This 3,200-square-foot, industrial-chic apartment in Hyderabad, is Vinithra Amarnathan’s lockdown baby. The project was commissioned to her Bengaluru-based design firm Weespaces right on the cusp of the 2020 pandemic. "We designed this entire home [including structural edits] remotely! It let us explore design in an uncompromised manner," says Amarnathan of the challenging yet fulfilling project.
The homeowners, a young couple who met in Spain, envisioned the space as an industrial-style loft with a vibrant twist. The resultant open-plan concept is a lesson in balance and contrasts. An edgy industrial palette of concrete and metal is softened with organic textures like wood, wicker and red brick. Voluminous spaces are punctuated by proportionately large-scale lighting fixtures and statement furniture – like a distressed turquoise sideboard in the formal living-dining area or the velvet sectional in the lounge. A cool grey and white shell is warmed up with the clients’ love of vibrant colour and pattern. Spanish art prints personalise just about every space; in the kitchen, this aesthetic takes the form of wall tiles.
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The entryway features a gallery wall comprising the couple’s fond travel memories. The space is anchored by a black metal console.
The formal living room was reimagined as the home office. Its black metal-and-glass wall gives the adjoining slim entryway a sense of space. “One of my favourite spots, this home office is dressed in a light, airy material palette of concrete, natural wood, glass and metal,” says Vinithra.
Open-concept floor plans are common with the industrial style. Before you lay out the furniture, get the flow of traffic between spaces right! For instance, a distressed turquoise sideboard demarcates spaces in the formal living cum dining area.
In the formal living area, industrial concrete is warmed up with muted-Mediterranean tones seen in the soft furnishings and handprinted art from Antiques.
Exposed brick walls visually connect the dining area and open kitchen. The latter showcases bold blue-and-white tile, reminiscent of Spanish tiles, and deep-teal cabinetry.
The lounge is basic and comfy with an outsized teal-velvet sectional and a custom wood-and-brass media console.
The balcony shares the minimalist theme of the rest of the living spaces. Wooden beams and wicker furniture & accessories add a laidback warm appeal to the space.
The tone-on-tone home theatre features a mural of a scene from The Fight Club – one of the couple’s favourite films. Note the custom-made, 10-foot-long media console, which features a teak countertop and mesh doors.
The powder room makes a bold statement with vertical bead boarding and a botanical wallpaper. The cladding cleverly conceals a linen closet.
The master bedroom is striking with three-quarters of its walls fluted and painted black. Contrastingly, its upper third section is painted white. "We love how this visually expands the room and adds height," says Vinithra.
Britain's title defence in the men's eight got off to a rocky start in Tokyo on Saturday, as the Netherlands scored a stunning victory to force the reigning European Champions into Wednesday's repechage. Making her Olympic debut, 24-year-old coxswain Eline Berger guided the Dutch men's crew to a stellar 5:30.66 performance, seizing the early lead as the heavily favoured Britain struggled to hit their stride and finished third behind New Zealand. Elsewhere in the men's event, reigning world champions Germany fended off a robust challenge from the United States, turning on the gas in the final 500 metres to finish on top in 5:28.95.
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Tokyo Olympics organisers said on Saturday they have tried to find solutions to encourage athletes with young children after a Spanish swimmer earlier this week said she had to leave her breastfeeding infant at home https://www.reuters.com/article/olympics-2020-breastfeeding-idCNL1N2OX17J because of COVID-19 curbs. "As soon as we heard about this (mothers not being able to travel with their children) we said let's find solutions," Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi told a news conference. Organisers have said an area in the Olympic village was available for athletes to safely spend time with and breastfeed their children, but that the latter must stay in private accommodation.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Shooting great Jin Jong-oh's quest for a record-extending fifth individual Olympic gold fell short on Saturday as the South Korean failed to qualify for the final of the men's 10 metre pistol event at the Tokyo Games. His team mates watched anxiously as Jin, who won the 10 metre pistol title in the 2012 London Games, did not manage to break into the top eight advancing to the final. Jin had etched his name in the record books at Rio when he won the 50 metre pistol event to become the first shooter in Olympic history to win a specific event at three consecutive Games.
Two American archers said on Saturday they were free to choose whether or not they get vaccinated against COVID-19, after a U.S. Olympic swimming gold medal prospect who declined the vaccine was widely criticised on social media https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/swimming-us-comfortable-with-swimmers-compliance-after-vaccine-opt-out-2021-07-22. "It's one hundred percent a personal choice, and anyone that says otherwise is taking away people's freedoms," Brady Ellison, the world's No.1 and one of the top medal hopes at Olympic archery, said on the competition sidelines. "I said if they made it mandatory that I wouldn't come," said Ellison, who said he had and his wife had already had the coronavirus infection.
Reigning world champion Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines took a first step towards maiden Olympic gold in women's featherweight boxing on Saturday, with a unanimous decision over Marcelat Sakobi Matshu of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 29-year-old Petecio is tipped as a strong contender for the first gold in the women's featherweight class, which along with women's welterweight, is making its debut at the Tokyo Olympics.
Russian gymnast Artur Dalaloyan prevailed over a recent Achilles injury to clinch an unlikely spot in the all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, competing on the vault and floor despite having planned to sit out the events to spare his leg. Dalaloyan finished fourth all-around in the first subdivision of qualifications, behind compatriot Nikita Nagornyy and China's Xiao Ruoteng and Sun Wei. Dalaloyan, who hadn't been sure he would compete at all given his health, was in tears on the sidelines, bending over on a chair after the floor exercise.
Dutch favourite Annemiek Van Vleuten says winning the Olympic road race at the Tokyo Games on Sunday would rank below her three world titles because she is facing a lower-quality field. "The level of such an Olympic competition is qualitatively the lowest level of all races during four years," Van Vleuten told reporters in the build-up to Sunday's contest. Equality in women's cycling has been a running battle in the sport and a women's Tour de France will finally return next year after year's of campaigning by the likes of Van Vleuten's Dutch team mate and former Olympic champion Marianne Vos.
United States paddlers Liu Juan and Nikhil Kumar won their opening singles matches at the 2020 Olympics on Saturday while Japan's mixed doubles duo Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito did not have it all their own way early on but came back strong to advance. Liu, 36, scored a 4-1 win over Nigeria's Olufunke Oshonaike, who is competing at her seventh Olympics, and compatriot Kumar beat Mongolia's Lkhagvasuren Enkhbat by the same scoreline at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Tyrone Taylor hit his first career grand slam during Milwaukee's six-run seventh inning, and the Brewers opened a three-game series against the visiting Chicago White Sox with a 7-1 victory on Friday night. Rowdy Tellez had two hits, two RBIs and reached base three times for Milwaukee, which snapped a five-game home losing streak. Andrew Vaughn had three hits, including a home run off Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning for Chicago's lone run.
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk tested out the new Olympic skate park in Tokyo's waterfront, calling the sport's adoption into the Games "surreal". Hawk, now 53 and father of four, said the Olympics would further help grow skateboarding's profile and expose the sport to audiences that are new to it or refused to embrace it in the past. "As a kid that was mostly lambasted for my interest in skateboarding, I never imagined it would be part of the Olympic Games," Hawk wrote below an Instagram video he posted shredding the new bowl at the Tokyo Olympic venue.
The Brazilian men's and women's beach volleyball teams earned satisfying wins in their opening pool encounters at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, beating their Argentine rivals in straight sets at Shiokaze Park. Brazil's Alvaro Filho and 2016 gold medallist Alison Cerutti beat the Argentine duo of Nicolas Capogrosso and Julian Azaad 21-16 21-17 to kick things off. Cerutti, who also won silver in 2012, scored the bulk of the attacking points and also won five points at the net with blocks while his team mate was able to successfully dig the ball out five times.
After a bruising first-round victory against China, where he came off a painful ankle twist to hit the game-winning shot, Bulut reflected on the long road that's led him and his sport to an Olympic debut https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/on-3x3-basketball-tokyo-olympics-2021-06-21 in Tokyo. "We've been waiting for this moment for like five years now and without any support," Bulut, 35, said, sweat dripping in the searing Tokyo heat. Bulut has helped Serbia claim four of the six FIBA 3x3 World Cups that have been held so far.
Six years ago, Aram Mahmoud fled war-torn Syria for the Netherlands, leaving behind his sister, parents and dreams of becoming a world-class badminton player. Little did he know that one day, he'd be squaring off against the world's seventh-best men's singles player at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. While Mahmoud, who began playing badminton with his sister at the age of seven, didn't win against Indonesia's Jonatan Christie, the 24-year-old is still proud of his achievement, scoring 14 points to Christie's 21 in their second match at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza.
Poland's Iga Swiatek put in a clinical performance to move past Mona Barthel of Germany with a 6-2 6-2 win on her Olympic debut, as sweltering conditions in Tokyo took a toll on the players on the opening day of tennis at the Games. Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova lost only one game versus Italy's Sara Errani but this year's Roland Garros runner-up had spent enough time on Court Three under the blazing sun to feel dizzy and took a medical timeout in the second set. Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, kicked off proceedings on the Centre Court of the Ariake Tennis Park and managed to stay calm and composed to beat Barthel, formerly ranked among the world's top 25, with temperatures hovering around 33 degrees Celsius (91.4°F).