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The Frame For Life

July 18, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya

"Honestly, nobody wants authenticity".
"Design is a tool to enhance our humanity. It is a frame for life".
These are some of the wonderful quotable quotes from the amazing new Netflix series, Abstract: The Art of Design which dissects the creative imperative of a pantheon of colourful people, from graphic artists to shoe designers, who think about the connection between us, spaces and objects, how one shapes the other, enhances it and has the potential to make our lives the magical experience we'd like it to be. 
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A Sort of Green With A Funny Bluish Tinge and a Hint of Purple?

June 15, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya

There are no-name colours. Inbetweeners. A bit of this with a touch of that. Colours whose names begin with “A sort of…”. Then there’s sarcoline. Colour of the flesh. Did you know sarcoline high heels elongate your legs – not literally but you do look like you suddenly have model legs. Some colours get defined by their names: Ashes of Roses, a lovely burnt rose, so poetic too. Designers live in colour land, so come, and discover 11 Colours You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, by Amanda Green.
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Clash of the Patterns

May 29, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya

White walls. Minimalist touches. Fed on decades of strict minimalist fodder, that's the new tradition, the new language of refined decor most of us speak today. Clean lines, spare look, muted tones, natural materials, wood, maybe a touch of chrome, a handmade, esoteric artifact or two. 
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The Taj Connection

April 19, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya

There comes a time in your life where you go to see the Taj Mahal. I did this morning. In the dawn light, under a still lingering topaz moon so perfectly round and so astonishingly big it looked like it had been art directed. 
At 5:45 a.m. Agra is cool, almost cold and my Bangalore conditioned body felt right at home, revelling in the cold air. 
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The Role of Design

January 29, 2018 0 comments, on Lab Nilaya

Design is being redesigned. And this is a truism. A field so intimately connected with human behavior which is ever changing and evolving is bound to change as well. As we become more sophisticated and complex as a species, and as we become more and more connected with each other, our expressions – design being one of them will reflect these changes.
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