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.


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.


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 like chairs.

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

Do 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 foliage.

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.


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