True to its name, TRENDS is a very stylish and an up-to-date magazine along with being the most informative amongst its contemporaries. The well-crafted content and lifelike images make every feature look fascinating and engaging. The range of projects, both national as well as international, are noteworthy and give one a global view of the industry. The presentation style not only makes it appealing for architects and interior designers but also for the common man.

Founded in 2000 by architect Bipratip Dhar, Epsilon believes in offering quality design and architectural solutions. The firm adopts an innovative design approach for all





A c h i l l e C a s t i g l i o n i brought post¬war Italian design into the future, but he never left his sense of humor behind. The architect and industrial designer (1918-2002) created dozens of products and was so influential that New York’s Museum of Modern Art granted him a full-scale retrospective in 1997. His studio in Milan draws thousands of acolytes each year. And his many iconic designs— including the 1962 A r c o lamp with its marble base and great curve of steel, his M e

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When Hailey Cavill and Tyrone Jaspers decided on a tree change, it was Warburton’s artistic community, 75-minute commute time to Melbourne and nearby trout-fishing streams that beckoned. They started to question their needs and wants after being «underwhelmed» by existing houses on the market, deciding instead to build from scratch. For the couple, who originally met in 2000 when Hailey rented a house owned and built by Tyrone in Port Melbourne, their Warburton abode was their first joint building project.

An Internet search uncovered an overgrown but intriguing 1.5-hectare block with a spring running through it that played host to

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Unlocking a New Design Niche

Founded in 1968 by Conway Wong. Vatord Group of Companies specialises in construction and contracting. manufacturing and supply of building materials and property investment. Vatord has since grown to become an operation with substantial undertakings in China, particularly Hong Kong and Macau, as well as in Singapore, and is a leading fit-out contractor for the retail, note and commercial sectors in the Southeast Asia region.

Today, the conglomerate is needed by Wong’s daughter Elizabeth, a Stanford graduate, who oversees the Group’s, operations and has for the past few years focused on revitalising the building materials side of the business by

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Tropical retreat

When it comes to design your dream home, there’s simply no room for compromise

TROPICAL DESIGN is a style that seamlessly incorporates the elements of nature into interiors and exteriors by means or passive cooling, cross ventilation, protection from harsh sun and rain typical to a tropical climate, and by using natural materials and colors. Plants also play an integral part in tropical design. Furniture pieces in rattan, wicker, wood, and bamboo are commonly used, as well as natural fabrics for soft furnishings like linen, cotton, ramie, and silk, all of which are airy, light, and appropriate for hot and

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Not for the smooth, white floors in provided Studio, you might think you’ve wandered into an eccentric’s private chamber of curiosities. Islands of natural and man-made wonders cluster in the clean gallery space on Muizenberg’s Main Road.

What could be David Livingstone’s boots stand among assorted busts. Shelves are arrayed with apothecary bottles, leather-bound volumes and figurines. Driftwood angels float over a stuffed owl and oriental collectibles. Oh, and skulls feature everywhere.

It’s not morbid fascination, though — when something from the dark side intrigues them, say designer-manufacturers Bartel van Vuuren and Liezle Fourie, it’s not because it’s dark, but

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In the clouds Tasked with a difficult inner-city site, Techne Architects pairs an ethereal installation with a welcome element of restraint to produce a distinctive new bar and restaurant in Melbourne.

The spatial planning brings a sense of unexpected ceremony to what is, in fact, a distinctly subdued interior.

The proliferation of architect-designed hospitality establishments hat have characterised Melbourne’s dining scene in recent years has raised the bar when it comes to producing truly standout interiors. So, when Techne Architects was commissioned to remodel the old Honkytonks nightclub into Tonka, a modern Indian restaurant run by Mykal and Kate Bartholomew

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Tomorrow is here.

Ruchi Sawhney visits the office of Kumar Group, steered by celebrated architect Gopakumar and his son Anuj in Kochi. There is an established architectural firm, rooted in the rich cultural legacy of Kerala, ready to take a bold leap forward.

Kerala’s architectural heritage is much celebrated and cherished by its people but sadly, the march of consumerism and growth are taking design trends to a new direction. Kochi used to be a city where the eyes would sweep over the swaying coconut fronds and beyond to the blue skies, but alas that was a good 20 years ago. I’ve seen

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It’s time to consider a sustainable lifestyle when you pick your new address in the outskirts of the city

WHILE IT’S NICE TO WAKE UP to a stunning city skyline, the stress of city living can be overwhelming sometimes. For instance, just 12 kilometers away from Ortigas is the sprawling township of Havila developed by Filinvest.

Havila encompasses three towns in Rizal province: Taytay, Antipolo, and Angono. It has four communities: Forest Farms, Villa Montserrat, Highland Pointe, and Mission Hills.

The developments are located in the mountains and offer a stunning view of Metro Manila and Laguna de Bay. The

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What is the risk of not employing a building designer or an architect on your project? Andrew Winter gives some sound advice on working with professionals

You have decided a brand-new home is what you want — the great Aussie dream. This is your chance to live in a home that is not only shiny and new, but with exactly the right number of rooms for you, the right balance of space, the storage you need, enough power outlets, the outdoor area ready to welcome your (hopefully) slightly envious friends and family, and a home that suits the block and

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