Size of Stone

What should be the size of the stone you use for floors or for walls?

Answer: It depends on the surface area of the floors or walls in consideration.

Answer # 2: It also depends on how much do the eyes see in one go. Now that is a difficult thing to figure.

Answer # 3: It depends on how patient you are with a process of making a beautiful floor or a beautiful wall.

Generally speaking, smaller stones would serve better and look lovelier for a long period time.

Is Uniformity = Perfection?

Builders and building contractors give us orders for supply of truck-load of granite and marble and natural stone. The give us orders based on ‘samples’ that we show them. They approve the sample. By approval of sample, it means that the supplier has to supply the same quality in every slab of granite. What is quality?

What is quality? Is it uniformity?

Can a certain quantity of natural stone be represented through ‘a sample’? How can anyone in the world guarantee adherence of different slabs of granite to one ‘approved sample’?

Is ‘approved sample’ a perfect piece of granite or stone?

In natural stone and granite, you won’t be able to come to any great understanding of quality. Because of its very nature it is impossible to standardize the quality beyond the physical dimensions of slabs or stone. No matter the sample, you are not going to get identical looking granite or stone.

Even if one assumes that slabs and pieces of stone can be sorted and grouped strictly based on certain parameters, the cost of sorting is prohibitive.

Based on the purchase order, when the material ordered reaches the site, the builders and building contractors and their employees at the site engage in ‘quality checking’. The understanding of ‘quality’ is at best vague, unspecified and unclear, but since there is an ‘approved sample’, these clients offer all kinds of reasons to ‘reject’ the material that’s delivered.

Costs of handling natural stone are so high that all such rejections crush the supplier financially.

Rock Face as Name Plate

Preparing this substantial and considerably thick block of granite for a name plate. It’s solid and heavy. This will be installed at the entrance of a project. The name may be written in brass and fixed on to this. Can you visualize? Can you guess the size of this block? Looks good?

Granite Waterfall

It’s a granite waterfall created using Black Granite, at a bungalow project. Actually you can create such waterfalls in a variety of ways, using a variety of granite. Red, White, Brown… Can be multi-hued too.

You can’t see the water yet. It will start falling soon. 🙂 Actually we’ll update with a picture of water falling. Soon!

Do these builders of Ahmedabad know?

We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behaviour and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.

Lawrence Durrell in “JUSTINE”

What response do those vitrified tiles generate?

What response does that interior design generate?

Do they even generate anything? Anything worthwhile?

Will the funny vitrified tiles age like this?

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.

Bungalow facade with natural stone

Which building in Ahmedabad…

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.

Stone & Deficit of Patience

What we witness in our age is a serious serious deficit of patience. Gurus tell us and we acknowledge, and then we fall back to rectangulism as soon as we come to interior design and such matters.

In the background you see a gate made about 600 years back in Lucknow. 600 years! What would it take to make something as beautiful right now? Don’t tell me money!

Judging Flooring

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.