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BY ADITI ROY
Office space is a nurturing ground for productivity. And the architecture of the space can immensely add to boosting employee efficiency and the final productivity.
As the architecture world fights it out among themselves on maximalism and minimalism, the concept of ‘Eclecticism’ comes as a fresh breath of air. It derives name from the Greek word Eklektikos, which means selectiveness or choosing the best. In architectural terms, it refers to any design that incorporates elements of traditional motifs and styles, decorative aesthetics and ornaments, structural features, that originated from other cultures or architectural periods.
This is what Mumbai-based architect duo Pooja Ashley and Arbaysis Ashley, tries to blend in while designing and aiming to boost employee productivity. Read on:
Why Eclecticism? What made you drawn towards this form architecture for workspace and how it can to workers’ performance?
Pooja and Arbaysis: Eclecticism enables to think beyond a structured framework of thoughts; the rules of design can be adapted to create various possibilities of aesthetics that are not limited to one style. As the human productivity depends on the state of mind, it is important to articulate a creative, calm and enthusing work environment. Spaces that mentally enables the employees by creating easeof improves work performance.
How important do you think workspace is while improving the productivity of employees?
Pooja and Arbaysis: Elements like comfort, ambience and lighting are of paramount importance in boosting productivity; due to this the design industry has guided a whole new work culture as the large corporates are investing into designing the best of work spaces which can uplift the mood and energy of the users.
When you are designing a workspace, what are key pointers that guide your design ethos?
Pooja and Arbaysis: Circulation, segregation of spaces by functional roles, spatial planning and ideas that encourage team building and collaborative work approach are some of the key principles that are considered in our design process.
What modern Indian clients are wanting while creating their workspace?
Pooja and Arbaysis: Today, everyone seeks a workspace that fabricates close-knit work culture.Open spaces, break out areas and young vibe are directing the design trends of work spaces; these are well recognized amongst entrepreneurs who understand the importance of space in the work environment.
What according to you should a layman/starter/ amateur keep in mind while designing his own office space?
Pooja and Arbaysis: It is very important to maintain subtlety while you focus on creating a young vibe for spaces;cluttering the space with too many design elements takes away calmness from a space. Planning is most crucial; it is imperative to have an overall road map of the design goal as randomly mixing ideas can lead to chaos.
How do you derive your inspiration for your body of work?
Pooja and Arbaysis: Inspiration for each workspace comes from the client’s brand identity; their work culture and personality of the client are resonated with our design vocabulary.
How does India’s diverse design heritage/history influence you while designing? Any specific Indian school or architecture/artist inspire your work?
Pooja and Arbaysis: India, culturally is very rich in craftsmanship. The finesses of a variety of traditional Indian Work has always been a strong source of learning and influence. The contemporary artworks produced by various Indian artists have inspired and motivated our designing style at times.
Tell us something about how play with different materials and textures while designing for a client?
Pooja and Arbaysis: For a designer, it is a continuous quest to explore various and exotic materials, finishes and textures. The usage of materials is directed by a variety of impulses like design aesthetics and project costs.
Is there any current particular design trending/or projected to trend for some time now?
Pooja and Arbaysis: With the increase in millennial population in workspace, young vibe in interiors is prioritised. Art and comfort weave the design ideas into each space. Interactive design is the new trend which is encouraged and enabled by the global offices to improve the productivity of employees.
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How are you integrating technology to your design ethos?
Pooja and Arbaysis: Technology has become key to the design process itself. From the basic design software to production technologies that allow to explore precision, speed and fluidity in design. Now, the design industry is at a point where services like automation, lighting, communication, acoustic control etc are the rationale for any interior project. (IANS)
One of Indi's leading luxurious Ayurveda skincare brands, Forest Essentials, announces its international foray with the London based Lookfantastic.com, Euroe's premium online beauty retailer. The partnership enables the brand to take significant strides towards its expansion globally starting with the launch in the United Kingdom. "Our focus and USP at Forest Essentials has always been at delivering high quality Ayurvedic products in a sustainable way, with a global appeal.
We firmly believe that the time is right for Forest Essentials to expand to the UK, as our first international footprint with Lookfantastic,' Europe's premium online beauty retailer. "The UK audience is well aware of Ayurveda and we are certain that the demand for our Made in India luxurious Ayurveda products, is going to continue to grow multifold, as consumers are today looking for moments of self-care, to feel better in this stressful period and we are well positioned to support this type of feel-good indulgence that consumers are seeking today," says Samrath Bedi, Executive Director, Forest Essentials. The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold.
The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold. | Wikimedia Commons
The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold. Additional collections offered include the Men's Collection, Madurai Jasmine and Mogra, Green Tea and Oudh, and Nargis, Indian Rose Ab'olute. The brand's vast gifting options are also available via the e-retailer. A portfolio of over 660 premium brands onsite and revenue share grown 40 percent year on year in the last 4 year makes,
Lookfantastic is one of the most successful beauty websites globally. Unrivalled technology, a team of world-class experts, over 30 localized sites in as many languages enables the website to attract millions of visits per month with nearly 71 percent of them being international making it a natural choice as a retail overseas partner for Forest Essentials. Commenting on the announcement, Bedi added, "Ayurveda has gained acceptance globally and there is an increased need to explore authentic products that are not only luxurious but also high on efficacy. Forest Essentials has been a pioneer in every sense and we're confident that our foray into the UK will enable us to represent India and products Made in India successfully in the international market." (IANS/MBI)
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Khadi is no longer a dull, drab fabric meant only for politicians' wardrobes. A fashion show organised by the Khadi Gramodyog Board as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark the 75th year of India's Independence showcased the use of Khadi in traditional, as well as, contemporary and festive wear. From lehengas in resplendent Khadi silk to western clothes and casual wear, the models on Thursday night displayed new facts of the fabric.
Several well-known Indian designers including Ritu Beri, Farah Ansari, Rina Dhaka, Asma Husain, Aditi Rastogi and Himmat Singh showcased their designs. Gaurav Gaur directed the fashion show with clothes like lehengas, kurtis, kurta pajamas and partywear.
Lucknow's chikankari and silk artisans also participated in the event. A wedding collection in Khadi was the highlight of the show. "The show was based on the concept 'Khadi for nation, Khadi for fashion' and the fabric for all costumes was provided by Khadi Gramodyog Board," said a spokesman. (IANS/ MBI)
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Intel saw its stock tumbling by more than 8 percent after the chipmaker said the industry-wide component shortage affected its PC chip business during the third quarter (Q3). Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told CNBC late on Thursday that he didn't expect the semiconductor shortage to end until 2023. "We're in the worst of it now, every quarter, next year we'll get incrementally better, but they're not going to have supply-demand balance until 2023," Gelsinger was quoted as saying.
The company delivered its Q3 results with revenue up 5 percent (year-over-year) driven by strong demand in its DCG and IoTG businesses, despite the highly constrained industry-wide supply environment. "Q3 revenue was $18.1 billion slightly below our guide due to shipping and supply constraints that impacted our businesses," George S. Davis, Chief Financial Officer, said in a statement. He also announced plans to retire from Intel in May 2022. In the third quarter, the company generated $9.9 billion in cash from operations and paid dividends of $1.4 billion.
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According to the company, the demand remains strong in its PC business with particular strength in commercial, desktop, and higher-end consumer notebooks. In an earnings call, Gelsinger said that the digitization of everything accelerated by the four superpowers of AI, pervasive connectivity, cloud to edge infrastructure, and ubiquitous compute are driving the sustained need for more semiconductors. "The market is expected to double to $1 trillion by 2030. In that timeframe, the market for leading-edge nodes will rise to be over 50 percent of the total, while the market for leading-edge foundry services will grow at twice the rate of the semi-industry overall," he envisioned.
PC demand remains very strong, and "We believe the 2021 TAM (total addressable market) will grow double digits even as ecosystem shortages constrain our customer's ability to ship finished systems," Gelsinger added. "Customers continue to choose Intel for their datacenter needs and our third-gen scalable Xeon processor Ice Lake has shipped over 1 million units since launching in April, and we expect to ship over 1 million units again in Q4 alone," he informed. (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Intel, Chip, processor, Desktop, AI, Semiconductor, PC, Processor