Decorating the interiors by natural materials
gives a pleasant look and eco friendly environment.
It is back to basics for contemporary design. While Vietnamese furniture designers
have over the years experimented with several different kinds of natural fibres
and organic materials, like bamboo and abaca, which is commonly known as manila
Kamp, Indian designers seem to have recently discovered the natural look which
can make your house look wonderfully gracious and awesome.
All across the country today interior designers are converting material like wicker,
bamboo, water hyacinth, khus khus, granite, twigs, mango wood and roots of different
plants into innovative furniture design, lighting and home accessories.
A renowned furniture designer, Shahnaz Mahimutra who is also an owner of lifestyle
stores, La Vista and Amore Per La Clase has designed a bar with rose stems engraved
within the surface. Materials such as stone, wicker and copper can also be used
to give a room a variation in tone and texture an earthy feel people are giving
more and more for natural materials in home decor. They are looking for furniture
that combines easy care with an inviting natural charm.
HANDMADE PAPER AND LEAVES
There are other designers like the Goa based designers Sonja Weder and Thomas
Schnider who held an exhibition of their lights and furniture at the store as
well who are using handmade paper, metal powders and metal powders and materials
like seeds and leaves to fashion their accessories and furniture. Their creation
includes a range of tables and lights using elephant leaves. Banana leaves are
also used in a number of their creations. The leaves are pressed into a wrought
iron frame using a hot iron. This frame using a hot iron. This is a technique
by which polyurethane is used to cover natural material like leaves, helps in
preserving the pieces of furniture.
As the history repeats itself so does the furniture, Wicker furniture too is back
in fashion these days. Generally it is reserved for the outdoor of the terrace,
this simple, light furniture can also be brought to notice by bringing it into
the foyer, breakfast area or bedroom. Hardwoods like cherry or pine having rustic
details like pits, knots and natural graining should be selected for home furniture.
STONE TO ART
Many natural materials like stone are easy 6 incorporate into your home decor.
Anupama Kundoo, a Pondicherry-based architect uses granite and stone for furniture.
Specialising in construction technologies for sustainable development, this philosophy
has been promoted extensively all over the world by Kundoo. She very beautifully
transforms their natural boulder like forms, into usable furniture. Each piece
looks like a sculpture in itself.
Another Pondicherry based designer, Auroson Bystrom has created furnitures using
natural stone, granite and wood. He is an expert in combining the simplicity of
Swedish design with a natural look which helps the piece come alive.
There are no restrictions on the kinds of natural materials that can be used to
give a classy finish When talking about gourds, they have been used for creating
everything, from ornaments to decorative pieces and utensils. gourds are found
in the south India. Once the gourd is chosen, it has to be cleaned, a process
that takes almost three weeks Designs and lines are then carved out on its surface.
Some gourds are used whole while others are designed after carving out the center.
Bungalow 8's natural collection focuses on natural materials such like banana
hark, tobacco leaves, flower sticks, coconut shells and bamboo, non-toxic polish/glazes
and wood from organically grown trees. Rattan, then there is Rattan peel, the
skin or surface layer of Rattan cane, which contains silica. It is a very shiny
and sinuous material.
The product range varies from from the miniscule to the gigantic, the functional
to the decorative. The traditional Vietnamese rice box is given a modern twist
by painting it traditionally red and orange hues. Similarly, delicate floral patterns
and metals are embossed on utilitarian objects in ceramic and wood. The combination
of unusual materials in unexpected ways is a big look for the season. There are
designers who have worked on coffee tables with coconut shells inlays. Coconut
shells are dyed and inlaid in wood.
Similarly, delicate floral pattern metals are embossed. Each of designer Mahimutra's
furniture incorporate natural materials like flower sticks stems, rattan, abaca
and bamboo reeds, teamed with modern materials like glass, leather and even fossils
stone. One of the coffee tables in her stores incorporates abaca leaves created
by using the Abaca plant from the Philippines. The fibre is removed from plant
leaves to make rope weaves, which is what the table plays. There are certain things
who. should be kept in mind while choosing materials, the climatic conditions
and lifestyle is the first thing which comes in the mind. She says she ahs woven
unusual materials like palm leaf, found in south East Asia into furniture pieces
The natural material trend largely inspired by people's desire so bring in a hit
of nature and earthiries into an urban environment. Synthetic materials do very
little to relieve stress in our lives. Natural materials on the contrary, bring
in the textures and colours that you love from the outdoors.
DO'S & DON'T IN YOUR OFFICE DO'S
" Do s
sit in the corner farthest from the entrace to the room to have a "command" position
• Do keep your back toward a corner or a wall for support. If a past protrudes
from the corner or wall, correct it by covering it with a hanging plant's draping
• Do sit with a tall building behind
you to provide the support of a "mountain" if your hack is to a window. .
• Do put your computer in the North
or West area of your office to enhance your creativity. Place the computer in
the Southeast if you use it to generate income.
• Do place an aquarium or tabletop fountain
in the East, North, or Southeast. A small aquarium with black or blue fish in
the North area of your desk or office will activate your business and career success.
Guppies or a single arrowana are ideal for an aquarium made of glass and metal.
Do place a safe, which is usually constructed of metal, in either West or Northwest,
which both represent the metal element. The safe symbolizes the prosperity and
financial security of a business. • Do
have a good balance of yin and yang when decorating your workspace. Balance light
and dark colors, soft and hard surfaces, and smooth and rough textures in your
choice of window treatments, furniture, and flooring. •
Do treat the files in your office with respect. They represent your past, present,
and future business •
Do keep the cords to your office equipment well hidden. This elimate clutter and
allows for the free flow of chi. •
Do buy a new office with a regular •
shaped dimensions, avoid properties that have odd looking designs, the best shape
is the good old rectangle or square, if it has a few extensions sticking out here
and there don't wony too much as they can be easily rectified
DON'T sit in line with the door, as you will be in the path of negative energy.
DON'T face away from the door if you are conducting business from home. Business
will symbol come to you through the door, so don't turn your back on it. •
DON'T arrange your workspace so that you look straight out into a corridor or
see the stairs, storage rooms, closets, elevators, escalators, or toilets. •
DON'T have any mirrors in your office, as they can reflect negative energy from
clients to other people in the room. You should always maintain control over the
energy in your office. •Don't
have a office with a spiral staircase, it turns positive energy into negative,
if you have one already hang a faceted crystal sphere at the top to try and slow
it down. •Don't
have clutter in your office; desks must be kept tidy and clutter free.