Ottimo brings luxury Italian furniture brand Cipriani Homood to India

Ottimo brings luxury Italian furniture brand Cipriani Homood to India

New Delhi, May 2018: Having introduced several leading Italian brands to India, Ottimo now brings to India another luxury brand from the historic Tuscan city of Pisa – Cipriani Homood.
The brand, known for its sophisticated designs celebrating art and understated opulence, will be available in India for the first time.

The Cipriani collections are designed by a team of highly skilled designers and technicians from CIAC Cosmopolitan Home, owners of the brand. At the helm is Creative Director Lucia Ippolito, a former senior product designer for Versace Home. The timeless elegance and contemporary sophistication of the collections are sure to enthuse the design conscious customers.

Cipriani’s hand-crafted pieces of furniture use the best materials — exotic wood, finest Italian marble, exquisitely embroidered leathers, glass and brushed metals etc. Their superior furniture collection — both indoor and outdoor,100 percent customizable wardrobes, captivating scents and their latest collection Sesto Senso, meaning Sixth Sense, that stunned the visitors at the
recent Milan Furniture Fair will be exclusively available through Ottimo.


According to Ashok Basoya, founder of Ottimo, “Cipriani is an extremely sophisticated and subtle collection. It epitomizes an understated luxury that flows from the design and material used.”



About The Brand
Ottimo began life as an idea to showcase the best of Italian furniture in India. The brainchild of Ashok Basoya, it soon took on a life of its own and today represents some of the best-known brands in Italian interiors alongside his own in-house brand – Ottimo. Backed by years of expertise, patented technologies and innovative designs, Ottimo’s showcase traverses sofas, beds, doors, walls and floorings, kitchens, children’s room, rooms within rooms, studio apartments, kitchen appliances, home automation and more.




Availability of the brand in India at:
354, Jagat Complex (1st Floor),
100 Feet Road, Ghitorini, New Delhi – 110030
Phone: +91 9650244599, 8527009355

We must strive to create homes and not just build houses

We must strive to create homes and not just build houses’

At the Economic Times & Saint Gobain Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018

April, 2018 Delhi: The progressive minds of the real estate industry came together to pave a road map to sustainable and technologically driven spaces. It was a summit packed with knowledge, industry insight and offered a holistic view and understanding of the entire ecosystem, across the globe. The summit stood witness to the coming together of great minds and awarding some of the greatest projects, the Smart Green Summit & Awards was held today at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi.

The Summit included multi-faceted conference where International and National Keynotes speakers shared their expertise to an audience of over 500 top notch developers, architects, designers, government officials, sustainable experts, and other architecture and design related executives who have dedicatedly worked towards creating sustainable living places. Pioneers like Rahul Kadri, Frven Lim, and Chin Theo Chong, Manit Rastogi, Pradeep Nair, Prof. Robin Drogemuller, Martha Thorne, Angelene Chan, Ar K Jaisim, Boman Irani, Chhavi Rajawat, Dr Prabhat Rahangdale, O.P. Agarwal ,Paritosh Gupta, Prem Chandavarkar,, Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao , Sreeram Ananthasayanam, Sanjay Seth, Satish Gokhale shed light on design, technology, material and policy segments of the space.

Mr. Manit Rastogi, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis, India said, “We must look in our own industrious past to cull out a better future”. Mr. Rahul Kadri, principal architect, IM Kadri Architects remarked that, “Incredulous master-plans and a rigid policy framework limits the effective planning and diversification of living places, suitable to the need to present hour. Too much centralized planning and the general attitude of urban planning in India does not work for the many millions”.

Mr. Venkat Subramanian, Regional CEO- Construction Products India & Managing Director- Gyproc India gave the welcome address to start the Summit. Mr. Subramanian expressed his pleasure at presenting the 3rd Smart Green Summit & Awards, in association with the Economic Times. He said,” The Smart Green Summit and Awards, reflects our deep commitment to the green cause through recognizing green crusaders and helping channelize the fraternity’s collective and collaborative efforts, to ensure the future of habitat is in safe hands”. He spoke about the agenda and mentioned the interesting lineup of speakers divided in four segments – Design, Technology, Material and Policy.

 The Vote of thanks was given by A R Unnikrishnan, Director – sales and marketing, Saint Gobain India Pvt Ltd – Glass Business. He said,” As we come to the last leg of the summit it is our pleasure to thank all those involved and all the participants, eminent speakers, expert jury members and the advisory body.” He added,” When we were putting the Summit together we wanted to bring the best minds of the ecosystem together and that indeed has given us valuable and deep insight for the future and left us with immense hope and possibilities the future holds. We would like to continue our efforts and revive the Summit again to celebrate the best solutions towards sustainability and smart living”.

The event concluded with awarding some of the most thoughtful and sustainable projects undertaken in this space.

Elaborating on the summit and awards, Mr. Deepak Lamba, President – Times Strategic Solutions, said, “We are glad to have been a part of and bring to all this great summit that has brought together the crusaders of sustainability under one roof. Great solutions towards sustainable living has emanated from the Summit and passionate efforts have been recognized and awarded. We wish to take the narrative further and continue to strive for sustainability”.

List of Advisory Board members for the Summit:

  • Angelene Chan, CEO, DP Architects, Singapore
  • Dhanajaye Dake, Principal Architect, Construction Catalysers
  • George Ferguson, Former Mayor of Bristol
  • Hitesh Vaidya, Country Manager- India, UN Habitat
  • Manit Rastogi, Founder Partner, Morphogenesis
  • Michael  Foley, Founder, Foley Designs
  • S. Sridhar, Chairman, IHF


List of Jury members for the Smart Green Awards:

  • Abha Narain Lambah – Principal Architect, Abha Narain Lambah Associates
  • Ar J P Agarwal, Principal Architect, Agarwal & Agarwal Architects
  • B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd.
  • Boman Irani, Managing Director, Rustomjee Developers
  • Deepak S. Parekh, Chairman, Housing Development Finance Corporation, India
  • Dr Mahavir, Dean, School of Planning and Architecture(SPA) – Delhi
  • Jayantha Perera, Principal Architect, Architect Jayantha Perera, Sri Lanka
  • Michael Foley, Founder, Foley Designs
  • Niranjan Khatri, Founder, iSambhav
  • Prem Chandavarkar, Managing Partner, CnT Architects
  • Sanjay Prakash, Principal Architect, Shift: Studio for Habitat Futures
  • Utpal Deka – National Team Leader – Capacity Building for Urban Development in India, Ministry of Urban Development – India

About ET Edge

Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. Encompassing the Indian business vista, ET Edge strives to bring together visionaries and key leaders on its knowledge platforms to create social and business ecology conducive to the positive changes required by the industry. The main aim of this initiative is to channel global business intelligence through summits and conferences in overarching lectures, hands-on workshops, panels, round tables and case studies.



The Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018

The Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018

An Overview

The Real Estate Industry in India is on the growth trajectory for creating sustainable living spaces. In order to encourage new ideas and techniques that are incorporated in building the sustainable, aesthetically appealing and technological driven development, Saint-Gobain & The Economic Times Smart Green Awards 2018 is an attempt to recognize and reward the game changers of Indian Architecture and Design Landscape.

Nominations are open to design and development firms who are contributing to all sizes and types of projects – ranging from Ultra Luxury to Affordable, from Public Spaces to Commercial properties, and from Educational Institutions to Heritage & Conservation. We assess the best across categories. The Smart Green Awards 2018 is among the highest accolades one can receive, as the elections are voiced by Asia’s Design fraternity for the Asia Design fraternity.


The Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018

The Smart Green Summit & Awards, a reflection of Saint-Gobain’s philosophy of creating well-being in Living Places,  is a day-long conference presented in partnership with The Economic Times. This legacy summit will bring under one roof – over 500 top notch developers, architects, designers, government officials, sustainable experts, and other architecture and design related executives who work towards creating sustainable living places.

The focus of the 3rd edition of this summit is on futuristic sustainable building designs, smart technology, new building materials and policies that will redefine our built environment. The summit will include interesting conferencing activities such as Panel Discussions, Keynote Presentations, Unique Networking Activities, Round Table discussions and Think Tanks.


VISIT >>> The Smart Green Summit & Awards 2018





New CEPT University Campus | Christopher Charles Benninger

New CEPT University Campus | Christopher Charles Benninger

As CEPT University has grown and evolved from very informal teaching and learning methods, in an ashram-like atmosphere of small classes, gradually evolving into a world-class university with highly diverse and numerous course offerings, the need for additional learning spaces has increased, almost to the point of crises.

Thus, the Board of Management decided to create a new hub for learning and research, that addresses the future vision of the campus. The Academic hub is envisioned as a center for teaching and research, integrating students from many professional disciplines into a common gathering area.

A large research facility will integrate into the hub at a later stage. At present a new centre of learning is envisioned that will include a much-needed auditorium with a capacity of seating five hundred participants; four lecture spaces seating up to eighty people each; eight classrooms accommodating forty students each, and eight seminar rooms accommodating between twenty-five and thirty students each. These facilities will also require supporting sanitary facilities, as well as vertical and horizontal circulation areas.



The commission was awarded to Christopher Benninger who has been associated with the CEPT University since he came to the School of Architecture as a Fulbright Fellow in 1968. In late 1971 he returned to CEPT, from the Graduate School of Design, where he was teaching, to initiate the School of Planning. Since his days at CEPT, he has founded the Centre for Development Studies and Activities, taught architecture and planning, and carried out the designs of numerous award-winning educational campuses. His well-known designs include the Centre for Development Studies and Activities; the Mahindra United World College of India; the new campus at IIM, Calcutta; the emerging IIT, Hyderabad; the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi; structures at the College of Engineering, Pune; and the Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies, amongst others. He is the architect for the new Azim Premji University at Bengaluru. These institutes and other award-winning projects, ranging from large industrial pavilions to corporate headquarters, convinced the management that his extensive teaching career, published works, half-century association with CEPT, and his outstanding design career were the required prerequisites to undertake this important commission.

New CEPT University Campus


The concept design for this new Academic Hub locates the facility in the North-west corner of the CEPT University campus. The design envisions the built form as being a vibrant hinge, interconnecting a promenade running in front of the School of Architecture, along the iconic campus lawn a connecting through a portico to a water feature where the storm collection pool is, and a lively concourse passing the new café, leading into the Shrenikbhai Lalbhai Plaza.

The design creates a two-level gathering portico, from which one enters the auditorium, accesses an elevator, ascends stairs up to the first level and accesses sanitary facilities.



New CEPT University Campus Plan

New CEPT University Campus


The plan was evolved in a manner to conserve the older trees on the site, by sliding the structure in three portions from the east to the west, making pockets for these trees. The west side of the auditorium employs movable fenestration opening out onto the water pool. The first level hosts verandah connecting to the upper campus lawn. A bridge connects the café, which sits at a raised level, into the first floor of the portico.

Learning spaces are accessed from a central airy atrium, employing natural light from skylights above, and ventilation drawing fresh air in through sliding screens on the facades, making a building envelope, which shades the entire structure and protects it from the harsh summer sun. Fresh air is gathered from verandahs between the classrooms and these screens. Thus, there is a double skinned envelope employing flexible, moving shade screens on the outer face, separated from sliding glass panels within the classrooms vide small verandahs reminiscent of the balconies in the School of Architecture. All the sectional-elevation heights mirror those of the iconic School of Architecture, constructed more than fifty years ago, gifting a sense of enclosure, yet openness to the campus lawns.


The materials palette includes exposed concrete, aluminium framed glass fenestration within the interior, aluminium sliding jaali panels on the facades, and glass sliding panels set back within small verandahs.

There is an attempt to create transparency though the building, using opaque glass walls between the classrooms and the atrium, while employing solid walls between classrooms. Floors will be of polished Kota stone.

New cept university campus is conceived as a green and sustainable one, using non-toxic materials, recycling all the water, employing passive lighting by reflecting daylight from the jaalis up to the ceilings in the classrooms, using air coolers and water-based VRV air handling, where needed, and shading the structure from Ahmedabad’s hot sun. Photovoltaic electric panels on the roof reduce the use of carbon fuels while shading the insulated roof from the piercing Ahmedabad sun!






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