Just look at this bungalow! I often pass by this house on my walks, mostly in the evenings.
How beautifully charmingly it ages! An interestingly done facade with natural stone. Can any of the artificially contrived surface materials, that folks and interior designs use so often, match this beauty?
One of the things about this is also that this stone is glossy like glass. Glass means maintenance, at some point, will be a pain.
It’s been a trend. Bigger and bigger slabs of marble and granite for flooring. As if bigger is better. Or, bigger is better looking.
Actually watching the slabs in a huge stockyard is quite different from watching the slabs as floor amidst the enclosing walls.
In a huge stockyard, a big slab may still not look as big. In a room, a big slab may seem to exhaust the floor.
Big rectangular slabs look downright ugly. Irregular ones may still look much better. But you gotta see the small irregular slabs, in fact more in the form of flagstone, as part of floor. Unfortunately, even with so many images proliferating on the web, in the catalogues and magazines and elsewhere, it’s hard to compare different kinds of floors side by side.
Big slabs look ugly. Sure, we are not rich builders or famous architects. We are mere stone suppliers, or as they use that term in the SAP software, we are mere vendors. What do the vendors know!
Which building in Ahmedabad would attract you enough to spend a good part of your day in its presence?
That sounds like a contrived question. Let me re-attempt.
Is there any built space in Ahmedabad that you may want to spend all your day in?
At one point, when I was a child, the garden in Gandhinagar offered that space. But then children have fascinating ways of turning their surroundings into entertaining spaces.
Now, a member would immediately say, Karnavati Club.
Recall more such spaces? We are building more buildings. But those buildings can’t seem to hold us, accommodate us. In fact, the more time we spend among such buildings, the greater is the feeling to go away somewhere far, somewhere where the memory and sights of these buildings can be obliterated.
Such is the city we’ve built and continue to build.
Your choice of flooring for your house depends on quite a few factors. One of the factors is how does it feel to the soles of your feet. Repeat:
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO THE SOLES OF YOUR FEET?
But then now so many of us wear slippers most of the times when we are indoors. And so the feeling to the soles is kind of lost. And then flooring becomes just a matter of visual pleasure.
This looks good, that looks good.
I am confused.
Oh this color is not so good. Let’s check some more colors.
Oh this doesn’t match the color of the table!
Oh, but we chose that laminate. And so this color will look good.
Our senses have gone for a toss and so has our sense of designing. But some small reminders may help. But then who reminds whom… When? After the interior design is horribly done, it’s all a matter of criticisms, odd expressions and jealousies.