a piece of sculptural furniture. Focusing on these few standout pieces can add a dramatic touch to the space without overpowering it. Adding components to Modern Maximalist interiors without making them appear obtrusive or overdone is hard. The chaos is not without order. It is essential to take the right colour palette, prints and patterns into consideration to avoid making the space look cluttered. Nitush Mahipal & Aroosh Mahipal, Co-founder, White Domus White Domus White Domus 14|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|15

With sustainability being the need of the hour, many luxury brands are continuously trying to show new and innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint. With the coming up of thrift stores, new fabrics (such as organic cotton and vegan leather), producing zero waste, cruelty-free manufacturing processes and reduced water technology, renewable energy sources, as well as adopting a transparent supply chain; brands are working hard to adopt more eco-friendly modes of production. According to Saachi Bahl’s, Founder Saahra and #ConsciousEffort Design Show and Conclave, one must acknowledge that there is no unilateral, linear, or perfect formula to be ‘sustainable’. She says..... “It is a complex process, and many times strategies are dependent upon the context of the business, its production and utility. Therefore, we must be receptive to more people in the industry approaching the subject and give them the scope to continually improve their efforts as there is no one size fits all.” It is worth bearing in mind that practices like repairing old weaves, recycling or upscaling can go a long way in giving back to the planet. And sustainable fabrics have come a long way, one must acknowledge that sustainable products do not lack lustre and finesse anymore. Rather, there is a rise in the innovation of new fabrics increasingly used by luxury brands such as Gucci, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger and Bottega Veneta. Décor brands like Kar Conscious Living focusses on the importance of Indian textiles through raw fabrics and subtle designs, showcasing the essence of their weaves. More and more home décor brands are using materials like organic bio-washed cotton and handwoven wool. Selecting the right fabric It’s always good to check what goes into the making of our home décor pieces. We’re still a long way from reducing our consumption to optimum levels, so the least we can do is make eco-friendly shopping decisions. That includes digging into the environmental practices of the brands you love and finding out how ethical they truly are in their production and manufacturing processes. “Decor and fashion have always been sectors that other industries look to for ‘what’s next’. Fashion designers have an incredible opportunity to not only reach, but consciously influence consumers and other industries by choosing to create with the end in mind, choosing a material like ECONYL® nylon that can help brands close the loop,” said Giulio Bonazzi Chairman and CEO at Aquafil Group. Trend-related shopping cycles take a toll on the environment. Home furnishing related individual buying decisions can also play a crucial role in our carbon footprint. Globally, the furniture market is worth approximately $ 575 billion. Manufacturers deploy vast amounts of resources to meet high demands, including trees, plastic, cotton, fiber and toxic chemicals, and hence the rise of fast furniture further complicates the sustainability dilemma. Contrary to what is believed, creating a home with the planet in mind does not require sacrificing comfort, style or budget. We can curate spaces by choosing earth-friendly materials and optimize sunlight, airflow and ventilation to reduce our daily impact. How are materials sustainable? One most likely encounters terms like Econyl, Cupro and Lyocell while reducing their carbon footprint nowadays. The sustainable move Sustainable fabrics are taking over home décor and fashion BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA Saachi Bahl’s, Founder Saahra and #ConsciousEffort Design Show and Conclave CARBON FOOTPRINT 16|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|17

We know they’re good for the environment. But what exactly are these so-called sustainable fabrics that are taking over our world? Luxury labels are shifting their focus to vegan leather and recycled materials. And the fabrics we grew up with simply don’t cut it anymore. “There is a plethora of new materials that designers and textile manufacturers are working with to make fashion more sustainable. Bamboo and banana fibre, leathers made from plant-based materials, and even sustainable silk is being devised. Along with all these innovations, it is vital to remember to buy from accountable and transparent brands, buy less and buy better, and rewear, repeat and repair your clothes,” believes fashion designer Nachiket Barve. Saachi Bahl’s Saahra Sustain offers womenswear classics handcrafted in GOTS certified cotton or peace silk, shoes from plantbased bio-leather called Pinatex, collections made from Econyl and even bags made from cork. On the design side of things, brands are using reclaimed and waste materials that has led to the creation of unique products and the design world is excited to further explore this avenue. Redefining this space, sustainable home decor brands and designers show us the beauty of old is gold. Econyl Econyl is making its presence strongly felt in the market. The fabric was pioneered by Italian company Aquafil in 2011 and is a recycled nylon fibre that is regenerated from plastic trash in the ocean, such as fishing nets, discarded bottles and industrial waste. Aquafil cleans and shreds this waste through a chemical purification process to extract pure nylon. That means that the resulting fibre, Econyl, is no different from virgin nylon. Giulio Bonazzi Chairman and CEO at Aquafil Group gets his passion for sustainability from his native place, a beautiful area in the middle of the mountains of Italy (Dolomites and Alps) near Garda Lake. The place taught him to love, value and respect the beauty that surrounds you. We spoke exclusively to maestro himself to know more about the material.“ECONYL® is regenerated nylon 100% with a different story. It comes from nylon waste such as fishing nets, fabric scraps from mills and carpets destined for landfills. It is used for apparel, carpets, and other interior design products. And it has exactly the same performance as fossil-based nylon.” The pace at which brands are adapting to the material is impressive and currently Aquafil, with ECONYL®, collaborates with more than 2500 brands in the world. “As consumers continue to stay aware of material ingredients, it’s important that brands choose supply chain transparency. This will not only empower the consumer, but it will also invite designers to tap into a new level of innovation and creativity. And this is why brands are choosing sustainable ingredients like ECONYL® nylon for their collection,” shared Bonazzi. ECONYL is mostly known by customers due to pieces offered by Adidas in its 2017 collaboration with Parley, Prada’s line of bags made with the fabric in 2019 — ReNylon, and Gucci and Burberry have also used Econyl in their outerwear pieces and accessories, including the latter’s iconic trench coat. “Brands are using Econyl across different product categories like swim/resort to luxury. It is coming with the functionality of a virgin material making it good for fashion and the planet,” said Saachi Bahl. ECONYL is also used for home décor by brands such as Noho, a New Zealand based eco-chic brand that creates durable and dynamic chairs made with materials from discarded waste. Alcarol in nature creates functional home décor pieces while preserving the natural materials as they would appear in their respective habitats. From dining room and coffee tables to consoles and shelving, each creation replicates a distinctive landscape, bringing depth, perspective and beauty into your living spaces. Finally, Rols, a Spanish carpet manufacturing brand since 1917, integrates ecological materials such as wool or jute, and ECONYL® regenerated nylon into their designs, believing that ‘quality goes hand-in-hand with treating the earth with respect’. Cupro Another sustainable fabric that is fast gaining popularity is cuprammonium rayon, also known as Cupro. This is a plant-based fabric and made from cotton linter, which is a waste product of cotton that’s often discarded. It can also be derived from recycled cotton garments, especially T-shirts. Cupro as a fabric is fine, sheer, smooth, soft to touch, hypoallergenic, stretch-resistant, durable and dries quickly. Some even call this fabric Vegan Silk. Amouve procures organic cotton directly from Indian farmers and this practice has also led to less usage of water as compared to regular cotton. The brand offers a Econyl Aquafil Econyl 18|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|19

Director, Jaipur Rugs Group throws light on how the carpet industry uses sustainability in its design. “We believe sustainability in the design isn’t just a trend; it’s our responsibility.”. Chaudhary goes on to explain the process followed at Jaipur Rugs. “We prioritize sustainability in every aspect of our carpet design process, from materials to production. To achieve this, we utilize leftover hand-spun yarn to create unique and creative designs, reducing textile waste. Additionally, we use low-impact dyes that are obtained from GOTS-certified and ecofriendly raw materials, making our rugs long-lasting and beautiful while minimizing the environmental impact of the production process. By using sustainable materials and working with ethical partners, we create high-quality handmade rugs that not only enhance the beauty of any space but also promote a healthier planet for future generations.” Another brand that champions sustainability is Rug Republic. Their new collection of Floral Rugs are created with recycled materials, colours, designs and textures. “The demand for sustainable and ethically made products has led to an increase in the appreciation for handmade rugs as well, as people like to spend on products that align with their thought process and values. Having said that, the timeless beauty and craftsmanship of floral rugs have further contributed to their enduring popularity, making them a valuable addition to any home.” says Raghav Gupta, Director of E-commerce at The Rug Republic. With climate change knocking on our front door there are three key methods to make a home more sustainable. Firstly, make the switch to regenerated nylon with the use of artisan rugs and furniture made from recycled materials, such as old carpets, abandoned fishing nets and industrial scraps can minimize waste that would otherwise pollute the earth. For example, for every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material, we can save 70,000 barrels of crude oil and avoid 65,100 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions from being released into the air. From Jaipur Rugs and other trendy pieces like these Zanotta poufs there are many options. Shifting to Bamboo furniture is a sustainable alternative to wood, and is highly versatile for furniture, flooring and light fittings, giving our home a modern and eco-conscious twist. Pick a rattan table from Fleck or Orange Tree’s rattan hanging lamp. Lastly, switching to bio-glass means home décor made from discarded bottles and jars. This material requires less energy and raw materials to manufacture. Bio-glass can transform kitchen countertops, bathroom sinks, walls, and windows into beautiful and unique pieces, adding charm and sophistication to your home. Renjini Thampi from Kerela upcycles glass bottles to make a variety of home decor items and Nicobar’s recycled glass section makes a strong case as well. “India is certainly the country that will have the most spectacular development in the coming decades. And it seems very clear not only to me that the Indian culture as well as the Indian Government and Indian consumers have a strong interest and great attention towards the conservation of the planet and in doing and thinking step by step to find the best solution. Therefore, aiming for India, I think is one of the most strategic and correct actions to take,” believes Bonazzi. To conclude Bahl believes, “the innovative material industry is evolving at such a fast pace, that it’s just fascinating the type of recyclability and plant-based materials that are available in the market.” To conclude, daily habits such as composting food waste, cleaning with natural products, and installing solar panels, underfloor heating or double-glazed windows all contribute towards greener living. range of products comprising organic cotton bedsheets, towels, pillows, organic kapok mattresses and waffle blankets among others. Lyocell Lyocell (also known as Tencel) is a plant-based fibre that was introduced 30 years ago and is mostly derived from eucalyptus wood, and sometimes oak and birch wood. To create the material, the wood is ground into a pulp and chemically purified to extract raw cellulose. The liquid is then pumped through spinnerets into Lyocell fibres, which are spun into yarn and woven into fabric. Lyocell fabric is soft, breathable, hypoallergenic, and more absorbent than cotton. Eucalyptus trees grow quickly without the use of pesticides, fertilisers or irrigation, making Lyocell much more eco-friendly and completely biodegradable. The material is a great alternative to viscose and makes it great for athleisure, activewear, and everyday basic. Ethical bedding, a UK-based brand turns organic eucalyptus and bamboo into timeless silky bedding. Making home décor sustainable Nand Kishore Chaudhary, Chairman and Managing Rols Amouve Rug Republic Hestia Orange Tree Canna Hanging Lamp Double 20|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|21

like a boulder covered in moss and colourful mushrooms, influenced by the flora of the Pacific Northwest region. This is based on a landscape installation created by designer Lily Kwong for the pop-up and a terraced hill is evoked by a stack of flat thin cushions upholstered in various green textiles and leathers along the large store windows. Walls around the store are finished in a light-toned textured walls and beige and dusty-pink tiles cover the floor. On the exterior, doors and window trims are painted a dark blush hue to match the Glossier logo and contrast the building’s cream brickwork, making it look palatial. Aesop, Hong Kong Aesop has added yet another store to its extensive retail network in Hong Kong. The store features an interior design by architecture practice Nadaaa from Boston. Evoking a refined state of construction, Aesop reflects an immersive sense of calm, by drawing on a neutral, natural palette. With extensive use of raw materials and exposed finishes, the store uses beams of reclaimed Oak shelves set on blackened steel frames, offering a wonderful textual interplay. An elongated sink of oxidised copper punctuates the sophisticated industrial aesthetic. Dolce & Gabbana Rome, Italy Dolce & Gabbana is well known for its exaggerated designs that steer clear of sobriety. Over the years the brand has designed the image of a new Italian aesthetic in the world.Their boutique in Piazza di Spagna, in Rome, the heart of the Eternal City, the capital of Italian history and culture, could not be less. Housed within the walls of a majestic sixteenth-century palace, the shop looks like a real Roman temple made of marble, mosaics and frescoes. A digitalised fresco depicting Greek gods is the focal point of luxury fashion brands store. Set within a 16thcentury palazzo the store reflects a city synonymous with magnificence and uniqueness. Circular mosaics have also been embedded into the high-gloss floors, inscribed with the words paradise, love and beauty. Selexyz Dominicanen Maastricht, Netherlands The contemporary building interior of the Bookstore Selexyz Dominicanen was designed by Merkx+Girod architects in Maastricht, Netherlands for the Dutch booksellers Selexyz Dominicanen. Merkx+Girod were commissioned by the Dutch booksellers to convert the interior of the former Dominican Church in Maastricht into a modern bookstore. The interior design takes advantage The experience is a big part of shopping for luxury items. Here’s how architecture and design plays a part in enhancing that experience. BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA AND JADE CRASTO Burberry Mykonos, Greece Burberry Mykonos, Greece The link between retail stores and architecture has always been very strong. For this reason, many brands have taken the help of several famous designers to design their luxury stores to make it an experience. The result? A series of boutiques around the world that look like art installations. LuxeBook takes you through the most remarkable and intriguing shop interiors – from pool inspired designs to opulent chandeliers and sculptures. Are you a design enthusiast? A traveller? Then these stores will leave you awe-inspired. Burberry Mykonos, Greece The Burberry pop-up store in Nammos Village gives you a glimpse of true Mediterranean aesthetic. Immersed in nature, the structure is presented with a palette of pistachio green and beige and is enriched with blue and pink summer shades. Throughout the store, fixtures and details are built with a variety of materials and textures, from plywood to mirrored, glossy finishes and a dash of greenery. The outdoor terrace features a wooden pergola inspired by traditional Mykonos buildings, with TB Summer Monogram blue siding. The ground floor features a blank canvas wall where visitors can add illustrations and custom tags, similar to the Burberry Bond Street store. Glossier, Seattle Located in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood and designed by Glossier’s in-house team, the 2,800-square-foot retail space is the brand’s largest physical store to date. A large sculpture at the centre of the space is designed to look Luxury stores with the most beautiful interiors LUXURY AND DESIGN 22|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|23

of the spatial magnificence of the church’s architecture. To satisfy BGN’s need for 1,200 sq. m of selling space and given that the church’s floor area is of only 750 sq. m, Evelyn Merkx and Patrice Girod thought to insert an over-sized walk-in bookcase. In order to preserve the character of the church while achieving the desired commercial square footage, the architects decided to insert an over-sized walk-in bookcase where the books are kept. The lighting, which is an all but integral part of the store’s design, manifests itself in the chorus by way of a traditional chandelier above the crucifix-shaped table located in the café area. Gavello Nel Blu, Mykonos, Greece Gavello Nel Blu, designed by SAINT OF ATHENS, is a jewellery store with an interior that resembles a real swimming pool: light blue tiles. This jewellery shop on the Greek island of Mykonos was designed to resemble a 1960’s swimming pool. Creative agency Saint of Athens worked with Dive Architects on the project for Italian brand Gavello to make the store stand out from its neighbours. As you enter the shop, you get the impression that you are swimming in an empty pool. The walls and floors are made of light blue tiles, and a ladder and beach balls stamped with the brand’s logo decorate this soothing world. There are also lockers to store your things and red-and-white striped cushions. The architects have also included other accessories such as mirrors, display cases and display cones for an even greater vacation feel! Innovative, isn’t it? The jewelry is displayed on a rectangular table in the centre of the store as well as inside four niches embedded into the blue tiled walls. The goal behind the design of this store was to show that with a few square meters, you can create a surreal and innovative space while still representing the image of a brand. That you can create a store in which you want to enter into. Moniker, Oslo Moniker Fashion Universe in Oslo, is a 1,500-squaremetre concept store that Norwegian design studio Snøhetta said is supposed to feel like a treasure hunt. Called Moniker Fashion Universe the 1,500-metresquare concept store is located in the heart of Oslo’s shopping district, near the newly renovated Valkyrien Square. Fixed partition walls create a maze of rooms set within a different visual universe built around Glossier, Seattle Dolce & Gabbana Rome, Italy Aesop, Hong Kong 24|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|25

different personality traits and based on, for example, space travel, motor racing and the French Riviera. Just like the womenswear department, which is split into five zones that are built around five different personality traits, Moniker Man is split into two distinct zones built around the character traits of “sensitive” and “ambitious”. Featuring striped fabrics, plenty of foliage and a lilac and yellow colour palette, Delon’s zone takes its design cues from the French Riviera. According to the studio, the playful design of this zone is designed to challenge our conception of what falls into the categories of feminine and masculine. In the ambitious zone, which pays homage to Paul Newman, the design team created a classic ambience through a luxurious material palette. This is contrasted with industrial materials that nod to the racing industry. Idli by Thierry Journo Jaipur, India Experience Jaipur through a contemporary lens at lifestyle boutique Idli, the brainchild of French designer Thierry Journo.The theatrical space features trompe l’oeil canopy and breezy palm tree murals, where handmade furnishings and hand-painted vases mingle with colourful fashion creations. The new store, on Subhash Marg, in C-Scheme—the city’s poshest residential area—is filled with light and showcases his work at stints as a copyist at the Louvre, in collaborations with Thierry Mugler and Andree Putman, and as an illustrator for John Galliano. The space comes alive with doorways that are framed by striped, trompe l’oeil canopies, tropical palms and grass on the wall and paper lanterns in a rainbow of colours hang from the ceiling. The entire effect is of a fantastical, quintessentially French. Gaurav Gupta Coture, Mumbai, India Sabyasachi, New York Sabyasachi built its first international store in the United States in the West Village of New York. The store is intended to depict Mukherjee’s trip from Kolkata to New York and to showcase the opulent richness for which his creations are recognised. The store reflects a classic look, suited to the modern customer, and is inspired by historic residences and palaces of the Indian metropolis. The corridors are filled from floor to ceiling with framed paintings influenced by Persian dynasty Qajar art, 16thcentury Mughal miniatures, Indian Pichhwais, and antique pictures. Glass chandeliers hung low from the ceiling illuminated this decked-out maze, where tables Selexyz Dominicanen Maastricht, Netherlands Gavello Nel Blu, Mykonos, Greece Idli by Thierry Journo Jaipur, India Moniker, Oslo 26|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|27

contemporary minimalism and lets the creations be the storytelling subjects. Loewe, Barcelona Loewe launched its largest flagship store in Barcelona, which has been praised globally for its rare leather items that are produced to perfection. And, because the dynamic and multicultural Catalan metropolis is teeming with architectural beauties, the shop is located on the exquisite Passeig de Gràcia, in a stunning Modernista edifice created by Art Nouveau artist Llus Domènech Montaner. The shop is much more than simply a magnificent display, with a wonderful interior design by famed Peter Marino; it is Loewe’s first retail location committed to bespoke tailoring. Louis Vuitton, Tokyo The new Louis Vuitton boutique building in Tokyo, designed by Jun Aoki and Peter Marino, was launched in early 2021. The new building is located in Ginza’s historic district, on the same street corner that the brand’s boutique has occupied since 1981. It has an external glass surface that imitates the waves of water with iridescent reflections, and the same aquatic and wavy theme is reproduced in the interiors, which are decorated by a giant jellyfish sculpture and equipped with a staircase in the same wavy style. Inside, the store is divided into four stories, the last of which has a VIP lounge. Dior, Seoul The Dior flagship store in Seoul, South Korea, is diametrically opposed to the summer shop in Capri, which blends in amid the creepers of the Mediterranean scrub. On the contrary, it is a far more opulent and imposing structure. The shop, which opened in the summer of 2015, features a white sculptural front constructed on a sail-shaped structure composed of resin glass and fibreglass. A stairway leads clients through the numerous collections to the top level, where the shopping day concludes with a drink in Café Dior. that cater to other minor events, as well as curate travel outfits. JJ Valaya’s charm is that it is maximalist yet the needlework is ageless. Arjun Kilachand, Mumbai Complementing Arjun Kilachand’s distinctive style lexicon,the store’s facade and interiors were treated with a monotone sandy palette for his larger-than-life creations to do all the talking. Understated but never overpowering. Warm and approachable but never intimidating. The skillful usage of a joint less in-situ flooring and wall texture allows the whole space to feel uninterrupted and unified.Arjun worked with Ayesha over a period of months where they brainstormed on how best to make sure the store interior truly brings his vision to life. The design ethos was a blend of earthy elements such as stone, jute, copper, walnut wood and glass to keep a neutral palette throughout. Every rack, mirror, item of furniture and light were all custom designed by the architect specifically for the brand keeping every detail unique. Staying true to his core ethos of understated elegance, the store exemplifies were overflowing with food served on silver—a custom arrangement for the event. JJ Valaya, Aerocity Far from the frantic throng, the flagship shop has various design schools. The master couturier created, developed and designed everything in the store, which takes a maximalist but never gaudy approach to design. The store contains a tiny reception area and a jewellery department featuring Aulerth and the new bridge-toluxury brand, JJV. A winding staircase brings you to the actual treasure, which has equal room for his couture and home lines. The shop is adorned with the designer’s photographic works, and his home space is an expression of his passion for photography, travel, and all things luxurious. With over three decades of experience in the business, the designer is an institution in his own right, and his designs have a luxurious, old feel to them.A room is dedicated to some of his most expensive and complex bridal lehengas, which are displayed in a museum-style setting and coupled with beautiful dupattas and shawls. He recognises the need for bridge or pret companies Louis Vuitton, Tokyo Loewe, Barcelona 28|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|29

Crockery and cutlery trends for the summer A fine-dining experience is not only elevated with the exquisite dishes and plating but also the right cutlery and crockery. BY ARUSHI SAKHUJA Thinking of the term ‘fine dining’ instantly evokes a sense of sophistication. The way you set the tables as well as the type and quality of dinnerware used is a part of the whole dining experience you provide for your guests. One of the best ways to create this lavish experience is by aesthetically decorating your dining table with the help of appropriate crockery and cutlery. Fine dining is a lot more than just indulging in exotic food – it is more about the experience than the culinary affair, and we often try our best to recreate the experience at home. But it isn’t possible without a little attention to detail. So, if you are looking to recreate that magic, switch up your dull and boring dinnerware with something more striking, LuxeBook has curated the hottest crockery and cutlery trends for 2023. Crockery While hosting your loved ones for an exclusive meal, investing in crockery that adds finesse ensures it’s a memorable experience. The key to add an instant charm to your fine dining experience also depends on dinnerware and cutlery, making sure everything is colour coordinated and is in sync. Bright colours Bringing in colours to your dining space can add joy to the room being a catalyst for imaginative dinnertime conversations. This year, the hospitality industry is enriched with bright and juicy shades from earthy tones such as sweet coral, soft peach and terracotta to soothing tones like green, blue, teal, sage, deep green and black. But the favourite for the year is lavender and any other shade of purple colour, which creates a warm sense of hospitality. The best way to add colour to a table is to select dining accessories like dinner sets that incorporate colours and vibrant shades. The crockery of the Villeroy and Boch and KIKA are the perfect tableware to achieve this. Finish your vibrant scene with a large centrepiece of beautiful blooms in a stylish vase or scatter the colourful flowers along your table to create a fresh and fun table feature. Bold colours by Villeroy & Boch Kika - Jade Collection Porland Turkey all white 30|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|31 SERVE-IN-STYLE

All white White crockery and dinnerware are an all-time classic, and once again has garnered the spotlight for 2023. Although it may sometimes be considered dull, the neutral tone allows a focus on food presentation and also the option to combine dinnerware with other more colourful tableware and accessories. While picking out white crockery, look for those that have a little added interest, like the ones by Ellementry, Porland Turkey or Rena that are curved more or that are square instead of round, to add something unique to the table. The glossy appearance of these classic cutlery pieces enhances the overall dining experience. Add a swanky touch to your dinnerware by incorporating an all-white setting with gold accents. Combine white plates and bowls with colourful cups or centrepieces to create a stunning yet classic look. Asymmetrical shapes Moving away from merely the fashion realm, asymmetrical shapes are a big crcokery trend too. This year, designers have experimented with other options apart from the classic square and round dishes. Dinnerware with deliberately uneven, asymmetric or hand-sculpted edges will make the difference and create a unique and inviting table setting presentation. While Rena has a range of minimalistic asymmetrical shapes, ASA Selection has brillaint individual dinner plate options to add a design element to your table! Aymmetrical Designs Rena Crate and Barrel Berlin Blue, The Table Fable Kika, Jade Collection ASA asymmterical shapes 32|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|33

cutlery sets are the ones splashed with colour be it one in a rainbow palette or a singular hue. Slender sets featuring matte metal heads and vibrant stems will suit minimalist tastes, as will versions with a tinted ceramic coating. Matte cutlery which has a slightly undone feel also comes in a variety of shades from yellow gold and silver to copper, charcoal, and noir. Pick from luxury ones like Bugatti’s cutlery or Crate and Barrel. For something more modern choose from the range of options by Nestasia. Slim-lined cutlery A delicious meal always speaks for itself, but beautiful and modern cutlery can make all the difference in enhancing the experience for you and your guests. In 2023, everything is getting minimal and sleeker. It is now observed that slim-lined cutlery is the emerging trend with more elongated and delicate designs. With smooth and delicate edges, simple and neat designs, this new style makes your table settings elegant, providing a pleasant mood for dining. The bottom line, no matter what your personal aesthetic, these trends can seamlessly be incorporated into your table layout to bring out the true beauty of the tablescape. Prints and patterns Another trend that is never out-of-date and is worth considering is prints and patterns for crockery. Not only do they add colour, but additionally work as way to elevate the setting making it more formal, impressive and voguish. Some examples include abstract spiral lines, gold rims, boho style and paisley patterns. However, a staple is the trend of folk florals serve ware adorned with bold botanical designs — an ideal choice for a British inspired high-tea. Floral design brings so much joy and happiness into the home and can be used all year round. The great thing about folk floral patterns is that it will fit seamlessly into your dining room regardless of its current decor, being stylishly mismatched by nature. Good Earth’s crockery is a classic example of the trend. Minimal design The memo for 2023, less is more! With pastels and tones of white along with wooden elements becoming a norm, achieving the minimalist and natural aesthetic has become a breeze. A sure-shot way of nailing the minimal design trend is the blending of textures. With subtle detailing, earthier tones and soft colour palettes decorate your tableware to champion the trends. Clean lines, simple shapes, and neutral colours are all popular choices for tableware. The Rhea Kapoor x Ellementry collection is a great example of tableware that features a pared-down aesthetic, creating a calming atmosphere that puts the focus on the food itself. To make it a little more opulent lean toward the aesthetics of Elvy. Cutlery There’s nothing classier and chicer than exquisite cutlery. The cutlery you choose must compliment your dinnerware and is designed ergonomically to ensure the comfort. Go for a classy set of cutlery and amp your dining experience. Coloured cutlery When it comes to coloured cutlery rosy copper continues to be popular but made the growing trend is a variety of colours and the iridescent shade. Today’s coloured cutlery is more than just the simple silver cutlery. Styles with coloured handles are becoming a popular trend with modern iterations. And a good crockery set can enhance your table at every meal, whether it’s a weekday dinner or a special occasion. The most playful of modern Pomegranates & Roses Floral prints, Villeroy & Boch 34|LUXEBOOK|APRIL 2022 APRIL 2022 |LUXEBOOK|35