Rustic charm: Birdsong Café

Wooden tables, vitrines, old chairs and retro 1970s plastic switches on teak wood bases—subtle but strong design elements
Wooden tables, vitrines, old chairs and retro 1970s plastic switches on teak wood bases—subtle but strong design elements

Samir Raut and Amit Mayekar of Studio Eight Twentythree design Birdsong Café in suburban Mumbai as a contextual response to the surrounding heritage precinct

Starting out by ensuring that the design speaks the same language as its historic neighbours, the material palette has been restricted to concrete and wood – the former, a not-so-modern material and the latter, a centuries-old one. For Samir, these materials with their enigmatic charm fascinate because of their ability to age elegantly, almost as if they are able to tell stories of the space as it ages along with them.

Head over to India Art n Design to read the entire piece, complete with gorgeous imagery of the equally gorgeous cafe.

A man’s guide to the quintessential man cave

manspaceSo you’ve started to cringe looking at your creaky single bed and study table that’s been around since your college days. Add to that your room’s stale yellow walls pasted with near-ripped beer signs, and you have the world’s most uninviting room.

Now might be time to man up your space. Not just for yourself, of course. While your buddies never seemed to have had any qualms with your lousy lair, they’ll be mighty pleased to have a sleek new space for a beer-pizza-game kind of night. Plus, your decked-up den will be anything but women-repellent.

Head over to Polka Cafe  to get started with the most important room of your home.

See Green

IMG_1635Indoor gardens have become all the rage across the world. We aren’t referring to those pretty potted plants kept by your window sill or that lone fern in your balcony. We’re fixated on the trend of growing a full-fledged garden inside your home. Think of it as bringing the outdoors inside, complete with the benefits that nature has to offer. Not only will it add a dash of freshness to an otherwise dull space, an indoor garden also purifies the air and reduces stress, besides helping—in a small but crucial way—to counteract the lack of green zones and rising pollution and heat levels that are plaguing most Indian cities today.

Head over to Polka Cafe  for some easy indoor garden ideas.