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Common areas in our homes were far less inhabited than our private areas. Pixabay

Most of us have now spent our lives largely confined to our homes. The idea of home has assumed a new meaning and significance ever since the Covid-19 outbreak, with our residences not only providing us refuge but also accommodating our workspaces, study, and play areas to create a semblance of normalcy.

Our pre-pandemic lifestyle was frenetic and fast-paced; we lived in a high-speed world with little time for ourselves. Common areas in our homes were far less inhibited than our private areas. It was only when the health emergency-induced lockdowns assailed us that we hit the pause button as it became apparent that we were going to be cooped up inside for an indefinite period.

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Our lifestyle habits have changed dramatically over the past year. Pixabay

Communal spaces such as living and dining areas emerged as anchors–to rekindle our relationships with our homes and family members–a space to eat meals together, watch television, play games, and chat. With the need for multi-functional spaces becoming paramount, the pandemic has essentially recalibrated homeowners’ definition of what constitutes comfort.

Our lifestyle habits have changed dramatically over the past year. More people were gravitating to their dining areas than was the case earlier and not just to have meals. The dining table has also emerged as space for family members to sit and work, read, and play board games. At the center of these improvisations is homeowners’ desire for safety, convenience, and comfort as opposed to making a grand statement.

Sharika Sharma, Business Lead, Mangrove Collective said, “Space optimization has been a top priority during the lockdown with homeowners spending considerable time on home improvement. With specific regard to living areas, we have observed a massive demand for sofas and lounge chairs that strike a fine balance between ergonomics and durability.

Communal spaces such as living and dining areas emerged as anchors. Pixabay

The pandemic has also marked a substantial shift in people’s spending habits and facilitated a deep-rooted appreciation for homegrown brands. Owing to the lockdown and supply chain disruptions, furniture buyers who had for long been importing items were pleasantly surprised by the exceptional quality and international design standards offered by local furniture brands. There is a greater emphasis on customization, and the degree of collaboration between clients and designers here is not easy to replicate elsewhere. This has enabled the creation of top-notch, bespoke furniture (which may not necessarily be artisanal or ‘hand-crafted’ products, so to speak) reflecting clients’ aesthetic tastes and preferences and their way of life.

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Thus, the current shift towards local brands willing to produce custom-made products–that tie in with clients’ needs and perhaps, even transcend their expectations–paints a bright future for the industry. As more and more people realize the benefits of adopting a conscious and harmonious way of life, it is also incumbent on furniture brands to reassess their processes and serve customers better. (IANS/KB)


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On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.

Ravi Kumar will take on Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the last-four, while Punia will be up against David Morris Taylor of the USA.

Earlier, Ravi Kumar had won his opening-round bout by technical superiority against Colombia's Oscar Tigreros to secure a quarterfinal spot. Competing in the Round-of-16 bout against the Colombian wrestler, the 23-year-old Ravi Kumar, who is making his Olympic debut, showed no nerves as he dominated the bout to win by technical superiority (13-2).

Ravi Kumar landed attack after attack and went 13-2 up, winning the bout by technical superiority with minutes to spare. In wrestling, building up a 10-point lead over the opponent results in a victory by technical superiority.

India's 86kg freestyle wrestler Deepak Punia showed no signs of the niggle that had forced him to pull out of the Poland Open Ranking Series in Warsaw in June, as he defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor on technical superiority to secure a quarterfinal berth.

He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.

Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.

The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.

Punia, the silver medallist from the 2019 world wrestling championships, then set up a clash with China's Lin Zushen in the quarterfinals and defeated him 6-3.