Thursday, 28 July 2016

Home Design Studio U&US - Launch Event

Outside view of the Kharghar Studie

Today’s consumer is tech savvy, living fast lifestyle and values the buying experiences like never before. Recently I was invited to launch of a Home Design studio by Godrej at R City Mall Ghatkopar.  U&US Home design studio from Godrej works on the unique concept of involving customers in designing the furniture and interiors solutions for their dream home.  

The process of getting home furniture and interiors done is often tedious, cumbersome, laborious and time-consuming. Customers face a daunting task on deciding on furniture layouting, designing, material selection etc. At U&US we have eased these pains by helping customers perform all the related activities in a very simple way. The entire journey of the customer is activity based and alive with the aid of various digital stations created in an innovative manner. 

Inside view of the Studie
Exploration Wheel
  •     A rotating wheel with miniature home models acts as an enticing feature for the people passing by the studio.
  •   The touch screen in the center of wheel helps play the U&US concept film and customers can browse through previously executed projects and our expertise.
Discussion Table

  • Mood board selection is done by customers which helps the designer understand the customer's taste and style.
  •  2D room layout is done by the customer on the touch screen followed by a layout with the help of miniature furniture model placement activity (customer can scan layouts/work on ideal layouts).
  • The layout created can be visualized in 3D.

Color visualizer
  • Color Visualizer” is a station where the color scheme selection of the home is done by the customers themselves. (It’s a unique technology which being patented by U&US).
  • This fun based activity helps customer shortlist on the various colors schemes of their home interior elements like wall color, laminate, fabric, Wood polish & flooring with the help of hexagon shaped color cubes.
  • Customers have a choice of going ahead with a preset color scheme formulated by a color expert or can customize according to their taste and choice.

Visualization on 3D software
Visualization on 3D software

  • State of the art 3D visualization software helps the customers visualize their own homes, take the walk through inside the rooms.
  • Customers can still edit things in real time (eg. Color, furniture placement etc) if they feel like before finalizing the details.

  • Proto typing area is a station where customers can create low fidelity models/ proto types with paper, Thermo col etc to explain any concept / design which they are not able to express through verbal communication with the studio designer.

Brand says about the Studio :-
So unlike any buying experience, we at U&US have created a unique customer-centric, playful experience for the customer to co-create his dream home. Our endeavor has been to build a platform where we want our consumers to play an active role in making their signature home dreams come true. With co-creating their own customized furniture enabled by innovative, experiential technology, we hope to come one step closer to transforming their lives.

Jury for the Panel Discussion led by Masters of the designs -
  •          Krsnaa Mehta -    Founder of India Circus
  •          Ronitaa Italia Dhanu - Editor of GoodHomes
  •         Rooshad Shroff -    Architect
  •          Esha Gupta -  Founder of Design Pataki

Some DIY Tips for decorating your home by  Esha Gupta :-

1.       Fragrance:-Fragrance is an accessory to your home.  Keeping your room cologne beautifully at all time adds depth and character to enhance positive vibrations around you.
2.       Plants: -Keeping indoor plants are always the best idea for pleasant, fresh and Eco-friendly ambiance around you.
3.       Wall Picture:- Beautiful sceneries or pictures bringing the aesthetic appeal in your room. It’s always good to keep couples photo in your bedroom and family photo in your guest room to enrich your room appearance.
4.       Colorful bedding:- It’s good to go simple but yet stylish with equivalent your bed sheet to your wall color.

5.        Dohar :- Instead of using a thin bed sheet, always use thick, soft and formed material Dohar to give a nice look with comfortable sleeping. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Japanese Mixed Leaf Salad - It's veggie Time

These days we can see a lot of new veggies in the grocery shop and vegetable markets, which was not the case earlier. Some of these vegetables are uncommon & are grownup in some part of the world as climate permits, and crops may be cultivated in protected environments in less suitable locations. In today’s post,  I will share my story of such uncommon veggies & an awesome salad recipe. As we all know nutrition plays an important role in our daily life mostly low in fat and carbohydrates, but high in vitamins, minerals,  and the fibre having it raw or cooked.  Research proves that people who eat less than three servings of fruits and vegetables each day, those that eat more than five servings have an almost twenty percent lower risk of developing any health issues. Vegetables have been part of the human diet for many years. Some are essential foods but most are accessory foodstuffs, adding variety to meals with their unique flavours and at the same time, adding compulsory nutrients for health.

I remember in my childhood whenever we go to our village in summer vacations my granny used to cook fresh vegetables of her own kitchen garden. Because me and my brother were very choosy on vegetables so she surprisingly twisted & hidden with similar veggies on food like spinach with mustard leaves. Potato with other similar grounds. Really my granny was so smart and smartly she introduces such uncommon food to us.
Today by this post I am sharing one of the Japanese mixed leaf salad with some mixed herbs to create a new flavour for my appetite.

Japanese Mixed Leaf Salad
These colourful vegans is a mixed green salad which features Komatsuna, Kyuri,  Roquete lettuce, capsicum & pineapple lots of leafy veggies. Sharing the complete list of ingredient & method to prepare the same.
Preparation Time
10 min

Sesame Seeds
1 spoon
Vegetable oil / Sesame oil
2 spoon
Baby Bok choy
1 bunch
Kyuri(Japanese cucumber)
½  cup
½  cup
red bell pepper
½  cup
½  cup
spring onion
½  cup
½  cup
Cherry tomotos
Beet Root
½  cup
Komatsuna(Japnese Spinach)
1 bunch
Roquette lettuce salad
1 bunch
Pineapple Crush
2 spoon
to taste
Red Chilli Flicks
½  teaspoon

Cooking method:-
1.       First of all, wash all the veggies in fresh water.
2.       Cut all the veggies in small cubes and separate leaves with their steam.
3.       In a pan, roast sesame seeds lightly and place aside.
4.       In a small bowl take pineapple crush & add chilli flicks, the keep it aside.
5.       Take one big bowl and add all the veggies and salad greeneries.
6.       Now it’s time to add some salt, sesame oil, mixed pineapple crush with chilli flicks, roasted sesame seeds and accurately mix all things together.
7.       Our Salad is now ready to taste, you can serve it with some bread and cooked veggies in order to enjoy a complete meal.

1.       Komatsuna is Japanese leafy plant similar to spinach. It’s mostly used raw in salads.

2.       Kyuri is also a Japanese cucumber, thinner than our regular cucumber and eaten with skin.

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